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Greek, U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Passing Exercise in Arabian Gulf
210225-N-N0146-1004 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 25, 2021) – U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) and Greek guided-missile frigate HS Hydra (F452) participate in a passing exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 25.  U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) is comprised of six 110' cutters, the Maritime Engagement Team, shore side support personnel, and is the Coast Guard's largest unit outside of the U.S. playing a key role in supporting Navy security cooperation, maritime security, and maritime infrastructure protection operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
Feb. 26, 2021 - The U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats USCGC Adak (WPB 1333) and USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Greek guided-missile frigate HS Hydra (F452) in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 25...

U.S. 5th Fleet Response to COVID-19 Aboard USS San Diego and USS Philippine Sea
Feb. 25, 2021 - U.S. 5th Fleet took immediate actions to identify, isolate, test and treat affected Sailors and Marines aboard two ships...

NAVCENT Ships Exercise Air Defense Capabilities with Army and Air Force Counterparts
210221-N-NO146-1001 GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 21, 2021) - Lt. Cmdr. Chris Bradley stands watch as tactical action officer in the combat information center aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) during a joint air defense exercise in the Gulf of Oman, Feb. 21. Port Royal 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 Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce. (U.S. Navy courtesy photo)
Feb. 25, 2021 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) and guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) participated in Joint Air Defense Exercise (JADEX) 21-01 alongside forces from U.S. Army Central Command (ARCENT) and...

Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and Embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Enter Arabian Gulf
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STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Feb. 8, 2021) – Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) transits the Strait of Hormuz, Feb. 8. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are 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 Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
Feb. 9, 2021 - The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) and dry cargo ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) transited the Strait of Hormuz, entering the Arabian Gulf Feb...

Task Force 56 Holds Change of Command
210204-N-UH865-0031 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (Feb. 4, 2021) Capt. Joseph K. Haywood, left, relieves Capt. Stephen J. Jackson as commodore of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 on board Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Feb. 4. CTF 56 is responsible for planning and execution of expeditionary missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 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 expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three chokepoints, critical to the free flow of global commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews)
Feb. 7, 2021 - Capt. Joseph K. Haywood relieved Capt. Stephen J. Jackson as commodore of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Feb. 4...
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Joint Service Naval Operation Prevents Weapons Smuggling In The Indian Ocean
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet
Feb. 12, 2021 | 0:31
210215-N-PS962-1222 INDIAN OCEAN (Feb. 12, 2021) The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), in accordance with international law, boarded a stateless dhow off of Somalia and interdicted an illicit shipment of weapons and weapon components, Feb. 12. Maritime security operations, as conducted by the U.S. 5th Fleet, entail routine patrols to determine pattern of life in the maritime environment as well as to enhance mariner-to-mariner relations. These operations reassure allies and partners and preserve freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Louis Thompson Staats IV)
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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.