Ike Conducts Ammunition Onload at Sea

August 16, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conducted an ammunition onload with both the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and the dry cargo ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), August 12-15. Ike took on approximately 1,200 tons of munitions and ordnance during the multi-day evolution, using a combination of both connected and vertical lifts. “This is the critical moment when Ike becomes a warship,” said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Kendrick Barrow, the Quality Assurance Officer for the weapons department. Barrow said that this event…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Continues Planning for USS John C. Stennis RCOH

August 1, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $290 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue planning for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The contract funds the second and third years of planning, long-lead-time material procurement, shop fabrication, shipboard inspections, and facilities readiness for the RCOH. As part of the planning contract, Newport News also will perform some shipboard work, which will take place in Norfolk. The…

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US Navy Contracts for July 31, 2019

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Newport News, Virginia, is awarded a $290,577,495 cost-plus-fixed fee modification to add Year Two to previously-awarded contract N00024-18-C-2106 to prepare and make ready for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). This modification will provide for fiscal 2019-2020 advance planning efforts, including material forecasting; long-lead-time material procurement; purchase order development; technical document and drawing development; scheduling; resource forecasting and planning; development of cost estimates for work to be accomplished; data acquisition; pre-overhaul tests and inspections, and other technical studies as…

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Bremerton’s Seventh Consecutive On-Time Carrier Overhaul

May 30, 2019 – Declaring the massive overhaul of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) complete on May 27, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility celebrated its seventh consecutive early or on-time completion of an aircraft carrier availability. Nimitz’s docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) ended four days ahead of schedule, completing sea trials on Memorial Day. “Congratulations to team Nimitz,” said Capt. Howard Markle, PSNS & IMF commander. “You have done a tremendous job in returning Nimitz to the fleet ahead of schedule and within budget. The Nimitz project team,…

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USS John C Stennis Arrives in Norfolk

May 16, 2019 – The nearly 5,000 Sailors of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, May 16, concluding a seven-month deployment. The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), commanded by Capt. Randy Peck, departed on deployment from Bremerton, Washington, in October of last year. CSG-3, commanded by Rear Adm. Mike Wettlaufer, is comprised of the flagship John C. Stennis with Pacific Fleet based CSG-3 staff, embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Destroyer Squadron 21 staff, USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Stockdale (DDG…

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Jean Bart Joins USS John C Stennis Escort

May 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 1 st May 2019, the anti-aircraft frigate (FAA) Jean Bart sailed from Marseilles and joined the escort of the US aircraft carrier battle group of the USS John C. Stennis . This escort started as soon as they left the Mediterranean theater and continued to the Straits of Gibraltar. Last month, the carrier group had already been joined by a French ship. Between the Suez Canal and Marseille, it was the Frigate Multi-mission (FREMM) Languedoc that had been integrated into his escort from…

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USS John C. Stennis Arrives in Laem Chebang, Thailand

February 10, 2019 – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrived in Laem Chebang, Thailand, for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between Thailand and the United States, Feb. 10. During the visit, the John C. Stennis crew will participate in a series of community service projects and sporting events while experiencing Thai culture. “Our Sailors are enthusiastic and appreciative for this opportunity to visit Thailand,” said Rear Adm. Mike Wettlaufer, commander, Carrier Strike Group 3. “We look forward to enhancing our partnership with…

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USS John C. Stennis Transfers Supplies from Sri Lanka

January 23, 2019 – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) received supplies as part of a temporary cargo transfer initiative in Sri Lanka, beginning Jan. 24. A C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30) operated from Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo. The C-2A received a variety of supplies transferred earlier in the week from a U.S. Navy C-40A Clipper logistics aircraft and then flown back to John C. Stennis. Supplies included spare parts, tools, personal mail, paper goods, and other items. “Support services went…

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John C. Stennis, Cassard Complete Joint Training

January 24, 2019 – The open ocean is a vast and sometimes unpredictable area in which the world’s navies operate. Maritime forces must often rely on helping hands from allies to complete missions. The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and France’s Marine Nationale F70AA-class air defense destroyer FS Cassard (D 614) culminated weeks of interoperability training with a fueling-at-sea (FAS), Jan. 21. “The Cassard was fully integrated into our strike group as a multi-warfare unit, focused on air defense,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Pia Chapman, USS…

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French Take on Cassard’s Time With Stennis CSG

January 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – Since December 30, 2018, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate has been integrated into the Carrier Strike Group3 (CSG3) and is escorting the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean (ALINDIEN) area of ​​operations. The frigate thus participated, from 15 to 17 January 2019, in an operational preparation called Intrepid Sentinel. The maneuver included the USS aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, American frigates USS Mobile Bay and USS Spruance, Australian frigate HMAS Ballarat, and British frigate HMS Dragon. It was intended to enhance…

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Maritime Warfare Exercise Conducted by France, UK, Australia & US

January 22, 2019 – Maritime forces from France, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States participated in the maritime warfare exercise Intrepid Sentinel in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 15-17. Participating ships included France’s Marine Nationale F70AA-class air defense destroyer FS Cassard (D 614), United Kingdom’s Royal navy Daring-class air defense destroyer HMS Dragon (D 35), and Royal Australian navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and USS Spruance (DDG 111). “The exercise itself is meant to develop interoperability,…

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Cross Nation Cross Deck

January 22, 2019 – Sailors from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 participated in a helicopter cross deck evolution between the ships of two different nations during the maritime coalition Exercise Intrepid Sentinel, Jan. 15. The pilots and air crewmen of HSM-71, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, conducted helicopter cross deck training by flying from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and landing on the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155). Lt. John White, from Atlanta, an MH-60R pilot assigned to HSM-71…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 27, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $712,482,210 for cost-plus-incentive fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001919F2474 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the development of advanced hardware in support of the F-35 Lightning II Technology Refresh 3 (TR3) System. Efforts include the design of the TR3 System through full flightworthy certification, production readiness review, and fleet release to support low-rate initial production Lot 15 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in March 2023. Fiscal…

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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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