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Saudi naval force conducts mine countermeasures training with U.S. Navy and Royal Navy


A mine countermeasures interoperability training , led by Commander, Task Force (CTF) 52 took place in the Arabian Gulf. CTF 52 provides command and control of all mine warfare assets in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
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Royal Saudi Naval Force mine countermeasures vessel Al-Shaqra (MCMV 422), front, Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessel HMS Brocklesby (M 33), middle, and mine countermeasure ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13) sail in formation during mine countermeasures interoperability training, led by Commander, Task Force (CTF) 52 in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 11 (Picture source: U.S Army/Spc. William Gore)


The Fifth Fleet shares a commander and headquarters with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) in Bahrain. As of 19 August 2020, the commander of the 5th Fleet is Vice Admiral Samuel J. Paparo Jr. Fifth Fleet/NAVCENT is a component command of, and reports to, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). The 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern tip of Yemen.

Established in 1944, the Fifth Fleet conducted extensive operations against Japanese forces in the Central Pacific during World War II. World War II ended in 1945, and the Fifth Fleet was deactivated in 1947. It remained inactive until 1995, when it was reactivated and assumed its current responsibilities.


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