Navy’s Fleet Replenishment Oiler Recapitalization Making Headway

January 13, 2021 – The future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the Navy’s first-in-class Fleet Replenishment Oiler, launched from General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) on Jan. 12, marking a significant shipbuilding milestone. “Recapitalizing our aging fleet replenishment capabilities is a key component of making our naval logistics more agile and resilient,” said Mr. Mike Kosar, Support Ships, Boats…

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Guam Hosts Partner Nations in Exercise Sea Dragon 2021

January 12, 2021 – Two P-8 Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, the “Mad Foxes,” joined several partner nations to kick off multinational anti-submarine warfare exercise Sea Dragon 2021, Jan. 12. The maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) with VP-5, traveled to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to hone their skills with members of the Royal Australian Air…

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RAN, RCN, RCAF Join US Forces for Fleet Synthetic Training

December 10, 2020 – U.S. military forces partnered with Australian and Canadian military units for a Fleet Synthetic Training – Joint Exercise (FST-J) that began Dec. 3. The week-long virtual exercise included participants from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army; as well as units from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force.…

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National Shipbuilding Research Program Selects Research Projects

December 2, 2020 – The National Shipbuilding Research Program, in collaboration with Naval Sea Systems Command has selected seven shipbuilding and ship repair research announcement projects valued at over $8.2 million for award in fiscal year 2021. The expected cost reduction, if all projects are successful, could exceed $250 million. The selected projects range in duration from 12 to 24…

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JMSDF & USN Joint MCM Exercise

November 20, 2020 – The U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), began the at sea portion of Mine Warfare Exercise (MINEX) 3JA 2020 off the coast of southwestern Japan, Nov. 20. MINEX 3JA is part of an annual series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and allied navies designed to increase proficiency in mine countermeasure operations. During the…

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US SSBN force celebrates 60 years of strategic deterrence

November 16, 2020 – The ballistic-missile submarine force celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first strategic deterrent patrol by an SSBN, Nov. 15. USS George Washington (SSBN 598) departed Cape Canaveral, Florida, with 16 Polaris missiles on the first strategic deterrent patrol, Nov. 15, 1960. George Washington was the lead ship in its class, and the first of 41 SSBNs…

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Exercise Keen Sword 21 Enhances Alliances

November 5, 2020 – Units attached to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) and the Japan Self-Defense Force completed exercise Keen Sword 21 (KS21), Nov. 5, on military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa prefecture, and their surrounding waters. The joint-bilateral field training exercise (FTX), including forces from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps, enhanced Japan-U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.…

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Tippecanoe Resupplies Fleet and International Partners in Advance of Keen Sword

October 30, 2020 – Military Sealift Command Far East’s Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) routinely conducts replenishments at sea (RAS) for both U.S. ships and those from partner and ally nations – almost on a daily business. “USNS Tippecanoe’s officers and crew have shown fortitude, skill and dedication while providing much needed food, fuel, supplies…

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