Exercise BALTOPS 2018 Enhancing Interoperability Among NATO Allies and Partners in Baltic Region

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, is taking place in the Baltic Sea from June 1-15. Air, maritime and ground assets from several NATO ally and partner nations are involved in the live training event that set sail from Klaipeda, Lithuania, and finishes in Kiel, Germany. Training focus areas …

Exercise BALTOPS 2018 Enhancing Interoperability Among NATO Allies and Partners in Baltic Region

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, is taking place in the Baltic Sea from June 1-15. Air, maritime and ground assets from several NATO ally and partner nations are involved in the live training event that set sail from Klaipeda, Lithuania, and finishes in Kiel, Germany. Training focus areas …

New Foundational Training Courses Will Grow Better Enlisted Leaders

By Fleet Master Chief (SW/IW/AW) Russell Smith Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education Fleet Master Chief We invest a lot of time and energy in the Navy in teaching, training, and maintaining technical competency, but our delivery of leader development training is not nearly as robust. We have room to improve our standardized leader development training delivery …

Training to Fight and Win Today and Tomorrow

By Rear Adm. Kenny Whitesell Commander, Carrier Strike Group Four Recently, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) event in preparation for its deployment this past Wednesday.   This robust exercise featured 11 ships; the nine ships of Carrier Strike …

Training to Fight and Win Today and Tomorrow

By Rear Adm. Kenny Whitesell Commander, Carrier Strike Group Four Recently, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) event in preparation for its deployment this past Wednesday.   This robust exercise featured 11 ships; the nine ships of Carrier Strike …

Faces of the Fleet: U.S. Naval Academy Plebe Parents’ Weekend

Starting college can be tough on students as well as their parents. Now, imagine saying goodbye before six weeks of a fast-paced, boot camp-style orientation that begins four years of preparing U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen to become commissioned naval officers. This past weekend, parents and friends of the incoming freshmen – known as plebes at …