BAE Systems’ Norfolk Shipyard to Modernize USS Bulkeley

February 11, 2019 – BAE Systems has received a $114.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy to perform maintenance and modernization of the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) in its Norfolk Shipyard. The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $136.2 million if all options are exercised. “Our team has significant experience with the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers and with the Bulkeley in particular” “Our team has significant experience with the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers and with the Bulkeley in particular,” said Dave Thomas, vice president…

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USS Bulkeley Returns to Norfolk Following Deployment

November 13, 2018 – USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-month deployment to the Navy’s U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 11. The ship operated as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and also conducted independent operations in support of 6th Fleet combatant commander requirements. “I could not be prouder of these naval warriors as they completely bought-in to the mantra of ’Engaging, Fighting, and Winning‘ and established a new standard of excellence,” said Cmdr. John Lucas IV, the ship’s…

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USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Begins Operations in U.S. 6th Fleet

September 19, 2018 – The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group has commenced operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to continue support to NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and U.S. national security interest in Europe and Africa. The strike group initially deployed to the European theater April 11, and returned for an extended working port visit to its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, July 21. “We are thrilled to have the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group back in the U.S.…

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USS Bulkeley Arrives In Pireaus

USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) arrived in Pireaus, Greece, for a scheduled port visit, May 23, to enhance the partnership between the U.S. and Greece as the two nations continue to work together to fortify regional security and stability. “Each nation stands to gain from visits by foreign militaries because they learn the SOPs (standard operating procedures) on how they do certain things,” said Cmdr. John Lucas, Bulkeley’s executive officer. “And this interaction helps to build common knowledge of maritime tactics, professionalism, social understanding and trust. So that’s also what we…

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USS Bulkeley Visits Las Palmas

USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) arrived in Palma, Spain, for a scheduled port visit April 24 to enhance U.S.-Spain relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous Europe. This visit is intended to promote enduring relationships between the United States and ally Spain. “These types of engagements will strengthen the bonds between us and the Spanish, and also our other coalition partners as we work towards mutual goals,” said Cmdr. John S. Lucas IV, Bulkeley’s executive officer. “It is through these strengthened relationships that we will…

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HST Strike Group Conducts Integrated Live-Fire Exercise

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) executed an integrated live-fire exercise while underway conducting their composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), Feb. 21-22. “This was an opportunity for us to train with the tactics and actual live ordnance we would utilize if a fast moving boat was to attack the strike group,” said Capt. Kevin Kennedy, commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28. “We brought everything together in a live-fire situation where we had to layer the defense of our forces.” The exercise tested the communication and execution of individual units…

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HST Strike Group Conducts Live Fire Exercise

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), along with other surface ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, performed multiple live-fire exercises Nov. 1, proving the capabilities of both Sailors and equipment. “Integration and planning began several months ago with involvement from several commands and organizations,” said Truman’s operations officer, Capt. Brent Tornga. “To properly flex the combat systems, we integrated warfighting and technical expertise with administrative and operational support, culminating in the tactical scenario that we executed successfully today.” During the evolution, three unmanned aircraft were used to simulate enemy…

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Naval Station Mayport Sends Ships to Sea Ahead of Hurricane Irma

As a precautionary measure, U.S. Navy ships home ported at Naval Station Mayport are getting underway in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. The following ships headed to sea September 6: USS Shamal, USS The Sullivans, USS Bulkeley And USCGC Tahoma. USS Philippine Sea, USS Farragut and USS Lassen are scheduled to depart September 7. USS Hue City, USS Tornado and USS Roosevelt will be moved to a safe haven location and made ready for heavy weather. USS Detroit and USS Milwaukee will both remain in port and will be heavy weather…

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