USS Porter completes Flag Officer Sea Training

March 29, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) completed the third and final week of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST). FOST originates out of naval bases in the United Kingdom (UK), with purpose to deliver operational training across all disciplines for the Royal Navy and other navies desiring to make use of its services. “FOST represents the pinnacle for building cohesion and teamwork within a warship,” said Lt. j.g McKenzie Anderson, Porter’s training officer. “Porter’s crew has learned to flex to new casualties, new reporting procedures, and new methods of…

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USS Porter Resume Sixth Fleet Patrol

March 4, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, to resume its sixth forward-deployed naval forces patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Mar. 4. Porter arrived in Rota Feb. 13 for a training and maintenance availability period. While in port, the crew performed maintenance that they were unable to complete while underway. In addition, inspectors from Afloat Training Group Norfolk embarked Porter to complete a mobility-seamanship inspection. “The crew was very happy to be home,” said Cmdr. Craig Trent, commanding officer of Porter.…

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USS Porter Returns to Rota

February 14, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a scheduled training and maintenance availability (TRAV), Feb. 13. Porter departed Rota, Dec. 27, 2017, and began her sixth Forward-Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) patrol in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. “The crew performed admirably during our sixth FDNF patrol,” said Porter’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Craig Trent. “We have been operating in some cold and harsh environments, but this crew has shown true resiliency by adapting…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Black Sea

January 28, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its south-bound transit of the Bosphorus Strait, en route to the Mediterranean Sea Jan. 28 after conducting maritime security operations and enhancing regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the Black Sea. While in the Black Sea, Donald Cook conducted a successful port visit in Batumi, Georgia. While in Batumi, the ship met with local officials, participated in a sports day with the Georgian Coast Guard, conducted a tree-planting community relations event,…

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USS Donald Cook Begins 8th FDNF Patrol

January 14, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain resuming its eighth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 19, 2018. Donald Cook was in Naval Station Rota for a training and maintenance availability (TRAV) period. While in port, the crew performed maintenance that was unable to be completed underway. In addition, inspectors from Afloat Training Group Norfolk embarked aboard Donald Cook to complete a mobility-seamanship inspection. “TRAV gave us a great opportunity for some much needed holiday…

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USS Porter wraps up European patrol

US Navy destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to its Spain homeport on July 27, completing its fifth forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol. Porter departed Naval Station Rota on April 2, to conduct naval operations in the US 6th Fleet area of operations, interacting with 20 countries in the process. During the patrol, Porter completed maritime operations with the Truman carrier strike group, engaged in interoperability training with Naval Special Warfare Unit 2, and participated in exercise Sea Breeze 2018. Additionally, the ship hosted a total of 31 midshipmen…

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USS Ronald Reagan Completes CORE I

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) completed Core I, June 16. CORE I is an inspection designed to assess crew proficiency in damage control and navigation, as well as shipboard training team efficiency. Throughout the inspection, these areas of focus were observed and tested by inspectors from Afloat Training Group (ATG) Western Pacific. “The whole array of fundamental damage control casualties, such as fire, flooding and toxic gas, was looked at,” said Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Supple, Ronald Reagan’s damage control assistant. “Additionally, we demonstrated some of the more varsity scenarios, like…

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USS Ronald Reagan Departs Yokosuka for Sea Trials

The forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), departed for sea trials, May 11, after successfully completing a two-day fast cruise. The week-long sea trials are designed to test the ship’s systems and equipment after a four-month selected restricted availability involving combined maintenance teams from the ship, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center. “This is what we have been working towards for these last few months,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “Everyone involved has made it possible…

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USS Wasp completes historic patrol in Indo-Pacific Patrol

USS Wasp (LHD 1) returned to Sasebo, April 26, after nearly two months of operations in the Indo-Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Wasp successfully embarked, maintained, and supported near-daily flight operations of the F-35B Lightning II in that span, part of a first-ever operational deployment of the U.S. Marine Corp’s fifth-generation stealth jet. The operations were part of a routine and regularly scheduled patrol but brought together two San Diego-based destroyers to flex the composite of amphibious ships as an “Up-Gunned Expeditionary Strike Group.” “The crew worked…

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USS Milius Departs San Diego to forward deploy to 7th Fleet

USS Milius (DDG 69), a ballistic missile defense (BMD) capable guided missile destroyer, will leave her homeport of San Diego, April 20, to join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Japan. Milius will be forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan and is scheduled to arrive at the end of May. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers perform key roles in support of carrier strike groups, expeditionary strike groups or surface action groups. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. These combatants operate in…

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Navy establishes command to ensure readiness of warships forward deployed in Japan

Commander, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific (CNSG WP) was officially established in Japan to oversee the Forward Deployed Naval Force Japan (FDNF-J) surface ship maintenance, training, and certification on April 11, 2018. In October 2017, U.S. Pacific Fleet established a Detachment, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific as an interim organization to protect the balance between operations, maintenance, and training requirements. Now a permanent command, the name of this organization has changed to CNSG WP. It will serve as Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s (CNSP) executive agent responsible to…

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USS Bonhomme Richard conducts readiness for sea assessment

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 23, to conduct its second day of a readiness for sea Assessment following the completion of a four-month in port maintenance period. The assessment, which requires a day of at-sea operations, takes place in advance of a regularly scheduled patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The Naval Surface Forces-led assessment evaluates the crew’s proficiency in propulsion and navigation, as well as equipment essential to operating at sea, in order to certify the ship as ready for deployment. “The…

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USS Wasp arrives in Japan to join forward deployed naval forces

USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 14, completing a 28,400-mile journey from Norfolk, Va. that began in late August. Wasp, which has undergone significant upgrades to be able to land and launch the U.S. Marine Corp’s F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, will replace USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in 7th Fleet. The force structure change has been long-planned as part of a Department of Defense effort to position the most advanced and capable assets forward in support of partners and allies. Wasp’s…

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USS Ross Departs on Sixth FDNF Patrol

USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, Jan. 8, to begin its sixth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. The ship’s patrol is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to strengthening strategic partnerships in the European and African region. “After a challenging and productive in-port period, Team Ross is excited to be back on mission in the European Theater of Operations. As we begin our sixth FDNF patrol, we look forward to building relations with our NATO allies and…

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USS Donald Cook Returns to Port Following FDNF Patrol

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Nov. 17, after conducting its sixth forward-deployed naval forces patrol.  While on patrol, Donald Cook participated in exercises Saxon Warrior 2017, Joint Warrior 2017, Formidable Shield 2017 and Dogu Akdeniz 2017, to further stability and security in the region. “It has been a very exciting patrol for me,” said Cmdr. Matt Powel, commanding officer of Donald Cook. “The crew performed outstandingly over the last four months. I am amazed and humbled by their professionalism and resiliency.”  Multinational exercises like the…

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