USS McFaul Deploys

January 25, 2019 – USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 25, on a regularly-scheduled deployment to conduct maritime security operations. The ship, and its roughly 300 Sailors, is trained and ready to conduct a wide range of tasks, to include ballistic missile defense. “The Silent Warriors of McFaul are strong, focused, resilient and self-sufficient; which is critical as we sail independently,” said Cmdr. Janet Days, McFaul’s commanding officer. “I am exceptionally proud to lead this team of navy professionals and rest assured, when called upon, McFaul will…

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Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Departs for COMPTUEX

January 28, 2019 – The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) departed Naval Station Norfolk for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Jan. 25. COMPTUEX is a certification exercise that assesses a strike group’s ability to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. During COMPTUEX, ABECSG will be evaluated on their ability to integrate all assets of the strike group into a cohesive, multi-mission fighting force, and their ability to carry out sustained combat operations at sea. The…

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Carrier Strike Group 12 Welcomes Spanish Frigate Mendez Nñez to Norfolk

January 15, 2019 – The Álvaro de Bazán-class Spanish navy frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 14 to train and conduct group exercises as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12. Méndez Núñez, homeported in Ferrol, Spain, was commissioned in 2006. She joins CSG-12 assets Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron 2, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) to conduct Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a training evolution designed to…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 7, 2019

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., (NASSCO)-Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, is awarded a $91,477,172 undefinitized contract action as a modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-4306) for USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) fiscal 2019 Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability. A Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by February 2021. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in…

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USNS Big Horn Completes US Fifth Fleet, US Sixth Fleet Deployment

December 20, 2018 – USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) pulled into Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 17, signifying the completion of their 10-month deployment in support of U.S. Navy and allied efforts in the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Sixth Fleet’s area of responsibility. “Some of the missions USNS Big Horn undertook during this deployment included the logistical support for the NATO exercise Trident Juncture and Carrier Strike Group 8 with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) and Destroyer Squadron 28 along with NATO Allies of the Royal…

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USNS Comfort Returns to Norfolk After Completing Mission in South, Central America

December 19, 2018 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) pulled into Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 18, after completing her deployment to South and Central America in support of Enduring Promise. Comfort’s return to Norfolk signifies the conclusion of an 11-week medical support mission to the region as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. “The men and women on USNS Comfort, representing the best of the United States Navy and our nation, treated over 26,000 patients and conducted approximately 600 surgeries aboard the ship and at…

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T&I Lab Purchases New Exoskeleton Suits for America’s Shipyard

December 7, 2018 – New exoskeleton technology has made its way to Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), and members of the workforce are now being certified for its use. The Robotics Subcommittee (RSC), a section of the NNSY Technology and Innovation Community of Practice (T&I COP), has been researching new innovative technologies that are able to improve the health, safety, and efficiency of the shipyard worker. One of their most prominent technologies researched and tested is the Levitate Airframe exoskeleton suit, a flexible power suit or limb accessory technology that is…

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USS Bulkeley Returns to Norfolk Following Deployment

November 13, 2018 – USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-month deployment to the Navy’s U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 11. The ship operated as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and also conducted independent operations in support of 6th Fleet combatant commander requirements. “I could not be prouder of these naval warriors as they completely bought-in to the mantra of ’Engaging, Fighting, and Winning‘ and established a new standard of excellence,” said Cmdr. John Lucas IV, the ship’s…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 9, 2018

Enterprise Services LLC, Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a potential maximum value $485,965,204 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity existing Next Generation Enterprise Network contract (N00039-13-D-0013). This modification will add a new option period that will extend the potential ordering period by eight months from Oct. 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020.  Current and future work will be performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Guam, Korea and Japan. No additional funding will be placed on contract or obligated at the time of modification award. This contract modification was not competitively procured because…

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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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