Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2

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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 ex*****on 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.

Operating as usual

#ICYMI the USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43) held a decommissioning ceremony last Saturday while inport Naval Station Mayport, F...
04/03/2021

#ICYMI the USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43) held a decommissioning ceremony last Saturday while inport Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

The ship will be inactivated later this month, and moved to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia.

2021, and 1987...

Capt. George "Dusty" Rhodes, the Fort McHenry's first commanding officer, speaks at the ship's decommissioning ceremony March 27, 2021 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida as plankowners and current Sailors look on.

And below, a photo from Capt. Rhodes from the ship's commissioning ceremony which took place on Aug. 8, 1987 in Seattle, Washington.

Surface Force Atlantic
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)
04/02/2021

USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)

Today Kearsarge celebrated women’s history during an observance held on the ship’s mess decks. A big thank you to the Kearsarge diversity committee for making this event possible and to CWO2 Joyner and ITCS Boulay for sharing their personal experiences, words of encouragement, and most importantly for their leadership EVERY DAY!

USS Arlington (LPD 24)
04/02/2021

USS Arlington (LPD 24)

Navy Chief! Navy Pride! We celebrated the 128th birthday of the Navy Chief Petty Officer yesterday, April 1.

A chief is a servant leader, putting the needs of their Sailors before their own. A chief is a deckplate leader, showing their Sailors the path to success. A chief is leader by example, demonstrating to their Sailors what it means to be a professional.

Thank you for all you’ve done for our Navy thus far chiefs. Happy birthday!

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Surface Force Atlantic #LPD24 #CPO #NavyChiefNavyPride #Warriorsleadtheway #Warrior24

USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)
04/02/2021

USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)

For 128 years Chief Petty Officers have been the backbone of the Navy. Our Ghost Gator Chief Petty Officers are no different. Master Chief Petty Officer Mike Stevens said in his 2015 letter to the CPO mess, "Since our establishment in 1893, Chief Petty Officers have been vital to the success of our Navy. I often say that without an effective Chief’s Mess, a command cannot succeed, and with an effective Chief’s Mess, a command cannot fail."

Ghost Gator family, take a moment and join us as we say "happy birthday" to all former and current Chief Petty Officers!

Happy Birthday, Chiefs!!!!!!

Happy birthday, Chief Petty Officers!! ⚓️
04/01/2021

Happy birthday, Chief Petty Officers!! ⚓️

"Happy Birthday, Goats! We have much to celebrate on this day when, in rare form, those humble leaders known as Chief Petty Officers - who quietly and confidently serve others selflessly - take a knee and pause to celebrate our unique and storied history." -MCPON Smith

Read the full message: https://rb.gy/ephlfv

04/01/2021

A quick message for the spouses of ESG 2 Sailors and Marines:

The command is looking for a new ombudsman. An ombudsman is a volunteer, appointed by the commanding officer to serve as an information link between command leadership and families of the command's service members. Ombudsmen disseminate information up and down the chain of command, provide resource referrals, and assist in resolving family issues.

If YOU are a spouse of a Sailor or Marine currently assigned to ESG 2 and you are interested in becoming our next ombudsman, please message this page with your contact information so we can get in touch with you.

U.S. Navy
04/01/2021

U.S. Navy

Thanks for the visit! #BlueGreenTeam

U.S. Marine Corps assigned to the All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, board the U.S. Navy expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during a visit, board, search and seizure training in the Arabian Gulf. Lewis B. Puller and 15th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

Assault Craft Unit Four
04/01/2021

Assault Craft Unit Four

Congratulations to the following sailors at ACU 4:
Sailor of the Quarter (Sea): YN1 Quintal
Sailor of the Quarter (Shore): HT1 Plewinski
Junior Sailor of the Quarter (Sea): GSM2 Hardy
Junior Sailor of the Quarter (Shore): OS2 Hipoloto
Blue Jacket of the Quarter (Sea): GSM3 Jerralds
Blue Jacket of the Quarter (Shore): YNSN Seiver

03/31/2021
USS Arlington (LPD 24)

USS Arlington (LPD 24)

As we close out #Womenshistorymonth Sailors of the USS Arlington salute the women who came before us, those who serve today, and the next generation women to come!

