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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Oklahoma City Visits Singapore for the 2nd Time During Deployment

USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) arrived in Singapore May 3 for a second visit during its 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 one of the most capable and reliable submarines in the world. This submarine is able to support a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, strike and intelligence, and surveillance and reconnaissance. Oklahoma City was commissioned in 1988 and has been…

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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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