Tag Archives: Guam

High-End Exercise Valiant Shield 2018 Features Joint Strike Fighters, 15,000 Personnel

High-End Exercise Valiant Shield 2018 Features Joint Strike Fighters, 15,000 Personnel

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft and U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018 on Sept. 17. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to correct the hull number of the former USS St. Louis. It’s LKA-116, not LKA-117.

The high-end biennial Valiant Shield exercise kicked off in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands on Sunday, with some of the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ most advanced platforms participating in the weeklong event. Read More

Wasp ESG Completes Typhoon Assistance to Northern Marianas, Guam

Wasp ESG Completes Typhoon Assistance to Northern Marianas, Guam

Marines with Marine Air Control Group 18 and Navy Seabees with 30th Naval Construction Regiment clear debris from Typhoon Mangkhut on Tinian. Marine Corps photo.

The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) has finished providing disaster relief to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) following Typhoon Mangkhut.

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Wasp ESG Assessing Damage to Guam, Northern Marianas from Typhoon Mangkhut

Wasp ESG Assessing Damage to Guam, Northern Marianas from Typhoon Mangkhut

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team rides on a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Rein.) Marine Corps photo.

The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is assisting in the assessment of typhoon damage to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Navy Increases Tour Lengths for First Time Forward Deployed Sailors

Navy Increases Tour Lengths for First Time Forward Deployed Sailors

Sailors man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) as the ship returns to Sasebo, Japan on April 26, 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The Navy is extending initial tour lengths for forward deployed enlisted sailors in an attempt to cut down on the constant churn of personnel passing through ships based overseas.

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Ambassador: Aegis Ashore Program Focused on Rogue States, Not Russia

Ambassador: Aegis Ashore Program Focused on Rogue States, Not Russia

Romanian Aegis Ashore site. U.S. Missile Defense Agency Photo

With Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense systems set to operate in Poland by the end of the year and currently active in Romania, all NATO members will be covered against Iran and North Korea’s ballistic missile threats, the Romanian ambassador to the U.S. said on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Wants Longer Tours for Sailors in Japan, Guam, Spain

Navy Wants Longer Tours for Sailors in Japan, Guam, Spain

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Daniel RiosCastillo watches as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) pulls alongside the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201) for a replenishment-at-sea. US Navy Photo

The Navy wants to stretch tour lengths for much of its forward-deployed forces, a proposal that would provide more unit stability, cohesion, continuity and reduce the costs of moving personnel in sea-duty units. Read More

Submarine Tender USS Frank Cable Completes Drydock Maintenance, In Transit to Guam

Submarine Tender USS Frank Cable Completes Drydock Maintenance, In Transit to Guam

The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) sails from her position in Vigor Shipyard’s dry dock to moor pierside during a fleeting exercise on Sept. 15, 2017. Frank Cable is in Portland, Ore., for a scheduled dry-dock phase maintenance availability. US Navy photo.

Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) completed an eight-month dry-dock repair availability in Oregon and is headed back to Guam to continue fleet support operations there. Read More

Naval Forces Begin High-End Exercises In Pacific, North Atlantic This Week

Naval Forces Begin High-End Exercises In Pacific, North Atlantic This Week

Military representatives from NATO, the European Union and the U.K. observe flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on July 25, 2017. US Navy photo.

U.S. naval forces will embark on a pair of naval exercises with regional Pacific and North Atlantic partners this week, practicing anti-submarine and air combat operations. Read More