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 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 Oak Hill (LSD 51)
09/15/2020

USS Oak Hill (LSD 51)

Farewell address to the Sailors and Families of USS OAK HILL

I have been a member of the crew of USS OAK HILL for almost three years and soon it will be time for me to depart like many before me. It has been the honor of my lifetime to have been your Executive and Commanding Officer. The privilege to command USS OAK HILL has been a humbling experience and has filled me with a sense of pride that will last the remainder of my lifetime.

The USS OAK HILL Change of Command Ceremony will be live streamed on our page at 1000 on 17 SEP 2020.

Departing is bitter sweet. Sweet because I leave OAK HILL with a sense of accomplishment, like many of my fellow shipmates, I believe OAK HILL to be the best ship in the Fleet with the best crew any Captain could ask for. I never forgot that it was because of the men and women of OAK HILL that we were and will remain great. Bitter because after almost 3 years I have to say goodbye to my fellow shipmates. I will miss serving you in the chow line, I will miss seeing your smiles, hearing about your families, your struggles, and getting to hear about your dreams and aspirations for the future. Thank you for making all the sacrifices you do everyday to serve our great country. I salute each and every one of you.

My only regret is that I didn’t get to meet the families of our Sailors, who I believe to be the bedrock of our success as Nation Protectors’. Thanks to Meg (our Ombudsman) and Lisa (our FRG President), these two ladies made sure our families were connected to the daily routine of the ship and with their direct support, many of our families avoided troubled waters especially during a unique and challenging COVID deployment. I am truly grateful.

I came to work everyday with one purpose - To serve my country and do my duty to best of my ability. My hope is that my actions made that apparent each and every day. I will leave you with a sense of deep humility and accomplishment. Humility because I was given the privilege and honor of Command which represents the pinnacle of my 30 years of Naval Service. I leave with confidence and a sense of accomplishment because I will deliver a fully trained crew and materially ready ship that is able to answer our nation’s call.

You will all remain in my thoughts and prayers as you proceed on a course that is sound, patrolling the high seas in service to our country. May God bless our crew, our families, and the United States of America.

Wishing you Fair Winds and Following Seas.

Sincerely,

CDR Rod Jacobo
Commanding Officer
USS OAK HILL

This morning, Amphibious Squadron FOUR hosted a change of command ceremony in the ESG 2 conference room. Fair winds and ...
09/14/2020

This morning, Amphibious Squadron FOUR hosted a change of command ceremony in the ESG 2 conference room.

Fair winds and following seas to Capt. Brian Finman as he wraps up a successful tour and turns over the reins to Capt. Darren Nelson!

U.S. Fleet Forces Command
09/14/2020

U.S. Fleet Forces Command

On this golden anniversary of the #USNavy Family Ombudsman Program, we know that family readiness directly contributes to operational readiness, and that a stronger family means a stronger fleet.

Our ombudsmens serve as vital communications links, ensuring our families get the information they need and contributing immeasurably to family readiness. Join us in appreciation to all our Navy ombudsmen and recognizing their selfless service.

Last week, USS Arlington (LPD 24) hosted first responders from Arlington County, Virginia to join the crew for 9-11 comm...
09/14/2020

Last week, USS Arlington (LPD 24) hosted first responders from Arlington County, Virginia to join the crew for 9-11 commemoration events. Here are some photos from their visit!

09/14/2020
09/14/2020

In 15 minutes, we will live-stream the change of command ceremony for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4– stay tuned!

USS WASP LHD 1
09/12/2020

USS WASP LHD 1

Motivated Sailors participated in an early morning 5k Remembrance Run on the flight deck of USS Wasp in tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday
09/11/2020

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

#NeverForget

09/11/2020
USS Arlington (LPD 24)

USS Arlington (LPD 24)

The Commanding Officers of the amphibious transport dock ships USS New York, USS Somerset and USS Arlington speak about their ship's namesakes

USS Bataan (LHD 5)
09/11/2020

USS Bataan (LHD 5)

Please join #Big5 today as we commemorate and remember the fallen heroes and tragic events of September 11, 2001. We will not forget. #BataanTough

“The USS Arlington is a living memorial to the 184 victims of the attack on the Pentagon by hijacked American Airlines F...
09/11/2020

“The USS Arlington is a living memorial to the 184 victims of the attack on the Pentagon by hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, and a tribute the first responders who risked their lives on 9/11 to save others,” said Capt. Chris Hill, the Commanding Officer of Arlington. “We consider it a duty to remember events on that day. It is our motto that we will never forget.”

To read the full story, click here:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/377874/uss-arlington-lpd-24-remembers-9-11

USS Arlington (LPD 24)
Surface Force Atlantic
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

09/11/2020
Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

"Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget."