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Surface Force Atlantic #LPD24 #Warriors #Warriorsleadtheway #Warrior24

USS Arlington (LPD 24)
03/31/2021

USS Arlington (LPD 24)

Slow is smooth and smooth is fast: Sailing side-by-side with another ship with a minimal distance between the two is a very dangerous operation, but our #USSArlington warriors prepare meticulously to accomplish such a mission with safety being the number one priority.

Sailors conducted an underway #replenishment (fuel) and a replenishment at sea (supplies) simultaneously with the Fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189), March 30.

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Surface Force Atlantic #LPD24 #openseas #safety #warriorsleadtheway #warrior24

Check out these photos of flight operations aboard USS Arlington (LPD 24) on a particularly serene day at sea.
03/31/2021

Check out these photos of flight operations aboard USS Arlington (LPD 24) on a particularly serene day at sea.

A beautiful sunset and an ocean view, all that’s missing is the beach!

#USSArlington Sailors team up with our friends from HSC-26 for some flight operations, March 29.

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Surface Force Atlantic #LPD24 #FlightOps #Training #Warriorsleadtheway #Warrior24

A public service announcement for the SWOs out there...
03/31/2021

A public service announcement for the SWOs out there...

Congratulations to the newest Officers selected for the Warfare Tactics Instructor program!

If you are interested or would like more information email us at: [email protected]

Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet
03/30/2021

Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet

The transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD-17) departed Naval Station Norfolk this afternoon for a scheduled deployment with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

San Antonio will be joining the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima LHD 7 and the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall - L*D 50. Embarked detachments for the Iwo Jima ARG include Amphibious Squadron FOUR, Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Six, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21, Naval Beach Group (NBG) Two, Beach Master Unit (BMU) Two, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) Two and Four, and Sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) Two.

USS Arlington (LPD 24)
03/30/2021

USS Arlington (LPD 24)

#USSArlington Sailors came together while underway to celebrate the significance of women’s history during a #WomensHistoryMonth event, March 28.

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Surface Force Atlantic #LPD24 #Warriors #Warriorsleadtheway #Warrior24

USS WASP LHD 1
03/29/2021

USS WASP LHD 1

Congratulations to Wasp's Stinger of the Week!
CSSN Jacqueline Stoiber is a stellar asset to the Supply department and has been recognized for her trailblazing work ethic throughout the command. She accepts and willingly conquers any and all new challenges, while setting new goals. CSSN Stoiber was hand-selected as the Assistant CPO Mess Watch Captain with only seven short months aboard Wasp. She has dedicated over 40 hours of training to four Culinary Specialists and three Food Service Attendants ensuring the highest quality of meals for our Chief Petty Officers and Naval Officers. Keep up the great work, Stinger!

03/29/2021

Between the years 1964 and 1973, 3,403,000 Americans deployed to southeast asia. Among them, 1.8 million served as Sailors.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is an American holiday observed annually on March 29. It recognizes veterans who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

We are approaching the end of #womenshistorymonth so if you didn’t get a chance to read this story about the USS Arlingt...
03/29/2021
Leading by Example

We are approaching the end of #womenshistorymonth so if you didn’t get a chance to read this story about the USS Arlington’s Command Master Chief, take a look now!

Growing up mostly in Jacksonville, Florida, it wasn’t until her senior year of high school that Baker realized she would follow in her father’s footsteps by joining the U.S. Navy. After years of hard work and dedication, she was selected as a command master chief in 2016 and is currently the onl...

Today we join our nation in honoring our Vietnam War Veterans. Just as those who came before them and those who serve to...
03/29/2021

Today we join our nation in honoring our Vietnam War Veterans. Just as those who came before them and those who serve today, our Navy Vietnam War Veterans served their country with honor, courage and commitment. #NavyVietnamWarVet #ThankYou

USS Arlington (LPD 24)
03/29/2021

USS Arlington (LPD 24)

Carpenters use hammers and nails; warriors use M240B machine guns.

