US Navy Sixth Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Thomas Ishee, and P-8A Poseidon arrives Nigeria – Military Africa

The United States Navy has deployed it’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Nigeria to participate in the Obangame Express 2023 (OE23) martime exercise.

The P-8A Poseidon MPA arrives Lagos, Nigeria on Friday, 27 January, as part of the United States contingent for OE22.

A militarized version of the Boeing 737 commercial aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon is intended to replace the U.S. Navy’s ageing P-3 Orion fleet as the service’s front-line anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

According to Boeing, the P-8 is a multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft, excelling at anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and search and rescue.

Also, Vice Adm. Thomas Ishee, the commander of the 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, 2023.

Vice Adm. Thomas Ishee, commander of U.S. Sixth Fleet, met with Nigerian Navy leadership during his visit to the Western Naval Command during exercise Obangame Express.

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“The work accomplished during Obangame Express strengthens regional cooperation and trust, ensuring African nations can continue protecting their coastal resources and sovereign waters,” said Ishee.

Alongside African partners, U.S. service members also participated in practical demonstrations on combat defense tactics and life-saving medical care under fire.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt.j.g. Nicholas Didiano led a simulated vessel boarding on a Nigerian Navy small patrol craft. The demonstration rehearsed vessel entry, clearing and securing, and arrest techniques.

“The exercise is important because it allows forces to learn how to protect themselves and protect their units and boarding teams. If they encounter any kind of illicit activity, they’ll be better prepared for the risk and threat at hand,” said Didiano.

African partners found the expertise exchange and practical demonstrations helpful for operations that they conduct with their respective nations.

“This exercise is very interesting – rehearsing some methods we already know, while learning new techniques is incredibly helpful on a practical side,” said Maitre Major (MTM) Hermann Houngue, Benin Navy. “Especially the self defense techniques – you have to know them, to protect yourself, to do your job – I can’t stress how important it is in a very practical way.”

OE23, one of three U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) – facilitated regional exercises, provides collaborative opportunities for African and U.S. forces, and international partners to address shared transnational maritime concerns. NAVAF’s ongoing maritime security cooperation with African partners focuses on overcoming the challenges of maritime safety and security in the region.

The exercise takes place across five zones in the southern Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Guinea – stretching from the West African island of Cabo Verde to the Central African shores of Angola, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

Meanwhile, two United State’s Air Force (USAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft, one from the 6th Air Refueling Wing (6th ARW) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida made a brief stop in Cape Town on Wednesday 25 January as part of an endurance mission.

The two Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft, one from the 6th Air Refueling Wing (6th ARW) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, are on a 32 200 km endurance mission across the Southern Hemisphere, under the title of “Delivering Hope, Projecting Lethality.”

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Navy vice admiral reflects on decades of service | We Served

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia – A Cherokee Nation citizen who joined the U.S. Navy in 1984 is now a vice admiral in high-ranking posts as both director of Naval Intelligence and deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare.

“I joined thinking I was only going to be a power plant operator,” said Jeffery E. Trussler, 58, of Springfield, Va. “I had no idea I was going to learn to drive a submarine, shoot torpedoes and missiles and go to and operate in places that most people have never heard of.”

Trussler’s youth was spent in Miami, Oklahoma, where he attended high school and Northeastern A&M Junior College. He was recruited into the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program while attending Oklahoma State University near the end of his junior year in 1984.

“The Navy recruits STEM students to finish their degree program, get commissioned at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and then go through a year of nuclear power plant training,” he said.

In addition to Trussler’s current roles, career highlights include commanding the Undersea Warfighting Development Center, directing future plans of the U.S. Navy, two tours at the Navy Personnel Command, the Joint Staff and the Navy Staff.

Trussler received the Naval Submarine League’s Rear Adm. Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence in Command for 2006. Rather than reflect on his own military awards or decorations, Trussler expressed pride for his crew when in command of the ballistic missile submarine USS Maryland from 2003-06.

“We received the highest marks on all competitive areas we were evaluated in, and eight of my officers went on to their own command assignments,” he said.

Trussler assumed duties as the Navy’s 68th director of Naval Intelligence in June 2020.

“In that role, I work in partnership with the other 17 elements of the National Intelligence Community – Office of the Director of National Intelligence, CIA, NGA, etc. – to ensure our Navy can leverage all the intelligence assets available to maintain advantage over any potential adversaries in the maritime domain,” he said.

As the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, Trussler serves as principal advisor for the Chief of Naval Operations on matters ranging from cyber security to precision navigation.

“On behalf of Navy leadership here in the Pentagon, I work very closely with our fleet to ensure they have the information warfare resources, equipment, trained manpower, etc., available to our commanders so they can deter any potential aggression or fight and win any battle,” he said.

The vice admiral says he will likely retire next year.

“I think my current assignment and time in the Navy will be complete in 2023 after 39 years,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed every moment of my experience in the Navy and am looking forward to the next opportunities.”

Trussler traces his Cherokee lineage to the Trail of Tears and Juda “Tsu-Ta Ki-kum-mah” Cochran, born in 1818 in the Cherokee territory of Georgia.

“During the removal to Oklahoma, she took up with a Scottish trader named Ambrose McGhee who accompanied the Cherokees on the trail,” he said. “They had eight children together in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. Several of their sons fought with Brig. Gen. Stand Watie in the Civil War. One daughter, Eliza Jane “Nu Cha” McGhee had a daughter, Sarah Fields. Sarah had a daughter, Elizabeth Brown, that was my great grandmother. Elizabeth was born in 1888 and lived to 100 before she passed away in 1988 after outliving four husbands.”

Trussler and his wife, Kirsten, will celebrate 30 years of marriage later this year.

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US Navy Submarine Food And The Most Exclusive Restaurant | us army military

us army military – this video shows about the US Navy Submarine Food and the Most Exclusive Restaurant, in this video explaining the food eaten by the crew of the United States submarine, and also the design of a very good kitchen place and a place to eat that is so good to see, here explained how good service to the crew was monitored from the point of view of food intake, to improve the quality of health.

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