USS Wasp Arrives New Homeport of Norfolk

November 18, 2019 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk Nov. 18 completing a homeport shift after spending nearly two years forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan and operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) area of operations. The ship departed Sasebo Aug. 26 and began its transit to Norfolk. Wasp will be replaced by the America-class amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) later this year. “I’m honored to be on the pier for USS Wasp’s return to Naval Station Norfolk, and to fold…

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USS Wasp Enters 4th Fleet

October 9, 2019 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations Oct 1. The Wasp is transiting around South America while conducting a homeport shift from Japan to Norfolk. “The entrance into U.S. 4th Fleet is a significant milestone for the crew–many of whom came with Wasp to Japan in 2017–and an excellent opportunity to visit our partners in South America, and to continue strengthening our relationships in this very important part of the world,” said Wasp Commanding Officer Capt. Greg Baker. “I am very…

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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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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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Launching the 995ED at Exponaval

November 26, 2018 – Griffon Hoverwork will be staging the official global launch of the new 995ED model taking place at Latin America’s premier naval and maritime exhibition Exponaval in Valparaiso, Chile running from December 4-7. We strive to keep ourselves at the cutting edge of amphibious operations and Exponaval provides a perfect setting to show why Griffon lead the world in hovercraft use and manufacture. Our Griffon delegation led by sales and marketing director Nick MacLeod-Ash, pictured, will join the Society of Maritime Industries UK stand (N-164) at the…

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Armada de Chile begins its Bicentennial commemorating the First Naval Operation of Chile

Google Translation From March 2017 until October 2018, the Chilean Navy will be carrying out various activities to commemorate its 200 years of life. During the celebration of the Bicentennial the strategic vision and historical legacies will be presented, in the naval and maritime fields, with which the Institution has contributed to the consolidation of the national territory and development of the country, among which is the sustained effort in establishing an integrated maritime policy based on national interests; and, on the other hand, the future challenge to which the…

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Transport “Aquiles” finalizes its first commission framed in the Antarctic Campaign 2017-2018

Google Translation Punta Arenas. This December 10, the transport AP-41 “Aquiles” sailed to Valparaiso after making his first commission of the 71st Naval Antarctic Campaign, where he sailed a total of 5,750 nautical miles, equivalent to 10,638 kilometers, and was intended for logistic support of national and international operators, in addition to satisfying the institutional needs settled on the White Continent. Part of the tasks carried out during the 20 days of commission was the transfer of the Antarctic Equipment and Reparation Brigade period 2017-2018, destined to the Naval Base…

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