The United States is requesting the creation of a military coalition to help safeguard the waters around Iran. In accordance with the proposed agenda, the United States would provide command ships and lead surveillance efforts. Allies who align with the plan would patrol the waters near those U.S command ships and escort commercial vessels.
Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, articulated those details to reporters following meetings on Tuesday about it with acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We’re engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab,” Dunford said.
“And so I think probably over the next couple of weeks we’ll identify which nations have the political will to support that initiative and then we’ll work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities that’ll support that.”
While the United States would provide command ships, according to the proposal other nations would provide ships that could escort vessels that belong to their nations to further ensure safe passage.
According to Officials, the proposal will be ironed out over the next several weeks.