Hero of the Game
A Sailor assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) was honored as the Chicago White Sox “Hero of the Game” during the team’s home game against the San Diego Padres at U.S. Cellular Field.
Navy Tradition: Baptism Aboard USS Stethem
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Honoring one of the Navy’s oldest traditions, Oliver Stampfli was baptized aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Stethem (DDG 63).
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus formally named USS Tripoli (LHA 7) May 30 during an evening parade hosted by Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos at Marine Barracks Washington.
ESG-3 to Host Former POW
SAN DIEGO - The staff of Expedionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3) will be hosting retired Navy Cmdr. Henry James “Jim” Bedinger, a Prisoner of War (POW) during Vietnam, for a speaking engagement June 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the base theater on board Naval Base San Diego.
Setting the Standard
SOUTH CHINA SEA - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with Japanese ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003).
USS Ashland Visits Singapore between Phases of CARAT
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived at Singapore, June 1st, after disembarking Marines and Sailors in Kuantan, Malaysia to participate in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).
Fitzgerald Welcomes New Commanding Officer
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The officers and crew assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) ended an era and began a new chapter with a change of command ceremony on the ship's flight deck.
Bi-lateral Exercise Enhances U.S., ROK Interoperability
WATERS TO THE EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA - Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) participated in a bi-lateral exercise with ships from the Republic of Korea navy (ROKN).
Leadership Road to Success
The purpose of the event was to update SURFLANT tenet commanders, COs , and CMCs on fleet-wide initiatives, and provide a venue where the group could share ideas and provide candid feedback to the type commander.
USS Ross (DDG 71) departed its Norfolk homeport June 3 on her way to Rota, Spain, as the second of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed there.
USS William P. Lawrence Hosts Foreign Naval Attaché Corps Spring Tour
SAN DIEGO – The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) hosted a group of 31 foreign naval attaches, including 12 flag officers and 19 captains and commodores, as well as 25 of their spouses for the Chief of Naval Operation’s Naval Attaché Corps Spring Tour.
US Navy Returns to Portland for 105th Rose Festival
PORTLAND, Ore. - Guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) will participate in Portland Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon, June 5-9, to celebrate the 105th Rose Festival.
Pacific Partnership 2014 Kicks Off in Vietnam
DA NANG, Vietnam – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Osumi-Class JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) carrying a multinational crew of U.S., Australian and Japanese personnel arrived in Da Nang for Pacific Partnership 2014.
Amphibious and surface units from the U.S. and French navies completed a passing exercise (PASSEX) June 6 which honed their interoperability skills and demonstrated the close operational relationship enjoyed by the two NATO allies.
Remembering The Fallen
Oscar Austin Sailors honored those service members who were lost during the largest one-day amphibious assault ever recorded. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion along Normandy's coastline June 6, 1944.
The trial, administered by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), is part of a series of post-delivery test and trial events through which the ship and its major systems are exercised.
Mine Countermeasures Ship Replacements Depart for Japan
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Avenger-class mine countermeasure ships USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Chief (MCM 14) were loaded onto an ocean-going heavy lift ship as final preparations were made to get underway for their new homeport in Sasebo, Japan.
First Navy Team Competes in Yokohama’s Annual Dragon Boat Race
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Officers and Chiefs from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem’s (DDG 63) teamed up as "Steelworkers," a name used to represent their namesake Steelworker Robert Stethem, to participate in the Yokohama “Hari” Dragon Boat Race in Yokohama Harbor.
Midshipmen Spend Summer Training on board USS Lake Champlain
SAN DIEGO - The guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) recently hosted a group of 10 midshipmen from various institutions across the country for a one-month summer training cruise focused on exposing students to benefits of the surface warfare community.
Pacific Partnership 2014 Wraps Up Mission in Kupang and Rote Ndao
WEST KUPANG, Indonesia (NNS) -- Guests and service members from Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States attended a ceremony which concluded the mission of Pacific Partnership (PP14) 2014 in Kupang and Rote Ndao at the Tuadale School in West Kupang, Indonesia.
Pacific Partnership Wraps Up Mission in Indonesia
WEST KUPANG, Indonesia - Guests and service members from Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States attended a ceremony which concluded the mission of Pacific Partnership (PP14) 2014 in Kupang and Rote Ndao in West Kupang, Indonesia.
USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN VISITS PORTLAND FOR ANNUAL ROSE FESTIVAL
PORTLAND, OR—The Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) arrived in Portland, Oregon to participate in the city’s annual Festival of Roses. After a scenic transit up the Columbia River, LAKE CHAMPLAIN arrived in Portland marking the US Navy’s return to the Rose Festival after a year of absence.
Married Sailors Promoted Together on USS Peleliu
SAN DIEGO - Capt. Shawn Lobree, commander, Amphibious Squadron Three, promotes Lt. Tess Messiah, from amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and Lt. Evan Messiah, from Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) Three, aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
Pearl Harbor Sailors Raise Thousands of Dollars for Relief Society
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, presented Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) representatives with a ceremonial check during an NMCRS fund drive ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH).
