U.S. CENTCOM Statement on June 13 Limpet Mine Attack in the Gulf of Oman

June 13, 2019 – U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time from the motor tanker (M/T) Altair and a second one at 7a.m. local time from the M/T Kokuka Courageous. Both vessels were in international waters in the Gulf of Oman approximately 10 nautical miles apart at the time of the distress calls. USS Bainbridge was approximately 40 nautical miles away from the M/T Altair at the time of the attack, and immediately began closing the distance. At 8:09 a.m. local…

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CENTCOM Statement on Death of USS Cole Bombing Operative

January 6, 2019 – U.S. Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban released the following statement Jan. 6 on the death of Jamal al-Badawi: “U.S. Central Command has confirmed that Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a precision strike in Marib governate [Yemen] on Jan. 1. “Jamal al-Badawi was a legacy al Qaeda operative in Yemen involved in the USS Cole bombing. U.S. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process. “Jamal al-Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003, charged with 50 counts of various…

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Combined Maritime Forces Change of Command

Combined Maritime Forces welcomes a new commander at a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity in Bahrain, 19 September 2017. Vice Admiral John C. Aquilino relieved Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan as Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F), and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). Having assumed command on 3rd September 2015, VADM Donegan has spent two years as the CMF commander. A multi-national naval partnership, CMF exists to promote security, stability, and prosperity across approximately 3.2 million square miles of international waters, which encompasses…

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