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.

Surface Force Atlantic
12/23/2019

Surface Force Atlantic

Congratulations to the 2019 Holiday Lights Competition Winners!
1st Place - USS Cole - DDG 67
2nd Place - Assault Craft Unit Two
3rd Place - USS Gonzalez - DDG 66

Honorable Mentions - USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), USS Laboon, and Beachmaster Unit Two

Rear Adm. John Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, visited USS Wasp on Dec. 20. It was his first time addre...
12/23/2019

Rear Adm. John Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, visited USS Wasp on Dec. 20. It was his first time addressing the crew since the ship returned to Norfolk in November, after spending nearly two years forward-deployed to Japan.

It was a great day for USS Wasp (LHD 1)! Got a special visit from Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) TWO, RADM John B. Mustin, who took time to speak with the crew and answer questions.

Surface Force Atlantic
12/21/2019

Surface Force Atlantic

Yesterday, Rear Adm. Kitchener visited USS Tortuga - LSD 46 and spoke with leaders and crew members on the ship.
Do you know the namesake of USS Tortuga? Comment below if you do!

Season’s Greetings from USS Fort McHenry!
12/21/2019

Season’s Greetings from USS Fort McHenry!

From our family to yours; Happy Holidays! 🎄🎊⚓️

12/21/2019
U.S. Navy

“Being physically fit is so important to our fleet readiness.”

This is one Sailor who is #ForgedBytheSea !

In case you missed it! Staying physically fit directly affects Navy readiness; take it from active-duty Navy Sailor Ashley Sepulveda.

12/20/2019
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

Wherever you are this holiday season, thank you for what you’re doing each and every day for our U.S. Navy. Happy Holidays Shipmates.

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41)
12/19/2019

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41)

USS WHIDBEY ISLAND successfully completed Contractor Sea Trials this week! CDR Sullivan recognized several sailors for their excellent work this underway with a BZ and the opportunity to take in the sights from the CO's chair in the pilot house. A job well done to all!

USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)
12/19/2019

USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)

It is that time again, today Mesa Verde took a moment before the holidays to recognize more of our fantastic, hard-working Sailors. Whether it was being promoted to the next rank or qualifying Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, our Sailors continue to excel in what they do. Congratulations on a job well done.

Congratulations to these hard-charging Kearsarge Sailors!
12/19/2019

Congratulations to these hard-charging Kearsarge Sailors!

Bravo Zulu to Kearsarge's 2019 Sailors of the Year!

#USSIwoJima was underway this week for sea trials, and conducted an AFFF operational test, Dec. 16.Check out the ship's ...
12/19/2019

#USSIwoJima was underway this week for sea trials, and conducted an AFFF operational test, Dec. 16.

Check out the ship's page (https://www.facebook.com/USSIwoJimaLHD7/) for more photos of the underway!

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 16, 2019) The flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is covered in aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) during an AFFF operational test Dec. 16, 2019. Iwo Jima is underway conducting sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis Baley/Released)

USS Tortuga - LSD 46
12/17/2019

USS Tortuga - LSD 46

Congratulations to RS1 Cooper, ET2 Abney, and LSSN Caliz-Pierantoni on their selection as Sailor of the Quarter, Junior Sailor of the Quarter, and Blue Jacket of the Quarter. #BZ on a job well done this quarter!

Congratulations to BM1 Treese and FN Markiewicz on their Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals! Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed!

U.S. Navy
12/15/2019

U.S. Navy

Another one for the books. Great game! 🏆🏈

GO NAVY!

U.S. Navy
12/14/2019

U.S. Navy

Fun Fact: The Army and Navy have faced off a total of 119 times. To date, Navy has 60 wins, Army has 52. There have been seven ties.

Winning at winning. GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!

12/14/2019
USS Iwo Jima LHD 7

USS Iwo Jima LHD 7

It’s game day!! Show us your Navy pride and as always... Go Navy, beat Army!!!

12/13/2019
USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)

The USNA team aboard Kearsarge has just one thing to say...

Go Navy! Beat Army!

USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43)
12/11/2019

USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43)

BZ to DC3 Shannon, the current Snipe of the Month! ⚓️⚙️🇺🇸💪

Fair winds and following seas to Cmdr. Brian Hamel, as Cmdr. Jeff Betz takes command of the USS Gunston Hall!
12/10/2019

Fair winds and following seas to Cmdr. Brian Hamel, as Cmdr. Jeff Betz takes command of the USS Gunston Hall!

Today CDR. Jeff D. Betz relieved CDR. Brian K. Hamel of his duties as Commanding Officer of the USS GUNSTON HALL.

Congratulations to the newly frocked petty officers aboard #USSArlington !
12/10/2019

Congratulations to the newly frocked petty officers aboard #USSArlington !

Congrats to the Whidbey Island crew, including some top performers!#BravoZulu
12/10/2019

Congrats to the Whidbey Island crew, including some top performers!

