USS Antietam Departs San Diego for Hull Swap with USS Cowpens
SAN DIEGO - Guided missile cruiser, USS Antietam (CG 54), will depart San Diego Jan. 3, to conduct a hull swap with USS Cowpens (CG 63) and become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) operating out of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.
Loading Up Good Relations
During a recent port visit to Laem Chabang, Thailand, members of the Royal Thai Navy visited the USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG-57) for a tour of the ship and demonstration of a torpedo load by members of HSL-37 Easyriders Detachment FOUR.
USS Gary Holds 'Causeway 5K' in Panama City
PANAMA CITY, Panama – On the last day of guided missile frigate USS GARY’s (FFG-51) pre-holiday port visit, the ship held a 5K run on the causeway in a part of Panama City called Amador.
USS O’KANE in SRA for the Holidays
USS O’Kane entered its $11.5 million Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) maintenance period within a month of returning from nearly an eight month deployment.
USS Gridley Returns from Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The Arleigh Burke class destroyer, USS Gridley (DDG 101), will return from a six-month, independent deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR).
Physical Training aboard USS Mobile Bay
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Sailors from the First Class Petty Officer Mess (FCPOM) and the Chief’s Mess run laps around the ship during physical training.
Campbell's Cup Sumo Challenge
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) participated in the Campbell’s Cup Sumo Challenge.
Peleliu CSADD Sponsors Holiday Celebration
USS PELELIU, At Sea - Members of amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu's (LHA 5) Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) organization sponsored a holiday celebration in the hangar bay entitled "A Global Celebration."
MCPON Releases CPO 365 Training Guidance
WASHINGTON - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens took office last year, he recognized that training chiefs for their new leadership role in six weeks, as the original CPO induction dictated, was hindering them in becoming as successful as possible.
USS Gary Crosses the Line
USS GARY, At Sea - Seventy Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Gary (FFG-51) went from being a pollywog to becoming a shellback during a ceremony aboard the ship while deployed to U.S. 4th Fleet conducting Operation Martillo.
Sailor paints a mural on board USS Mobile Bay
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Gunner’s Mate Seaman Daniel Hernandez, from San Antonio, paints a mural to represent the weapons department aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).
USS Preble Hosts Scientists to Sea
USS PREBLE Commanding Officer, CDR Kurt Sellerberg, poses on the bridge wing with nine Scientists to Sea during their embarked visit on 8-9 January, 2013. Hailing from SPAWAR, China Lake, and Corona, these professionals are the industry link between the Navy and her operational equipment.
USS Benfold Returns from Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The Arleigh Burke class destroyer, USS Benfold (DDG 65), will return from its seven-month, independent deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
Port Engineers Awarded Formal Certification
SAN DIEGO - U.S. Navy port engineers are now being awarded formal certifications to mark their level of training, familiarization, and progress in the U.S. Navy Port Engineer Program.
Peleliu Sailors compete in chess tournament
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Quartermaster 3rd Class Frank P. Grossmann, right, competes against Operations Specialist 2nd Class Joel Padin during a chess tournament on the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu’s (LHA 5) mess decks.
USS Gary Boards, Tows Suspicious Vessel
USS GARY, At Sea - Guided-missile frigate USS GARY (FFG 51) and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET), TACLET South, turned a routine boarding into a display of joint proficiency and while conducting maritime interception operations.
Sandy Hook Memorial Field Day
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) will participate in a memorial track and field competition, or “field day,” to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
USS Tortuga First ARG Ship to Depart for Spring Deployment
SASEBO, Japan - The forward deployed Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), departed its homeport for its spring deployment in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
USS Stockdale Departs San Diego
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) departs San Diego for a Western Pacific deployment as part of the Nimitz Strike Group, in with Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23.
USS Germantown departs for Spring Deployment
SASEBO, Japan – Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) man the rails as the ship departs Sasebo, Japan for a scheduled deployment.
Below Iron Nickel’s Waterline
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – In a world far below the waterline, with a reputation as one of “the most inhospitable environments” aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), work a hardened group of Sailors known as machinist’s mates.
HSC-23 Brings Search and Rescue capability to Peleliu
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, from Naval Air Station North Island, embarked aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as a search and rescue detachment in February 2012 and is currently deployed with the ship.
USS Gary Seizes $22 Million of Narcotics During Operation Martillo, Sinks Drug Boat
USS GARY, At Sea - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard team leveraged the capabilities of partner nations and the interagency to intercept a small drug trafficking vessel and confiscated more than 600 pounds of cocaine while on patrol in U.S. 4th Fleet while conducting Operation Martillo.
