February 20, 2024 - The International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Feb. 20.
February 15, 2024 - A U.S. Coast Guard cutter, forward deployed to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, seized advanced conventional weapons and other lethal aid originating in Iran and bound to Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen from a vessel in the Arabian Sea on Jan. 28.
February 12, 2024 - The Kuwait Naval Force, Kuwait Coast Guard, U.S Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command joined forces in Eager Defender 24 (ED 24), a bilateral maritime drill aimed at strengthening mutual interoperability and capabilities. The exercise, led by Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5), took place in Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf from Jan. 28 to Feb. 7, and showcases the commitment of both nations to regional security and readiness.
February 1, 2024 - Vice Adm. Brad Cooper turned over command of Middle East naval forces to Vice Adm. George Wikoff during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Feb. 1.
January 27, 2024 - Combined Maritime Forces welcomed Colombia as the 41st member of the world's largest maritime security partnership, Jan 21.
January 23, 2024 - The Brazilian Navy assumed command of Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) counter-piracy focused task force during a change of command ceremony here, Jan. 23.
Video by Sgt. Marita Schwab
U.S. 5th Fleet Continues Unmanned Exercise in the Arabian Gulf
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet
Nov. 27, 2023 | 1:23
ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 27, 2023) U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) is advancing lethality and the combat capabilities of unmanned surface vehicles during Exercise Digital Talon version 2 in the international waters surrounding the Arabian Peninsula, Nov. 27. During the exercise, NAVCENT’s Task Force 59, the Navy’s first Unmanned and Artificial Intelligence Task Force, demonstrated the ability of unmanned platforms to pair with traditionally crewed ships in “manned-unmanned teaming” to identify and target simulated hostile forces at sea. (U.S. Navy video by U.S. Army Sgt. Marita Schwab)

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.