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.
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.
USNAVCENT will consistently strive to achieve higher levels of operational excellence, guided by the following principles:
An organization that . . .
Is imbued with integrity, trust and teamwork.
Accepts and applies accountability.
Gives and demands professional respect and conduct.
Is committed to. . .
Respecting the rule of law as well as international and regional customs, to include a deep respect for religion and culture.
Contributing to maritime security as well as deepening and broadening regional partnerships.
Providing a persistent presence. The U.S. Navy has been in the region for 60 years and will be here for decades to come.
Remaining strong by exercising and operating across the full spectrum of naval operations.
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. more
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. more