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. 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 successful,” said…

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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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USS Iwo Jima Begins 2018 Deployment

More than 2,500 Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departed the ship’s homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Florida, for a scheduled six-month deployment Feb. 7. The Navy-Marine Corps team will support maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation, while also providing a forward naval presence in Europe and the Middle East.  “We have been training for this since we returned from the last deployment,” said Capt. Joseph O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s commanding officer. “The Iwo Jima Navy-Marine Corps team brings a full…

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NUWC Division Newport now operating Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility in Spain

The U.S. Navy’s first permanent Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility (SESEF) site in Europe is now operating in Rota, Spain. A Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport tenant activity site at Naval Station Rota, Spain, the facility services Commander 6th Fleet (C6F) forward deployed naval forces (FDNFs). It opened in September 2017. SESEFs are land-based test sites established in the 1950s to facilitate testing and evaluation of ship’s electromagnetic (EM) transmitting and receiving equipment for primary customers of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Military Sealift…

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Navy Deploys Unmanned Submersibles in Argentine Submarine Search

The US Navy has deployed unmanned underwater vehicles to join in the search for the Argentine navy submarine A.R.A. San Juan, which is missing in South Atlantic waters. The equipment consists of one Bluefin-12D (Deep) UUV and three Iver 580 UUVs, which are operated by the Navy’s recently established Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The UUVs are uniquely capable to help in the search. Both types are capable of deploying quickly and searching wide areas of the ocean using side scan sonar, a system that…

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USS Zephyr Successfully Completes 4th Fleet Patrol

USS Zephyr (PC 8) will return from a 76 day patrol in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations Nov. 10. Zephyr began its FOURTHFLT patrol Aug. 26 and conducted counter illicit-trafficking operations in support of Operation Martillo. Operation Martillo, a joint international law enforcement and military operation involving U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nations, targets illicit trafficking routes in the waters off Central America. U.S. Navy forces support the Joint Interagency Task Force South led operation in the Western Caribbean and Eastern Pacific through available air and surface…

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NE Brasil in Mayport November 4-8

Training Ship Brasil (U27) makes a scheduled port call to Naval Station Mayport as part of a deployment designed to train Brazilian midshipmen, Nov 8-12. Brasil has approximately 450 personnel aboard including 16 partner nation officers, including one U.S. Navy ensign, and 186 midshipmen from the Brazilian Naval Academy. They embarked on their annual midshipmen training cruise (MTC) of approximately five months, making 17 port calls in 13 countries, including a visit Naval Station Mayport. Upon completion of the MTC, the midshipmen will receive their commission as officers and will…

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USS New York Departs Mayport for Potential Assistance Following Hurricane Nate

USS New York (LPD 21), along with components of Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 8, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 40 and HSM 46 departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Oct. 7, to support the Gulf coast region if assistance is requested in the wake of Hurricane Nate. The amphibious transport dock ship is carrying four MH-60R helicopters, which can move cargo and perform search-and-rescue missions. New York is also capable of providing medical and expeditionary logistic support. Both New York and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) were scheduled to depart Mayport…

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