On Tuesday, the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) started a two-week exercise in Lebanon.
It is an annual training that the U.S. Naval Forces give to Lebanon to increase the Lebanese Army‘s capabilities to handle maritime security issues.
According to NAVCENT, “approximately 60 U.S. personnel from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Coast Guard are participating.”
Lebanese Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, met with the Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces, General Charles Cooper, and U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, in his Yarzeh office in Baabda.
They discussed maritime military cooperation between the two countries.
The U.S. Ambassador stated, “For 22 years, the Resolute Union exercises have built collaboration between our armed forces and ensured the LAF are prepared to carry out their mission.”
“Despite all the challenges facing the LAF this year in the context of Lebanon’s economic crisis, they have shown extraordinary commitment and the United States will continue to offer our full support to all their efforts,” she added.
Vice-Admiral Brad Cooper said, “this is an excellent opportunity to work with our highly capable Lebanese partners and strengthen our relationship” and added that “working together enhances regional security and stability.”
Last week, the UK Minister of the Armed Forces, James Heappey, also reiterated his government’s support for the Lebanese Army during his one-day visit to Lebanon.