A Day in the Life
En route to Rota, Spain, Sailors on the USS Ross are balancing their time between executing the timeless routine of Sailors at sea and engaging in a unique array of language and culture classes to prepare them to be stationed in a new country.
Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is Ready to Deploy
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG 1) successfully completed Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of Southern California marking the final step in the strike group's preparation for its upcoming deployment.
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- For Navy Reservists assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures (LCS MCM) Mission Module Unit Mayport, recent months provided excitement and hands-on training aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2).
USS Cape St. George Departs San Diego for Western Pacific Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) departs San Diego on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Cape St. George is scheduled to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest international maritime exercise before proceeding to 7th Fleet to conduct theater security cooperation missions.
Chief Petty Officers Frocked to Senior Chief On Board USS Vandegrift
USS VANDEGRIFT, At Sea (NNS) -- Senior Chief Engineman (SW/EXW) Paul A. Gurrola and Sonar Technician (Geographic) (SW) Joseph F. Hart, were frocked to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer during a ceremony aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) currently deployed to the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
USS Peleliu Departs San Diego for Western Pacific Deployment
CORONADO, Calif. - The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) departs Naval Base San Diego, June 17, to participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), a large multinational naval exercise, as the command ship for the expeditionary strike group.
Midshipmen Training aboard USS Shoup
ABOARD USS SHOUP, at sea — USS Shoup (DDG 86) recently hosted 14 midshipmen for their summer enlisted cruise. The cruise is intended to give the future naval officers an up-close look at shipboard life.
Pacific Partnership Kicks Off in Cambodia
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), carrying a multinational crew of U.S., Australian and Japanese personnel, arrived in Sihanoukville for Pacific Partnership 2014.
USS Peleliu Held a Burial at Sea
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 22, 2014) – The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) conducted a burial at sea for 22 deceased veterans and family members.
U.S. Pacific Fleet Band Performs in Cambodia
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia – The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band kicked off their first performance for Pacific Partnership 2014 in Cambodia, performing twice in one day for the children and people of Sihanoukville.
Pacific Partnership Nursing Team Exchanges Skillsets
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - The Pacific Partnership nursing team is providing a practical demonstration of interoperability with eight days of professional and practical exchanges with Cambodian medical professionals, with both sides taking away tangible information.
Five Years to First Class
PHILIPPINE SEA - Advancement is a goal for every Sailor. Moving up in rank means more pay, more responsibility and more respect.
US Conducts Successful Missile Intercept Test in Pacific
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. military successfully intercepted an intermediate-range ballistic missile test target launched from the U.S. Army's Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, according to a Defense Department news release.
USS Shoup Conducts PASSEX with JMSDF Training Squadron
SAN DIEGO – The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) and Sailors from ships assigned to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) training squadron conducted successful tactical maneuvering exercises.
John S. McCain Sailors Build Friendships in Hong Kong
HONG KONG - Eighteen Sailors assigned to the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain visited the Chun Shek Adult Training Centre, a home for the mentally disabled in Hong Kong, during their port visit to Hong Kong.
USS Ingraham Intercepts 793 Kilograms of Cocaine
At Sea (NNS)- USS Ingraham (FFG 61) with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 Detachment 2 and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment disrupted approximately 793 kilograms of cocaine while conducting counter narcotic operations.
Kidd Holds Change of Command at Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA – A time-honored change of command ceremony was held aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) while underway in the South China Sea.
Pacific Partnership 2014 Wraps Up Mission in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste - Service members and guests from Australia, New Zealand, Timor-Leste and the United States gathered at the Comoro Medical Center for a ceremony marking the end of the Timor-Leste phase of Pacific Partnership (PP14).
Makin Island ARG 'Manned and Ready'
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to San Diego after completing a near two week Certification Exercise (CERTEX) in preparation for a scheduled deployment.
USS Vandegrift Halts Smuggling in Central America
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), intercepted approximately two tons of cocaine being smuggled aboard two fishing vessels while on routine patrol off the coast of Central America.
Multinational Task Force Arrives for RIMPAC 2014
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- A multinational task force consisting of nine ships from four nations arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii after participating in a group sail from Guam to participate in the 24th biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
Fleet Experiment Offers Unique Cyber Training Opportunity
As 40 international ships and submarines transited toward Hawaii to participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) hosted two cyber security experiments as part of TRIDENT WARRIOR 2014 (TW14). TW14 is an annual experimentation series which is co-led this year by Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, and Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC), as part of the Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) program.
Pacific Partnership Concludes in Cambodia
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia – Pacific Partnership 2014 in Cambodia came to a close today with a ceremony held on the pier alongside the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, JS Kunisaki (LST 4003).
USS John Paul Jones Makes History with Live Fire Missile Tests
PACIFIC OCEAN – The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a series of five live-fire tests for the Baseline 9C Aegis Combat System during Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT) and Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFC-CA) capability off the coast of Southern California.