Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Welcome to the ESG 2's official page on Facebook! Ready. Responsive. Resolute. Fleet Forces. ESG-2 provides direct support to all Atlantic Fleet Amphibious ships.

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 Echelo

n 4 command, reporting to Commander, U.S. ESG-2 deploys as an operational ESG in support of national tasking, providing operational level staff planning and ex*****on for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief and other missions. The command is located at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story.

For September, the WAVY 10 Ship of the Month is USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28). Not only was the East Coast’s newest amphi...
09/16/2023

For September, the WAVY 10 Ship of the Month is USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28). Not only was the East Coast’s newest amphibious warship ready to respond to if called upon as the designated Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) ship, only weeks ago the Sailors and Marines who work inside and atop her thick steel, successfully executed an at-sea DSCA Loading Exercise (LOADEX).

WAVY’s Navy Ship Salute is a feature on WAVY News 10 Today. Each month, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, WAVY-TV 10 will profile a different ship based at the world’s largest Navy base: Naval Sta…

Never Forget.
09/11/2023

Never Forget.

09/11/2023

Live from USS NEW YORK (LPD 21)

09/11/2023

We will NEVER FORGET.

We are aboard USS New York (LPD 21) this morning in remembrance of the men and women who lost their lives 22 years ago today.
USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) U.S. Fleet Forces Command Commander Naval Surface Force AtlanticCommander, U.S. 2nd FleetUS Navy

Never.
09/11/2023

Never.

Twenty two years ago today, we lost 2,977 American lives during the acts of terror of September 11, 2001. Today is a reminder of the price of freedom and the lasting effects. We honor and pay tribute to those who never returned home, the surviving family members, and the first responders and service members who bravely risked their lives.

Never forget.

USS Fort Lauderdale was featured on WAVY News Channel 10 as its Ship of the Month for September. Check out the story and...
09/11/2023

USS Fort Lauderdale was featured on WAVY News Channel 10 as its Ship of the Month for September. Check out the story and video below about the newest member of the East Coast amphibious family. USS Fort Lauderdale LPD 28 Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet U.S. Fleet Forces Command Naval Station Norfolk

WAVY’s Navy Ship Salute is a feature on WAVY News 10 Today. Each month, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, WAVY-TV 10 will profile a different ship based at the world’s largest Navy base: Naval Sta…

Cl;ick the link for a quick video by YouTuber Ryan McBeth about the recent DSCA Loading Exercise (LOADEX) training held ...
09/05/2023

Cl;ick the link for a quick video by YouTuber Ryan McBeth about the recent DSCA Loading Exercise (LOADEX) training held at and off the waters of Fort Story by Sailors and Marines from ESG2 units and Command Logistics Battalion 26.

DSCA Stands for Defense Support to Civil Authorities. Every Hurricane season, the Navy and Marines stand up a joint task force to provide relief services aft...

09/01/2023
08/25/2023

ESG2 C H A N G E O F C O M M A N D 🦅🇺🇸

LCDR Ike, USS Wasp’s four-legged shipmate, was featured by WAVY News today as part of their Ship of the Month segment. C...
08/12/2023

LCDR Ike, USS Wasp’s four-legged shipmate, was featured by WAVY News today as part of their Ship of the Month segment.

Click the link below to learn more about this amazing animal, aboard LHD1 to keep the spirits of his shipmate’s afloat.

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WAVY-TV 10's Brett Hall reports

Farewell and following seas to Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group-26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Saiors and Marines who d...
07/14/2023

Farewell and following seas to Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group-26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Saiors and Marines who departed Hampton Roads and North Carolina earlier this week for their regularly scheduled deployment!

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group deployment includes the USS Bataan and the USS Mesa Verde, both from Naval Station Norfolk.

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/886568/concept-reality-uss-bataan-uses-3d-printer-big-fix“3-D printing is the way of the ...
06/13/2023

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/886568/concept-reality-uss-bataan-uses-3d-printer-big-fix

“3-D printing is the way of the future. We took a part that was not available in the stock system and printed it while at sea in less time than normal supply chains could have delivered it for repair. Five days from project start to operational test satisfactory.”

