ACU-5 Det. D Sailor Named 2011 Blue Jacket of the Year
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea - A Sailor assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 Det. D deployed aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) received the 2011 ACU-5 Blue Jacket of the Year (BJOY) award, Nov. 22.
USS Chung-Hoon Returns Home
PEARL HARBOR - The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) returned home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) from a six-month independent deployment Dec. 1.
'Makin Island University' Kicks Off First NCPACE Semester of Deployment
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea - Sailors and Marines aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8) are finding time to work toward college degrees thanks to Makin Island University, the ship's Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) program, that kicked off its first semester of the current deployment, Nov. 29.
San Diego-based ships depart for deployment with Lincoln CSG
SAN DIEGO – Guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) are scheduled to depart San Diego Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, respectively, for a deployment to the Western Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility.
USS New Orleans Sailors Conduct Anti-Terrorism, Force Protection Drills
USS NEW ORLEANS, At sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) participated in a series of Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) exercises, Dec. 5 as the ship continued on its current deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
Great Start to a New Year
The Damage Control Training Team led by DC1(SW) Scott Susz and the Anti-Terrorism Training Team led by MN1(SW) David Wall are training more sailors to increase the ship’s readiness.
Lincoln Strike Group deploys
EVERETT, Wash. – Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, embarked on its flagship USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), along with Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and USS Momsen (DDG 92), got underway Dec. 7 for the last time from Naval Station Everett for a scheduled routine deployment. The deployment will be to the western Pacific Command and Central Command areas of responsibility, culminating in Lincoln’s eventual change of homeport to Newport News, Va.
Pearl Harbor Day World War II Ties Run Deep Within Makin Island ARG
PACIFIC OCEAN –- Ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor took place aboard each of the three ships that make up the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) as the unit conducted operations in the Western Pacific Ocean, Dec. 7.
Essex Completes Patrol of Western Pacific
SASEBO, JAPAN (Dec. 8, 2011) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) returned to Sasebo, Japan Dec. 8, after completing a two-and-a-half month patrol of the Western Pacific.
Makin Island Conducts Training Operations at Sea
PHILIPPINE SEA (Dec. 9, 2011) Capt. Cedric Pringle, executive officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), observes Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) conducting fast roping training aboard the ship. Makin Island is on its maiden deployment and conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Lill/Released)
Halsey Sailors Are United Through Reading
USS HALSEY, At Sea - Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) are staying connected to family with United Through Reading (UTR) while on their western Pacific deployment.
Holiday Light Display Aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65)
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 10, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) displays holiday lights while pierside at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane/Released)
11th MEU Corpsmen Conduct Combat Stress Training aboard USS New Orleans
USS NEW ORLEANS, At sea -- Hospital corpsmen assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted combat stress training Dec. 9 while deployed aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) as the ship conducted operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
Newest Petty Officers Frocked Aboard Halsey
USS HALSEY, At Sea - Guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) frocked its newest petty officers during a ceremony in the hangar bay while on a western Pacific deployment, Dec. 8.
Navy League Award Nominees Luncheon
From left to right: HM3 Fields, HTC Silva, CDR Valascho (USS REUBEN JAMES Commanding Officer), and LT Benjamin at the Navy League Award Nominees Luncheon.
Marines, Sailors arrive in Cambodia for professional exchange
REAM NAVAL BASE, Cambodia - Marines and Sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit came ashore here Dec. 11 from amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) to begin a cooperative exercise with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces focusing on medical subject-matter-expert exchanges, mass-casualty response, community outreach, jungle familiarization and platoon and company movements.
Japanese Artist Gives Thanks to Essex Through Artwork
SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 13, 2011) - Mr. Takashi Shima, a painter and photographer for over 50 years, visited the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) Tuesday Dec. 13 to deliver a painting of the ship to the commanding officer, Capt. David Fluker, in recognition of its participation in Operation Tomodachi. The water color painting shows Essex at sea during flight operations with several CH-53E Sea Stallions flying overhead.
Miracles happen everyday. Sometimes you get lucky and lightning strikes twice. One USS MOBILE BAY Sailor had that kind of day recently and did something new and unexpected, at least for a ship at-sea, consummating a moment that is sometimes a bittersweet one for those deployed away from families
USS Makin Island Supports 11th MEU Theater Security Cooperation Missions
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At sea –- The Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, USS Makin Island (LHD 8), played a major role in supporting theater security cooperation missions in the Asia-Pacific region by serving as the at-sea launching platform for U.S. Marine air and ground forces participating in Exercise Kilat Eagle, Dec. 14.
