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"Status of the Navy" for May 25 is no available.


Air-operations - U.S. Navy air-operations as part of Coalition Airpower

CVW 7 that consists of VFA 143 (F/A-18E), VFA 103 (F/A-18F), VFA 83, VFA 131 (F/A-18C[N]), VAQ 140 (EA-6B), VAW 121 (E-2C NP) and HS 5 (SH-60F, HH-60H) is conducting air-supports for Operation Enduring Freedom.

May 25

USAF: May 25 airpower summary: C-17s provide intra-theater airlift
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 80 close-air-support missions
  • An RAF GR-9 along with F/A-18Fs (VFA 103) conducted strikes in the Tarin Kowt area (Google Maps) after a friendly unit discovered an IED and saw enemy forces setting up for an ambush. The jets used rockets and GBU-38s to hit enemy positions set up along a roadside treeline and along a riverbank. An aircraft also tracked the movement of an enemy spotter on a motorbike, allowing a follow-on strike on hostile emplacements firing on the friendly unit with mortars and sporadic gunshots.
  • F/A-18Es (VFA 143) dropped a GBU-38 and strafed enemy positions near Qalat (Google Maps) after anti-Afghan forces initiated an ambush. The F/A-18Es used their bombs and guns to pick off hostile hillside fighting positions, freeing a convoy from the enemy's roadside attack.
  • A Super Hornet (VFA 103 or 143) flew a show of force over Sangin (Google Maps) supporting Afghan forces conducting a search operation in the town. Enemy forces were holed up in a compound and firing at the friendly unit. The maneuver suppressed enemy fire so Afghan troops could go in and capture the location.
  • In Lashkar Gah (Google Maps), F/A-18C[N]s (VFA 83 or 131) flew shows of force to deter enemy attack and to support convoys travelling through the area. The aircraft helped the convoys avoid firefights which could have prevented them from completing missions in support of Afghan reconstruction or endangered local residents.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • 22 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 25 close-air-support missions
  • No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • 24 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
May 24

USAF: May 24 airpower summary: A-10s outgun enemy forces
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 70 close-air-support missions
  • An extended battle took place near Oruzgan (Google Maps) which began after an anti-Afghan forces IED-initiated ambush hit a friendly convoy. Increasing amounts of aircraft arrived to provide cover and attack enemy targets, including USAF B-1Bs, F-15Es, MQ-1Bs and Navy F/A-18C[N]s (VFA 83 or 131) and F/A-18Fs (VFA 103). The aircraft struck enemy fighting positions and personnel along ridgelines and in nearby orchards using a variety of GBU types.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • 19 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 21 close-air-support missions
  • No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • 21 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
May 23

USAF: May 23 airpower summary: F-15Es prevent enemy confrontation
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 74 close-air-support missions
  • F/A-18Fs (VFA 103) conducted strafing runs against anti-Afghan forces in a treeline near Lashkar Gah (Google Maps). Friendly forces had begun receiving enemy fire shortly after departing a forward base.
  • A Super Hornet (VFA 103 or 143) conducted shows of force and launched flares in the area near Ghazni (Google Maps) following an IED explosion and ambush against Afghan National Army troops. The maneuver stopped the attack allowing the ANA to withdraw and regroup from the scene of the ambush.
  • USAF F-15Es and an F/A-18E (VFA 143) conducted shows of force near Qal-E-Naw (unknown), Qalat (Google Maps) and Bagram (Google Maps) to deter enemy forces. The aircraft prevented confrontation from taking place during security and reconstruction operations without needing to use lethal force.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • 19 USAF ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. In addition, 4 U.S. Navy and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Coalition Airpower conducted 21 close-air-support missions
  • No description about U.S. Navy air-operations.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • 21 USAF and U.S. Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. In addition, 3 USAF and Coalition aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Topics - Last update Jun. 15, 2009
JASDF begins to check radioactivity over Japan
Japan MoD: 北朝鮮の核実験に関連する特別調査の実施について
YOMIURI ONLINE: 地下核実験、防衛省など放射性物質測定に全力
  • JASDF Hyakuri, Misawa and Tuiki A.B., Japan (May 25, 2009) - North Korea have conducted a 2nd underground nuclear test on May 25.

