George Washington Celebrates 20 Years of Service
PACIFIC OCEAN – USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors will mark another landmark occasion this Fourth of July as they celebrate not only the establishment of their country but of their ship as well.
Local Ships Return to San Diego from Very Different Missions
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate, USS McClusky (FFG 41) and guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) are scheduled to return to San Diego after independent deployments to two different areas of the world on two completely different missions.
Firepower Demonstration on USS Cape St. George
ARABIAN SEA - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) performs a firepower demonstration alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
Change of Command
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (July 6, 2012) Commander Michael Harris, Commanding Officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), newly appointed to command, addresses the crew of the USS Pearl Harbor at a change of command ceremony.
USS Benfold departs Palau
Koror, Palau – USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) departed Koror, Palau after a scheduled four day port visit. This was BENFOLD’s first overseas port visit since deploying.
Lincoln Concludes Operations in Support of OEF
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea - Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), completed their final combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) this deployment.
Missile Exercise on board USS Paul Hamilton
PACIFIC OCEAN - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) launches a Standard Missile (SM 2) during a missile exercise as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
Vandegrift, Sampson, Waesche Arrive Singapore for CARAT 2012
SINGAPORE – The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) and the U.S. Coast Guard Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751) arrived in Singapore.
RIMPAC 2012 Conducts Sink Exercise
PACIFIC OCEAN - A live-fire exercise, part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, sank the deactivated ship USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS-3) in waters 15,480 feet deep, 63 miles southwest of Kauai, Hawaii.
SURFOR Announces Change of Command
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman will relieve Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during a ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
USS Rushmore Confirms Combat Readiness
SAN DIEGO - USS Rushmore (LSD 47) successfully completed its material inspection by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment and was found fit for sustained combat operations.
Peleliu ARG Begins COMPTUEX
PACIFIC OCEAN - The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit got underway to participate in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 2012 off the coast of California.
Burial at Sea on USS Curts
At Sea - During the first week of USS CURTS’ 2012 deployment, the crew conducted a burial at sea ceremony, committing the cremated remains of deceased Navy and Army veterans into the deep blue.
RIMPAC conducts a second SINKEX
Kauai, Hawaii - A live-fire exercise, part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, sank the ex-USS Concord (T-AFS-5) in waters 15,390 feet deep, 61 miles off the coast of Kauai.
SURFOR Change of Command
SAN DIEGO – Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III relieved Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC), during a ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
USS Chafee Takes On Biofuel
PACIFIC OCEAN - The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) took on 250,000 gallons of alternative fuel, a 50/50 blend of advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-based fuel, from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser.
USS Higgins SM2 Missile Launch
Hawaii - While on station in the Pacific Missile Range Facility off the coast of Hawaii, at 0938 local, USS Higgins successfully fired one SM2 missile.
DEPSECDEF Visits USS Blue Ridge, Talks Asia-Pacific
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF) Ashton B. Carter visited the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to speak with Sailors and emphasize the importance of their mission in the Asia-Pacific region.
Third SINKEX during RIMPAC
Kauai, Hawaii - A live-fire exercise, part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, sank the ex-USS Kilauea (T-AE-26) in waters 15,480 feet deep, 63 miles off the coast of Kauai.
Peleliu Hosts State Department During COMPTUEX
USS PELELIU, At sea - Cmdr. Brian Mecklenburg, officer-in-charge, Fleet Surgical Team 1, speaks with guests from the U.S. Department of State during a tour of medical spaces on board USS Peleliu.
USS Freedom holds change of command
SAN DIEGO - The Gold Crew of the Navy’s first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), is under new leadership. Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, the crew’s former executive officer (XO) relieved Cmdr. Matthew Weber at Naval Base San Diego.
ESG 3 Commander Visits USS Peleliu
USS PELELIU, At sea - Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, flew aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to visit with Sailors and Marines during composite unit training exercise (COMPUTEX).
Cape St. George Concludes Malta Visit
VALLETTA, Malta - Deployed Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) concluded a four-day port visit in Valletta, Malta.
CNSG MIDPAC participated in back-to-school campaign
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific visited the Halsey Terrace military housing community near Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) to raise awareness of back-to-school safety issues.
Blue Ridge Welcomes 25th Commanding Officer
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Capt. Will Pennington relieved Capt. Daniel Grieco as commanding officer of U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) during a change of command ceremony.
Hollywood Storms the Beach with ACU 5
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Writers, producers, directors and actors with the entertainment industry spent the day with Sailors from Camp Pendleton-based Assault Craft Unit 5 (ACU 5).
RADM David Gale visits USS Benfold
120731-N-ZZ999-002 MINA SALMAN PIER, Bahrain - Cmdr. Dave Oden, commanding officer of guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), left, holds a command coin presented to him by Rear Adm. David Gale, commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Command.