|The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans transits the Gulf of Aden
The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) transits the Gulf of Aden. New Orleans is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet area of operations.
2018 SWO Summit Concludes in Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — The 2018 Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Summit concluded in Yokosuka, Japan, April 20 after a week of discussions, lessons and career advancement initiatives.
Naval Beach Group 2 Kicks Off JLOTS 18
ACAJUTLA, El Salvador — Sailors from Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2 kicked off the Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) 18 exercise with the successful lowering and assembly of Improved Navy Lighterage System Causeway Ferries 06 and 07 from the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305) April 18, 2018.
Win First and Then Go to War
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” This 2,500-year-old Sun Tzu maxim was the quote of the day in USS Mason’s Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, plan of the day.
A Commander’s Perspective: Why Fleet-Up is the Best Way to Prepare U.S. Navy Captains for War
Since the release of the Comprehensive Review the Surface Warfare community has taken a hard – and much needed – introspective look at our qualification processes, training programs, and career management policies. Poor practices have rightly been called out for change and a healthy debate has been raised over virtually every aspect of Surface Warfare training and personnel management – including the executive officer/commanding officer (XO/CO) fleet-up model – a model which many in the community love to hate.
ESSEX ARG 13th MEU Complete PMINT
Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to their respective homeports following the completion of an amphibious squadron (PHIBRON)-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) off the coast of Southern California, April 5.
How XO/CO Fleet-Up Enhances Operational Competence
Among the many debates occurring across the Navy in the wake of the USS FITZGERALD and USS JOHN S. MCCAIN collision mishaps of last summer is whether or not the Surface Community should continue with the unit-level XO/CO Fleet-Up policy. Strong, considered opinions exist on both sides of the issue as thoughtful professionals seek to settle the question regarding the value and future of the policy.
Onboard with Sailor 2025
With the Navy entering one of its largest and most dynamic growth periods to date, retaining experienced Sailors is paramount to ensuring our continued success at maintaining a dominant global presence.
Greetings from Surface Forces’ headquarters in Coronado. We’ve been busy, as a community and as a Navy, since our last edition of the waterfront’s finest magazine.
Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success
As I finished my Executive Officer tour and considered my transition to the role of Commanding Officer, I used the time during Prospective Commanding Officer pipeline training to read the books about leadership and warfighting that were on my list.
Voices From the Fleet
The Navy joins the nation in celebrating Women's History Month throughout the month of March 2018.
ALNAV 007/18 encourages participation in all the heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year.
XO–CO Fleet-Up Works
In December 2005, the surface force’s leaders decided to transition from a traditional executive officer (XO) and commanding officer (CO) model of separate tours to a fleet-up model where the current XO relieves the CO on the same ship.
Wasp class amphibious assault ship USS Essex transits the Pacific Ocean
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2018) - Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Pacific Ocean during an amphibious squadron and Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) integration (PMINT) exercise. PMINT is a two-week training evolution between Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th MEU, which allows Sailors and Marines to train as a cohesive unit in preparation for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sabyn L. Marrs/Released)
USS Wasp Arrives in Japan to Join Forward Deployed Naval Forces
After completing a 28,400-mile journey from Norfolk, Virginia, to Sasebo, Japan, the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived replaced USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed amphibious assault ship. Prior to completing their transit across the Atlantic into the Pacific, Wasp conducted two months of humanitarian relief work following major hurricanes in the Caribbean.
USS Carney Joins Ross in the Black Sea
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) joined USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations on Feb. 17, as part of an operational schedule that helps sustain the U.S. Navy’s presence in the region.
Three Gladiator Sailors Claim Historic First
"Gee, I wish I were man, I'd join the Navy." These words, from a 1917 recruiting poster of a woman wearing a man's Navy uniform and a jaunty 'Dixie Cup,' are a relic of bygone era for women in the Navy today.
New Mark VI Patrol Boat Command Opportunities
Following in the footsteps of the Patrol Torpedo boats of World War II and the Riverine Patrol Boats in Vietnam, the modern Mark VI Patrol Boat offers today's Surface Warfare Officers
Aegis Fleet Champion Vice Adm. James H. Doyle, Jr. Dies
Retired Vice Adm. James H. Doyle Jr., whose 34 years of commissioned service culminated with his work developing and fielding cruisers and destroyers with the Aegis Combat System and associated systems, died on Feb. 23. He was 93.
Mine Countermeasures Exercise Dynamic Move Wraps Up in Belgium
OSTEND, Belgium (NNS) -- San Diego-based Mine Countermeasures Division (MCMDIV) 31, the tactical planning staff attached to Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (COMCMRON) 3, successfully completed the annual multinational exercise Dynamic Move March 29.
Deployed Surface Forces Benefitting from SMWDC Training and Technologies
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 5, 2017) Lt. Joven Ernani Dinglasan, center, Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI) of the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), monitors; Lt.Ryan Kelly and Lt. Beux Wedderburen as they operate as tactical actions officer and force tactical actions officer during a missile exercise rehearsal aboard USS Bunker Hill. Thirteen WTIs were underway with the USS Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group (CSG), May 2-11, leading advanced tactical training events in support of the Theodore Roosevelt Group Sail. WTIs are an elite cadre of young surface warfare officers (SWO) selected by SMWDC to become the best of the best in tactics and doctrine development. These new generation surface warriors are charged with increasing the tactical proficiency of surface ships in support of sea control and maintaining maritime superiority. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ignacio D. Perez/Released)
Blue Ridge Earns FSO-M Certification
YOKOSUKA (NNS) – The crew of U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) successfully completed their Fleet Support Operations-Medical (FSO-M) assessments conducted Feb 20-March 26.
ESSEX ARG 13th MEU LAUNCH PMINT
Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) commenced PHIBRON-MEU Integration Exercise (PMINT) Mar. 23.
Readying the Fleet to Own the Fight
This blog originally appeared on Navy Live. (http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/03/23/readying-the-fleet-to-own-the-fight/)
Our Navy’s enduring mission is to protect and defend America and its national interests worldwide. As the largest contingent of the Nation’s maritime warfighting force, it is critical our surface ships continue to “own the fight” by being the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest warships operating around the globe.