US, Singapore & Indonesia Exercise Super Garuda Shield 2022

The Navy began to dispatch its strength in the form of Warships of the Republic of Indonesia (KRI) in the Joint Joint Exercise (Latgabma) Super Garuda Shield 2022. KRI Makassar-590 which will be used as a headquarters ship, Wednesday. (27/07) departed from JITC, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta moving towards Batam to carry out preparation and strengthening of personnel and materials.…

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Littoral Combat Ship hosts JMSDF admirals

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) hosted Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) admirals, who toured the ship while moored at Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, June 1. JMSDF Vice Adm. FUKUDA Tatsuya, commander, Fleet Escort Force, and Rear Adm. SHIMIZU Hitoshi, commander, Escort Flotilla Two, spent time meeting with Charleston’s crew, touring the ship, and discussing the unique…

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Miguel Keith, Charleston, Chief in Exercise Noble Vanguard

Ships assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 participated in integrated mine-countermeasure training exercise Noble Vanguard May 12 to 21. Noble Vanguard marks the first time the expeditionary sea base (ESB) USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5), Mine Countermeasure Squadron (MCMRON) 7 with Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14), and a littoral combat ship – Independence-variant littoral combat ship…

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USS Charleston Concludes South China Sea Patrol

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) arrived in Guam, February 14, following an extended underway period, including 19 straight days in the South China Sea. Charleston and its crew completed their Total Ship Readiness Assessment (TSRA) in Guam in mid-January prior to commencing their most recent time at sea. Following a brief stop for fuel in Subic…

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USS Charleston Concluded Sea Phase of CARAT Timor-Leste

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) and Timor-Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL) partnered in the 27th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise in the territorial waters surrounding Port Hera, Dec. 6-7. The CARAT exercise series, celebrating its 27th anniversary, is designed to address shared maritime security concerns and strengthens partnerships between region navies. The sea phase…

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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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