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Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Hosts Combined Force Maritime Component Commanders Course

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sandi Grimnes Moreno | March 31, 2019

MANAMA, Bahrain --

The U.S. Naval Forces Central commander hosted a week-long commanders course for multi-national senior military and civilian leaders onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, March 10 – 14.

Vice Adm. Jim Malloy, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces welcomed leaders from 14 partner nations to the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Course.

“Our goal this week is to promote a dynamic learning environment, where together, we improve our collective ability to fight and win as warfighters of our respective nations and together in combined operations,” Malloy said.

Participants were given presentations from 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces task force leaders, a state department advisor, industry representatives and strategic maritime operations experts before participating in case study discussions and team building exercises.

“Such a course gives you a different perspective, a different view point on military subjects. It also gives you understanding, and brings in more clarity on the developing regional military and global security situations,” said Commodore AN Pramad, principal director of aircraft acquisition, Indian navy. 

CFMCC Course are designed to prepare U.S. and allied-nation leaders for theater-level maritime leadership and to provide a broad perspective of operational and strategic tactics.

“We have officers here from all different communities and countries. That diversity brings distinct experiences and knowledge to the table, which is extremely beneficial as we work together for a common goal,” said Malloy. 

U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations 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 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.