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  • Makin Island ARG, 11th MEU Arrive in 5th Fleet AOR


    By MC2 Christopher Lindahl

    More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Sept. 12.

    DON SAPRO Visits Bahrain


    By MC2 Danielle Brandt

    Director, Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (DoN SAPRO), met with members of the SAPR program and leadership during her visit to Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Sept. 9-11.

    International Mine Countermeasures Exercise Announced

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    By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

    Representatives from more than 40 nations spanning six continents are preparing for their participation in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), a defensive maritime exercise to be held in the international waterways of the Middle East, Oct. 27 - Nov. 13.

  • Updated: Marine Helicopter Crashes in the Gulf of Aden


    By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

    A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) crashed at 2:00 p.m. (GMT), today, at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).

    Coastal Patrol Force in Fifth Fleet Now at 10 Ships

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    By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

    Coastal Patrol (PC) ships USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) completed their arrival to Bahrain, Aug. 13.

    Chief of Naval Personnel Addresses Bahrain Sailors


    By MC2 Class Danielle Brandt

    The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP), Vice Adm. Bill Moran, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, held two all-hands calls with Sailors aboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Aug. 10-11.

  • USS Mesa Verde Sailors Reach ESWS Milestone

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    By MCSN Phylicia A. Hanson

    USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) celebrates its 131st Sailor to qualify as an enlisted surface warfare specialist (ESWS) since deploying in February, bringing the overall qualification level of the ship to 75 percent.

    USS Truxton Departs Cypress

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    By MC3 Scott Barnes

    USS Truxton (DDG 103) departed Limassol, Cypress August 3, following a four-day port visit.

    Navy and Air Force Warrior Transition Collaboration

    Navy and Air Force Warrior Transition Collaboration

    By Chaplain Thomas Riley

    The Navy and Air Force have joined arms to ensure Sailors and Airmen returning from combat operations are prepared to reintegrate with their families, careers and communities.

  • Fifth Fleet Commander Visits CVN 77

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    By MC3 Jeffrey Madlangbayan

    Vice Admiral John W. Miller, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, spoke to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), July 31.

    ALMDS Conducts Maiden Deployment in 5th Fleet AOR


    By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

    The U.S. Navy has forward deployed the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

    Bataan Sailors, Marines Visit Bahrain

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    By MC3 Mark Hays

    The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) pulled into Bahrain for a mid-deployment maintenance period and much-needed down time for the crew after an extended 135 days at sea, July 15, 2014.

  • USNS Richard E. Byrd Rescues Nine Individuals in the Gulf of Oman

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    By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

    USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, rescued nine crew members from a Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel that had lost power, was taking on water and was adrift in the Gulf of Oman, July 28, at approximately 9:00 a.m. local.

    CENTCOM Commander Visits CVN 77

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    By MCSN Connor McDermott

    Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander, U.S. Central Command, spoke to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), provided an update on current events and thanked them for their service Jul. 26.

    Savings Aweigh Aboard USS Phillipine Sea

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    By MC2 Abraham Loe McNatt

    Over the course of a nine-month deployment even the most junior Sailor can save thousands of dollars, and there is nothing bitter about that. To help Sailors capitalize on this money saving opportunity, financial planning education started aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), July 22.

  • USS Mesa Verde Sailors Participate in Health Challenge

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    By MC2 Shannon M. Smith

    Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) used deployment as an opportunity for fitness by participating in a six-week long health challenge hosted by the ship's medical staff throughout June and July.

    U.S. and Turkish Navies Swap Sailors While Underway

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    By MC2 Shannon M. Smith

    Eight U.S. Navy Sailors from the transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) visited two Turkish Navy frigates while Turkish Navy officers toured Mesa Verde.

    Marines to Conduct Scheduled Sustainment Training in Kuwait

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    By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

    The amphibious transport dock ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) conducted a transit through the Strait of Hormuz to the Arabian Gulf, June 20.

