Reducing the Burden
The Navy's top surface warfare officer says his staff is continuing to reduce unnecessary administrative functions for ships on the waterfront in order to improve warfighting readiness.
Zone Inspection Emphasis
Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, is reminding commanders and commanding officers of the importance he places on the zone inspection program and how the program contributes to overall warfighting readiness.
The Battle “E” is awarded annually to ships and crews that present the maximum condition of readiness in their group, and their capability to perform assigned wartime tasks.
Sailors Renovate Wildlife Reserve
Freemantle, AUSTRALIA - Yeoman 2nd Class Thomas Beasley, assigned to the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), cares for an orphaned baby kangaroo at the Native Arc Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Aiming to improve maintenance efforts and increase ship operational availability across the surface force, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic hosted a Waterfront Maintenance Symposium.
Material Readiness and Engineering Training
The staff of the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) hosted its annual Board of Visitors (BoV) event May 5-7, with a specific focus on material readiness and engineering training.
No More Force Revisions!
Could life on a Navy Ship actually exist without FRs? It might not be as far-fetched as you think. USFF, NAVSEA, and CPF are looking into this concept as well as other steps to reduce the administrative burdens on Sailors.
“Petty” Officer of the Deck
Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Peter Whitaker made history March 20 when he became the first enlisted crew member to be qualified as underway officer of the deck (OOD) aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24).
Bonhomme Richard’s New Capability
SASEBO, Japan – Tracy Harasti, an environmental protection specialist with Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), teaches Sailors assigned to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) how to the operate the Mobile Cleaning, Recover and Recycle System (MCCRS).
Ready to Serve
SAN DIEGO - Sailors celebrate the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon during the Commissioning of Littoral Combat Ship Crew 106.
Lassen, ONI Train Together
SOUTH CHINA SEA – Two Acoustic Intelligence (ACINT) specialists from the Office of Naval Intelligence, based out of Washington, DC, embarked aboard USS Lassen (DDG 82) to provide training on acoustic and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) areas.
HSM-77 Welcomes New Commanding Officer
MOLUCCA SEA - Sailors assigned to the "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 stand at attention on the flight deck of the USS George Washington (CVN) 73 during a change of command ceremony.
Ashland Celebrates 4th of July
INDIAN OCEAN - Sailors from the Chief and Officer's Mess prepare kebabs in celebration of 4th of July on board the USS Ashland (LSD 48).
USS Higgins Departs on Deployment
SAN DIEGO -- The guided missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) departs for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East.
CJLOTS Team connects Trident Pier at Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea
Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea - United States and Republic of Korea forces successfully inserted a temporary 560 meter (1,840 foot) Trident Pier into Anmyeon Beach on the west coast of the Republic of Korea June 29 as part of the Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore 2015 exercise.
CJLOTS15 Team keeps Trident Pier mission going
Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea - Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Almaas gives commands to a dozer operator to backfill the Trident Pier after a high tide washed away the sand holding it in place during the Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore exercise.
ESG 7 Begins Talisman Sabre 2015
INDIAN OCEAN – The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) [center], USS Ashland (LSD 48) [right], USS Green Bay (LPD 20) [left], and USS Preble (DDG 88 ) [front] move in formation off the western coast of Australian.
Combined weather team key to CJLOTS ‘15 success
Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea - Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Chavis, battlefield weather forecaster for 18th Weather Squadron, conducts preventative maintenance on a Tactical Meteorological Observing System during the Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore exercise.
USS Mustin Sustains Maritime Security in the South China Sea
TIMOR SEA - The USS Mustin (DDG 89) prepares to come alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) as the ship conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) during exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.
Preble Protects the Skies over Talisman Sabre
INDIAN OCEAN - Sailors assigned to the USS Preble (DDG 88) salute Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, as he prepares to depart the ship in a helicopter.
USS Comstock Holds Change of Command
SAN DIEGO - Cmdr. Gervy J. Alota (right) shakes hands with Capt. Stephen McKone, Commander of Amphibious Squadron Five, after he takes command of USS Comstock (LSD 45) during a change of command ceremony held at Commander, Third Fleet Headquarters.
Coronado Navy League Adopts USS Coronado
CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- The officers and crew of the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) were officially adopted by the Coronado Council of the United States Navy League.
The Human Element of Distributed Lethality
Like a drop of dye in a glass of water, we look for a new generation of Surface Warfighting experts—Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI)—to change the very character of our profession.
The Beasts Within Bonhomme Richard
INDIAN OCEAN - Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 9, attached to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, prepares to embark forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
USS Stockdale Sailors Engage in Canada Community Service Project
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Quartermaster 1st Class (SW) Terrance Pierre and Seaman Recruit Rosalie Deanda from USS Stockdale (DDG 106) serve coffee and tea to community members at Union Gospel Mission's Cornerstone Drop-In Center for the Homeless in Vancouver, British Columbia.
SMWDC was established June 2015 and is responsible for increasing the tactical proficiency of individual surface warfare communities through the creation of warfare doctrine, underway assessment exercises and Warfare Tactics Instructors.
Landing Craft Utilities Transporting Easy During Talisman Sabre
INDIAN OCEAN (NNS) - - Landing Craft Utilities (LCUs) have a history of providing an effective means of transport for the Marines and their amphibious units. Onboard the amphibious docking ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) one LCU is ensuring the job gets done during exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.
'Two Gun Zum' Sailors Conduct CPO 365 with MCPON
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens spoke with first class petty officers and chief petty officers assigned to the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG 1000) during a CPO 365 training event.
Salute to the Military Child Appreciation Day
Seventeen year-old Nicholas Olmo, son of Capt. Frank Olmo, deputy commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, throws the first pitch at the San Diego Padres versus Colorado Rockies game at Petco Park.
ACU-1 Wins Basketball Championship
CORONADO, Calif. - Engineman 3rd Class Jermaine Dukes from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 finds the basket during the Naval Base Coronado Basketball Championship.
The End of an Era
SAN DIEGO - Past and current crew and friends and family of USS Gary (FFG 51) render honors as the national ensign is hauled down aboard the ship for the last time during its decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.
Capt. Hancock Leadership Award
SAN DIEGO - Ensign Cassandra Karo, currently assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One (LCSRON 1), was named the recipient of the 2015 Capt. Joy Bright Hancock Leadership Award.
Blue Ridge Engages with Aboriginal Nonprofit
BRISBANE, Australia - Sailors attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet and USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) participate in a traditional dance with students from the Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School during a community service event at Burringilly Aboriginal Corporation.
Bonhomme Richard arrives in Darwin, Australia
DARWIN, Australia – USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Darwin, Australia, for the embarkation of more than 600 Marines, attached to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, after recently completing Talisman Sabre 2015.
ACU-1 Heading to Seattle Seafair
CORONADO, Calif. - Landing Craft Utility 1617 (LCU-1617) delivers ammunition to USS Boxer (LHD 4) in preparation for Seattle Seafair 2015.
John P. Murtha Sailor Earns US Citizenship
San Diego – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Recruit Joseph Onadia, left, displays his certificate of American citizen ship alongside Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Adan Flores outside the San Diego City Administration Building.
A Homecoming… of Sorts
SAN DIEGO - Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben talks with deck department Sailors during a tour of USS San Diego (LPD 22).
Bonhomme Richard hosts Indonesian Leaders
INDIAN OCEAN (NNS) – The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) with embarked Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) hosted members of Indonesian government and military onboard while underway in the Indian Ocean.