For Immediate Release
The USNS Choctaw County, an expeditionary fast transport ship, arrived in Lebanon yesterday for a scheduled visit. This historic trip, the first visit by a U.S. Naval Ship to a Lebanese naval base, highlights the strong partnership between the United States and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).
Led by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), the visit is part of a NAVCENT mission that aims to build the LAF Navy’s capacity to maintain regional security and stability, enhance disaster response capabilities, and that includes subject matter expert exchanges between the LAF Navy and NAVCENT personnel covering disaster response, public health, mine countermeasures, dive medicine, and construction capabilities.
In addition, the visit will feature a partnership building conference with international participants to discuss ways to advance the LAF Navy’s capacity and interoperability with foreign navies.