CENTCOM Commander Conducts Strait of Hormuz Transit and Visits United Arab Emirates and Bahrain
Kurilla: “These trips to the region provide me deep insights into the relationships with our partners and the readiness of the U.S. and Coalition forces deployed there".
U.S. Central Command, TAMPA, Fla.– From Aug. 6-8, Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, embarked on the USS THOMAS HUDNER (DD116) in the Gulf of Oman, visited the United Arab Emirates where he met with Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Issa Saif Mohammed al-Mazrouei.
He then traveled to Bahrain where he met with: His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Excellency Lieutenant General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Nuaimi, the Bahrain Minister of Defense Affairs, senior officers on the Bahrain Defense Fore Staff, and the U.S. Fifth Fleet Headquarters.
Gen. Kurilla, along with Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the commander of the Fifth Fleet, embarked on the USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116) while it was underway on a transit of the Strait of Hormuz.