First Use of Shipboard Option for Maritime Operations Centers Makes Navy More Expeditionary

July 5, 2019 – The Navy’s Shore and Expeditionary Program Office (PMW 790) recently demonstrated the viability of moving maritime operations center (MOC) capabilities and staffs to an expeditionary environment on ships of opportunity. The successful demonstration is a first step toward putting fleet commanders closer to operational activities. Building from a Chief of Naval Operations’ task under the “Strengthen Naval Power at and from the Sea” line of effort in A Design for Maritime Superiority 2.0, PMW 790 developed the Adaptive Force Package (AFP) to deliver the C4I functionality…

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USS Stethem departs 7th Fleet after more than decade forward deployed

June 30, 2019 – USS Stethem (DDG 63) returned to the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations, June 30, following 14 years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific region operating from Japan. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is en route to San Diego, where she will be homeported and undergo her midlife modernization. As part of the U.S. 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan, Stethem worked alongside allies and partners to provide security and stability throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific. “It has been an honor and privilege…

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SWRMC Completes On Time Delivery of USS Pearl Harbor

June 8, 2019 – Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) supported Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on-time delivery goal with the completion of USS Pearl Harbor’s (LSD 52) availability on May 31. During the availability, SWRMC maintenance teams conducted a variety of scheduled overhauls throughout the ship while focusing on growth or new work items related to safety and requirements for getting underway. The strategy was a success as Pearl Harbor returned to Naval Base San Diego from sea trials on June 4. “SWRMC works to find cost-effective and innovative solutions…

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Navy Leadership Accelerates Lethality with Newly Designated Surface Development Squadron

May 23, 2019 – To encourage innovation, experimentation, and combat readiness, Vice Adm. Richard Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), announced the establishment of Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) during a ceremony, May 22. SURFDEVRON ONE will integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation to accelerate delivery of new warfighting concepts and capabilities to the fleet. Brown, who provided remarks during the ceremony, told the attendees they were witnesses to the future in Surface Warfare. “By standing up a command dedicated to developing warfighting…

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USS Spruance and Stockdale Home From Deployment

May 20, 2019 – USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106), including detachments from the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 “Raptors,” returned to their homeport of San Diego, May 20, following a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group. John C. Stennis Strike Group, consisting of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and Destroyer Squadron 21 departed their respective homeports in October and November…

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Congressman John Lewis Attends Keel Laying of Namesake Ship

May 13, 2019 – Employees of Military Sealift Command, General Dynamics NASSCO of San Diego and dignitaries from across the country celebrated the keel laying of MSC’s newest ship, USNS John Lewis at the NASSCO shipyard San Diego today. Kevin Graney, NASSCO president welcomed ship namesake, Rep. John Lewis (D Ga.), and ship’s sponsor, actress Alfre Woodard who attended the ceremony. “I am absolutely thrilled to be here today in the capacity of sponsor to this great ship,” said Woodard in her remarks. “As a leader, John Lewis is a…

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US Navy Contract Announcements May 3, 2019

Valiant Global Defense Services Inc., San Diego, California, is awarded $15,913,990 for firm-fixed-price task order M67854-19-F-7884 under previously award contract M67854-19-D-7876 to provide support services for the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Training Support Service (MTSS), MAGTF Staff Training Program (MSTP). Services will include pre-deployment training programs to Marine Corps operating forces, as well as command, control, communications, and computer mobile training team training at the functional and executive level to commanders and battle staffs, and technical training for operators and information managers. Work will be performed in Quantico,…

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Boxer ARG Deploys

May 1, 2019 – Sailors and Marines from Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed their homeport of Naval Base San Diego, May 1, for a regularly scheduled deployment. While deployed, the Boxer ARG/11th MEU team will conduct maritime security operations, crisis response operations, theater security cooperation and forward naval presence operations. “It has been incredible to see the interoperability of the Boxer ARG/11th MEU as they have come together to form a cohesive team, operating from all ships within the ARG,” said Capt. Brad…

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USS Decatur Returns From deployment

April 1, 2019 – USS Decatur (DDG 73) returned to San Diego April 1, following a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation. “This deployment highlighted every capability that dynamic force employment provides,” said Cmdr. Bob Bowen, Decatur’s commanding officer. “We were successful on deployment, providing the fleet commanders with a well-trained and equipped surface combatant capable of executing any mission assigned.” Decatur participated in multiple exercises and operations while deployed, including conducting maritime security operations, and rendering assistance to seven distressed mariners in the…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $41 Million Contract for USS Anchorage Upgrades

March 27, 2019 – BAE Systems has received a $41.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy to perform routine maintenance and modernization of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23). The Anchorage will undergo 12 months of restorative work at BAE Systems’ shipyard in San Diego. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $48.4 million. “Our team looks forward to working with the Navy and our repair partners to perform important upgrades that ensure the Anchorage remains a very capable amphibious combatant…

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New Book Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the US Navy Fighter Weapons School

March 8, 2019 – When American fighter jets were being downed at a disturbing and unprecedented rate during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy turned to a young lieutenant commander, Dan “Yank” Pedersen, to figure out a way to reverse their dark fortune. Pedersen, aka “the Godfather of Topgun,” was the Hollywood image of a fighter pilot, seldom appearing without his Ray-Ban sunglasses, when a report about the shocking casualties foiling Navy air operations in Vietnam prompted a wholesale reevaluation of American fighter strategy. On a shoestring budget and with…

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Carlos Aguayo Promoted to General Manager of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ San Diego Shipyard

March 4, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Carlos Aguayo has been named general manager of the HII San Diego Shipyard. He will replace Daniel Flood, who is retiring after 40 years in the ship repair and defense contracting industry. Aguayo will be responsible for the overall operation of the shipyard business, including strategy development and execution, customer relations, quality, production, resource management, human capital development, process improvement, and finance/accounting. Throughout his 35-year career on the San Diego waterfront, Aguayo has held numerous, diversified positions increasing in scope…

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Essex Amphibious Ready Group Visited Pearl Harbor

February 20, 2019 – USS Essex (LHD 2), other ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) visited Pearl Harbor, Feb. 18-20. “Pearl Harbor is rich in military history and its strategic location places it center stage in the Pacific,” said Capt. Gerald Olin, commander, Amphibious Squadron 1. ” The harbors and bases the Navy uses here are among the very best in the world and help ensure that naval forces in the Pacific are trained and ready to respond to any contingency.…

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SPAWAR Systems Center Names Change to Naval Information Warfare Centers

February 13, 2019 – Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) announced it will change the names of its Echelon III systems centers, SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic in Charleston, South Carolina, and SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, to Naval Information Warfare Centers Atlantic and Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, respectively. The changes will be effective Feb. 18. The new language “Naval Information Warfare Center,” with the acronym NIWC, (pronounced N’ wick) will apply to the names of all Naval Information Warfare Center sites falling under NIWC Pacific and…

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SPAWAR Improves Speed and Quality of Communications for Warfighters at Sea

February 1, 2019 – Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) successfully concluded a rapid prototyping effort in December of 2018 for the Office of the Secretary of Defense to explore the use of 4G LTE technology as a communications system for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications. Efforts included fleet experimentation, field testing, in-lab testing, rapid prototyping and a mixed reality technology demonstration led by the Naval Medical Center in San Diego (NMCSD) Tele-Critical Care Unit (TCCU). SSC Pacific supported NMCSD TCCU during a virtual critical…

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