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Dextrous Holds Change of Command
190221-N-RM440-1251 MANAMA, Bahrain (Feb. 21, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Jordan Stutzman, left, commanding officer of Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13), shakes hands with Lt. Cmdr. Robert J. Toohig Jr. after taking command during a change of command ceremony on Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Dextrous is forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations in support naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
Feb. 21, 2019 - With its railings dressed and signal flags proudly displayed, the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13) hosted a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Feb. 21.

NAVCENT Team Completes IMX 19 Main Planning Conference
Feb. 13, 2019 - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) completed the International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 19 Main Planning Conference (MPC) onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Feb. 13.

USS Chung-Hoon Conducts Second Drug Bust in a Month
U.S. Navy Fire Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Wesley Helm, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), watches a shipment of narcotics aboard a dhow that was discovered transporting 4,700 kilograms of hashish in the Gulf of Aden, Jan. 24, 2019. Chung-Hoon is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security.
Jan. 29, 2019 - While conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of illicit narcotics aboard a stateless vessel, Jan. 24.

Command Early and Command Often in Bahrain
181217-N-RM440-1002 MANAMA, Bahrain (Dec. 17, 2018) Capt. Adan Cruz, commodore of U.S. 5th Fleet’s Task Force 55, left, and Capt. Christopher Gilbertson, commodore of Naval Surface Squadron 5, right, pose for a photo with four of their commanding officers who were selected for commander command at sea on Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses nearly 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The region is comprised of 20 countries and 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.
Jan. 6, 2019 - Surely every junior Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) has heard the phrase “command early and command often,” heavily sprinkled among the advice given to them from senior SWOs. The opportunity to command a ship at sea is said to be at the heart of what being a SWO is about, and commanding a ship and its crew early would only fulfill that intrinsic duty sooner.

Chung-Hoon seizes drugs in Gulf of Aden
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GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 27, 2018) The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized 11,000 pounds of illicit drugs aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden. Chung-Hoon is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy/Released)
Jan. 3, 2019 - The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of narcotics aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 27.
U.S. 5th Fleet Holds Change of Command Ceremony
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U.S. Naval Forces Central Command 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. The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’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 area of operations.