The annual exercise concluded March 15 and was led by the task force’s Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) detachment designed to exercise command and control and provide standardized direction during contingency and crisis periods to protect the free flow of commerce. “NCAGS is the touch point between military forces and commercial shipping,” said Capt. Michael Bacher, the officer-in-charge of the NCAGS Bahrain detachment. “Through exercise Lucky Mariner 19, NCAGS was able to both demonstrate its capability to NAVCENT and prepare for future exercises to be conducted on a grander scale.”