USS Vandegrift Arrives in Aomori, Japan
AOMORI, Japan (NNS) -- The guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) arrived in Aomori, Japan, Aug. 2, to participate in a port call in the northern Japanese city
Camp Zama Co-Op Offers Japanese Soldiers Tour of USS Stethem
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- A group of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers from various regions visited Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) for a tour of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser USS Stethem (DDG 63) Aug. 12
USS Stethem Holds Honorary Master Chief Frocking For Namesake
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 24, 2010) Retired Chief Boatswain's Mate (SEAL) Kenneth J. Stethem receives a bronzed master chief cover from Chief Intelligence Specialist Dan Mayfield and Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Jeff Kuhlman, both assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63), during a ceremony to celebrate his brother and ship namesake, Robert D. Stethem's, honorary frocking of to the rank of master chief petty officer. Steelworker 2nd Class Robert Dean Stethem was killed aboard TWA
Director of Expeditionary Warfare Visits USS Rushmore
SAN DIEGO (August 25, 2010) Maj. Gen. Timothy Hanifen, Director, Expeditionary Warfare, congratulates Cmdr. William Grotewold, Commanding Officer, USS Rushmore (LSD 47) on maintenance progress during a mid-morning visit to the ship.
PRINCETON's VBSS team conducts an approach visit on fisherman in the Red Sea
RED SEA (August 7, 2010) USS PRINCETON (CG-59) is currently tasked with patrolling areas where piracy of merchant vessels is a growing problem. PRINCETON’s Visit Board Search and Seizure team conducts visits of vessels in order to better enforce maritime security, deter piracy, and police smuggling in areas where piracy is reported.
U.S. Navy Ships Arrive at Seattle for Seafair 2010
SEATTLE (NNS) -- USS Port Royal (CG 73), USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrived in the Port of Seattle Aug. 3 for Seattle Seafair 2010. Seattle Seafair is an annual summer celebration. The U.S. Navy, along with the Canadian navy and U.S. Coast Guard, participate in the event, during which selected ships sail into Seattle
Port Royal Participates in the 61st annual Seattle Seafair Navy Week
SEATTLE - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) arrives in Seattle to participate in the 61st annual Seattle Seafair Navy Week. Seafair activities allow U.S. and Canadian Sailors and Coast Guard personnel to experience the local community and to promote awareness of the maritime forces
Pinckney Sailor Competes in Olympic Boxing Qualifyer
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A San Diego-based Sailor assigned to USS Pinckney (DDG 91) will compete in the 36th annual National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues (PAL) Boxing Tournament Oct. 2-9 in San Antonio, which could mean a shot at the 2012 Olympics
Marines Walk the Flight Deck Aboard Amphibious Assault Ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Marines attached to 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit walk the flight deck aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is the command platform for Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialis
Peleliu Launches Liberty at Sea Program
USS PELELIU, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Peleliu (LHA 5) introduced the first session of the Liberty at Sea program aboard the amphibious assault ship Aug. 2 to reward Sailors for their exceptional work.
15th MEU Helicopters Launch from Peleliu in Support of Pakistan Relief Efforts
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Marines prepare to board a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Helicopter Marine Medium “White Knights” (HMM-165) (REIN) on board USS Peleliu (LHA 5). This group is the first wave to go ashore in Pakistan to help maintain the heavy lift aircraft the Navy and Marine Corps are providing to deliver relief supplies to flood-stricken regions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Omar A. Dominquez)
A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion Launches from the Flight Deck Aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Helicopter Marine Medium “White Knights” Squadron (HMM-165) (REIN) launches from the flight deck aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as the first wave to go ashore in Pakistan in preparation to deliver relief supplies to flood-stricken regions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Omar A. Dominquez)
Amphibious Assault Ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Steams Off the Coast of Pakistan
NORTH ARABIAN SEA - Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) steams off the coast of Pakistan with a full array of helicopters from Helicopter Marine Medium Squadron “White Knights” (HMM-165) (REIN) and Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 “Blackhawks.” The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group is providing aid to the Pakistani government and military with heavy lift capabilities in flooded regions of Pakistan. Peleliu is the command platform for Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group.
ESG 5 Commander Visits Pakistan
PAKISTAN - The commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 5 and commander, Task Force 59, Crisis Response, visited Pakistan Aug. 19 and 21 to meet with Pakistani military leaders.
