Gates Visits U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain
American Forces Press Service
MANAMA, Bahrain, Dec. 12, 2008 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited U.S. Naval Forces Central Command headquarters here today prior to the start of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visits U.S. Naval Forces Central Command headquarters in Bahrain prior to the start of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue security forum, Dec. 12, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Snodgrass
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Gates met with Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and other senior U.S. and Persian Gulf region officials to discuss regional security issues.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase the Navy's commitment to the region," Gortney said. "We will continue to work with our partners in the region to help ensure security and stability to build a lawful maritime order. We've been here for 60 years, and we'll be here for many more to come."
The Manama Dialogue is a symposium designed for discussion of security and stability in the region.
While in the Middle East, Gates will discuss regional security with his counterparts from various nations and will meet with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
This is Gates' first trip to Bahrain since December 2007.
(From a Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet news release.)