Archive: 2021

May 6, 2021

NAVCENT, U.S. Fifth Fleet, CMF Change of Command

Vice Adm. Brad Cooper relieved Vice Adm. Samuel Paparo as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) during a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, May 5, 2021.

May 3, 2021

Task Force Spartan participates in missile defense exercise

The 130th Field Artillery Brigade of Task Force Spartan participated in an Air and Missile Defense Exercise (AMDEX 21), a U.S.-led event that develops tactics against simulated air and missile threats, April 12 - 23, 2021.

May 3, 2021

ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY Sets New CMF Heroin Record Seizure In Back-To-BackDrug Busts

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ship HMCS Calgary has made the largest ever heroin bust in Combined Maritime Forces history, operating under the command of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. The record-setting haul of 2,835 lbs (1,286 kg) of heroin on 23 April was achieved seven years to the day since HMAS Darwin interdicted 2,275 lbs (1,032kg) of the drug in 2014. In addition to their record-breaking success, Calgary struck again less than 24 hours later with a second interdiction capturing 794 lbs (360 kg) of methamphetamine.

April 30, 2021

Regional Solutions Needed to Address Middle East Security, General Says

Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said the two most urgent threats in the coming years will most likely be the proliferation of cheap and capable unmanned aerial vehicles used by extremist groups, as well as humanitarian crises in the Middle East caused by poor governance, which could serve to radicalize youths.

April 28, 2021

Deployed fighters utilize ACE concept, execute tactical munitions ferry

Six F-15E Strike Eagles landed here with a modified munitions configuration on Apr. 25, 2021, as part of an Agile Combat Employment operation in the U.S. Central Command theater.

April 27, 2021

IRGCN Interaction with U.S. Naval Vessels in the North Arabian Gulf

At approximately 8 p.m. on April 26, three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) failed to exercise due regard for the safety of other vessels as required under international law as they came into close proximity to U.S. naval vessels in international waters of the north Arabian Gulf.

April 23, 2021

Military Leaders Discuss Defense Authorization Request, Future Years Defense Program

Army Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the commander of the U.S. Africa Command, and Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the commander of the U.S. Central Command, testified today before the Senate Armed Services Committee in review of the defense authorization request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program.

April 20, 2021

1st TSC validates expeditionary command post at Camp Arifjan exercise

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait--Soldiers of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command's main command post at Fort Knox, Kentucky, deployed here throughout April for a validation exercise for its expeditionary command post.

April 16, 2021

Marine Corps MQ-9 reaches 10 thousand flight hours in Central Command

On March 31st, the Marine Corps’ first MQ-9A Unmanned Aerial System achieved 10 thousand total flight hours in the Central Command area of responsibility, a major milestone for the modernization of the force. The MQ-9A “Reaper” is a Remote Split Operations (RSO) product from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated. The RSO capability revolutionizes military operations by allowing the system operator to be thousands of miles away from both the launching site, and airspace covered by the aircraft. VMU-1, a squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, pilots the forward deployed Reaper, which has supported daily combat operations for Task Force Southwest in Afghanistan before its end of mission, and later 5th Fleet in the Arabian Gulf.

April 16, 2021

AMDEX 21-02 tests AFCENT, partner defense readiness

Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) kicked off Air and Missile Defense Exercise 21-02, a U.S.-led event that improves tactics, techniques and procedures against simulated air and missile threats and strengthens distributed operations capabilities, April 12, 2021.