CNO Visits USS Charleston in Guam

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday visited the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) during his visit to Joint Region Marianas (JRM) and Naval Base Guam (NBG), July 30. Joined by JRM commander, Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson, Gilday engaged with Charleston crew and personnel from Commander Task Force (CTF) 75, and discussed Naval Expeditionary Force (NEF) integration,…

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CARAT Series 2021 Commences

June 24, 2021 – The 27th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of partner nations commenced with CARAT Sri Lanka, June 24. Taking place throughout South and Southeast Asia, CARAT expands bilateral and multilateral exercises; ensures maritime security, stability, and prosperity; and highlights the United States’ commitment to the…

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USS Charleston hosts German Defense Minister

May 28, 2021 – USS Charleston (LCS 18) hosted Germany’s Defense Minister, who toured the ship while moored at Naval Base Guam, May 28. German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer spent the afternoon meeting with Charleston’s crew, discussing the shared U.S.-German interest of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Joined by Rear Adm. John Menoni, commander, Joint Region Marianas, Charleston’s commanding officer…

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USS Charleston Patrols Pacific with USCG LEDET

May 10, 2021 – The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy continue their joint mission in the Western and Central Pacific aboard USS Charleston (LCS 18) under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) to reduce and eliminate illegal, unregulated, unreported (IUU) fishing, combat transnational crimes, and enhance regional security, May 9. Charleston, and Independence-variant littoral combat ship, with an embarked…

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Fire Scout crashes after hitting USS Charleston

April 27, 2021 – An unmanned helicopter crashed into the side of USS Charleston (LCS 18) after taking off from the ship around 3:40 p.m., April 26. No one was injured, and the Littoral Combat Ship continued to safely operate after the incident involving the MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV). The Fire Scout…

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USS Charleston Firing SeaRAM (Video)

April 9, 2021 – Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) conducted a successful Rolling Airframe Missile (SeaRAM) launch during a live-fire exercise, April 8. Warships and their watch teams conduct live-fire exercises, like the SeaRAM launch, in preparation for contributing to the high-end fight and maintaining warfighting readiness within the surface fleet. The SeaRAM is designed to offer…

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Search Ends for Missing USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailor

December 13, 2020 – The U.S. Navy ended search and rescue efforts for a missing Sailor assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and has changed his status to deceased. The search ended at sunset Saturday after Theodore Roosevelt, USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Howard (DDG 83), USS Charleston (LCS 18), USS Portland (LPD 27)…

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