Essex ARG Now Operating in US Fifth Fleet

Amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2), flagship of the ESSEX Amphibious Ready Group (ESX ARG), along with amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27), dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, September 12. While in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, the…

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Essex ARG, 11th MEU conduct integrated training

May 27, 2021 – Sailors and Marines of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed integrated training off the coast of Southern California and returned to San Diego, May 27. The Essex ARG and 11th MEU took part in a multi-week training evolution with nearly 5,000 Marines and Sailors, providing an opportunity to…

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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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Recent Tests Advance Drone Use for Laser Target Firing

November 24, 2020 – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) researchers recently took an idea to use drones to test and evaluate ships’ new laser weapons a step further by successfully launching and landing one from a moving ship. From a few miles off the Port Hueneme coast, NSWC PHD Research and Technology Applications Manager Alan Jaeger…

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USS Portland conducts Laser Weapon System Demonstrator Test

May 22, 2020 – USS Portland (LPD 27) successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a Solid State Laser – Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) MK 2 MOD 0 on May 16. LWSD is a high-energy laser weapon system demonstrator developed by the Office of Naval Research and installed on Portland for an at-sea demonstration. LWSD’s operational…

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U.S. Sailors, Marines train alongside Japanese soldiers in exercise Iron Fist

February 20, 2020 – The dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27), along with U.S. Marines, welcomed aboard Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade soldiers in support of exercise Iron Fist 2020, Feb. 3 through Feb. 14. More than 400 Marines attached to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit…

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