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.

Commodore Dean Bassett

United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander and Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces


Commodore Bassett has deployed across the globe, working closely with NATO, EU and coalition partners.  His early sea experience included Officer of the Watch, Navigating Officer and Command appointments in various ships prior to serving as the Operations Officer in the Type 22 Frigate HMS CUMBERLAND, deploying to the Middle East under Op TELIC.  As the Executive Officer of HMS IRON DUKE he oversaw the provision of humanitarian assistance to UK Overseas Territories in the wake of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.  During his command of HMS MONMOUTH he worked with international partners in the Middle East under Op KIPION, contributing to global maritime security and capacity building in the region.  Latterly he commanded HMS BULWARK, the UK’s very high readiness amphibious assault ship, deploying to the Middle East as part of the COUGAR 14 Task Group.

On land, his operational experience includes a tour in Iraq at the height of the US surge in 2007, and wider defence activity across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America.  He has also held various staff positions, including Flag Lieutenant to the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, and appointments on the staff at the UK’s Joint Force Headquarters and within the Plans Division of the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters. As a Captain, he served as the Assistant Head UK Military Operations, within the Ministry of Defence, with strategic oversight of military operations in the UK, including Counter Terrorism, and most recently as the Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff.

He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Maritime Defence Management and Technology, attended the UK Advanced Command and Staff Course, graduating with a Masters degree in Defence Studies from King’s College London, and is an alumni of the UK Higher Command and Staff Course.

Commodore Bassett will assume the roles of United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander & Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces in June 2019.

Captain Mubarak Ali Yousuf Al Sabah

Assistant to Commander CMF for Regional integration

Captain Mubarak with beret

He started his military career with Kuwait Navy in 2001 by joining Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth. A few years after graduation he joined Kuwait Coast Guard in 2004. Upon his extraordinary performance and professionalism he assumed several command posts. He commanded several ships (Sabahi Class). Then he went to an operational post and was appointed Chief of Maritime Operations and in 2009. In 2015 he was appointed Flotilla Commander responsible for more than one hundred surface assets commissioned to execute Maritime Security Operations in Kuwait’s TTW and EEZ.

He is a member of the Royal College of Defense Studies and holds a Master of Arts (MA), in International Security & Strategy from King’s College London. He is a 2011 graduate of Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College, a 2014 graduate of Australian College of Kuwait with an electronic engineering degree and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Maritime Science from The University of Plymouth.

Captain Al Sabah is a combat-tested leader who has earned frontline experience through Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous joint maritime exercises throughout the Middle East, United Kingdom and United States of America.  His leadership during these exercises has earned him the trust and respect of naval and military leaders from across the international community.

His command, staff appointments, education and experience have broadened his strategic perspective. His strategic perspective have led him to organizing international conferences, media events and high-level strategic engagements to enhance regional, national and international security. Most notable, is his keen ability to anticipate emerging opportunities and security threats in the Middle East region at levels normally expected of diplomats, naval or military leaders senior to him in rank.

In February 2019, Captain Mubarak Ali Al Sabah assumed duties as Commander of Combined Task Force 152 responsible for coordinating and enhancing regional maritime security and cooperation in the Arabian Gulf. He led the largest sustained Joint Patrol in in CTF 152 recent history with over 60 Naval and Coast Guard vessels from contributing nations of Combined Maritime Forces.

In September 2019, Captain Mubarak Ali Al Sabah assumed duties as “Assistant to Commander CMF for Regional Integration”.  He is currently a senior official of Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior, promoting Public Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations.

Captain Micah D Maxwell

Chief of Staff Combined Maritime Forces (COS CMF)

CAPT Maxwell

A native of Hanford, California, Captain 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 Lucas M. Pullen

Senior Enlisted Leader Combined Maritime Forces (SELCMF)

Lucas Pullen

Master Chief Pullen was born in Ardmore, OK and raised in Davis, OK. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in August of 1998. Following basic training at Cape May, NJ, he was assigned to Small Boat Station South Padre Island, TX were he completed “On the Job Training” for and was advance to Boatswain’s Mate Third Class. As an operator, Master Chief Pullen has been directly involved in maritime law enforcement to include fisheries, counter-narcotics, and counter-migrant operations, as well as search and rescue, and maritime security operations. Additionally, Master Chief Pullen has held command cadre assignments as the Executive Petty Officer of Station Yankeetown, FL, and USCGC PELICAN (WPB-87327) homeported in Abbeville, LA. He also held command of Station Oxford, MD as the Officer in Charge as well as commanding two 87’ (26.5m) patrol boats, USCGC COHO (WPB-87321) and USCGC KINGFISHER (WPB-87322) homeported in Panama City, FL.

Master Chief Pullen’s ashore assignment include: Station South Padre Island, TX, Training Center Yorktown, VA as a coxswain instructor, Station Yankeetown, FL, and Station Oxford, MD. Additionally, Master Chief Pullen was assigned as the Command Master Chief for Coast Guard Sector Guam from July 2018 through August 2019.

Master Chief’s afloat assignments include: USCGC GALVESTON ISLAND (WPB-1349) Apra Harbor, Guam, USCGC PELICAN (WPB-87327), Abbeville, LA, USCGC COHO (WPB-87321), and USCGC KINGFISHER (WPB-87322) both homeported in Panama City, FL.

Master Chief Pullen’s awards and decorations include three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, Navy Flag Letter of Commendation, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 5), the permanent Cutterman’s Insignia, Boat Forces Insignia (Advanced), Coxswain Insignia, and Officer in Charge Insignias for afloat and ashore commands along with various other awards and decorations.

Master Chief Pullen was selected for and assumed the duties as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain in September of 2019; a joint military assignment working with senior leaders from 33 partner nations focused on one of the most strategically significant maritime areas in the world which includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, Northern Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Indian Ocean.

Master Chief Pullen is a graduate of the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, Coast Guard Chief’s Academy, class 170, the Coast Guard’s Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, Class 58, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 68. Master Chief Pullen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from American Military University, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.