Increased threat of maritime conflict involving Arabian Gulf nations has heightened concern among regional navies, which helped spur the recent formation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) maritime security force.

Threats to regional waters over the past year have extended from the Strait of Hormuz further south to the Bab Al Mandab gateway in Yemen and north to the Red Sea, according to GCC Secretary-General Abdel Latif Al Zayani.

Maj. Gen. Ahmed Yousif Al-Mulla, assistant to the Kuwaiti defense minister, in November announced in Doha the formation of a GCC naval force, a move approved in December at a GCC summit. […]