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US Navy launches Mideast drone task force amid Iran tensions




  • In World
  • 2021-09-08 16:19:32Z
  • By Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The U.S. Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet said Wednesday it will launch a new task force that incorporates airborne, sailing and underwater drones after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran.

Navy officials declined to identify which systems they would introduce from their headquarters on the island nation of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. However, they promised the coming months would see the drones stretch their capabilities across a region of chokepoints crucial to both global energy supplies and worldwide shipping.

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