Inaugural Unmanned Battle Problem 21 Begins

April 15, 2021 – The Navy begins its inaugural multi-domain manned and unmanned capabilities exercise Apr 19. The exercise will feature unmanned capabilities “Above the Sea, On the Sea and Below the Sea.” Led by U.S. Pacific Fleet and executed by U.S. 3rd Fleet, Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21 will generate warfighting advantages by integrating multi-domain manned and unmanned capabilities…

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Mercy departs San Diego for Dynamic Interface exercise

April 14, 2021 – Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and its embarked Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) departed San Diego for a Dynamic Interface (DI) exercise Apr. 13. The main purpose of DI is to evaluate the ship’s aviation facilities for compatibility with variants of the V-22 Osprey and MH-60 Seahawk. Mercy returned to San Diego from…

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USS Abraham Lincoln Refit Completed

April 8, 2021 – Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility’s San Diego Detachment completed a Planned Incremental Availability for aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) April 7, 2021. The availability, which began Sept. 30, 2020, resulted in 230,000 man-days of work completed and an overall cost of approximately $160 million. Work included periodic maintenance; upgrades to crew…

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USS John Finn returns from maiden deployment

April 2, 2021 – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) returned to San Diego April 2, after the ship‘s maiden deployment. John Finn departed with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) for a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific December 23. “John Finn provided presence and maintained the freedom of the seas while deployed,” said Cmdr. Bralyn…

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Australian, U.S. Group Sail in Eastern Pacific

April 1, 2021 – The U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy joined forces for a Group Sail exercise in the waters off the coast of Southern California, March 31 and April 1. Group Sail exercises provide an opportunity for like-minded nations to improve their collaborative partnerships, combined lethality exercises, and interoperability. By conducting operations together, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS…

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USS Tripoli Completes Fitting Out Availability

March 31, 2021 – USS Tripoli (LHA 7), the second amphibious assault ship in the America class is highlighting its capabilities with the completion of its Fitting Out Availability (FOA), March 26 and upcoming sea trials. The FOA entails changes that resulted from lessons learned and feedback from USS America’s (LHA 6) availability and work postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.…

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USCGC Bertholf Offloads Narcotics in San Diego

March 10, 2021 – Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750) offloaded approximately 7,500 pounds of seized cocaine and marijuana in San Diego, Wednesday. The drugs, worth an estimated $126.7 million, were seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean between January and February, representing 10 suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by…

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Navy to Remove Island on USS Bonhomme Richard

February 23, 2021 – As part of USS Bonhomme Richard’s (LHD 6) on-going inactivation availability, contractors will start the process of removing the ship’s island February 23. Removal of the island will improve the ship’s structural integrity and readiness for tow. The removal process will reduce the island’s height down to just above the ship’s flight deck. The salvage contractor,…

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SWRMC Completes USS O’Kane Repairs Five Days Early

February 4, 2021 – Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) completed an emergent maintenance availability for USS O’Kane (DDG 77) five days early on Jan. 22. The work repaired failures that prevented the ship from getting underway to conduct a mission essential exercise. SWRMC’s Waterfront Operations, Engineering, Contracts, and Finance Departments collaborated with industry partners to successfully complete the seven-week availability.…

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