Bainbridge Answers Distress Call

June 13, 2019 – USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) responded to a distress call from the M/V Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman the morning of June 13. The Bainbridge received a call from the Kokuka Courageous crew advising that their ship was in distress approximately 30 nautical miles from Bainbridge’s location. “This is what we’re out here for,” said Cmdr. M. Kathryn Devine, commanding officer of Bainbridge. “Our mission is to ensure maritime safety and to answer the call for aid when we can.” All 21 crew members of…

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U.S. CENTCOM Statement on June 13 Limpet Mine Attack in the Gulf of Oman

June 13, 2019 – U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time from the motor tanker (M/T) Altair and a second one at 7a.m. local time from the M/T Kokuka Courageous. Both vessels were in international waters in the Gulf of Oman approximately 10 nautical miles apart at the time of the distress calls. USS Bainbridge was approximately 40 nautical miles away from the M/T Altair at the time of the attack, and immediately began closing the distance. At 8:09 a.m. local…

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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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Abraham Lincoln CSG in Strait Transit Exercise

February 11, 2019 – USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and ships from its carrier strike group (ABECSG) participated in a simulated strait transit off the eastern coast of the United States, Feb. 7. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 conducted the simulation as part of composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX) to test the strike group’s ability to navigate safely, while also dealing with threats that could be encountered during their upcoming deployment scheduled for later this year. The Álvaro de Bazan-class Spanish navy frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) and the…

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ABESG Warships Complete First East Coast CRUDES SWATT

November 27, 2018 – The U.S. Navy’s Surface Fleet is more capable, ready and lethal today as surface combatants from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ABESG) completed the Navy’s first East Coast Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Cruiser-Destroyer (CRUDES) Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. “The first East Coast SWATT is a milestone event not only for the Surface Fleet, but also for the Navy as a whole as we continue to focus on the development of tactical proficiency and lethality which is of strategic value and…

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USS Bainbridge Arrives in Kiel

USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) arrived in Kiel, Germany, June 15 to participate in Kiel Week 2018. Bainbridge arrived in Kiel after participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018. Bainbridge’s participation in BALTOPS 2018 is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security in the region. The visit during Kiel Week enhances our enduring relationship with Germany and the citizens of Kiel. Commanding officer Cmdr Patrick Murphy said, “Operating among so many of our allied and partner nations over the past two weeks during BALTOPS has been a remarkable…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 13

Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, OBE, Royal Navy, deputy commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, traveled to the Gabya-class frigate TCS Gediz (F-495) to meet with her crew. A German P-3 Orion, United States P-8 Poseidon and E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) conducted a combined anti-submarine exercise with Sdermanland-class submarine HSwMS Sdermanland. Mine countermeasure drills finished today with ships from the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group (SNMCMG) 1 completing all exercise mine hunting requirements. The Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt…

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Bainbridge Works with German Navy during BALTOPS 2018

USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) completed a replenishment-at-sea with the German Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt am Main (A 1412), June 6, during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018. BALTOPS is the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region and takes place from June 1-15. The exercise enhances flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate international resolve to ensure stability in the Baltic Sea region. “This morning’s replenishment-at-sea with Frankfurt am Main was a tremendous opportunity for our team to integrate with…

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