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USS Ohio Completes First 15 Month Deployment as SSGN

December 14, 2008

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USS Ohio (SSGN 726), the first operational Trident guided-missile submarine, pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor Dec. 8, before returning to its homeport of Bangor, Wash., from its maiden deployment.

“It’s a great opportunity to be in Hawaii,” said USS Ohio Commanding Officer Capt. Dennis Carpenter. “Our ship has been deployed for 15 months, and for a lot of our guys it’s their first time here. We’re also excited some of the families were able to come out and welcome their guys home in paradise before we actually have to go home to winter.”

The submarine departed Naval Base Kitsap, Oct. 14, 2007, for its maiden deployment, which began a month ahead of schedule. Claiming many firsts, Ohio was the first Trident guided-missile submarine to complete an equator and prime meridian crossing, the first to achieve SEAL/diver dry deck shelter certification, the first to complete three highly-successful national tasking missions and the first to earn two Navy Expeditionary Medals.

“It’s unprecedented,” Carpenter continued. “To get out there and conduct mission after mission and demonstrate to our allies our capabilities; it’s extraordinary.”

Ohio visited Busan, Republic of Korea; Subic Bay, Philippines; Yokosuka, Japan and Guam, where the submarine conducted crew exchanges between the Blue and Gold crews, which allowed the submarine to remain on station in support of national tasking. During her visit to Busan, Ohio accomplished another submarine first: the ship hosted a joint special operations task force during Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle to demonstrate the joint command and control capability of the new SSGN platform.

“That’s the great thing about USS Ohio; we can go anywhere in the world in a relatively short period of time,” Carpenter said. “We’ve put a lot of miles on our submarine.”

Another memorable event during Ohio’s maiden deployment was the burial at sea of a veteran of World War II. Ohio crew member Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SS) Jason Witty spread the ashes of his grandfather, Eugene Stanley Morgan, in the Philippine Sea, honoring Morgan’s request to be buried with his shipmates of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35). Morgan was one of 316 survivors of the sinking of the cruiser on July 30, 1945.

Ohio, the first Trident submarine ever built, returned to the fleet February 2006 after a $250 million, year-long refueling and a $750 million, two-year conversion from a ballistic missile submarine. With this conversion, Ohio and the subsequent convert submarines provide the fleet with the ability to quickly embark and deploy to provide command and control functions for special operations forces and a large volume strike platform in its operating theater.

Cynthia Clark (NNS)

Nations Gather to Prep for Black Sea Interoperability Exercise

December 14, 2008

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Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, hosted representatives of 11 nations Dec. 2-4 for the initial planning conference for the 37th annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel.

BALTOPS 2009 will take place in the Baltic Sea June 8-19, 2009 and is the largest international exercise organized in the Baltic.

The purpose of BALTOPS is to promote mutual understanding and maritime interoperability between U.S. Navy, NATO and Partnership for Peace (PFP) participants through a series of multilateral training exercises. Carrier Strike Group 12 is assigned as the primary planning, coordination and execution command for the exercise.

For the 2009 BALTOPS exercise, 12 countries are scheduled to participate: Estonia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“The purpose of BALTOPS is to bring all of the nations together in one exercise,” said Cmdr. J.G. Olaf Albrecht, the head of the delegation from the German Navy Fleet Headquarters. “We learn how other navies work and how to live together in the Baltic Sea, especially the nations which are former Soviet nations such as Lithuania and Latvia. It’s a very educational experience.”

The initial planning conference is only one step in the preparation for a successful BALTOPS.

“We have more planning conferences left; the main planning conference will be hosted in Germany,” said Lt. Sam Bethune, Carrier Strike Group 12 exercise lead planner for BALTOPS. “And the final planning conference will be hosted by Poland. Not only are these nations helping to plan the exercise, but they’re hosting our conferences so we can learn a little bit about their country and culture as we do the planning.”

BALTOPS is an important experience because it improves interoperability among the participating nations and creates forces that are able to easily integrate into multinational, multiwarfare operations.

“It’s a great exercise and a great experience for everybody who will take part because it’s unique,” said Albrecht. “Normally, we don’t train with the United States, so this is the only time we have training with Americans inside the Baltic. It’s a very important thing.”

Through the dedication and the hard work of everyone involved, Bethune hopes this upcoming BALTOPS will be as successful as the previous 36 BALTOPS.

“We had great participation at this conference,” said Bethune. “We hope for even better participation at our next conference in Germany. We accomplished all of our goals, so we’re moving ahead in pretty good shape. It was a very successful event, and having it here in downtown Norfolk was a treat.”

Clark Meredith (NNS)

Piracy Map Online

December 14, 2008


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UNOSAT, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Program, released a 3D map of piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden for 2008. This 3D perspective map illustrates the relative spatial density of reported pirate incidents in the Gulf of Aden for 2008.

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Got Your Six!

December 6, 2008

A US Navy sniper in a helicopter covers a Navy SEAL special operations force boarding team searching a ship during a Weapons of Mass Destruction exercise.

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Navy EOD Jump

December 2, 2008

US Navy “frogmen” EOD specialists jump from a USN CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter. Explosives Ordnance Disposal specialists frequently practice with US Navy SEALs and other US military special operations forces.

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JSF Program: Funding Cuts to Delay IOC for Navy’s Carrier Variant

November 9, 2008

Congressional funding cuts to the Joint Strike Fighter program will force an undetermined delay in the Navy’s carrier variant of the aircraft, the F-35C, according to the JSF program office.

The initial operational capability delay is due to the impact of the reduction by Congress in the fiscal year 2009 defense spending act, according to Cheryl Limrick, spokeswoman for the JSF program.

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SOUTHCOM Report Touts Performance of Stiletto Counterdrug Ship

October 24, 2008
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An internal study prepared by U.S. Southern Command for Pentagon leaders touts the performance of an unorthodox ship called Stiletto that could change the face of counterdrug operations in littoral waters, Inside the Pentagon has learned.

Defense officials are already planning more testing for the ship as well as another deployment to SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility in 2009, according to Capt. Jim Hruska, a transformation strategist with the Defense Department. The ship will conduct “experimentation of technologies in the Norfolk, VA, area for both DOD and non-DOD organizations for the next couple of months,” he told ITP yesterday in a statement.

The ship’s operational evaluation this summer “clearly” demonstrated its utility and value as “an enabler of innovation” and as a counterdrug asset, according to the internal report, which recommends more tests, further use of the ship in counterdrug missions and specific improvements for the vessel.

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NATO deploys naval unit to counter pirates

October 17, 2008
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A NATO naval operation deployed to the Horn of Africa Wednesday as part of an effort to counter the growing threat from pirates off the coast of Somalia.

NATO officials say seven ships have been deployed in response to a United Nations request to address an escalating security situation in Somalia’s coastal waters, NATO reported.

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