Destroyer Squadron NINE Returns to Everett, WA
Everett, WA (24 March 2011) - Destroyer Squadron NINE, USS SHOUP and USS MOMSEN concluded a six and a half-month deployment, returning to their homeport of Everett, Washington, with the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Strike Group.
3rd Fleet Visits DESRON NINE
EVERETT, WA (April 15, 2011) - Destroyer Squadron NINE staff welcomed Vice Adm. Richard Hunt, Commander 3rd Fleet, on Friday as he toured Naval Station Everett.
DESRON 7 Changes Command
PHILIPPINE SEA (April 12, 2011) – Capt. Peter M. Driscoll Jr. passes through sideboys after being relieved of command in the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 change of command ceremony on board the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). Capt. James Morgan relieved Driscoll Jr. as commodore of DESRON 7.
2011 Group Sail Exercise
SAN DIEGO (NNS) - Destroyer Squadron 21 (DESRON 21) ships conducting a column formation during the 2011 Group Sail exercise
Pacific Partnership Team Additions
New Zealand - The French Army of New Caledonia (FANC) will work closely with NZ Defence Force personnel and those from a number of nations as part of Pacific Partnership.
Pacific Partnership Crosses the Line
ABOARD USS CLEVELAND, AT SEA-- Davey Jones arrived aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7), carrying with him orders from his master, King Neptune to cleanse the ship of its pollywogs, or landlubbers who had yet to cross the Equator.
Pacific Partnership Team Arrives in Tonga
VAVA’U, TONGA – The Pacific Partnership team pulled into port off the coast of Vava’u April 13, to begin the first phase of the 2011 mission with representatives from Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, and the United States.
Pacific Partnership Departs Tonga
VAVA’U, Tonga – The Pacific Partnership 2011 team departed Vava’u, Tonga aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7) April 23 after 11 days of working side-by-side with the people of Tonga.
Surface Families Rally to Support Evacuees
SAN DIEGO (April 8, 2011) — Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s (SURFPAC) Ombudsman is leading a campaign to collect donations that began March 26, to support Navy families evacuated from Japan after an earthquake and subsequent Tsunami struck the country March 11.
Operation Tomodachi- Helping Friends in Need
The USS ESSEX (LHD-2), with TACRON TWELVE Detachment FOUR embarked, conducts humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in close coordination with the Japanese ship HYUGA (DDH-181), a Helicopter Destroyer class ship, during Operation TOMODACHI in northern Japan.
USS Ardent (MCM 12) In Arabian Gauntlet 2011 Exercise
ARABIAN GULF (April 24, 2011) - A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 flies above the mine countermeasures ship USS Ardent (MCM 12) during Arabian Gauntlet 2011.
USS Avenger Conducts Damage Control Drills
PHILIPPINE SEA (April 26, 2011) - Engineman Fireman Jeremy Coronado wraps marline around a pipe to reinforce an existing patch during a damage control drill aboard USS Avenger (MCM 1).
USS Avenger Conducts Anti-Terrorism Drills
PHILIPPINE SEA (April 27, 2011) - Mineman 3rd Class Daniel O'Connel aims his training rifle at a simulated target during an anti-terrorism force protection drill aboard USS Avenger
USS Benfold in Drydock
SAN DIEGO, CA—The sighs of relief are audible in BAE shipyard as USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) has finally entered the drydock.
Blue Ridge Concludes Patrol
YOKOSUKA, Japan– USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), and embarked 7th Fleet staff from Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) returned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, April 11, following a two-month patrol and support of Operation Tomodachi.
USS Bonhomme Richard Earns Consecutive Blue H Award
SAN DIEGO (Apr. 9, 2011) - The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) earned its second Navy Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness Award, or Blue "H", recognizing excellence in command health promotion programs. The award was announced, April 1.
ESG 5 visits USS Boxer
GULF OF ADEN (April 13, 2011) Rear Adm. Peg Klein, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 5, addresses Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) during an all-hands call in the hangar bay.
USS Chung-Hoon Honors Sigsbee Sailors
PEARL HARBOR (Apr. 15, 2011) - The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and members of the Navy League Honolulu Council (NLHC) honored Sailors of the destroyer USS Sigsbee in a ceremony aboard Chung-Hoon's flight deck, April 14.
Comstock Conducts UNREP With Alan Shepard
ARABIAN SEA (April 9, 2011) Sailors stand watch on the portside bridge wing aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) during an underway replenishment with Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3).
Vice Admiral Van Buskirk Visits Cowpens
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan (April 21, 2011) – Sailors of the USS Cowpens (CG 63) were honored to host Vice Admiral Scott R. Van Buskirk, Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet during a visit on Thursday.
USS CURTS Hosts Family Picnic
April 15th, 2011 – The USS CURTS celebrated their appreciation for their families’ continued support by hosting a USS CURTS Family Picnic. The families enjoyed a grilled feast, a bounce-house, and waterslide for the children.
