Established in 2009, Navy Air and Missile Defense Command (NAMDC) is Navy's Warfare Center of Excellence and Navy's primary authority and lead organization for Naval, Joint, and coalition Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) matters. An Echelon IV Command, NAMDC reports to Commander Pacific Fleet, via Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.
Commander's Corner (Vol 45 - Winter 2015)
A shift is now underway within the Surface Force. It is not subtle, and it is not accidental. The Surface Force is taking the offensive to give operational commanders options to employ naval combat power in any Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2AD) environment.
USS Sampson Contributes to AirAsia Search Efforts
JAVA SEA - An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) approaches an Indonesian navy patrol vessel while searching for debris during the Indonesian-led search and recovery operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501.
USS Sampson Aides in Search Efforts
Java Sea - The recovery team from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) signals the boat deck crew while conducting search and recovery operations in support of the Indonesian-led Air Asia flight QZ8501 search efforts.
USS Fort Worth CO Discusses Ship's AirAsia Search Efforts
From aboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in the Java Sea, Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater, the ship's commanding officer, provides an update on Fort Worth's role supporting Indonesian-led search operations for the downed AirAsia flight QZ8501.
All-Hands Call Aboard America
SAN DIEGO - Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett takes a question from Chief Hospital Corpsman Gerald Lee during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
Makin Island Visits Duqm, Oman
DUQM, Oman – The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded a seven-day port visit in Duqm, Oman.
Makin Island Doctors Tour Duqm Hospital
DUQM, Oman – The senior medical officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Five medical officers met with local doctors in Duqm, Oman, where they exchanged tours of the ship’s medical facilities and the town’s local facilities.
USS Bonhomme Richard Departs on Deployment
SASEBO, Japan - Gunner’s Mate Seaman Thomas Amason mans the .50 caliber machine gun and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Bennett Evans stands lookout aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship gets underway.
Operation Inherent Resolve
U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations - Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Derome D. Smith learns to gauge an M2HB .50-caliber machine gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) during a training exercise.
Part of the Search
Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Joseph Jiardina, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, describes how he is supporting Air Asia Flight #QZ8501 search efforts and helping to bring closure to families affected by the tragedy.
Amphibious Squadron Five/11th MEU Transits from U.S. 5th Fleet to U.S. 7th Fleet
INDIAN OCEAN – After an extensive operational period involving a variety of operations and exercises, two of the three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with their embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) components, transited out of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) to the 7th Fleet.
USS Bonhomme Richard Weapons Familiarization
Gunners Mate 1st Class David Jacinto, from Compton, Calif., instructs Sailors on the proper operation of a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
USS Sampson Conducts Search Operations
Java Sea - Guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), front, operates with multinational ships near where the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 black box was recovered.
Sailors Participate in Damage Control Drill
GULF OF ADEN - Sailors and Marines participate in pipe patching training during a damage control drill on the forecastle of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22).
Search and Recovery Operations
JAVA SEA - The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), bottom, the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), and an MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 operate together in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501.
USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth Detach from AirAsia Search
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Sampson (DDG 102), and an MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 operate together in the Java Sea, while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501.
Boatswain’s Mate Named USS Spruance BJOY
SAN DIEGO - Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class (SW) Kyle P. Kerley, a native of Ft. Davis, Texas, has been named as the USS Spruance (DDG 111) 2014 Bluejacket of the Year.
SECDEF Visits America
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) by MV-22 Osprey.
Blue Ridge Welcomes 27th Commanding Officer
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Capt. Richard McCormack, left, is officially relieved as commanding officer U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) by Capt. Kyle Higgins at the Blue Ridge change of command ceremony.
HSC-25 arrives on USS Bonhomme Richard
AT SEA – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron’s (HSC) 25 “Island Knights” embarked with the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as part of its underway mission.
Navy To Build Aegis Trainers For Surface Warfare Officers At ‘TOPGUN’
U.S. Navy’s surface warfare officers will learn to track and target air threats in a planned Aegis combat system simulator that will be built Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., the head of the Navy’s new surface warfare training outfit told USNI News last week.
