Engineer enjoys big mission, small craft
Sitting at the top of a small tower and strapped into a chair that overlooks the well deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) is Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Brian A. Yeomans, Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 56 engineer
Denver Executes Certification Exercise with 31st MEU
USS DENVER, Coral Sea – While families prepare for back-to-school season and football fans prepare for their fantasy drafts, thousands of Sailors and Marines are conducting simulated combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) beach assaults, night vision helicopter flight operations, and full scale amphibious raids.
Essex Sailors ‘take notice’ with new messaging system
The crew of amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) has a new way to stay informed any time of the day or night. The Take Notice Network (TNN), originally created by the Essex Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness (DAPA) team and the ship’s information systems technicians, is a way to get news and information to Sailors in real-time.
Boxer Engineman kicks off Muay Thai
USS Boxer (LHD 4), At Sea – “Ninety percent of fights end up on the ground. The difference between a winner and a fighter is the winner knows what to do once his back touches the ground,” said Engineman 2nd Class Scott Williams as he recollected himself getting pinned during his last competitive fight inside a caged ring.
Sailors and Marines Join Forces Aboard Boxer
Sailors with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) have been working together for months to support a common goal – interoperability.
Boxer ARG, 13th MEU Completes CERTEX
PACIFIC OCEAN - The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed their Certification Exercise (CERTEX).
Blue Ridge Leaves Cairns
CAIRNS, Australia - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Cairns after an eight-day port visit.
USS Fitzgerald Arrives in Northern Japan
AOMORI, Japan - USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) moored in Aomori, Japan for a port visit to the northern Japan city that is in the midst of hosting its annual Nebuta Festival.
HMLA-369 Reunites With Denver
USS DENVER, At Sea – Old became new again when members of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369 found themselves on the decks of amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9).
USS Lassen Visits Melbourne
MELBOURNE, Australia - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrived in Melbourne for a port visit.
U.S. Navy Ships Participate in Marine Mammal Studies
WASHINGTON - Independent researchers working in coordination with the Navy ships USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) conducted ground-breaking marine mammal behavioral response studies (BRSs) on the Navy's Southern California Offshore Range in July.
USS Freedom’s “Blue” Crew Gets Ship Underway
SINGAPORE - The morning began with command quarters and an awards ceremony for a junior Sailor: Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Christian Diaz was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a Letter of Appreciation.
USS Benfold: Where Innovation Meets Action
San Diego, CA - Freethinking begets innovation. That was USS BENFOLD’s mantra as she hosted the most recent iteration of “Project Athena” – a grassroots innovation incubator – on a sublime Friday afternoon in downtown San Diego.
Peleliu Finishes 3rd at Surface Line Week
SAN DIEGO – Sailors from amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) participated in Surface Line Week (SLW) to take third in the week-long competition involving professional and athletic events.
Pacific Fleet Master Chief Visits Paul Hamilton
PEARL HARBOR - Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez, visited the USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) to talk with officers, midshipmen and enlisted members about Fleet priorities for the Pacific region.
BDOC Visits USS Vandegrift
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - August 9, 2013 - USS Vandegrift volunteered to host the current class of Basic Indoctrination for Junior Officers just entering the fleet.
Pacific Partnership 2013 Comes to a Close
HONIARA, Solomon Islands - The sixth phase of Pacific Partnership concluded in the Solomon Islands, bringing the 2013 edition of the multinational mission to a close.
5th Fleet Leadership Visit Nimitz, William P. Lawrence
USS NIMITZ, At Sea - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, Vice Adm. John W. Miller visited the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) to tour the ship and hold an all-hands call with Sailors.
Makin Island Holds Blood Drive
The amphibious assault ship, USS Makin Island’s (LHD 8) Medical Department hosted a blood drive held by the Naval Medical Center of San Diego (NMCSD).
USS Lassen Visits Sydney
SYDNEY, Australia - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrived in Sydney for a port visit.
Bonhomme Richard ARG, 31st MEU Conduct VBSS Exercise
CORAL SEA - Sailors assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in partnership with Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training evolution aboard USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8).
