US Navy & Royal Australian Navy Team Up in the South China Sea

April 22, 2020 – The U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy came together for operations in the South China Sea starting April 13. HMAS Parramatta (FFG 154) began sailing with Ticonderoga-class guided missile-cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) then rendezvoused with amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) April 18.…

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JS Akebono Conducts Joint Maneuvers With USS America

April 12, 2020 USS America (LHA 6), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit joined Murasame class destroyer JS Akebono (DD 108) for a series of collaborative events while sailing in the Philippine Sea and East China Sea, April 9-11. Operating together for the first time, America and Akebono conducted bilateral communications exercises and division tactics designed to enhance interoperability…

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America, Gabrielle Giffords Integrate Operations

March 15, 2020 – USS America (LHA 6), flagship of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, conducted operations with USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), March 13. America, the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship and Gabrielle Giffords, the fifth Independence-class littoral combat ship, joined forces while operating in the South China Sea. The two warships operated together exercising command and control and…

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39th Cobra Gold exercise comes to close in Thailand

March 6, 2020 – Leaders and commanders from Indo-Pacific nations participating in Cobra Gold 2020 came together to give final remarks and shake hands as the two-week exercise came to a close, March 6. Cobra Gold is an annual exercise co-hosted by the United States and Thailand. The exercise seeks to improve the capabilities of participating nations to plan and…

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USS America, Green Bay arrive in Thailand for Cobra Gold

February 22, 2020 – Ships from the America Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) arrived with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for port visits to Thailand in preparation for exercise Cobra Gold 2020, Feb. 22. Cobra Gold is a Thailand and United States co-sponsored Combined Joint Task Force and joint theater security cooperation exercise annually conducted in the Kingdom of…

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