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U.S. Central Command Statement on June 13 Limpet Mine Attack in the Gulf of Oman June 14, 2019 — U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time from the motor tanker (M/T) Altair and a second one at 7 a.m. local time from the M/T Kokuka Courageous. MORE

Statement Regarding Shipping Vessels in Gulf of Oman June 13, 2019 — U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command received the calls from the M/V Front Altair and M/V Kokuka Courageous, who were operating in international waters of the Gulf of Oman. USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) was operating in the vicinity and provided immediate assistance to the M/V Kokuka Courageous. Twenty-one mariners from the M/V Kokuka Courageous, who abandoned ship, were rescued and are currently aboard Bainbridge. A Navy P-8 is also providing support. MORE

Task Force 56 Holds Change of Command Ceremony June 10, 2019 — U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s expeditionary combat force, Task Force (TF) 56, held a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, June 10. Capt. Stephen Jackson relieved Capt. Brad Andros as commander of TF 56 in a ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Jim Malloy, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. 5th Fleet. MORE

Commander, Naval Surface Squadron 5 Holds Change of Command June 6, 2019 — Commander Naval Surface Squadron (CNSS) 5 held a change of command ceremony June 6, 2019, on Naval Support Activity Bahrain. MORE

Task Force 53 Holds Change of Command June 2, 2019 — Task force (TF) 53 held a change of command ceremony May 30, 2019, on Naval Support Activity Bahrain. MORE

Abraham Lincoln Participates in Joint Exercise with U.S. Air Force June 2, 2019 — Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, attached to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG), and A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and part of the U.S. Central Command Bomber Task Force, conducted joint operations in the CENTCOM area of responsibility, June 1. The operations emphasize Joint Force integration and interoperability within the U.S. Department of Defense. MORE

Abraham Lincoln CSG and Kearsarge ARG Conduct Joint Operations in U.S. 5th Fleet May 19, 2019 — The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) and the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG), with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted joint operations May 17-18. MORE

Abraham Lincoln Transits Suez Canal May 13, 2019 — The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group (ABECSG) transited the Suez Canal, May 9. MORE

NSA Bahrain Honors Fallen Firebolt Shipmates April 24, 2019 — Naval Support Activity Bahrain service members gathered for the annual Firebolt Memorial ceremony and 5K run April 24. MORE

France, UK and U.S. Navies Complete Artemis Trident 19 April 18, 2019 — France’s Marine Nationale, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy completed the U.S. 5th Fleet mine countermeasures exercise Artemis Trident in the Arabian Gulf in April 2019. MORE

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