Marine Corps, Navy improve crisis response capabilities with Pacific Blitz exercise

March 20, 2019 – Forces from I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) and U.S. 3rd Fleet are conducting exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 in and off the coast of Southern California through March 26. Pacific Blitz, which kicked off March 12, is a scenario-driven field-training exercise designed to train and integrate with the staffs of I MEF and 3rd Fleet. “When you consider today’s threats, it is all about maintaining a ready force that can move rapidly into congested domains,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commanding general, I MEF. “The…

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Littoral Combat Group One Returns from South America

December 26, 2018 – Sailors and Marines from Littoral Combat Group One (LCG-1) returned home to Naval Base San Diego and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in the International Maritime and Naval Exhibition for South America, known as EXPONAVAL. Both USS Somerset (LPD 25) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) visited Valparaiso, Chile, to participate in the bicentennial anniversary of the Chilean Navy, and EXPONAVAL, the major naval exhibition for Latin America on the Pacific coast. “We safely and successfully conducted our mission,” said Capt. Ken Coleman, commodore,…

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Littoral Combat Group One arrives in Chile

November 29, 2018 – Littoral Combat Group One, comprised of USS Somerset (LPD 25) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), arrived in Valparaiso, Nov. 29, where they will participate in festivities celebrating the bicentennial of the Chilean Navy and in the 11th International Maritime and Naval Exhibition and Conference for Latin America (EXPONAVAL). Sponsored by the Chilean Ministry of Defense and the Chilean Navy, EXPONAVAL is the major naval exhibition for Latin America on the Pacific coast. The four-day event focuses on naval defense and maritime security issues. The…

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Ships from Five Countries to Attend Exponaval 2018

(Google Translation) The presence of vessels belonging to the marinas of Colombia, China, the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom will strengthen the strong international presence at Exponaval 2018, XI International Naval and Maritime Congress Exhibition for Latin America, to be held between December 4 and 7 in the Concón air base, which is organized by the Chilean Navy and FISA. These naval units will participate, together with units of the National Navy, in the Great Naval Magazine that the Navy has organized for Sunday December 2 in the…

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USS Somerset Visits Duqm, Oman

February 13, 2017 – Amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) departed Duqm, Oman, following a port visit and mid-deployment maintenance availability, Feb. 10. The port visit allowed Somerset to conduct maintenance required to keep the vessel mission-ready for the remainder of its deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.  The crew and members of the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) also took advantage of the opportunity to experience Oman’s culture during liberty. Port facilities and services in Duqm have expanded in recent years to offer U.S.…

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