Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group Returning Home

December 12, 2018 – Nearly 6,500 Sailors from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) are scheduled to return to Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 16, after completing an eight-month deployment across the 2nd, 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Led by Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, Rear Adm. Gene Black, returning units of HSTCSG include flagship USS Harry S. Truman, commanded by Capt. Nick Dienna; the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1; USS Normandy (CG 60); and DESRON 28’s USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS…

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Naval Oceanography Teams Up with Poland, Norway during BALTOPS 2018

Naval Oceanography’s Fleet Survey Team (FST) and Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NOMWC) recently returned from Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), where they executed safety of navigation and mine countermeasure operations in an effort to enhance interoperability with European allies. FST and the Hydrographic Support Squadron of the Polish navy (HSSPN) conducted the two navies’ first cooperative hydrographic survey of the amphibious landing zone of Poland’s Ustka range in support of Exercise BALTOPS, May 15-26. “This hydrographic technical exchange and validation of data collection and processing builds trust and cooperation between…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 14

Vice Adm. Clive Johnstone, Royal Navy, commander, NATO Allied Maritime Command; traveled to the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) to meet with Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO); and Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, OBE, Royal Navy, deputy commander, STRIKFORNATO. The lvaro de Bazan-class frigate ESPS Alvaro De Bazan (F101), the Gabya-class frigate TCS Gediz (F-495), the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Niels Juel (F363), and USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) conducted anti-surface drills…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 13

Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, OBE, Royal Navy, deputy commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, traveled to the Gabya-class frigate TCS Gediz (F-495) to meet with her crew. A German P-3 Orion, United States P-8 Poseidon and E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) conducted a combined anti-submarine exercise with Sdermanland-class submarine HSwMS Sdermanland. Mine countermeasure drills finished today with ships from the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group (SNMCMG) 1 completing all exercise mine hunting requirements. The Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 11

Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), traveled to Karlskrona Naval Base, Sweden, to meet with Rear Adm. Gens Nykvist, chief of the Swedish Navy. Franchetti also met with Rear Adm. Torben Mikkelsen, chief of the Royal Danish Navy at the Royal Danish Defense Academy. Mine countermeasure ships and explosive ordinance disposal teams located 13 simulated munitions in the first two days of the tactical training phase: six near Ustka, Poland; four near Klaipeda, Lithuania; and three near Bornholm…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 10

Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), flew in an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter to meet with the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96). Mine-countermeasure ships and explosive ordinance disposal teams located simulated munitions in the vicinity of Ustka, Poland; Klaipeda, Lithuania; and Bornholm Island, Denmark. The six ships assigned to commander, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group (SNMCMG) 1, conducted anti-surface drills in a fast attack craft/ fast inshore attack craft exercise. Onboard the Blue…

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BALTOPS Daily Update – June 9

Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) and Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, OBE, Royal Navy, deputy commander, STRIKFORNATO visited the crew of the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7).  The admirals also spent time with expeditionary mine counter measures and clearance diver units from Denmark, Belgium, Norway and the United States who are training on Bornholm Island, Denmark. Eight ships from six nations conducted a replenishment at sea with the Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS…

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Bainbridge Works with German Navy during BALTOPS 2018

USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) completed a replenishment-at-sea with the German Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt am Main (A 1412), June 6, during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018. BALTOPS is the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region and takes place from June 1-15. The exercise enhances flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate international resolve to ensure stability in the Baltic Sea region. “This morning’s replenishment-at-sea with Frankfurt am Main was a tremendous opportunity for our team to integrate with…

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Truman Strike Group Supports BALTOPS 2018

Carrier Air Wing One (CVW) 1, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), completed its participation in the annual multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018, June 6. CVW-1 operations over the Baltic involved overflight of Europe from the Adriatic Sea, and represented the first instance that U.S. carrier aircraft have participated in the exercise, which began in 1972 and is now in its 46th year. F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter aircraft and E/A-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft joined aircraft from Poland, Spain and U.S. Air…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update June 8

Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) traveled to meet the crew of the Duke-class Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth (F235). During an air defense and joint personnel recovery exercise, two pilots were simulated to be shot down, one over land and the other over water. The pilot on land was rescued by a Polish Search and Rescue (SAR) team, while a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) from the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) recovered…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 5

A B-1 Lancer bomber laid exercise mines and decoys in the vicinity of Bornholm Island, Denmark, and Ustka, Poland. The Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON), consisting of the Vidar-class minelayer LNS Jotvingis (N42), and four mine counter measure ships worked together to locate and disarm the munitions. A task unit consisting of 15 ships from seven nations conducted air defense training against 11 aircraft from Poland and the United States. Marines from Romania, Lithuania and the United States conducted cross-training at Kairiai firing range, Lithuania, which included live-fire training with light…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update June 3

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 continued with the final day of the pre-sail planning conference with the 22 participating nations making final preparations before moving to the next phase of the operation. Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, traveled to Liepaja Naval Base, Latvia, to meet with Raimonds Bergmaniss, Latvian minister of defense, and Latvian Rear Adm. Ingus Vizulis, commander of the Latvian Naval Force Flotilla. Sailors from the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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