Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)

A 33-nation naval partnership

CMF Leadership

Vice Admiral James Malloy

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Vice Adm. James Malloy is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland and a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.  He holds a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Command, Control and Communications) from the Naval Post Graduate School, a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College and a Master of Health Sciences in Emergency and Disaster Management from Touro University.


His sea tours include assignments aboard USS Deyo (DD 989), USS Fahrion (FFG 22) and USS Benfold (DDG 65).  He deployed in command of both USS Falcon (MHC 59) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91), guiding Pinckney through her maiden deployment.  He commanded Destroyer Squadron 50 as commander, Middle East Force (CTF 55); and commander, Coalition Task Group 152.1 operating at sea and from naval command centers in Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.

Ashore, Malloy served as the Navy theater missile defense officer and commander in chief operations briefer at U.S. Central Command (J3) in Tampa, Florida.  Following the 9/11 terror attack, he established U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Friendly Forces Coordination Cell in Bahrain, as deputy for operational liaison staff. Other staff assignments include flag aide to commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain; initial requirements officer for the littoral combat ship on the staff of the chief of naval operations, Surface Warfare Directorate (N86); head, Washington Placement Branch at Naval Personnel Command (PERS 441); and assistant deputy director, Politico-Military Affairs in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) on the Joint Staff.

As a flag officer, his tours include deputy director of operations, U.S. Central Command (J3); commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, deploying with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) to U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility in support of Operation Inherent Resolve; vice director for operations, the Joint Staff (J3), and most recently, deputy chief of naval operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5).

Malloy assumed duties as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces in December 2018.


United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander & Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces


Born in Liverpool and educated at Liverpool Blue Coat School, Commodore Steve Dainton joined the Royal Navy in 1987. His early career was largely spent at sea in a variety of ships, including Command of HMS Quorn (Hunt Class MCMV). After qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer and conducting further seagoing and staff appointments, he graduated from the Advanced Command and Staff Course at JSCSC Shrivenham where he gained an MA in Defence Studies. After promotion to Commander in 2004, he was appointed as Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans (Type 23 Frigate) and, throughout his time in Command, the ship was involved in maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea, energy security patrols in the Northern Arabian Gulf and the evacuation of civilians from Beirut. Subsequently, he joined the Directorate of Operational Capability in the Ministry of Defence working in a small team responsible for identifying and reporting strategic capability risk to Defence Ministers and Chiefs of Staff. In 2009, he completed an operational tour as Staff Operations Officer to the UK Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain prior to joining the UK Maritime Battle Staff specifically employed in the Operational HQ in the EU Counter Piracy mission.
Promoted to Captain in 2010, he took Command of HMS CUMBERLAND (Type 22 Frigate) and deployed to the Gulf undertaking a variety of missions in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Aden as well as being involved in the evacuation of civilians from Benghazi and subsequent operations off Libya, a period for which he was awarded a CBE. Returning to the Ministry of Defence in 2011, he was employed in Navy Resources and Plans where, as Captain Navy Plans, he was responsible for advising, influencing and determining the size, capability and structure of the current and future Royal Navy. In 2013, he was appointed in Command of HMS COLLINGWOOD, the Navy’s largest training establishment and was responsible for overseeing the delivery of individual training to the RN’s warfare and weapon engineering officers and ratings. On promotion to Commodore in 2015 he was assigned to the ACOS(Trg) role in FOST where he led the development of governance, strategy and policy for individual and collective training and education across the maritime training spectrum. A graduate of HCSC, he took over as UK Maritime Component Commander in June 2017.
Commodore Dainton currently resides in Bahrain with his wife, Cal, while their 2 sons – Joe (1996) and Sam (1997) have remained in the UK. His love of football and rugby is nowadays restricted to being a spectator but he remains an ardent supporter of his beloved Everton!

Commander Micah D Maxwell

Chief of Staff Combined Maritime Forces (COS CMF)

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A native of Hanford, California, Commander Micah Maxwell graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 with a degree in Ocean Engineering.

After completing nuclear power and submarine basic training, Maxwell reported to the fast attack submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) in April 2001. Other assignments at sea include serving as the engineer officer on USS Alaska (SSBN 773) during a refueling overhaul; executive officer aboard USS Cheyenne (SSN 773), earning the Submarine Squadron 7 Battle Efficiency Award for Excellence; and commanding officer of USS Buffalo (SSN 715), completing one Western Pacific deployment and a change of home port.

At shore, he has served as submarine watch officer and assistant force nuclear power officer at Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; engineer for Submarine Squadron 1; and the force nuclear power officer at Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.  Maxwell is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards).

Command Master Chief Lateef Compton

Senior Enlisted Leader Combined Maritime Forces (SELCMF)

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Command Master Chief Petty Officer Compton was born in Hartford, CT. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1993 and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1994. Following Basic Training in Great Lakes, IL, he attended MS “A” School in San Diego, CA. Upon graduation from CS “A” School, he reported for duty to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in Norfolk, VA as first a cook-on-watch, then quickly promoted to Watch Captain. Ashore, Master Chief Compton was stationed at NETC Newport, RI from December 1998 to January 2002. Here he served as the CBH manger and the Front Desk Supervisor. In his short time ashore he helped Naval Station Newport earn its Five-Star Admiral Zumwalt accreditation for excellence.  In 2002 he returned to sea-duty assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron- EIGHT-TWO (VFA-82) where He completed two deployments onboard the USS ENTERPRISE and one onboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN for Operation Enduring Freedom. In September 2005 he helped decommission VFA-82. In November 2005 after attending Enlisted Recruiting Orientation (ENRO) he reported to NRD Philadelphia were he served as Recruiter-in-Charge and Zone Supervisor.

In January of 2009 he transferred to the USS O’KANE were he assumed the duties as the Supply Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and he assumed duties as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the retired CMC. In March of 2010 he was selected by the Navy to serve as a Command Senior Chief and was directed to attend a joint training school at the Army Sergeants Major Academy – class # 61.  On August 11, 2011 Command Master Chief Compton reported to USS CORONADO LCS-4  to serve as a Command Senior Chief and the 3M Coordinator. After helping successfully commission the newest LCS, he was selected to the rank of Master Chief.

In October of 2014 he transferred to NCTS Naples, Italy his Major Command tour were he helped maintain command morale and continuity for over 450 Sailors, Civilians and Local Nationals.  In September of 2017, Command Master Chief Compton was selected for his current position as the first Senior Enlisted Leader for Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain; a joint military assignment working for a British One-star.

Command Master Chief Compton has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management from Park University and completed his graduate degree with The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in Arts with a leadership concentration. He is also a graduate of the Keystone Course (Defense University -16-2), the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy and MCPONs ELS. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various unit citations. Additionally, he is authorized to wear the Enlisted Information, Aviation and Surface Warfare specialists designations.