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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USS Sioux City “Brought to Life” at U.S. Naval Academy

November 17, 2018 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest surface combatant, the littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11), during a ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy, Nov. 17. The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) is the Navy’s 13th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the sixth of the Freedom variant. It is the first ship named after Sioux City, the fourth-largest city in Iowa. “Thank you to our namesake city, Sioux City, for welcoming us with open arms, making us feel like we are part…

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Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew returns home following 6-week counter-drug patrol

October 3, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned home Wednesday to Naval Station Mayport following a six-week counter-drug patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew patrolled over 7,000 nautical miles in the Caribbean in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S). During their patrol, the crew worked closely with partner nations such as the Netherlands. After careful preparation and coordination, Valiant joined forces with the HNLMS Friesland, a Royal Netherlands Navy offshore patrol vessel, and the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon to ensure the safe…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives at Mayport for F-35B Trials

September 6, 2018 – HMS Queen Elizabeth, has arrived in Mayport, Florida for her first ever visit to the USA, following her formal commission into the Royal Navy by her sponsor, Her Majesty, The Queen. The 65,000 tonne ship departed the UK last month for her first trans-Atlantic voyage, primarily to conduct trials on deck with F-35B Lightning II test fighter jets from the Integrated Test Force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. During her three months off the east coast of the USA, HMS Queen Elizabeth and her…

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Brazilian Navy ends participation in PANAMAX 2018 in the United States

August 15, 2018 (Google Translation) – On August 10, the closing ceremony of the multinational PANAMAX 2018 operation in the United States was held. This year, Rear Admiral Cozzolino was the Commander of the Combined Component Maritime Force (CFMCC). PANAMAX was attended by representatives from 23 countries. The Joint Chiefs of Staff consisted of about 300 military personnel, all gathered at the Mayport North American Naval Station, located in Jacksonville, Florida. For the exercise, 53 ships of various classes, such as amphibians, escorts, patrols, logistical support and coastal patrol boats…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 20, 2018

Rockwell Collins Government Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is awarded $288,537,270 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-18-D-0004) to exercise option year one for the manufacture and delivery of the AN/ARC-210 family of radio equipment in support of Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed in September 2021. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval…

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PANAMAX 2018 Concludes in Mayport

August 13, 2018 – PANAMAX 2018 concluded at U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT), Aug. 10. Since its inception in 2003, PANAMAX has become the one of the largest coalition Command Post exercises in the world. The exercise is focused on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal, one of the most strategically and economically crucial pieces of global infrastructure. USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT hosted 314 U.S. and partner nation personnel comprising the Combined Maritime Component Command (CFMCC) during the command post exercise. “We build partnerships, we build friendships, and we…

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Iwo Jima Completes Six Month Deployment

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) returned to Mayport August 9 following a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations. Deployed since Feb. 7 as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), the ship provided a ready, versatile amphibious assault capability and vigilant maritime presence to U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet, participating in exercises Juniper Cobra and Eager Lion. It also hosted a 10-day embarkation of 10 Egyptian naval officers to discuss concepts of amphibious naval operations and strengthen partner nation capabilities.…

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USS Milwaukee Fires Missiles, Kicks Off LCS Missile Module Developmental Testing

USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia May 11. Milwaukee fired four Longbow Hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft targets. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86UK1vk21_Q[/embedyt] During the evolution, the ship’s crew executed a scenario simulating a complex warfighting environment, utilized radar and other systems to track small surface targets, simulated engagements and then fired missiles against the surface targets. “The crew of the (SIC) USS Milwaukee executed superbly and the test team ran the event seamlessly, both were critical in making this event…

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Little Rock Arrives in Mayport

USS Little Rock (LCS 9) arrived at her homeport of Mayport for the first time April 12th. The crew lined the rails in their dress blues as the crowd of friends, families, and shipmates greeted the ship with flowers, signs and waving American flags. The ship made a memorable entrance, blasting the song “Back in Black” after mooring. The ship also played this song when pulling into Buffalo, New York, for commissioning, as a tribute to the ship’s namesake, USS Little Rock (CL-92), and to ring in their motto “Back…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems Contract to Modernize USS Philippine Sea

BAE Systems has received a $9.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). The ship will undergo 10 months of work at the company’s Jacksonville, Florida, shipyard and at nearby Naval Station Mayport. This docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to approximately $72 million. “We will utilize our cruiser experience to accomplish the DSRA and return the ship back to the fleet ready for continued service.”   “We have extensive experience…

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