Super Bowl Football in the Gulf
ARABIAN GULF – Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) were awake early on the morning of, watching Super Bowl XLVIII live on TV while underway in the Arabian Gulf.
USS Kidd Completes OMSI with USCG
WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) participated in an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) with U.S. Coast Guard's 14th District in the Western Pacific Ocean.
USS Green Bay to replace USS Denver in Japan
The U.S. Navy announced today plans to send their newest amphibious dock landing ship to Sasebo, Japan, demonstrating the United States' commitment to the defense of Japan and the security and stability of the vital Asia-Pacific.
Boxer’s Creativity Fights Against Complacency
ARABIAN GULF- Deployments can bring many hazards to servicemembers. Danger is always present, whether it’s working on the flight deck, conducting well deck operations or working down in the engineering spaces, and one constant danger is becoming complacent.
Education Opportunities Soar At Sea
ARABIAN SEA — Taking college courses at sea can often be a challenge for service members because of the long hours and demanding schedule. Aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), a tutoring program has been established to help Sailors attending college courses succeed during deployment.
USS Denver CPO 365 Pride Run
OKINAWA, Japan -- Chief petty officers and first class petty officers attached to USS Denver (LPD 9) participated in a CPO 365 pride run at White Beach Naval Facility Feb. 4.
The United States Navy brought back the draft on Jan. 30. These Naval Academy Grads Get to Choose Their Own Assignments.
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.
Through The Looking Glass:
Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, talks with junior surface warfare officers during the anti-submarine warfare weapons tactics instructor course at the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in San Diego.
Navy Lawyer Expands Horizons at Sea Practicing Operational Law
From leaving the turmoil of a war-torn nation following the break-up of the Soviet Union, to now teaching thousands of Navy and Marine Corps operators in the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) the international law of armed conflict, Lt. Givi Tibaneli, a Navy Judge Advocate, is on an eight-month deployment practicing a unique and specialized form of his profession.
Sailor Becomes Marine Martial Arts Instructor
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Religious Programs Specialist 2nd Class Armando Arias hunts down signatures to complete his long list of qualifications needed aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18).
A Spectrum of Capability
After more than a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Marine Corps is retooling and repositioning itself back to its traditional role of operating with agility from the sea.
Securing Sixth Fleet
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain to begin her forward deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 11.
USS Benfold: The Athena Project Diversifies
SAN DIEGO - Meeting at the Ballast Point Brewery in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy district Sailors from USS Benfold (DDG 65) and The Athena Project gathered to discuss methods for improving the Navy and incorporating developments from modern technology into warfighting systems.
Amphibious Construction Battalion One: Moving the Navy Ashore
SAN DIEGO – The Seabee motto is “We build, we fight. For peace, with freedom”. The Sailors at Amphibious Construction Battalion One (ACB 1) represent that motto everywhere they go. From Inchon, during the Korean War, to Kuwait, during Operation Enduring Freedom, they have offloaded essential cargo needed for mission success.
SURFOR Welcomes 2013 Sailor of the Year Finalists
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 10, 2014) - Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year (SOY) finalists attend a hosted breakfast at the San Diego Zoo as part of the annual Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) week.
Nearly 2,000 Visit USS Independence in San Diego
SAN DIEGO – Nearly 2,000 San Diego residents and tourists stood in line in order to make their way on board the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) while the vessel was moored at the B Street Pier in downtown San Diego.
The Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership Award was established in 1987 and is presented annually by senior Navy and DoD leadership during a special awards luncheon at the Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA) Joint Women's Leadership Symposium (JWLS).
Exercise Cobra Gold Kicks Off in Thailand
UTAPHAO AIR BASE, Thailand - Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 kicked off with an opening ceremony in Phitsanulok, Thailand Sailors from the forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) and the staff of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet are participating in the exercise.
USS Spruance Visits Brunei
MUARA, Brunei – The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111) arrived in Muara, Brunei for a port visit as part of her maiden deployment to the Western Pacific.
Staying Alive to Enjoy the Ride
Although great strides have been made in motorcycle safety gear and training programs in recent years, Sailors and Marines continue to incur injuries and, in extreme cases, lose their lives while riding motorcycles.
USS Kidd Visits Darwin
DARWIN, Australia – The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) arrived in Darwin, Australia for a port visit.
USS Lake Erie to Deploy to Western Pacific
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The Hawaii-based Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) will depart for a Western Pacific deployment, the ship's last while being homeported in Pearl Harbor.
