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Navy Band Orchestrates Partnerships in Africa

The band exists at the tactical level of relationship building. At the boundary between cultures, the band is the bridge. –Adm. James G. Foggo, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa By Musician 1st Class Joseph Schoonmaker The U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band’s brass band, “Topside,” just returned from a six-week …

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U.S. Navy Carriers Keep Freedom Safe

U.S. Navy aircraft carriers maintain unmatched responsiveness, flexibility, and mobility as well as the unique ability to operate forward, far away from American shores, unconstrained by the need to refuel. The nuclear-powered ship provides extra capacity for aircraft fuel, armament, and additional warfighting capability — a growth margin for future …

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First CVN to Complete an OFRP Cycle: Ike enters Norfolk Navy Shipyards for maintenance and modernization to start her second OFRP Cycle

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Aug. 5, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits the Elizabeth River during the ship's transit to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. Dwight D. Eisenhower is preparing for a planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard during the maintenance phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)

By Rear Admiral Bruce H. Lindsey Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transited from Naval Station Norfolk to the Norfolk Naval Shipyards on Aug. 5 to begin her second Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) Maintenance Phase. Her first OFRP Sustainment Phase is now complete, and …

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USS Somerset Shines on Maiden Deployment

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) transits the Pacific Ocean during Composite Training Unit Exercise, Aug. 23, 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Larry S. Carlson)

By Capt. Darren Glaser Commanding Officer, USS Somerset (LPD 25) As we departed Naval Base San Diego Oct. 14, 2016, for USS Somerset’s (LPD 25) maiden deployment, along with USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and USS Comstock (LSD 45) for operations in the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th fleets, I knew …

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The Decision and Drive to Serve in the U.S. Navy

Photo of SN (SW/AW) Sasha L. Blair and PSSN Edwin Diaz

By Jason Kelly U.S. Navy Digital Media Engagement Director Over the past eight months, more than 6,000 Carrier Strike Group 8 Sailors served in the 5th and 6th U.S. Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over …

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