Amphibious Squadron 8

Amphibious Squadron 8 Welcome to PHIBRON 8. We are currently part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG) with USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), USS New York (LPD 21) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
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USS Bataan Receives Energy Excellence Award
08/10/2020
USS Bataan Receives Energy Excellence Award

USS Bataan Receives Energy Excellence Award

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) received the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy Excellence Award, afloat large amphibious category, for actions performed during fiscal

USS Bataan (LHD 5)
08/05/2020

USS Bataan (LHD 5)

Surface Force Atlantic
08/04/2020

Surface Force Atlantic

Bravo Zulu to USS Bataan (LHD 5) on earning the 2020 Department of the Navy Energy Excellence Award! Leading the way in energy security! Positive impact on readiness, lethality and modernization! #USNavy #TA2 #EliteLevelPerformance

Welcome home, USS New York! The full Bataan ARG is back now. #ForgedByTheSea #Navy
07/28/2020
Final Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Ship Returns from Deployment

Welcome home, USS New York! The full Bataan ARG is back now. #ForgedByTheSea #Navy

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) returned to Naval Station Mayport July 28, the final ship from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) to return home after completing a nearly eight-month deployment that began in December.

07/18/2020
Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet

Tune into #US2ndFleets page as they #FacebookLive USS Bataan returning home!

USS Bataan has been deployed for 219 days and at sea for 152 days consecutively.

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Congratulations to all of our Sailors who recently earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Air War...
07/17/2020

Congratulations to all of our Sailors who recently earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist qualifications! Well done!

Amphibious Squadron 8
07/17/2020

Amphibious Squadron 8

Check out our recent group photos aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) with our new Commodore, Capt. Rimmer, and previous Commodore...
07/17/2020

Check out our recent group photos aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) with our new Commodore, Capt. Rimmer, and previous Commodore, Capt. Lesher!

Welcome home to #BATARG ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51)!!Oak Hill returns to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story...
07/15/2020

Welcome home to #BATARG ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51)!!

Oak Hill returns to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story after a seven-month deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 2nd, 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.

Welcome home to #BATARG ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) as she returned from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 2nd, 5th, a...
07/15/2020
First Ship from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Returns from Deployment

Welcome home to #BATARG ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) as she returned from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 2nd, 5th, and 6th Fleet areas of operations

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are returning from deployment this month, marking the end of a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 2nd, 5th and 6th Fleet.

Capt. Lance Lesher turned command of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8 over to Capt. Jason Rimmer during a ceremony at sea...
07/13/2020
Amphibious Squadron 8 holds change of command at sea

Capt. Lance Lesher turned command of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8 over to Capt. Jason Rimmer during a ceremony at sea onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), July 12.

“This command has been one of the most fulfilling of my career,” said Lesher. “I have tremendous gratitude for the Amphibious Squadron 8 team’s support, professionalism and commitment to excellence over the course of my time here."

Fair winds and following seas Capt. Lesher!

Fair winds and following seas to our shipmates. We wish them the best of luck at their next commands!
07/10/2020

Fair winds and following seas to our shipmates. We wish them the best of luck at their next commands!