Lt. Cmdr. Gaston Hatfield, USS Bataan Chief Engineer

The USS Bataan Engineering department recently used it's newly-installed 3D printing capability to print a part for a much-needed shipboard repair.

From waging amphibious warfare to rendering humanitarian assistance, USS Gunston Hall (L*D 44) is a critical node for ge...
05/15/2023

From waging amphibious warfare to rendering humanitarian assistance, USS Gunston Hall (L*D 44) is a critical node for getting Marines and their equipment ashore.

Over the weekend, the ship and some of her Sailors were featured on WTKR News Channel 3 about the important work they, and other L-Class ships like her, do around the world — wherever and whenever called.

Check out that report at the link below.

USS Gunston Hall (L*D 44)U.S. Fleet Forces CommandCommander, U.S. 2nd FleetAssault Craft Unit FourCommander Naval Surface Force AtlanticNaval Beach Group 2Amphibious Squadron Six

The USS Gunston Hall’s mission is to transport Marines with their combat equipment to designated areas, and then to launch & support assault landing craft & helicopters during amphibious operations

Congratulations to “The Fightin’ 5-0” on another Battle E!
05/13/2023

Congratulations to “The Fightin’ 5-0” on another Battle E!

Inspiring and traditional Navy ceremony conducted aboard USS New York during Fleet Week Port Everglades earlier this wee...
05/05/2023

Inspiring and traditional Navy ceremony conducted aboard USS New York during Fleet Week Port Everglades earlier this week!

For five days, a U.S. consulate in the tiny country of “Obsidian” was surrounded by “protestors” upset with the American...
05/05/2023

For five days, a U.S. consulate in the tiny country of “Obsidian” was surrounded by “protestors” upset with the American presence in their coastal nation. USNI and three other media outlets covered the story of the Blue-Green NEO training aboard USS Bataan. Click to read more about that training and how it ties into recent world events.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – For five days, a U.S. consulate in the tiny country of Obsidian had been surrounded by protestors who were upset with the American presence in their coastal nation. Fomented by an armed opposition group, the situation for the State Department staff, Marine guards and Americans...

Over 900 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps high school students visited four ships here in Fort Lauderdale for Fleet...
04/25/2023

Over 900 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps high school students visited four ships here in Fort Lauderdale for Fleet Week Port Everglades yesterday. This is a great report by NBC 6 chronicling some of what they did aboard those ships.

Students are touring the four U.S. Navy ships that are docked at Port Everglades all week long for Fleet Week. NBC6’s Ari Odzer reports

Meet the ships that are in Fort Lauderdale taking part in Port Everglades Fleet Week now through April 30!
04/25/2023

Meet the ships that are in Fort Lauderdale taking part in Port Everglades Fleet Week now through April 30!

Teri Hornstein reports two of the ships docked at the port come with history. The USS Cole was bombed in Yemen in 2000 and the USS New York has metal from the World Trade Center.

Fleet Week Port Everglades is officially underway!
04/25/2023

Fleet Week Port Everglades is officially underway!

PORT EVERGLADES, FLA. (WSVN) - Sailors and other members of the U.S. Navy saluted onlookers as dozens of military vessels docked in Port Everglades to...

Check out this info for the DEI Summit in San Diego in less than two weeks with keynote speaker, Rear Adm.(ret) Cedric P...
03/31/2023

Check out this info for the DEI Summit in San Diego in less than two weeks with keynote speaker, Rear Adm.(ret) Cedric Pringle.

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❗Announcing open registration and participation in SURFOR’s 2nd Annual DEI Summit.📢

When: April 11th-12th, 2023
Where: San Diego, CA; Paradise Point Resort
Who: Naval Surface Force Workforce
Why: To identify and address challenges across the Surface Enterprise, inspire leaders to champion connectedness, ripen community advocacy, and influence future leaders in order to effectively recruit, engage and retain warfighter talent.