  • Eager Lion 2014 Coalition Forces Roar at Final Exercise

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    By Master Sgt. Will Price

    After two weeks of multi-lateral preparation and rehearsals, Exercise Eager Lion 2014 coalition forces conducted a live-fire, counter attack exercise at a range near Jebel Petra, Jordan, June 5.

    Gunston Hall Shares VBSS Knowledge

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    By MC3 Jesse A. Hyatt

    Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) visited the Royal Jordanian Naval Base in Aqaba, Jordan to exercise visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) procedures with Jordanian and Saudi Arabian sailors, May 23-27 in preparation for Exercise Eager Lion 2014.

    Gunston Hall Joins Saudis in DC Training

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    By MC3 Jesse A. Hyatt

    The damage control training team (DCTT) aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) conducted joint training in damage control and fire fighting techniques with Saudi Arabian sailors, May 27, during Exercise Eager Lion 2014.

  • Arleigh Burke Sailors Mentor Bahraini Children

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    By MC2 Carlos M. Vazquez II

    Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) participated in a community relations (COMREL) project at the Regional Institute for Active Learning (RIA) during a scheduled port visit to Bahrain, June 2.

    USS Truxtun Departs Bahrain

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    By MC3 Scott Barnes

    USS Truxtun (DDG 103) departed Manama, Bahrain July 19, following a scheduled six-day port visit.

    Historical Surgery aboard USS Mesa Verde

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    By MC2 Class Shannon M. Smith

    The amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) made history with its first ever surgery, conducted by members of Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System (ERSS) Team 12, July 16.

  • Marines Conduct Offload during Exercise Eager Lion 2014

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    By Sgt. Laura Gauna

    More than 500 Marines and sailors with 1st Marine Logistics Group and I Marine Expeditionary Force embarked on a Maritime Prepositioning Force offload mission in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for Exercise Eager Lion 2014, from May 25-29, 2014.

    Exercise Eager Lion 2014 Announced

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    By USCENTCOM Public Affairs

    The Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) announced Saturday that the JAF, U.S. forces, and more than 20 coalition partners will conduct a large-scale, multilateral exercise throughout the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, May 25 through June 8, 2014.

    Why the Military Can't Get Enough of Amphibious Ready Groups

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    By Hendrick Simoes, Stars and Stripes

    ... amphibious ready groups — known as ARGs — are playing a critical role in modern-day operations.

  • Jason Michael Carroll Performs Aboard George H.W. Bush

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    By MC3 Maggie Keith

    Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) attended a Jason Michael Carroll concert in the ship’s hangar bay, May 11.

    Pentagon Reauthorizes R & R for 9 Countries


    By Chris Carroll, Stars and Stripes

    Troops who deploy by the end of this month to nine Middle Eastern countries recently removed from the imminent danger pay location list will still qualify for R & R, according to a recent Pentagon decision.

    George H.W. Bush Conducts First Swim Call of 2014 Deployment

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    By MC3 Shaun Griffin

    Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) enjoyed a swim call in the Arabian Sea, May 11.

  • Sailors Drive Potent New Riverine Boat in Persian Gulf

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    By Christopher P. Cavas, Military Times Staff Writer

    It’s small, fast, heavily armed, networked and one of a kind. But the new coastal command boat just starting to operate in this region is giving sailors in the Persian Gulf a taste of the swift and bad-ass boats coming to the brown-water Navy.

    George H.W. Bush Galley Wins 2014 Ney Award

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    By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shaun Griffin

    The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) earned the 2014 Captain Edward F. Ney Award for best Aircraft Carrier Class galley in the Navy, announced by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, April 29.

    George H.W. Bush Forecasters Critical to Smooth Operations

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    By MC3 Ben Kelly

    Strategically placed in the aft-most section of the super structure is a vital aspect of USS George H.W. Bush’s (CVN 77) mission; Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC).

