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A Keen Eye on Keen Sword

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 8, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), left, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181), right, are underway in formation with 16 other ships from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) during Keen Sword 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters/Released)

By Rear. Adm. Karl Thomas Commander, Task Force 70 This week, we wrapped up Keen Sword 2019, the biennial exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, (JMSDF) or Kaijo Jieitai as they are known in Japan. This exercise is designed to strengthen and demonstrate our commitment to the U.S. …

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Special Report: Exercise Trident Juncture 18

Trident Juncture

U.S. Navy Sailors are among 14,000 participants from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Air Force in Exercise Trident Juncture 18 with 31 NATO allies and partner nations. Trident Juncture 18 is designed to test NATO’s ability to plan and conduct a major collective defense operation – from troop training …

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Ally Island Stands Watch over the North Atlantic

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (Oct. 16, 2018) Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy, delivers remarks during a commemoration ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic in Reykjavik, Iceland, aboard the Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Thor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Nelson/Released)

By Adm. James G. Foggo III Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples There is no NATO without the North Atlantic. Strong presence in this key region assures NATO’s collective security and Iceland is central. As I recently said in my second podcast, “On the Horizon,” …

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Win First and then Go to War

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 24, 2016) The Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) follows in formation with the Ticonderoga-Class guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) during an underway replenishment with the Fleet Replenishment Oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

By Cmdr. Stephen Aldridge Commanding officer, USS Mason (DDG 87) “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” This 2,500-year-old Sun Tzu maxim was the quote of the day in USS Mason’s Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, plan …

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Training to Fight and Win Today and Tomorrow

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 14, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean while conducting its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford/Released)

By Rear Adm. Kenny Whitesell Commander, Carrier Strike Group Four Recently, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) event in preparation for its deployment this past Wednesday.   This robust exercise featured 11 ships; the …

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