Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Welcome to the ESG 2's official page on Facebook. Ready. Responsive. Resolute. www.esg2.navy.mil/, Public Affairs Officer - 757-462-1354 Commander, Amphibious Group (CPG) 2 was disestablished December 31, 2006, and commissioned as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, per CNO guidance regarding alignment of Expeditionary Strike Groups and Amphibious Groups.

This culminated nearly a year of preparation to become an operational command ready to deploy to the Middle East. Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO is an Echelon 4 command, reporting to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces. ESG-2 deploys as an operational ESG in support of national tasking, providing operational level staff planning and execution for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief and other missions. ESG-2 provides direct support to all Atlantic Fleet Amphibious ships. The command is located at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story.

Mission: Provide operational command of Expeditionary Strike Forces to deliver power projection ashore and rapidly respond to global crises in execution of our national maritime strategy. Mission essential, people first. We bring the best and brightest that the Navy and Marine Corps have to offer. Proactive readiness. We ensure our Sailors and Marines have the tools and skills required to perform their duties. Teamwork centric. Working as a Navy and Marine Corps team, we focus on providing the commander with a robust “blue/green” capability unrivaled by any other combined force. Fleet "agent" for Navy and Marine Corps forces. We are the bridge between the Navy and Marine Corps planning efforts. One team, one fight! Honor, courage and commitment are our standards. We remember those who have gone before us, those whom we lead, and those Sailors and Marines who will follow in our footsteps.

Operating as usual

USS Arlington (LPD 24)
11/03/2020

USS Arlington (LPD 24)

Congratulations to our USS Arlington (LPD 24) Warrior of the Week, for the week of Oct. 26-30, Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Jamare Brown. Job well done warrior!

The shared item below is Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday’s 2nd message to the fleet. “Safe, healthy, and read...
11/02/2020
November 2nd CNO Message to the Fleet > United States Navy > display-statements

The shared item below is Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday’s 2nd message to the fleet.

“Safe, healthy, and ready is how we want to enter 2021. Together, we will make this happen. For those who will remain forward deployed, defending our nation this holiday season, thank you and Godspeed. You and your families are in our collective thoughts and prayers.”

Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday sent a message to the fleet Nov. 2, regarding Holiday Leave Planning During COVID-19.,

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives in Astakos, Greece
11/02/2020
USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives in Astakos, Greece

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives in Astakos, Greece

The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Astakos, Greece, Nov. 1 following a 43-day underway period supporting U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).

10/30/2020
USS WASP LHD 1

If you’ve ever visited the USS WASP LHD 1 there are areas aboard that are usually unaccessible to tour groups and visitors.

Check out this video to see a #BehindTheScenes tour of some of the ships spaces.

Visit areas aboard USS Wasp usually unaccessible to tour groups and visitors on this Behind the Scenes Tour! Thanks for joining us as part of the first-ever USS Wasp Virtual Fleet Week! (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Galbreath)

*Portions of this video were recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this week, USS Bataan (LHD 5) made their transition from Naval Station Norfolk to NASSCO. Check out these images...
10/29/2020

Earlier this week, USS Bataan (LHD 5) made their transition from Naval Station Norfolk to NASSCO.

Check out these images from the transit!

#ICYMI: On Tuesday, the #BataanTough team made their transit from Naval Station Norfolk to NASSCO Portsmouth, Va., shipyard to begin their maintenance availability period.

when you think of driving a remote controlled boat, you probably don't automatically think of driving a full blown landi...
10/29/2020

when you think of driving a remote controlled boat, you probably don't automatically think of driving a full blown landing craft utility.

Well if you work at Assault Craft Unit Two, and you're Chief Boatswain's Mate Junior Cruz Sanchez, this is just a normal day at work.

ACU2 is supporting the Autonomous Littoral Connector program funded by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL). Since the beginning of their partnership, MCWL and ACU2 have conducted more than 1500nm of autonomous missions over 200 autonomous beach landings with the two landing craft.

10/29/2020
USS WASP LHD 1

Well deck operations are essential to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ships - take a look at this most recent video from USS Wasp, LHD 1!

