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Stranded Seafarers

The world’s largest container shipping companies and the United Nations Secretary-General are appealing to governments to resolve a labor crisis that has stranded 400,000 workers on boats, according to a new estimate from the International Chamber of Shipping.

DATE: September 20, 2020

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Valiant Shield Closes

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group concluded Valiant Shield 2020, Sept. 25, while operating in the Philippine Sea. During the exercise, the strike group integrated with more than 11,000 personnel and 100 aircraft from the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, and took part in the U.S.-only field training biennial exercise. Participating forces exercised a wide range of joint capabilities in air, land, surface, and sub-surface scenarios.

September 25, 2020

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USNI News - Mallory Shelbourne

The Marine Corps needs to spread out its forces in the Indo-Pacific region if it wants to be successful in deterring Chinese aggression in the coming decades, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said during an appearance at the virtual Modern Day Marine conference on Wednesday.

DATE: September 24, 2020

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CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Military Intelligence leaders from 24 countries virtually attended the annual Indo-Pacific Intelligence Chiefs Conference (IPICC) Sept. 8. The conference is an opportunity for military intelligence leaders from across the Indo-Pacific region to meet and foster shared understanding on regional issues and advance regional intelligence cooperation on shared security challenges.

DATE: September 23, 2020

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The U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force and Australian Defence Force took a major step toward multinational interoperability as a combined task force during a major training scenario throughout August.

Video courtesy of DVIDS.

DATE: September 20, 2020

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FROM USNI NEWS - Sam LaGrone

China’s pursuit of more aircraft carriers validates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to building more American aircraft carriers in the future, the U.S. admiral in charge of providing forces to the fleet said on Thursday.

DATE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

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Why We Remember


Story by Staff Sgt. Apryl Hall 

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency


An inspring story about Jim and Carole Hickerson.  Jim was a downed Navy light attack pilot in Vietnam and Carole's husband, a Marine,  was missing in action and never came home.


DATE: September 19, 2020


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Navy News - The sinking exercise (SINKEX) combined an orchestrated sequence of live ordnance targeting the ex-USS Curts, including air-launched ordnance from fixed and rotary wing squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, embarked aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), surface-launched missiles from cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and Shiloh (CG 67), a subsurface launched missile from Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721), as well as various supporting Navy and U.S. Air Force aircraft.

DATE: September 19, 2020

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David Glasgow Farragut was the U.S. Navy’s first full admiral and a Hispanic hero. At the time of his death in 1870, Farragut had served a total of 59 years in uniform.  Farragut’s father, Jordi Farragut Mesquida, was a merchant mariner born in Minorca, Spain.

DATE: September 15, 2020

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On September 14th, 1970, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Jr. introduced the Navy Family Command Ombudsman Program as a means to address family issues and concerns that are unique to Navy families. And so today, for 50 years, Ombudsmen  have been delivering  world-class  support  and  service  to Navy  families  at every command across the globe.

DATE: September 14, 2020

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Pacific Vanguard brings together more than 1,500 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea. The exercise takes place off the coast of Guam.

DATE: September 14, 2020

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U.S. Indo-Pacific Command forces are participating in exercise Valiant Shield (VS), Sept. 14-25, on Guam and around the Mariana Islands Range Complex.

Participants include USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS America (LHA 6), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Germantown (LSD 42) and multiple surface ships -- approximately 100 aircraft and an estimated 11,000 personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps.

DATE: September 11, 2020

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A Presidential Proclamation

In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11.  On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment. 

DATE: September 10, 2020

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September 10th is the birthday of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Since 1958, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to providing American youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults.

DATE: September 10,2020

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PHILIPPINE SEA - Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) is scheduled to join the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) during a multinational group sail from waters near Hawaii to Guam beginning Sept. 9, to conduct integrated, multi-domain operations.

DATE: September 9, 2020

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The South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) has decided in August to double its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. A total of forty additional “Joint Strike Fighters” will be procured, including 20 F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant for its light aircraft carrier project known as LPX-II.

DATE: September 8, 2020

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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

DATE: September 5, 2020

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USCG PACIFIC AREA: In coordination with the Ecuadorian Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) recently completed a joint patrol to detect and deter potential Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the vicinity of the Galapagos Islands.

