Coast Guard decommissions Island-class cutter in Guam after nearly 30 years service

December 18, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Washington (WPB 1331), a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat, was decommissioned after nearly 30 years of service as part of recapitalization efforts during a ceremony at Naval Base Guam, Wednesday. Rear Adm. Kevin E. Lunday, commander, Coast Guard 14th District presided over the ceremony. Washington’s years of service included numerous law enforcement cases, safety…

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USS Key West Conducts Mobile Logistics Demonstration

December 10, 2019 – USS Key West (SSN 722) conducted a mobile logistics demonstration with the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) in Apra Harbor, Guam Dec. 10 in the second forward-deployed logistics demonstration designed to evaluate supply ships’ ability to sustain submarine operations in an expeditionary setting. The demonstration, which involved Key West mooring…

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Stratton conducts fisheries patrol en route Guam from Philippines

On the heels of their operations combatting United Nations sanctions violations in support of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) arrived in Guam, Monday, furthering the United States’ commitment to regional security and partnerships. This arrival comes after seven successful high seas fisheries boardings under the authority of the Western and Central Pacific…

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Exercise Pacific Griffin 2019 comes to a close in Guam

October 10, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore navies concluded Exercise Pacific Griffin 2019 at U.S. Naval Base Guam, Oct 10. Pacific Griffin served as the most advanced naval training to date between the two nations during their longstanding maritime partnership. Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, who oversees security cooperation for the U.S.…

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LCS Successfully Launches Naval Strike Missile

October 1, 2019 – USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Oct. 1 (local date) during exercise Pacific Griffin. Pacific Griffin is a biennial exercise conducted in the waters near Guam aimed at enhancing combined proficiency at sea while strengthening relationships between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies. “Today was a…

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Spanish Navy Frigate Visits Guam

September 18, 2019 – Spanish Navy Frigate Mendez Nunez is re-tracing the voyage of the Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation of the world 500 years ago as part of their current deployment that brought them to U.S. Naval Base Guam Sept. 15. Cmdr. Antonio Gonzalez Del Tanago de la Lastra, commanding officer of the Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate, explained that Guam is one…

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7th Fleet P-8A Poseidon Finds Missing Vessel in South Pacific

September 14, 2019 – A US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, the “Mad Foxes” located a vessel Sep. 14 that had been missing nearly a week. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report of an overdue vessel Sep. 10 after a vessel carrying four adults and three children went missing from Lukunor Atoll Sep. 8.…

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U.S., Allied Forces Complete EOD Exercise Hydracrab 2019

August 31, 2019 – Expeditionary forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States completed exercise Hydracrab 2019, Aug. 31. Hydracrab was a first-of-its-kind quadrilateral exercise with key partner nations, which began Aug. 19 and spanned two weeks. The exercise aimed to prepare allied explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) forces to operate as an integrated, capable force in the changing…

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Submarine Farncomb home after busy deployment

August 28, 2019 – After busy and demanding Asian and Australian deployments, HMAS Farncomb returned to Fleet Base West at Rockingham, Western Australia last week. During her five-month deployment, Farncomb took part in Exercises BERSAMA SHIELD, PACIFIC VANGUARD and TALISMAN SABRE. Commanding Officer HMAS Farncomb, Commander Gary Lawton said it had been a demanding time for his crew. “The team…

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USS Oklahoma City Returns From Regional Patrol

August 19, 2019 – USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, Aug. 18. Oklahoma City conducted routine patrols throughout the Indo-Pacific region in support of maritime security operations that promote stability while maintaining key partnerships with allies across the region. “I am extremely proud of my crew and the hard work and dedication they…

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Fighting Tigers Participate in Guam Exercise

July 17, 2019 – A P-8A Poseidon aircraft from the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 recently participated in Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 199, a coordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise off the southern coast of Guam, July 5-10. A P-8A from Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) and USS Milius (DDG 69) also participated in the exercise,…

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USN, RAN, JMSDF & ROK Navy Launch Inaugural Exercise Pacific Vanguard

May 22, 2019 – In a first of its kind event, maritime forces from Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States arrived in Guam, May 22, to conduct cooperative maritime training in Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Pacific Vanguard brings together more than 3,000 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea. The exercise…

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