USS New Orleans Arrives in Colombia in Support of A-SPS 10
BAHIA MALAGA, Colombia (NNS) -- USS New Orleans along with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5, and other embarked units arrived at Naval Base Bahia Malaga, Colombia July 31, as the third stop in support of this year's annual Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station (A-SPS) 2010.
New Orleans Helps Community in Colombia in Support of A-SPS 10
BAHIA MALAGA, Colombia (NNS) – Sailors and Marines from USS New Orleans, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5, and other embarked units participated in a community relations project in Bahia Malaga, Colombia Aug. 3 and 4, as part of this year’s annual Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station (A-SPS) 2010.
USS New Orleans Completes Colombia Port Visit
USS NEW ORLEANS, At Sea (NNS) -- USS New Orleans (LPD-18), along with Amphibious Squadron 5 (PHIBRON 5), and other embarked units departed Bahia Malaga, Colombia Aug. 17, after completing a port visit in support of Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station (A-SPS) 2010
Sailors from USS Makin Island's (LHD 8) Extinguish a Class Bravo Fire During a Flight Deck Fire Drill
SAN DIEGO - Sailors from USS Makin Island's (LHD 8) Air Department extinguish a class bravo fire during a flight deck fire drill August 9. The drill simulates a helicopter crashing on the flight deck, and requires the Sailors to simulate putting out a fire, rescuing the helicopter's crew, as well as other actions dealing with flight deck damage control. The drill is just one of several events to prepare the ship and crew for Aviation
certification and Final Contract Trials.
SIQ LOE held aboard USS Makin Island
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Makin Island (LHD 8) hosted a Shipboard Isolation and Quarantine (SIQ) Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) Aug. 17-19 in San Diego
First Change of Command for USS Makin Island
SAN DIEGO - Capt. James Landers (right) will assume the duties as commanding officer of USS Makin Island (LHD 8) from Capt. Robert Kopas during Makin Island's first ever change of command ceremony August 27. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Fairbanks/Released)
USS Makin Island Change of Command Ceremony
SAN DIEGO - Capt. James W. Landers relieves Capt. Robert G. Kopas during USS Makin Island’s (LHD 8) first change of command ceremony August 27. Landers assumed command of the U.S. Navy’s only hybrid-electric drive amphibious assault ship. Kopas, who assumed command in Sept. 2005, was the first commanding officer of both Pre-Commissioning Unit Makin Island and USS Makin Island. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Glenn S. Robertson/Released)
Kidd Crew Enjoys Free Food and Games
People driving on to Naval Station Everett the evening of Aug. 2 were welcomed by the overwhelming smell of barbecue. The sounds of the music and the chatter and laughter from the crowd can be heard as one walked toward the baseball fields outside the Commons.
Third Fleet Commander Recognizes Top Performers
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason M. Tross, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-West, Det. Northwest
SEATTLE (NNS) -- More than 30 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from both the United States and Canada received recognition during a Navy League of the U.S. (NLUS) Sea Services Luncheon held at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle Aug. 6
Gates Thanks Sailors for Mediterranean-Haiti Deployment
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 12, 2010) U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates meets with crew members aboard the destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76). Higgins recently returned from an around-the-world deployment and was the first ship to arrive in Haiti, following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010
Halsey's Boarding Teams Prepare for Action
USS HALSEY, At Sea (NNS) -- Visit, board, search and seizure teams from USS Halsey (DDG 97) completed numerous exercises July 28-30 to prepare for potential maritime security operations during their 2010 deployment schedule
USS Green Bay Sailor Throws First Pitch
SEATTLE - USS Green Bay (LPD 20) Sailor Boatswain Mate 2nd Class Bryce Kessinger throws out the first pitch at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Park 6 August. BM2 Kessinger was awarded the opportunity to throw the first pitch for being Green Bay's Junior Sailor of the Year 2009. Green Bay is participating in Seattle's Sea Fair 2010.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadets On Board USS Green Bay
Seattle, Washington - USS Green Bay (LPD 20) hosted thirty-eight U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from around the country August 3 to 8 while in Seattle for the 61st Annual Seafair 2010 Fleet Week.