#BravoZulu

USS Whidbey Island crew gathered for an all hands call this morning to celebrate some of our sailors accomplishments - including our sailors of the year! CDR Sullivan then frocked all of our sailors who advanced based on the outcome of their advancement exam this year. Many of our sailors were joined onboard by their spouses and families. Congratulations to all!

Congrats to all of the Navy’s new petty officers!
12/08/2019

Congrats to all of the Navy’s new petty officers!

Photos of our newly frocked Sailors!

The Whidbey Island team is pulling together to get their ship back to sea following their maintenance period. #forgedbyt...
12/07/2019

The Whidbey Island team is pulling together to get their ship back to sea following their maintenance period.

#forgedbythesea

A job well done to our crew as we successfully got underway this week to begin contractor sea trials! Contractor sea trials is designed to test the work that was completed during our maintenance period. It was the first underway for many of our sailors, and a good opportunity to truly understand what it means to be part of the crew!

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
12/07/2019

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

We honor and remember the sacrifice of #PearlHarbor heroes who faced uncertainty and death on this date in 1941. #HonorThem #PearlHarbor78

Congratulations to ACB 2’s newest frocked pretty officers!
12/06/2019

Congratulations to ACB 2’s newest frocked pretty officers!

Wow, what a long list of awardees/frockees! Join us in congratulating all of our Gatorbees who received an award, or were selected for the next paygrade!

Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal:
GM1 Millis
CE2 Bailey
EO2 Hoyne
CM2 Blair
CM2 Reed
UT2 Vedutis
CECN Morgan

SCW Pin:
EN3 Mandujano

Advancement:
PS1 Colon Rodriguez
HT2 Ali
ET2 Baldwin
CM2 Barletta
CE2 Eskenazi
EN2 Freeman
CE2 Gamble
CM2 Howard
EO2 Hoyne
EN2 Jones
HM2 Luskey
EN3 Chavez
EN3 Esquibel
EN3 Garozzo
EM3 Inkster
EN3 Mandujano
EN3 Valle Granados
EN3 Vanimbotting

Rear Adm. John Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, hosted a leadership breakfast aboard USS Arlington (LP...
12/06/2019

Rear Adm. John Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, hosted a leadership breakfast aboard USS Arlington (LPD 24) on Dec. 3. The breakfast was an opportunity for Mustin to discuss his priorities with leadership triads.

“Together with the United States Marine Corps, our Navy is the bedrock of Integrated American Naval Power. I am confiden...
12/05/2019
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

“Together with the United States Marine Corps, our Navy is the bedrock of Integrated American Naval Power. I am confident that we will maximize the Navy we have today while delivering the Navy that our nation will rely upon tomorrow.”

-CNO. Adm. Mike Gilday

Shipmates, my guidance to the Fleet is out – “Fragmentary Order 01/2019: A Design for Maintaining Superiority 2.0.” Mission One for every Sailor – active and reserve, uniformed and civilian - is the operational readiness of today’s U.S. Navy. To do this, we will focus our efforts on the warfighter, warfighting, and our future Navy. Together with the United States Marine Corps, our Navy is the bedrock of Integrated American Naval Power. I am confident that we will maximize the Navy we have today while delivering the Navy that our nation will rely upon tomorrow.

https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=111584

Congratulations to a member of the Tortuga crew, who was commissioned earlier this week with his family and shipmates pr...
12/04/2019

Congratulations to a member of the Tortuga crew, who was commissioned earlier this week with his family and shipmates present.

Congratulations to EM1, to EMC and now ENS Meng on your commissioning, it is an honor to welcome you into the wardroom ! #BZ #mustang #forgedfromthesea

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday
12/03/2019
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

Mission one for every Sailor is the operational readiness of today’s U.S. Navy​. That means being ready both in our personal and professional lives — and part of that readiness is continuing to hold ourselves to high ideals of integrity and service. I invite you to read my message to the force and think about who we are as a Navy and the constitutional oath we commit ourselves to. We must be protectors and exemplify our values every day.

https://navylive.dodlive.mil/2019/12/02/cno-message-to-the-force-we-must-be-protectors-and-exemplify-our-values/

U.S. Navy
11/30/2019

U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy life can be challenging. Noticed a change in a shipmate's behavior? ACT! Reach out, offer hope and connect them with people who can help.
Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255.

USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43)
11/29/2019

USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43)

Last week, CDR Fabrizio took command of USS FORT MCHENRY.

Fair winds and following seas, CDR Schmidt!

USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43)
11/28/2019

USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43)

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fort Mac family to yours. Take a moment to pause and remember every Service Member standing watch, on duty, or forward deployed.

USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)
11/28/2019

USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)

Captain Duff and the Chief's Mess took time to serve the crew a Thanksgiving meal this week. For some this may be their first time away from home and the crew took a pause from the busy schedule to reflect on this past year and spend time as one big family. The Mesa Verde crew wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving.

U.S. Navy
11/28/2019

U.S. Navy

Today and every day, we're thankful for our U.S. Navy family and the opportunity to defend freedom and democracy around the world. Happy Thanksgiving to all and especially to those forward-deployed Sailors on watch right now!

