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U.S. Navy Ships Conduct FAC/FIAC Exercises

USS Antietam (CG 54), USS O'Kane (DDG 77) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits through the Gulf of Oman. All the ships are part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Operations. Maritime Operations help set the conditions for security and stability, as well as complement counter-terrorism and security efforts to regional nations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs U.S. Navy ships conducted a fast attack craft (FAC)/fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) exercise June 4 in the North Persian Gulf. USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS O'Kane (DDG 77), USS Denver (LPD 9) and USS Rushmore (LSD 47) participated in the exercise. Five landing craft air cushions (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 played the role of the aggressor. “The FAC/FIAC is an interesting exercise for the entire strike group,” said Cmdr. James Rentfrow, Stennis’ combat direction center officer. “The exercise tests the strike group’s ability as a whole to defend itself against small boat attacks. What made this exercise unique was that we used LCACs from the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group to simulate the small boats attacking.”


Bataan ESG Enters U.S. 6th Fleet

Sailors and Marines man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) departs Naval Station Norfolk. Bataan is the command ship for the Bataan Expeditionary Strike group (ESG), which is deploying to conduct maritime security operations in support of the ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lolita Lewis The Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) entered U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations Jan


Reagan Carrier Strike Group Makes Port Visit to Singapore

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group arrived in Singapore Feb. 7 for a scheduled port visit. USS Lake Champlain (CG 57 ) and USNS Rainer (T-AOE 7 ) will be joining them in port. While in port, the carrier strike group’s approximately 6,000 crew members will have a chance to participate in friendship-building and goodwill-generating activities. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Michael H


USS John C. Stennis Returns to OEF Missions Following Port Visit

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 returned to the North Arabian Sea June 14 following its third port visit in the Middle East. Starting June 15, CVW-9 will conduct missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and will provide close air-power support and reconnaissance to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops on the ground in Afghanistan. ISAF is comprised of more than 35,000 troops, with contributions from 37 nations.


GW Carrier Strike Group Underway for SOUTHCOM Deployment

USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 departed Naval Station Norfolk April 4 as part of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) “Partnership of the Americas” deployment. The two-month underway period marks GW’s first deployment since leaving the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard in December. “Partnership of the Americas is designed to foster goodwill among partner nations through communications, operations and training,” said Vice Adm


USS Bataan Launches, Recovers LCUs

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Michael Raines signals to the load master of a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) to raise the bow ramp prior to departure from the well deck of amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) is conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) which help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. U.S


Expeditionary Strike Group 8 Enters Suez Canal

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 8 passed through the Suez Canal on November 26, entering the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) to conduct maritime security operations (MSO) and support further tasking from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), says a recent Naval Newsstand report. Using a supported/supporting relationship between the Navy and Marine commanders, the ESG composition adds to the proven amphibious and Marine Expeditionary Unit capabilities with increased defenses, strike


USS Abraham Lincoln Coming Home

USS Abraham Lincoln - Suez Transit: Credit USN

 Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln due soon at Naval Station Norfolk after 8-month deployment. Commanded by Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett, Wash., her home since January 1997, in December 2011 for a scheduled change-of-homeport deployment to Virginia where she is due for a four-year refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). During the RCOH period, Lincoln's nuclear reactors will be refueled


New British Warship Exercises with US Carrier Group

HMS Daring & USS Carl Vinsion: Photo credit USN

Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson works with new HMS Daring to exercise air defence capability HMS Daring has been working with the USS Carl Vinson and her impressive air wing of fast jets to test Daring's Sampson radar and control system which allows multiple targets to be tracked over ranges of up to hundreds of miles. That information is fed to the Aster missiles in the silo on the ship's forecastle. With the  long-range radar, Daring can track many thousands of air contacts


Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Set to Deploy

From Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG), with more than 7,000 Sailors and Marines, will deploy Jan. 24 while the forward-deployed USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) undergoes scheduled maintenance in Yokosuka, Japan. Nimitz CSG is deploying under the Navy's fleet response plan (FRP) and will operate in the Western Pacific in support of U.S. commitments in the region. The FRP provides the United States with the ability to respond to any global


RIMPAC Draws ADF Closer to Amphibious Future

HMAS Success maintains her assigned station on the Guide during the Fleet Formation serial, in which 38 warships and four submarines sailed in close company, testing the seamanship skills of bridge watchkeeping staff. The serial took 11 hours and resulted in an arial photograph of all the participating RIMPAC 14 ships and submarines.

