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08/01/2024

“Adm. Kilby is an exceptional leader who is truly committed to our Sailors and meeting the needs of the Fleet. His extensive operational experience combined with his deep requirements and force development expertise will help accelerate change across the force. I am thrilled to have him on board as we lead the Navy through this decisive decade, and I am grateful that he and his family continue to serve the Navy," - CNO 33.

Read more: https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/Press-Releases/display-pressreleases/Article/3632635/adm-kilby-assumes-role-as-vice-chief-of-naval-operations/

07/01/2024
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Mr. Matthew Swartz, executive director and chief of staff for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, spoke at the first meeting of 2...
05/01/2024

Mr. Matthew Swartz, executive director and chief of staff for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, spoke at the first meeting of 2024 for the Greater Norfolk Corporation (GNC) Executive Committee.

The mission of GNC Executive Committee is to participate in economic revitalization and development of Norfolk by coordinating resources in support of the city and its agencies.

“I was honored and excited about the opportunity to engage with local elected officials, industry executives and academic leaders regarding the importance of the relationship between the Navy and our local communities. This relationship is critical to the ability to execute the Navy mission,” said Mr. Swartz, when asked about the significance of briefing during the GNC Executive Committee meeting.

“The Norfolk and Hampton Roads community has a rich legacy as a maritime community and a tremendous history of supporting the United States Navy. Continuing to strengthen and build upon this tremendous relationship will not only enhance the quality of life and service for Sailors, civilians and their families, but also the growth, development, and quality of life of the entire community. I very much look forward to continuing this discussion”.

📍NAPLES, Italy - Immediately following HAMAS’s brutal attack on Israel, the USS Gerald R. Ford - CVN 78 Carrier Strike G...
04/01/2024

📍NAPLES, Italy - Immediately following HAMAS’s brutal attack on Israel, the USS Gerald R. Ford - CVN 78 Carrier Strike Group was ordered to the eastern Mediterranean to contribute to regional deterrence and defense posture, Jan. 1.

In the coming days, the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group will redeploy to its home port as scheduled to prepare for future deployments.

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Immediately following HAMAS’s brutal attack on Israel, the USS GERALD R. FORD Carrier Strike Group was ordered to the eastern Mediterranean to contribute to our regional deterrence and defense

📍 PIRAEUS, Greece — Sailors and Marines assigned to the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde ...
03/01/2024

📍 PIRAEUS, Greece — Sailors and Marines assigned to the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) MEU((SOC)) arrived in Piraeus, Greece for a regularly scheduled port visit, Jan. 2.

“We are excited to be welcomed to Greece again,” said Mesa Verde’s Commanding Officer Capt. Marc Davis. “This is a great opportunity for the Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Mesa Verde to further strengthen the continued relationship with our NATO ally, as well as enjoy Greece’s vibrant culture.”

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Sailors and Marines assigned to the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) MEU((SOC)) arrived

25/12/2023
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25/12/2023

🫵Thank you, Shipmates!🫵

A special thanks to all those who are currently deployed and maintaining peace around the world. It’s their sacrifice that allows , and many others, the ability to take this time to be with their friends and family during the holiday period!

25/12/2023
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24/12/2023

Tonight while you enjoy a silent night with your loved ones, your U.S. Navy Sailors are hard at work keeping our networks safe and secure!

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"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the network,
Several threats were stirring, our Sailors are hard at work

The watch standers watch the DoDIN with care
In hopes that nothing bad will be there

The world is nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of safety danced in their heads.

And IT1 at his keyboard, and I on my watch,
Had just altered our brains for a long evening watch.

When out on the network there arose such a clatter,
We sprang into action to see what was the matter.

Away to our keyboards we flew like the flash,
Alerted NCDOC, there’s no need for a clash

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen attempt,
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects contempt

When what to our wondering eyes should be seen,
But a determined attacker, committing a major crime on the screen

With a computer exploit, so lively and quick,
We knew in a moment the attacker was most slick

And then, in a twinkling, we saw the breach
The attack and counter of each security tool.