USS Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Sydney
Sydney – Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Sydney for a scheduled port visit.
Princeton Changes Command at Sea
USS PRINCETON, At Sea - The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) observed a change of command ceremony at sea.
Midshipmen visit ACB-1 during Summer Training Program
CORONADO, Calif. – More than 50 midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy visited Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 headquarters as part of their 2013 Professional Training of Midshipmen (PROTRAMID) program.
USS Germantown Visits Cairns
CAIRNS, Australia - Sailors and Marines assigned to dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) pulled into Cairns, Australia for a routine port visit.
Bonhomme Richard Departs Sydney
Sydney, Australia - The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sydney, Australia after a four-day port visit.
PCU America Assists Local School
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) joined administrators and students from Central Elementary School at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Pascagoula.
USS Denver Arrives in Darwin, Australia
DARWIN, Australia – Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Darwin, Australia following scheduled operations in the region.
Beachmaster Unit One has a new Guide to the Shore
Sailors and Marines aboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) assigned to Beachmaster Unit (BMU) 1 left for deployment, Aug. 23, without the Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo (LARC) vehicles; instead they are operating two Expeditionary Watercraft (EWC), a first for a Western Pacific Deployment.
USS Pearl Harbor Returns to San Diego
SAN DIEGO - USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) is scheduled to return to its homeport of San Diego Aug. 26 following the completion of Pacific Partnership 2013 (PP13), the U.S. Pacific Fleet's annual humanitarian and civic assistance mission to nations located in the Oceania region.
USS Vandegrift Conducts Joint Training with Air Force
PACIFIC OCEAN – In an example of joint service interoperability, the guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) supported flight training operations with the U.S. Air Force off the coast of southern California.
Devastator Sweeps Water Polo Tournament
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN – Two teams from the Avenger-class minesweeper USS Devastator (MCM 6) took first and second place in a water polo tournament held at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain.
LCS 4 Completes Acceptance Trials
MOBILE, Ala. - The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully concluded acceptance trials after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), the Navy announced.
PCU Jackson Unveils Official Crest during Ceremony
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The future Independence-class littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jackson (LCS 6) revealed the official crest during a ceremony at Mariners' Park, Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 27.
USS Denver Arrives in Dili, Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste – Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Dili, Timor-Leste following scheduled operations in the region.
SURFPAC Chief Selectees Visit Gravesite of MOH Recipient Lt. John W. Finn
CAMPO, Calif. - Chief petty officer selectees assigned to commander of Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, recite the Sailor's Creed at the grave of Navy Lt. John William Finn, a Sailor in the U.S. Navy who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.
USS Denver Collaborates Medical Training in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste – Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) medical staff began a two-day basic life saving training in a collaborated session at National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV) in Dili, Timor-Leste during a scheduled port visit.
Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Darwin
DARWIN, Australia - The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Darwin, Australia for a scheduled port visit.
Boxer's Flying Squad Heats Up
“Call it in!” yelled Damage Controlman 2nd Class Angie A. Grimes, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Ship’s Sponsor Returns after 31 Years for Visit
SAN DIEGO – For the first time in 31 years, the original sponsor of the guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) returned to the ship for a tour and to meet with crew members in San Diego.
Brothers at sea together after 25 years of service
USS BOXER, At Sea - When Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate (SW/AW) Deondra Quarles, stationed aboard guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51), saw his name on the advancement list for master chief in May of this year, he knew he could be picking orders to a new duty station.
Boxer Leaders Pass on Advancement Knowledge
PACIFIC OCEAN - First class petty officers aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) are passing down their knowledge to junior Sailors who are attempting to advance in ranks.
Bonhomme Richard ARG, 31st MEU Kick Off Exercise Koolendong
DARWIN, Australia - Sailors and Marines of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived here to participate in Exercise Koolendong 2013 (KD 13), a bilateral exercise taking place at the Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA) in Australia's Northern Territory.
USS Gridley CPO Honors Her Ship’s Heritage
PHILADELPHIA – A chief petty officer (CPO) from the guided missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) recently honored the ship’s namesake during a visit to her hometown of Philadelphia during the month of September.