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Commander, Naval ForcesThe area of responsibility encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, and the Arabian Sea. This expanse 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.
U.S. 5th Fleet
USS San Diego Conducts RAS
RED SEA - Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) use a pallet jack to move supplies during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201).
USS Gridley Holds CBR Drill
GULF OF OMAN - Sailors conduct a test for simulated agent during a chemical, biological and radiological training event aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101).
Sailors Participate in Damage Control Drill
GULF OF ADEN - Sailors and Marines participate in pipe patching training during a damage control drill on the forecastle of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22).
Operation Inherent Resolve
U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations - Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Derome D. Smith learns to gauge an M2HB .50-caliber machine gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) during a training exercise.
Makin Island Visits Duqm, Oman
DUQM, Oman – The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded a seven-day port visit in Duqm, Oman.
Makin Island Doctors Tour Duqm Hospital
DUQM, Oman – The senior medical officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Five medical officers met with local doctors in Duqm, Oman, where they exchanged tours of the ship’s medical facilities and the town’s local facilities.
GULF OF OMAN - The guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), right, refuels during a replenishment-at-sea evolution with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary fast fleet tanker Wave Ruler (A390).
Makin Island Holds Change of Command at Sea
Capt. Jon P. Rodgers relieved Capt. Alvin Holsey as commanding officer of Makin Island. Rodgers becomes the ship’s fifth commanding officer since the ship’s commissioning in 2009.
Makin Island MWR Holds “Reindeer Games”
GULF OF ADEN - Sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) particpate in the command's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted "Reindeer Games" "Reindeer Scramble" in the ship's hangar bay.
USS San Diego Moved By Operation Pillowcase: Putting Heads At Ease
ARBIAN GULF - Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy Atkins Ricks, from Detroit, Michigan, poses with a handcrafted pillowcase sent by members of the Heads at Ease Pillowcase Project, an organization that makes and mails pillowcases for deployed service members.
Red Reef 15 Closes With Joint Demonstration
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - A landing craft utility (LCU) exits the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) to transport Marines and Sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Comstock ashore in support of exercise Red Reef 15.
MEDITERRANEAN SEA - Lt. j.g. Jermaine D. Jackson uses a phone on the bridge wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).
PHIBRON 5 Holds Change of Command Ceremony at Sea
GULF OF ADEN - Capt. Stephen McKone, incoming commander, Amphibious Squadron Five, and Capt. Vic Cooper, outgoing commander, cut the cake during a routine change of command ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
Exercise Red Reef 15 Kicks Off
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (NNS) -- U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, began exercise Red Reef 15 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
US, China Conduct Anti-Piracy Exercise
GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) and ships from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) PLA(N) commenced a bilateral counter-piracy exercise, U.S.-China Counter-Piracy Exercise 15, in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa.
Mine Countermeasures Power
More than 6,500 military service members
from more than 40 nations, along with 700 civilian
mariners, operated 38 naval ships, 32 civilian
merchant vessels and three exercise task forces
throughout the Arabian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and
the Red Sea.
Largest Naval Exercise
Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians
with Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 worked
alongside French and Danish EOD divers as
well as Bahraini forces in Manama, Bahrain.
USS Makin Island Sailors and Marines Hold “Iron Chef” Competition
RED SEA – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Simon Riley, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Eric Kapfhamer, and Culinary Specialist Seaman Aaron Simon present entrées to the senior chain of command aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), who participated as judges for Makin Island’s first “Iron Chef” competition.
Makin Island MWR Hosts Halloween 5K Fun Run/Walk
GULF OF ADEN – USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Fun Boss Kristen Venoy and her shipboard Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff hosted a “Halloween 5K Fun Run/Walk” on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship.
Women at Sea open salon for Sailors and Marines aboard MKI
RED SEA - What do you think of when you imagine a barbershop? Maybe it resembles a scene from the movies with a room full of men, sprawled out in cherry red barber chairs, arguing who was the greatest quarterback of all time. Perhaps it’s the sound of clippers buzzing like a swarm of bees around a hive. It could even be a couple of old men embellishing the size of their big catch on the last fishing trip over a game of chess. However, in this case, the scene would not be what you expect.
Learning Leadership: Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Baldwin
ARABIAN GULF - The rumors spread around the scuttlebutt, also known as a water fountain, like wildfire in a dry forest. They were small in the beginning, eventually turning into large blazing flames of words and curiosity. Some were curious about his physical appearance. While others wondered would he have the same personality he’d shown millions of people on T.V, or was it all just a show?
USS San Diego Celebrates Navy's Birthday
RED SEA - 'Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light...' rang over the speakers as crew members stood at attention on the forecastle while the Sailors and Marines of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego's (LPD 22) choir sang the national anthem. It was the Navy's 239th birthday celebration.
USS Comstock Departs Bahrain
BAHRAIN (NNS) -- The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), now operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed from Mina Salman Pier, Bahrain following a four-day port visit.
CTF 51 Visits Makin Island
ARABIAN GULF – The Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 51, Marine Brig. Gen. Carl Mundy, visited the Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) to tour the ship and pass along a few words of encouragement.
Makin Island Welcomes 10 New Chiefs
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Ten Sailors were pinned to chief petty officer (CPO) during a ceremony held aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
Makin Island ARG, 11th MEU Arrive in 5th Fleet AOR
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) after participating in a joint exercise with the Malaysian military and conducting a patrol of the U.S. 7th Fleet.
International Mine Countermeasure Exercise Announced
MANAMA, Bahrain – Representatives from more than 40 nations spanning six continents are preparing for their participation in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), a defensive maritime exercise to be held in the international waterways of the Middle East.
NFL Players Touchdown on Harpers Ferry
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Three NFL players visited Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS New Orleans Arrives in Duqm, Oman
DUQM, Oman (Feb. 24, 2014) 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) made a historic four-day port call in Duqm, Oman, Feb. 20. New Orleans is the second U.S. warship and the first U.S. amphibious ship to moor pier side in Duqm.
Brother, Sister Sail With the Navy
USS NEW ORLEANS, At Sea - Damage Controlman 2nd Class Cassidy Cole, and Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Christopher Cole, found themselves underway in the same amphibious ready group.
New Orleans Celebrate Mardi Gras at Sea
USS NEW ORLEANS, At Sea - Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) were treated to a "Mardi Gras" themed dinner.
Sailor Strums Stress Away on Deployment
ARABIAN GULF – Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Hill, from Steeleville, Ill., is an imposing man, stone eyed and walks with a straight back. He plays his guitar dressed in all black; black beanie, black shorts, and a black Harley Davidson sleeveless shirt.
Getting Schooled on Arleigh Burke
Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) commenced classes in pursuit of their college education while underway on deployment through the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE).
Sailor Becomes Marine Martial Arts Instructor
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Religious Programs Specialist 2nd Class Armando Arias hunts down signatures to complete his long list of qualifications needed aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18).
Boxer’s Creativity Fights Against Complacency
ARABIAN GULF- Deployments can bring many hazards to servicemembers. Danger is always present, whether it’s working on the flight deck, conducting well deck operations or working down in the engineering spaces, and one constant danger is becoming complacent.
Super Bowl Football in the Gulf
ARABIAN GULF – Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) were awake early on the morning of, watching Super Bowl XLVIII live on TV while underway in the Arabian Gulf.