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  • 6 July 2012

    The U.S. Navy’s first afloat forward staging base-interim, USS Ponce (AFSB-I), arrived in Bahrain for duty in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), July 6. Prior to arriving in theater, Ponce, formerly designated as an amphibious transport dock (LPD), was converted and reclassified as an AFSB(I) in April to fulfill a long-standing U.S. […]

  • 16 October 2017

    The US Navy has decommissioned its afloat forward staging base (interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) in a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk. USS Ponce was decommissioned on October 14, after more than 46 years of naval service. Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., provided keynote remarks. Wilson highlighted the significance […]

  • 21 November 2011
    Training & Education

    The hot, bright Puerto Rican sun poured its rays down over the Bay of Ponce as the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD 15) slipped its moorings and turned its bow north, heading home to Norfolk, Va. after a warm and energetic final visit to its last-ever port of call (and namesake city), Ponce, Puerto […]

  • 13 November 2013
    Training & Education

    Four Bahraini men, adrift in fishing skiff for two days, were assisted by the Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSBI (I) 15) approximately 30 nautical miles off the coast of Bahrain, Nov. 9. It was the second such event for Ponce in the past year and another of a growing list of accomplishments […]

  • 30 October 2012

    Seven Bahraini fishermen foundering in their boats amid a hailstorm were rescued by Afloat Forward Staging Base(Interim) USS Ponce (LPD 15) 15 off the coast of Bahrain, Oct. 29. At 6:37 a.m. local time, 30 nautical miles northeast of Bahrain, the crews of two small skiffs, waiving their arms in distress, were spotted by Ponce. […]

  • 6 September 2012

    Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) continued to support military operations in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Aug. 27. Ponce, once an amphibious transport dock (LPD) ship, is now the Navy’s first AFSB(I) with a combined crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command (MSC) civilian mariners. “We’ve combined […]

  • 10 October 2012
    Training & Education

    Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command, honored 89 members of USS Ponce’s (AFSB(I) 15) crew during an Oct. 7 ceremony highlighting accomplishments associated with bringing Ponce into service and on station. Navy Capt. Jon P. Rodgers, Ponce’s commanding officer, also presided over the ceremony held aboard Ponce, underway in the Arabian Sea. […]

  • 28 September 2017

    The US Navy’s afloat forward staging base-interim USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) returned to Naval Station Norfolk September 27 after spending over five years overseas. The navy’s first laser-weapon system fitted ship returned from the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and is set to be decommissioned and dismantled later this year. Nicknamed “Proud Lion,” Ponce […]

  • 24 September 2012
    Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy’s first Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15), will showcase its much anticipated capabilities in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) during International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012 (IMCMEX 12), Sept. 16-27. Designated as an amphibious transport dock (LPD) more than 41 years ago, Ponce was converted and reclassified […]

  • 19 March 2012
    Industry news, Research & Development

      Maritime solutions firm Gibbs & Cox will support Military Sealift Command (MSC) and U.S. Navy in the retrofit of USS Ponce. The retrofit will transform the long-serving amphibious transport dock ship into an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB-I) with a habitability structure to support a combined Navy/civil service mariner crew. Slated for deployment this […]

  • 31 October 2011
    Training & Education

    Amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD 15) departed Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 25 on her way to Florida, the first of her final three port calls before being decommissioned. Commissioned in 1971, Ponce is on her way for a visit to Port Canaveral, Fla., before heading in the Caribbean to call in the Virgin Islands […]

  • 3 February 2012

    U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) beagn requesting volunteers from USFF activities to man the soon-to-be redesignated USS Ponce (LPD 15) for operations in the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR), Feb. 2. USS Ponce will serve as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB), instead of its orginal plan to decommission in March. Ponce […]

  • 4 October 2016

    The U.S. Navy has sent three warships off the coast of Yemen after a UAE Navy-operated vessel was hit by missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthi fighters in the Bab al-Mandab strait on Saturday. According to a report by Fox News, guided-missile destroyers USS Mason and USS Nitze were dispatched together with the forward-deployed Austin-class amphibious transport dock […]

  • 7 December 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A combined US/UK task group recently finished a Mine Countermeasure (MCM) exercise in the Persian Gulf.  The scenario for the exercise was to clear ports of mines thereby allowing civilian vessels to pass through. The task group was commanded by Commander Paul Ottewell, Royal Navy, and made up of US Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMVs) USS […]