Cutting through the water with a bow forged from 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel, USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) carries much more than just the name of the Big Apple wherever it travels. It's an instrument of freedom and peace.

Members of the USS Arlington crew and first responders from Arlington County, Virginia pose for a photo after morning co...
09/11/2020

Members of the USS Arlington crew and first responders from Arlington County, Virginia pose for a photo after morning colors, Sept. 11, 2020.

Surface Force Atlantic
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

09/11/2020
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

Where were you the morning of Sept. 11, 2001? Sailors from the USS New York remember 9/11 while serving on a ship forged from seven tons of the fallen World Trade Center.

#MDFleetWeek

Visit Baltimore Living Classrooms Foundation Historic Ships in Baltimore Naval District Washington (NDW)

This evening, first responders from Arlington County, Virginia arrived on board USS Arlington.These special guests will ...
09/11/2020

This evening, first responders from Arlington County, Virginia arrived on board USS Arlington.

These special guests will spend the night aboard the ship, and will join the crew tomorrow morning as they gather to remember the events of 9-11.

"Never Forget!"

Naval Station Norfolk
U.S. Fleet Forces Command
Surface Force Atlantic

Check back on Sept. 11 for our photo of Colors.

Each year, the crew of USS Arlington commemorate the anniversary of 9-11. This year, approximately 80 members of the shi...
09/11/2020

Each year, the crew of USS Arlington commemorate the anniversary of 9-11. This year, approximately 80 members of the ship's crew are remotely participating in the Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K.

Arlington's commanding officer, Capt. Hill and HMCS Slaughter were among the first to run their 5Ks, at Naval Station Norfolk.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command
Surface Force Atlantic

Capt. Hill and HMCS Slaughter run their 5K to honor the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

09/10/2020
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

As Baltimore gears up for Defenders' Day weekend, our city's special holiday, hosted virtually this year by Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, we think of the morning of Sept. 13, 1814. 1,000 American troops, led by Major George Armistead, prepared to protect the Baltimore Harbor at Fort McHenry. For 25 hours they withstood the bombardment and through the smoke and flames "our flag was still there".

As the British failed to penetrate Baltimore’s defenses and withdrew, Francis Scott Key wrote down the inspirational words that would later become our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Learn more about the USS Fort McHenry and the storied and proud legacy it continues
#MDFleetweek

Visit Baltimore The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Friends of Fort McHenry Living Classrooms Foundation Historic Ships in Baltimore Pride of Baltimore II Sail Baltimore Naval District Washington (NDW)

09/10/2020
U.S. Navy

Here is some News You Can Use from MyNavy HR in regard to the changes to officer photographs.

ICYMI: Important information on using Officer photographs.

Check out Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore tonight at 1730 for “The Legacy of a Name: USS Fort McHenry”
09/10/2020

Check out Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore tonight at 1730 for “The Legacy of a Name: USS Fort McHenry”

09/10/2020
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

Check out crew members from the USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) give a shout out during #MDFleetWeek! This ship was named after Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, where after 25 hours of British bombardment the Star-Spangled Banner was inspired in 1814.

Naval District Washington (NDW) U.S. Navy Historic Ships in Baltimore Friends of Fort McHenry Locust Point Civic Association Visit Baltimore Sail Baltimore

From the Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, here is some good information in regard to the upcoming p...
09/08/2020

From the Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, here is some good information in regard to the upcoming payroll tax deferral.

Shipmates, heads up!

A Presidential Memorandum was issued to temporarily defer Social Security tax withholdings through the end of 2020.

What does this mean for us? Most service members will see what seems like “extra money” in the coming months, but we are going to have to pay that back. Collection of deferred taxes will be taken from wages between January 1 and April 30, 2021. Military members and civilian employees are not eligible to opt-out of this, which means we all need to have a game plan.

Visit Military OneSource, the Fleet and Family Support Center, or speak with your Command Financial Specialist for more resources on how you can budget and prepare for this #PayrollTaxDeferral.

For more info and FAQs visit https://go.usa.gov/xGWrm

... it makes sense!
09/07/2020

... it makes sense!

A friendly reminder from U.S. Naval Hospital Naples!

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41)
09/05/2020

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41)

Army and Navy teaming together is a beautiful sight to see!
Whidbey Island conducted Deck Landing Qualifications with the “Desert Knights” (1 AD Combat Aviation Brigade 2-501 GSAB); September 2, 2020. (U.S. Navy photos by PS3 Phuc Trinh)

Good luck, everyone!
09/04/2020

Good luck, everyone!

Good luck to all who have taken or taking the advancement exam this fall!

📸: Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), participates in the Navy wide advancement exam in the wardroom, Sept. 3.

