Sept. 20, 2017

U.S. Fifth Fleet Welcomes New Commander

MANAMA, Bahrain - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F)/Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Sept. 19. Vice Adm. John C. Aquilino relieved Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan as commander of naval forces in the central command area of responsibility.

Sept. 19, 2017

San Diego, 15th MEU Participate in Alligator Dagger 2017

5th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 19, 2017) – The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded their participation in the scheduled combat rehearsal known as Alligator Dagger Sept. 11, in the vicinity of the Republic of Djibouti.

Sept. 19, 2017

U.S., Egypt conduct senior leader seminar with 14 nations

The U.S. and Egyptian armed forces conducted a senior leader seminar as part of Exercise Bright Star 2017, Sept. 18, 2017, Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt.

Sept. 14, 2017

Airmen Arm Aircraft for Defeat-ISIS Battles

The 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron turns this F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft into a force to be reckoned with by arming it to the teeth with a variety of munitions.

Sept. 14, 2017

Steady Progress Marks Success in Iraqis’ Fight Against ISIS, Official Says

Progress is steady in the fight to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as Iraqi security forces push ahead to eradicate the enemy from Iraq, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said.

Sept. 13, 2017

U.S., Egypt conduct joint CPX during Bright Star 2017

U.S. and Egyptian service members are conducting a joint command-post exercise as part of bilateral exercise Bright Star 2017, Sept. 10 - 20, at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt.

Sept. 13, 2017

U.S., Egypt kick off Exercise Bright Star 2017

More than 200 U.S. service members are participating alongside the Egyptian armed forces for the bilateral U.S. Central Command Exercise Bright Star 2017, Sept. 10 – 20, 2017 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt.

Sept. 11, 2017

After the landing: 15th MEU comes ashore during Alligator Dagger

 Fine clouds of dust form so thick it distorts visibility, as Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) arrive ashore in U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushions assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), bringing with them everything they need for combat operations and

Sept. 8, 2017

Alligator Dagger tests warfighting capabilities

In the early morning hours, two miles off the coast of Djibouti, sits an Amphibious Readiness Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) preparing to come ashore in what will prove to be a visually breathtaking experience. As waves of Marines launch from Landing Craft Air Cushion off USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and USS San Diego (LPD 22), steam toward Arta Beach in a calculated formation, they strategically position themselves in preparation for an assault during Alligator Dagger – a two-week exercise that prepares incoming ARG/MEU teams in the region for operations within the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility.

Sept. 8, 2017

Largest regional amphibious exercise kicks off in Djibouti, Africa

Naval Amphibious Forces, Task Force 51, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5), announced the commencement of a two-week amphibious exercise in international waters off the coast of Djibouti, Africa, Sept. 4, 2017. Exercise Alligator Dagger is the largest regional amphibious exercise to integrate and synchronize TF 51/5’s warfighting capabilities and those of adjacent U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and Special Operations Forces units.