Our #USSArlington warriors become proficient with their tools during a live-fire #M240B gun shoot, March 27.

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Surface Force Atlantic #LPD24 #warfighting #warriorsleadtheway #warrior24

03/28/2021
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

In case you missed it... this segment was about four of our commanding officers. Have a look!

For the first time in U.S. Navy history, four women of color are commanding warships at the same time. In an interview with Lester Holt, they discuss the groundbreaking journey that led them to where they are now.

USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43)
03/28/2021

USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43)

2021, and 1987...

Capt. George "Dusty" Rhodes, the Fort McHenry's first commanding officer, speaks at the ship's decommissioning ceremony March 27, 2021 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida as plankowners and current Sailors look on.

And below, a photo from Capt. Rhodes from the ship's commissioning ceremony which took place on Aug. 8, 1987 in Seattle, Washington.

Surface Force Atlantic
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Check out these photos from the decommissioning ceremony for USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43) which was held aboard the ship Ma...
03/27/2021

Check out these photos from the decommissioning ceremony for USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43) which was held aboard the ship March 27 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

A decommissioning ceremony was held for the USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43) this morning at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

“During my 17 years of sea duty and four commands at sea, I have no doubt that the Fort McHenry crew was the best with whom I ever served,” said Capt. George "Dusty" Rhodes, the first commanding officer of USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43). “They were always more than willing to do whatever it took to fulfill the mission. It is remarkable how closely they have stuck together over the past 34 years. I am proud to be among them.”

Check back next week for more photos from the ceremony.

Surface Force Atlantic
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

USS Bataan (LHD 5)
03/27/2021

USS Bataan (LHD 5)

Mr. Michael Haycock, the Executive Director for Navy Regional Maintenance
Center, visited #Big5 recently to tour the command and the maintenance
upgrades during our shipyard period. The tour presented an opportunity to
provide a first-hand look at the progress made thus far. #BataanTough
#forcetobereckonedwith #usnavy

USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)
03/27/2021

USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)

Ghost Gators, we would like to take a moment to recognize all of the hard working Women of the U.S. Navy as well as those serving aboard Mesa Verde. Here are some photos of just a few of our hard working, motivated Sailors that are essential to the Ghost Gator mission. From the first women to enter the Navy as nurses in 1908 to the first woman to be issued orders onboard a combatant ship USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), things have changed and today women now serve in all ranks from seaman to admiral and in all jobs from naval aviators to deep-sea-divers.

Disclaimer: Some of our Sailors may be seen with their mask off in these pictures. Mesa Verde is still following Navy and CDC guidance in regards of mask wearing and there is nobody around them closer than the recommended 6' and our photographer is more than 6' apart as well.

USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43)
03/27/2021

USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43)

Join us here on Facebook at 10 AM for the decommissioning ceremony for USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43).

USS Iwo Jima LHD 7
03/27/2021

USS Iwo Jima LHD 7

Today marked the 76th anniversary of the Battle for Iwo Jima's conclusion. USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) marked the occasion with a 7-gun salute, firing 40 mm rounds from our saluting batteries.

Iwo Jima, which means Sulfur Island, was strategically important as an air base for fighter escorts supporting long-range bombing missions during World War II. The seizure of Iwo would allow for sea and air blockades, the ability to conduct intensive air bombardment and to destroy the enemy's air and naval capabilities.

The seizure of Iwo Jima was deemed necessary, but the prize would not come easy. The fighting that took place during the 36-day assault would be immortalized in the words of Commander, Pacific Fleet/Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who said, "Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

The 36-day assault resulted in more than 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 dead. The Marines' efforts, however, provided a vital link in the U.S. chain of bomber bases. By war's end, 2,400 B-29 bombers carrying 27,000 crewmen made unscheduled landings on the island.

Historians described U.S. forces' attack against the Japanese defense as "throwing human flesh against reinforced concrete." In the end, Iwo Jima was won not only by the fighting spirit of the Marines, but by the meticulous planning and support provided by the Navy and Army through supply efforts, medical care, and air and naval gunfire.