Boxer Visits Israel
EILAT, Israel — The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), along with embarked Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), stopped for a scheduled port visit in Eilat, Israel.
USS Bonhomme Richard Departs Sasebo for Patrol
SASEBO, Japan - The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), departed for its patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsiblity.
“Never Give Up”
Conducting maritime interdiction and sanction enforcement is a crucial part of the U.S. Navy's larger Maritime Strategy. A vital asset in executing that mission are the Navy's visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams.
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.
Denver Completes Cobra Gold
GULF OF THAILAND - Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) completed its participation in Cobra Gold 2014 (CG 14) in the Gulf of Thailand.
US, Republic of Korea Navies Strengthen Alliance
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70; Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15; and Republic of Korea navy (ROKN) Maritime Task Flotilla (MTF) 7 held a Composite Warfare Committee (CWC) to improve combined warfighting skills and strengthen the U.S. and ROKN alliance.
DESRON 1 Changes Command Aboard USS McClusky
SAN DIEGO – With an exchange of salutes, Capt. Michael L. Elliott (right), Commander, Destroyer Squadron One (DESRON 1) relinquishes command of DESRON 1 to Capt. Doug Stuffle during a change of command ceremony on board the guided missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41).
The future Freedom-class littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit (LCS 7) unveiled its official crest during a ceremony at Mariner’s Park on board Naval Base San Diego.
Denver Conducts Survivability Exercise
SOUTH CHINA SEA - Sailors aboard the Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) conducted a total ship survivability exercise (TSSE).
CTF 76 Completes Cobra Gold
UTAPHAO AIR BASE, Thailand - Commander, Task Force (CTF) 76 and assigned forces completed Cobra Gold 2014, the U.S./Thai-led annual combined-joint training exercise aimed at developing interoperability and unity among participating nations, as closing ceremonies were held.
Somerset Arrives in Philadelphia for Commissioning
PHILADELPHIA - The Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, Pre-commissioning Unit Somerset (LPD 25) arrived at its commissioning site of Philadelphia in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
U.S. Navy, Timor-Leste Forces Convene 2nd CARAT Exercise
PORT HERA NAVY BASE, Timor-Leste - The U.S. Navy and Timor-Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL) commenced the second Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Timor-Leste exercise with an opening ceremony at Port Hera Navy Base.
Getting Schooled on Arleigh Burke
Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) commenced classes in pursuit of their college education while underway on deployment through the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE).
Gridley Ramps up for Integrated Training
USS GRIDLEY, At Sea - Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) successfully completed underway training in preparation for the ship's upcoming transition into the integrated/advanced training with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group.
USS Gridley Hosts Descendant of Ship’s Namesake
SAN DIEGO - Culinary Specialist Seaman James P. Gridley stands next to poster of Capt. Charles Vernon Gridley, his great, great grandfather and the namesake of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101).
USS Benfold hosts Chef Ray L. Duey
USS BENFOLD had the honor of hosting Chef Ray L. Duey, Certified Executive Chef and owner of Chef Ray Presents, while in BAE Shipyard, San Diego.
Bonhomme Richard ARG Embarks to 31st MEU
WHITE BEACH, Okinawa - The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to participate in amphibious integration training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX).
USS Rentz Returns from Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) will return to San Diego from a seven-month deployment to the 4th Fleet Area of Operations (AOR).
COMNAVSURFPAC Visits USS Pearl Harbor
SAN DIEGO – Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC), visited the crew of the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) at Naval Base San Diego.
Denver Sailors Dance at Kanasa Nursery School
OKINAWA, Japan - Sailors attached to Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) visited Kanasa Nursery School in Okinawa, Japan for a community relations (COMREL) project.
Sailor Strums Stress Away on Deployment
ARABIAN GULF – Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Hill, from Steeleville, Ill., is an imposing man, stone eyed and walks with a straight back. He plays his guitar dressed in all black; black beanie, black shorts, and a black Harley Davidson sleeveless shirt.
USS Denver Departs Okinawa
OKINAWA, Japan - The forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) departed Okinawa, Japan, after embarking Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
USS Rentz Returns from Deployment
SAN DIEGO - Guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) returned to San Diego from a seven-month deployment to the 4th Fleet Area of Operations (AOR).
Flight Operations aboard USS Ashland
EAST CHINA SEA - A V-22 Osprey takes off from the flight deck of Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) during flight operations.