Today, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Army concluded Resolute Response 2016, an annual, bilateral military exercise with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) involving explosive ordnance disposal, diving exercises, and maritime vessel visit, board, search and seizure procedures. The exercise ran from August 8-17 at Jounieh Naval Base and included both land and sea-based exercises.
Resolute Response is one of more than 60 military exercises conducted by U.S. Central Command with partner nations each year. The exercise provided an opportunity for U.S. military subject matter experts to share information and best practices with their Lebanese counterparts in order to increase soldiers’ proficiency in these areas. It is another example of America’s continuing partnership with Lebanon, and our commitment to building the LAF’s readiness and capabilities as it protects Lebanon’s borders from extremist threats.