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By Awad Mustafa and Christopher P. Cavas, Staff writers
DOHA, QATAR — The Fifth Fleet’s $580 million base expansion in Bahrain will extend the U.S.’ operational tenure in the gulf well into the middle of the century, according to Vice Adm. John Miller.
Speaking to Defense News at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX), the commander of the Fifth Fleet and the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said the new base expansion includes modifications to accommodate the Navy’s new littoral combat ships (LCS), which are due to be operational in the gulf by 2018.
“This shows that there is an enduring presence,” Miller said. “Some of the modifications that we are doing right now will help us get the base ready for the arrival of the littoral combat ships, which will start right around 2018. Those are ships that will serve in the U.S. Navy and this area right until the middle of the current century,” he added.