U.S., Allied Forces Complete EOD Exercise Hydracrab 2019

August 31, 2019 – Expeditionary forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States completed exercise Hydracrab 2019, Aug. 31. Hydracrab was a first-of-its-kind quadrilateral exercise with key partner nations, which began Aug. 19 and spanned two weeks. The exercise aimed to prepare allied explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) forces to operate as an integrated, capable force in the changing and complex maritime Indo-Pacific region. “During the inaugural EOD Hydracrab exercise, our teams took on an incredible compilation of highly-realistic unit level drills, and several tactics exchanges,” said Cmdr. Andrew…

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Submarine Farncomb home after busy deployment

August 28, 2019 – After busy and demanding Asian and Australian deployments, HMAS Farncomb returned to Fleet Base West at Rockingham, Western Australia last week. During her five-month deployment, Farncomb took part in Exercises BERSAMA SHIELD, PACIFIC VANGUARD and TALISMAN SABRE. Commanding Officer HMAS Farncomb, Commander Gary Lawton said it had been a demanding time for his crew. “The team has been exposed to a diverse range of activities during this deployment. “This type of training and the ability to tackle any situation that may present itself is paramount to…

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USS Oklahoma City Returns From Regional Patrol

August 19, 2019 – USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, Aug. 18. Oklahoma City conducted routine patrols throughout the Indo-Pacific region in support of maritime security operations that promote stability while maintaining key partnerships with allies across the region. “I am extremely proud of my crew and the hard work and dedication they put into accomplishing several extremely challenging missions,” said Cmdr. Steven Lawrence, commanding officer of Oklahoma City. “They performed superbly on multiple operations in the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility.” Oklahoma City…

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Fighting Tigers Participate in Guam Exercise

July 17, 2019 – A P-8A Poseidon aircraft from the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 recently participated in Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 199, a coordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise off the southern coast of Guam, July 5-10. A P-8A from Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) and USS Milius (DDG 69) also participated in the exercise, which was designed to simulate the escalating hostilities between friendly and opposing forces in the surface and subsurface environments. The six-day long exercise provided Surface Warfare and Maritime Patrol and…

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USN, RAN, JMSDF & ROK Navy Launch Inaugural Exercise Pacific Vanguard

May 22, 2019 – In a first of its kind event, maritime forces from Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States arrived in Guam, May 22, to conduct cooperative maritime training in Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Pacific Vanguard brings together more than 3,000 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea. The exercise takes place on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. “Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values…

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Community Leaders Embark Blue Ridge as 7th Fleet Flagship Returns to Guam

May 19, 2019 – A group of civic and government leaders embarked and toured USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), as the 7th Fleet flagship made a port call to Naval Base Guam May 20. Blue Ridge Sailors provided an overview tour of the ship to the 16 guests, giving them an idea of life and operations aboard the ship. “Personally, I feel as though this is a great experience, both for the guests who embarked and for us as a crew,” said Blue Ridge Commanding Officer Capt. Eric Anduze. “We…

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USCGC Sequoia Returns to Guam From Patrol

March 1, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia (WLB 215) returned to Apra Harbor, Guam, following a multi-cutter patrol in response to Super Typhoon Wutip, Monday. Super Typhoon Wutip was the strongest February storm in the Western Pacific Ocean in 70 years. While underway the Sequoia led a typhoon avoidance group with the two 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boats from Guam. “Our mission is two-fold in a situation like Typhoon Wutip,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christian Adams, commanding officer, Sequoia. “The first is to protect our response capabilities during the storm…

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U.S., Australia Set to Kick Off 2019 Exercise Sea Dragon

January 11, 2019 – Located at the southernmost point of the Northern Marianas Islands and the United States’ westernmost point, Guam will serve as the location of 2019 Exercise Sea Dragon, which is slated to kick off Jan. 14. “Exercise Sea Dragon is an exciting opportunity to enhance maritime patrol relationships in the Western Pacific and focus on building anti-submarine warfare (ASW) proficiency and increase warfighting lethality,” said Capt. Brian Erickson, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72. “In future Sea Dragon exercises, I am excited to expand ally and partner nation…

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Coastal Riverine Group One Conducts Record Pacific Transit

January 3, 2019 – Two Mark VI patrol boats assigned to Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1, Detachment (Det.) Guam, completed a 500 nautical mile long-range transit, Dec. 28-29. The successful transit helped gauge the operational reach of the Mark VI patrol boats to provide reliable planning factors and considerations to navigate to Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. Mark VI patrol boats have been utilized recently during Super Typhoon Yutu relief efforts in Tinian and Saipan. They were instrumental in delivering service members from joint services, supplies and equipment that was…

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U.S. Navy Memorial to Dedicate Lone Sailor Statue in Guam

December 14, 2018 – he Lone Sailor statue in the Territory of Guam will be dedicated at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex in a ceremony on Saturday, Dec.15. Guam, a strategically vital part of U.S. efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific, has long been home and a port-of-call to many Sailors and Marines. The effort to put a Lone Sailor statue in Guam is the initiative of the Vietnamese-American community to demonstrate the special relationship between the United States Navy, Guam and the thousands of Vietnamese refugees…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 26, 2018

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $37,253,983 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-18-C-5407 for procurement of fiscal 2019 U.S. Navy Standard missile SM-2 and Standard missile SM-6 intermediate-level repair and maintenance. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (88 percent); Camden, Arkansas (11 percent); and Huntsville, Alabama (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2019. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $19,047,890 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal…

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USS Ashland Completes Typhoon Recovery Mission in Northern Mariana Islands

November 20, 2018 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed the waters near Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) after assisting Task Force-West with Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local authorities, Nov. 20. “As we depart to continue our mission in the 7th Fleet area of operations our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Saipan and Tinian,” said Cmdr. Patrick L. German, Ashland’s commanding officer. “I can only hope that our efforts and the continued efforts of all other…

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USS Ashland continues FEMA support in Northern Mariana Islands

November 13, 2018 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Guam with Soldiers and heavy equipment from the 9th Mission Support Company (9th MSC), Guam Army National Guard to provide continued support to the island of Saipan, Nov. 11. The Category 5 storm, known as Super Typhoon Yutu, tore through the southern part of Saipan and through Tinian, part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Oct. 25. Ashland initially transported 18 vehicles and 22 heavy equipment operators to Saipan using Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1633 and 1634, assigned to…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group visits Guam after Valiant Shield

September 24, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group arrived at Naval Base Guam for a port visit, Sept. 24. Personnel from the Ronald Reagan Strike Group, to include Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), will have the opportunity to experience the island of Guam, following the successful completion of Valiant Shield 2018. Over the previous week, the strike group joined with more than 15,000 U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps personnel, taking part in the…

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