US Navy Contract Announcements February 9, 2018

Tekla Research Inc.,* Dumfries, Virginia, is being awarded a $64,073,829 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for approximately 835,200 hours of systems specialty engineering and technical services in support of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Systems Engineering Department (AIR-4.1). Systems specialty engineering support to be provided includes an overall technical assessment of cost, schedule, emerging technology and maturity of design for various functional areas, including air/ship integration, systems safety, mass properties, survivability, manufacturing and quality, air platform stores integration, metrology and systems security engineering. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland, and…

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USS Chafee returns from Western Pacific deployment

USS Chafee (DDG 90) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and South America, Jan. 12. Chafee has a crew of nearly 350 officers and enlisted Sailors and is a multi-mission ship designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group. The embarked maintainers and pilots from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 served as the air support for the ship throughout the deployment. While deployed, the ship conducted theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations throughout the Pacific.…

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USS Chafee Completes Voyage Repair Availability in Singapore

USS Chafee (DDG 90) and ship repair personnel from Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific completed a successful voyage repair availability in Singapore, Dec 16. The 10-day long availability provided an opportunity for Chafee to accomplish important voyage repairs during the ship’s current operational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. “We’ve had a very productive deployment and this availability provided our crew a brief operational pause while focusing on some needed repairs,” said Cmdr Jacob Braun, Chafee commanding officer. “We are departing Singapore with the ship more ready to meet our assigned…

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Carrier Strike Group 5 returns to Yokosuka

Units from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 and its flagship, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), returned to Yokosuka, Dec. 4, following a three-month patrol of the Indo-Asia Pacific region. While on patrol, CSG 5 was comprised of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff, and the guided- missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS Chafee (DDG 90). “The team executed an impressive range of operations, including bringing three strike groups together, and I’m proud of the…

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U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to conduct Annual Exercise

The 2017 edition of Annual Exercise, a bilateral maritime field training exercise involving the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy (USN), will be conducted Nov. 16-26. Approximately 14,000 U.S. personnel will participate, from units including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Mustin (DDG 89), and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron. Annual Exercise, the premier training event between USN and JMSDF, is designed…

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Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Royal Australian Navy frigates Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju. The exercise also included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said that the joint exercise was vital to global maritime security. “Australia is deeply concerned about the global threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its illegal activities,” he said. “As…

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Chafee conducts trilateral PASSEX with Indian Navy and JMSDF in 7th Fleet

USS Chafee (DDG 90) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Indian navy ships, INS Satpura (F48) and INS Kadmatt (P29) as well as Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Inazuma (DD-105) Nov. 3-6. PASSEXs like this arise when maritime forces from two or more regional countries are operating in the same area and take advantage of the opportunity to train together. This PASSEX builds on previous maritime training events, including exercise Malabar this past summer. During this PASSEX, the ships exchanged Navy liaison officers (LNOs) and exercised…

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USS Chafee participates in multilateral MIO exercise

USS Chafee (DDG 90) will join ships from the Republic of Korea Navy and the Royal Australian Navy during a multilateral maritime interdiction operations (MIO) exercise in waters off the coast of the Republic of Korea, Nov. 6-7. This exercise is designed to improve interoperability between partner nations and focus on interdicting security threats in the maritime environment that impact regional security and stability. Completion of periodic interdiction training exercises continues to improve readiness, capabilities and partnerships throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Personnel from partner nations in Europe, North America and Asia…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Visits South Korea

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in Busan for a port visit, Oct. 21. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked staff of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Chafee (DDG 90) pulled into Busan after participating in Maritime Counter Special Operations Force Exercise (MCSOFEX) 2017. The focus of the bilateral training exercise was to increase the readiness of U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) forces and…

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China warns U.S. warship to leave after it sails near Xisha Islands

Chinese warships have warned a U.S. Navy destroyer (USS Chafee) to leave after it sailed close to Xisha Islands in South China Sea during a so-called “freedom of navigation” operation, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. The islands are an inherent part of the Chinese territory, said spokesperson for the ministry Hua Chunying, noting that Beijing has lodged solemn representations with the U.S. side over the incident. Beijing strongly urged Washington to respect China’s sovereignty and security interest, the spokesperson stressed, adding that the Chinese side will continue…

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USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Hong Kong for port visit

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) anchored in Hong Kong Harbor Oct. 2. Ronald Reagan is the flagship for Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, embarked with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. “The Sailors and airmen of Carrier Strike Group Five look forward to rich and diverse experiences in Hong Kong and learning more about the culture and people,” said Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70. “We are grateful for the…

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Nimitz Conducts COMPTUEX In Preparation For Deployment

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 is currently undergoing their final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), marking the completion of their condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment slated for this year. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) completed a nearly two-year yard period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in September of last year. Since then they have undergone sea trials, Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA) I, TSTA II, TSTA III, Final Evaluation Phase and the Board of Inspection and Survey. Nimitz has been joined…

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Nimitz Strike Group conducts strait transit training exercise

April 3, 2017 – The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) participated in a show of force transit training exercise with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 off the coast of Southern California, March 31. CSG 11 conducted the exercise as part of Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) to prepare for moving through narrow passageways of water during its upcoming 2017 deployment. According to Lt. Ryan Benko, a native of Bremerton, Washington, and the Destroyer Squadron Nine (DESRON 9) lead planner, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Howard…

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