NORFOLK (AP) -- The Navy will permanently move five patrol coastal ships to Bahrain starting this summer.
U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk made the announcement Friday.
The deployment will bring the number of patrol coastal ships based in Bahrain to 10 by the spring of 2014. The ships can operate in shallow water and perform interdiction surveillance. Bahrain serves as the home of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.
USS Tempest, USS Squall and USS Thunderbolt will arrive this summer. Two other ships are expected to transfer next year.
The Virginia Beach-based Patrol Coastal Squadron One command and a maintenance support team will also permanently move to Bahrain.
The Navy says three patrol coastal ships will remain stationed in the continental U.S.