NATO Allies Join US Navy in Cutlass Fury Photo Exercise

September 17, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) ships participated in a photo exercise alongside the Royal Canadian Navy and other Allied navies Sept. 11 during exercise Cutlass Fury 2019. SNMG1 participants included the flagship U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl (F-314), the Belgian Navy frigate Leopold I (F930), the Portuguese Navy frigate NRP D. Francisco de Almeida (F334) and the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F 828). “Canada’s exercise Cutlass Fury 2019 is an excellent…

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USS Jason Dunham Completes MDVR in Bahrain

November 6, 2018 – USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) departed Manama, Bahrain, Oct. 31, after an eight-day port visit for a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) and to give crewmembers an opportunity to volunteer at a local school. Jason Dunham, which deployed from Norfolk, Virginia June 2, spent 66 consecutive days underway before arriving in Manama for the ship’s MDVR. “Being far away from homeport and at sea for a long period takes a toll on equipment that is continuously operating,” said Lt. Antonio Thompson, the ship’s maintenance officer. “Manama is a…

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INS Teg Conducts PASSEX With USS Jason Dunham in Gulf of Aden

September 27, 2018 – On 12 September 2018, the United States Navy’s USS Jason Dunham – under the command of CTF151 – and INS Teg commanded by the Indian Navy as an Independent Deployer, conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Aden. The PASSEX included a series of communications and maneuvering exercises, as well as small boat operations. It provided the participating warships valuable opportunities to exercise their communication and coordination linkages, strengthened the mutual understanding of the ships’ capabilities, practices and procedures and enhanced the interoperability between…

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Jason Dunham Provides Defense for Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal 18

September 17, 2018 – USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) participated in the Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) 18 with multiple U.S. Navy and Marine Corps counterpart forces in the Gulf of Aden, Sept. 14. Led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, TACR 18 integrates U.S. Navy and Marine Corps assets, including the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked Marines of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, to practice a range of critical combat-related capabilities, such as securing littoral environments and de-mining critical waterways. “Our goals for…

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USS Jason Dunham Seizes Illicit Arms in Gulf of Aden

August 30, 2018 – USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet, seized an illicit shipment of arms from a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, on Aug. 28. The skiff was determined to be stateless following a flag verification boarding, conducted in accordance with international law. Illicit cargo discovered by the Dunham’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team included over 1,000 weapons. “Our ship routinely conducts maritime security operations with our highly-trained VBSS team incorporating both on and off ship intelligence…

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USS Jason Dunham Officer Dies in Accident

Ensign Sarah Mitchell, 23, of Feasterville PA, died from injuries sustained aboard USS Jason Dunham (DD 109), July 8, 2018. Mitchell was medically evacuated to a hospital in Aqaba, Jordan, and was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m., local time. The Navy is investigating the circumstances of the death. Dunham is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic…

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USS Jason Dunham and Egyptian Navy Conduct PASSEX

USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and the Egyptian Navy frigate El Zafer (F951) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX), July 1. PASSEX is an exercise in which multiple ships, operating in close vicinity, practice evolutions together to improve crews’ knowledge, navigation and familiarity with operability. “This was another great opportunity to work with the Egyptian Navy and continue to build, foster and solidify rapport with a maritime-military nation who shares a lot of the same interests in this area of operations,” said Cmdr. John Hamilton, Dunham’s commanding officer. The PASSEX commenced…

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Jason Dunham Visits Haifa

USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrived in Haifa, Israel, June 19, as part of a scheduled port visit. Haifa is a routine port stop for U.S. Navy ships in the 6th Fleet and Dunham’s second stop since departing its homeport in Naval Station Norfolk, June 2. The visit is also a welcome break for the crew from being underway. “This port visit is an amazing opportunity for our Sailors to see this part of the world,” said Cmdr. John Hamilton, Jason Dunham’s commanding officer. “For a majority of the crew,…

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Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Departs on Deployment

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) departed Naval Station Norfolk, April 11, for a regularly scheduled deployment. The strike group, including aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, USS Normandy (CG 60), several destroyers of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 and German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221), is scheduled to conduct operations in the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. [smartslider3 slider=69] The deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters…

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HST Strike Group Conducts Live Fire Exercise

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), along with other surface ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, performed multiple live-fire exercises Nov. 1, proving the capabilities of both Sailors and equipment. “Integration and planning began several months ago with involvement from several commands and organizations,” said Truman’s operations officer, Capt. Brent Tornga. “To properly flex the combat systems, we integrated warfighting and technical expertise with administrative and operational support, culminating in the tactical scenario that we executed successfully today.” During the evolution, three unmanned aircraft were used to simulate enemy…

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