Iwo Jima ARG, 26th MEU Start Combined COMPTUEX

Components of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) started a Combined Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Virginia, Nov. 3. Nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines are embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) for the six-week exercise that is the final stage of a comprehensive training cycle aimed at building cohesion between the ARG’s Blue-Green team and certifying them for deployment. “We operate in a…

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USS Iwo Jima and USS New York Underway

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, Adm. Phil Davidson, has ordered the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), with elements from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, to get underway from their homeport in Mayport Oct. 7. Both ships are directed to be in position to support the gulf coast region in the event assistance is needed following Tropical Storm Nate, which is currently projected to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall. Once employed, our Navy and Marine Corps team…

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USS Iwo Jima, USS New York, USS San Jacinto Poised to Support Irma Relief Efforts

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 21) departed Naval Station Norfolk September 8th to support possible humanitarian relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  The two ships, assigned to Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, will be joined by the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56).  Iwo Jima and New York pulled into Norfolk Sept. 7 after leaving their Mayport, Florida, homeport to embark a component of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, a detachment from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, as well as members of…

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USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Farragut Underway

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Phil Davidson, has ordered the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) to get underway Sept. 8, to be in position to provide humanitarian relief in support of federal, state and local authorities if requested. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) is underway conducting local operations and has been ordered to join the group. Iwo Jima and New York departed Mayport, Florida, Sept. 5 and…

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USS Iwo Jima Hosts Friends and Family Day Cruise

March 20, 2017 – Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) welcomed 852 new shipmates for a “Friends and Family Day Cruise” off the coast of Mayport, Florida, March 19. Friends and family members were invited aboard Iwo Jima to experience a day in the life of a Sailor at sea firsthand. “It’s great to get the families out so they can see what their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters do out here every day,” said Capt. James Midkiff, Iwo Jima’s commanding officer. “For some of these…

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USS Iwo Jima Returns to Sea Following Continuous Maintenance Availability

February 13, 2017 – Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departed its homeport of Naval Station Mayport for the first time in 2017, Feb. 12, following the completion of a three-month continuous (CMAV) maintenance availability. During the availability, Iwo Jima’s crew worked with civilian employees and contractors from various local and external organizations to provide the ship with necessary repairs and alterations, returning Iwo Jima to fully operational status and ensuring complete mission readiness. Key highlights during the CMAV included major repairs to a variety of vital engineering equipment,…

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