the usa navy is aiming to shape a naval coalition of allies that would assure freedom of motion in strategic waters across the Arabian Peninsula.

Washington blames Iran and aligned proxy organizations attacks on commercial vessels, ands says waters off Iran and Yemen want to be secured.

below the plan introduced on Tuesday, america could offer "maritime domain focus and surveillance," while each coalition member might offer safety to the economic vessels that fly under its flag.

Patrols would be done in especially vulnerable waterways along with the Strait of Hormuz, among the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Bab el Mandeb, which separates Yemen from the Horn of Africa, might additionally be protected.

"We're attractive now with some of international locations to peer if we will put together a coalition that might make sure freedom of navigation both within the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab el Mandeb," said Marine general Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of workforce.

"I suppose probably over the subsequent couple weeks we'll pick out which nations have the political will to help that initiative after which we'll work without delay with the militaries to perceive the specific competencies that'll support that," Dunford said.

rc/jm (AFP, dpa, Reuters AP)