Join us as we tour the well deck aboard this amphibious assault ship as part of the USS Wasp Virtual Fleet Week! (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Faith Elder)

*Portions of this video were recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A handful of Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) officers had the opportunity to take a familiarization ride on one of ...
10/28/2020

A handful of Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) officers had the opportunity to take a familiarization ride on one of Assault Craft Unit Two's Landing Craft Utilities.

Thank you ACU 2 for the opportunity!

10/28/2020
USS WASP LHD 1

All week USS WASP LHD 1 will be sharing their virtual tours as part of Wasp’s Virtual Fleet Week.

Check out today’s video that highlights the hangar bay and flight deck.

Tour the hangar bay and flight deck of the amphibious assault ship as part of the USS Wasp Virtual Fleet Week. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Glotzbach)

*Portions of this video were recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In honor of #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth, take a moment to watch a message from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gild...
10/27/2020

In honor of #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth, take a moment to watch a message from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday on how we can safeguard our Navy team at work and at home through updated training and protective measures: https://go.usa.gov/x7YJt

We may no longer train with our beloved Jeff and Tina, but we want to stress the importance of #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth.

Here’s a message from CNO Gilday on how we can safeguard our Navy team at work and at home through updated training and protective measures: https://go.usa.gov/x7YJt

10/27/2020
USS WASP LHD 1

Check of the second installment of USS WASP LHD 1’s virtual Navy week.

See some amazing Sailors in action training for emergency situations aboard USS Wasp!! (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Shorter)

*Portions of this video were recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10/26/2020
USS WASP LHD 1

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to tour an Amphib?

Check out USS WASP LHD 1’s virtual tour! This is the first of five videos that they will be sharing throughout the week.

Join us as we take a brief tour of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp! This is the first of five videos, premiering every day this week for the USS Wasp Virtual Fleet Week 2020. (U.S. Navy video by Benjamin F. Davella III)

*Portions of this video were recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

#MentalHealthMatters. Take a moment to take care of yourself and check on those around you.
10/25/2020

#MentalHealthMatters. Take a moment to take care of yourself and check on those around you.

“Many of us have struggled with relationships, failure to achieve personal standards or professional goals, family stress, health concerns, or other destabilizing challenges in our lives; I’ve spoken publicly about my own difficult times, and difficult times never leave us alone for long. Seaman, Senior Chief, Second Lieutenant, Commander, Admiral or General... rank does not insulate us from the pain and emotion of love and loss, nor alone make us better at coping. Reach out for help if you need it. There is no shame in asking for help if you are not feeling your best you.” -MCPON Smith

#MentalHealthMatters

Visit Military OneSource for more info on support online or over the phone: https://go.usa.gov/x74bS

10/24/2020
USS Iwo Jima LHD 7

Ever wonder what it’s like to direct aircraft on the flight deck of an Amphib?!

Check out this video from USS Iwo Jima LHD 7 to learn how!

ABH3 Joley Vessell shows us how to land an MH -60S Seahawk helicopter on the flight deck onboard Iwo Jima.

Have you received your Flu shot yet?The Sailors and Marines at #ESG2 have! Thank you to Fleet Surgical Team 2 and USS KE...
10/24/2020

Have you received your Flu shot yet?

The Sailors and Marines at #ESG2 have!

Thank you to Fleet Surgical Team 2 and USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) medical team for the assist!

Congratulations to #ESG2's IT3 Benjamin Smith and IT2 Tylan Fowler.
10/23/2020

Congratulations to #ESG2's IT3 Benjamin Smith and IT2 Tylan Fowler.

Earlier this week, USS Bataan (LHD 5) hosted Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, the Navy's Surgeon General, for a tour of the s...
10/22/2020

Earlier this week, USS Bataan (LHD 5) hosted Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, the Navy's Surgeon General, for a tour of the ship that highlighted its impressive medical capabilities.

Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, the Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy, toured #Big5's medical department this week!
Optimizing our #People #Platforms #Performance and #Power.

USS Arlington Sailors celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a presentation and cake cutting on the mess decks. Our Nav...
10/22/2020

USS Arlington Sailors celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a presentation and cake cutting on the mess decks. Our Navy Team is a diverse one, and it's important that we take the time to recognize the contribution of those who have come before us!

