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Swim, kayak, relax at Al Dar Islands, a short boat ride away from Manama

For beach lovers, families or partygoers, Al Dar offers the feel of an island getaway.

Navy scraps instructor-led college at sea program as demand falls, costs rise

The roughly $2 million that will be saved annually by closing an instructor-led program will be redirected to tuition assistance for sailors, officials said.


Navy says goodbye to the 'blueberry' camouflage uniform

First introduced in 2008 as part of a uniform modernization program based on sailor input, the blue camouflage uniform was intended to be worn by enlisted and officers to “project a unified image/appearance regardless of rank.”


Navy ‘challenge coins’ are collected like trading cards. But some think the trade devalues the tradition.

There’s a burgeoning online market for the elaborate and colorful coins pressed into the palms of Navy petty officers when they pin on their crows and take the chief petty officer’s pledge, but some critics say the trade diminishes the value of the tradition.


No more homework for kids at DODEA elementary school in Bahrain

Parents of kids at the DODEA elementary school in Bahrain were told at the start of the new school year that students will no longer be assigned traditional homework but should read at home for at least 20-30 minutes a day.


Houthi rebels in Yemen claim to shoot down US drone

The U.S. military's Central Command said in a statement that it was investigating the Houthi claims that they attacked an unmanned U.S. drone "operating in authorized airspace" over Yemen.


Bahrain to join US-led naval coalition in the Persian Gulf

Bahrain has agreed to join a U.S.-led coalition for maritime security in the Persian Gulf, making it the third member of a group proposed in the wake of heightened tensions with Iran.