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New Commander For U.S. Navy in Persian Gulf

July 17, 1996

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) _ Vice Adm. Thomas Boulton Fargo took command Wednesday of American naval forces in the Persian Gulf.

Fargo, of Coronado, Calif., replaced Vice Adm. Scott Redd of Sidney, Iowa, who completed a 22-month stint.

Fargo’s command includes the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

The Central Command’s area of operations stretches from the Suez Canal to Pakistan, and from the Gulf to the coast of Kenya, including the northwestern Indian Ocean.

The Fifth Fleet, deactivated in 1947, was recommissioned on July 1, 1995. At present, it comprises more than 30 warships, with 15,000 sailors and Marines.

U.S. naval forces conduct some 65 exercises a year with allied forces in the region, including the six Gulf Cooperation Council states led by Saudi Arabia.

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