Participants interested in attending can register by filling out the google form using the following link: https://forms.gle/qPh4LSXrRDaMDscB6

USS Mesa Verde hosted a Family Day and it was really cool! https://www.c2f.usff.navy.mil/Press-Room/News-Stories/Article...
03/30/2023

USS Mesa Verde hosted a Family Day and it was really cool!
https://www.c2f.usff.navy.mil/Press-Room/News-Stories/Article/3346957/uss-mesa-verde-hosts-family-day-for-loved-ones-to-learn-about-their-sailors/
USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)Commander Naval Surface Force AtlanticU.S. Fleet Forces CommandNaval Station NorfolkCommander, U.S. 2nd Fleet

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. –  On March 24, USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) hosted an open house for its family members with ship tours, good eats, and a live band performing for the crew.Mesa Verde Executive

Earlier this week, Assault Craft Unit TWO (ACU2) worked side-by-side with U.S. Army counterparts for some Joint Logistic...
03/25/2023

Earlier this week, Assault Craft Unit TWO (ACU2) worked side-by-side with U.S. Army counterparts for some Joint Logistics-Over-The-Shore tactical training at Fort Story. Check out the story below to learn more.

The Army and Navy got together on March 21 and 22 for a Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) tactical exercise at Fort Story that provided some key training opportunities. 

On March 10, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro visited USS Carter Hall to thanks the crew for the Chinese High Altit...
03/14/2023

On March 10, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro visited USS Carter Hall to thanks the crew for the Chinese High Altitude Balloon recovery. Check out the story at the link below! USS Carter Hall - L*D 50 Assault Craft Unit Four

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro visited the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (L*D 50) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, March 10, to recognize commands and Sailors who

Last week, USS Bataan hosted three high-profile visits with NATO and other European allies during a critical time in wor...
03/08/2023

Last week, USS Bataan hosted three high-profile visits with NATO and other European allies during a critical time in world history. For more, click the link to their story below! U.S. Fleet Forces CommandCommander Naval Surface Force AtlanticCommander, U.S. 2nd FleetUSS Bataan (LHD 5)

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. - USS Bataan steps up to the plate in a very big way to host three high-profile DV visits in five days ... oh, galloping gobblers!

FAIR WIND & FOLLOWING SEAS ACB2!  With a history that began in the middle of U.S. involvement in World War II, Amphibiou...
03/03/2023

FAIR WIND & FOLLOWING SEAS ACB2! With a history that began in the middle of U.S. involvement in World War II, Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO also participated in the 1958 Lebanon crisis, the 1983 American citizen rescue in Grenada, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the TWA Flight 800 disaster recovery, and Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as the 2017 cleanup efforts for Hurricane Maria to name a few. On March 2, the Navy said good-bye to a command whose capabilities spanned a wide variety of missions and environments. U.S. Fleet Forces Command Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE (ACB 1)

JOINT EXPEDITIONARY BASE LITTLE CREEK-FORT STORY, Va. - On March 2, Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO (ACB2) held a decommissioning ceremony at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek (JEBLC)

USS Gunston Hall departs Mobile following Mardi Gras port visit By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jimmy Ivy III...
02/25/2023

USS Gunston Hall departs Mobile following Mardi Gras port visit

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jimmy Ivy III
USS Gunston Hall Public Affairs

MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) – Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (L*D 44) departed Mobile, Ala., Feb. 22, following a port visit celebrating Mardi Gras with the community of the southern port city.

It is a Navy tradition for a ship to be selected to sail down to Mobile during the carnival season and participate in its festivities. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mardi Gras was cancelled for 2021 and in 2022 the Navy did not provide a ship.

After a two-year break, Gunston Hall had the honor of rekindling the tradition. Arriving on Feb. 17, the ship and crew were warmly greeted with a welcome ceremony on the pier.

