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USNS Choctaw County Arrives in Lebanon for First-Ever Central Partnership Station
Sept. 21, 2021 - Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2) arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, Sept. 20, to participate in U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s (NAVCENT) first-ever Central Partnership Station (CPS) mission...

NAVCENT Stands Down Task Force Supporting Afghanistan Evacuation
210826-N-ZA692-0017 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Aug. 26, 2021) – A U.S. service member transports supplies in support of U.S. citizens and evacuees arriving from Afghanistan at a location in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations prior to onward travel to the United States. The U.S. 5th Fleet region encompasses nearly 2.5 million square miles of water area and is comprised of 20 countries.
Sept. 14, 2021 - On Sept. 14, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) stood down a task force established last month to temporarily assist the safe evacuation of personnel from Afghanistan...

Essex Amphibious Ready Group Enters 5th Fleet
ARABIAN SEA (September 13, 2021) Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), middle, amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), left, and amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27), transit the Arabian Sea, Sept. 13. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of 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.
Sept. 14, 2021 - Amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2), flagship of the ESSEX Amphibious Ready Group (ESX ARG), along with amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27), dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and embarked 11th...

U.S. 5th Fleet Launches New Task Force to Integrate Unmanned Systems
Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, left, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, shakes hands with Capt. Michael D. Brasseur, the first commodore of Task Force (TF 59) during a commissioning ceremony for TF 59 onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Sept. 9. 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.
Sept. 9, 2021 - U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, Sept. 9, to rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations...

Defense Secretary Thanks Troops During NAVCENT Visit
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (Sept. 8, 2021) Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visits U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) headquarters on board Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Sept. 8. 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 21 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.
Sept. 8, 2021 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) headquarters, Sept. 8, during his first visit to Naval Support Activity Bahrain as secretary...
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Task Force 58 Service Members Reflections
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet
Sept. 15, 2021 | 0:49
Maj. Jeff Barnes assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 shares his experience during efforts to support the safe transit of U.S. citizens and evacuees from Afghanistan.
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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.