Lithuania Joins International Maritime Security Construct

Lithuania officially joined the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC), a multinational effort aimed at enhancing maritime security throughout key waterways in the Middle East.

The IMSC is enabling nations to work cooperatively to promote the free flow of commerce, deter threats to shipping, and enhance maritime domain awareness and surveillance in the Arabian Gulf (Persian Gulf), Strait of Hurmuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Oman.

Lithuania is the eighth member nation to join the IMSC since it formed in November 2019. Other members include Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States.

British Royal Navy Commodore James Parkin, the Commander of IMSC, expressed his appreciation to the Lithuanians for taking a leading role in regional security matters.

“As the eighth member of the IMSC, Lithuania joins us to ensure the safety of all our shipping in the Gulf region and we look forward to other nations joining our operation,” said Parkin. “Threats to the free flow of commerce are an international problem, and we are honoured that Lithuania is now part of the team assisting in upholding the principles of freedom of navigation.”

The IMSC conducts maritime surveillance, providing a deterrent to illegal activity and reassurance to commercial shipping.

HMAS Toowoomba takes part in IMSC
The Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac Class frigate HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156) maintains a watch on shipping traffic in the Gulf of Oman as part of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) on Feb. 13, 2020. Photo by: POIS Yuri Ramsey/ Australian Department of Defence.

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