As we drew up our response, to turn the tables on the attacker,
We ended his attempt like a nutcracker

NETWARCOM & NCDOC sprang to their keyboards, to their team gave a whistle,
And away the cyber intrusion flew like the down of a missile.

NETWARCOM & NCDOC are careful to secure and defend our network,
So the world is safe and secure,

We know it’s hard, but we keep up the fight,
And Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Naval Network Warfare Command provides Global Command and Control to the Department of Defense Information Network-Navy (DoDIN-N) 24/7/365. Our team Maintains and Maneuvers the security and tactical networks to all ships, shore stations and support. We also maintain a team ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to reduce threats across the Globe. Our Cloud Watch Team provides 24/7/365 support to all personnel, working around the clock to deliver robust, secure, and resilient Navy Cloud communications and architecture supporting over 600k users worldwide. With over 200 officers, sailors, civilians and contractors worldwide, NNWC keeps the network and communications up and running all through the night. Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command works around the clock deterring cyber intrusions, defending the Navy’s networks, and ensuring our warfighters around the globe can meet mission requirements.

From both our commands, to yours, we wish you good tidings of great joy and hope that you will take this opportunity to thank your shipmates that are standing watch while we enjoy time with our families and friends!

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24/12/2023

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Christmas Eve Wishes - Naval Submarine Base New London can neither confirm nor deny certain Arctic or North Pole operations or the existence of certain indigenous allies our Submariners may operate with in that environment. But we can pass along that one ally in particular, exclaimed: “Merry Christmas to all; and to all, a good night!”

24/12/2023
24/12/2023

Remember everyone deployed this holiday season. 💙💛

Today and every day you can find nearly 100 ships and submarines underway around the globe.

24/12/2023

Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III recently visited the crew of USS Gerald R. Ford - CVN 78 as they operated in the Mediterranean Sea.

The crew aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford has already sailed more than 55,000 nautical miles and completed 17 major bilateral and multilateral operations and missions.

He thanked these Sailors for their patriotism, professionalism, and dedication to defending our nation.

24/12/2023

map is back up and running! Thanks for tracking with us! is on his way to the Northern Mariana Islands next!
Track with at www.noradsanta.org/en

24/12/2023

A message from Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and his wife Mrs. Donna Caudle, wishing everyone a safe and joyful holiday season. 🎄⚓️

24/12/2023

Follow Santa Claus as he makes his magical journey around the world!

23/12/2023

A message from Fleet Master Chief John Perryman, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and his wife Mrs. Angie Perryman, wishing everyone a safe and relaxing holiday season. 🎄⚓️

Congratulations to all of our recently promoted flag officers at U.S. Fleet Forces Command!They include Rear Adm. Ken Bl...
20/12/2023

Congratulations to all of our recently promoted flag officers at U.S. Fleet Forces Command!

They include Rear Adm. Ken Blackmon, Rear Adm. Paul Lanzilotta, Rear Adm. Dianna Wolfson and Rear Adm. Julie Treanor.

They demonstrate that the single greatest and enduring competitive advantage against our adversaries is our people.

20/12/2023

In January, the spotlight will be on the Navy’s Surface Force as hundreds gather in Washington, DC for the 36th annual Surface Navy Association symposium.

Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, will be speaking at the event, but you don’t have to wait until then to hear from him on the vital work our Surface Warfare shipmates are doing around the world right now. Click the video below to spend “A minute with the Commander.”

Welcome home USS Colorado! 🥳👏🎉🎊🙌📍GROTON, Conn. – The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN 788), under ...
19/12/2023

Welcome home USS Colorado! 🥳👏🎉🎊🙌

📍GROTON, Conn. – The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN 788), under the command of Cmdr. David Beam, returned to Naval Submarine Base New London on Tuesday, December 19, after completing a six-month deployment to the European area of operations.

