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U.S. Coast Guard Ship in Middle East Interdicts $17 Million in Drugs
May 15, 2022 - A U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter seized illicit narcotics from a fishing vessel while conducting patrols in the Gulf of Oman, May 15...

New CENTCOM Commander Visits U.S. Navy Unmanned Systems Hub in Bahrain
220429-A-ZV876-2020 MANAMA, Bahrain (April 29, 2022) A T38 Devil Ray unmanned surface vessel operates during a demonstration off the coast of Bahrain, April 29. In September 2021, U.S. 5th Fleet launched Task Force 59 to integrate new unmanned systems and artificial intelligence. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Resnick)
May 2, 2022 - The new commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) visited U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, April 29, to see firsthand how the Navy is integrating unmanned systems and artificial intelligence into fleet operations in...

Coalition Task Force Completes Exercise Sentinel Shield
220412-N-NO146-1001 ARABIAN GULF (April 12, 2020) Patrol boat USCGC Baranof (WPB 1318), right, conducts a passing exercise with United Arab Emirates Navy missile patrol boat Marban (P 152)  during exercise Sentinel Shied in the Arabian Gulf, April 12.
April 18, 2022 - Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the operational arm of International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC), successfully completed a Sentinel Shield exercise April 12...

New International Naval Task Force to Enhance Red Sea Security
220417-N-KZ419-1015 MANAMA, Bahrain (April 17, 2022) Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) speaks at the Combined Task Force (CTF) 153 commissioning ceremony April 17, at CMF headquarters in Bahrain. CTF 153 is a Combined Maritimes Forces task force focused on maritime security and capacity building in the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandeb and Gulf of Aden. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dawson Roth)
April 17, 2022 - Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) established a new international naval task force April 17 to enhance maritime security in the Red Sea region...

International Coalition Hosts Stakeholders Conference
201120-N-PS962-1279 BAB EL-MANDEB STRAIT (Nov. 20, 2020) - The Royal Saudi Naval Force frigate Makkah (814) transits the Bab el-Mandeb Strait with the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), not pictured, Nov. 20. The International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) maintains the freedom of navigation, international law and free flow of commerce to support regional stability and security of the maritime commons.
April 12, 2022 - International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) gathered in person at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain and virtually March 31 to discuss the latest regional threats and other issues that are critical to maritime commerce...
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U.S. Navy Rescues Mariners Smuggling Illicit Drugs
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet
Dec. 15, 2021 | 2:13
GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 15, 2021) Mariners observed pouring containers of liquid on cargo and forward deck prior to fire aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman, Dec. 15. (U.S. Navy Video)

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.