Ronald Reagan Strike Group Conducts Air Defense Exercise

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group, including Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), participated in an air defense exercise (ADEX) while underway in the Philippine Sea July 6-7. The ADEX was organized and planned by Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 staff and crewmembers aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the Air Defense Commander for the Ronald Reagan Strike Group. “Conducting force air defense effectively requires us to train together to defeat the threats that exist in today’s complex environment,”…

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USS Milius joins Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan

USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, to become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan, May 22. The arrival of Milius to the 7th Fleet adds another upgraded Aegis Baseline 9 destroyer to the waterfront in Yokosuka. “The crew has trained extremely hard to get the ship fully certified and ready for tasking,” said Milius commanding officer, Cmdr. Jennifer Pontius. “There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into getting a ship ready to forward deploy and to transition a crew…

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USS Milius visits Pearl Harbor en route to Japan

USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived in Pearl Harbor, May 4, for a port visit. The crew manned the rails as Milius passed the USS Arizona Memorial, while friends and spectators were waiting for them on the pier, giving the ship a warm welcome to Hawaii. “We are grateful and excited to have the opportunity to stop in Hawaii,” Cmdr. Jennifer Pontius, Milius’ commanding officer said. “This not only provides the crew some much-earned liberty, but allows us to wrap up final deployment preparations prior to our arrival to Japan.” Milius…

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USS Milius Departs San Diego to forward deploy to 7th Fleet

USS Milius (DDG 69), a ballistic missile defense (BMD) capable guided missile destroyer, will leave her homeport of San Diego, April 20, to join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Japan. Milius will be forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan and is scheduled to arrive at the end of May. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers perform key roles in support of carrier strike groups, expeditionary strike groups or surface action groups. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. These combatants operate in…

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US, Japan, Korea Conduct BMD Exercise

The maritime forces of the United States, Japan, and Republic of Korea are conducting a trilateral link exercise (LINKEX) Oct. 24 – 25 in seas east of the Korean peninsula and waters near Japan to promote communications, interoperability and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to exchange track data among all the participating ships. It will allow participants to enhance tactical capabilities, increase self-defense, and strengthen partnerships and situational awareness. U.S. participants include USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Milius…

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Trident Warrior 2017 Paves Way for Future At-Sea Experimentation

In its 15th year of execution, Trident Warrior (TW) explored innovative solutions through fleet experimentation during various evolutions off the coast of southern California from June to August. Directed by the Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), and supported by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), TW17 featured at-sea experimentation of more than 20 critical maritime initiatives. Participants in TW17 included organizations such as SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Pacific, Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), Naval Information Forces…

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