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Stennis CO Talks Deployment: Dual Carrier Ops, Chinese Interactions

Stennis CO Talks Deployment: Dual Carrier Ops, Chinese Interactions

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Capt. Greg Huffman, USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) commanding officer, on the bridge aboard USS John C. Stennis during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise on July 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Capt. Greg Huffman, USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) commanding officer, on the bridge aboard USS John C. Stennis during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise on July 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

Last month the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) returned home from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific – the first time in several years a carrier from the continental United States had deployed specifically to that region rather than simply passing through on the way to and from the Middle East.

In addition to highlighting a shift in focus to the Pacific, the deployment featured an opportunity to practice high-end warfighting skills with another U.S. carrier strike group, several exercises with allies and partners in the region, and persistent but professional contact with Chinese ships sent to shadow Stennis.

Stennis Commanding Officer Capt. Greg Huffman detailed the highlights of the deployment in an interview with USNI News. Read More

Bonhomme Richard ESG, 31st MEU Sets Out for Fall Deployment

Bonhomme Richard ESG, 31st MEU Sets Out for Fall Deployment

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) transits to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Aug. 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) transits to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Aug. 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

The three-ship Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed on Sunday for a fall deployment, the service announced on Monday. Read More

Video: Reagan, Stennis CSGs Practice 'High-End Warfighting' In Philippine Sea

Video: Reagan, Stennis CSGs Practice ‘High-End Warfighting’ In Philippine Sea

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), center, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific on June 18, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), center, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific on June 18, 2016. US Navy photo.

Aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) are in the Philippine Sea rehearsing what Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson called “high-end warfighting.” Read More

UPDATED: Stennis, Reagan CSGs Conduct Dual-Carrier Operations In Philippine Sea

UPDATED: Stennis, Reagan CSGs Conduct Dual-Carrier Operations In Philippine Sea

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include comments from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

The aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) began dual-carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea over the weekend, for the first time in about two years. Read More

Analysis: New U.S.-Philippine Basing Deal Heavy on Air Power, Light on Naval Support

Analysis: New U.S.-Philippine Basing Deal Heavy on Air Power, Light on Naval Support

Civil service mariners from USNS Sacagawea train with Marines by connecting a HUMVEE to a MV-22 Osprey in the Philippines in 2013. US Navy Photo

Civil service mariners from USNS Sacagawea train with Marines by connecting a HUMVEE to a MV-22 Osprey in the Philippines in 2013. US Navy Photo

Over the weekend, the United States and the Philippines concluded their Sixth Annual Bilateral Security Dialogue session in Washington, D.C. At that forum, one of the first fruits of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) came to bear: the announcement of five bases where the United States could rotate troops and pre-position facilities and materials in support of the U.S. Pacific Pivot. Read More

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Chops Into 7th Fleet

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Chops Into 7th Fleet

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) transits the Pacific Ocean toward the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to serve as the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier on Sept. 19, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) transits the Pacific Ocean toward the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to serve as the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier on Sept. 19, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s Japan-bound carrier — part of an elaborate three nuclear carrier swap — has entered the Western Pacific, the service announced over the weekend. Read More