DATE: September 3, 2020

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Congressional Research Service report, Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress has been released to the public.

DATE: September 2, 2020

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HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Maui County Fire Department rescued a 60 year-old paddler off the coast of Kahului, Monday.  MCFD Jet ski operators recovered the paddler with no injuries or medical concerns reported and transported him back to shore with his 20-foot kayak.

DATE: September 1, 2020

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RIMPAC 2020 Public Affairs

Live fire from ships and aircraft participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned amphibious cargo ship ex-USS Durham (LKA 114), Aug. 30.

DATE: August 30, 2020

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USNI News  by John Grady

The United States “is not going to back down” in asserting its rights to freedom of navigation, freedom of flight and use of space in the face of China’s “increasing assertiveness and aggressiveness,” National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said on Friday at an online event at The Atlantic Council.

DATE: August 29, 2020

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World War I introduced the first 305 women to enlist into the Marines. Today, 16,000 serve on active duty and are able to work in all combat related occupational specialties. For the current generation, it is important to understand the history of who served before them in order to keep moving the legacy forward.

DATE: August 27, 2020

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Arson is suspected as the cause of a July 12 fire that left extensive damage to the USS Bonhomme Richard docked off San Diego, and a U.S. Navy sailor was being questioned as a potential suspect, a senior defense official said Wednesday.

DATE: August 27, 2020

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In 1971, Congress designated Aug. 26 as National Women's Equality Day, commemorating the date in 1920 when women first gained the right to vote – and thus equality in citizenship. As a Navy, we celebrate the women who have and continue to serve in our ranks.

DATE: August 26, 2020

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Everyone knows that goods made in China have a massive hold on what Americans buy. Now China wants the world to be dependent on them for how things are delivered, as well as how they are made.

DATE: August 26, 2020

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Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group became the world’s first shipyard to construct an LNG-fueled very large container ship (VLCS), taking the lead in building eco-friendly vessels.

DATE: August 25, 2020

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The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group joined Japan's Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) to conduct joint integrated operations in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 15, as part of ongoing shared commitments to regional stability through cooperation.

DATE: August 19, 2020

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PEARL HARBOR - Ten nations, 22 surface ships, one submarine, multiple aircraft, and approximately 5,300 personnel will participate in an at-sea-only iteration of the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled Aug.17 -31, in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands.

DATE: AUGUST 17, 2020

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Ten nations, about 20 ships and 5,300 personnel are taking part in Rim of the Pacific maritime exercises starting Monday in Hawaii's waters.

DATE:  August 14,  2020

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USNI - August 13, 2020 6:02 PM. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. John Aquilino has appointed the head of San Diego, Calif.-based 3rd Fleet to lead the official command investigation into the July 12 fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6).

DATE: August 13, 2020

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HONOLULU— Personnel from the Coast Guard 14th District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and The Marine Mammal Center partnered to transport four Hawaiian Monk Seals from Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital dedicated to the rehabilitation of Hawaiian Monk Seals, to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge for release.

DATE: August 11, 2020

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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Today, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sent a message to the fleet asking for a moment of silence on July 29, between 11:03 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. EDT, to honor the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA 35).

DATE: JULY 28, 2020

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U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii not currently undergoing maintenance availabilities have begun plans to sortie as Hurricane Douglas travels toward the Hawaiian Islands. Ships that sortie will be positioned to help respond after the storm, if needed.

DATE: July 25, 2020

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USNI NEWS - The U.S. will continue to keep up the pace of freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, which hit an all-time high in 2019, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday.

DATE: July 21, 2020

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The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Australian Defense Force (ADF), and the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group began a trilateral exercise in the Philippine Sea, July 19. U.S. Naval forces routinely operate alongside regional allies, strengthening shared commitments to regional stability, and a free and open Indo-Pacific through integrated training and cooperation.

DATE July 21, 2020

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Lieutenant General Steven R. Rudder assumed his current position as the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Commanding General Fleet Marine Force, Pacific on 16 July 2020.

LtGen Rudder previously served as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps.


DATE:  July 20, 2020


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