'Holy Helo' Arrives Aboard USS Momsen
USS MOMSEN, At Sea - A Navy chaplain assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) visited the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) via helicopter.
USS Germantown Arrives in Darwin, Australia
DARWIN, Australia - Dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Darwin, Australia, July 4, prior to scheduled operations in the region.
From Wog to Shellback
EQUATORIAL PACIFIC – Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) participated in a Crossing the Line ceremony July 4, Independence Day, after transiting the equator while en route to a scheduled joint-forces exercise in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
7th Fleet Completes Successful Visit to Darwin
DARWIN, Australia - The U.S 7th Fleet flagship and staff completed an event-filled six day port visit in Darwin, Australia, with a ceremonial celebration on board flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).
Pacific Partnership Delivers Reverse Osmosis Water System
EBEYE, Marshall Islands - Members of Pacific Partnership 2013 worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to deliver a reverse osmosis water system donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development to Ebeye.
27,000 Troops Prepare for Talisman Saber 2013
CORAL SEA - More than 27,000 U.S. and Australian personnel are converging in Australia and the Coral Sea in preparation for the amphibious exercise Talisman Saber 2013, to be held off the coast of Australia.
Underway Replenishment on board USS San Diego (LPD 22)
PACIFIC OCEAN - Capt. John Menoni, executive officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), observes an underway replenishment alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187).
USS Boxer Trains for Straits Transits
PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) simulated a strait transit July 11 in preparation for their upcoming deployment.
MCMRON 5/CTF 52 Changes Leadership
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain – Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 5, Task Force (CTF) 52, held a change f command ceremony on board RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009) July 11.
Pacific Partnership Concludes Work in Marshall Islands
MAJURO, Marshall Islands - Members of Pacific Partnership 2013 joined distinguished members of the Marshallese government and U.S. Ambassador Thomas H. Armbruster for a closing ceremony on the island of Majuro to mark the end the Republic of the Marshall Islands mission.
Boxer Sailors and Marines Keep the Rhythm
PACIFIC OCEAN - The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) continues her pre-deployment work-up period, Sailors and Marines continue their hobbies, or take up new ones.
Hollywood to the Navy Tour USS Independence
SAN DIEGO - The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) played host to actor Milo Ventimiglia and nine other Hollywood professionals in support of the Navy's "Hollywood to the Navy" program.
Combined Task Force 76 and Royal Australian Navy Embark for Talisman Saber 2013
BRISBANE, Australia - Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, along with members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), embarked the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), for the joint-force exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (TS13).
Bonhomme Richard Departs Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Hammond Crawford, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), assists in hoisting the brow ramp in preparation for departing Brisbane, Australia after a scheduled port visit.
GWCSG Kicks Off Talisman Saber 13
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea - U.S. and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) began their portion of Talisman Saber 2013 off the northeast coast of Australia.
New Zealand Takes Phase Lead as Pacific Partnership Arrives in Kiribati
TARAWA, Kiribati - A landing craft utility departs the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) embarked with non-governmental organization (NGO) volunteers, partner nation military and U.S. service members upon Pacific Partnership 2013’s arrival to the mission port of Kiribati.
Germantown Launches Fleet Survey Team
SHOALWATER BAY, Australia - A Fleet Survey Team (FST) from John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., embarked on dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), took to the waters of Shoalwater Bay to conduct hydrographic surveys prior to Germantown’s planned amphibious operations.
Pacific Partnership Tests Water Quality on Tarawa
TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati - Pacific Partnership 2013 environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army are testing the quality of water from a number of rainwater catchment systems throughout Tarawa atoll in the Republic of Kiribati.
Testing Chaplains in the Battlefield during Talisman Saber
PEARL HARBOR - Capt. Francis D. Bonadonna, deputy fleet chaplain for U.S. Pacific Fleet, had a rare opportunity to create scenarios for the chaplain corps during the amphibious portion of exercise Talisman Saber 2013, being held off the coast of Australia.
Pacific Partnership Donates Toys to School for Disabled Children
TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati - Pacific Partnership 2013, Project Handclasp and U.S. and partner nation service members distributed toys to students at the Kiribati School for the Disabled during as a part of a community service event on Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati.
Multilateral Pacific Mission Boosts Disaster Response Capacity
WASHINGTON- Two months into the largest disaster response preparedness operation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, participants in Pacific Partnership 2013 are taking the mission to the next level in ways the mission commander says will help to ensure its long-term viability despite budgetary constraints.
Sailors from USS Shoup Start GLASS Organization
USS SHOUP, At Sea - Sailors from guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) have established one of the first gay, lesbian, and supporting Sailors (GLASS) organizations on board a U.S. Navy vessel.
Hawaiis last frigate USS Reuben James decommissions
Pearl Harbor, HI - USS Reuben James (FFG-57), the last remaining guided-missile frigate homeported in Hawaii, was decommissioned after nearly 30 years of distinguished naval service during a ceremony at Pearl Harbor.
U.S., Australian Forces Collaborate on Air Defense
CORAL SEA - The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group, Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) collaborate in an air defense exercise (ADEX) in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (TS 13).
NBG-1 Celebrates 65th Anniversary
SAN DIEGO - The crew of Naval Beach Group ONE (NBG-1) paused to celebrate their 65th anniversary of the command’s commissioning with a beach run followed by the cleanup of the beach at the Silver Strand Training Complex.
Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Conducts VBSS Training
USS BOXER, At Sea – Sailors and Marines attached to the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) Maritime Raid Force (MRF) conducted a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) scenario July 14, as part of a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for a scheduled deployment.
