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U.S. Led Task Force to Deploy Unmanned Vessels to Protect Ships in Persian Gulf Waters

Tanker in the Gulf of Oman - Credit Farzy Frames / Shutterstock.com
Tanker in the Gulf of Oman – Credit Farzy Frames / Shutterstock.com

A US-led task force is to deploy unmanned vessels in Gulf waters as maritime threats in the region continue to rise.

According to Arab News on Saturday, November 18 US Central Command had indicated that over 100 of the craft will be deployed by 2023.

Speaking at the annual Manama Dialogue conference in Bahrain General Michael Kurilla said the move was necessary after Iran was blamed for a drone strike off the coast of Oman that hit a tanker operated by an Israeli-owned firm.

Tensions are already high in the area with Iran facing continued protests against the government, and with the country having admitted supplying weapons for Russia to use in its attacks on Ukraine.

With energy supplies in short supply and prices at all-time highs, protecting the ships has become all the more important.

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