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Command Early and Command Often in Bahrain
181217-N-RM440-1002 MANAMA, Bahrain (Dec. 17, 2018) Capt. Adan Cruz, commodore of U.S. 5th Fleet’s Task Force 55, left, and Capt. Christopher Gilbertson, commodore of Naval Surface Squadron 5, right, pose for a photo with four of their commanding officers who were selected for commander command at sea on Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses nearly 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 region 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.
Jan. 6, 2019 - Surely every junior Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) has heard the phrase “command early and command often,” heavily sprinkled among the advice given to them from senior SWOs. The opportunity to command a ship at sea is said to be at the heart of what being a SWO is about, and commanding a ship and its crew early would only fulfill that intrinsic duty sooner.

Chung-Hoon seizes drugs in Gulf of Aden
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GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 27, 2018) The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized 11,000 pounds of illicit drugs aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden. Chung-Hoon 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 the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy/Released)
Jan. 3, 2019 - The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of narcotics aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 27.

Coastal Patrol Ships Support Maritime Security Operations
181213-A-ZV876-1039 GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 13, 2018) Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) conducts small boat operations in the Gulf of Oman. Sirocco 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 the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
Dec. 23, 2018 - The coastal patrol ships USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) and USS Sirocco (PC 6) completed a week of maritime security operations in the Gulf of Oman, Dec. 19.

Joint anti-submarine exercise conducted by France, Australia, U.S. in C5F
From left, the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155), and the French Navy F70AA-class air defense destroyer FS Cassard (D 614) are underway during anti-submarine warfare exercise SHAREM 195 in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 14, 2018. Stockdale 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 the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
Dec. 19, 2018 - Maritime forces from France, Australia and the United States participated in Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 195 exercise in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 14-18.

SECNAV visits Bahrain
181219-N-TB177-2212 MANAMA, Bahrain (Dec. 19, 2018) Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer delivers remarks during an all-hands call with Sailors and Marines at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses nearly 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 region 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.
Dec. 19, 2018 - Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer met with leadership, visited ships, and spoke to service members aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Dec. 19.
U.S. 5th Fleet Holds Change of Command Ceremony
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Overview

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.