Boxer ARG Completes COMPTUEX
PACIFIC OCEAN - The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) successfully completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX)moving one step closer to being certified and prepared for deployment.
Peleliu Completes Ammo Off-load
SAN DIEGO - Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) completed its ammunition four-day off-load near the coast of Camp Pendelton, Calif. ahead of its planned maintenance availability.
Talisman Saber 2013 Gets Underway with Extra Help
SYDNEY, Australia - The U.S. 7th Fleet flag ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) is a little heavier this week as over 230 reserves, active duty and Australian augments board to take part in Talisman Saber 2013 (TS13) in Sydney, Australia.
US, Royal Australian Navy Complete TS 13 Torpedo Exercise
CORAL SEA - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine participated in a torpedo exercise in the Coral Sea, July 19, in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013.
Combat Logistics Force Ships underway for Talisman Saber exercise
CORAL SEA - Navy Combat Logistics Force ships USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) and USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) are steaming off the coast of northeastern Australia this week, providing vital logistics support to U.S. and Australian ships participating in Talisman Saber 2013.
Midshipmen Embark USS Denver for Summer Cruise
SASEBO, Japan - Fifteen midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy and one Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps midshipman embarked forward-deployed amphibious transport docking ship USS Denver (LPD 9) to experience life on a Navy vessel during their summer training cruise.
New faces aboard USS Blue Ridge contribute to Talisman Saber 2013 Exercise
CORAL SEA - Service members aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) are learning to work with and accommodate approximately 300 ship riders while undergoing Talisman Saber 2013, an exercise coordinated between the U.S. military and Australian forces.
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USS Rentz Departs San Diego for Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) is expected to depart San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the 4th Fleet area of operations.
Lake Erie Celebrates 20 Years
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - Rear Adm. Richard L. Williams Jr. was aboard ship celebrating with her crew the 20th anniversary of her commissioning as a United States Ship.
USNA Midshipmen Visit NBG-1
San Diego, CA - Over five hundred Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy visited San Diego as part of their summer training regimen.
Medical units make strides towards interoperability
San Diego, CA - Several weeks of integrated training among the Medical Department aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4), Fleet Surgical Team 3 (FST), Shock Trauma Platoon (STP) , and Air Combat Element Medical from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) culminated in a six-hour long ‘final exam’ aboard the amphibious assault ship.
Germantown Hosts New Zealand Lieutenant
CORAL SEA, Australia – Royal New Zealand Naval officer Lt. Eric Chapman disembarked dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) after spending three weeks participating in the massive multi-national combined, joint-force exercise Talisman Saber 2013.
Pacific Partnership Hosts Disaster Response Workshop
TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati - National emergency managers and disaster response organization representatives from the Republic of Kiribati joined Pacific Partnership personnel for a disaster response workshop at the Kiribati Parliament.
Fly Over During Talisman Saber 13
CORAL SEA (July 26, 2013) - An EA-18G from the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 (left), two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18Fs (center) and an F/A-18E from the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 fly over USS George Washigton (CVN 73) during Talisman Saber 13.
USS Blue Ridge arrives in Cairns
CAIRNS, Australia - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Cairns, Australia while on patrol in the South Indo-Asia Pacific region.
PACOM visits Blue Ridge
CAIRNS, Australia – Sailors and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff members welcomed Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) during a port visit.
USS Ford Completes Final Underway
EVERETT, Wash. - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Ford completed her last operational underway July 26, returning to her homeport at Naval Station Everett (NSE).
Talisman Saber 2013 Wraps Up Aboard USS Blue Ridge
CAIRNS, Australia - The biennial joint US-Australian exercise Talisman Saber 2013 concluded with a ceremony hosted by Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in Cairns, Australia.
USS Denver Arrives in Brisbane Australia
BRISBANE, Australia - Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), along with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Brisbane, Australia for a scheduled port visit, prior to participation in joint and combined exercises in the region.
Aircraft Crash Drill aboard USS Harper's Ferry
PACIFIC OCEAN - Chief Damage Controlman Rico Ibarra gives a wrap-up brief after an aircraft crash drill aboard the flight deck of amphibious dock landing ship USS Harper's Ferry (LSD 49).
Command of ATG PACNORWEST changes hands
Command of Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest (ATG PNW) changed during a ceremony, July 12th, at Naval Station Everett as Cmdr. Jeffrey Bessler relieved Cmdr. Adam Goetz as commanding officer.
Freedom Gets Underway to Support First Overseas Crew Swap
SOUTH CHINA SEA - As the deployment to Southeast Asia draws to a close for USS Freedom's (LCS 1) "Gold" crew, an advance team of "Blue" crew Sailors is in Singapore to participate in a brief sea trial that began as part of the upcoming crew swap.
USS Preble Sailors Visit Children’s Hospital
SYDNEY, Australia (July 31, 2013) - Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) visit a patient at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children during a Community Service event.
VCNO Visits USS Higgins
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) held an all-hands call with Sailors stationed aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76).
VCNO Visits U.S. 5th Fleet Sailors
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN - Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson visits Sailors aboard the mine countermeasure ship USS Gladiator (MCM 11).
USS Momsen, USS Preble Turn Up Down Under
SYDNEY, Australia -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Preble (DDG 88) arrived in Sydney July 29, for a port visit after their participation in Talisman Saber 2013.
VCNO Visits U.S. 5th Fleet Sailors
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN - Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) and Fleet Master Chief for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education visited the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).