Fort McHenry Concludes BALTOPS Operations

June 26, 2019 – USS Fort McHenry concluded exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, June 21. BALTOPS, now in its 47th iteration, featured ships and aircraft from 18 nations, and is the largest maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region. “BALTOPS 2019 was truly an impressive feat when you think about what we were able to accomplish,” said Cmdr. Steve Schmidt, commanding officer of Fort McHenry. “18 countries came together and displayed the diverse skills of professional mariners. I am proud to have commanded the Sailors and Marines aboard Fort McHenry during…

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USS Fort McHenry Conducts Amphibious Operations in the Baltic Sea

June 14, 2019 – USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) participated in an amphibious landing on the Estonian coast while participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, June 12. U.S. Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Spanish Marines assigned to 2nd Batallon De Desembarco, Brigada De Infanteria De Marina (2nd Landing Battalion, Marine Infantry Brigade) disembarked Fort McHenry on a landing craft utility (LCU) and landed on the shores of Estonia. “The ability to successfully conduct operations such as an amphibious landing is a testimony to the…

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USS Chung-Hoon Conducts Second Drug Bust in a Month

January 29, 2019 – While conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of illicit narcotics aboard a stateless vessel, Jan. 24. Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team seized 4,700 kilograms of hashish while conducting a flag verification boarding. This is the second such interdiction within a month. The Chung-Hoon seized over 5,000 kilograms of hashish while patrolling the Gulf of Aden on Dec. 27, 2018. “What I’m most proud of is the synergy between our…

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Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU Enter U.S. 6th Fleet

December 26, 2018 – The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations Dec. 25 to conduct a scheduled deployment. During its time in theater, the ARG/MEU team and its more than 4,500 Sailors and Marines are prepared to conduct a variety of missions, including maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation. “The Kearsarge ARG is prepared to conduct a variety of missions, including maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation,” said Capt. Daniel…

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Kearsarge ARG Departs for Deployment

December 18, 2018 – USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and components of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployed Dec. 17. Kearsarge is the flagship of the Kearsarge amphibious ready group, which consists of Amphibious Squadron 6, the 22nd MEU, USS Arlington (LPD 24), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), as well as Kearsarge. Kearsarge’s commanding officer, Capt. Jason Rimmer, said he is confident the ARG is ready to take on the deployment’s challenges. “Kearsarge has spent the last four months focused on combat readiness and tactical skills,” said Rimmer. “The Kearsarge…

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Kearsarge ARG Completes COMPTUEX

November 6, 2018 – The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) successfully completed a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), Nov. 2. The ARG’s COMPTUEX was a three-week, scenario-driven exercise focused on simultaneous missions and enhanced realism to test the capabilities of the Kearsarge ARG and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prior to their upcoming deployment. The exercise included embarked Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, and Assault Craft Unit 4. “The Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU, and accompanying destroyers, successfully completed a demanding and realistic test,” said…

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Kearsarge ARG Completes Live-Fire Missile Exercise

October 16, 2018 – The units of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) participated in a live-fire missile exercise (MISSILEX), Oct. 14. USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) fired one RIM-7P missile from the NATO Sea Sparrow missile launcher and successfully engaged a target simulating an inbound airborne threat. USS Arlington (LPD 24) fired two RAMs, destroying an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). “The value of the missile exercise is to ensure that Kearsarge’s combat systems are capable of detecting, tracking and engaging an inbound threat,” said Lt. Tim Davey, Kearsarge’s combat systems…

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Kearsarge ARG Underway for Final Pre-deployment Exercise

October 14, 2018 – Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 13, to conduct a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is the final pre-deployment exercise that certifies the ARG’s abilities to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. The exercise is hosted by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, which mentors, trains and assesses East Coast units preparing for future deployments. The Kearsarge ARG consists of Amphibious…

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Kearsarge Successfully Completes ARGMEUEX

September 10, 2018 – USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) returned to her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 9, after completing Amphibious Ready Group, Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (ARGMEUEX). ARGMEUEX is the first of two major warfighting tests required for ARGs to be certified for deployment by Carrier Strike Group Four. “The Amphibious Ready Group, Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise is an important step towards the deployment certification process for the Sailors and Marines from the ships of Commander, Amphibious Squadron Six and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit,” said Rear Adm. Kenneth R.…

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Kearsarge ARG Underway for Pre-deployment Exercise

August 23, 2018 – The units of Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed their respective homeports for an ARG, Marine Expeditionary Unit exercise (ARGMEUEX), Aug. 21 – 22. ARGMEUEX enhances joint integration, lethality and collective capabilities of the Navy-Marine Corps team through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. “The Sailors and Marines on this team have been working hard to get to this point. We’re excited to test ourselves as a unit in the upcoming exercises,” said Navy Capt. Daniel Blackburn, commodore, PHIBRON 6. “I am…

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