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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

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

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).

Keel Laid of US Navy’s Future LCS Billings

A welder authenticates the keel by welding the initials of the ships sponsor, Sharla D. Tester, onto the keel plate of the U.S. Navys fifteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Keel Laying is the formal recognition of the start of the ship and module construction process. (U.S. Navy photo by Lockheed Martin)

A keel laying ceremony was held Monday for the U.S. Navy’s future USS Billings (LCS 15) at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.   Sharla Tester, Billings' sponsor and wife of Sen. Jon Tester, authenticated the ship's keel

Essex Amphibious Ready Group in S. China Sea

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts maneuvers during normal operations Courtesy USN

  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. The ARG's flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

Chiarello, Cox and McKenna Named AOTOS Award Winners

Matt Cox, Anthony Chiarello and Jim McKenna with their USS AOTOS statues.

The United Seamen's Service (USS) honored Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE Inc.; Matthew J. Cox, President and CEO of Matson; and James C. McKenna, President and CEO of Pacific Maritime Association with the 2015 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Award.  

USS Porter Hosts Career Day

Children from Shkolla Internacional Jo Publike in Albania tour USS Porter (DDG 78), during a community relations event while anchored off the coast of Albania

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a group of 9th and 10th grade students from the International School of Vlore, Albania for a career day and cultural learning event Sept. 26, 2015. The community relations (COMREL) event was intended to

Michelle Obama Christens Navy's New Submarine

First Lady Michelle Obama, the sponsor for submarine Illinois, approves the weld of her initials, which is now permanently affixed in the ship. (Photo: General Dynamics Electric Boat)

USS Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class, was christened Saturday at builder General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard.   The ship’s sponsor, First Lady Michelle Obama, christened the ship by breaking a bottle of Illinois

India, US, Japan Naval Drills Begins, Irks China

Image: US Navy

 India, Japan and the United States kicked off the first joint naval exercises  in the Bay of Bengal in eight years and such drills will occur each year, Indian government sources said.   The Japanese Maritime-Self Defense Force (JMSF) confimed that it will Permanently Join

U.S., Indian, Japan Navies to Participate in Malabar

Official U.S. Navy file photo.

  Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2015, Oct. 14-19, 2015. Malabar 2015 is a complex, high-end warfighting exercise that has grown in scope and complexity over the years and is the latest in a continuing

Kearsarge Celebrates 240 Years of Navy’s Pride

 Capt. David Bossert, commanding officer of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), speaks during a celebration of the Navy’s 240th birthday aboard the amphibious assault ship.

  The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) flagship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) celebrated the Navy’s 240th birthday Oct. 13, 2015. The Kearsarge ARG team is comprised of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)

USS Porter Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG 78) fires its close-in weapons system during a live-fire exercise as part of a passing exercise with allied and partner nations Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in a bilateral passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from the navies of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea, Oct. 13 and 14, 2015.

Exercise Malabar 2015 Launched

Officers from Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, and U.S. Navy meet for an executive officers call in the wardroom of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) as part of Exercise Malabar.

   Naval forces and liaisons from India, Japan and United States begin Exercise Malabar 2015, Oct. 16, through air defense collaboration. The featured cooperation consists of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Airwing (CVW) 1

CNO, MCPON Visit Sailors in U.S. 5th Fleet

Lt. Cmdr. Robert Mclaughlin asks Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens a question during an all hands call at NSA Bahrain

  The Navy's 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson, made his first visit to the U.S. 5th Fleet, accompanied by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Oct. 18.

Chinese Navy Ships to Visit Mayport

Type 52 Luyang II guided missile destroyer Jinan

 Three People's Liberation Army-Navy ships are scheduled to visit Naval Station Mayport as part of a routine goodwill port visit, Nov. 3-7. Three vessels are on an around-the-world deployment and will conduct the goodwill visit after completing port calls in Europe

US DoD: Navy Patroling in S.China Sea

The U.S. Navy sent a warship on Tuesday within 12 nautical miles of two artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. defence official told Reuters, in a challenge to China's territorial claims in the area. The official said the patrol was carried out by the destroyer USS

US Sees More Frequent Patrols in South China Sea

USS Lassen (Photo: U.S. Navy)

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer was followed at a safe distance by a Chinese ship as the U.S. ship sailed inside the 12-nautical-mile limit of artificial islands built by China in the disputed South China Sea, but no incidents were reported during the passage, a U.S

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