  • Namesake Visits Roosevelt

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    By MC2 Justin Wolpert

    Guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) hosted the family of the ship’s namesake, May 2.

    5th Fleet Admiral Addresses Bahrain Rotary Club


    By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

    The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / 5th Fleet / Combined Maritime Forces was a guest at the Rotary Club of Manama Bahrain during a luncheon, May 4.

    Bush Sailors Participate in Bahrain COMREL

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    By MC3 Kezia Engrums

    Sailors from George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) volunteered their spare time during a port visit to Manama, Bahrain, to participate in a community relations (COMREL) project for Bahrain Mobility International (BMI), Apr. 23.

  • VMM-263 Maintains Excellence Aboard Mesa Verde

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    By Staff Sgt. Lukas Atwell

    Since the first MV-22 Ospreys were deployed to Iraq in 2007, the Marines of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 have built a reputation for overcoming adversity through teamwork and ingenuity.

    Victims’ Legal Counsel Program Spans the Globe

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    By Commander, Task Force 51 Public Affairs

    The Navy’s Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) Program was introduced to forward deployed Sailors and Marines aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, March 19, 2014.

    USS Firebolt Remembers, Rededicates

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    By MC1 Steve Smith

    Sailors assigned to coastal patrol craft USS Firebolt (PC 10) held a remembrance ceremony and rededicated a memorial, onboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, on the tenth anniversary of the attack on Firebolt, April 24.

  • Sailors and Marines Volunteer at Local School for Children with Special Needs

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    By MCSN Phylicia A. Hanson

    Sailors and Marines from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) visited the Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs during a community relations project as part of a scheduled port visit to the United Arab Emirates, April 17.

    USS Truxtun Arrives in Aqaba, Jordan

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    By Collateral Duty Public Affairs Officer Ensign Christian Asaban

    The guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) arrived at the Royal Jordanian Naval installation near Aqaba for a scheduled logistics stop April 19.

    Bahraini Students Explore and Learn During U.S. Navy Day

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    By MC1 Steve Smith

    Components of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain provided more than 200 Bahraini middle school students with tours, equipment displays, and demonstrations during U.S. Navy Day at NSA Bahrain, April 16.

  • NFL Players Touchdown on Harpers Ferry

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    By MC3 Mark El-Rayes

    Three NFL players visited Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, March 5.

    Sailors, Marines Participate in Bataan Death March Remembrance

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    By MC3 Mark Hays

    Sailors and Marines participated in a 63 lap hangar-to-flight deck run and a moment-of-silence April 9, 2014, commemorating the 72-year anniversary of those lost, and those who survived the Bataan Death March.

    Master Chief Serves on 12th Deployment Spanning 27-year Career


    By Cpl. Clay Beryersdorfer

    After 11 deployments and traveling around the world, one could say Command Master Chief Juan Lopez is winding down in his career in the U.S. Navy.

  • USS San Jacinto Transits Suez

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    By MC3 Preston Paglinawan

    The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) transited the Suez Canal, March 28, departing the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) and entering the U.S. 6th Fleet AOR.

    Four for Four: Successful Griffin Missile Test Fire in U.S. 5th Fleet

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    By U.S. Central Forces Command Public Affairs

    A flotilla of coastal patrol (PC) ships launched four missiles in March at target sleds to test the operational capability of the system.

    New Orleans Mardi Gras at Sea

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    By MC1 Gary Granger Jr.

    Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) were treated to a "Mardi Gras" themed dinner, March 4.

  • George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Enters 5th Fleet

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    By MC3 Shaun Griffin

    More than 5,000 Sailors serving in the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) following a routine transit through the Suez Canal, March 19.

    5th Fleet Sailors Focus on SAPR Awareness


    By MC2 Danielle Brandt

    U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) concluded three days of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training with a SAPR stand down aboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, March 19.

