Hobart steps up in expeditionary strike group

June 13, 2019 – HMA Ships Hobart and Stuart have participated in a real-time, simulated exercise with American forces, with Hobart showcasing her AEGIS Combat System while assigned Air Defence Commander duties. Fleet Synthetic Training – Joint, under the banner of Exercise PACIFIC THUNDER, is an annual certification exercise for the United States Navy’s Japan-based Task Force 76. The five-day exercise saw Hobart protect amphibious assault ships USS Essex and USS Wasp from airborne attack. Hobart and Stuart’s operations teams used Royal Australian Navy Bridge Simulators at HMAS Watson in…

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NAWCAD Lakehurst Adapts Weapons Loader for F-35B

March 19, 2019 – Team work and co-location at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst resulted in modified Support Equipment (SE) that gives the F-35B Lightning II more capability. When the Marine Corps chose the Guided Bomb Unit (GBU)-49 weapon system for the F-35B, they needed a piece of SE to load the weapon onto the aircraft. The GBU-49 provides new capability that will enable the F-35B to engage moving ground targets. However, the conduit on the GBU-49 did not fit the current weapons loader, until a team…

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Essex ARG Returns From Deployment

March 1, 2019 – Sailors and Marines of the Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to their homeport of San Diego, following a successful deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions, March 1. More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the Essex ARG and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of regional security, stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce. “This deployment was a great example of dynamic force employment,” said…

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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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USS Essex Visits Phuket

January 24, 2019 – USS Essex (LHD 2) and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Phuket, Thailand Jan. 24 for a port visit. After almost five weeks at sea, the port visit was a chance for Sailors and Marines to relax and enjoy Thailand’s culture, cuisine and tropical beaches while fostering relationships between the two nations. “Our Sailors and Marines have been working tirelessly throughout the deployment, and this port visit gives them a chance to relax and strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and Thailand through…

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USS Mobile Bay Participates in Photo Exercise

December 18, 2018 – USS Mobile Bay participated in a photographic exercise in the Arabian Sea December 14th. Along with Mobile Bay, U.S. Naval assets participating in the exercise were the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. “The goal of this evolution is to show that the Navy can bring forces together, anywhere in the world, at any time,” said Command Master Chief Nicholas Berryman, senior enlisted advisor…

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Stennis CSG and Essex ARG Conduct Integrated Operations in C5F

December 13, 2018 – The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) commenced integrated operations in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 12. While steaming, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Essex (LHD 2) are supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, providing armed support to deny terror safe haven in Afghanistan and enable the Afghan Security Forces to set conditions for a political solution. “Carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups are inherently flexible maneuver forces, and these high-end integrated operations illustrate our commitment to…

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USMC F-35B Conducts First Combat Strikes in CENTCOM AOR

September 27, 2018 – The Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II, conducted its first combat strikes in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, Sept. 27. During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander. “The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy,” said Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central command. “As part…

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WASP ARG Conducts PASSEX with JMSDF

August 26, 2018 – Ships assigned to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with attached 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, partnered with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) JS Osumi (LST 4001) to conduct a passing exercise (PASSEX), Aug. 26. During a PASSEX, multiple ships sail in formation to practice communications and maneuvering procedures. Participating in this PASSEX with the Ohsumi was USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48) and Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86). The exercise allowed the ships…

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USS Essex concludes CARAT with Malaysia port visit

August 20, 2018 – USS Essex (LHD 2) and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Aug. 19, for a port visit after participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2018. The CARAT exercise allowed U.S. Sailors and Marines to work side-by-side with Malaysian counterparts and helped improve our relationships with each other. “We are proud of the tremendous work that American Sailors and Marines are doing to strengthen our partnership with our great teammates in the Malaysian military,” said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander,…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU complete integrated training

Sailors of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines attached to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed ARG/MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX) off the coast of Southern California, May 10. ARGMEUEX is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG)-led exercise that provides critical training and feedback prior to the deployment certifying event, composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). “It was incredible to see the Essex ARG and 13th MEU grow as a team over the course of ARGMUEX,” said Commander, CSG 15, Rear…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU commence ARGMEUEX

Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines assigned to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) commenced the ARG/MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX) off the coast of California, April 24. ARGMEUEX is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG)-led exercise that provides critical training and feedback prior to the deployment certifying event, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Essex ARG is command by Capt. Gerald Olin of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, and comprises amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU complete integration training

Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to their respective homeports following the completion of an amphibious squadron (PHIBRON)-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) off the coast of Southern California, April 5. As the first fully integrated training period between Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th MEU, PMINT honed the Navy-Marine team’s abilities to plan and conduct exercises in maritime security operations, crisis response capability and forward naval presence over the course of three phases. “Our biggest success was validating that…

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Essex ARG Undertaking SWATT Training

USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Naval Base San Diego yesterday, Monday, March 5, in a first for the Navy’s Surface Warfare community – an ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. The exercise is focused on advanced tactical training at sea to improve warfighting proficiency, lethality, and ship interoperability before further training in the ARG’s deployment cycle. “Providing watch teams and warfare commanders the reps-and-sets they need to exercise and build their combat muscle is critical,” said Rear Adm. John Wade, commander of the Naval…

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Exercise Dawn Blitz 2017 Complete

U.S. 3rd Fleet’s (C3F) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and I Marine Expeditionary Force’s (MEF), 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) completed the amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 30. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise designed to train and integrate Navy and Marine Corps units by providing a robust training environment where forces plan for and establish expeditionary advanced bases (EAB), execute an amphibious assault, engage in live-fire events, and integrate fifth-generation aviation capabilities in a land and maritime threat environment to test new integration and concepts of operation. Planning and…

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