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Commander's Guiding Principles
  1. People like to play on a winning team and are willing to work harder and smarter to be on a winning team.
  2. People who work with or in the Navy do so with an expectation of success. Leaders must understand what that means and be engaged in meeting or exceeding that expectation.
  3. People should treat other people like they themselves wish to be treated and respect the rule of law as well as international and regional customs, to include a deep respect for religion and culture.
  4. People serve our nation because they believe that is the best way they can take care of their families. Leaders are charged with taking care of our people and must ensure that our people are empowered to take care of their families.
  5. As a nation in a long war we must mitigate risk to the maximum extent possible, while simultaneously accelerating toward excellence. Our people and our equipment are national treasures and we must take care of them – everywhere and all of the time.
  6. Excellence is its own reward. We must strive to be the best in the world in everything we do. We should continually accelerate toward excellence in every endeavor.
U.S. Naval Forces & U.S. 5th Fleet

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

Strategic Approach

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.