Kuwait’s daily Al Watan reported that 200 fighter jets from the US and four GCC countries are participating in air maneuvers in the region aimed at keeping the Strait of Hormuz open in the event of a military conflict with Iran. The exercises are also reportedly aimed at defending the ports and oil installations of the GCC countries during a conflict.
According to Al Watan, 100 of the fighters participating in the exercises belong to US aircraft carriers USS Enterprise and USS Abraham Lincoln, currently deployed to the Persian Gulf, and the other 100 fighter jets come from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait. The maneuvers began on Sunday and will last one week.
Sources: Al Watan, Al Arabiya