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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

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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


USS Fort McHenry Completes Haiti Mission

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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


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


Shreveport Making Final Cruise After 37 Years Of Service

Amphibious transport dock USS Shreveport (LPD 12) arrives in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit. Shreveport is part of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group on deployment in support of maritime security operations (MSO) in both the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR). U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley When USS Shreveport (LPD 12) homeports in early July, it will be for the last time. A 37-year-old amphibious docking ship


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).


Green Bay Recovers Mariners in Makassar Strait

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrives on station for a photo exercise during the Korean Marine Exchange Program

  Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) rendered assistance to distressed mariners in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 19. Shipboard lookouts first spotted the distressed mariners waving a black flag approximately 3 to 5 nautical


US Navy Picks First Female Submariners

Sailors train two female aboard the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Michigan. Photo: US Navy

 The U.S. Navy has selected more than three dozen female enlisted sailors to qualify to serve aboard a submarine in a historic first for the sea service as part of a plan to more fully integrate women into the undersea force.   The 38 selected female sailors are only the first step in


Austal Starts Next US Littoral Combat Ship

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Austal and the U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony today for the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), marking the first significant milestone in its construction. This ship is the fifth Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3


‘Old Salt’ Designation Passed to Vice Adm. Tidd

Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd accepts the Old Salt award during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Tidd is the 19th recipient of the Old Salt award, presented to the longest serving surface warfare officer on continuous active duty. (US Navy photo by Tyrell K. Morris)

The “Old Salt” designation, honoring the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) serving on active duty with the earliest Surface Warfare Qualification, passed from Adm. Sam Locklear to Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd at a June 22, 2015 ceremony at Washington, DC.  


NASSCO Bags USS Mitscher Maintenance, Modification Contract

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  General Dynamics NASSCO, a business unit of General Dynamics has been awarded a $36.4 million contract for maintenance, modernization, and repair of the USS Mitscher (DDG 57). "This award is a testament of the hard work by the General Dynamics NASSCO team and the collective effort


Historic Warship Docked for Restoration

USS Constitution enters Dry Dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard to commence a multi-year planned restoration period. This is Constitutions first time in dry dock since its 1992-1996 restoration. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew R. Fairchild/Released)

One of the world's oldest commissioned warships has entered dry dock for a planned multiyear restoration, the U.S. Navy reports.   On May 19, USS Constitution eased into Dry Dock 1 at Charlestown Navy Yard Boston National Historical Park with the help and coordination of a large team of


USS George Washington Completes Carrier Qualifications

An FA-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)

  Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed its carrier qualifications (CQ), May 23. CQ allows CVW 5 pilots and George Washington's flight deck crew to prove accuracy and proficiency in successfully landing and recovering


US Navy Submarine to be Named USS New Jersey

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 The U.S. Navy's next Virginia-class attack submarine will bear the name USS New Jersey, says AP reports.   U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony over the weekend in Jersey City, New Jersey, to announce that SSN 796, a Virginia-class attack submarine


USS Montpelier Modernization Contract for General Dynamics

USS Montpelier, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine

  The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $46.4 million contract for planning efforts in support of maintenance and modernization work on USS Montpelier, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.


Huntington Ingalls wins USN Carrier Deals

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  Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc on Friday won two contracts worth a combined $4.3 billion to complete design work and construction of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, the Pentagon said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts.


USN, ROK Bolster Alliance in Silent Shark Exercise

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) pulls into Busan for a scheduled port visit

  The U.S. and the Republic of Korea navies are participating in Exercise Silent Shark 2015 in the vicinity of Guam. The exercise integrates U.S. and Republic of Korean anti-submarine warfare assets to bolster relations and interoperability.


Top US Shipping Execs to Receive USS Awards

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Anthony Chiarello, Matthew J. Cox and James C. McKenna named 2015 USS Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award recipients   The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2015 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE; Matthew J


Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10)

  The Navy will christen its tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), during a midday ceremony June 13 at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. LCS 10 is named after former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords.


Kearsarge, 26th MEU Begin ARG Exercise

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during the multi-national exercise Bold Alligator (BA) 2014.

  Sailors from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) and Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) kicked off the KSGARG/MEU Exercise (ARGMEUEX) in the waters east of of the United States June 13. The KSGARG comprises Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, 26th MEU


Unmatched Value: How can we not afford to build the Ford Class Aircraft Carrier?

The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is moved to Pier 3 at Newport News Shipbuilding Nov. 17, 2013. (US Navy photo)

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier (CVN), with its embarked carrier air wing (CVW), is the only maritime force capable of executing the full range of military operations necessary to protect our national interests. From deterrence, to humanitarian assistance, to large-scale combat operations






 
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