Tag Archives: U.S. Southern Command

VIDEO: USS Detroit Departs for Maiden Deployment to SOUTHCOM

VIDEO: USS Detroit Departs for Maiden Deployment to SOUTHCOM

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) departs Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled deployment. Detroit is deployed in support of Campaign Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations, within the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit (LCS-7) departed Mayport, Fla., last week on its maiden deployment and the first deployment from the East Coast since a LCS community reorganization. Read More

SOUTHCOM Will Keep Amphib USS Wasp Busy During Transit

SOUTHCOM Will Keep Amphib USS Wasp Busy During Transit

USS Wasp (LHD-1) transits the Coral Sea on Aug. 1, 2019. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As USS Wasp (LHD-1) rounds the horn from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, the commander of U.S. Southern Command plans to use the big-deck amphibious warship for as much training as possible. Read More

Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Departs for SOUTHCOM Deployment

Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Departs for SOUTHCOM Deployment

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative on Dec. 6, 2018. US Navy Photo

USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk,Va., for a five-month deployment to provide medical assistance to the Caribbean and South America on Friday. Read More

USNS Comfort Heading to Colombia to Treat Venezuelan Refugees

USNS Comfort Heading to Colombia to Treat Venezuelan Refugees

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative on Dec. 6, 2018. US Navy Photo

Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is expected in June to start a five-month Caribbean deployment to provide humanitarian and medical assistance to the region, notable to refugees flooding into Colombia from neighboring Venezuela.

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Navy Tests 'Littoral Combat Group' Concept That Pairs DDG, LPD in South America Deployment

Navy Tests ‘Littoral Combat Group’ Concept That Pairs DDG, LPD in South America Deployment

Sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) as the ship is underway off the coast of Valparaiso, Chile during a parade of ships, Dec. 2, 2018. Wayne E. Meyer is part of Littoral Combat Group One, which is deployed in support of the Enduring Promise Initiative to reaffirm U.S. Southern Command’s long standing commitment to the nations of the Western Hemisphere. US Navy photo.

The Navy deployed a new ship pairing – a destroyer (DDG-51) and an amphibious transport dock (LPD-17) – to test out a new concept that could supplement amphibious squadrons and surface action groups as a formation in future operations. Read More

John Kelly, Retired Marine 4-Star, Will Step Down as White House Chief of Staff

John Kelly, Retired Marine 4-Star, Will Step Down as White House Chief of Staff

Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, center, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with Adm. Sigifrido Pared Perez, Dominican Republic minister of defense, in Barahona, Dominican Republic on June 9, 2014. SOUTHCOM Photo

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly will step down as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff at the end of the year, after more than a year spent managing the daily operations inside the West Wing, Trump told reporters today.

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SOUTHCOM Tidd: China Making Aggressive Investments in South, Central America

SOUTHCOM Tidd: China Making Aggressive Investments in South, Central America

U.S. Southern Command Commander, U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd speaks on Dec. 17, 2017. US Army Photo

Chinese businesses are exploring land development deals near the Panama Canal and offering their skills in building the region’s information technology infrastructure. These are prime examples of Beijing’s stepped-up economic involvement in the Western Hemisphere, the senior American military official for Central and South America told reporters Monday. Read More

SOUTHCOM Tidd Wants More Surveillance, Coast Guard Cutters to Stem Illegal Trafficking

SOUTHCOM Tidd Wants More Surveillance, Coast Guard Cutters to Stem Illegal Trafficking

U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with service members on Nov. 22, 2017. US Army Photo

The Southern Command’s top officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee he is receiving only a fraction of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance resources he needs to stem the flow of illegal rugs, people and money into the United States. Read More