Stennis Carrier Strike Group Operates in Seventh Fleet
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 2, 2012) - Guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd, USS Pinckney, and USS Dewey steam behind aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
USS Lassen to participate in Tokyo Disaster Response Drill
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The U.S. Navy announced today that USS Lassen (DDG 82), permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka as part of the 7th Fleet's operating forces,will be making a brief visit to Tokyo on Feb. 3, 2012 to participate in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Stranded Commuter Assistance drill.
Change of Command for Amphibious Squadron ONE
Captain J. Curtis Shaub was relieved by Captain Martin Pompeo as Commander, Amphibious Squadron ONE (CPR-1), in a change of command ceremony held on Naval Air Station, North Island, on 02 February 2012.
Lassen Participates in TMG Disaster Drill
TOKYO (Feb. 3, 2012) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) made a rare trip to Tokyo Friday to participate in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Disaster Management Drill.
USS Lassen participates in 2012 Tokyo Metropolitan Government Drill
TOKYO – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) participated in a demonstration of interoperability and humanitarian assistance between the U.S. and the Japanese Self Defense Forces (JSDF) during the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Drill (TMG) by providing transporting stranded Japanese citizens out of the area, Feb 3.
Japanese Family Thanks U.S. 7th Fleet
TOMAKOMAI, Japan – The owner and family members of a Japanese fishing vessel, found missing by the U.S. Navy during Operation Tomodachi, visited the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to say “thank you,” in Tomakomai, Japan Feb. 5.
USS Mustin arrives in Ishikari
ISHIKARI, Japan – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Ishikari for a port visit Feb. 6.
Chafee Tortuga Support 31st MEU at Cobra Gold
SATTAHIP, Thailand - The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) are in Sattahip, Thailand, supporting the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 (CG12) Feb. 7-17.
USS MILIUS visits Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia
Port Klang, Malaysia — After transiting the Singapore Straits and passing the John C. Stennis Strike Group along the way, the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived today for a much anticipated port visit.
Search and Rescue Training on USS Bunker Hill
ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 7, 2012) - A search and rescue swimmer assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) is deployed from an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter during search and rescue training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin/Released)
Blue Ridge Departs Tomakomai
TOMAKOMAI, Japan - Sailors and Marines from 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff and Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) completed a port visit to Tomakomai, Japan, Feb. 8.
Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 Kicks Off
KORAT, Thailand – “Now the auspicious moment has arrived… I would like to declare the combined joint Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 open.” These words were spoken by Gen. Sakol Sajjanit, Deputy Chief of Royal Thai Defense Forces, who took part in the opening ceremony which officially began Exercise Cobra Gold 2012.
USS Germantown Begins Participation in Cobra Gold 2012
SATTAHIP, Thailand - USS Germantown (LSD 42) began its involvement in Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 (CG 12), the multinational military exercise co-sponsored by the U.S. and Thailand, Feb. 10 in the Gulf of the Kingdom of Thailand.
NIOC Misawa Sailors tour USS Patriot
HACHINOHE, Japan – Sailors assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Misawa visited mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) for a tour of the ship Feb. 9.
Cape St. George Deck Division Gives the Ship a Facelift During Port Visit
USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At Sea - Sailors from deck division aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) spent a four-day port visit giving the ship a fresh coat of haze gray paint on the hull and refurbishing overboard discharges while in Manama, Bahrain, Feb. 6.
Hollywood Visits Navy Ships
SAN DIEGO - Actors, writers and producers from the television and motion picture industries visited a guided-missile destroyer and attack submarine Feb. 11 as part of the Hollywood to the Navy program to interact with Sailors and learn how the Navy operates.
Six-nation Training Prepares for Disaster Evacuation
RAYONG, Kingdom of Thailand - Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, alongside military services from five countries in the Asia-Pacific region, combined forces to execute a multi-national non-combatant evacuation operation exercise here, Feb. 12.
USS Higgins Hosts Canadian warship
San Diego, CA - The Canadian warship HMCS VANCOUVER (FFH 331) was welcomed Sunday, February 12 by its host ship USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) as it moored to pier 2 on Naval Base San Diego.
The USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE DDG-110 Congratulates GSM1 Gregorio
The USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE Sailor of the Year for 2011 GSM1 Gregorio, was selected Sailor of the Year for Destroyer Squadron 23 and Strike Group 11. He will now compete for Command Naval Surfaces Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC) Sailor of the Year. If selected, he will compete for Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year.
Peleliu Supports Exercise Iron Fist 2012 with Japan
SAN DIEGO - Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) conducted beach and flight operations Feb. 13, to conclude the seventh annual exercise Iron Fist 2012 off the coast of San Clemente Island, with elements from 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force.
Patriot Sailors play Broomball
TOMAKOMAI, Japan – Sailors assigned to USS Patriot (MCM 7) participated in an exhibition of Broomball, a recreational ice game, at the Tokiwa Arena, Feb. 11.
PHIBRON 5 Holds Change of Command Ceremony at Sea
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea - Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5 held a change of command ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), while the ship was underway in the Arabian Sea Feb. 12.
Germantown Conducts NEO Exercise; Ship Tour
SATTAHIP, Thailand - Forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) served as the staging area during a non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) off the coast of Sattahip Feb. 12.
7th Fleet Ships Engage in Synthetic Training
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Sailors aboard USS Stethem (DDG 63) engage in training with Navy assets from U.S. 3rd Fleet and Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces; without ever leaving the pier at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka’s berth eight.
