US Finds Allies Resistant to Call for Persian Gulf Fleet

Admiral says hope is foreign ships do 80-90% of the work

With Germany having formally ruled out joining a US-led naval operation in the Persian Gulf, the Trump Administration is continuing to find little interest in the plan, with few nations seeing the merits of the idea, and many seeing getting involved as potentially making matters worse.

That is a concern that’s been reiterated across a lot of the nations the US has courted. With Iran chiefly a problem for the US and Britain, which is starting its own fleet, the other nations rightly believe they’re not involved now unless they choose to involve themselves.

NATO didn’t comment directly on the matter of this fleet, with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg saying the alliance has yet to even receive a formal request to launch such a mission. The US envisions this as a US-led plan.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Admiral Michael Gilday, who is nominated to be the top admiral in the Navy, said that the idea of the fleet is that the US would be in charge, and foreign ships would do 80% to 90% of the work for them. It’s understandable why that sounds good for the US, and also understandable why no one else wants to be involved.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.