ABESG Warships Complete First East Coast CRUDES SWATT

November 27, 2018 – The U.S. Navy’s Surface Fleet is more capable, ready and lethal today as surface combatants from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ABESG) completed the Navy’s first East Coast Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Cruiser-Destroyer (CRUDES) Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. “The first East Coast SWATT is a milestone event not only for the Surface Fleet, but also for the Navy as a whole as we continue to focus on the development of tactical proficiency and lethality which is of strategic value and…

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Italian Prototype Competitor for U.S. Navy’s FFG(X) Frigate Program Makes Landfall in Norfolk

TS Alpino, a Fincantieri-built frigate sailing under the Italian flag, made landfall in Norfolk. The ITS Alpino, a FREMM-class frigate, is a model of the ship the U.S. Navy is considering for the FFG(X) future frigate program. FREMM frigates are the only ships in the competition that have been proven in combat, having helped to destroy a Syrian chemical weapons facility in April. “The ITS Alpino demonstrates the proven versatility and capability of the FREMM class frigate,” said Vice Admiral Richard Hunt (Ret.), Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s Chief Strategy Officer. “It…

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USS Gonzalez Conducts Training With Italian Navy Frigate

USS Gonzalez conducted combined operations with the multipurpose Italian frigate ITS Alpino, May 16-17. The training is designed to promote camaraderie and collaboration among NATO partners. The Alpino is making several stops along the U.S. East Coast with Norfolk, Virginia, being the first. Crew Exchange “The crew exchange was highly beneficial to both Gonzalez’s crew and Alpino’s, giving rare insight into each other’s daily routine, said Navy Cmdr. Les Sobol, the Gonzalez’s commanding officer. “The [passing exercise] was an invaluable opportunity to flex multiple skillsets with our NATO partners at…

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