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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 Devastator Changes Command
MANAMA, Bahrain - Sailors assigned to USS Devastator (MCM 6) give three cheers to Lt. Cmdr. Robert Burke, former commanding officer of Devastator, before departing during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
Makin Island Earns Battle E
ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) received the 2016 Battle Effectiveness Award (Battle "E"), March 14, marking the second time the ship received the honor.
Halfway at the Halfway
Sailors and Marines deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) participated in a half-marathon on the ship’s flight deck, Feb. 13
Building a Partnership aboard Harpers Ferry
JAVA SEA (NNS) -- Five inflatable boats carried 20 members of the Indonesian Marine Corps from the mountainous backdrop of southwest Indonesia to amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) to conduct a subject matter expert exchange with U.S. Sailors and Marines.
Technology Aids Mine Hunting During IMCMEX
Mapping the sea floor with mine hunting sonar, Sailors can identify anomalies and classify objects as “mine-like” based on observed characteristics. Mine-like objects are then investigated and, if necessary, neutralized by deploying the SeaFox UUV.
TACRON 11 Controls Boxer Skies
PRED SEA – Serving as the eyes to the sky, they ensure the safe operation of Boxer’s many combat aircraft, and accurate identification of all air contacts.
Boxer ARG, 13th MEU Enter U.S. 5th Fleet
(NNS) The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, April 5.
SMWDC Visits Bahrain
This is the first SMWDC visit to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, the visit served as an opportunity to speak with Sailors in the naval surface and mine warfare community.
US, UK Forces Conduct Joint Mine Warfare Squadron Exercise
160125-N-CJ186-496 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 25, 2016) Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Matthew Krom assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1 enters the Arabian Gulf to locate a training mine during a quarterly Squadron Exercise (Squadex).
CNO, MCPON visit Sailors in U.S. 5th Fleet
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson, made his first visit to the U.S. 5th Fleet at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain.
Adept at Offense
Five coastal patrol ships (PC) that have been outfitted with the Griffin Missile System (GMS) conducted a test and proficiency fire.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harpers Ferry Sailors launch CSADD campaign
ARABIAN GULF – Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) attended a training stand-down geared towards raising awareness about alcohol and decision making.
Harpers Ferry Mentors and Tutors Bahraini Children
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain - Sailors assigned to amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) participated in a community relations (COMREL) project at the Regional Institute for Active Learning (RIA) during a port visit to Bahrain.
CMC, SGTMAJ Visit 13th MEU
ARABIAN GULF – U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps; Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, the 17th sgt. maj. of the Marine Corps; and distinguished guests visited the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
A Bagpipe Dentist Out to C# [sea]
According to pipes/drums, an online publication dedicated to bag piping news and information, there are roughly 30,000 bagpipe players across the United States.
Marines Aboard Boxer Complete Basic Life Saver Training
ARABIAN SEA — Would you know what to do if the person standing next to you took a bullet through the chest? That’s just the kind of scenario Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) are preparing for.
PHIBRON Deputy visits Harpers Ferry
ARABIAN SEA – Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) leadership visited the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) to tour the ship and gain insight from Sailors.
CNO/MCPON Visit USS Boxer
USS BOXER, At Sea - Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) received an early Thanksgiving greeting when the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens visited the crew in the Arabian Gulf.
21st Century Leaders
ARABIAN SEA - The Chief Petty Officer (CPO) 365 program, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), is helping first class petty officers (FCPO) prepare for the next step in their careers to trade their crows for anchors.
Sailors Sharpen Skills Before Sunrise
ARABIAN SEA - An hour before the Boatswain’s Mate of the watch sounds his pipe signaling for all hands to rise for the day, a handful of Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) are already awake sitting in the ships classroom, ready to learn.
USS New Orleans Visits Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain - Sailors and Marines aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18) took part in liberty, community service projects, and received pre-holiday encouragement from visiting leadership during a port visit in Bahrain.
Chiefs Cook Up Navy Lessons
ARABIAN GULF - Sailors aboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) entered the mess decks much like they do every other day, but this day they received a rare and unique surprise. On this occasion their Command Master Chief, who also served pizza, other chiefs served dinner and the first class petty officers wiped tables and shuttled trays back and forth.
Boxer earns Silver ESWS Excellence Pennant
ARABIAN SEA – The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) earned the Silver Enlisted Surface Warfare Excellence Pennant, Oct. 21, as Sailors continue working toward their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) pin.
Boxer Sailors give back through CFC donations
USS Boxer, At Sea – Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 2013 began its annual drive giving Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) the option to make contributions to a variety of charitable organizations.
Boxer’s Medical adds Psych Program to Team
USS BOXER, At Sea - USS Boxer’s medical department is literally a floating hospital, capable of handling most surgeries. The clinic has a radiology department with three X-ray technicians. It also has a blood bank, pharmacy, two laboratories, and more than 300 beds to hold patients.
Boxer’s 2M Program Ranks Number One
ARABIAN SEA - The Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) recognized the Micro Miniature (2M) Repair division, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), for being the top performer during the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, saving the Navy $129,065.
CPR-1 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
USS BOXER , At Sea - Amphibious Squadron One's (CPR-1) diversity team presented a Hispanic Heritage month celebration aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), highlighting the contributions of Hispanics throughout the world and the Navy.
Boxer's SAR Swimmers Conduct Rescue Drill
USS BOXER, At Sea – Search and rescue (SAR) swimmers aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), trained in the choppy waters of the Arabian Sea during a rescue drill.
LCU Sailors Transport Marines
CAMP PATRIOT, Kuwait – Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1648, attached to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), transported Sailors and Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to the shores of Camp Patriot, Kuwait, for sustainment training exercises.
Boxer ARG Arrives in US 5th Fleet
ARABIAN SEA - The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).