Sterett Completes Strait of Hormuz Transit
USS STERETT, At Sea - Guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) led the ships of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 during a routine, scheduled transit through the Strait of Hormuz to the North Arabian Sea, Feb. 14.
Peleliu Departs for US-Japan Exercise Iron Fist 2012
PACIFIC OCEAN - Deputy Commander Amphibious Squadron Three Capt. Shawn Lobree, center, and USS Peleliu Air Boss Capt. Monte Ulmer, right, give Rear Adm. Kitagawa Fumiyuki, commander, Escort Flotilla Three, a tour of the flight deck aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu's (LHA 5), Feb 12.
Peleliu Completes Iron Fist 2012
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) conducted beach and flight operations Feb. 13, to conclude the seventh annual exercise Iron Fist 2012 off the coast of San Clemente Island, with elements from 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force.
NROTC Midshipmen Select First Ships
SAN DIEGO – Approximately 270 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipmen from around the country are selecting their first ships this week.
USS Chafee Arrives In Darwin, Australia
DARWIN, Australia – Guided-missile Destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) arrived in Darwin, Australia on Feb. 17 for a port visit as part of the commemoration ceremonies remembering the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin during World War II.
11th MEU Honors Fallen Corpsman with Memorial Service
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea - Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Sailors deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) celebrated the life and service of Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kyler L. Estrada during a memorial service on board the ship, Feb. 17.
Rentz Number One in Food Service Excellence
SAN DIEGO — Guided missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) was recently awarded the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award (Small Afloat Category) by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. It is her first Ney award since 1997.
Golden Anchor for USS RENTZ (FFG 46)
SAN DIEGO - The guided missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) was awarded another Retention Excellence Award by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, JAN. 24. This marks her third award for Retention Excellence since 2007.
SURFPAC's Top Fleet, Shore Sailors Announced
SAN DIEGO – Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) announced the 2011 SURFPAC Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a banquet at Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, Calif., Feb 17, sponsored by the Surface Navy Association.
USS Germantown Visits Thailand Following Cobra Gold
LAEM CHABANG, Thailand - The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), with embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived here for a port visit Feb. 21 after completing the multinational exercise Cobra Gold 2012.
USS New Orleans Sailors, Marines Celebrate Black History Month
USS NEW ORLEANS, At Sea - Sailors and Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployed aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) celebrated Black History Month with a celebration hosted by the ship's diversity committee, Feb. 18.
Blue Ridge on Patrol in 7th Fleet
USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea - U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed from Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for patrol Feb. 21.
USS CURTS HOSTS DAPA GUEST SPEAKER
San Diego (Feb 21 2012)- CURTS invited Chaplain Joe Davis from the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office to come aboard and speak to junior Sailors about the dangers of alcohol abuse.
USS Sampson Departs for Deployment
SAN DIEGO – The guided-missile destroyer, USS Sampson (DDG 102), is scheduled to depart for a scheduled six-month, independent deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility, Feb. 24.
USS Germantown Builds Relationship with Thai School
LAEM CHABANG, Thailand - Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) participated in a community service (COMSERV) project at a local school Feb. 23 during a port visit to Laem Chabang.
A look inside: Ship life for Marines on the USS Germantown
USS GERMANTOWN, At Sea — Naval ships transport Marines from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’, and that’s about as much as many people know about Marines living on ship. But the grey skin on the outside of these ships obscures a dynamic environment within, as the Navy - Marine Corps team thrives between the bulkheads.
US, ROK Sailors Find Common Ground in Community Service
BUSAN, Republic of Korea - Sixty Sailors from USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) U.S. Seventh Fleet flagship, embarked 7th Fleet staff, and Republic of Korea (ROK) navy came together as one team participating in a community service (COMSERV) project at a children’s home during a port visit to Busan, Republic of Korea Feb. 25.
BHR Celebrates Black History Month
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea - USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) celebrated African-American History Month Feb. 25 commemorating the accomplishments and contributions of African-American women, in line with the national theme this year "Black Women in American History and Culture."
LCAC Enters Well Deck of USS Essex
SASEBO, Japan - A landing craft air cushioned vehicle, assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five Detachment Western Pacific (ACU-5), enters the well-deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Mackenzie P. Adams/Released)
USS Curts Celebrates Black History Month
February 28th, 2012- Captain Jesse A. Wilson Jr., Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 23, spoke to the crew of the USS CURTS upon the occasion of Black History Month about the importance of recognizing individuals whose selflessness and hard work have led to great advances for both their culture and the United States.
Revolutionary Gator Earns Battle "E" - Again!
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) earned the Battle "E" award for the second consecutive year Feb. 27 for its performance, demonstrating the highest state of battle readiness in 2011.
Oliver North Visits Halsey
USS Halsey, At Sea - Retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, host of the award-winning television show, “War Stories with Oliver North,” visited the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), Feb. 25-26.
USS Patriot Awarded Sixth Consecutive Battle “E”
PACIFIC OCEAN – Commander, Naval Surface Forces announced mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) is the winner of the 2011 Battle Effectiveness (Battle “E”) Award for Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron Seven, Feb. 28.
USS McCampbell Returns to Sea
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, the ship will complete a three and a half-month dry dock period Feb. 29, to commence sea trials.