|FORCM(SW/AW) Brannon F. Knox
Force Master Chief - U.S. Pacific Fleet
Force Master Chief Brannon Knox hails from Pawley’s Island, SC. He entered active naval service in June 1986, reporting to Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California. Upon completion of recruit training he attended Radioman Class “A” School and was designated a Radioman.
FORCM Knox served at sea in USS Gridley (CG 21); USS Comstock (LSD 45); USS Jarrett (FFG 33); USS John C Stennis (CVN 74); USS ESSEX (LHD 2); USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Assignments ashore included: Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Detachment Hampton Roads, VA; Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC; Navy Information Operations Command, San Diego, CA.
In August 2007, he reported as Command Master Chief in USS Howard (DDG 83). Master Chief Knox’ previous assignment was CMC in USS Essex (LHD 2) forward deployed in Sasebo, Japan.
He is a graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 82 and Command Master Chief Capstone, Class 40.
Force Master Chief Knox’ personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 gold stars) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 gold stars).
|Keel Laid for First DDG 1000 Destroyer
BATH, Maine - The U.S. Navy laid the keel for its first Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG 1000), Nov. 17, at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.
Local Celebrity Chef Visits USS Ardent
MINA SALMAN PIER, Bahrain - The head chef of the Bahrain restaurant, Ric's Upstairs, visited mine countermeasures ship USS Ardent (MCM 12), to teach the ship's culinary specialists new techniques while preparing a meal together, March 8.
CARAT Exercise Underway in Indonesia
SURABAYA, Indonesia - The 18th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy and Indonesian Navy (IDN) began May 29 with the arrival of a U.S. Navy Task Group and Marine landing force in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Vandegrift, Sampson, Waesche Arrive Singapore for CARAT 2012
SINGAPORE – The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) and the U.S. Coast Guard Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751) arrived in Singapore.
USS Vandegrift Arrives in Vladivostok, Russia
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – Oliver Hazard Perry-class Guided Missile Frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) arrived in Vladivostok, Russia Sept. 20 for a port visit during operations in the Western Pacific.
George Washington Conducts RAS, Replenishes Vandegrift
SOUTH CHINA SEA – The U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) conducted a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3).
US, Cambodian Navies to Conduct CARAT Exercise
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Members of the United States Navy aboard the USS Vandegrift will join the Royal Cambodian Navy to participate in the third Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise in Sihanoukville.
USS Vandegrift Returns from Deployment
Media interested in covering USS Vandegrift's arrival should contact Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at (619) 437-3873 and plan to meet at Naval Base San Diego Pass/ID office at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 to gain access to the base.
DDG 1000 Program Successfully Integrates Deckhouse
BATH, Maine - The Navy's next generation destroyer, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), completed a major ship milestone with the successful lift and integration of the deckhouse on to the ship's hull.
ATG Western Pacific Assess Bonhomme Richard’s 3M System
EAST CHINA SEA- Afloat Training Group (ATG) Western Pacific embarked the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) to examine the ship’s Maintenance, Material, and Management (3M) system for an upcoming 3M Certification in May.
Alva assumes command of Vandegrift
SAN DIEGO – Cmdr. Luis Alva relieved Cmdr. Kristin L. Stengel as commanding officer of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) during a change of command ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
SAN DIEGO - Master-at-Arms 1st Class (SW/AW) Michael Sanders, a native of Pensacola, Fla., and a crew member aboard the guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), receives a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal from Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Jackson
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will christen its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Jackson (LCS 6) in a ceremony at the Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Ala., March 22, at 10 a.m. CDT.
Commander's Corner (Vol 42 - Spring 2014)
My first priority is to “Support the Rebalance to the Pacific.” In his January 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, President Barack Obama directed the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region in recognition of the changed security environment.
USS Vandegrift Returns to San Diego Following Rescue at Sea
SAN DIEGO - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) arrived at Naval Base San Diego following the rescue of a family with a sick infant on a disabled sailboat approximately 1,300 miles south of San Diego
USS Vandegrift Departs San Diego for Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) is scheduled to depart Naval Base San Diego May 9 for an independent deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS Vandegrift Departs San Diego for Deployment
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) departed Naval Base San Diego for an independent deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS ZUMWALT Plugged In
The crew of PCU Zumwalt (DDG 1000) completed training at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division – Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES) where they learned to operate the systems of the U.S. Navy’s first all-electric ship.
Chief Petty Officers Frocked to Senior Chief On Board USS Vandegrift
USS VANDEGRIFT, At Sea (NNS) -- Senior Chief Engineman (SW/EXW) Paul A. Gurrola and Sonar Technician (Geographic) (SW) Joseph F. Hart, were frocked to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer during a ceremony aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) currently deployed to the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Future USS Tripoli (LHA 7) Keel Authenticated
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The keel laying and authentication ceremony for the amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7) was held at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Pascagoula shipyard June 20.
USS Vandegrift Halts Smuggling in Central America
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), intercepted approximately two tons of cocaine being smuggled aboard two fishing vessels while on routine patrol off the coast of Central America.
Commander's Corner (Vol 43 - Summer 2014)
I want to take a tactical pause and reflect on the awesome contributions of our Surface Warriors. Amidst the blocking and tackling of your deckplate and waterfront work, it is important to stand back and appreciate the contributions of every Sailor.
Zumwalt Crew trains in ATFP
BRUNSWICK, Maine (NNS) -- The Precommissioning Unit for DDG-1000, Zumwalt, visited Maine's U.S. Marine Reserve Center to practice with small arms, take down techniques and force protection skills.
Commander NSWDC visited USS Essex
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander of the Navy Surface Warfighting Development Center (NSWDC), visited the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) for a ship tour followed by a professional mentorship wardroom call to speak with embarked surface warfare officers about NSWDC. NSWDC is primarily responsible for conducting and evaluating warfare community-focused training with consideration for real world threats and conditions.
Navy Christens, Launches Future USS Detroit
MARINETTE, Wis. (NNS) -- The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Vandegrift Remembers Diversity; Heritage
PACIFIC OCEAN – When at sea, Sailors rely on the person next to them without question. When the sun goes down, there is always a Sailor on watch to keep the ship going. Down in the engine room, there is always a Sailor watching the gauges to keep everything working like clockwork. Wherever there is work on a ship, there is always a Sailor standing watch.
Vandegrift Commemorates 239 Years of Navy Heritage
PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors, aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift, took time, on the Navy’s Birthday to honor the 239 years of heritage that comes with being a U.S. Navy Sailor.
USS Vandegrift Uncover Illegal Narcotics; Smugglers
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- One of Vandegrift's SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters, from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49, located a small suspicious vessel in a known drug trafficking area, Vandegrift's crew was able to further track and locate the vessel in order deploy an interceptor boat team.
USS Vandegrift Returns from Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) returns to Naval Base San Diego from its final deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
Commander's Corner (Vol 45 - Winter 2015)
A shift is now underway within the Surface Force. It is not subtle, and it is not accidental. The Surface Force is taking the offensive to give operational commanders options to employ naval combat power in any Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2AD) environment.