February 22, 2024
Defence & Security Kuwait

US and Kuwait partner in Exercise Eager Defender 24

Initiative strengthens bilateral maritime capabilities

The Kuwait Naval Force, Kuwait Coast Guard, US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), and US Marine Corps Forces Central Command (MARCENT) have concluded Exercise Eager Defender 24, a bilateral maritime drill to bolster mutual interoperability and capabilities.

The exercise, led by Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5), took place in Kuwait and the North Arabian Gulf from January 28 to February 7, 2024, showcasing the commitment of both nations to regional security and readiness.

Under the umbrella of Exercise Eager Defender, US Marines, sailors, and soldiers they collaborated with their Kuwaiti counterparts in joint training.

The exercise enhanced various aspects, including maritime security, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), harbour security, uncrewed systems operations, small unit naval infantry tactics, and joint command and control operations.

Collaborative training

The event culminated with a combined multinational amphibious assault. Participating forces acquired the skills to effectively address regional security threats and increase interoperability between militaries through collaborative training.

According to the US Central Command (CENTCOM), Exercise Eager Defender was a testament to the enduring partnership between the United States and Kuwait.

It demonstrated the commitment of both nations to reinforcing partnerships and interoperability in the US CENTCOM area of responsibility. This was one of several annual joint exercises where the US military collaborates with partner nations, ensuring high readiness levels for crises and contingencies.

Brig. Gen. Matthew Reid, Commanding General of TF 51/5., said: “Exercise Eager Defender highlighted our shared commitment to regional security and the preservation of peace,” said

“By working together, the Kuwait Armed Forces and US military strengthen our capabilities and preparedness. This exercise is a testament to the enduring partnership between our nations.”

Exercise Eager Defender reaffirmed the strong bond between the Kuwait Armed Forces and the US military.

By fostering cooperation and mutual understanding, this exercise further enhanced both nations’ ability to respond effectively to security challenges in the region.

The collaboration showcased the dedication of both militaries to maintaining stability and security in the strategically vital Middle East region.

Featured image: Exercise Eager Defender 24 was conducted from January 28 to February 7, 2024. Image: CENTCOM

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto is an award-winning journalist with wide-ranging Middle East and Asia experience in the tech, space, aerospace, aviation, defence, luxury watchmaking, business, fashion, and automotive verticals. He is passionate about conserving endangered native wildlife globally and protecting the world’s oceans from plastic pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Arnold enjoys 4x4 off-roading, camping and exploring global destinations off the beaten track.
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