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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Joint U.S. forces team for exercise Valiant Shield 2018

September 15, 2018 – U.S. military forces from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command are scheduled to participate in exercise Valiant Shield (VS) 2018, Sept. 16-23, around the Marianas Island Range Complex as well as on Guam. Participants include the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), 15 surface ships, more than 160 aircraft and approximately 15,000 personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps. “We are excited to be here for exercise Valiant Shield as Guam gives us a world-class joint-training opportunity,” said exercise director Rear Adm. Daniel…

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HMAS Toowoomba returns from seven-month deployment

September 2, 2018 – HMAS Toowoomba has returned to her homeport of Fleet Base West, Rockingham, Western Australia, after the ship’s longest deployment to date, successfully contributing to seven Task Groups in seven months. Commanding Officer, Commander Mitchell Livingstone, said Toowoomba achieved many milestones since February, supporting an extensive series of exercises, international engagements and training activities. “I’m extremely proud of my ship’s company and the professionalism they displayed over the course of this highly successful deployment,” Commander Livingstone said. “Toowoomba has participated in three exercises, the grueling Principal Warfare…

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USS Oklahoma City Returns to Guam

USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, June 29. 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. Family and friends were on the pier to greet their Sailors and welcome them back to Guam following their period at sea. Winner of the ceremonial “First Kiss” was Senior Chief Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) Travis Radzyminski’s wife Tenille, and Chief Electronics Technician (Navigation) Michael Levy and wife Crystal…

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Exercise Malabar 2018 Concludes

Trilateral maritime exercise Malabar 2018 was conducted off the coast of Guam from June 7 through June 16. Initiated in 1992 as an exercise between the U.S. and Indian Navy, Malabar 2018 is the 22nd rendition of the exercise and included the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), a regular participant since 2015. The exercise accomplished maritime interoperability training objectives among the three maritime forces, emphasizing high-end war fighting skills, maritime superiority, and power projection. This is the first year that Malabar was conducted in the Guam operation area. The two-phase…

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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces begin Exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2018, June 7 through 16 off the coast of Guam. Malabar began in 1992 and this year marks the 22nd edition of the exercise. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. While ashore in Guam, training will include subject matter expert and professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, helicopter operations and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS)…

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Benfold Arrives in Guam

USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived in Santa Rita, Guam, for a regularly scheduled port visit, June 5. “It’s always a pleasure to pull into Guam,” said Cmdr. Leroy Mitchell, Benfold’s commanding officer. “This is a chance for our Sailors to have the opportunity to experience the hospitality and culture in Guam and get some well-deserved rest and relaxation.” While in Guam, Sailors will be able to volunteer for community service projects and participate in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours. “For some Sailors, it’ll be their first time [visiting Guam],”…

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USS Emory S. Land Arrives for Scheduled Maintenance to Red White and Blue Welcome in Vallejo California

USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Vallejo, Calif., today to a hero’s red, white and blue welcome sponsored by the City of Vallejo. With the crew manning the rails, the ship passed by the Vallejo High School Drum Line as well as several hundred residents of the city who came out to wave, display signs and flags and welcome the ship, the first fully crewed Navy ship to arrive in the city since 1996. Land will be docked at the Mare Island Dry Dock (MIDD) to conduct scheduled…

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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces to participate in Exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in Exercise Malabar 2018, in mid-summer 2018 off the coast of Guam. Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast of Guam, and the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea. Training…

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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces to participate in exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2018, in mid-summer 2018 off the coast of Guam. Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast of Guam, and the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea. Training…

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USS Emory S. Land demonstrates submarine replenishment capabilities

SS Emory S. Land (AS 39) successfully executed Operation AJAX demonstrating submarine replenishment capabilities during a scheduled port visit in Pearl Harbor with the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763), May 20. During Operation AJAX, Emory S. Land displayed a wide range of support capabilities involving the Santa Fe. The demonstrations included launching force-protection units in rigid-hull inflatable boats, taking a submarine alongside, a medical resupply, weapons handling, and more. “The ship is demonstrating its expeditionary mission skills,” said Capt. Douglas A. Bradley, USS Emory S. Land’s…

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