Bataan ARG Completes SWATT

August 12, 2019 – The USS Bataan (LHD 5) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed its first Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise Aug. 5. For the Bataan ARG, SWATT provided an important transition from single ship operations to multi-ship, aircraft, and landing craft operations in scenarios that spanned multiple warfare areas. SWATTs are a relatively new construct in the Surface Fleet that deliver advanced tactical training to increase surface force lethality and tactical proficiency by providing warfare commander and unit level training beyond the basic phase. As a result,…

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USS New York, USS Oak Hill Conduct Live-Fire Missile Training

August 5, 2019 – USS New York (LPD 21) completed a live-fire exercise in which the ship fired missiles at a drone using the ship’s self-defense Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) system Saturday, Aug. 3 (NNS) — The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) completed a live-fire exercise in which the ship fired missiles at a drone using the ship’s self-defense Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) system Saturday, Aug. 3. The live-fire exercise is in preparation for the New York’s upcoming deployment with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. The…

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Oak Hill Returns from Six Month Deployment

USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story , Aug. 7, following a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations . Oak Hill departed their homeport Feb. 9 as a part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and supported operations in U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleets as well as participated in military exercises in the northern Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and the Baltic Sea. “Our journey began back in…

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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 Oak Hill Completes BALTOPS 2018

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 came to a close June 15 after two weeks of successful training as the participants arrive in Kiel, Germany, for Kiel Week 2018. BALTOPS is an annual, multinational exercise to enhance maritime capabilities, interoperability and support regional stability. This year’s BALTOPS, the 46th iteration since 1971’s inaugural exercise, saw the participation of over 20 countries including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and NATO. The Harpers Ferry-class amphibious landing ship Oak Hill is one of three U.S. ships…

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Amphibious Training Event Begins Off Djibouti’s Coast

Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade has begun a two-week amphibious training event in international waters off the African coast of Djibouti. Alligator Dagger is the largest regional amphibious combat rehearsal to integrate and synchronize TF 51/5’s warfighting capabilities and those of adjacent U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and special operations forces units. “USS Iwo Jima’s Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are prepared to rehearse a variety of tactical capabilities in this demanding and globally vital region,” said Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Frank…

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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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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 Oak Hill Returns to Homeport

USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) returned to homeport Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story October 29th after supporting hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The ship departed Norfolk Aug. 31, to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and were redirected to be in a position to support efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Earlier this week, the Department of Defense announced that as part of the broader planning effort to transition from hurricane response to hurricane recovery, FEMA and…

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USS Wasp and USS Oak Hill Redeployed Following Hurricane Relief Support

As part of the broader planning effort to transition from hurricane response to hurricane recovery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Defense have assessed the need for continuing the use of certain support assets currently assigned to the territories. Together, they have determined, in consultation with Puerto Rico’s governor, that some DoD assets are no longer needed. USS Wasp (LHD 1) and USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) are some of the assets no longer needed. They have provided great value to the overall response effort, contributing search and…

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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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