USS New York Arrives in Miami for Navy Week

March 26, 2019 – USS New York (LPD 21) arrives in Miami March 26 to participate in the city’s inaugural Navy Week event. The primary goal of Navy Week Miami is to share information about the Navy with residents in the Dade County area, through outreach and community service engagements. Naval personnel from a plethora of naval communities will be participating and hosting community events throughout the week. “The goal of Navy Week Miami is to highlight the Navy in an area where it is rarely seen,” said Lt. Stephen…

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Navy to Sail into the Magic City for Miami Navy Week

March 19, 2019 – Miami, the “Magic City,” will get the chance to add to its rich maritime history when it hosts Navy Week, March 25-30, in conjunction with the Miami Youth Fair. Navy Weeks, coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach, are designed to give Americans the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s flagship outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence, providing…

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USS New York Completes Trident Juncture

November 13, 2018 – USS New York (LPD 21) completed exercise Trident Juncture 18, Nov. 7. Trident Juncture 18 was a large-scale NATO exercise that took place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea. New York, along with 31 allies and partner nations completed the exercise. More than 14,000 of the 40,000 participants were U.S. service members from each branch of service. Around 150 aircraft, 70 ships, and more than 10,000 vehicles were used during the exercise which served to enhance professional relationships and…

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Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group Operating in US 6th Fleet

October 16, 2018 – The Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (IWOESG) continued its transit into the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as part of a deployment in support of NATO exercise Trident Juncture 18. The strike group will join the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) to comprise the U.S. ship support to the exercise. “We are excited to participate in Trident Juncture 18, which demonstrates the capabilities of a multinational amphibious force,” said Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2,…

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Iwo Jima, Gunston Hall, New York, MAGTF Depart for Trident Juncture 18

October 5, 2018 – More than 2,000 Sailors serving aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and USS New York (LPD 21) departed Oct. 2-3 for NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 18. Iwo Jima and New York are homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, and Gunston Hall is homeported at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia. The nearly 2,000 Marines with a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF), built around the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit command element from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, will also embark the…

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Nearly 300 NUWC Division Newport employees tour ships visiting for International Seapower Symposium

September 24, 2018 – The jacket New York City firefighter Bill Butler wore on Sept. 11, 2001, never leaves the bridge of the USS New York (LPD 21). Dust from the rubble of the World Trade Center has settled on a patch on the right sleeve, a Chinese dragon wearing a firefighter’s hat with the No. 6 — a logo for FDNY Ladder 6, which serves the city’s Chinatown district. Butler never wore the jacket again after that day, and, ultimately, he donated it to the New York. It is…

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Iwo Jima, 26th MEU Complete MDVR

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and embarked Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Aqaba, Jordan, after completing a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) maintenance availability, July 13. MDVRs are scheduled availabilities to complete repairs and maintenance, allowing a ship to continue to be fully mission capable throughout the remainder of its deployment. “The MDVR gave us the opportunity to take seven days to focus on getting maintenance done and make sure that we remain ready to respond as required,” said Capt. Joseph R. O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s commanding officer.…

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USS New York Departs Piraeus

USS New York (LPD 21) and embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Piraeus, Greece, June 10, following a scheduled voyage repair and port visit. During the seven-day stop, New York completed maintenance normally done in its Mayport, Florida, homeport, ensuring the amphibious ship’s sustained operational readiness and ability to complete any U.S. 6th Fleet mission tasking. The approximately 400 Sailors and 700 Marines on New York also enjoyed the opportunity to engage with their hosts as both nations are committed to promoting peace and…

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USS New York in Piraeus for Mid-Deployment Maintenance

USS New York (LPD 21) and embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Piraeus, Greece, June 4, for scheduled maintenance and a port visit. The stop allows New York to complete repairs that would normally take place in homeport, allowing it to continue on its deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. The approximately 400 Sailors and 700 Marines on New York will get the opportunity to engage with their hosts, while reinforcing a strong U.S.-Greek partnership and their shared commitment to promoting peace…

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USS Iwo Jima Begins 2018 Deployment

More than 2,500 Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departed the ship’s homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Florida, for a scheduled six-month deployment Feb. 7. The Navy-Marine Corps team will support maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation, while also providing a forward naval presence in Europe and the Middle East.  “We have been training for this since we returned from the last deployment,” said Capt. Joseph O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s commanding officer. “The Iwo Jima Navy-Marine Corps team brings a full…

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Iwo Jima ARG Completes Combined COMPTUEX

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed their Combined Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) Dec. 9. Combined COMPTUEX is a scenario driven event used to certify ships for deployment. Carrier Strike Group 4 and Expeditionary Operations Training Group presented a broad spectrum scenario that included providing food, shelter and medical treatment to non-combatant evacuees; resupplying at sea with limited communications, and providing aerial and ship-to-shore support for Marine raids and an amphibious assault. “I think we really pushed the training envelope with…

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New York’s Boarding Team a Force for Maritime Security

Visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) is a capability involving Sailors and Marines embarking vessels of interest that Navy and Marine Corps units encounter on the high seas in support of maritime interdiction operations. “We board vessels in order to enforce United Nations security resolutions and to combat terrorism, piracy, smuggling and human trafficking,” said Lt. j.g. Blake Pauley, the VBSS boarding officer aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21). “The vast majority of boardings are compliant, consensual or take place in response to attempts or…

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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 New York Departs Mayport for Potential Assistance Following Hurricane Nate

USS New York (LPD 21), along with components of Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 8, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 40 and HSM 46 departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Oct. 7, to support the Gulf coast region if assistance is requested in the wake of Hurricane Nate. The amphibious transport dock ship is carrying four MH-60R helicopters, which can move cargo and perform search-and-rescue missions. New York is also capable of providing medical and expeditionary logistic support. Both New York and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) were scheduled to depart Mayport…

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