NAVCENT postures forces and conducts combined maritime operations with partners and the joint force in order to deter our adversaries, maintain the free flow of commerce, preserve access to the global commons, respond to crisis, and should deterrence fail, win our Nation’s wars.
A secure maritime environment in which the United States operates together with our partners and the joint force to deter potential adversaries, commerce flows freely in accordance with international law, maritime forces are postured to protect our interests throughout the theater, and the United States remains the maritime security partner of choice.
NAVCENT will operate lethal naval power projection forces forward -- manned, trained, equipped, rested and ready to deter our adversaries, assure our partners, and compete globally. With force protection as my highest priority, we will posture flexible, resilient forces at sea and ashore, and execute all missions with a Defense in Depth mindset. We will exercise and operate by, with and through our partners to build capability, capacity, and interoperability ensuring access to the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandeb, and Suez Canal. Using maneuverability, our forces will deliberately flow in unpredictable ways, in cooperation with other Navy Component Commands, to unbalance our adversaries and optimize naval power. We will always maintain the highest standards, execute by the book, and take care of our people enabling a warrior fighting force in defense our country.
Area of Operations
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and Commander, 5th Fleet's area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 20 countries, includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.