Change of Command Ceremony on board USS Kidd
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Cmdr. Jennifer L. Ellinger, commanding officer of USS Kidd (100), relinquishes command to Cmdr. Gabriel A. Varela during the ship’s change of command ceremony.
Chancellorsville Back at Sea
SAN DIEGO – The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) returned to Naval Base San Diego after spending five days underway conducting Advanced Capabilities Baseline (ACB-12) Sea Trials.
Reuben James loads up good relations
During a recent port visit to Laem Chabang, Thailand, members of the Royal Thai navy visited the USS Reuben James (FFG-57) for a tour of the ship and demonstration of a torpedo load by members of HSL-37 Easy-riders Detachment Four.
One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Burden
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – When the words to dump sinkable trash passes over the ship’s mass communication system, the crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) clean house.
Peleliu Observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and birthday with a ceremony presented by the ship’s diversity team.
Anberlin Rocks the Peleliu
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Alternative rock band Anberlin performed for Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
Stockdale Sailors Celebrate MLK Jr. Day
USS STOCKDALE, At Sea - Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) took time out of work to join the nation in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
USS Ford Busy Bringing In the New Year
Puget Sound - The crew of USS Ford (FFG 54) did not skip a beat when they hit the ground running as the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate headed into the Puget Sound to stretch her sea legs.
More Chiefs Promoted at Afloat Training Group Pacific
SAN DIEGO – Afloat Training Group Pacific (ATGPAC) Sailors who recently took the chief petty officer exam, can anticipate better promotion percentages because ATGPAC commands have proven to assist technical experts in improving their skills, training in their ratings, and gaining knowledge from subject matter experts to maintain a competitive edge for promotion.
Task Force 70 Holds Change of Command
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Rear Adm. J. R. Haley arrives at his change of command ceremony aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Rear Adm. Mark C. Montgomery relieved Rear Adm. J. R. Haley to become Task Force Seven Zero's 71st commander.
“Island Knights” Embark Bonhomme Richard
SASEBO, Japan – The “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 embarked the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), the flagship of commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, in preparation for an underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
USS Sterett Earns FY12 Retention Excellence Award
USS Sterett, San Diego – On January 23rd, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced that the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) has earned the Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2012.
Turning Civilians into Sailors
GREAT LAKES, Ill. - It's no surprise that Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Shirra Dickerson wound up being a Recruit Division Commander (RDC) -- she'd planned it from the start.
Defense Department Rescinds Direct Combat Exclusion Rule
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service.
USS Milius Begins Installation of New Afloat Network
SAN DIEGO - Capt. D.J. LeGoff, the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program manager toured USS Milius (DDG 69) to discuss and review the installation plans for the new CANES shipboard network program.
USS William P. Lawrence Participates in USWEX
USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE, At Sea - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) along with the Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group (SAG) conducted an under sea warfare exercise (USWEX).
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.
USS Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa
PACIFIC OCEAN – The Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived White Beach, Okinawa, to embark Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU).
Recreation’s New Face For Fun
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – About three months ago, in early November, a young man interviewed for a job. This was not like every other job interview; this one took place in Corpus Christi, Texas.
McCampbell Sailor Wins Rare Copernicus Award
YOKOSUKA, Japan – A Sailor assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) was awarded the annual “Copernicus Award” by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the U.S. Naval Institute for his contributions to Naval Warfare in the fields of information systems and information warfare.
Dawn Blitz 2013: Training for Strength
SAN DIEGO - Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) began the synthetic phase amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 (DB 13) aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4)
Operation Gratitude Visits USS Ronald Reagan
BREMERTON, Wash - Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) received more than 2,500 Operation Gratitude care packages in an all-hands call held in the ship's hangar bay with several special guests.
USS Tortuga Sailors, 31st MEU Marines Complete AIT
EAST CHINA SEA – Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), along with Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed amphibious integration training (AIT) while on deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations.
CNO Reenlists San Diego Sailors
SAN DIEGO - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert reenlisted 31 Sailors at a reenlistment ceremony and all hands call hosted at Naval Air Station North Island's Lowry Movie Theater.
Royal Thai Navy, Marines Visit USS Bonhomme Richard
EAST CHINA SEA – The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) with embarked Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are hosting four officers from the Royal Thai Navy and Marine Corps.