Vice Admiral James Malloy, Commander of the US Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, commended UK personnel operating in the Middle East and the ‘special relationship’ they have with their American counterparts, say the Royal Navy.

The UK has six ships operating in the Gulf region including Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon.

“I am proud of the outstanding British team that supports the Combined Maritime Forces and our staffs of Combined Task Forces 51, 52, 53 and 55.

I really appreciate the professionalism and expertise of the British sailors and their ships out here in the Gulf and across the wider Middle East.”

Commodore Steve Dainton, commander of UKMCC said:

“Our navies have always had much in common and I have enjoyed working with the US navy throughout my career.

Our true friendship is demonstrated almost daily afloat with the US navy and Royal Navy assets often working together with the same goal, to maintain maritime security across the Middle East.”

Recently, exercises were held with the US navy including a Mine Countermeasures Exercise 18-2 in June, commanded from RFA Cardigan Bay, and the 23rd iteration of Khunjar Hadd in March, say the Royal Navy.