USS Green Bay Runs at Sea to Honor Fallen Hero
PACIFIC OCEAN - Sailors and Marines take part in the companion run to the Jerabek Challenge 2010, held in Hobart, WI. The participants ran 36 laps around Green Bay's flight deck to equal the 4 mile distance of the run in Wisconsin.
USS Gary Holds Change of Command Ceremony
San Diego, CA— Cmdr. Daniel J. Senesky was relieved by Cmdr. Christopher J. Budde during a Change of Command ceremony held onboard the USS Gary (FFG 51) Thursday, August 19th. The ceremony marked the end of a 23 month tour for Cmdr. Senesky aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate
USS Gary Holds Change of Command Ceremony
San Diego, CA— Cmdr. Daniel J. Senesky was relieved by Cmdr. Christopher J. Budde during a Change of Command ceremony held onboard the USS Gary (FFG 51) Thursday, August 19th. The ceremony marked the end of a 23 month tour for Cmdr. Senesky aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate.
Ford Returns from RIMPAC
After participating in the 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, USS Ford (FFG 54) returned to homeport Naval Station Everett Aug. 14. RIMPAC is a unique opportunity that brings together various navies from around the world to practice multinational fleet exercises off the coast of Hawaii
Senior Kuwaiti Officers Visit Dubuque
Rainbow sideboys render honors to Assistant Undersecretary for Border and Security Affairs, Maj. Gen. Mohamed Al-Sabah and other Kuwaiti and U.S. military officials Aug. 2 as they arrive aboard USS Dubuque (LPD 8). The military officials toured the ship and were guests of the commanding officer for lunch in the ship’s wardroom. Dubuque is part of Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS Dubuque Bring Humanitarian Relief to Pakistan
ARABIAN SEA - The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), left, and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8) are underway off the coast of Pakistan. Peleliu and Dubuque are in the early stages of supporting the Pakistani government and military with heavy lift capabilities to bring humanitarian assistance to those affected in flooded regions of Pakistan. Peleliu and Dubuque are a part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group.
Dubuque Assists Pakistani Government and Military Disaster Relief Efforts
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 15, 2010) Personnel assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8) Combat Cargo Platoon wrap a pallet of humanitarian supplies to be moved to the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during a vertical replenishment. Dubuque is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, supporting the Pakistani government and military disaster relief efforts with heavy lift capabilities in flooded regions of Pakistan
Dubuque Transports Personnel, Equipment to Support Pakistan Flood Relief
ARABIAN SEA - Gunnery Sgt. Jason Kesner, left, and Lance Cpl. Jonathan Hoff, both assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8) Combat Cargo Platoon, attach a pendant to the bottom of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during a vertical replenishment with the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Dubuque is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, supporting the Pakistani government and military disaster relief efforts with heavy lift capabilities in flooded regions of Pakistan.
UFC Fighters Hit Hard in Sasebo
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) hosted three Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters Aug. 18-19 in Sasebo, Japan.
Decatur Going On Ballistic Missile Deployment
In 2007, the USS Decatur became the first American destroyer fire a Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) to intercept a ballistic missile target. The test missile was fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii.
USS Crommelin Deploys to Western Pacific
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific Aug. 3.
Cowpens (CG 63) Community Service Project in Japan
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Kermit Jones, command chaplain aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63), greets children from the Fujisawa City Misono Orphanage during a community relations project sponsored by Cowpens and the U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka. More than 70 children were transported onboard Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a day of bowling, playing in the park and an American style barbecue with more than 100 command volunteers.
USS Cape St. George Tests Air Defense System
ABOARD USS CAPE ST. GEORGE , At Sea (NNS) -- Pacific Ocean -- USS Cape St. George (CG 71) tested its Aegis weapons system July 29 as part of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
Bunker Hill Fights A Live Fire during Surface Line Week 2010
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 17, 2010) A Sailor assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) fights a live fire simulating an aircraft fire aboard a ship during Surface Line Week 2010. Surface Line Week, hosted by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, is a weeklong series of professional and athletic events designed to boost camaraderie and professionalism among sea and shore commands
USS Boxer Shows Midshipmen Life at Sea
The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) played host to more than 100 midshipmen Wednesday and Thursday, giving them a brief look at life at sea on a surface warship.
