Russell Sailors Honor Friend, Author and World War II Veteran
SAN DIEGO – The officers and crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) remembered the life of Dr. Barry Friedman, a World War II veteran, author and special friend of the crew during a special memorial service held on board the ship.
USS Dewey Changes Command
SAN DIEGO – The officers and crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) held a change of command ceremony while in homeport at Naval Base San Diego.
USS Higgins Honors Namesake with Remembrance Ceremony
SAN DIEGO - The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) held a remembrance ceremony for Marine Corps Col. William Richard Higgins, the ship's namesake, to recognize the 26th anniversary of his capture.
USS San Diego Welcomes new Commanding Officer
PACIFIC OCEAN – Capt. John Menoni relieved Capt. William Grotewold as Commanding Officer of amphibious transport ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) during a change of command ceremony at sea.
USS Russell Holds Change of Command Ceremony
SAN DIEGO – With the traditional exchange of salutes, Cmdr. Ann McCann turned over command of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) to Cmdr. James Harney during a change of command ceremony at the BAE Shipyard in San Diego.
PCU Milwaukee Conducts Mast-Stepping Ceremony
MARINETTE, Wis. - The crews of the Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Milwaukee (LCS 5), conducted a mast-stepping ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis.
Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Milwaukee
WASHINGTON - The Navy will christen its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) in a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wis., Dec. 18 at 1:15 p.m. CST.
USS Freedom holds Change of Command Ceremony
PEARL HARBOR - Cmdr. Patrick C. Thien, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), relinquishes his duties as he salutes Capt. Randy Garner, commodore of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One, during a change of command ceremony.
USS Peleliu Holds Change of Command Ceremony
SAN DIEGO - Capt. John D. Deehr (left) salutes Capt. Paul C. Spedero Jr. after turning over command of amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during a change of command ceremony at the USS Midway Museum.
ATGMIDPAC Commissions New Limited Duty Supply Corps Officer
PEARL HARBOR, HI - Chief Logistics Specialist Naomi Green, originally from Sacramento, California and an underway instructor at Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, was commissioned an Ensign during a ceremony at the Pacific Fleet Boathouse onboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.
USS Cape St. George Commemorates its Heritage
SAN DIEGO - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) commemorated the 70th anniversary of the battle for which it was named at Naval Base San Diego.
USS Gary Holds Change of Command
SAN DIEGO – The guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) conducted a change of command ceremony while in homeport at Naval Base San Diego.
USS Sampson Holds Change of Command
SAN DIEGO – The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) conducted a change of command ceremony while in homeport at Naval Base San Diego.
PHIBRON 11 Holds Change of Command Ceremony
SASEBO, Japan – Capt. Heidi Agle relieved Capt. Cathal O’Connor as Commander Amphibious Squadron 11 (CPR 11) during a ceremony aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
USS Freedom Celebrates 5th Birthday
SINGAPORE - Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Clas Jeff Vandersteen and Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Recruit Cameron Tafelski ceremoniously cut the littoral combat ship USS Freedom’s (LCS 1) birthday cake on the messdecks.
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.
SURFPAC Hosts Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
CORONADO, Calif. -- The staff of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) honored the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration held at their headquarters building in Coronado, Calif.
William P. Lawrence Remembers Fallen Pilots
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) gathered for a remembrance ceremony to honor the lives of two fallen pilots killed in a helicopter accident.
Ceremony for Three New Destroyers
Lt.Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general, First Marine Expeditionary Force, will preside over a ceremony in recognition of the Navy’s three newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers, USS John Finn, USS Ralph Johnson, and USS Rafael Peralta.
SURFPAC Sailors Advanced to Chief Petty Officer
CORONADO, Calif. – A group of 11 Sailors were advanced to the rank of chief petty officer (CPO) during a pinning ceremony sponsored by the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) at the base chapel on board Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Sept. 13.
USS Freedom (LCS 1) CPO Pinning
Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician- Electrical (SW) Julius Barnes, assigned to USS Freedom (LCS 1), is overcome with emotion as he has his combination cover placed on his head at a Chief's pinning ceremony aboard the ship, currently deployed to Singapore. (U.S Navy photo by MC3 Karolina Oseguera)
Essex Sailor selected as AO of the year
Chief Select Aviation Ordnanceman Raymond T. Scott, who is assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) was awarded the John W. Finn Aviation Ordnanceman of the Year Award.
MCMRON 5/CTF 52 Changes Leadership
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain – Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 5, Task Force (CTF) 52, held a change f command ceremony on board RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009) July 11.
From Wog to Shellback
EQUATORIAL PACIFIC – Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) participated in a Crossing the Line ceremony July 4, Independence Day, after transiting the equator while en route to a scheduled joint-forces exercise in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Keel Authenticated for Eighth LCS
MOBILE, Ala. - The Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Montgomery, the Navy's eighth littoral combat ship (LCS)in Mobile, Ala.
USS Stethem Commemorates 28th Anniversary of Namesake
PACIFIC OCEAN - Arleigh burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) honored the ship's namesake, Robert Dean Stethem's death in Beirut, Lebannon 28 years ago, with an observance while underway in the Western Pacific Ocean.
USS Shiloh Receives New Commanding Officer
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) received a new commanding officer during a ceremony at the Fleet Activities Yokosuka Fleet Theater.
USS Chung-Hoon Remembers Battle of Midway
SOUTH CHINA SEA - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) honored the memory of fallen service-members from the Battle of Midway with a ceremony.
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.
First Destroyerman Pinned EIDWS
SAN DIEGO, CA – The first presentation of the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist qualification to a destroyer Sailor occurred aboard USS MILIUS (DDG 69).
USS O’Kane Command Changes Hands
Pearl Harbor, HI - Commander James J. Juster relieved Commander Michael E. Ray as Commanding Officer of USS O’Kane (DDG 77) during a traditional change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam.
Peleliu Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage with Tigers
PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors, Marines and their respective family members, or “tiger cruise” participants celebrated Asian-Pacific Heritage Month with history lessons, music and performances during a ceremony in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
CNO Reenlists Blue Ridge Sailors
USS Blue Ridge Sailors experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert served as reenlisting officer at a group ceremony during his visit to Yokosuka Naval Base.
Peleliu Sailors, Marines Remember Holocaust
PACIFIC OCEAN - Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) observed "Yom Hashoah" or Holocaust Remembrance Day with a commemoration ceremony.
Carrier Strike Group 5 Celebrates 69th Anniversary
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 honored their 69th anniversary with a celebration in the flag mess aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
USS Chafee holds change of command
Cmdr. Anthony C. Littmann relieved Cmdr. Justin A. Kubu as commanding officer of USS Chafee (DDG 90) during a change of command ceremony held at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.