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BALTOPS 2019 Focuses on Operationally Relevant, High-End Skills Due to Changing Security Environment

BALTOPS 2019 Focuses on Operationally Relevant, High-End Skills Due to Changing Security Environment

Spanish navy combat rubber raiding crafts (CRRC) approach the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) as part of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, on June 18, 2019. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS MOUNT WHITNEY, IN THE BALTIC SEA – As this year’s BALTOPS exercise shaped up to be the largest in years, exercise planners also sought to make the annual event more focused on high-end warfighting than previous iterations, BALTOPS leadership told USNI News. Read More

U.S., NATO Want Expanded BALTOPS Exercise to Show Commitment to European Security

U.S., NATO Want Expanded BALTOPS Exercise to Show Commitment to European Security

A Spanish amphibious assault vehicle brought Spanish ground forces ashore during an amphibious demonstration at Palanga, Lithuania, during BALTOPS 2019. USNI News photo.

PALANGA, LITHUANIA – Spanish amphibious assault vehicles swam ashore from an American amphibious dock landing ship, with ground forces filing out with their machine guns and taking a position on the beach. Romanian ground forces spilled out of a Polish PTS tracked vehicle, shortly before seven landing craft from three nations slid up onto the beach in perfect symmetry. British forces fast-roped down out of an AW101 Merlin helicopter at the same time Spanish troops did the same from their AH-3 Sea King helo.

As the U.S. Navy and its NATO allies showed off the various ways they could take a beach from the sea, they were also showing a deeper commitment to collective security in the Baltic Sea and in Europe in general. Read More

U.S. 2nd Fleet Kicks Off BALTOPS 2019

U.S. 2nd Fleet Kicks Off BALTOPS 2019

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, speaks to Sailors on the bridge aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) on Sept. 10, 2018. US Navy PhotoBA

THE PENTAGON – A massive U.S.-led NATO and European partner exercise is kicking-off near Russia in the Baltic Sea and led by the Norfolk, Va.-based U.S. 2nd Fleet.

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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

VIDEO: 2nd Fleet Takes Control of First Carrier Training Event Since Standing Up Last Summer

VIDEO: 2nd Fleet Takes Control of First Carrier Training Event Since Standing Up Last Summer

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on Aug. 30, 2018. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, IN THE VIRGINIA CAPES OPERATING AREA – U.S. 2nd Fleet is getting its first crack at tactical command of forces in its newly established operating area, with the newest numbered fleet overseeing the ongoing training and springtime deployment of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. Read More

U.S. 2nd Fleet Racing Toward a 2019 Operational Capability

U.S. 2nd Fleet Racing Toward a 2019 Operational Capability

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Daniel Brown verifies the weight of an EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137, on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Nov. 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The leader of the Navy’s newest numbered fleet has a tight deadline to establish a command that will be at the forefront of the U.S. and NATO mission to counter Russia’s growing and increasingly sophisticated navy – specifically its submarine force. Read More

2nd Fleet Functions, AOR Still Being Determined, But Will Support Cross-Atlantic Theater ASW

2nd Fleet Functions, AOR Still Being Determined, But Will Support Cross-Atlantic Theater ASW

The official crest for the re-establishment of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet. US Navy Image

This post has been updated to include a statement from U.S. 2nd Fleet.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy has not yet worked out all the details of how the new U.S. 2nd Fleet will pass control of forces to and from U.S. 6th Fleet in Europe, but a U.S. Fleet Forces Command director is confident the Navy will be able to conduct seamless theater anti-submarine warfare throughout the entire Atlantic. Read More

VADM Lewis Nominated to Lead U.S. 2nd Fleet; Maj. Gen. Jansen Nominated as Marines' Top Budget Officer

VADM Lewis Nominated to Lead U.S. 2nd Fleet; Maj. Gen. Jansen Nominated as Marines’ Top Budget Officer

Then-Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, then-commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, delivers remarks as the guest speaker during a change of command ceremony in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on July 21, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s top strategy and plans officer was nominated to serve as the commander of the newly re-established U.S. 2nd Fleet, according to a Pentagon news release. Read More

14 Amphibs Tied Up In Maintenance, Exacerbating Shortfall in Available Ships for Marines' At-Sea Training

14 Amphibs Tied Up In Maintenance, Exacerbating Shortfall in Available Ships for Marines’ At-Sea Training

Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), and executive officer Cmdr. David M. Oden inspect the hull of the ship in a floating dry dock at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), Aug. 25. 2017. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Nearly half the Navy’s amphibious ships are currently tied up in maintenance availabilities and the service would be several ships short of need if it had to scramble the fleet for a major contingency, in large part due to continuing resolutions and other budget challenges, top Navy and Marine Corps operations officials said today. Read More