MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) hosted the Naval War College's Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Course for senior international military officers aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Nov. 13-17.
CFMCC offers a broad perspective of operational and strategic levels of war, while fostering relationships between international maritime leaders and preparing them for theater-level leadership.
"The CFMCC course provides a venue to enhance cooperation and interoperability with partner nations, friends and allies," said Vice Adm. Mark Fox, conference host and commander, U.S. Navy Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet. "Strengthening cooperative relationships is critical to safeguarding the region's vital waterways, protecting the free flow of commerce, and supporting security and stability in the region."
The course consisted of a series of seminars and discussions, and brought together 33 officers and officials from 17 nations including Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, France, Germany, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Yemen.
Brig. Gen. Fouad Basuleiman, deputy chairman, Yemen Coast Guard described the course as very beneficial.
"It allows participants to share experiences and learn about our coast guard and operating area," said Basuleiman. "The Yemen Coast Guard will be better thanks to this course."
The course also served as a forum to deepen relationships among nations in the framework of regional challenges, and to evolve combined maritime command and control concepts and mechanisms, while advancing understanding of security issues faced by participating nations.
"It was very good to hear the problems and difficulties to execute our mission on the sea and to exchange ideas for solving those problems," said Rear Adm. Nazih Baroudi, commander, Lebanese Armed Forces - Navy.
Experienced subject matter experts served as session instructors to develop perspectives necessary to effectively employ naval forces in a joint, coalition, or interagency environment. The course provided a forum for open discussion of issues to facilitate a better understanding of the various perspectives involved in a combined force.
"The course was very great as it made people think about the importance of information sharing among nations," said Col. Hani Alzboun, chief of operations, Royal Jordanian Navy.
The CFMCC Course is the senior executive component of the U.S. Navy's Professional Military Education (PME) continuum, and part of the senior joint PME continuum designed to address practical challenges confronting maritime operational-level commanders.
The first CFMCC course was held in Newport, R.I., in 2006, and focused on Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. The U.S. Naval War College has also conducted CFMCC courses in Naples, Italy; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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