USS Halsey completes Guam port visit

USS Halsey (DDG 97) completed a scheduled port visit to Guam Nov. 13. During the port visit, Halsey Sailors participated in a community relations event to beautify a veterans cemetery. Sailors were able to experience the culture of the region, go shopping and sightseeing through scheduled Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) events. “Our sailors do amazing things every day at sea, but every Sailor looks forward to the opportunity to step ashore occasionally to learn more about world, its diverse cultures, and the people that make any community…

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USS Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Guam for port visit

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) arrived in Guam for the first time in the ship’s history, Oct. 31, for their first scheduled port visit of their current deployment. Theodore Roosevelt, flagship of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), entered the 7th Fleet area of operations Oct. 23. While in Guam, Theodore Roosevelt is planning to conduct multiple community service projects, shipboard tours and sporting events. Sailors will also have the chance to experience highlights of the area and local sights through tours organized by the ships’ Morale, Welfare, and…

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ROK Navy Welcomes USS Michigan to Busan to Strengthen Partnership

USS Michigan (SSGN 727) (Gold) arrived at Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Oct. 13, for a routine visit during a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.  During the visit Sailors will experience the culture and history of the ROK, while fostering outstanding relations between the U.S. Navy, ROK military and the local Busan community. “The U.S. and ROK navies have always enjoyed a strong relationship. Today, our relationship is stronger than it has ever been and our ironclad partnership is further reinforced by this visit from Michigan,” said Rear…

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Pearl Harbor welcomes USS Chicago to new homeport

The Pearl Harbor submarine community welcomed the crew and families of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) to Hawaii following a homeport change from Guam, Sept. 28. “The crew and I were sad to leave Guam, but at the same time we’re excited to see our new home and start the next chapter for Chicago,” said Cmdr. Brian Turney, commanding officer of the submarine. “We are very happy to finally be in Hawaii and reunited with our families.” Shifting a boat from one port to another can…

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USCGC Assateague Decommissions in Guam after 27 years of service

The Coast Guard will take the Coast Guard Cutter Assateague (WPB 1337) out of service during a pier-side ceremony aboard Naval Base Guam Friday. “Assateague’s operational history showcases the Coast Guard’s ability to carry out a diverse and important range of missions vital to the security and prosperity of our nation in remote parts of the Pacific,” said Capt. Chris Chase, who leads the service’s operations in the area as the commander of Coast Guard Sector Guam. “The Coast Guard remains ready to protect American security and economic interests wherever…

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Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation to Guam

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded today a $17.9 million firm-fixed price contract to Contrack Watts Inc. of Virginia, to construct a Waterfront Headquarters Building on Naval Base Guam. The contract supports the Defense Policy Review Initiative and is funded by the Government of Japan (GoJ) as part of the International Agreement between the United States and Japan. “For the Marines to effectively execute amphibious operations, a fully capable waterfront facility and associated infrastructure are essential,” said Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Dan Turner….

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U.S., Singaporean Navies Enhance Maritime Partnership in Guam

The U.S. and Singaporean navies concluded Exercise Pacific Griffin 2017 in Guam September 2. Pacific Griffin 17, which began Aug. 19, served as this year’s U.S.-Singapore annual maritime exercise. It was coordinated months in advance by planners from both navies, officials said. Pacific Griffin highlights the longstanding maritime partnership between the U.S. and the Republic of Singapore navies through 23 years of annual-bilateral exercises. “The U.S. Navy deeply values our close partnership with the Republic of Singapore Navy,” said Navy Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7. “Pacific Griffin…

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USS Ashland Arrives in Guam for VRAV during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment

USS Ashland (LSD 48), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Guam Aug. 29, as part of a scheduled voyage repair availability (VRAV).  The VRAV comes as Ashland, forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, fulfills a multi-month deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The ship will undergo important upkeep and repair work made possible by Guam’s facilities and ship support personnel.  Ashland and other ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, recently supported the 31st MEU’s periodic certification exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of Australia. CERTEX provided an opportunity to…

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US Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation Project on Guam

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded a $164.89 million contract, Aug. 17, to Granite-Obayashi for services for design and construction of utilities and site improvements for the future Marine Corps Base Guam on Naval Computer and Telecommunications Site (NCTS) Finegayan. The contract was awarded in support of the Defense Policy Review Initiative and was funded by the Government of Japan as part of the international agreement between the United States and Japan. The award of this contract marks a critical step in moving forward with the relocation plan that…

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Crew safely recovered after helicopter crash near Guam

April 26, 2017 – The entire crew, including two pilots and one aircrewman, were safely recovered by USS Dewey (DDG 105) after their MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter crashed in waters near Guam, April 27 (local). The incident occurred as the MH-60R helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, currently embarked aboard Dewey, was conducting routine flight operations. The incident is currently under investigation. The crew is being assessed by the medical team on board Dewey and there are no apparent injuries at this time. Dewey and embarked HSM-78,…

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USS Michigan Visits Busan, Strengthens Partnership with ROK Navy

April 25, 2017 – Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) (Blue) arrived in Busan, April 25, for a routine visit during a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.  During the visit Sailors will experience the culture and history of the Republic of Korea (ROK), as well as foster outstanding relations between the U.S. Navy, ROK military and the local Busan community. “This visit is yet another example of the steadfast ROK and U.S. naval partnership,” said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea. “We [U.S….

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USS Stethem, JDS Ikazuchi Conduct Groundbreaking Parts Transfer

March 16, 2017 – Ships’ maintenance parts exchanged by two officers expanded the capabilities of two navies, March 11, in Guam. USS Stethem (DDG 63) and JDS Ikazuchi (DD 107) conducted a parts transfer using the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements (ACSA) process. ACSA transfers are intended to provide acquisition options for logistics in support of exercises or contingencies. Lt. Nicolas Segovia, supply officer aboard Stethem, conducted the transfer with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) counterpart Lt. Takaaki Maeda, representative aboard Ikazuchi, said the process represents new possibilities for partnership between…

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US Navy, JMSDF Complete Annual Bilateral Training Exercise MultiSail 17

March 15, 2017 – Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 17, March 10. The six-day exercise consisted of surface action group maneuvers, anti-submarine training, and various other events which tested warfighting capabilities of each participant. The MultiSail 17 participants included forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), and USS Mustin (DDG 89); JMSDF surface units JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) and JS Hatakaze (DD…

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Guam Submarine conducts ordnance transfer

February 10, 2017 – A Los Angeles-class attack submarine transferred retrievable exercise torpedoes (EXTORPs) to a submarine tender for the first time in more than four years at Naval Base Guam, Feb. 10. USS Chicago (SSN 721) transferred two EXTORPs to USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) during a three-hour evolution in preparation for a planned maintenance period. “Conducting this weapons move outboard a tender for the first time in four years was a huge win for the Sailors today and a bonus to the fleet,” said Lt. Jason Cloyd,…

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