September 15th to October 15th is recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month and the USS Arlington (LPD 24) wants to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Sailors throughout naval history. Thank you to all those who put on today's celebration.

Flu season is upon us and USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) is doing their part to help keep the crew safe and healthy!
10/21/2020

Flu season is upon us and USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) is doing their part to help keep the crew safe and healthy!

It’s flu season and our medical department has begun administering influenza vaccines to keep our crew mission ready! Have you gotten your shots yet?

Congratulations to the newly promoted sailors aboard the USS Carter Hall - LSD 50!
10/20/2020

Congratulations to the newly promoted sailors aboard the USS Carter Hall - LSD 50!

In this album, we will capture those Sailors recently advanced to the next superior pay grade. Congratulations, wear it well, and keep up the great work!

10/19/2020
USS Iwo Jima LHD 7

Ever wonder what it’s like to be the Loadmaster of a #LCAC?

Check out this video about the LCAC crew embarked on USS Iwo Jima LHD 7.

BM1 Speller talks to us about the Landing Craft Air Cushion she works on while onboard Iwo Jima.

Here's your #MondayMotivation with some Assault Craft Unit Four LCAC operations from USS Iwo Jima LHD 7.#ForgedByTheSea ...
10/19/2020

Here's your #MondayMotivation with some Assault Craft Unit Four LCAC operations from USS Iwo Jima LHD 7.

#ForgedByTheSea #LHD7

Check out these USS Arlington (LPD 24) Sailors, who are maintaining proficiency through training!
10/19/2020

Check out these USS Arlington (LPD 24) Sailors, who are maintaining proficiency through training!

Job well done to our warriors, as they prepare for upcoming assessments. Featured here are Fireman Payne Kungle on the hose, Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Ramirez out front on the nozzle and Engineman 3rd Class Cameron Salinas standing by with the AFFF bottle. They worked together to combat a simulated oil leak and class-B fire in the Arlington's auxiliary machinery room one.

The Commanding Officer of USS Iwo Jima LHD 7 Capt. David Loo, shared his pride in how the crew of #LHD7 as they excel an...
10/18/2020

The Commanding Officer of USS Iwo Jima LHD 7 Capt. David Loo, shared his pride in how the crew of #LHD7 as they excel and grow during their Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training, also known as SWATT.

Take a moment to read the message from Capt. Loo and to check out some of the amazing imagery, captured by the Iwo Jima’s media team, of the #USSIwoJimaCrew working hard.

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group has been doing amazing work and training.

#ForgedByTheSea #IwoJimaARG

IWO JIMA family,

This has been an extremely productive week as we continue to accomplish our goals during this busy underway period. We are currently conducting Surface Warfare Advance Tactical Training (SWATT). This training is necessary to maintain operational readiness, tactical proficiency and lethality and to enhance interoperability and warfighting with the rest of the ships and units which form the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.

We welcomed RDML Scott F. Robertson, commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfare Development Center, who was able to observe our SWATT exercises to include, Integrated Air and Missile Defense exercise, Surface Warfare Exercises, Anti-Surface Warfare exercises and Amphibious Warfare exercises. It was a proud moment to see the crew excel and grow during these in-depth events and assessments.

We took on fuel during another successful and safe replenishment-at-sea, which will allow us to finish this exercise strong and continue onto our next challenge. As always, your Sailors continue to impress in the different evolutions IWO JIMA performs. Stay safe and healthy!

-CAPT David Loo, Commanding Officer, USS IWO JIMA.

10/17/2020
USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)

Welcome back USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)to Naval Station Norfolk! Congratulations on your safe and successful return!

Another safe and successful navigation evolution! It’s great to be back home at Naval Station Norfolk.

Time to set our sights on Light-Off Assessment (LOA)—Inspect us ANYTIME! We are ready to train, ready to fight!

USS San Antonio (LPD-17)
10/17/2020

USS San Antonio (LPD-17)

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17), completes a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196), Oct. 15, 2020. San Antonio along with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is participating in Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training off the coast of Virginia, to maintain readiness, proficiency and lethality.

