Task Force 61, U.S. Sixth Fleet Naval Amphibious Forces Europe Supporting Fully Integrated Navy-Marine Operations
U.S. Marines assigned to Task Force 61 pose for a group photo at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy, Jan. 27, 2023. TF-61, headquartered in Naples, Italy, is a highly flexible and dynamic task force, capable of enhancing the fleet’s maritime domain awareness, in order to advance U.S. national interests, security, and stability throughout Europe and Africa.
Jan. 27, 2023 - Marines and Sailors from II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), led by Col. Ryan Hoyle, commanding officer of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU), arrived in Naples, Italy as the third iteration of II MEF’s support to...

U.S. Sixth Fleet Commander visits Nigeria, celebrates opening ceremony of exercise Obangame Express 23
230127-N-DK722-1002 (Jan. 27, 2023) LAGOS, Nigeria – U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Thomas Ishee, right, commander of U.S. Sixth Fleet, and Nigerian Navy Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, Chief of Staff, salute the Nigerian National Anthem during the Obangame Express 2023 opening ceremony, aboard the Nigerian Navy landing ship tank NNS Kada (LST 1314) in Lagos, Nigeria, Jan. 27, 2023. Obangame Express 2023, conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, is a maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation, and increase maritime safety and security among participating nations in the Gulf of Guinea and Southern Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Cameron C. Edy)
Jan. 27, 2023 - Vice Adm. Thomas Ishee, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, arrived in Lagos, Nigeria for the opening ceremony of Exercise Obangame Express (OE23), the largest multinational maritime exercise in Western and Central Africa, Jan. 27,...

Exercise Obangame Express 23 aids maritime security and prosecution in the Gulf of Guinea
230125-N-DK722-1009 (Jan. 25, 2023) LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigerian Navy and Police Force personnel, alongside U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army personnel from Law Enforcement Detachment 403, conduct Visit, Board, Search and Seizure training during Obangame Express 2023, in Lagos, Nigeria, Jan. 25, 2023. Obangame Express 2023, conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, is a maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation, and increase maritime safety and security among participating nations in the Gulf of Guinea and Southern Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Cameron C. Edy)
Jan. 27, 2023 - With support from Project AGWE – implemented by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) – the...

USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) arrives in Klaipėda, Lithuania
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) arrived in Klaipėda, Lithuania, for a scheduled port visit, Jan. 26, 2023. Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, began its fourth Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol Sept. 27 in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests.
Jan. 26, 2023 - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) arrived in Klaipėda, Lithuania, for a scheduled port visit, Jan. 26, 2023...

U.S. Sixth Fleet Commander, USCGC Spencer (WMEC 905) visit Togo to further maritime security relations
USCGC Spencer (WMEC 905) moors in Lomé, Togo, Jan. 25, 2023. Spencer is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility, employed by the U.S. Sixth Fleet, to carry out joint training, exercises, and maritime security operations alongside African partners in support of U.S. interests abroad to foster regional partnerships, promote regional stability, and strengthen international maritime governance.
Jan. 26, 2023 - The Famous-class medium endurance USCGC Spencer (WMEC 905) arrived in Lomé, Togo for a scheduled port visit, Jan. 25, 2023 marking the first U.S. ship visit to Togo since 2012...

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 Completes Training in Bizë, Albania
Airman Estefany Rodriguezvegas, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), directs an MH-60S Nighthawk helicopter, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, from the flight deck Jan. 23, 2023. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 is the offensive air and strike component of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 and the George H.W. Bush CSG. The squadrons of CVW-7 are Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, VFA-103, VFA-86, VFA-136, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, HSC-5, and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46. The George H.W. Bush CSG is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests.
Jan. 25, 2023 - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 completed inland training using an Albanian range in Bizë, Albania, Jan. 15-17, 2023...

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