Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Arrives in Manila

August 7, 2019 – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in Manila for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between Philippines and the United States on August 7. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike group includes Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Antietam (CG 54). Destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) is simultaneously visiting Subic Bay. “This visit is a great representation of our strong friendship, partnership, and alliance with…

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Taiwan Statement on USS Antietam Transit of Taiwan Strait

July 25, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Ministry of National Defense said today (25) that a US warship (USS Antietam) sailed through the Taiwan Strait from south to north from the southwestern waters of China. The Ministry of National Defense pointed out that the US ship is free to sail through the Taiwan Strait, and the National Army uses the joint ISR as the whole process to grasp the dynamics of the surrounding sea and airspace in China. There is no abnormality during the period, and the people of the…

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CARAT 2019: Building Security Through Maritime Domain Awareness

June 20, 2019 – The U.S. and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted a series of training events focused on maritime domain awareness (MDA), culminating with scenarios conducted by ships and aircraft in the Gulf of Thailand during this year’s Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand. The training included knowledge exchanges focused on techniques and tools used in sharing information against maritime threats, as well as legal discussions and tabletop exercises, to prepare for the hands-on portion of the exercise. According to Lt. David Copeland, MDA expert for Destroyer Squadron…

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USN, RAN, JMSDF & ROK Navy Launch Inaugural Exercise Pacific Vanguard

May 22, 2019 – In a first of its kind event, maritime forces from Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States arrived in Guam, May 22, to conduct cooperative maritime training in Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Pacific Vanguard brings together more than 3,000 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea. The exercise takes place on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. “Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values…

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USS Antietam Visits Ishikari, Japan

February 3, 2019 – USS Antietam (CG 54) arrived for a port visit to Ishikari, Japan, Feb. 3. During Antietam’s time in port, the ship will meet with local officials and citizens, and the crew will enjoy sightseeing and the festivities at the 70th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival. “Antietam is grateful for the opportunity to be hosted by the city of Ishikari Wan. We look forward to exploring the city as well as enjoying the Sapporo Snow Festival,” said Capt. George Kessler, Antietam’s commanding officer. “Visits like this deepen the…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF Participate in Cooperative Deployment

October 10, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group and the helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) conducted maritime operations during a cooperative deployment in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 9-10. During the cooperative deployment the Ronald Reagan Strike Group units and Izumo conducted maneuvering exercises, communications exercises and divisional training to promote interoperability among the two maritime forces. Chiefs from Izumo and Escort Division 11 embarked the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and were given tours of the ship’s mess decks, medical facilities and watched fixed-wing flight operations. “It…

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USS Antietam Joins Royal Thai Navy Ships for Cooperative Deployment

October 9, 2018 – USS Antietam (CG 54) and Royal Thai Navy ships HTMS Krabi (OPV 551) and HTMS Taksin (FFG 422) conducted a cooperative deployment in the East China Sea on Oct. 9, 2018. The event focused on navigation, communication and ship-handling skills, improving interoperability between U.S. Navy and RTN forces. “This cooperative deployment is an opportunity for Antietam to exercise warfare skills with our Thai allies,” said Capt. George Kessler, Antietam’s commanding officer. “Joining our allies for this event benefits all ships at sea that depend on maritime…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group Conducts Air Defense Exercise

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group, including Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and USS Antietam (CG 54), participated in an air defense exercise (ADEX) while underway in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 16. The ADEX was organized and planned by crewmembers aboard Antietam, the air defense commander for the Ronald Reagan Strike Group and Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 staff. “Air defense exercises are the foundation from which we build our defense,” said Capt. George Kessler, commanding officer, USS Antietam. “The ADEX we ran is one in a series that improves our…

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DGSIT Embarks Ronald Reagan Strike Group Units

More than 35 members of the Naval Information Forces Deploying Group System Integration Testing (DGSIT) team embarks aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and additional units of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group July 5-13. DGSIT is a fleet-directed program to test interoperability of all computer and communications systems and networks on all carrier strike groups, amphibious readiness groups and Marine expeditionary units. “We are here to provide integrated testing on the (C5I) [Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration and Intelligence] of the strike group,” said Donald Shirey, DGSIT Pacific program manager.…

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Ronald Reagan, Antietam, Chancellorsville arrive in Manila

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a regularly scheduled port visit, June 26. “Manila is one of the favorite port visits for Sailors in the Pacific thanks to the beauty and welcoming people of the Philippines,” said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, Task Force 70. “I’m very proud of all the Sailors in this task force. They are dedicated, capable, professionals and they are the core of the United States Navy, and they allow this…

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Indian Navy Ships Arrive Guam to Participate in Exercise Malabar 2018

Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet currently on an overseas deployment to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, arrived at Guam on 07 June 18 to participate in the 22nd edition of Exercise Malabar, off Guam, USA from 07 to 16 June 2018. Exercise Malabar, which started as a bilateral exercise between the US Navy and the Indian Navy in 1992, has evolved over the years with the participation…

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USS Mustin arrives for port visit in Guam

USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit March 14 after the conclusion of MultiSail 18. “We had the great opportunity to participate in MultiSail with our JMSDF (Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force) partners and every year our team gets better,” said Cmdr. William Smith, Mustin’s commanding officer. “After five days at sea the crew is ready for some rest and relaxation in beautiful Guam, our home away from home.” Mustin Sailors are able to enjoy a range of experiences while in Guam to include visiting historic…

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USS Antietam Leads SAMEX During MultiSail

USS Antietam (CG 54) led a surface-to-air missile exercise (SAMEX) during MultiSail 18 with U.S. forward-deployed naval forces and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) March 10. This SAMEX builds interoperability between the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF, which strengthens the U.S.-Japan alliance. This year’s participants include five warships, destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Mustin (DDG 89), along with JS Fuyuzuki (DD-118) and Antietam. “Antietam plays an integral role in this year’s exercises, while leading the SAMEX and adding the cruiser point of view to…

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US Navy, JMSDF Participate in MultiSail 2018

Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are scheduled to participate in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2018, Mar. 8-14. MultiSail is an annual bilateral training exercise that improves interoperability between U.S. and Japanese forces. In 2018 the focus of the exercise will be on improving fundamental skills such as tracking and defeating submarines, combatting other surface forces, live fire training, and interoperability with U.S. and JMSDF units. “MultiSail is an opportunity for our ships to increase our combat proficiency at sea,”…

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Navy Provides Details of Comprehensive Review

In a memorandum dated Aug. 24, 2017, to Adm. Philip Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. William Moran, detailed Davidson’s responsibilities as the head of the chief of naval operations directed comprehensive review. “During the last 69 days, the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were involved in two separate major collisions with commercial vessels while operating in the Seventh Fleet AOR [area of responsibility],” stated Moran in the memorandum. “Recent events indicate these tragic incidents are not…

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