USNS Yukon Conducts USS Zumwalt’s First Underway Replenishment

November 17, 2018 – Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) conducted the first underway replenishment at sea (UNREP) with one of the Navy’s newest guided missile destroyers USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) off the coast of Southern California earlier this week. The UNREP operation was a proof of concept which allowed the crew of Zumwalt the opportunity to receive fuel and to test the cargo fuel system aboard Zumwalt in a real world operational, YUKON environment. In addition, the UNREP gave Zumwalt the reassurance that it is…

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USS John P. Murtha underway for NASA Orion mission testing

October 30, 2018 – USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is underway to conduct Underway Recovery Test (URT) 7 in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California. URT is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely practice and evaluate recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in an open ocean environment that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft upon its return to Earth. This will be the first time John P. Murtha will conduct a URT mission with NASA. Throughout the history of the program,…

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Search and rescue efforts underway for missing USS Lake Erie Sailor

August 20, 2018 – At approximately 7 a.m. local time, Aug. 19, after a sailor assigned to USS Lake Erie (CG 70) failed to report for duty, the ship conducted man overboard procedures while operating in the eastern Pacific Ocean with the John C. Stennis Carrier Group Strike Group (JCS CSG). Attempts to locate the sailor aboard the ship were unsuccessful. The crew of Lake Erie has completed multiple extensive searches of the ship. Ships and helicopters assigned to the JCS CSG and U.S. Coast Guard District 11 are currently…

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USNS Henry J. Kaiser Provides Logistics Services to USS John C. Stennis Strike Group

Off the coast of Southern California, since April 16, Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) has been providing logistics services to  five ships from the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) carrier strike group as they conducted pre-deployment exercises and qualifications. Through a series of 18 replenishments-at-sea (RAS), Kaiser delivered 740 pallets of food, parts and equipment, as well as retrieving 61 Pallets of waste for off-load ashore.  In addition, the ship delivered approximately 3 million gallons of jet fuel and 6 million gallons…

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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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John C. Stennis Completes TSTA/FEP

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) completed tailored ship’s training availability (TSTA), and final evaluation problem (FEP), April 16. TSTA focuses primarily on damage control, medical, engineering and combat systems casualties inside of the ship, as well as seamanship, navigation, anchoring and small boat operations; while FEP focuses on the ship’s overall competency and proficiency in solving advanced situational problems that could arise during deployment. During the evaluation, John C. Stennis demonstrated events critical to operation and survivability of the ship in various situations resulting in a 96 percent overall…

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Wayne E Meyer Participates in Sustainment Exercise

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) is underway off the coast of Southern California participating in a sustainment exercise (SUSTEX). SUSTEX is a re-certification evolution designed to test the capabilities of the carrier strike group. It evaluates how ships work together in a variety of tactical situations and ensures the strike group and its Sailors are ready to deploy. Wayne E. Meyer will join other assets of Carrier Strike Group 1 on a scheduled deployment early next year.  “Wayne E. Meyer has been working hard to prepare for deployment,” said…

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Coast Guard medevacs 64-year-old man from Naval Facility on San Nicolas Island

The Coast Guard medevaced a 64-year-old man from the naval facility on San Nicolas Island, Wednesday afternoon.  At approximately 2:00p.m., San Nicolas Island Naval Facility personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders reporting a 64-year-old contractor was experiencing stroke-like symptoms. After consulting with the duty flight surgeon, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Forward Operating Base Point Mugu to assist.  The aircrew arrived on scene and transported the man to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Ventura County. The man was last reported to be in stable…

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