The US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) have commenced a bilateral maritime exercise Resolute Union 2022.

The two-week long annual exercise is taking place in Lebanon from 12 July.

Resolute Union exercise primarily includes mine countermeasures (MCM), maritime security operations and explosive ordnance disposal.

The exercise aims to enhance interoperability and mutual capabilities between Lebanon and the US forces.

NAVCENT, US Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) commander vice admiral Brad Cooper said: “This is an excellent opportunity to work with our highly capable Lebanese partners and strengthen our relationship.

“Working together enhances regional security and stability.”

The latest iteration of the exercise involves participation of approximately 60 personnel from the US forces including the Marine Corps (USMC), Navy, Army and Coast Guard (USCG).

US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea said: “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 US will continue to offer our full support to all their efforts.”

The previous iteration of Resolute Union was carried out in the Mediterranean Sea and in Lebanon from 17 to 28 May 2021.

Headquartered in Manama, Bahrain, NAVCENT comprises of the US Fifth Fleet and CMF, which operate together to maintain maritime security and stability in the region.