USS Decatur Returns to San Diego
SAN DIEGO - Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) returned to San Diego, Calif., after completing a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (AOR) April 21.
Change Of Command 2011
The command of the USS DUBUQUE (LPD 8) was passed from Captain Christopher E. Bolt to Lieutenant Commander Ivan A. Jimenez. LCDR Jimenez will be the last Commanding Officer of the "Mighty Eight," which will be decommissioned in June of this year.
Essex Sailors Conduct Beach Clean Up on Oshima Island
OSHIMA ISLAND (April 3, 2011) - Sailors attached to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) move a fishing boat from a harbor on Oshima Island, Japan. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group are on Oshima Island to help clear a harbor and assist with cleaning debris from roads and a local school in support of Operation Tomodachi.
Essex ARG Concludes Operation Tomodachi Support
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 6, 2011) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits in formation as the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Hyuga (DDH 181) transits in the background. Essex and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) is operating off the coast of Kesenuma in support of Operation Tomodachi.
Essex Completes Western Pacific Patrol
WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Japan (April 12, 2011) - A landing craft utility approaches the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) to offload vehicles from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
USS Essex offloads 31st MEU
OKINAWA, Japan (Apr. 13, 2011) - The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) offloaded the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) April 12 at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan.
USS Essex Returns to Sasebo
SASEBO, Japan (April 14, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Chris Pierce mans the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) pulls into Fleet Activities Sasebo. Essex is returning to Sasebo after completing a three-month patrol of the western Pacific Ocean, which included disaster relief operations in Japan.
USS Ford Change of Command
EVERETT, WASHINGTON – On April 4th, 2011, CDR Donald M. Foss relieved CDR Cord H. Luby as Commanding Officer of the Everett based Frigate, USS FORD (FFG 54).
USS FORD Deploys
Everett, WA (May 9, 2011) - The guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) departed Naval Station Everett for a deployment to the Western Pacific.
USS Hopper to deploy to Western Pacific
PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii- Guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) will depart Pearl Harbor April 15 for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
Replenishment at Sea
UNDERWAY – The guided-missile destroyer USS HOWARD (DDG 83) makes her approach on the supply ship USNS YUKON (T-AO-202) during a routine underway replenishment at sea.
Lassen Takes Part in United Through Reading
SASEBO, JAPAN (April 14, 2011) – Introduced to Lassen this month, the nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization United Through Reading Program aims to help military men and women stay connected with their families in a unique way.
Rear Admiral Jones Reenlists Lassen Sailor
SASEBO, JAPAN (April 15, 2011) – Culinary Specialist 1st Class Greg Blevins (SW/AW) of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) has been in the Navy for over 13 years and hasn’t missed a beat since he enlisted.
Clintons' Attend Retirement Ceremony aboard USS Makin Island
SAN DIEGO (April 1, 2011) Former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton speaks to friends and family of Chief Culinary Specialist Oscar Flores during a retirement ceremony aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
USS McCampbell Strengthens Partnership
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 18, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), right, is underway alongside the Republic of Korea Ulsan-class frigate ROKS Seoul (FF 952) during a passing exercise.
USS MILIUS Change of Command
SAN DIEGO - USS MILIUS (DDG 69) held a change of command ceremony today. CDR R. Trevor King turned over command of the guided ballistic missile destroyer to CDR Nicholie Bufkin.
Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Navy sailors aboard the Aegis destroyer USS O’KANE (DDG 77), and Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command operating from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD).
Port Royal Participates in Koa Kai
PEARL HARBOR (Apr. 5, 2011) - The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73), along with 10 other surface ships and 18 submarines home ported in Hawaii, participated in the week long exercise Koa Kai in the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, March 31-April 5.
USS Rueben James Honors Chief Petty Officer's 118th Birthday
OKINAWA, Japan (April 1, 2011) - Senior Chief Fire Controlman Lon Walters, center left, and Chief Information Systems Technician Josh Hoffman, center right, cut a ceremonial cake in celebration of the 118th birthday of the chief petty officer rank, aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Rueben James (FFG 57).
US, Indian Navies Kick Off Malabar 2011
PHILIPPINE SEA (April 3, 2011) Sailors assigned aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) watch Indian sailors transport officers in rigid-hull inflatable boats as part of exercise Malabar 2011.
USS Vandegrift Heads Out
San Diego (April 17, 2011) USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) transits San Diego Bay headed for sustainment training in the Pacific Ocean.
Mobile, AL Announces Ship's Commissioning
Pensacola, Fla. (Apr. 29, 2011) – The USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG 110) will be commissioned June 4, 2011, at the Alabama State Port Authority Pier 2 Terminal in a ceremony co-hosted by the City of Pensacola and the City of Mobile.