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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Wayne E. Meyer Conducts Fisheries Patrol Exercise with US Coast Guard, Ecuadorian Navy

November 27, 2018 – USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) conducted a fisheries patrol exercise with the U.S. Coast Guard and Ecuadorian naval assets in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 22. The ship, along with embarked personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) from the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team and a P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, coordinated with Ecuadorian navy assets to conduct a counter illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing exercise. The purpose of the exercise is to build proficiencies in detecting and deterring…

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US Navy Ships Train with Western Hemisphere Partners

November 26, 2018 – In support of U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) Enduring Promise Initiative, amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) will conduct interoperability and partnership exercises in Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Somerset has approximately 300 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Peru that will conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training with Peruvian naval forces. Wayne E. Meyer will conduct an interoperability and information sharing exercise with the Ecuadorian navy to increase capacity in countering illegal,…

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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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Aloha USS O’Kane, USS Wayne E. Meyer

September 14, 2018 – USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in its new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in a homeport shift with USS O’Kane (DDG 77). O’Kane departed for San Diego this week after nearly 19 years of service in the middle Pacific. O’Kane was commissioned in Pearl Harbor October 23, 1999. O’Kane’s namesake is World War II Prisoner of War and Medal of Honor Recipient Rear Adm. Richard O’Kane. During WWII, O’Kane, aboard submarines USS Wahoo (SS 238) and USS Tang (SS 306) earned an unprecedented and…

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Carl Vinson Completes Western Pacific Deployment

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) returned home to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, April 12, after completing a scheduled three-month deployment.  More than 5,000 Sailors from Carl Vinson and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 deployed Jan. 5 to conduct routine operations in the Indo-Pacific and maintain security and stability in the region. “We safely conducted our mission in a complex operating environment,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the Carl Vinson Strike Group commander. “I give full credit to our Sailors. They demonstrated outstanding readiness, watchstanding and…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group, JMSDF complete exercise

The Carl Vinson Strike Group completed a bilateral exercise in the Western Pacific with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), March 23. Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) conducted combined operations with Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) in the South China Sea and waters near Okinawa, Japan. The operations began March 11 and included a series of training drills and Sailor-to-Sailor exchanges designed to enhance maritime interoperability between longstanding allies. “I thought it was really cool to have…

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Carl Vinson Begins Bilateral Exercise with Japan

The Carl Vinson Strike Group began a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), March 11, during a regularly scheduled deployment in the Western Pacific. Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) are conducting combined operations with Japanese destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) to enhance maritime interoperability between longstanding allies. “Strong maritime partnerships maintain security, stability and prosperity, which the Indo-Pacific region has enjoyed for more than 70 years,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. “Collaborating with…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs Vietnam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Da Nang, Vietnam, March 9, completing a historic visit that marked the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has visited the country in more than 40 years. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) departed following a four-day port call. The strike group will continue a regularly scheduled deployment in the Indo-Pacific region. “We feel very honored to have been part of this historic visit,” said Rear Adm. John…

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USS Wayne E Meyer Visits Kota Kinabalu

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a regularly scheduled port visit, Feb. 21. Wayne E. Meyer is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Strike Group. “We are thankful to our hosts for this opportunity, as the U.S. Navy’s relationship with the Royal Malaysian Navy continues to grow,” said Cmdr. Jamie Hopkins, commanding officer of Wayne E. Meyer. While in port Sailors will have an opportunity to see the sights and experience the culture of Kota Kinabalu. “For the majority…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs Guam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Guam, Feb. 3, following a three-day port visit to the island during its Western Pacific deployment.  Nearly 6,000 Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) departed after arriving Jan. 30-31. Sailors participated in organized tours including dolphin watching, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and boat cruises. Crew members also enjoyed local restaurants, beaches and retail stores. “This was my first time in Guam and I really enjoyed relaxing…

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrives in Guam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group arrived in Guam, Jan. 30-31, for the first scheduled port visit of a Western Pacific deployment. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived with nearly 6,000 Sailors. The strike group last visited Guam in February 2017. “We visited last year and we are glad to be back,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. “Our Sailors always feel welcome in Guam and we appreciate the community’s…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group to deploy to Western Pacific

The Carl Vinson Strike Group is scheduled to depart San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, Jan. 5. The strike group’s 6,000 Sailors will deploy aboard four ships, including aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) departed San Diego, Jan. 4. USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), based in Hawaii, will later join the strike group as it transits toward the Western Pacific. The Carl Vinson Strike Group previously…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Completes Sustainment Exercise

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group completed a three-week sustainment training exercise off the coast of Southern California, Nov. 16.  Completing the exercise indicates the strike group’s readiness for executing missions across all warfare areas. The group successfully conducted a series of at-sea drills, missile shoots, and strike operations using a variety naval platforms and weapons. “Our time at sea was well spent. We trained how we fight,” said Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1 Rear Adm. John Fuller, who leads the group. “We worked hard as a team to refine…

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USS Wayne E. Meyer conducts search and rescue

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) rescued three mariners from a sinking vessel, Nov. 18. At approximately 8:20 a.m., Nov. 18, Wayne E. Meyer responded to a distress call from Motor Vessel IKENA. Wayne E. Meyer, which was conducting routine operations off the coast of San Diego, immediately made best speed to render assistance to the distressed vessel. Wayne E. Meyer arrived on scene and deployed its rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) to recover the mariners from the sinking vessel. Once aboard the ship, the mariners were evaluated by the medical…

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