“We’re excited to welcome you here to the great city of Mobile, Alabama; to the Sailors aboard USS Gunston Hall, Mobile welcomes you to Mardi Gras 2023,” said Brian Campbell, a retired Navy commander and Vice President of the Mobile Council Navy League Board of Directors.

Each day of the five-day visit, Sailors participated in various parades, a 5K Moon Pie Dash, celebrations, and receptions. The Gunston Hall crew also offered guided tours of their ship to hundreds of locals each day.

"The Joe Cain 5k was pretty fun," said Yeoman 2nd Class Brett Dumas. "It was actually my first 5k that I've ever ran. The run along with all the events for Mardi Gras were pretty exceptional. The entire town was very welcoming to Navy personnel, and they knew how to show us a good time. The city was fun to explore and the food was great as it always is in the South."

The port visit was an opportunity for the crew to enjoy southern hospitality, culture, and cuisine. The majority of the crew had no idea of the magnitude of Mardi Gras and its week-long celebration. Well before Fat Tuesday, with the help of the city’s world class hospitality and welcoming nature, the entire crew seemed familiar with the Mardi Gras experience. For one Sailor in particular, it was the perfect homecoming.

“Coming back home with my ship and shipmates to share my city’s traditions of Mardi Gras was an experience like no other,” said Engineman 3rd Class Lorenzo Pettitt. “It was overwhelming being able to show everyone how beautiful Mobile is, along with the hospitality people bring. I really enjoyed being home and having the opportunity to bring my family aboard the ship and show them how everything works.”

Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Chris Vanloenen, said this was one of the best experiences of his career. “The ship’s crew was very honored to be a part of the City of Mobile’s Mardi Gras celebration,” Vanloenen said, remarking on how special it was for the hospitable Mobile natives to open their homes and city to make his Sailors feel just like family.

For more news and information about USS Gunston Hall visit their page at https://www.facebook.com/GunstonHall

Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic USS Gunston Hall (L*D 44) U.S. Fleet Forces Command U.S. Navy Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Mobile,Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic Katie Britt for Alabama Kay Ivey

On Feb. 18, The New York Times published the following story about the captivating photographs taken by MC1 Tyler Thomps...
02/20/2023

On Feb. 18, The New York Times published the following story about the captivating photographs taken by MC1 Tyler Thompson during Explosive Ordnance Group TWO's recent Chinese HAB Balloon recovery off the coast of South Carolina.

MC1 Thompson, permanently stationed with Navy Public Affairs Support Element East (NPASE East), served with Amphibious Squadron Six aboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) during a seven-month Kearsarge ARG-MEU deployment that ended in October.
Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic

Documenting the recovery of a Chinese spy balloon off South Carolina, a Navy photographer produced some spectacular images with surprising art-historical undercurrents.

Check out this story about the crew of our very own USS Gunston Hall, official 2023 Mobile Mardi Gras ship, as her Sailo...
02/20/2023

Check out this story about the crew of our very own USS Gunston Hall, official 2023 Mobile Mardi Gras ship, as her Sailors continue to celebrate with our friends in Alabama!

And for one family, it was an emotional homecoming.

Some interesting photos of the recovered Chinese HAB taken aboard ACU4 LCAC 40 last week. Assault Craft Unit FourUSS Car...
02/14/2023

Some interesting photos of the recovered Chinese HAB taken aboard ACU4 LCAC 40 last week. Assault Craft Unit FourUSS Carter Hall - L*D 50

THE IWO EXPERIENCE: Investigating LHD-7’s nuanced approach for its successful 16-months in the yards   By Expeditionary ...
02/13/2023

THE IWO EXPERIENCE: Investigating LHD-7’s nuanced approach for its successful 16-months in the yards

By Expeditionary Strike Group TWO Public Affairs

While Navy Times’ bread is not buttered going to press with good news stories, occasionally they go out of their way to give credit when due. Such an occasion took place June 10, when the outlet published an article about the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) celebrating the hard work of its crew by buying out a local movie theater and taking the entire crew to a private, opening day showing of Top Gun: Maverick, complete with popcorn and soda.

