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NAVCENT, U.S. Fifth Fleet, CMF Change of Command
210505-N-KC128-0168 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (May 5, 2021) Vice Adm. Sam Paparo, left, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), is relieved by Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, right, during a change of command ceremony presided over by Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, May 5. NAVCENT is the U.S. Navy element of U.S. Central Command in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and 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 critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.
May 6, 2021 - Vice Adm. Brad Cooper relieved Vice Adm. Samuel Paparo as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) during a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Support...

France, Australia, UK, U.S. Conduct Mine Countermeasures Exercise in the Arabian Gulf
210421-A-BD272-0073 ARABIAN GULF (April 21, 2021) - A multinalional group of mine countermeasure ships from the French Marine Nationale, UK Royal Navy, U.S. Navy and a MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, attached to the “Blackhawks” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM-15), operate in formation during exercise Artemis Trident 21 in the Arabian Gulf, April 21. Artemis Trident 21 is a multilateral mine countermeasures exercise between the UK, Australia, France and U.S., designed to enhance mutual interoperability and capabilities in mine hunting and clearance, maritime security and dive operations, allowing participating naval forces to effectively develop the necessary skills to address threats to regional security, freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Theoren Neal)
April 29, 2021 - The French Marine Nationale, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Navy, and U.S. Navy participated in multi-lateral mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise Artemis Trident (AT) 21 in the Arabian Gulf, April 18-29...

IRGCN Interaction with U.S. Naval Vessels in the North Arabian Gulf
210426-N-NO146-1006 ARABIAN GULF (April 26, 2021) Three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) approach the patrol coastal ship USS Firebolt (PC 10), while the U.S. vessel was conducting routine maritime security patrols in the international waters of the North Arabian Gulf, April 26. Firebolt is assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force (TF) 55. (U.S. Navy Photo)
April 27, 2021 - At approximately 8 p.m. on April 26, three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) failed to exercise due regard for the safety of other vessels as required under international...

U.S., French Carrier Strike Groups Conduct Dual Carrier Operations in 5th Fleet
210413-N-MD713-2029 ARABIAN SEA (April 13, 2021) - U.S. Navy F/A-18F and F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jets, an E-2C Hawkeye tactical airborne early warning aircraft and French Marine Nationale Dassault Rafale fighter jets fly in formation over the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), during dual carrier operations with the aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) in the Arabian Sea, April 13. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group 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 strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Pinske)
April 15, 2021 - The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG), began dual-carrier flight operations with the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group in the Arabian Sea, April 13...

Ships of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Conduct Port Visit in Duqm
210411-N-AY174-1086 DUQM (April 11, 2021) - Vice Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces speaks with Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during a sustainment and logistics visit in Duqm, Oman, April 11. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group 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 strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brianna T. Thompson-Lee)
April 12, 2021 - The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), flagship of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG), and guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) conducted a scheduled port visit in support of...
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Artemis Trident 21
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May 2, 2021 | 1:04
210502-A-BD272-0001 ARABIAN GULF (May 2, 2021) - A multinational group of minecountermeasure ships from the French Marine Nationale, Royal Navy, U.S. Navy and a MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, attached to the “Blackhawks” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15, operate in formation during exercise Artemis Trident 21 in the Arabian Gulf, May 2. Artemis Trident 21 is a multilateral mine countermeasures exercise between the UK, Australia, France and U.S., designed to enhance mutual interoperability and capabilities in mine hunting and clearance, maritime security and dive operations, allowing participating naval forces to effectively develop the necessary skills to address threats to regional security, freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Theoren Neal)
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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.