Navy establishes mobile capability on Guam to test FDNF ships’ combat EM systems

Naval Sea Systems Command’s Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility (SESEF) program established a mobile electromagnetic (EM) test and evaluation capability at Naval Base Guam in February to support U.S. 7th Fleet’s Forward-Deployed Naval Force ships’ combat systems. To meet a Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet requirement, the commanding officer of Naval Base Guam authorized the SESEF program to outfit the base’s mobile command post with a removable SESEF enhanced radio direction-finding test system. The SESEF program is establishing a permanent, full-capability site on Naval Base Guam that is planned to be…

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USNS Brunswick begins Pacific Partnership mission

Sailors participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Guam aboard Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) March 19, bound for the mission’s first stop in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. PP18’s objective is to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for man-made and natural disasters. “Pacific Partnership provides opportunities to better prepare and respond to a…

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USNS Mercy Arrives in Guam During Pacific Partnership 2018

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived at Apra Harbor March 17, while en route for Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). The port stop at Apra Harbor will continue through March 19 and see personnel conducting mission preparations, conducting routine maintenance, loading additional supplies onto the ship, and linking up with mission personnel from the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), the second U.S. ship participating in PP18. “I’m excited to meet up with the USNS Brunswick and get her fully manned and mission ready” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “We are…

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USS Mustin arrives for port visit in Guam

USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit March 14 after the conclusion of MultiSail 18. “We had the great opportunity to participate in MultiSail with our JMSDF (Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force) partners and every year our team gets better,” said Cmdr. William Smith, Mustin’s commanding officer. “After five days at sea the crew is ready for some rest and relaxation in beautiful Guam, our home away from home.” Mustin Sailors are able to enjoy a range of experiences while in Guam to include visiting historic…

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USS Oklahoma City Visits Singapore

USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) arrived in Singapore March 16 for a visit as part of her deployment to the Indo-Pacific. With a crew of approximately 150, Oklahoma City will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. “Oklahoma City is a highly capable warship that has reliably answered the call of duty to defend the United States and her allies and partners around the world,” said Cmdr. Thomas O’Donnell, Oklahoma City’s commanding officer. “We stand by our motto ‘The Sonner, The…

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USS Mustin Arrives for Port Visit in Guam

USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit, March 3. “We are always happy to pull into Guam,” said Cmdr. Warren D. Smith, Mustin’s commanding officer. “The sunny weather is a nice retreat from the cold winter of Japan and our Sailors are excited to spend time with family and friends.” While in Guam, Mustin Sailors are able to experience the historic and cultural attractions on the island. Some crew members have volunteered for community service projects through the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) committee…

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US Navy, JMSDF Participate in MultiSail 2018

Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are scheduled to participate in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2018, Mar. 8-14. MultiSail is an annual bilateral training exercise that improves interoperability between U.S. and Japanese forces. In 2018 the focus of the exercise will be on improving fundamental skills such as tracking and defeating submarines, combatting other surface forces, live fire training, and interoperability with U.S. and JMSDF units. “MultiSail is an opportunity for our ships to increase our combat proficiency at sea,”…

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Lake Champlain Arrives in Guam

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) arrived in Guam for a regularly scheduled port visit, Feb. 12. Lake Champlain is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Strike Group. “The crew is very excited to have the opportunity to experience the wonderful sights, culture and hospitality of Guam,” said Capt. Jennifer Ellinger, commanding officer of Lake Champlain. “This port visit will also give the crew a chance to relax after several weeks at sea.” While in Guam, Sailors will have an opportunity to participate in tours organized…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs Guam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Guam, Feb. 3, following a three-day port visit to the island during its Western Pacific deployment.  Nearly 6,000 Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) departed after arriving Jan. 30-31. Sailors participated in organized tours including dolphin watching, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and boat cruises. Crew members also enjoyed local restaurants, beaches and retail stores. “This was my first time in Guam and I really enjoyed relaxing…

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrives in Guam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group arrived in Guam, Jan. 30-31, for the first scheduled port visit of a Western Pacific deployment. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived with nearly 6,000 Sailors. The strike group last visited Guam in February 2017. “We visited last year and we are glad to be back,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. “Our Sailors always feel welcome in Guam and we appreciate the community’s…

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Vendémiaire on ASIA 2018.1 Mission

Google Translation The Vendémiaire surveillance frigate sailed on January 15 from Nouméa, for a three-month mission that will take its crew from Indonesia to South Korea through China or Guam. This deployment aims to strengthen knowledge of sensitive areas of the Western Pacific such as the South China Sea. During the first leg of the mission, the frigate anchored in Waala Bay, Belep Islands, New Caledonia on 16 January. A delegation of the vessel led by the Commander, Commander Alexandre Blonce, went ashore to the Grand Chiefdom to meet the…

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Frank Cable Returns to Guam

Sailors and civilian mariners of the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), returned to their homeport of Naval Base Guam, Jan. 23. Frank Cable, which departed Guam March 6, 2017, completed maintenance, renewal and repairs which returned the 40 year-old ship to its designed mission capabilities. Family, friends and shipmates gathered on the pier with signs and flowers to welcome the ship and her crew as she pulled into the harbor. “This feels like a real homecoming,” said Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Benjamin Duff, from Barrigada, Guam. “We have…

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USS America and USS San Diego depart Guam

USS America (LHA 6) and USS San Diego (LPD 22), both part of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed Guam Jan. 12 following a scheduled port visit. As the first port visit together in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, many of the Sailors and Marines of America and San Diego had been looking forward to visiting the beautiful island for the first time. “I’ve never been to Guam before, but it was a really good time,” said Capt. Michael Smith, troop embarkation officer for…

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B-52s return to Pacific for routine Continuous Bomber Presence mission

Six B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, are deploying to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission. The Stratofortresses, last deployed to the region in July 2016, will assume responsibility for USPACOM’s CBP operations near the end of January 2018 from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancers, deployed from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. During their deployment, the 37th EBS conducted a variety of joint and bilateral training missions with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Japan…

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USS America/15th MEU Arrive Guam

USS America (LHA 6) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit, Jan. 7. As the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands, Guam is the home to one of the U.S. Navy’s largest and most strategic island bases in the Western Pacific. The base serves as a hub for U.S. ships as they operate in the 7th Fleet area of operations. “Guam has a long history with the U.S. Navy and is very important to what we do in the Pacific,” said…

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