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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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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