U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet
Definition/Scope: The US Navy?s 5th Fleet is part of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT). Their area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 27 countries, 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. The missions’ statement is: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command conducts persistent maritime operations to forward U.S. interests, deter and counter disruptive countries, defeat violent extremism and strengthen partner nations’ maritime capabilities in order to promote a secure maritime environment in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility.
Broader Terms:US Central Command, Combatant Command, AOR/Unified
Narrower Terms:Combined Maritime Forces
Related Terms:Maritime Security Operations