    Female Students Exchange Cultures in Bahrain


    By MC2 Danielle Brandt

    Eight female students from the Honors College at West Virginia University visited Bahrain as part of a cultural exchange with women from the Royal University for Women in Riffa, March 9-16.

  • Sailor Strums Stress Away on Deployment

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    By MC3 Mark El-Rayes

    Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Hill, from Steeleville, Ill., is an imposing man, stone eyed and walks with a straight back. He plays his guitar dressed in all black; black beanie, black shorts, and a black Harley Davidson sleeveless shirt.

  • Gettysburg Assists Mariners in Distress

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    By Lt. Ryan de Vera

    Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) provided humanitarian assistance to three Iranian mariners on an adrift dhow in the Gulf of Oman, Feb. 16.

    From the Fighting Irish to the Fleet

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    By Ensign David Copley and Lt. j.g. Alex Cornell de Houx

    Although Lt. j.g. Tommy Smith no longer plays football in front of 100,000 screaming University of Notre Dame fans on Saturdays, his new job as a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician is not exactly short on adrenaline, either.

  • Harry S. Truman Wins Battle ‘E’

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    By MC2 Adam Brock

    The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was announced as the East Coast aircraft carrier battle efficiency winner by Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic, Feb. 14.

    Coastal Command Boat (CCB) Arrives in Bahrain

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    By MC1 Felicito Rustique

    The Coastal Command Boat (CCB) arrived in its homeport of Bahrain on Feb. 8.


Videos from the Fleet

NAVCENT is responsible for approximately 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea. NAVCENT's mission is to conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and strengthen partner nations' maritime capabilities in order to promote security and stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.

  • Coastal Patrol ships USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) competed their arrival to Bahrain, Aug. 13.

    The U.S. Navy has forward deployed the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

  • The Blackhawks of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 support Commander, Task Force 51 while forward deployed in the Arabian Gulf.

    Bahraini students had the chance to explore Naval Support Activity Bahrain during U.S. Navy Day, part of the U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain's annual American-Bahraini Friendship Week.

  • The CCB, a one-of-a-kind platform, was originally built in Washington in 2011 and is assigned to Commander Task Group (CTG) 56.7 of Commander Task Force (CTF) 56. As the first and only vessel of its kind, some of the CCB's capabilities include increased payload capacity for maritime interdiction operations (MIO), Sea Ports of Debarkation (SPOD) defense, Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) control, and other littoral ...

    Junior commanding officers and their crews continue the legacies of World War II motor torpedo boats (PT) aboard U.S. Navy coastal patrol ships (PC) and U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats (WPB) in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

  • "The Griffin missile system is an air- and ground-launched, precise, low-collateral-damage weapon for irregular warfare operations." -

    Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company, Central Command (FASTCENT), 3rd Platoon, conduct combat conditioning training as part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). FASTCENT's mission is to provide limited duration expeditionary anti-terrorism and security forces in support of U.S. 5th Fleet operations, to protect vital naval and national assets.

  • Coastal patrol ships (from left) USS Squall (PC 7), USS Thunderbolt (PC 12), and USS Tempest (PC 2) are depicted in a 12 hour time lapse, making preparations for their float off the motor transport vessel M/V Eide Transporter. The PCs' arrival brings the total number to eight PCs here to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

    5th Fleet's Public Affairs Office accompanied Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Christopher Chappel on an everyday adventure into the life of a U.S. Navy Harbor Patrol Unit.

  • A video of a UK Lynx helicopter landing aboard USS Kearsarge.

    An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), lands on the flight deck of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), at sea, Sept. 24, 2013.

  • GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 31, 2013) U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct fast rope training aboard HMS Illustrious.

    U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissancd Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Reconnaissance Platoon, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/2, 26th MEU, conduct parachute operations over Djibouti, Sept. 20, 2013.

  • ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 11, 2013) U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and AH-64D Apache helicopters assigned to 36th Combat Aviation Brigade conduct daytime landing qualifications aboard the afloat forward staging base (interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15).

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