USS Pearl Harbor Sailors and Marines Take Part in Community Service Project
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and embarked Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) took time out of their day Dec. 15., to participate in a community service project at the Help the Children of Cambodia (HtCC) Goodwill Center.
Sea Service Awards ceremony honors service members
HONOLULU Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen were honored at the Navy League of the United States Honolulu Council 51st annual Sea Service Awards ceremony and luncheon, sponsored by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) at the Ala Moana Hotel.
Lassen Supports Yokosuka Students
YOKOSUKA, JAPAN – Playing an active role in the community is an important responsibility, especially for forward deployed commands. Sailors from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) take that responsibility to heart in their sponsorship of Yokosuka Middle School’s 8th grade class.
Capt. Quintanilla II Hosts Maj. Gen. Suhaimi Aboard USS Makin Island (LHD8)
111218-N-DX615-012 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 18, 2011) Capt. Humberto L. Quintanilla II, commander of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5, hosts Maj. Gen. Dato' Suhaimi, Malaysian army assistant chief of staff, aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), the flagship of PHIBRON 5 and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. The group of Malaysian army members toured the ship at the end of exercise Kilat Eagle, a multinational exercise between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Malaysian army
Minesweepers ‘some of the most versatile’ sailors
SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — As the USS Patriot steamed down the western coast of Japan under blackout conditions, Senior Chief Petty Officer Jesse Kenner and several junior sailors pored over radar and communications screens in the ship’s combat information center.
USS Halsey Holds Steel Beach Picnic
USS HALSEY, At Sea - Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) took time off from their Western Pacific deployment for a steel beach picnic, Dec. 18.
Japanese Navy Visits Blue Ridge for Holiday Exchange
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Officers from Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Hatakaze (DD 171) and U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), exchanged holiday greetings during a traditional Japanese wreath exchange aboard Blue Ridge, Dec. 20.
Makin Island Sailors and Marines Support 'Women at Sea' Program
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea - Female Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) took part in a quarterly "Women at Sea" meeting Dec. 18, to talk about the unique challenges women face serving aboard a U.S. Navy vessel.
USS Pinckney Disrupts Piracy
USS PINCKNEY, Gulf of Aden - Guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, disrupted a group of suspected pirates close to the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), south of Yemen, Dec. 19.
USS Denver hosts Japan Maritime Self Defense Force officers
111222-N-TX154-056 SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 22, 2011) Capt. Mike Wettlaufer, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), gives Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Hideaki Yuasa and Capt. Tsutomu Okawa a tour of the ship's main machinery rooms. Denver is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Kelly/Released)
Replenishment at Sea on USS Bunker Hill (CG52)
111224-N-RG587-317 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 24, 2011) Waves break over the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) as the ship receives fuel from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a refueling at sea. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Dean M. Cates/Released)
Makin Island Sailors and Marines Celebrate Christmas in Singapore
SINGAPORE - While there certainly wasn't snow in the forecast for the local climate, Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) still showed signs of holiday spirit by celebrating the Christmas holiday in Singapore, Dec. 25.
USS Boxer Hosts 2011 Holiday Bowl Luncheon
SAN DIEGO - Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) hosted the 34th Annual Navy/Marine Corps Luncheon Dec. 26, honoring both teams competing in this year's Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.
Port Royal Sailors Learn New Skills While 'Cross-Decking'
USS PORT ROYAL, At Sea - Two Sailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) trained for three days aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), while three Sailors from aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN 74) trained aboard Port Royal Dec. 23.
Small-Arms Live-Fire Exercise Aboard USS New Orleans (LPD18)
111229-N-PB383-537 INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 29, 2011) Sailors conduct a small-arms live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18). New Orleans and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) are operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro/Released)
USS Wayne E Meyer Celebrates Christmas at Sea
USS WAYNE E. MEYER, At sea - Sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) took time to celebrate Christmas while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Dec. 25.
Makin Island Sailors and Marines Communicate with Loved Ones via VTC
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea- Several Sailors and Marines deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) were able to speak face-to-face with their families Dec. 29, using video teleconferencing (VTC) technology between the ship and the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) in San Diego.