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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.

About U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. 5th Fleet

080930-N-1082Z-034 INDIAN OCEAN (Sept. 30, 2008) – The commanding officer of a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser monitors the pirated motor vessel (M/V) Faina off the coast of Somalia while one of his helicopters provides aerial surveillance. The Belize-flagged cargo ship is owned and operated by 'Kaalbye Shipping Ukraine' and is carrying a cargo of Ukrainian T-72 tanks and related equipment. The ship was attacked on Sept. 25 and forced to proceed to an anchorage off the Somali Coast. U.S. 5th Fleet conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) to promote stability and regional economic prosperity. U.S. Navy photo by Mass communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky (RELEASED)

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 USCENTCOM 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 Responsibility

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/ Commander, 5th Fleet's area of responsibility 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 al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.

Our History

In 1879, USS Ticonderoga was the first U.S. warship to sail through the Strait of Hormuz. After World War II, U.S. and international interest in the Middle East began to rise.

In 1949, the U.S. Navy established a regular presence in the region, known as the Middle East Force. In 1950, the U.S. Navy leased office space from the British.

In 1971, when Bahrain achieved full independence, the U.S. Navy leased part of the former British base and named it Administrative Support Unit, Bahrain. The name was changed to Naval Support Activity, Bahrain in 1999, to reflect its broader support role.

In 1995, U.S. FIFTH Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) were recommissioned to command the afloat units that rotationally deploy or surge from the United States plus a few smaller ships that are based in the Gulf for longer periods. Ships rotationally deploy to the U.S. FIFTH Fleet from the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.

In February 2002 Combined Maritime Forces command was established to provide coordinated Coalition operations.

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