Norwegian Frigate Fridtjof Nansen in Norfolk for Cooperative Deployment Program

The Royal Norwegian Navy frigate Fridtjof Nansen (F310) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk to join Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, September 5th. In August, the ship departed from their homeport of Bergen, Norway beginning their transit to North America ahead of operations with CSG-8. The strike group, which includes the flagship, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), will…

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USS Gerald R Ford Begins Refit at Newport News

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departed Naval Station Norfolk to make the transit to Newport News Shipyard in support of her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), a six-month period of modernization, maintenance, and repairs, August 20, 2021. Ford’s PIA was scheduled to serve as the final maintenance phase for the ship prior to her inaugural deployment next year. “Team Wolverine…

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USS Mahan Returns from Deployment

USS Mahan (DDG 72), a ship of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG), returned to homeport in Naval Station Norfolk Aug 6., following a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operation. During the deployment the crew participated in multinational operations and joint training exercises with international partners to foster positive relationships while encouraging…

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NNSY Uses Innovative Underwater ROV Technology for Inspections

August 10, 2021 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Strategic Framework is a tool to communicate the shipyard’s mission and vision statements, and shows how initiatives executed across the command tie together with why NNSY exists—to deliver warships. In order to bridge the gap between mission and vision, NNSY has identified four critical focus areas—our pillars. These pillars are the highest priority…

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USS Philippine Sea Completes Homeport Shift to Norfolk

June 11, 2021 – Continuing the Navy’s strategic realignment of ships, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) arrived here today, making Norfolk its new homeport June 10, 2021. Due to excess port loading in Mayport, Fla., the ship, its crew and families moved from there in order to support their upcoming Selected Restricted Availability in a Norfolk-area shipyard. Its departure marks…

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Submarine Search and Rescue Exercise (SMASHEX)

May 24, 2021 – Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (SUBLANT) conducted a search and rescue training exercise (SMASHEX) at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia, May 18-19. The exercise, conducted annually, focused on two different scenarios, each testing the team’s response to the simulated sinking of a submarine. “The staff engagement across SUBLANT was great,” said Capt. Charles Fink,…

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USS New Hampshire Returns from Deployment

The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) returned from deployment to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, May 7. Under the command of Cmdr. Bennett Christman, New Hampshire returns from a deployment where it executed the chief of naval operations’ maritime strategy by supporting national security interests and maritime security operations. “I am incredibly proud of the crew’s…

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ITS Cavour Departs Norfolk After F-35B Certification

April 20, 2021 – The Italian Navy flagship, the aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550), departed Naval Station Norfolk Apr. 16 after Joint Force operations with U.S. military forces in the Atlantic Ocean. ITS Cavour participated in a sequence of operations with U.S. assets and the F-35 Joint Program Office has delivered a flight clearance recommendation to the Italian Navy…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Unveils Strategic Framework

April 2, 2021 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) has unveiled its new Strategic Framework. This is a tool that communicates the shipyard’s path forward on achieving its vision of delivering on time, every time, everywhere to protect America. According to Quality Assurance Director (Code 130) George Fitzgerald, “The Strategic Framework is important in aligning our efforts across the shipyard on…

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