USNS Comfort Departs for Medical Assistance Mission in South and Central America

October 15, 2018 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 10, on an 11-week medical assistance mission to South and Central America where personnel will work closely with host-nation health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras. The purpose of the deployment is to help relieve pressure on host nation medical systems partly due to an increase in migrants crossing their borders and provide care to the appropriate communities. “This mission marks the sixth time the hospital ship will provide…

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Amethyste Stops in Norfolk and Halifax After Exercises with US and Canada

October 15, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Nuclear Submarine Attack (SNA) Amethyst led, with the multi-mission frigate ( FREMM) Bretagne , exercises with surface forces and US and Canadian maritime patrol aircraft. Deployed in the western Atlantic, the Amethyst nuclear attack submarine (ANS) surfaced off the US coast to cross Chesapeake Bay and dock at the submarine dock at Norfolk Base. He was welcomed by the USS SSN John Warner, an American submarine of the Virginia class. During these few days of operational release, the two crews of French and…

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Kearsarge ARG Underway for Final Pre-deployment Exercise

October 14, 2018 – Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 13, to conduct a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is the final pre-deployment exercise that certifies the ARG’s abilities to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. The exercise is hosted by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, which mentors, trains and assesses East Coast units preparing for future deployments. The Kearsarge ARG consists of Amphibious…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 28, 2018

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $395,549,739 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5409) for procurement of fiscal 2017 and 2018 Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) full rate production requirements and spares. This contract modification includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $579,718,607. Work will be performed in East Camden, Arkansas (31 percent); Tucson, Arizona (19 percent); Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (15 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (7 percent); Middletown, Ohio (4 percent); San Jose, California (3 percent); Anniston, Alabama (2 percent); Dallas, Texas (2 percent); Huntsville,…

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Hershel “Woody” Williams Visits Namesake

From Commander, Military Sealift Command Hershel “Woody” Williams Visit Recently we were privileged to host Hershel “Woody” Williams at two events at Norfolk Naval Station. Mr. Williams toured his namesake ship, USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4), and spoke to a large audience at our Waypoint speaker series September 5th. Mr. Williams joined the U.S. Marine Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and received the Medal of Honor for actions during the battle of Iwo Jima. He is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from that historic battle.…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives in Norfolk

September 17, 2018 – HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, having escaped the clutches of Hurricane Florence, which is continuing to wreak devastation over large areas of the East Coast of the USA. The ‘WESTLANT 18’ Task Group, which includes the carrier’s escort, HMS Monmouth, was forced to take evasive action to avoid the damaging winds which have lashed North and South Carolina and Virginia, bringing tidal surges and several months’ worth of rain throughout the weekend. Instead of heading directly north from Mayport Naval Base last week,…

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Sortied Navy Assets Return to Hampton Roads

September 15, 2018 – Nearly 30 ships and 128 aircraft will return to the Hampton Roads area starting Saturday, Sept. 15, and will continue to return to homeport over the next several days. Beginning today, aircraft will make their way back to Hampton Roads bases and surface ships will start to return Sunday, Sept. 16. The return plan for Norfolk-based aircraft will give priority to rotary wing assets to allow for additional land-based rotary wing Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) support, if requested. The decision to return naval assets…

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NATO welcomes new Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

September 11, 2018 – General André Lanata took over as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) today (11 September 2018) from General Denis Mercier at a change of command ceremony at Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, congratulated General Lanata on his appointment to his new command. “General Lanata’s record is second to none, and he is the right person to lead the Command in the years ahead,” said Mr Stoltenberg. General Lanata, former Chief of Staff for the French Air Force, began his career as…

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USFF Directs Norfolk Ships to Sortie Ahead of Florence, Installations Set TCCOR III

September 8, 2018 – Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered all Navy ships in the Hampton Roads area to set Sortie Condition Alpha; ships are completing final preparations and will begin to sortie Sept. 10, ahead of Hurricane Florence. There are nearly 30 ships preparing to get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek as Hurricane Florence is forecasted to bring high winds and rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast. Ships will be directed to areas of the Atlantic where they will be best postured for storm…

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Truman Carrier Strike Group Completes Working Port Visit, Gets Underway

August 28, 2018 – Nearly 6,500 Sailors of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) departed today from Naval Station Norfolk. HSTCSG deployed April 11, 2018, and returned to NS Norfolk July 21, 2018, for an extended port visit. During this working port visit, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and strike group assets conducted routine maintenance on ships, aircraft and equipment; conducted advanced training; and maintained warfighting certifications. HSTCSG will continue its deployment by conducting sustainment operations and carrier qualifications in the Atlantic and participating in dual-carrier operations…

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Navy Establishes U.S. 2nd Fleet, Vice Adm. Lewis Assumes Command

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson presided over a ceremony establishing U.S. 2nd Fleet and naming Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis as the commander during a ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Aug. 24, at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. “Although deeply consequential, the meaning of this establishment can be summarized simply as a dynamic response to a dynamic security environment — a security environment clearly articulated in the National Defense Strategy,” said Richardson. “We first need to understand this competitive security environment and…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $146.3 Million Contract to Modernize USS Gettysburg

November 23, 2018 – BAE Systems was awarded a $146.3 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). The Gettysburg will undergo about 15 months of work at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship’s homeport. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $151.3 million. “Working again with the Navy and our ship repair partners, we will return the Gettysburg back to the fleet in enhanced shape with clear improvements to its operational capability and better…

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US Navy Expands Bureaucracy with Recreation of Second Fleet While Keeping the Replacement

August 22, 2018 – Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) revealed a new crest and motto, designed to represent the fleet’s new mission, Aug. 22, prior to the establishment ceremony on Aug. 24 in Norfolk, Virginia. The symbolism is rich and reflective of the purpose of C2F. The logo’s centerpiece is a shield divided into two points. The top of the shield, the chief, is blue and signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice, while the bottom of the shield, the base, is divided into red and white pales. The red signifies military…

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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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USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives at Naval Station Norfolk

The U.S. Navy’s newest expeditionary sea base (ESB), USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4), arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, July 5, after completing its 15,000 nautical mile maiden voyage from San Diego, California. USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command in February 2018 and is the Navy’s second, purpose-built ESB. The first ESB is USS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3) which is currently operating in the Middle East. “Our voyage from California to Virginia was very unusual because most modern ships use the Panama…

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