Bravo Zulu to these newly advanced Sailors from the mighty USS Iwo Jima!
09/04/2020

Bravo Zulu to these newly advanced Sailors from the mighty USS Iwo Jima!

Mighty Iwo Family,

It is always an extremely proud moment when we get the chance to announce sailor advancements.
I'd like to congratulate the following Sailors whom advanced through the Navy's Meritorious Advancement Program.

CS1 Joan Lee
ABH1 Francisco Rodriguezvega

AO2 Bayron Aguilar
LS2 Xavier Brennon
YN2 Takayla Freeman
HM2 Diaya Jenkins
ABH2 Khalyne Jones
IC2 Julien Matlock
BM2 James Minor
DC2 Noah Phillips

ABF3 Joshua Auxer
ABF3 Shane Bennett
AO3 Dylan Coffelt
ABH3 Khala Downing
AT3 Koby Elf
HM3 Patricia Guereque
CS3 Dante Herron
CS3 Tyler Hoffacker
CS3 Anabelle Jean
AZ3 Jacob Morgan
HM3 Jesus Peralta
ABH3 Nathan Reyes
DC3 Joshua Santiago
BM3 Randy Stapleton
MR3 Conner Willoughby

Bravo Zulu and well deserved!

Since our return to homeport, we are taking full advantage of this maintenance period to make several repairs to the ship. We are also sending our Sailors to schools, such as the Advance Fire Fighting Course, Security Reaction Force Course, and Information Warfare Courses in order to maintain our readiness.

Our Sailors have done a great job maintaining our physical distancing and staying healthy, this is a testament to their commitment to our mission and the support they receive from their families at home. We thank you all for the effort put forth during these challenging times and commend you for your
resilience and support as we navigate through these uncharted waters.

-CAPT David Loo, Commanding Officer USS Iwo Jima

These Kearsarge Sailors celebrated advancements and selection as outstanding members of the crew. Bravo Zulu, shipmates!
09/04/2020

These Kearsarge Sailors celebrated advancements and selection as outstanding members of the crew. Bravo Zulu, shipmates!

Congratulations to LSSN Webb and MMFN Macahilas on their frockings to petty officer 3rd class! And Bravo Zulu once more to ET2 Graffam on his selection as our Sailor of the Quarter for the 3rd Qtr of FY20.

There are big changes happening aboard USS Tortuga, including the re-opening of the mess decks. Did you serve in the U.S...
09/03/2020

There are big changes happening aboard USS Tortuga, including the re-opening of the mess decks.

Did you serve in the U.S. Navy? What was your favorite meal?

More photos from the Turtle Inn Grand Opening!

Underway looks good on you, USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) ! The ship got underway from Naval Station Norfolk yesterday for s...
09/03/2020

Underway looks good on you, USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) !

The ship got underway from Naval Station Norfolk yesterday for sea trials.

NORFOLK, Virginia, (Sept. 02, 2020) USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) gets underway for sea trials from Naval Station Norfolk. The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship is completing a Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) which was awarded to Marine Hydraulic Industries (MHI) in Norfolk. Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) managed the Chief of Naval Operations availability. MARMC provides surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance and fleet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region. (U.S. Navy Photo by Hendrick L. Dickson/Released).

USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)
09/02/2020

USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)

We were proud to host Adm. Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and NASSCO Norfolk leadership for a tour of Kearsarge this week. It was a great opportunity to show Adm. Grady how much progress has been made during our maintenance availability and introduce him to some of the Sailors behind the effort.

09/02/2020
USS Iwo Jima LHD 7

Everyone loves a gun shoot... learn more about how a Gunner’s Mate aboard USS Iwo Jima executes a live-fire event!

The Mighty Iwo is mostly recognized by her capabilities for launching and landing aircraft and amphibious assaults vehicles. What about her protective capabilities? Well, you're in luck today, GM3 Riddle talks about his job as a Gunner's Mate.

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams returns to Souda Bay
09/02/2020
USS Hershel “Woody” Williams returns to Souda Bay

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams returns to Souda Bay

The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility, returned in port Souda Bay, Greece, for a

USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)
08/30/2020

USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)

Congratulations to BM2 Flint and AT3 Gardearivas on becoming Kearsarge’s newest Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualified Sailors. Wear your wings with pride!

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Supports U.S. SOF Interoperability
08/30/2020
USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Supports U.S. SOF Interoperability

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Supports U.S. SOF Interoperability

The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) is conducting interoperability training with Special Operations Forces (SOF) assigned to Special Operations Command-Africa (SOCAF) in

USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)
08/29/2020

USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)

HM3 Osbourne, HM3 Ovalle, and HM3 Fuifui awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal from CDR Betz on 28 Aug 2020.

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