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  • Red Reef 15 Closes With Joint Demonstration

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    By Capt. Josh Diddams

    RAS AL KHAIR, Saudi Arabia — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces officially concluded exercise Red Reef 15 with a joint demonstration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dec. 16, 2014.

    Successful International Mine Countermeasures Exercise Concludes

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    By 1st. Lt. Colleen B. McFadden

    U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY -- U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces are currently executing exercise Red Reef 15 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which began Dec. 7, 2014.

    Navy’s Newest Submarine Squadron Stands Up in Fifth Fleet

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    By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki

    The Navy’s newest submarine squadron stood up today at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Commander, Submarine Squadron (CSS) 21 replaces the Commander, Task Force (CTF) 54 detachment as the organization charged with supporting submarines forward-deployed to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet area of responsibility, which encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area; including the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

    U.S., China Conduct Anti-Piracy Exercise

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    By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Travis Alston and Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Coffer

    The U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) and ships from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) PLA(N) commenced a bilateral counter-piracy exercise, U.S.-China Counter-Piracy Exercise 15, in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa, Dec 11.

    Vice Adm. John W. Miller Recognizes Journey of Hope Sailors

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    By MC2 Sean Furey

    Commander, U.S. Naval forces Central Command, U.S. 5th fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, Vice Adm. John. W. Miller, recognized the accomplishments of three special needs sailors.

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.

  • More countries participate in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) than any other naval exercise in the world.

    Vice Admiral John. W. Miller, recognized the accomplishments of three special needs sailors from the Kuwaiti ship, Journey of Hope during their visit in Bahrain, Nov 25.

  • 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." - Raytheon.com

    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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