The article highlights only one portion of the “IWO Experience” - a dynamic, multi-faceted, innovative framework to thank Sailors for their hard work, build community on the ship, and keep spirits high while in the shipyard.

Many Sailors will all agree that the shipyard is one of the worst times in their careers. Iwo Jima charted an intentional course to flip the script in an attempt to make the maintenance phase one of the best times in their Sailors’ careers. Iwo Jima was scheduled for an extended drydocking at General Dynamics – NASSCO Norfolk for approximately 16 months.

To investigate the success made by the Iwo Jima crew during its maintenance phase, consider the following four tenets where the captain at that time, Capt. Judd Krier, said rubber and road collided.

1. Maintain Connection with the crew
Following their seven-month 2021 underway, Iwo Jima leadership focused on establishing personal connections between Sailors across the ranks and outside the workplace. Rather than simply putting their noses to the grind and enduring the Spartan conditions, Iwo leaders made sure opportunities were readily available to take Sailors from the yards into the community. This was achieved various ways. Religious Ministries interfaced with the local populace to create community relations events. In 2022, the crew partnered with 12 local organizations and had 500 Sailors invest over 2,100 hours in the local community, which led to invitations to other local events. MWR hosted many command sports competitions and outings such as deep-sea fishing, bowling nights, axe throwing, and Busch Gardens Hallowscream, to name a few.

Creating connective tissue amongst crew members was not limited to command activities outside the skin of the ship. Accountability measures, such as establishing the BlackBerry AtHoc system streamlined critical command communications – much like a school app parents, teachers, and school administrators exchange information with – by alerting Sailors of emergencies as well as significant changes to the ship schedule or configurations.

Additionally, all events and recognitions were posted to command social media accounts, a cohesive means to celebrate one another and keep family and friends apprised of their Sailors' accomplishments.

Finally, All Hands Calls, Captain’s Calls, and Safety Stand Downs were held at off-site locations to facilitate bigger groups and encourage more open participation outside an industrial setting. The first CO’s Call in March 2022, for example, was accompanied with food, a DJ, prize giveaway, tee-shirts, and a guest speaker. Iwo Jima planners contrived these unorthodox gatherings as fun and energetic ways to espouse crew cohesion in order to give confidence and a greater voice to those who may have otherwise been unwilling to share their thoughts during the more traditional, staid formations where a good idea or observation might go by the wayside for fear of speaking up.

2. Sailor recognition and rewards
The ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ movie outing was not the first time Iwo Jima leaders were featured in the news for lifting shipboard morale. Earlier that spring, The Daily Press ran a story chronicling the crew’s hard work in bringing aboard four well-known World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers who spent a day mingling with the crew and signing autographs as the ship lay in the yards. Later that evening, nearly 300 Iwo Jima Sailors received free WWE tickets to attend Monday Night Raw at the Norfolk Scope Arena.

Iwo Jima leaders planned these types of events quarterly and similar in name to the overall approach called them “Iwo Jima Experiences.” Other examples included a family outing to a Norfolk Tides baseball game and the command holiday party, another innovative idea led by the ship’s MWR who bought out the 85,000 square foot Apex Entertainment warehouse in downtown Virginia Beach, a huge hit with Iwo Jima Sailors
In addition to the scheduled quarterly, rewards and recognition came out of nowhere – the ship’s “Surprise and Delight” events - and included spontaneous ice cream days, command tumbler giveaways, and the ‘Pause for Paws’ event where two Navy service dogs came aboard every other month to bolster spirits. The Captain would even send personalized Navy anniversary emails to each Sailor on the date they entered the Navy.

The team also created a ‘Warrior of the Week’ as well as five ‘Core Values Champions’ each month – programs reinforcing (rather than simply paying lip service to) what Navy ideals and hard work in the shipyards looks like. Atop the public attaboy, the Core Values Champions received parking passes for the shipyard and a coin from the CO. The Warrior of the Week received a parking pass and a NEX gift card, courtesy of the Navy League.

