Task Force 58 helped facilitate the safe transit of more than 7,000 U.S. citizens and evacuees traveling from Afghanistan through Bahrain. The task force included more than 1,400 U.S. and coalition personnel from various units operating in the 5th Fleet area of operations.
"This has been a huge team effort by service members from different ships, commands and branches,” said Hospital Corpsman First Class Lauren Cooper, assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17). “I think seeing our teamwork on display and knowing we could make a difference was the most satisfying thing about all of this.”
Cooper and other U.S. service members worked alongside U.S. Embassy and Bahraini counterparts to provide travelers meals, short-term lodging and medical services around the clock before departing.
NAVCENT established the task force Aug. 19 and immediately began constructing temporary processing and lodging facilities.
“Setting up all these facilities was done in just 12 hours,” said Lt. Kelly Ray, assigned to NAVCENT. “But judging by the comments from our guests, we were successful. We have a lot to be proud of.”
“It was a lot of hard work and long nights, but we were all up to the task,” said Electrician’s Mate First Class Daniel Cotter, assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia. “I joined the Coast Guard to help people and make a difference. I think that’s what we accomplished.”
In addition to staff from NAVCENT’s headquarters, 10 standing task forces and subordinate task groups, the following commands also supported the mission with personnel and equipment:
The U.S. 5th Fleet AOO encompasses nearly 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 region is comprised of 21 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab-al-Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.
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