President Trump Visits USS Kearsarge

President Donald J. Trump visited the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Oct. 3, to discuss relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with Navy and Marine Corps leadership. “This is some ship,” said Trump. “It has done a tremendous service for Puerto Rico and for the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Kearsarge and the 26th MEU are assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by…

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Secretary General NATO is a bedrock of security for both Europe and North America

April 13, 2017 – Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrapped up a two-day visit to the United States on Thursday (13 April 2017) with a town hall meeting at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Mr. Stoltenberg stressed that NATO is as important as ever in a more uncertain world, and that its strength lies in unity and the ability to adapt to a changing security environment. On Tuesday, the Secretary General met President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss the importance of NATO for the security…

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NATO Secretary General to visit the United States

April 10, 2017 – The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will visit the United States from Tuesday, 11 April to Thursday, 13 April 2017. On Wednesday, 12 April, Mr. Stoltenberg will participate in an official wreath laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. He will then meet the President of the United States, The Honorable Donald J. Trump, at the White House. On Thursday, 13 April, The NATO Secretary General will delive

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Ross, Porter Commanding Officers Receive Phone Calls from President Trump

April 9, 2017 – Commanding officers of USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Porter (DDG 78) received phone calls from President Donald J. Trump today. The president called to thank the commanding officers, Cmdr. Russell Caldwell and Cmdr. Andria Slough, and their crews for their professionalism and quick response to the tasking to conduct a cruise missile strike against Shayrat airfield in western Syria April 7. This strike was in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Ross, commanded by Cmdr. Russell Caldwell, forward-deployed to Rota,…

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President Trump Orders Missile Attack in Retaliation for Syrian Chemical Strikes

USS Porter conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. Navy video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ford Williams April 6, 2017 – The United States fired Tomahawk missiles into Syria today in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people. President Donald J. Trump ordered the attack on Al-Shayrat Air Base, the base from which the chemical attack on Syria’s…

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Beijing seeks ‘positive energy’ in South China Sea

China urges countries outside of the South China Sea region to stop stirring threats of war and tension in the region, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday. Ren Guoqiang, 47, who debuted as the ministry’s spokesman at its first news conference of the year, said China was monitoring the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group, which entered the South China Sea on Saturday. It was the first patrol by a U.S. carrier in the region since US President Donald Trump took office. “We hope the U.S. can sincerely respect the…

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President Announces Picks for Senior Pentagon Posts

March 16, 2017 – Patrick M. Shanahan is President Donald J. Trump’s choice to succeed Bob Work as deputy defense secretary, White House officials announced today. The announcement also lists the president’s intention to nominate five other people for senior civilian positions at the Pentagon. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement that all are “highly qualified individuals” who were personally recommended by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Mattis is grateful to Work for agreeing to continue serving until Shanahan is confirmed by the Senate, Davis said. Work’s steady leadership,…

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