Almirante Lynch Deploys for RIMPAC May 24th

Google Translation Valparaíso In the framework of the departure of the frigate “Almirante Lynch” held on Thursday, May 24, all the Naval personnel gathered on the flight deck, who between June 27 and August 2 will be representing the Chilean Navy and the country. in the twenty-sixth version of the exercise “Rim of the Pacific”, RIMPAC 2018, carried out on the coasts of Hawaii. In this new realization of the most important international naval and maritime exercise in the world, Chile will have a leading role as the first non-English…

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USS Milius joins Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan

USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, to become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan, May 22. The arrival of Milius to the 7th Fleet adds another upgraded Aegis Baseline 9 destroyer to the waterfront in Yokosuka. “The crew has trained extremely hard to get the ship fully certified and ready for tasking,” said Milius commanding officer, Cmdr. Jennifer Pontius. “There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into getting a ship ready to forward deploy and to transition a crew…

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Milius brings enhanced missile defense to U.S 7th Fleet

USS Milius (DDG 69) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations on May 14, to join the forward deployed U.S. naval forces (FDNF) in Japan. Milus joins Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 to support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region by bringing enhanced missile defense capabilities as a ballistic missile defense (BMD) platform. “I am very excited that Milius is coming to DESRON 15,” said Capt. Jonathan Duffy, commander, DESRON 15. “The ship’s advanced capabilities will be vital in support of our missions in the Indo-Pacific region.” During the…

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USS Dewey, Sterett Return to San Diego

USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) returned to San Diego, May 11, following a three-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. While deployed to U.S. 7th Fleet, the ships and crews, assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, joined the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) enhancing the capabilities of the “Up-Gunned ESG.” Dewey and Sterett operated together to bring additional weapons capabilities to the traditional ESG. While on station, they joined the Wasp ESG for integrated operations in support of the Amphibious Readiness Group. “This deployment was an excellent proof…

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Lake Champlain Completes Pacific Deployment

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) returned home to Naval Base San Diego, May 9, after completing a four-month deployment. More than 350 crew members departed San Diego in January as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. The strike group conducted routine operations in the Western Pacific and completed a historic visit to Vietnam in March. Following operations in the Indo-Pacific region, Lake Champlain independently transited to South America and participated in Silent Forces Exercise 2018 with the Peruvian and Colombian navies. Crew members practiced tracking diesel submarines and…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in San Diego in Homeport Shift

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in San Diego, concluding her homeport change, May 8. Since departing San Diego in April 2012 for Sasebo, Japan, to replace USS Essex (LHD 2) as the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, Bonhomme Richard had served as the flagship of the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet’s expeditionary strike group. During the six years serving forward deployed, the ship participated in exercises, such as the bi-annual exercise Talisman Sabre with the Royal Australian Navy, worked side-by-side with Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU),…

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Future USS Manchester (LCS 14) Transiting to Commissioning Site

The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Manchester (LCS 14) departed from Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, May 5, beginning her journey to her commissioning site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The ship’s commissioning is scheduled for May 26, after which she will begin her transit to her homeport of San Diego. As part of her sail around, Manchester will conduct regularly scheduled equipment and systems checks, training, visit several ports and transit through the Panama Canal. “We are proud to take full ownership of our new ship,…

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USS Theodore Roosevelt Completes 7-Month Deployment

Approximately 5,000 Sailors and Marines embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) returned to their homeport of Naval Air Station North Island, May 7, after a successful seven-month deployment. Theodore Roosevelt departed San Diego, Oct. 6 and spent the deployment supporting Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel, as well as maritime security cooperation efforts in 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. The ship transited more than 56,000 miles, and made five port calls in four different countries, to include the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of…

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USNS Sioux Supports MDSU Dive Operations off the Coast of San Diego

Off the coast of San Diego, Calif., Military Sealift Command’s only Pacific based fleet ocean tug, USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171) is supporting dive operations with the Navy’s Mobile Dive and Salvage Unit ONE (MDSU 1), providing a training platform for the divers and the tug as well. Throughout the month of April, Sioux has been moored in a variety of areas and scenarios off the San Diego coast. While the mission objective is to provide a dive platform for MDSU divers, the situation offers a training opportunity for the crew…

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SAIC Awarded $73 Million Task Order by SPAWAR

The U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) awarded Science Applications International Corp. a task order to provide architecture and systems engineering support services to the Office of the Chief Engineer (CHENG) (SPAWAR 5.0), the Fleet Readiness Directorate (FRD), and various C4ISR programs and offices. “We are proud to continue to support SPAWAR 5.0, the Navy’s information technology technical authority, building upon our 14 year history with this program” The single-award task order has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total contract value…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001)

On April 24th, the US Navy accepted Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) delivery of the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) from shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW). Delivery of DDG 1001 follows extensive tests, trials and demonstrations of the ship’s HM&E systems including the boat handling, anchor and mooring systems as well as major demonstrations of the damage control, ballasting, navigation and communications systems. “Delivery of DDG 1001 marks the culmination of years of dedication and hard work from our Navy and industry team,” said Capt. Kevin Smith,…

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 20, 2018

URS Group Inc., Morrisville, North Carolina, is awarded $14,557,557 for firm-fixed-price task order N6945018F0077 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62470-13-D-6022) for expansion of the Expeditionary Legal Complex at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The work to be performed provides for design and construction of new structures at the Expeditionary Legal Complex supporting the Office of Military Commissions.  Work includes general purpose administration/legal buildings including Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities provided for each of six capital defense teams ensuring each defense team is separated from one another along with…

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Bonhomme Richard Departs Sasebo for Modernization

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, April 18, capping six years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific. Bonhomme Richard has been the flagship of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet since April 2012, and will now transit to its new homeport in San Diego for follow-on operations and eventual upgrades to accommodate the F-35B Lightning II. During her time as the primary amphibious assault ship in 7th Fleet, Bonhomme Richard participated in a number of exercises such as Talisman Saber with the Australian Defense Force, and exchanges with partners such…

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Carl Vinson Completes Western Pacific Deployment

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) returned home to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, April 12, after completing a scheduled three-month deployment.  More than 5,000 Sailors from Carl Vinson and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 deployed Jan. 5 to conduct routine operations in the Indo-Pacific and maintain security and stability in the region. “We safely conducted our mission in a complex operating environment,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the Carl Vinson Strike Group commander. “I give full credit to our Sailors. They demonstrated outstanding readiness, watchstanding and…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa for White Beach Festival

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa on April 9, the ship’s final time there as she prepares to sail to San Diego for a homeport shift. Forward-deployed since 2012, Bonhomme Richard has frequently stopped in White Beach to either onload or drop off Marines, most often those from 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit but also units under 3rd Marine Division and 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. As a tribute to the continual support the Okinawa community has provided to Bonhomme Richard over the years, the ship will host…

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