USS Detroit (LCS 7) Readied for Deployment

November 13, 2019 – The Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) prepared the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7), which departed, Oct. 31 for its maiden deployment with maintenance support. To ensure Detroit was ready to execute its mission, SERMC dry-docked Detroit eight months ago and performed maintenance to the ship systems. Cmdr. Howard Meehan, Commanding Officer, USS Detroit said, “I want to highlight the outstanding support we’ve received from SERMC. Their expertise, willingness to help, and diligent efforts are truly noteworthy.” Detroit is deployed to the U.S. Southern…

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USS Detroit Departs on Maiden Deployment

November 1, 2019 – The Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) departed its homeport of Mayport, Florida, for the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility on its maiden deployment Oct. 31. Detroit will conduct operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South’s Campaign MARTILLO, a multinational effort launched in January 2012 targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along Central America. Detroit’s operations will involve practical exercises and exchanges with partner nations, supporting U.S. 4th Fleet interoperability and reinforce the U.S. position as the regional partner of…

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Mayport Ships get Underway as Hurricane Dorian Approaches

August 29, 2019 – Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) ordered U.S. Navy ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport to set Sortie Condition Alpha as Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida’s Atlantic coast. “Our top priority must always be the safety and security of our ships and aircraft, as well as our Sailors and families. We move our ships and aircraft in order to mitigate potential damage. When maintenance status prevents storm avoidance, we take extra precautions to best protect these units,” said Rear Adm. Don D. Gabrielson,…

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Billings

July 31, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, in Key West, Florida. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Tester’s wife, Sharla, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Tester gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “The future USS Billings…

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Navy to Commission Destroyer Paul Ignatius

July 25, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, July 27, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship is named in honor of Paul Robert Ignatius, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and later during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Installations and Logistics) 1964-1967, and Secretary of the Navy 1967-1969. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, who is…

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Navy Announces Commissioning Date for the Future USS Indianapolis

July 16, 2019 – The U.S. Navy has approved the commissioning date for the future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17). The Navy will commission the littoral combat ship Oct. 26, 2019 in Burns Harbor, Indiana. The commissioning ceremony signifies the acceptance for service and the entrance of a ship into the active fleet of the U. S. Navy. Burns Harbor is on the shores of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana and is 160 miles north of Indianapolis. Mrs. Jill Donnelly, the wife of former Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, is the ship’s…

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Wichita

January 9, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Wichita (LCS 13), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Jan. 12, at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., near Jacksonville, where the ship will be homeported. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Kate Lehrer, author and wife of Wichita native Jim Lehrer, the former anchor of “The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour” on PBS, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when…

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Indianapolis Endures

January 9, 2019 – Survivors of USS Indianapolis (CA 35) met with the crew of the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) to screen a documentary, “USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter”, at Naval Station Mayport, Jan. 7. The Vulcan’s Productions documentary shares the discovery of the once-lost, Portland-class heavy cruiser Indianapolis, or “Indy”, by Research Vessel Petrel, owned by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. “This film is important for tying the crew to the Indianapolis because it gives them a sense of history,” said Commander Colin…

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Fort McHenry Arrives in Romania

January 7, 2018 – USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrived in Constanta, Romania, Jan. 7 for a scheduled port visit. Constanta is the first port visit for Fort McHenry, which deployed from its homeport of Mayport, Florida, Dec. 16, 2018. During the time in the Black Sea region, Fort McHenry is being shadowed by Russian frigate Pytliviy. “The Sailors and Marines of Fort McHenry have a great opportunity to experience a historic city,” said Cmdr. Steve Schmidt, commanding officer of Fort McHenry. “We stand together with our Romanian allies and partners…

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USS The Sullivans Returns to Mayport

December 21, 2018 – USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returned to Mayport Naval Station today, marking the end of a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. “The Sullivans led operations daily in the Arabian Gulf that directly impacted freedom of navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, and strengthened ties with our partners in 5th Fleet,” said Cmdr. Pat Eliason, commanding officer of The Sullivans. “Our Sullivans Sailors proudly stood watch as we escorted ships through the Strait of Hormuz, they shook hands with Sailors…

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Iwo Jima Returns to Mayport

December 6, 2018 – USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), returned to her homeport of Mayport, Florida, Dec. 4, after operating for nine weeks in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Iwo Jima went underway following a six-month deployment to participate in Trident Juncture 2018, a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO allied and partner nations. “This was an outstanding experience for the Navy and Marine Corps team on board,” said Capt. Joseph O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s…

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USS Thomas Hudner brought to life in Boston

December 3, 2018 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest surface combatant, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Dec. 1, during a ceremony in Boston. Thomas Hudner, commanded by Cmdr. Nathan Scherry, a Peculiar, Missouri native, is the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the 36th DDG 51 class destroyer built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW). It is the first warship named for naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Capt. Hudner, a native of Fall River, Massachusetts, received the Medal of Honor for his…

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Navy to Commission Destroyer Thomas Hudner

November 28, 2018 – The Navy will commission its newest destroyer, the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony at Flynn Cruiseport in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, Dec. 1. The future USS Thomas Hudner honors naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr. President Harry S. Truman awarded the Medal of Honor to Hudner April 13, 1951, who displayed “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” for attempting to save the life of his squadron mate, Ens. Jesse L. Brown, in the Battle of Chosin…

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USS Iwo Jima Heading Home for Christmas

November 28, 2018 – USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 25, 2018. While in U.S. 6th Fleet, Iwo Jima participated in Trident Juncture 18, a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO ally and partner nations. The exercise ensured that NATO forces are trained and able to operate together and are ready to respond to any…

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BAP Arica Returns From Florida

November 20, 2018 (Google Translation) – An effusive reception had the crew of the submarine BAP Arica after arriving at the Naval Base of Callao after its successful participation in the Operational Deployment Submarine Diesel Exercises SUBDIEX – 2018, training exercise conducted with the Atlantic Fleet of the United States Navy . As recalled, the aforementioned Peruvian unit sailed on July 9 towards the Atlantic Coast of the United States of America, and returns after 136 days of intense training and navigation. Likewise, it completes its third displacement of a…

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