December 5, 2023 - Combined Maritime Forces welcomed Sri Lanka, Nov. 20th, as the 39th member of the world’s largest maritime security partnership.
November 30, 2023 - A combined naval effort between multiple nations thwarted an attempted seizure of an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, Nov. 26.
November 29, 2023 - U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) continues advancing lethality at sea, utilizing the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) as a staging base and command center for a host of unmanned systems during live weapons firing exercises in the international waters of the central Arabian Gulf, Nov. 27.
November 29, 2023 - Statement from the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Vice Adm. Brad Cooper: “Iranian unmanned aircraft took unsafe and unprofessional actions near USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) during the course of routine flight operations in international waters, Nov. 28.
November 27, 2023 - The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) completed a scheduled transit through the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 26.
November 22, 2023 - Combined Maritime Forces hosted representatives of the Manama Dialogue Middle East and North Africa Young Leaders’ Program at the CMF headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 17.
Video by Sgt. Marita Schwab
U.S. 5th Fleet Continues Unmanned Exercise in the Arabian Gulf
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet
Nov. 27, 2023 | 1:23
ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 27, 2023) U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) is advancing lethality and the combat capabilities of unmanned surface vehicles during Exercise Digital Talon version 2 in the international waters surrounding the Arabian Peninsula, Nov. 27. During the exercise, NAVCENT’s Task Force 59, the Navy’s first Unmanned and Artificial Intelligence Task Force, demonstrated the ability of unmanned platforms to pair with traditionally crewed ships in “manned-unmanned teaming” to identify and target simulated hostile forces at sea. (U.S. Navy video by U.S. Army Sgt. Marita Schwab)

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.