By Enterprise Strike Group Public Affairs
USS ENTERPRISE, Red Sea (NNS) -- Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and entered the Gulf of Aden, Feb. 18 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the
el-Mandab is a key chokepoint between the horn of Strait of Bab Africa and the Middle East, and a strategic link between the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. It is located between , Yemen , and Djibouti , and connects the Eritrea Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Three to four billion barrels of oil per day are shipped through the Strait, making it a vital waterway for the global economy.
and Bab el-Mandeb Strait Gulf of Aden are strategically important to the as an important sea lane for lawful shipping and transit," said Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, Commander of Enterprise CSG. "Our presence in the region helps ensure this freedom of navigation and the defense of these interests." United States
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