MyNavy HR
07/09/2020

MyNavy HR

FACE COVERINGS IN UNIFORM
NAVADMIN 194/20

1. This NAVADMIN reiterates the face covering policies promulgated in references (a) and (b) and provides service specific wear guidance for Sailors in uniform. While the Navy is considering whether face coverings should be a formal uniform item governed by uniform regulations, at present, they are considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and while in uniform, face coverings will comply with the guidance provided in this NAVADMIN.
2. Background. Reference (a) requires personnel on Department of Defense (DoD) property, installations and facilities to wear cloth face coverings when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. As one of several COVID-19 protective measures, initial face covering guidance facilitated immediate wear of face coverings that were conservative in appearance, not offensive and conformed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance outlined in reference (b). Maximum flexibility permitted the procurement or production of face coverings through multiple sources, designs, colors and durability to ensure Commanders could rapidly field face coverings to their personnel. Procurement, design and wear guidance was less defined pending the availability of more durable and conservative designed government procured face coverings.
3. Face Coverings in Uniform. Face coverings are issued to all new accessions at the beginning of accession training and to ensure their ability to facilitate required COVID-19 mitigation efforts while enroute to their next duty station. Commands are authorized to procure and issue face coverings to assigned personnel and when worn with Navy uniforms all face coverings will conform to the guidance promulgated by the CDC in line with reference (a). The following additional guidelines also apply. Face coverings will:
a. Fit snugly and comfortably on the face for prolonged wear.
b. Cover the chin and extend over the bridge of the nose.
c. Not impede the wearing of eyeglasses nor result in fogging of the glass lens.
d. Be conservative in appearance, non-offensive and will not bring discredit upon the wearer or the Navy.
e. Be of a plain neutral color (black, brown, tan, white, grey, green, blue) or matching camouflage pattern when wearing camouflage uniforms only. No lettering/wording, logos, symbols, prints or patterns other than matching camouflage uniform pattern are authorized.
f. Contain fastening devices that are neutral in color and made of elastic, cord or string and loop or tie around the back of the ears or back of the head (barrel lock devices are also authorized when not affected by safety or foreign object debris restrictions).
g. Constructed of at least two layers of cloth fabric material (single-layer face covering provided by the Defense Logistics Agency
(DLA) and Navy Exchange (NEXCOM) are acceptable). Use caution to ensure multi-layer fabric face coverings facilitate ease of breathing without restriction during dry, humid and rainy conditions.
4. Procurement. Individually made or individual purchase of commercial face coverings is authorized provided they meet CDC and the above stated guidelines. Commands/units may procure face coverings via DLA or open purchase if DLA procured face coverings do not meet mission requirements. Face covering purchases may also be facilitated via the NEXCOM for individual and bulk orders. Order DLA face coverings through FedMall or via standard requisitioning procedures. The following National Stock Numbers (NSN) have been
assigned:
Blue 8415-01-687-5301/687-5532
Green 8415-01-687-5530/687-5541/688-9516
Black 8415-01-687-5332/687-7080/688-9494
Grey 8415-01-687-5333/687-5812
Tan 8415-01-687-5335
Brown 8415-01-687-7077
White 8415-01-687-5326/687-5539
White 8415-01-687-7644 (NSN will come with 500 per case)
5. Address questions regarding this NAVADMIN to Mr. Robert B.
Carroll, Navy Uniform Matters Office (OPNAV N13X), via e-mail at robert.b.carroll(at)navy.mil or CMDCM Marisol S. Dumlao, (OPNAV
N13X) via e-mail at marisol.dumlao(at)navy.mil. Address questions regarding DLA face coverings to LCDR James A. Davis, Navy National Account Manager, DLA HQ, via e-mail at james.a.davis(at)dla.mil and dlatsctmaskteam(at)dla.mil.
6. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1

Congratulations to our recent awardees for their hard work and dedication to duty while deployed to the U.S. 2nd, 5th, a...
07/08/2020

Congratulations to our recent awardees for their hard work and dedication to duty while deployed to the U.S. 2nd, 5th, and 6th Fleet area of operations!

From our current home away from home, Happy Independence Day!
07/04/2020

From our current home away from home, Happy Independence Day!

Congratulations to some of our recent awardees on earning Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals and earning their enl...
07/03/2020

Congratulations to some of our recent awardees on earning Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals and earning their enlisted surface warfare specialist and enlisted air warfare specialist qualifications! Bravo Zulu!

Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet
07/01/2020

Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet

Happy #CanadaDay to our Canadian allies and C2F staff members who help make our mission possible 🇨🇦!

#DYK: The British North America Act came into effect on July 1st 1867, creating the country of Canada with its initial four provinces of Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Take a look at our recent BATARG Beacon, Amphibious Squadon 8's magazine, that highlights a change of command ceremony a...
07/01/2020
BATARG Beacon - 06.22.2020

Take a look at our recent BATARG Beacon, Amphibious Squadon 8's magazine, that highlights a change of command ceremony and DC training aboard flagship USS Bataan (LHD 5), takes an in depth look at a story of a USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) Sailor that follows in his father's footsteps, and highlights moments from New York's recent talent competition.

The official magazine for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, covering the flagship amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

Check out this photo of our USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) Sailors participating in a live-fire exercise!
07/01/2020

Check out this photo of our USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) Sailors participating in a live-fire exercise!

📸: Seaman Recruit Didier Alvarado, left, and Information System Technician 2nd Class Marvin Watson, both assigned to the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51)f, fire M9 pistols during a live-fire exercise on the ship's flight deck.

“Oak Hill is excited to show our forward presence in the Black Sea and conduct joint operations with our regional allies...
07/01/2020
U.S., NATO Allies Conduct Maneuvering Exercises in Black Sea

“Oak Hill is excited to show our forward presence in the Black Sea and conduct joint operations with our regional allies. Our presence enhances maritime security, stability, and naval capabilities with our overseas partners.” – Cmdr. Rod Jacobo, commanding officer of USS Oak Hill

U.S. naval forces conducted maneuvering and air defense exercises with Bulgarian, Romanian, and Turkish counterparts in the Black Sea, June 19, 2020.

Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet
06/29/2020

Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet

For #NationalCameraDay, let's focus on our Shipmates BEHIND the camera! These men and women document daily operations and make it possible to tell the #Navy's story. #USN #ThankYou

“This important training … with 26th MEU aircraft continues to reinforce familiarity and interoperability with our Alban...
06/29/2020
Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Marine Expeditionary Unit aviation assets conduct live-fire

“This important training … with 26th MEU aircraft continues to reinforce familiarity and interoperability with our Albanian partners, reaffirming our commitment to not only this enduring relationship, but security and stability across the region. This valuable ARGMEU training ensures that along with the Albanian military, we maintain peak mission readiness in any environment, including the challenges associated with combat operations during a pandemic.” – Capt. Lance Lesher, Commodore for Amphibious Squadron 8

U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venoms and AH-1W Super Cobras assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and attached to the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG) participated in a live-fire

To the father's of Amphibious Squadron 8 and the Bataan Amphiboius Ready Group, Happy Father's Day!
06/21/2020

To the father's of Amphibious Squadron 8 and the Bataan Amphiboius Ready Group, Happy Father's Day!