    In response to the nuclear test, Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) T-4 Dolphin jet trainers began flying tonight from JASDF Hyakuri, Misawa and Tuiki air bases as part of checking radioactivity materials over Japan using dust sampling pods.

    Other Government organs are also participating in the checking.

    KWAT_JASDF_T_T4_770.jpg
    Click: JASDF T-4 to equip in a center pylon with a dust sampling pod.
    The photo is reprinted by the permission of Mr. KWAT from "KWATのほおむぺえじ一号一型".

    * The checking mission is over Jun. 5.
Reserve officer as an IA was killed by an IED
U.S. Navy: DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
  • Near Fallujah, Iraq (May 25, 2009) - Reserve Cmdr. as an individual augmentee (IA) died May 25 from injuries suffered as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on his convoy southeast of Fallujah. Cmdr. was assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Gulf Region Division in Iraq.

    According to Navy Times, two others were killed and two were wounded in the IED attack.
Eisenhower CSG is deployed to the U.S 5th Fleet AOR
U.S. Navy: Image: 090526-N-9988F-211.jpg camera.png
  • Arabian Sea (May 25, 2009) - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) is deployed as flagship of Eisenhower CSG to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility for a scheduled deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations.
USS George H.W. Bush to conduct flight deck certifications
U.S. Navy: Image: 090525-N-1981M-354.jpg camera.png
  • Atlantic Ocean (May 25, 2009) - USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is conducting flight deck certifications in the Atlantic Ocean.
USS Patriot and USS Guardian to arrive Hong Kong
U.S. Navy: U.S. Minesweepers Arrive in Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong (May 25, 2009) - USS Patriot (MCM 7) and USS Guardian (MCM 5) arrived in Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong May 25 for a replenishment and others.
U.S. Philippine Sailors and USCG to participate in CARAT 09
COMLOG WESTPAC, USN: Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2009
USN: Chafee, Philippine Sailors and U.S. Coast Guard Team Up For Maritime Security Training
  • Cebu Straits, Philippines (May 25, 2009) - A team of Philippine Navy team embarked an RHIB from USS Harpers Ferry and U.S. Coast Guard personnel participated in a simulated visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) mission May 25 aboard USS Chafee (DDG 90) as part of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2009.

    CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces.

    * USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) also is participating in CARAT 2009.
USNS Comfort to arrive in Colon, Panama for CP09
USN: Comfort Arrives in Panama, Offers Daily Medical Services to Hundreds
  • Colon, Panama (May 24, 2009) - USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Colon, Panama May 24 as part of Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09) to provide medical and other services.
Bataan ARG/22nd MEU is on a scheduled deployment
U.S. Navy: Image: 090523-N-5345W-106.jpg camera.png
  • Atlantic Ocean (May 23, 2009) - Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG)/22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) which consists of USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Ponce (LPD 15) and 22nd MEU conducts a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189). USS Anzio (CG 68) also conducts a RAS.

    Bataan ARG/22nd MEU is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility for supports maritime security operations.

    * Anzio is on a separatly deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th Fleet AOR.
USS Lake Champlain rescues 52 distressed mariners
U.S. Navy: USS Lake Champlain Rescues More Than 50 Mariners in Distress
  • Gulf of Aden (May 23, 2009) - An SH-60B assigned to HSL 45 Det. 4, USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) as part of Boxer ARG/13th MEU spotted a distressed skiff in the Gulf of Aden May 23 and then rescued 52 men women and children who had been adrift in a small skiff for approximately seven days due to engine problems.

    * How did as many as 52 people take that skiff ?

Memo

Recently, U.S. sounded Japan out about purchasing of F-35 instead of F-22 as next JASDF fighter. JASDF seems to have lost the possibility of purchasing F-22.

USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) returned Mayport May 23 after a six month deployment including Africa Partnership Station.

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