3. Innovative Workdays
From the outset of the yard period, the triad supported command physical fitness (PT) hours (delegated to the Department Head level) in which specific departments had designated afternoon times for its Sailors to focus on fitness and wellness, thus enabling departments to pursue the physical readiness portion of the mission, efforts that paid off with a noted drop in crew members having to take part in the mandatory Fitness Enhancement Program throughout 2022.

Additionally, the command encouraged professional development hours where departments could assign readings, projects, and other assignments to improve Sailor knowledge. It was also time set aside to allow Iwo Jima Sailors to study for advancement exams and major qualifications. Due to limited numbers of computer assets and workout equipment on the barge, workdays were developed by problem solving teams – a cross section of ranks who together helped establish PT hours and professional development hours that were key in allowing personnel the access needed to achieve Navy workplace goals.

4.Purpose
Overall, USS Iwo Jima’s success during their yard and maintenance period could be attributed to leadership connecting and engaging with their Sailors. Atop all the nuanced methods introduced to inspire the crew, they also stayed with a basic, time-honored principle – do what you can to make your Sailors feel valued individually and in their occupations.

After the last couple of years, especially post-pandemic, leadership needs to motivate its crew to ensure we’re cultivating the best talent by enriching an atmosphere that develops and retains its people by engaging both hearts and minds. To meet this end, outlining and magnifying individual, work center, and unit roles are absolutely critical. This is true in the Navy and all organizations. A recent study published by Harvard Business Review found when companies provided a clearly-defined understanding of their value within the organization, they had better growth as compared with companies that failed to develop or leverage their purpose. Specifically, 52% of purpose-driven companies experienced 10% or greater growth, while just 42% of non-purpose-driven companies realized similar gains.

Purpose also delivers benefits in terms of the work experience. Research by the University of Sussex found leaders who delivered on purpose via three main things – a clear vision, commitment to stakeholders, and strong morals – became companies or organizations in which its people were happier and more productive.

For Navy commands, this translates to better occupational satisfaction that ultimately improves retention. Since going up on blocks in early 2022, USS Iwo Jima can articulate its success through several official Navy accolades and awards as many commands often do. The Green Safety Award, the Black E, the Golden Anchor and other awards that help a unit qualify for the Battle “E” are all excellent awards. Perhaps most telling for the LHD-7 team however, is the fact that Iwo Jima had the highest Zone A and Zone B retention of all east coast LHDs while also having the lowest Zone A attrition.

The real work began early on when, rather than a command philosophy, the triad established Learn, Improve, Wellness, Ownership, and Safety as Iwo Jima’s core values.

Iwo Jima’s 16 months in the yards were marked by a ship that got out of the yards on schedule with a crew now ready to get through basic phase, across the horizon, and back into the fight.

This may have been best said by Commander, Unites States Fleet Forces, Adm. Daryl Caudle, during January’s Surface Navy Association Symposium, who singled out Iwo Jima Sailors for their incredible accomplishments in the most austere confines.

“[IWO JIMA is] absolutely owning maintenance as a mission,” Caudle said. “Their team is striking the right balance of effort between Sailor readiness and mission readiness through things like setting up a private screening of Top Gun: Maverick in a local theater, mental health maintenance days, recognition of Core Value Champions, and more. They are absolutely killing it during the toughest environment we face - the shipyard.”
U.S. Fleet Forces CommandUSS Iwo Jima LHD 7Commander Naval Surface Force AtlanticCommander, U.S. 2nd Fleet

More great photos showcasing the Chinese HAB recovery efforts from USS Carter Hall, Assault Craft Unit FOUR and other Na...
02/10/2023

More great photos showcasing the Chinese HAB recovery efforts from USS Carter Hall, Assault Craft Unit FOUR and other Navy and U.S. Coast Guard units. USS Carter Hall - L*D 50 Assault Craft Unit Four

Bravo zulu to USS Carter Hall - L*D 50 for all their tremendous work in recovery of Chinese High Altitude Balloon debris...
02/08/2023

Bravo zulu to USS Carter Hall - L*D 50 for all their tremendous work in recovery of Chinese High Altitude Balloon debris blown out of the sky by an F-22 Raptor on Feb. 3.