  • 9 April 2013
    Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    Citing a series of technological breakthroughs, Navy leaders announced plans Apr. 8 at the Sea-Air-Space exposition to deploy for the first time a solid-state laser aboard a ship in fiscal year 2014. “Our directed energy initiatives, and specifically the solid-state laser, are among our highest priority science and technology programs. The solid-state laser program is […]

  • 8 April 2014
    Training & Education

    U.S. Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer.   The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans […]

  • 8 September 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) leaders briefed Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert on technologies ranging from the electromagnetic railgun to the laser weapon system during his visit here Sept. 4.   The CNO spoke to Sailors and civilian technologists about the great impact of emerging capabilities on the current and […]

  • 25 June 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) installed the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) suite aboard the afloat forward staging base variant of the mobile landing platform USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3/AFSB) following recently completed acceptance trials. Project Engineer Richard Childress said the C4I installation efforts were successfully completed to […]

  • 29 October 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Forty-two nations, engaged with their units in a training area stretching between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, launched IMCMEX 14 (International Mine Counter Measure Exercise), the largest exercise of its kind. The third edition of the International MCM Exercise hosted by the U.S. Naval Force Central Command (NAVCENT), aims at training a multinational […]

  • 12 January 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Vessels

    The newest US Navy amphibious transport dock ship Portland (LPD-27) will serve as a platform for the technology demonstration of a laser weapon developed by the Office of Naval Research. This was announced by LPD-17 and LHA program manager Capt. Brian Metcalf at the Surface Navy Association’s annual symposium, and first reported by USNI News. Future USS […]

  • 17 August 2017

    The US Navy is set to commission the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) in a ceremony on Thursday at Khalifa bin Salman Port in Al Hidd, Bahrain. The ship still bears the designation of a Military Sealift Command ship but will become a full blown warship after it is commissioned at around 5 p.m. […]

  • 11 December 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The laser weapon system (LaWS) – a cutting-edge weapon that brings significant new capabilities to America’s Sailors and Marines – was for the first time successfully deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf. The operational demonstrations, which took place from September to November aboard USS Ponce (AFSB[I] 15), were historic not […]

  • 11 April 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships and personnel from U.S., UK and France have kicked off the two-week multilateral amphibious exercise Alligator Dagger 17. The drill is taking place in international waters off the coast of Djibouti and in the vicinity of Djibouti and Arta Beach, between April 5 and 20. Participating forces include U.S. Navy ships USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS […]

  • 25 April 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Warships and personnel from U.S., U.K. and France completed a two-week multilateral amphibious exercise in international waters off the coast of Djibouti and in the vicinity of Djibouti and Arta Beach. Named Alligator Dagger 17, the exercise is led by U.S. Naval Amphibious Forces, and joined by forces from the Royal Navy and French Marines. Participating units included […]

  • 27 September 2012
    Training & Education

    Canadian divers from Fleet Dive Unit, Atlantic, embarked mine countermeasures ship USS Warrior (MCM 10), for phase two of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012 (IMCMEX 12), Sept. 20-26. “Every day of IMCMEX has been different, forcing us to be flexible,” said Canadian Lt.(N) Joel Cornier, mine warfare officer for Fleet Dive Unit, Atlantic. “However, […]

  • 12 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Warships taking part in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) have sailed out of Manama, Bahrain to begin the underway portion of the exercise on April 10. U.S. and Royal Navy ships sailed into the Arabian Gulf and Straits of Hormuz to practice working together to address threats such as piracy, terrorism, and mines. IMCMEX will […]

  • 9 April 2013
    Training & Education

    Representatives from more than 30 nations will gather May 6-30 in Bahrain and waters of the Gulf region for International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13. The largest exercise of its kind in the region, IMCMEX 13 will exercise a wide spectrum of defensive operations designed to protect international commerce and trade; mine countermeasures, maritime security […]

  • 13 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    This year’s International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) concluded in Bahrain Nov. 13, after nearly three weeks of seminars and training maneuvers. The exercise provided a wide array of maritime operations designed to promote international interoperability, protect global commerce and ensure secure sea lanes. More than 6,500 military service members from more than 40 nations, along […]

  • 8 October 2013
    Training & Education

    Six Royal Navy and RFA ships, plus specialist dive teams and Fleet Air Arm squadrons joined their American counterparts in a major minehunting exercise in the Gulf. The joint workout – billed as the most extensive of its kind in several years – saw the two allies work together to clear a path through a […]