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U.S. Navy Ship Rescues Iranian Mariners in Gulf of Oman
Two Iranian mariners signal for assistance Nov. 27 after their fishing vessel is adrift for eight days in the Gulf of Oman. Dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) responded and provided food, water and medical care.
Nov. 28, 2021 - A U.S. Navy vessel rescued two Iranian mariners Nov. 27 from a fishing vessel after it was adrift for eight days in the Gulf of Oman...

Defense Secretary Visits USS Sentry, Unmanned Systems in Bahrain
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin speaks to U.S. Navy personnel about the Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel, attached to Task Force (TF) 59, at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Nov. 21. TF 59 is the first U.S. Navy task force of its kind, designed to rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence with maritime operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
Nov. 21, 2021 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry (MCM 3) while at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Nov. 21...

U.S. Navy, Jordan Partner on New Unmanned Systems Integration
Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, left, and Col. Hisham Khaleel Aljarrah, commander of the Royal Jordanian Naval Force, examine Task Force 59’s new Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Nov. 18. The visit signaled U.S. 5th Fleet’s commitment to partnering with Jordan after establishing the new unmanned task force in September 2021.
Nov. 18, 2021 - U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) briefed the head of Jordan’s navy on U.S. 5th Fleet efforts to integrate new unmanned systems during a visit to U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Nov. 18...

U.S. and Regional Partners Conduct Maritime Security Exercise in Red Sea
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2021) The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27) transits the Pacific Ocean.
Nov. 11, 2021 - Forces assigned to the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) began conducting a multilateral maritime security operations exercise in the Red Sea, Nov. 10...

U.S. Navy Conducts Annual Live Fire Missile Exercise in Arabian Gulf
Cyclone class Patrol (coastal) ship USS Tempest (PC 2), fires a Griffin Missile during a test and proficiency fire in the Arabian Gulf Nov. 5. Tempest, assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 55, is supporting maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
Nov. 7, 2021 - U.S. Navy patrol coastal ships conducted a live-fire exercise with the MK-60 Griffin guided-missile system in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 4-6, to test crew proficiency and system functionality...
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MANTAS T-12 Unmanned Surface Vessels
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet
Oct. 20, 2021 | 0:25
MANTAS T-12 unmanned surface vessels operating in the Arabian Gulf alongside U.S. Navy crewed assets. This was the first unmanned/manned teaming activity underway for U.S. 5th Fleet's new Task Force 59. The task force was established Sept. 9 to accelerate the development and integration of new unmanned systems across the fleet.
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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.