📍ATLANTIC OCEAN - Cmdr. Brad A. Fancher, commanding officer of the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (L*D 50), observes the debris field of a high-altitude surveillance balloon.

Carter Hall is the lead ship in debris recovery efforts led by the Navy, in joint partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, with multiple units in support of the effort, including ships, aircraft, and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal mobile diving and salvage unit.

At the direction of the President of the United States and with the full support of the Government of Canada, U.S. fighter aircraft under U.S. Northern Command authority engaged and brought down a high altitude surveillance balloon within sovereign U.S. airspace and over U.S. territorial waters Feb. 4, 2023.

Active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and civilian personnel planned and executed the operation, and partners from the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and Federal Bureau of Investigation ensured public safety throughout the operation and recovery efforts.(U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Jerry Ireland)

Check out the Channel 13 news story about today’s special guest remarks by Honorary Chief Perty Officer Phillip Brashear...
02/07/2023

Check out the Channel 13 news story about today’s special guest remarks by Honorary Chief Perty Officer Phillip Brashear to USS Iwo Jima Sailor.

Carl Brashear is the first African American to become a Master Diver in the United States Navy.

Honorary Chief Petty Officer and retired Army Chief Warrant Officer, Phillip Brashear, son of Master Chief Diver Carl Br...
02/07/2023

Honorary Chief Petty Officer and retired Army Chief Warrant Officer, Phillip Brashear, son of Master Chief Diver Carl Brashear, the Navy’s first black Master Diver, gives inspirational remarks at Redeemer Church in Chesapeake on Feb. 7 in honor of Black History Month. The event was put on by the USS Iwo Jima Cultural Committee.

Great story about naval integration between Sailors and  Marines, courtesy of our friends from the 26th Marine Expeditio...
02/04/2023

Great story about naval integration between Sailors and Marines, courtesy of our friends from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit!

Atlantic Ocean, USNORTHCOM, At Sea - U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary (26 MEU) successfully integrated with the Sailors from Amphibious Squadron 8 (PHIBRON 8) during PHIBRON-MEU Integration Training (PMINT). The 26 MEU embarked aboard the warships of the Bataan Amphibious....

Great story about naval integration with the Bataan ARG during PMINT between Sailors and  Marines, courtesy of our frien...
02/04/2023

Great story about naval integration with the Bataan ARG during PMINT between Sailors and Marines, courtesy of our friends from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit! Amphibious Squadron 8 U.S. Fleet Forces Command Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic Gobblers K**b

Atlantic Ocean, USNORTHCOM, At Sea - U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary (26 MEU) successfully integrated with the Sailors from Amphibious Squadron 8 (PHIBRON 8) during PHIBRON-MEU Integration Training (PMINT). The 26 MEU embarked aboard the warships of the Bataan Amphibious....

Blue-Green naval integration in action! Check out WTKR News Channel 3’s report on Sailors and Marines working side-by-si...
02/01/2023

Blue-Green naval integration in action!

Check out WTKR News Channel 3’s report on Sailors and Marines working side-by-side during amphibious landings and operations amongst members of USS Gunston Hall, Assault Craft Unit 4, Beachmaster Unit 2, and 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines “Warlords” out of Camp Lejeune.
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
U.S. Fleet Forces Command Camp Lejeune
Assault Craft Unit Four Beachmaster Unit Two USS Gunston Hall (L*D 44) Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines "Warlords"

The exercise is teaching both Marines and Sailors the necessary skills to effectively complete ship-to-shore operations.

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