Kearsarge Rocks Out on Liberty in Spain

July 5, 2019 – USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain following a port visit, July 3. “The crew had a great time in Rota and I’m proud of the way our Sailors and Marines conducted themselves while on liberty,” said Capt. Jason Rimmer, Kearsarge’s commanding officer. “There are many benefits to serving in the Navy, and getting to spend recreational time in places like Spain is definitely one of them.” Kearsarge Sailors and Marines enjoyed liberty with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)-organized tours, a concert, and soccer…

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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 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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U.S. Northern Command Positioned to Respond following Hurricane Florence

September 15, 2018 – United States Northern Command, its component and subordinate commands, Department of Defense partners, the military services and the National Guard are actively supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, states and local partners in response to the recently-downgraded Hurricane Florence. “We have quite literally surrounded the affected area with DoD capability that will be critical in hours and days following the storm’s impact. Secretary Mattis’ guidance to me is clear: We are anticipating the needs,” said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S.…

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Sortied Navy Assets Return to Hampton Roads

September 15, 2018 – Nearly 30 ships and 128 aircraft will return to the Hampton Roads area starting Saturday, Sept. 15, and will continue to return to homeport over the next several days. Beginning today, aircraft will make their way back to Hampton Roads bases and surface ships will start to return Sunday, Sept. 16. The return plan for Norfolk-based aircraft will give priority to rotary wing assets to allow for additional land-based rotary wing Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) support, if requested. The decision to return naval assets…

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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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A Navy First: Kearsarge ARG Completes First East Coast SWATT

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to homeport after completing the Navy’s first East Coast ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, June 28. SWATT is led by mentors and warfare tactics instructors (WTI) from Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) who develop and oversee the execution of ARG SWATTs, who provide at-sea mentoring to build more capable and tactically proficient surface forces. “SWATT provided us with the first opportunity for the ARG ships to operate as a warfighting team. SMWDC WTIs provided excellent…

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Kearsarge Wraps Up Fleet Week Port Everglades

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) concluded Fleet Week Port Everglades 2018, May 6. During their week in port, the nearly 1,500 Kearsarge crew, embarked Marines and visiting Coast Guardsmen interacted with the citizens and visitors of Fort Lauderdale and surrounding area through various community outreach engagements. Each visiting ship provided tours to the public and participated in more than 40 community relations projects, including visits to local schools and hospitals, and a reception hosted aboard Kearsarge. “The citizens of Fort Lauderdale were excited to see us and enjoyed the quality of…

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Navy Week Wraps up in New Orleans

After a week of tours, leadership engagements and community relations events, Navy Week New Orleans has finally come to an end with the departure of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), April 25. Navy Week New Orleans provided an opportunity for the citizens of New Orleans to meet and interact with Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. More than 20,000 people toured the five ships that participated in the celebration. “It was an honor and privilege having our service members participate in Navy Week New Orleans,” said Rear…

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USS Kearsarge Arrives in New Orleans for Navy Week

More than 1,300 Sailors and Marines manned the rails aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) as it moored pierside in New Orleans for the start of Navy Week New Orleans 2018, April 19. “Kearsarge is honored to be part of New Orleans Tri-centennial Celebration,” said Commanding Officer David K. Guluzian. “Showcasing our ship helps strengthen the connection between our service members and the citizens they serve. Navy Week New Orleans will be a tremendous opportunity for the public to meet our team and for our Sailors…

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Life Saving Kearsarge Returns Home

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) returned home to Norfolk Nov. 6, after 68 days of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Kearsarge, the staff of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, along with the 26th and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU); Commander, Amphibious Squadron 6; Tactical Air Control Squadron 22; Fleet Surgical Team 4; and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7, departed for Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey Aug. 31, after approximately 30 hours in port following a…

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President Trump Visits USS Kearsarge

President Donald J. Trump visited the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Oct. 3, to discuss relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with Navy and Marine Corps leadership. “This is some ship,” said Trump. “It has done a tremendous service for Puerto Rico and for the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Kearsarge and the 26th MEU are assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by…

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USS Wasp, USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill support relief mission in Virgin Islands

USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) along with the Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are supporting the lead federal agency in providing humanitarian relief efforts for Hurricane Irma. Wasp, the first Navy platform to arrive in the vicinity of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is providing medium and heavy lift helicopters to transport people and supplies. Wasp’s helicopters are conducting medical evacuations for intensive care patients from St. Thomas to St. Croix and conducting site assessments on the…

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