MANAMA, Bahrain - The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) completed a sustainment and logistics port visit in Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 27.
This is Georgia’s first port visit while operating in the Arabian Gulf.
“The crew of Georgia worked very hard in 2020 to return to operational service then deliver forward-deployed, combat ready presence to 5th Fleet. Visiting Bahrain gave the crew some well-deserved rest while continuing to demonstrate our commitment to our regional partners and maritime security,” said Capt. Rob Peters, commanding officer of Georgia.
Georgia Sailors practiced social distancing along with wearing a mask and gloves to mitigate the risk of personnel contracting COVID-19 following processes set by DoD, CDC and Bahrain.
Sailors were able to relax on the pier with food, beverages and events coordinated by Moral, Welfare and Recreation.
“Bahrain was a perfect opportunity for the crew to get some well-deserved rest and have the ability to speak with their loved ones back home over the Christmas Holiday,” said Master Chief Arnell Brantley, Georgia’s chief of the boat.
USS Georgia’s last post visit to Bahrain was in 2009.
Georgia’s presence in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s ability to sail and operate wherever international law allows.
“USS Georgia has been on scene and unseen in theater for many months. She enjoyed a much deserved port visit hosted by one of our Gulf State partners,” said Capt. Tim Poe, chief of staff for Commander, Task Force 54
The 5th Fleet AOO encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three chokepoints, critical to the free flow of global commerce.
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