Heading into the holiday weekend, the warfighters at #ESG2 said #FarewellandFollowingSeas to two of our shipmates, had t...
11/27/2019

Heading into the holiday weekend, the warfighters at #ESG2 said #FarewellandFollowingSeas to two of our shipmates, had the honor of frocking a third class to a second class, and congratulating our Sailor of the Quarter.

USS Tortuga - LSD 46
11/27/2019

USS Tortuga - LSD 46

Thank you RADM Mustin and Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 staff for coming to visit the #ToughTallTenacious USS Tortuga. We appreciate you touring our ship and supporting our maintenance period. #ThankfulThursday

Rear Adm. John Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, left, presents Hull Technician 3rd Class Aaron Carranz...
11/25/2019

Rear Adm. John Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, left, presents Hull Technician 3rd Class Aaron Carranza Lopez with a coin aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Nov. 25, 2019.

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MAYPORT, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2019) Rear Adm. John Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, left, presents Hull Technician 3rd Class Aaron Carranza Lopez with a coin in the hangar bay for his role during the fire in the cargo hold aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Nov. 25, 2019. Iwo Jima is currently moored at her homeport of Mayport, Florida. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jessica Kibena /Released)

Congrats  to the Fort McHenry team for bringing their damage control skills and taking second place in the DC Olympics! ...
11/25/2019

Congrats to the Fort McHenry team for bringing their damage control skills and taking second place in the DC Olympics! 👏🏽🥈

Sailors from the Fort Mac took 2nd place in the base Damage Control Olympics. BZ, team! ⚓️👍

Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO
11/23/2019

Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO

Hey! Here are some photos from our Basic Combat Skills' third iteration in the form of a field exercise. Our Active and Reserve component Gatorbees went up to Fort A.P. Hill for a week of great training! More photos to come later! 👍

11/23/2019

Earlier this week, #USSWasp returned to Naval Station Norfolk after nearly two years of operating forward in Japan.

“Integrating with 2nd MEB during every available training opportunity allows our Navy-Marine Corps team to share knowled...
11/22/2019
Trident Jupiter reinforces II MEF’s naval integration, focus on Europe

“Integrating with 2nd MEB during every available training opportunity allows our Navy-Marine Corps team to share knowledge, familiarize ourselves with differing processes and procedures, and increase our ability to effectively fight together as a naval expeditionary force,” said Capt. Ethan M. Rule, operations officer, ESG 2.

Read more about exercise #TridentJupiter and how the #BlueGreenTeam is working to develop closer ties.

“The Marine Corps will be trained and equipped as a naval expeditionary force-in-readiness and prepared to operate inside actively contested maritime spaces in support of fleet operations. In crisis

Rear Adm. John B. Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, visited the warfighters of USS San Antonio, Nov. 21.
11/22/2019

Rear Adm. John B. Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, visited the warfighters of USS San Antonio, Nov. 21.

Rear Adm. Jon B. Mustin, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO, visited Sailors aboard The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) on November 20th. Mustin toured the ship which recently returned to Norfolk Naval Station after a planned maintenance availably at BAE Systems in Norfolk VA.

“We must be combat ready and battle-minded, period,” said Kitchener.
11/22/2019

“We must be combat ready and battle-minded, period,” said Kitchener.

Rear Adm. Roy Kitchener, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, visited The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17), Nov. 21. He took a tour of ship and was the guest speaker for the Surface Naval Association (SNA) luncheon that was held onboard .

USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) commanding officer Capt. Jason Rimmer visited his hometown of Sherman, Texas and spoke with a loca...
11/21/2019
Sherman native returns home, tells story of naval life

USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) commanding officer Capt. Jason Rimmer visited his hometown of Sherman, Texas and spoke with a local news outlet about his experiences in the #USNavy that brought him to commanding an amphibious assault ship.

“Rimmer’s family has a strong tradition of military and armed forces involvement, including his father and grandfather who were both in the Navy, so it was natural that he would start his career there.”

A Sherman native returned home for a brief visit Wednesday to spread information about careers in the armed forces. U.S. Navy Captain Jason Rimmer visited

“Integrating with 2nd MEB during every available training opportunity allows our Navy-Marine Corps team to share knowled...
11/21/2019
Trident Jupiter reinforces II MEF’s naval integration, focus on Europe

“Integrating with 2nd MEB during every available training opportunity allows our Navy-Marine Corps team to share knowledge, familiarize ourselves with differing processes and procedures, and increase our ability to effectively fight together as a naval expeditionary force,” said Capt. Ethan M. Rule, operations officer, ESG 2.

Members of ESG 2 traveled to Europe to join with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to support Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO during exercise #TridentJupiter .

“The Marine Corps will be trained and equipped as a naval expeditionary force-in-readiness and prepared to operate inside actively contested maritime spaces in support of fleet operations. In crisis prevention and crisis response, the Fleet Marine Force – acting as an extension of the Fleet – ...

USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43)
11/21/2019

USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43)

Every department has been hard at work preserving and painting. Hats off this week to Deck Department - keep up the great work! ⚓️💪👍🇺🇸

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