U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

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

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command conducts persistent maritime operations to forward U.S. interests, deter and counter disruptive countries, defeat violent extremism and strengthen partner nations’ maritime capabilities in order to promote a secure maritime environment in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Our Vision

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command will advance the interests of the United States and the security and prosperity of the region by building and effectively employing forward, capable and Coalition-focused forces across the full spectrum of maritime operations. We will endeavor to prevent conflict but remain prepared to win decisively when directed.

Accomplishing the Mission

In order to accomplish our mission of supporting MSO in the region, we engage; perform visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS); protect key infrastructure nodes; deter and disrupt piracy; assist mariners in distress; provide humanitarian assistance and conduct combat operations.

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.

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