Good evening #ESG2 Family! We have a few Sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO who are getting recognized f...
10/16/2020

Good evening #ESG2 Family!

We have a few Sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO who are getting recognized for their hard work! Please take a moment to congratulate these awesome #ACB2 Sailors.

Congratulations to our Gatorbees who've been nominated for Sailor, Junior Sailor, and Bluejacket of the Quarter respectively:

SOQ:
BM1 Baldwin
CE1 Moore
EO1 McAlister
SW1 Baird

JSOQ:
CE2 Gamble
CM2 Blair
EN2 Mora Macedo
HM2 Charles

BJOQ:
EN3 Vanim-Botting
CECN Post
EOCN Rushing

Hoorah Gatorbees!

Just an end of the week friendly reminder we are switching to our winter uniforms, Monday, Oct. 19. #HooyahDressBlues
10/15/2020

Just an end of the week friendly reminder we are switching to our winter uniforms, Monday, Oct. 19.
#HooyahDressBlues

Just a reminder, the Zone 1 Winter Uniform Shift is official next Monday, Oct. 19!

Good morning Friends and Followers of #ESG2, The USS Carter Hall - LSD 50 has been busy participating in #SWATT with the...
10/15/2020

Good morning Friends and Followers of #ESG2,

The USS Carter Hall - LSD 50 has been busy participating in #SWATT with the USS Iwo Jima LHD 7 Amphibious Ready Group.

Take a moment during your day to check out what they've been up to.

#IwoJimaARG #ForgedByTheSea #LHD7 #LSD50

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 13, 2020) – Lt. j.g. Thomas F. Nanartowich, assigned to the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), stands watch, Oct. 13, 2020. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is participating in Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training off the coast of Virginia, to maintain readiness, proficiency and lethality. (U.S. Navy photo by Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Christopher J. Johnson)

USS Kearsarge Sailors are looking sharp! ...as a PSA for the rest of us— are your blues ready? 👀
10/14/2020

USS Kearsarge Sailors are looking sharp! ...as a PSA for the rest of us— are your blues ready? 👀

Kearsarge Air Department is ALWAYS inspection ready!

As a reminder we shift to our Service Dress Blue Uniforms October 19. As such uniform inspections have been a common sight onboard Kearsarge. Looking sharp and looking smart, Air Department!

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is underway, conducting Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training. Check out the ship’s page to se...
10/14/2020

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is underway, conducting Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training. Check out the ship’s page to see more great photos of the crew!

It was a busy day aboard USS Kearsarge, with lots to celebrate and some delicious cake to enjoy.
10/14/2020

It was a busy day aboard USS Kearsarge, with lots to celebrate and some delicious cake to enjoy.

Today our Diversity and Heritage Committee supported by our Supply department led us in a joint celebration commemorating the 245th birthday of our U.S. Navy and the 27th anniversary of Kearsarge's commissioning. Great job team!

10/13/2020
Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Check out the birthday message from the Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy!

"This past year has been full of challenges and uncertainty — but we faced them head on as a team... We have been challenged to confront competitors and aggressors in the maritime domain, a microscopic, ruthless and invisible enemy, and systemic injustice. At every turn our Sailors have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to improving our Navy and our Nation.

Happy Birthday, Navy! Continue to sail safe and take care of one another."

#245NavyBDay

10/13/2020
ESG2 NBD Navy

Happy Birthday U.S. Navy!
245 years young.

All the best,
Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2

10/13/2020
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy!

CNO Gilday and his wife send a message to the Fleet on our 245th year birthday.

"Today, Sailors stand the watch from the Western Atlantic to the South China Sea, and from the High North to the South Pacific. Your Navy enables prosperity 24/7/365 - at home and abroad - by helping keep the maritime commons free and open. And I promise you that our allies and partners - as well as your fellow Americans - all sleep better because you are there."

As #Sailors, we’ve always been #AmericasAwayTeam, and today, after 245 years, we continue to stand the watch at home and around the world. Couldn’t be more proud of the work our U.S. Navy does each and every day. Happy 245th Birthday, Shipmates! ⚓️🚢🦅

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