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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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