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Bold Alligator 2012: Today’s Fight With Today’s Forces

“Revitalizing our amphibious competencies does not mean conducting operations as we did in 1942, 1950, 1990, or even 2000, but how we would do it now, with our current joint and naval operating concepts.” – Adm. J. C. Harvey Jr., Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Bold Alligator 2012 (BA12) is bringing together …

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To Boldly Go… a tricorder for the Navy?

by Tammy White, Office of Naval Research  ‘Star Trek‘ movies and TV series spelled big business for Paramount Pictures. Trekkers-and we all know (or are) one-can rattle off dozens of fictional devices straight from the scenes of the sci-fi powerhouse. But did the movie reel influence a real-life medical device? …

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Navy Amphibious Ready Groups Capable, Necessary

This blog post was written by Navy Capt. Humberto L. Quintanilla II, Commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Five, embarked aboard the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group departed Nov. 14 for a seven-month deployment.  Ahoy to all! As commodore for PHIBRON …

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Cameroon: Friendship, Security & Tribal Masks

I’m Chief Master-at-Arms, Jerry Mosley—officer in charge of the MCAST command’s Security Force Assistance (SFA) team. Upon request of the Cameroon navy, I took a small three-person team to the Douala navy base on Africa’s Atlantic coast to provide a physical security course. The course included training on anti-terrorism/force protection measures, personnel and vehicle security inspections and proper security checkpoint procedures. It’s just one of many courses our MCAST international security cooperation initiative holds with partner nations to strengthen global maritime partnerships.

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Reflections From A Seabee

        The reflections of Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Loyce “Wes” Ferguson, a Seabee assigned to 3rd Naval Construction Regiment based in Marietta, Ga., and currently in Gulfport, Miss. being mobilized for deployment to Afghanistan in August. We asked him why he chose to become a Seabee and …

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