More than 800 Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel are on their way home after taking part in RIMPAC, the world’s largest naval exercise, which concluded in Hawaii today. Australia sent the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Success and Submarine HMAS Sheean


BAE Systems Gets USNS Wally Schirra Overhaul Contract

USNS Wally Schirra: Photo MSC

U.S. Department of Defense announces the award of a Navy US$10,354,523 contract to BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, San Francisco, California, for work on the USNS  Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8). The firm-fixed-price contract is for a 58-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking


America's Baltic Sea Commitment: Navy Exercise BALTOPS

Command ship USS Mount Whitney: Photo USN

Joint exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014, is set for June 6-21, in the Baltic Sea.
: U.S. Navy units include the amphibious command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) and members of Expeditionary Strike


USS Truxton Change of Command

USS Truxton: Photo courtesy of USN

Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) has left the Royal Jordanian Naval Base, just outside of Aqaba, Jordan, following a four-day logistics stop, and a change of command (a Black Sea grounding incident happened on February 12, 2014).


Huntington Ingalls Appoints Jonathan Padfield as Corporate Director

Jonathan Padfield as Corporate Director

  Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Capt. Jonathan Padfield (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has joined the company as Corporate Director of Customer Affairs for amphibious programs. Padfield, whose last assignment for the Navy was commanding officer, Assault Craft Unit Five


Ingalls Delivers Amphibious Assault Ship America

George Jones (left), Ingalls Shipbuilding’s LHA 6 program director, welcomes Capt. Robert Hall Jr. aboard the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to sign the DD 250 document officially transferring custody of the ship to the U.S. Navy. Hall, the ship’s prospective commanding officer, will officially take command when the ship is commissioned later this year. Photo by Lance Davis, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to the U.S. Navy today. More than 900 crew members marched through the shipyard for a delivery ceremony on the ship's flight deck


U.S. Forces Board Seized Tanker Ship

American forces yesterday boarded and took control of a commercial tanker ship, Morning Glory, that was seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a Defense Department news release issued today.


US Warship Heading for Black Sea

USS Truxton: Photo courtesy of USN

The Navy informs that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer 'USS Truxtun' (DDG 103) has departed Souda Bay, Greece, en route to conduct combined training and theater security cooperation engagements in the Black Sea with Romanian and Bulgarian Naval forces


Navy's US$148-Billion FY 2015 Budget: Tough Choices Made

Navy Budget 2015: Image courtesy of USN

Rear Admiral William Lescher, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget explains that in a period of fiscal austerity, the Department of the Navy’s $148 billion FY15 budget balances investments in presence, capabilities and readiness to provide sustainable forward naval presence and


Amphibious Ship America Runs Successful Trials

Photo: HII

The amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) returned to Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division Friday following successful acceptance sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls' test and trials team successfully demonstrated more than 220 test events to the U.S


US, French Navies Conclude Combined Operations

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) and French Navy Task Force 473 concluded five weeks of combined carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) Feb 2. The two strike groups began conducting integrated operations Dec


New Navy O-FRP Emphasizes Training

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF), leads a discussion about the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP) at the 26th annual Surface Navy Association Symposium (SNA) (U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Jane Campbell)

The U.S. Navy's new Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP) was unveiled in a keynote address delivered at the 26th Annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium in Crystal City, Va., Jan. 15. Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Bill Gortney explained the changes to the new O-FRP


Austal USA Names O’Brien New VP

Terry O’Brien

Austal USA announced the appointment of Terry O’Brien to the position of Vice President of Business Development and External Affairs, effective November 18, 2013. In this role, he will be responsible for the all of Austal’s Business Development efforts


Typhoon-Devasted Philippine Villagers Get US Navy Aid

Photo courtesy of USN

In the small village of Guiuan, located in Eastern Samar province, villagers lined up outside the gate of a runway awaiting food, water and medical supplies to be delivered by helicopters from the 'George Washington Strike Group' (GWSG) in support of Operation Damayan.


Ingalls' Newest Large-Deck Amphibious Ship Returns

Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division's multipurpose amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) returned Saturday from successful builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls' test and trials team started with dock trials Monday and then spent five days operating






 
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