Twenty-seven Medals of Honor were awarded to Marines and sailors, many posthumously, more than were awarded for any other single operation during the war.

To learn more about the Battle for Iwo Jima go to https://www.history.navy.mil/

03/27/2021
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

As we come to the end of Women’s History Month, take a look at this story about four of our amazing commanding officers!

USS Whidbey Island (L*D 41)
USS Tortuga - L*D 46
USS Carter Hall - L*D 50
USS Oak Hill (L*D 51)

For the first time in U.S. Navy history, four women of color are commanding warships at the same time. In an interview with Lester Holt, they discuss the groundbreaking journey that led them to where they are now.

03/26/2021
USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43)

Join us tomorrow, March 27 at 10 AM EST where we will live-stream the decommissioning ceremony of USS Fort McHenry (L*D 43).

USS FORT MCHENRY remembers its past and discusses the meaning of being on a decommissioning ship. The ship will conduct its Decommissioning Ceremony tomorrow, which will be live streamed on this page at 1000.

Special thanks to NPASE Mayport, CS3 Azongo, BMCS Walker, and LCDR Larson for their assistance in shooting this video.

There are currently more than 11,000 Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) serving on active duty. Of those, approximately 21%...
03/26/2021
Four Powerful Female COs on their Time in the Navy

There are currently more than 11,000 Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) serving on active duty. Of those, approximately 21% of them are women. And of those women, four are currently serving as commanding officers of East Coast dock landing ships (L*Ds).

Commanders Kristel O’Cañas, USS Whidbey Island (L*D 41); Kimberly Jones, USS Tortuga (L*D 46); LaDonna Simpson, USS Carter Hall (L*D 50); and Kathryn Wijnaldum, USS Oak Hill (L*D 51) lead their respective crews of roughly 400 Sailors and Marines aboard dock landing ships – amphibious vessels which transport Marines and their equipment ashore. Jones assumed command in July 2020, O’Cañas and Wijnaldum in September 2020, and Simpson, most recently January 2021.

Kimberly Jones was in her third year of studying Mechanical Engineering as an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University in Alabama.“I had done a couple of internships, I had done a co-op… there was

USS Arlington (LPD 24)
03/26/2021

USS Arlington (LPD 24)

#Amphibiousness at its finest!
#USSArlington conducts well deck operations with a landing craft utility (LCU) vessel, March 25.
Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Surface Force Atlantic #LPD24 #LCU #welldeck #warriorsleadtheway #warrior24

USS Arlington (LPD 24)
03/26/2021

USS Arlington (LPD 24)

Feel the burn!

#USSArlington warriors fight through the pain of OC spray and certify as security response forces while underway, March 23.

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 Surface Force Atlantic #LPD24 #OCspray #warriorsleadtheway #warrior24

USS Whidbey Island (L*D 41)
03/26/2021

USS Whidbey Island (L*D 41)

Sailors from the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (L*D 41) received their second round of the Pfizer vaccine in an effort to #sinkcovid! Leading the way for L*Ds, as they continue to become a fully immunized crew, WHIDBEY ISLAND keeps living up to her motto “First in her class, first always!”

(U.S. Navy photos by ENS Drew Hendricks/25 March 2021)

Iwo Jima ARG and 24th MEU Deploy After Redefining Integrated Training
03/25/2021
Iwo Jima ARG and 24th MEU Deploy After Redefining Integrated Training

Iwo Jima ARG and 24th MEU Deploy After Redefining Integrated Training

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployed Mar. 25 after completing an intensive, month-long composite training exercise (COMPTUEX) and brief in-port maintenance period.

03/24/2021
USS WASP LHD 1

Check out this awesome video of USS Wasp (LHD 1) as it made its journey into BAE Shipyard.

Wasp Sailors have been turning and burning-- the ship has also recently received a slew of awards including the Battle "E", Unit Tactics, and Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation!

USS Wasp has been awarded the Battle "E", Unit Tactics, and Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation Awards. Your efforts have proven Wasp's superiority in ship handling, weapons employment, tactics and ability to fulfill mission objectives. Let's keep the steam rolling through the yard period. Congratulations, Stingers, on a job well done!

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