Navy Tests Mine Countermeasures on USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams

September 19, 2019 – USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) recently completed a three-day voyage in the Chesapeake Bay to test an anti-mine system. The Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship used the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Package portable control station to maneuver the MCM equipment and the launch and recovery equipment, as well as to test the command and control of unmanned vehicles. The demonstration proved ESB class ships’ ability to serve as an MCM-capable platform to embark 12 twenty-foot equivalent units, vehicles, and the support equipment…

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Hampton Roads Based Ships, Aircraft Return To Homeport

September 7 ,2019 – U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered nearly 30 ships and 120 aircraft to return to Hampton Roads today, following an assessment from the U.S. Coast Guard that the port is safe for maritime operations. “After the storm, the Coast Guard and our port partners worked quickly to reconstitute the Port of Virginia,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “This port is critical to commerce in the Commonwealth and throughout the U.S., but it is even more important for our national security as home of…

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Navy prepares for Hurricane Dorian in Hampton Roads

September 3, 2019 – Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered all U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the Hampton Roads area to be prepared to transit to safety within 24 hours, if necessary, as a precautionary measure due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian, thereby setting Sortie Condition Bravo. Vice Adm. Andrew L. Lewis set the sortie condition as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of significant damage to ships, aircraft and piers during potential high winds and/or seas. “We will continue to monitor and track the storm to ensure…

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USS Gravely Returns from Deployment

August 28, 2019 – USS Gravely (DDG 107) returns to Norfolk, Va. following a seven-month deployment as flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), August 27. “Gravely Sailors had been put to the test time and time again preparing for the deployment,” said Cmdr. Michael O’Reilly, Gravely’s commanding officer. “The effort and skill demonstrated over the last two years is a testament to the strength and ability of the entire crew.” Gravely deployed December 28th, 2018, assuming the duty as the flag ship of SNMG1 in the Navy’s U.S.…

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USS Ramage Deploys

August 20, 2019 – USS Ramage (DDG 61) deployed from Naval Station Norfolk today to conduct maritime security operations and provide ballistic missile defense for U.S. Navy fleet and combatant commanders. Trained and ready to deploy, Ramage crew participated in the Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group composite training unit exercise earlier this year. While the ship and its crew of approximately 300 Sailors departed on an independent deployment, they are fully certified and capable of operating with other units including carrier strike groups. Ramage previously deployed to…

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BAE Systems to enhance maritime operations and flight safety systems aboard large deck U.S. Navy ships and new construction aircraft carriers

August 8, 2019 – The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a prime contractor position on a new indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to enhance maritime operations and flight safety systems aboard new construction aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships, to include refueling and complex overhaul ships. BAE Systems was one of three contractors awarded the opportunity to bid on future integration, engineering, assembly, testing, and installation focused task orders awarded throughout an eight-year ordering period. The work will be performed to enhance a variety of distributed systems that provide network capabilities,…

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Hospital Ship to Depart Norfolk for Medical Mission

June 10, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) deploys from Naval Station Norfolk on Friday, June 14 at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During its five-month deployment, Comfort will provide medical assistance in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. While deployed, Comfort will conduct mission stops in Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago. U.S. military medical personnel aboard the Comfort will work alongside a…

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USNS Lawrence H Gianella Completes Her Final Underway Mission

May 23, 2019 – Military Sealift Command’s last champion class T-5 petroleum tanker, USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT 1125), completed its final underway mission for the U.S. Navy by sailing down the Elisabeth River to downtown Norfolk, Virginia in support of National Maritime Day, May 23. Christened April 19, 1986, USNS Lawrence H. Gianella’s primary role has been to perform point-to-point delivery of petroleum products to Department of Defense storage and distribution facilities worldwide. “USNS Lawrence H. Gianella is the last and longest serving U.S. government owned champion class T-5…

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USS John C Stennis Arrives in Norfolk

May 16, 2019 – The nearly 5,000 Sailors of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, May 16, concluding a seven-month deployment. The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), commanded by Capt. Randy Peck, departed on deployment from Bremerton, Washington, in October of last year. CSG-3, commanded by Rear Adm. Mike Wettlaufer, is comprised of the flagship John C. Stennis with Pacific Fleet based CSG-3 staff, embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Destroyer Squadron 21 staff, USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Stockdale (DDG…

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Ike Completes Sea Trials

April 2, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) successfully completed sea trials April 1. “Sea trials was successful well beyond expectations,” said Capt. Kyle Higgins, Ike’s commanding officer. “Our investment in our ship paid off and now the real work begins: getting the flight deck certified so we start doing what this warship was built to do – launch and recover aircraft.” Ike departed Naval Station Norfolk March 28, returning to sea for the first time since August 2017. The ship conducted the Sea Trials off the Virginia…

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Ike Completes Fast Cruise

March 27, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) successfully completed its five-day fast cruise, March 25, in another step toward returning to sea for the first time since July 2017. “The crew performed magnificently,” said Capt. Kyle Higgins, Ike’s commanding officer. “Fast Cruise brought nearly 3,000 Sailors together for the first time in a long time, and demonstrated they can pull together and operate as one. I’m honored to be here and be a part of this extraordinary team. I could not be more proud of our Sailors…

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Truman Gets Back to Sea

March 16, 2019 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Naval Station Norfolk, March 16, following a three month availability period used to upgrade systems, conduct maintenance, and provide targeted training. “Our team is excited to do what we do best – conduct operations at sea,” said Harry S. Truman Commanding Officer, Capt. Nick Dienna. “Routine training evolutions like this help us build on the success of our last deployment, strengthening our fundamentals and improving our technical expertise.” Harry S. Truman returned to its homeport in Norfolk Dec. 16…

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Méndez Núñez” Completes Training with US Navy

February 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – The frigate of the Spanish Navy “Méndez Núñez” (F-104) has satisfactorily completed the planned training in its integration with units of the US Navy. The frigate has participated in the certification exercise “Composite Training Unit Exercise” (COMPTUEX), which assesses the preparation of the Carrier Combat Group “Abraham Lincoln”. The “Méndez Núñez” left its base in Ferrol last January 3 to the naval base in Norfolk (Virginia). During the transit, he carried out internal training in preparation for his participation in the exercise. During their…

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Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Wraps Up COMPTUEX

February 25, 2019 – After weeks at sea drilling and training through a variety of challenging and realistic scenarios during their composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), the Sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) returned to Naval Station Norfolk Feb. 23. The month-long assessment tested ABECSG’s units and their ability to interoperate as a team-of-teams in a complex and rapidly changing maritime domain. Upon successful completion of COMPTUEX the ABECSG will be the next CSG certified for deployed operations. “I’m extremely proud of the hard…

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USS McFaul Deploys

January 25, 2019 – USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 25, on a regularly-scheduled deployment to conduct maritime security operations. The ship, and its roughly 300 Sailors, is trained and ready to conduct a wide range of tasks, to include ballistic missile defense. “The Silent Warriors of McFaul are strong, focused, resilient and self-sufficient; which is critical as we sail independently,” said Cmdr. Janet Days, McFaul’s commanding officer. “I am exceptionally proud to lead this team of navy professionals and rest assured, when called upon, McFaul will…

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