Vice Adm. Jim Malloy, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) delivers remarks during the hybrid change of command on board Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Aug. 19, 2020. US Navy Photo
A new commander has taken charge of U.S. naval forces in the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to simmer. Read More
Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) transits the Gulf of Aden during a vertical replenishment while on a regularly scheduled deployment of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). US Navy Photo
Two Navy amphibious ready groups and about 4,500 shipboard Marines are on standby in the Middle East to support an American exit from Syria if needed, a defense official confirmed to USNI News late Monday. Read More
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Ayana Knox records aircraft movements on the ‘Ouija Board,’ a scale model of the flight deck, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Nov. 28, 2017. Theodore Roosevelt and its carrier strike group are deployed to the Persian Gulf. US Navy Photo
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG-9) is now in the Persian Gulf, where it is expected to join the ongoing Operation Inherent Resolve fight against ISIS forces.
U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, fire an M777A2 Howitzer at an ISIS infiltration route March 18, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo
THE PENTAGON — Sailors and Marines assigned to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will begin returning from a seven-month deployment to the Middle East starting today, according to a statement from the 26th MEU. Read More
Children wave goodbye to their father, Lt. Chris Robinson, deploying aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24). Arlington deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group on Oct. 6, 2015. US Navy photo.
The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Oct. 6 from the East Coast for a deployment to the Middle East. Read More
The guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) is underway conducting an independent deployer certification exercise off the coast of Southern California on April 30, 2015. US Navy photo.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG-76) left its homeport in San Diego on Monday for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Middle East. Read More
Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan
The Navy has nominated Rear Adm. Kevin “Kid” Donegan to the rank of vice admiral and an assignment as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and commander of U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain. Read More
MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 launches from USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Aug. 24, 2014. US Navy Photo
The Marine presumed lost at sea following a bail out from a MV-22 Osprety tilt-rotor has been identified, according to a Friday afternoon release from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Read More
An MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM) 163 lands aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego in 2013. US Navy Photo
The Navy and Marines have suspended the search for a Marine who bailed out of a MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey during a Wednesday takeoff from USS Makin Island (LHD-8) operating in the Persian Gulf, the service said in a Thursday statement. Read More
MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Aug. 16, 2014. US Navy Photo
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are searching the northern part of the Persian Gulf after two crew “bailed out” from a Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft on Wednesday. Read More