USS Blue Ridge, 7th Fleet Conclude Pacific Partnership 2010 Palau
PELELIU, Republic of Palau - Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Christopher Moore, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), receives a high-five from a toddler after taking vitals at the Southern Community Health Center in the Republic of Palau. Blue Ridge is in the Republic of Palau conducting Pacific Partnership 2010, the fifth in a series of annual U.S. Pacific Fleet endeavors to strengthen regional relationships with host and partner nations.
Blue Ridge Arrives in Korea
BUSAN, Korea (NNS) -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Aug. 13 in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet's participation in the combined forces exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian with the ROK Navy.
Blue Ridge trains on vertical replenishment maneuvers
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 29, 2010) Operations Specialist 3rd Class Michael Sumlar launches an SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter aboard U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge is conducting flight operations to train on vertical replenishment maneuvers. Blue Ridge serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7/Task Force (CTF) 76, the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious force
PHIBRON 7 Disestablished After 24 Years Of Service
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 12, 2010) Capt. Timothy M. Wilson, former commanding officer of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 7, makes his final remarks to his staff during the squadron's disestablishment ceremony aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). PHIBRON-7 was disestablished after 24 years of naval service turning over operational control to Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3.
PHIBRON 5 Holds Change of Command Ceremony
SAN DIEGO – Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5 Commodore, Capt. Peter J. Brennan turned the helm over to Capt. Humberto L. Quintanilla II at a change of command ceremony held aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in San Diego, Aug. 22.
Midshipmen Ride LCU’s to Shore
San Diego – Over one-hundred Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipmen kicked off the final week of their summer training program by riding the waves with the Coronado-based Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 Monday, August 2.
USS Curtis Wilbur Cuts Through Rough Pacific Seas
PACIFIC OCEAN - The guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG54) transits through rough seas in the Pacific Ocean. Curtis Wilbur is part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is underway with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group helping ensure security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication specialists 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas (Released)
Surface Line Week 2010
SAN DIEGO— Surface Line Week (SLW), a ten day contest sponsored by Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet will begin Aug. 12 and run through Aug 20. The annual competition is a marquee event on the San Diego waterfront and features a series of activities dedicated to friendly competition in a variety of seamanship and sporting events.
Surface Line Week 2010 Underway in San Diego
San Diego – San Diego’s 29th annual Surface Line Week (SLW) continued today with the commencement of volleyball, football, soccer, softball, racquetball, and basketball tournaments; the inaugural swimming competition; and the visual communications, lathe, and welding contests.
U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Perform at Navy Week
Boise, ID - The U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, perform at the Western Idaho Fair during Boise Navy Week, one of 20 Navy Weeks planned across American for 2010. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a signigicant navy presence. (U.S. Navy phot by Senior Chief Mass Communication Sepcialist Gary Ward/Rreleased)
Top Navy Officer Visits San Diego
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) was the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of San Diego, the West Coast Surface Navy Association (SNA) Symposium and conducted an all-hands call with Sailors in San Diego Aug. 26.
Decatur, Benfold Practice BMD Exercise
SAN DIEGO - San Diego-based ships USS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Benfold (DDG 65), along with Norfolk-based USS Stout (DDG 55), participated in a ballistic missile defense exercise (BMDX) Aug. 23-27.
US, South Korea Announce Yellow Sea Exercise
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The United States and South Korea announced a new set of military exercises that will be held in the Yellow Sea in early September 2010, a Pentagon official said in Washington, D.C., Aug. 18
BMU 1 Members Participate in Continuing Promise 2010
COVENAS, Columbia (Aug. 8, 2010) Logistics Specialist Seaman Fidel Lopez, from Miami, assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1, greets a Colombian boy during Continuing Promise 2010. BMU-1 is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), which is off the coast of Colombia conducting the Continuing Promise humanitarian civic assistance mission to provide medical, dental, veterinary and engineering assistance to eight nations
ATG San Diego in Bid to Defend Surface Line Week Title
San Diego – As the 29th annual Surface Line Week (SLW) competition continues, Afloat Training Group San Diego (ATG SD) is working hard to defend their title as the reigning overall champions of the medium-size command category.
Det F, ACU-1: A Self Sustained Unit
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 20, 2010) Sailors assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 lay a wreath in San Diego Bay during a memorial ceremony in honor of Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley, who died from wounds sustained in Logar Province, Afghanistan