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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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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DoD Ready to Respond After Hurricane Nate

Defense Department personnel stand ready to respond in the Gulf Coast for any request for assistance following Hurricane Nate. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pre-approved DoD lifesaving and life-sustaining support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the hurricane. The storm, which has since weakened to a tropical depression, made its first landfall last night in southeastern Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center, and made its second landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, also as a Category 1 storm. Northcom Fully Engaged U.S. Northern Command…

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USS Iwo Jima and USS New York Underway

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, Adm. Phil Davidson, has ordered the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), with elements from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, to get underway from their homeport in Mayport Oct. 7. Both ships are directed to be in position to support the gulf coast region in the event assistance is needed following Tropical Storm Nate, which is currently projected to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall. Once employed, our Navy and Marine Corps team…

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Coast Guard offloads approximately $15 million worth of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crewmembers offloaded approximately 490 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of approximately $15 million in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wednesday. The offload is a result of interdictions from three separate cases in the Eastern Pacific in September. “The Coast Guard is committed to combatting transnational criminal organizations at sea and each of these interdictions will lead to federal prosecutions, that in turn provide intelligence we can use to interdict more illicit shipments of drugs, people and weapons at sea,” said Capt. Mark Vlaun, staff judge…

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Naval Station Mayport Sends Ships to Sea Ahead of Hurricane Irma

As a precautionary measure, U.S. Navy ships home ported at Naval Station Mayport are getting underway in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. The following ships headed to sea September 6: USS Shamal, USS The Sullivans, USS Bulkeley And USCGC Tahoma. USS Philippine Sea, USS Farragut and USS Lassen are scheduled to depart September 7. USS Hue City, USS Tornado and USS Roosevelt will be moved to a safe haven location and made ready for heavy weather. USS Detroit and USS Milwaukee will both remain in port and will be heavy weather…

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Florida Navy Bases Prepare for Irma

Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. “Their safety and security is a top priority,” Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maintain essential functions on the installation. Naval Air Station Key West personnel have a designated safe haven area of within 300 miles of Atlanta. Personnel and family members need to…

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