Category Archives: Foreign Forces

U.S. 2nd Fleet Declares Operational Capability Ahead of Major European Exercise

U.S. 2nd Fleet Declares Operational Capability Ahead of Major European Exercise

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, addresses the crew over the one-main circuit aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in Norfolk, Va., on May 16, 2019. US Navy Photo

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. – A year after it was established, the reborn U.S. 2nd Fleet has reached an initial operational capability ahead of leading a major European exercise next month. Read More

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Expanding as Tokyo Takes New Approach to Maritime Security

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Expanding as Tokyo Takes New Approach to Maritime Security

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President Donald J. Trump joined by the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrive aboard the JS Kaga Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Yokosuka, Japan. White House Photo

When President Donald Trump visited Japan this month, he was taken on board JS Kaga, one of a pair of new Izumo-class helicopter carriers built for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) set to be retrofitted to fly the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. The carriers represent a new approach to maritime security that is shifting to a more forward defense posture. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 27, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 27, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 27, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

U.S.-Australia Relationship Looks Stable Following Recent Surprise Election Results

U.S.-Australia Relationship Looks Stable Following Recent Surprise Election Results

Service members render honors during a ceremony at the Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery on July 7, 2015. Service members from the U.S., Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Japan and civilians from non-governmental organizations assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) visited the cemetery to lay wreaths and pay respects to those fallen during the World War II battles and other conflicts in the region. US Navy photo.

Political volatility in Australia does not appear to threaten the country’s military and economic relationship with the United States, a panel agreed, partly because of concerns about Chinese economic and military ambitions in Oceania and Asia. Read More

Iceland Foreign Minister Praises NATO Support Against Russian Intrusions, Chinese Exploration

Iceland Foreign Minister Praises NATO Support Against Russian Intrusions, Chinese Exploration

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, met in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 7, 2019. Iceland Embassy photo.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to Iceland and last year’s Trident Juncture joint military exercise in the High North send a “clear signal” to the Kremlin that “we stick together,” Iceland’s foreign minister told a Washington think tank audience Thursday. Read More

Navy Deactivates VFA-101 Grim Reapers, Consolidates F-35Cs at NAS Lemoore

Navy Deactivates VFA-101 Grim Reapers, Consolidates F-35Cs at NAS Lemoore

A U.S. Navy Sailor marshals the last F-35C Lightning II to leave Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, May 23, 2019. Consolidation of F-35C resources to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, enables the U.S. Navy to support Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) production, operational fleet transitions for both Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, testing and other requirements. US Air Force photo.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Navy deactivated one of its two F-35C Joint Strike Fighter training squadrons today and will consolidate all its fifth-generation fighter activities at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. Read More

U.S. Sends Three Warships Back Into Persian Gulf After Clearing Them Out Earlier This Month

U.S. Sends Three Warships Back Into Persian Gulf After Clearing Them Out Earlier This Month

Seaman Jocelyn Ramey uses the ship’s binoculars while standing watch as a lookout aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) while transiting the Strait of Hormuz. Navy photo.

A destroyer in the the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group entered the Persian Gulf this week without incidents, after the U.S. Navy cleared its ships out of the Gulf earlier this month amid rising tensions.

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Navy Busy in INDO-PACOM with Multinational Exercises, Freedom of Navigation Operations

Navy Busy in INDO-PACOM with Multinational Exercises, Freedom of Navigation Operations

The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) steams alongside the French FREMM-class frigate FS Provence during a photo opportunity while conducting a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean on May 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of the French Navy.

Several multinational exercises focused on interoperability have taken place in the Indo-Pacific region recently, including two involving French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) on its first deployment since 2016. Read More