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U.S. Navy ships support Haiti relief

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Billings (LCS 15) and USNS Burlington (T-EPF-10), a spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship, operated by Military Sealift Command are supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations off the coast Haiti, Aug. 22, the...

Hershel “Woody” Williams Joins Brazilian Navy for Inaugural Operation Guinex

The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) participated in the first iteration of the Brazilian-led, Gulf of Guinea exercise called Operation Guinex with the Brazilian Frigate Independencia, Aug. 23, 2021. Guinex is the first exercise off of...

U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) visits the Philippines

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) arrived in the Philippines, Aug. 16, marking the first time a commissioned U.S. Navy warship has visited the Philippines since 2019. The visit highlights the strong alliance, military relationship and renewed engagements...

Another first for the MQ-25: Air-to-air refueling with an E-2D

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. - The U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation program completed its first aerial refueling flight with an E-2D aircraft Aug.18 at Mid-America Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The Boeing-owned MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, transferred...

U.S. Forces Conduct Sinking Exercise (SINKEX)

U.S. joint forces conducted coordinated multi-domain, multi-axis, long-range maritime strikes in the Hawaiian Islands Operating Area during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) on the decommissioned guided-missile frigate ex-USS Ingraham, Aug. 15. Units from Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG), Submarine Forces Pacific,...

USS Higgins and USS Howard arrive in Japan

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Howard (DDG 83) arrived at to their new forward-deployed location in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 16. Higgins and Howard’s arrival brings striking power and operational readiness to maintain...

Austal USA Awarded Maintenance and Modernization Contract for West Coast-based LCSs

The US Navy granted Austal USA a sustainment execution contract (SEC) on August 4 to repair, maintain, and modernize all Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) based in San Diego. This comprises both Austal-built Independence-variant LCS and Freedom-variant LCS based on...

USS Gerald R. Ford completes full ship shock trials

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) successfully conducted a third explosive event off the coast of Jacksonville, FL, on 8 Aug., marking the completion of the ship’s Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST), the U.S. Navy announced. Shock Trials validate Gerald...

U.S. Navy completes trials of Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 UAS

Schiebel Aircraft and Areté Associates announced that the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) combined with Areté's Pushbroom Imaging Lidar for Littoral Surveillance (PILLS) sensor was successfully demonstrated to the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). In a combined...

US Navy sends ESB Hershel “Woody” Williams to Gulf of Guinea

Members of the Ghanaian Special Boat Squadron embarked on the expeditionary sea base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) to participate in maritime security training alongside the Nigerian Navy, Aug. 5, 2021, U.S. Navy 6th fleet announced. ESB Hershel "Woody"...

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