USS Gridley Holds CBR Drill
GULF OF OMAN - Sailors conduct a test for simulated agent during a chemical, biological and radiological training event aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101).
Bonhomme Richard conducts replenishment at sea
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea – The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) with Military Sealift Command Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).
DESRON 9 Welcomes New Commander
EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony in the Grand Vista Ballroom on Naval Station Everett (NSE).
USS San Diego Conducts RAS
RED SEA - Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) use a pallet jack to move supplies during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201).
USS Pearl Harbor Selects 2014 Sailors of the Year
SAN DIEGO – The commanding officer of the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) announced the 2014 Sailor of the Year (SOY), Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY), and Bluejacket of the Year (BJOY) award recipients during the ship’s holiday party in San Diego.
USS Rodney M. Davis Decommissions after 28 Years of Service
EVERETT, Wash. - Cmdr. Todd E. Whalen, commanding officer of USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), presents the last national ensign flown aboard the ship underway to Gordon Davis, eldest brother of Sgt. Rodney Maxwell Davis, during the ship's decommissioning ceremony.
USS Gary- Coast Guard Team seize contraband
EASTERN PACIFIC (At Sea) (NNS) -- USS Gary (FFG 51), her embarked helicopter squadron and a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET)operating in support of Operation Martillo seized more than 1644 kilograms of cocaine and rescued four people adrift at sea in international waters off the coast of Central America.
USS Comstock Arrives in Malaysia
SEPANGGAR, Malaysia (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Sepanggar, Malaysia, for a port visit.
Makin Island and 11th MEU Crewmembers Volunteer at Singapore Soup Kitchen
SINGAPORE – Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Kayla Faust (left), from Madison, Wisconsin, and assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) helps prepare food packages for delivery while participating in a community relations project (COMREL) volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen during a scheduled port visit to Singapore.
Makin Island Honors MLK
SOUTH CHINA SEA – He led marches and rallies across the country; his leadership of peaceful protests and lobbying to Congress directly led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964; his “I have A Dream” speech is widely regarded as one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, and in 1964 he was the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Amphibious Operations Onboard USS Rushmore
PACIFIC OCEAN - Sailors of dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) man lines to recover safety boat after completing loading of Marine Corps assault amphibious vehicles (AAV).
SAN DIEGO - The amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) transits San Diego Harbor in preparation for its maiden deployment.
Bonhomme Richard Conducts Ammo Onload
SASEBO HARBOR, Japan (NNS) -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducted an ammo on-load in preparation for its next deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
Surface Navy Touts Progress On Top Issues
Surface Navy bosses are starting to feel the wind in their sails against problems that have beset the fleet for years: bungled maintenance cycles and extended deployments.
Nighttime at Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA - An AV-8B Harrier jet is parked on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
Weapons System Training Onboard USS Chosin
PACIFIC OCEAN - The MK-15 Phalanx close-in weapons system fires a short burst during a pre-aim calibration fire aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65).
CNSP Visits USS Pearl Harbor During EDPMA
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden (left), Commander, Naval Surface Forces, takes part in a promotion ceremony for Lt Cmdr. Nellie Wang (center), USS Pearl Harbor's (LSD 52) chief engineer, with the assistance of Lt. Cmdr. David Starnes (right).
USS Shiloh Returns From Routine Patrol
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Fire Controlman 2nd Class Joseph Neff, from Allentown, Pa., and Sonar Detection (Surface) 3rd Class Daniel Jordan, from Pueblo, Co., moor a line as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) returns from a routine patrol.
Lunch Time Onboard USS Blue Ridge
Yokosuka, Japan - Culinary Specialist Seaman Samuel Boosey, a Sailor attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight (HSC-8), prepares lunch in the wardroom galley on board U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19).
USS Independence Departs San Diego for Florida
SAN DIEGO – The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) departs San Diego for Pensacola, Florida to conduct operational evaluation and testing of the mine countermeasures mission package.
USS Higgins, Essex Simulate Replenishment-at-sea
SAN DIEGO - Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) simulate a replenishment-at-sea with the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) while moored at Naval Station San Diego.