""Al Khalifa noted that Bahrain has an important, strategic alliance with the United States. The headquarters of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is stationed here to protect oil shipping lanes and assert US presence in the region. The Fifth Fleet was used during the first Gulf War, the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War. It would also play a key role in any military attack on Iran. Given the base’s critical command and control functions, relocating elsewhere would be quite difficult, according to Wehrey."