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USS Bataan Launches, Recovers LCUs

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Michael Raines signals to the load master of a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) to raise the bow ramp prior to departure from the well deck of amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) is conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) which help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ken J. Riley By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Justin Webster, USS Bataan Public Affairs The crew aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) successfully conducted their first landing craft utility (LCU) operations in almost a year while underway in the Persian Gulf on April 7. The last time Bataan conducted LCU operations was in June during the Dutch-led exercise Joint Caribbean Lion, with French and Dutch Forces in the Caribbean Sea. Bataan launched her three landing craft air cushions (LCACs) to recover Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2's LCU 1645, from USS Shreveport (LPD 12), which is a part of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). Bataan’s Deck Department used the experience to train its personnel. “The biggest challenge was dealing with personnel experience and new line handling techniques since it has been a while [since recovering an LCU]

Norshipco Wins $22M USS Bataan Contract

Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $21,975,514 fixed-price contract for the drydocking phased maintenance availability of the USS Bataan (LHD-5). Work involves miscellaneous repairs, including drydocking. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by October 2004. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured and advertised via the

Bataan Leaves Dry Dock, Moors Pierside

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jeremy L. Grisham, USS Bataan Public Affairs The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) moved out of dry dock to her new berth at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Feb. 7 as part of her depot planned maintenance availability (DPMA). The movement is part of the DPMA plan, which is to refurbish spaces and install new components and systems aboard the ship.

Navy to Assist in Disaster Response

An MH-60 Seahawk helicopter approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4). Nassau is one of six vessels in the Nassau Strike Group deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Maritime Security Operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Coleman Thompson

By Second Fleet Public Affairs Three ships, USS Nassau (LHA 4), USS Ponce (LPD 15), and USS Bataan (LHD 5), were ordered Sept. 12 to increase readiness for possible disaster response support. Nassau, which was already at sea conducting routine operations, has been directed south to operate off the Florida coast. Since Hurricane Ike made landfall along the Gulf Coast of the United States, Nassau is positioned to provide assistance to civilian authorities if needed.

NYC – USS Bataan Arrives


Nearly 1,500 Sailors and Marines arrived in New York City Nov. 5 aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) to celebrate Veteran's Day events. Upon completion of this week's port visit, Bataan will continue at-sea training to prepare for their upcoming 2009 deployment. Bataan is the fifth ship of the Navy's Wasp-class ships. She was commissioned Sept. 20, 1997 and is the second U.S. Navy warship to bear the name

This Day In Naval History: April 18

1848 - U.S. Navy expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan, commanded by Lt. William F. Lynch, reaches the Dead Sea.   1906 - U.S. Navy assists in relief operations during the San Francisco earthquake and fire. Sailors and Marines fight fires and ships carry the homeless and injured to Vallejo, where medical personnel established emergency facilities.   1942 - The Doolittle Raid begins with 16 Army Air Force B-25 bombers launching earlier than expected from USS

CNO Praises Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Hendrick L. Dickson, Navy News Service WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen addressed the Navy's ongoing participation in Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts during a Sept. 8 interview. The Navy has played a major role in relief efforts since Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of the Gulf Coast, paralyzing the entire area. Mullen began by expressing his sympathy to all of those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina

Tanker Explodes in Northern Philippines

An oil tanker in the Philippines burst into flames on May 11 while it was docked in Bataan province, about 75 miles west of Manila, wounding or killing at least two people. Initial reports reaching the Coast Guard indicated that the oil tanker Daniela Natividad was docked at Lamao Anchorage in Bataan when the fire started. The sea craft is owned by the Shogun Shipping Corp., Coast Guard officials said. Tugboats in the area were mobilized to extinguish the blaze

USS Fort McHenry Completes Haiti Mission

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The USS Fort McHenry arrived in Haiti Jan. 18, six days after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation. The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship's Sailors and embarked Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) provided critical medical, distribution, rubble removal and construction assistance during Operation Unified Response. The ship provided over 3,500 pounds of medical aid and the medical team treated 850 patients, both on the ship and ashore

Navy Conducts MIO Exercise on USS Whidbey Island

On August 2, the Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) conducted training with sailors from Romanian mine countermeasures vessel Lieutenant Dimitrie Nicolescu (MCMV 29) as part of Summer Storm 2011. The maritime interdiction operations (MIO) exercise was one of several evolutions being conducted by Whidbey Island and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

Austal Wins USN LCS Support Contract

Courtesy Austal

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Austal Limited USA to provide engineering and management services support of the Post Shakedown Availability for Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).   The US$12 million cost-plus-award-fee order adds to Austal

USN to Commission LCS Detroit

The future Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) is pierside on Detroits waterfront in preparation for its commissioning on Oct. 22, 2016. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit.

