Commander, Naval Forces Central Command/ U.S. 5th Fleet is a dynamic environment that demands persistent focus and and provides a tremendous opportunity for engaging storytelling.

Context is a critical part of applying essential elements necessary for leaders and spokespersons to convey meaningful and powerful messages that originate from the Sailors, Marines, and regional partners that operate in the 5th Fleet area of operations.

The  area of responsibility encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area
and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, and the Arabian Sea. This expanse 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 region’s maritime domain is vital. In a typical week, more than 500 ships will sail  through the Strait of Hormuz. 300 of these ships are energy carriers representing 40% of the world’s seaborne traded oil; the rest carry other maritime commerce critical to the vitality of nations here in the Gulf and elsewhere in the region.

  • 20 countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
  • The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are defined as Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • 80% of the world’s proven oil reserves reside here.
  • Languages include: Arabic, French, English, Baluchi, Kurdish, Farsi, Turkish, Hindi, Aramaic, Armenian, and Urdu, amongst others
  • Religions include: Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Animism, amongst others
  • Ethnic Heritages include: Arab, European, Jewish, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, South Asian and many others.

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