Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Complete CERTEX

Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Complete CERTEX

Story Number: NNS130320-23Release Date: 3/20/2013 9:25:00 PM
From Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea (NNS) -- Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, after completing a 10-day certification exercise (CERTEX) with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the East China Sea March 21.

CERTEX is a comprehensive, complex training evolution that combines the Navy and Marine Corps maritime and sea-to-shore capabilities. Although routinely conducted to maintain readiness, this CERTEX introduced a unique training event.

The ARG conducted an inaugural joint recovery force exercise between Army Special Forces (SOF), U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy personnel.

"Operating effectively as a cohesive unit is imperative to conducting joint amphibious operations," said Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON), Capt. Cathal S. O'Connor. "Coordinating across multiple services in an amphibious warfare environment requires skill, attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a continually evolving environment."

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PAUL: Trust but verify to reform immigration - Washington Times

PAUL: Trust but verify to reform immigration - Washington Times

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EU Naval Force: Estonian Vessel Protection Detachment Operating On A French Vessel | Eunavfor

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Navy News Service - Eye on the Fleet

Navy News Service - Eye on the Fleet


130320-N-TB410-441 BUSAN, Republic of Korea (March 20, 2013) Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) raise the ensign as the submarine arrives for a scheduled port visit to Busan. Cheyenne participated in the Foal Eagle 2013 naval exercise with allied nation Republic of Korea in support of regional security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua B. Bruns/Released)

RIA Novosti: India Tests Submarine-Launched Supersonic Missile

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Judge Napolitano on the Patriot Act's Gag Orders

Judge Napolitano on the Patriot Act's Gag Orders

Rome Reports: Cardinal George Pell: "We've chosen a good Pope"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's the Rubio and Rand Party, now - Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen - POLITICO.com

It's the Rubio and Rand Party, now - Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen - POLITICO.com

Russia Sees Its First 40 Days for Life Pro-Life Prayer Event

Russia Sees Its First 40 Days for Life Pro-Life Prayer Event

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Way Up North: Thoughts on The Founders' Thoughts

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Pro-Abortion Biden and Pelosi Received Communion at Mass for Pope Francis

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Big Three Networks Ignore Abortion Doc Who Snipped Babies’ Necks

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Reason.tv: Is Homeschooling a Universal Human Right?

Italian Sailors Make History on Kearsarge

Italian Sailors Make History on Kearsarge

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) had eight sailors from the Italian Marina Militare set sail with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) March 11.

The Italian team is accompanying their AV-8B Harrier II to Italy after completing a scheduled Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.

"This is the first time one of the jets [turned in for maintenance] has been delivered from the States to Italy," said Italian Lt. Domenico Iovino, the pilot who will fly the jet off of Kearsarge. "We are the premiere crew, and I was excited about this mission because the first two Italian jets that were delivered to the United States were flown by U.S. Marine pilots."

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USS Jason Dunham Departs 5th Fleet

USS Jason Dunham Departs 5th Fleet

By By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deven King, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) Public Affairs
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) transited the Suez Canal, March 16 completing her first deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

The ship and crew spent approximately six months in the 5th Fleet AOR promoting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

"The majority of the world's commerce is conducted by sea," said Cmdr. Michael Meredith, Jason Dunham's commanding officer. "We're out here ensuring safety and freedom of navigation, which impacts every nation."

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Marines Aim for Top Gun

Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Arrives in U.S. 5th Fleet

Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Arrives in U.S. 5th Fleet

By Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) March 15.

The mission of the IKE CSG is to promote maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the AOR.

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 is comprised of flagship USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) with embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66).

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Chinese ship intrudes into Kalayaan Is.

Chinese ship intrudes into Kalayaan Is.

Freedom Arrives in U.S. 7th Fleet

Freedom Arrives in U.S. 7th Fleet

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
USS BLUE RIDGE AT SEA (NNS) -- The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) March 20, marking a key milestone in Freedom's eight-month deployment to Southeast Asia.

Arriving within days of 7th Fleet's 70th anniversary March 15, Freedom follows in the wake of countless ships, aircraft and Sailors that deployed to the region over the past 70 years to maintain security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Like those ships, Freedom's deployment to Southeast Asia speaks to the Navy's ongoing commitment to this vital maritime region.

"As the U.S. Navy supports the U.S. government rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, there is no better place to demonstrate LCS capabilities than in the 7th Fleet AOR," said Vice Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet.

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Trip Confirmed: Pope Francis will travel to Brazil to lead World Youth Day 2013

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RIA Novosti: China, Russia to Stand Together on Missile Defense in AsPac

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PACOM contractor charged with sharing nuclear secrets with China | Defense Tech

PACOM contractor charged with sharing nuclear secrets with China | Defense Tech

Catholic League: Media Alert

Media Alert


March 20, 2013
Today, March 20, Bill Donohue will appear on
"The Glenn Beck Program" on The Blaze TV
at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss Pope Francis.
The Blaze TV is available to DISH subscribers on channel 212
and is also available by subscription [click
here].

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Rand Paul Immigration Reform Speech at US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce



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Sen. Rand Paul On Hannity



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New Euro Banking Crisis Ahead?

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USA: Austal Awarded Additional LCS Work Naval Today

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Bill Kristol Attacks Rand Paul, Rewrites the 1990s

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Has the GOP Declared "Nuclear War" on its Own Grassroots?

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USS Farragut Visits Montenegro

USS Farragut Visits Montenegro

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class A.J. Jones/USS Farragut Public Affairs
BAR, Montenegro (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) visited Bar, Montenegro, for a port visit March 11-14.

Sailors had the opportunity to experience Montenegro's culture and spend time engaging with the community, including sporting events with Montenegrin sailors, tours of the towns of Perast, Kotor and Skadar Lake, and a tour of Montenegro's vineyards.

"Montenegro is a beautiful country," said Seaman Christian Riendeau. "The towns were full of old architecture, and the mountains were amazing. It really gave me a sense of serenity."

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Director of Navy Staff Talks LCS with Industry Partners

Director of Navy Staff Talks LCS with Industry Partners

From Defense Media Activity-Navy
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The director of the Navy staff talked at the most recent Navy Now Forum March 14 in Washington, D.C., about the future of the program for the littoral combat ship (LCS), one of the Navy's newest warship platforms.

Vice Adm. Richard Hunt took advantage of the session intended to enhance the relationship between the Navy and industry partners by discussing the progress the Navy's LCS Council has made in furthering the development of integrating LCS ships into fleet operations.

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