The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, Detroit (LCS 7), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 22 on Detroit's waterfront. Detroit is the sixth U.S. ship in our nation's history to be named in honor of city of Detroit.

USS Detroit Commissioned

Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) is pierside on Detroits waterfront. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Nearly 6,500 people gathered in front of the General Motors building at the Port of Detroit for the commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s new Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Detroit (LCS 7), on October 22, when the ship was officially placed in commission by Adm

Gas Tanker Attacked Near Key Shipping Lane Off Yemen

Unknown assailants attacked a gas tanker off the coast of Yemen close to the Bab al-Mandab waterway in the latest flare up in an area through which much of the world's oil passes, shipping and security officials said on Wednesday. The incident, the first attack on a commercial ship since July

This Day In Naval History: September 14

1814 - During the War of 1812, the sloop-of-war, Wasp captures and burns the British merchant brig, HMS Bacchus, in the Atlantic. A week later, she captures the brig, Atlanta.   1899 - During the Philippine Insurrection Campaign, the gunboat, USS Concord, and the monitor, USS Monterey

US Navy Aids Ailing Cargo Ship Crewman

The U.S. Navy’s amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) provided medical assistance to a crew member of a cargo vessel after receiving a distress call September 12.   After receiving the call at 5:32 p.m., the ship's medical team boarded the Liberian-flagged motor vessel

This Day In Naval History: September 15

USNS Choctaw County (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1942 - USS Wasp (CV 7) is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine while operating in the Southwestern Pacific in support of forces on Guadalcanal. USS O'Brien (DD 415) and USS North Carolina (BB 55) are also struck by torpedoes from the same submarine.  

Ingalls Wins USS Ramage Overhaul Contract

Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a $14 million base contract to perform overhaul work on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61). USS Ramage was originally built at Ingalls Shipbuilding and delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1995. Photo by HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $14 million base contract to perform an extended selected restricted availability on the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61). With all options exercised

This Day In Naval History: September 16

1814 - A squadron from the schooner USS Carolina attacks and raids the base of the pirate Jean Lafitte, at Barataria, La., capturing six schooners and other small craft while the pirates flee the attack.   1823 - Samuel Southard becomes the seventh Secretary of the Navy

Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Wichita


The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Wichita (LCS 13), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Sept. 17 in Marinette, Wisconsin. Wichita, designated LCS 13, honors the city of Wichita, Kansas. Sen

US Warships Make Landmark Visit to Vietnam

USS Frank Cable (U.S. Navy file photo)

Two U.S. warships made port calls at Vietnam's strategic naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, the U.S. navy said on Tuesday, in a brief but symbolic return for U.S. combat vessels to what was a crucial logistics complex during the Vietnam War.  

US Navy Ship Steaming toward Haiti to Support Relief Efforts

The USS Mesa Verde, a U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship, is steaming toward Haiti to support relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew killed more than 500 people and left thousands homeless in the Caribbean country, the Navy said on Friday.  

Evidence Suggests Houthi Role in Strike on US Warship

USS Mason file photo (U.S. Navy photo by Jeff Swaim)

The United States is seeing growing indications that Iran-allied Houthi rebels, despite denials, were responsible for Sunday's attack on a Navy destroyer off the Yemen coast, U.S. officials told Reuters.   The rebels appeared to use small skiffs as spotters to help direct a missile attack

US Navy Ship Again Targeted by Missiles from Yemen

USS Mason file photo (U.S. Navy photo by Blake Midnight)

A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in the past four days, U.S. officials told Reuters.   The USS Mason, which was accompanied by the USS Ponce - an amphibious

U.S. strikes Yemen after Missile Attacks on U.S. Navy Ship

U.S. strikes target three coastal radar sites; Radar enabled launch of missiles against U.S. destroyer. The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces

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