We would like to take a moment to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there!

06/14/2020
Inside of an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter

Check out this 360 degree video from the inside of an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, attached to the Dragonwhales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, during flight operations aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5).

Congratulations to Lt. Matthew Kirby aboard USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) on a job well done!
06/13/2020

Congratulations to Lt. Matthew Kirby aboard USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) on a job well done!

Take a look at our recent edition of the BATARG Beacon, where you can read about how the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit ...
06/12/2020
BATARG Beacon - 06.04.2020

Take a look at our recent edition of the BATARG Beacon, where you can read about how the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted joint military exercises with Saudi Forces, see a surgery conducted aboard flagship USS Bataan (LHD 5), and read about the Murph Challenge some Sailors and Marines aboard USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) did to honor the fallen on Memorial Day.

The official magazine of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), covering operations from the flagship amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26 MEU)...

Check out pictures of our #BATARG ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) refueling Mark VI patrol boats, attached to Commander, Task...
06/11/2020

Check out pictures of our #BATARG ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) refueling Mark VI patrol boats, attached to Commander, Task Force 56, while transiting the Arabian Gulf, May 27, 2020.

📸 by MC3 Griffin Kersting

Sailors aboard USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) recently completed the Security Reaction Force-Basic (SRF-B) training course.
06/10/2020

Sailors aboard USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) recently completed the Security Reaction Force-Basic (SRF-B) training course.

Friends and family of the USS New York come see what your sailors and Marines have been doing in the month of June

See what our Sailors and Marines aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) did to commemorate the Battle of Midway.
06/10/2020

See what our Sailors and Marines aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) did to commemorate the Battle of Midway.

Bataan family and friends,

Our blue/green team recently commemorated one of the most strategic and significant Naval battles of American history, the Battle of Midway.

The Battle of Midway has often been called the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare, and it is arguably the most decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

We remember what sacrifices our predecessors made in the name of protecting freedom and democracy, and invite you to remember those Sailors who fought so courageously during this monumental battle.

05/31/2020
Amphibious Squadron 8

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to the Saudi Arabian islands of Karan and Kurayn to train for a second time in less than a month, with the latest iteration continuing through the end of May.

“We appreciate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia allowing the BATARG and 26th MEU another training opportunity on these islands,” said Col. Trevor Hall, commanding officer of the 26th MEU. “Being able to train on these islands allows our team to expand upon our previous training by adding capabilities and assets from our partners in the region. The ability to plan and operate with other forces supports our ability to rapidly deploy aviation, maritime, and ground combat elements – all from over the horizon – at a moment’s notice in order to support maritime security, freedom of navigation, and the free flow of commerce.” #ForgedByTheSea #USNavy #USMC #BataanTough

Welcome to PHIBRON 8. We are currently part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG) with USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), USS New York (LPD 21) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8 onboard USS Bataan Amphib...
05/31/2020

Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8 onboard USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group ships, take part in routine sustainment training on the Saudi Arabian islands of Karan and Kurayn. The second round of training on these islands goes through late May. “These islands in the Arabian Gulf provide our Navy-Marine Corps team an ideal setting to prepare for a wide range of operations, while exercising seamless integration with our highly qualified partners,” said Capt. Lance Lesher, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 8. #ForgedByTheSea #USNavy #USMC #BataanTough

Landing crafts, air cushion, depart the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) to transport Marines and equipment fr...
05/30/2020

Landing crafts, air cushion, depart the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) to transport Marines and equipment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the Saudi Arabian island of Karan as part of routine joint sustainment training taking part through the end of May.

“This return training on Karan and Kurayn islands allows us to exercise our full mission readiness as a premier crisis-response option for our nation, as we also work alongside our Saudi partners for security and stability in the region,” said Capt. Lance Lesher, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 8. #ForgedByTheSea #Big5 #BataanTough #USNavy #USMC

“These islands in the Arabian Gulf provide our Navy-Marine Corps team an ideal setting to prepare for a wide range of op...
05/27/2020
US and Saudi Forces Conduct Joint Military Exercises on Saudi Islands

“These islands in the Arabian Gulf provide our Navy-Marine Corps team an ideal setting to prepare for a wide range of operations, while exercising seamless integration with our highly qualified partners,” - Capt. Lance Lesher, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 8.

The U.S. and Saudi forces are conducting routine and joint sustainment training on and around Karan and Kurayn islands, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ...

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