Capt. Jason Grizzle, commander of Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 12, under which Colorado operates, praised the crew’s successful deployment and welcomed them home “just in time for the holidays.”

“It’s always great to have a homecoming and see families reunited,” Grizzle said. “But to have one just in time for Christmas – seeing the joy and happiness on the pier today – it really emphasizes the sacrifice and commitment a submariner and their family makes to protect our nation’s interests.”

“Our submarines are unparalleled in the undersea domain, but submarines cannot execute their mission without the men and women who put in the work,” Grizzle added. “And they cannot operate without the love, support, and sacrifices their families make here at home - it’s truly a rewarding experience.”

Beam commended his crew for their performace on the submarine’s third deployment saying he is “happy to be home just in time for Christmas and I couldn't be prouder of my crew and our amazing families.”

During its deployment to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, Colorado steamed nearly 36,000 nautical miles and made port calls to Grøtsund, Norway, and Rota, Spain.

Thirty personnel earned their submarine warfare devices – commonly referred to as “dolphins” – during the deployment and one Colorado sailor had new baby.

Taylor Hartman, wife of Lt.j.g. Forrest Hartman, said she was “happy they could be home before the holidays to be with their families before partaking in the ceremonial “first hug” with her son Riker, 5, and daughter Charlie, 2.

“It means everything because I’m going to let my kids be the first one to hug him because they’ve been looking forward to it, said Taylor Hartman during the homecoming event. “My son has been doing a countdown everyday looking at the calendar - and being this close to Christmas, it’s better than any present.

SSN 788 was commissioned March 17, 2018 and is the fourth U.S. warship named after the state of Colorado. It has a length of 377 feet with a beam of 34 feet and a crew of more than 134 personnel.

The Virginia-class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. Fast-attack submarines are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.

They are designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare.

Fast-attack submarines project power ashore with special operations forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or response to regional crises.

“Operation Prosperity Guardian is bringing together multiple countries to include the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Canada, F...
18/12/2023

“Operation Prosperity Guardian is bringing together multiple countries to include the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Seychelles and Spain, to jointly address security challenges in the southern Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, with the goal of ensuring freedom of navigation for all countries and bolstering regional security and prosperity.”

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's statement on ensuring freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.

18/12/2023
📍NORFOLK, Va. – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) returned to Naval Station Norfolk followi...
18/12/2023

📍NORFOLK, Va. – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Dec. 17.

Harry S. Truman’s maintenance period focused on modernization efforts, structural repair, and preservation work.

These efforts included tanks, voids, weapons elevators, areas of the flight deck and hangar bay, the main mast and exterior of the ship, as well as general repairs to the hull, mechanical and electrical infrastructure, aviation engine hatch safety station modification and the airplane crane.

Combat Systems completed a computer network upgrade that improved communication connectivity while serving as the backbone structure for integrating systems across the ship.

Additionally, a significant focus of this availability included extensive work to enhance berthing spaces, gyms, barber shops, laundry areas, and entertainment spaces, along with the installation of Wi-Fi capabilities focused on the crew's quality of life.

In addition to the routine repairs, approximately 20% of the crew’s berthings and heads were completely overhauled from the floor to the ceiling.

Recognizing the physical and mental well-being of Sailors as crucial factors in personal and professional growth, the ship's force and shipyard personnel worked diligently to create an environment that demonstrates to Sailors that they are our priority.

Throughout the PIA, the ship worked as a unified team with Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Private Sector Maintenance, and contracting partners.

Drawing from the lessons learned shared through Carrier Team One (CT1) and the Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic Carrier Readiness Cell, Truman’s crew and NNSY
continuously incorporated best practices and leveraged their collective expertise to overcome challenges and maximize efficiency.

Truman will complete sea trials and begin workups in preparation for its next deployment in early 2024.

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