USS Blue Ridge on Patrol in 7th Fleet
SOUTH CHINA SEA - The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) is in the midst of a patrol of the south Indo-Asia-Pacific region where the crew and embarked staff will conduct port visits and engage allies to strengthen partnerships.
Sailors Compete in Rugby and Soccer Games In Thailand
PHUKET, Thailand - Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) competed in a rugby match and a soccer game at Thanyapura Field during a port visit to Phuket, Thailand.
Blue Ridge Arrives in Port Klang
PORT KLANG, Malayasia - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), making the first stop of its current patrol, arrived in Port Klang.
Stethem Remembers the Anniversary of the Battle of Midway
OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN – The Arleigh burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) honored the service and sacrifices of the Midway veterans during the 71st Battle of Midway anniversary with a ceremony and educational presentations.
USS Lake Erie Intercepts SM-3 Block IB missile
PACIFIC OCEAN - A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B interceptor missile is launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test in the mid-Pacific.
USS Chung-Hoon Remembers Battle of Midway
SOUTH CHINA SEA - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) honored the memory of fallen service-members from the Battle of Midway with a ceremony.
Milius Presented Battle “E” for 2012
SAN DIEGO - Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 presented the Commander Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet 2012 Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") Award to the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) in a special presentation to the ship’s crew at BAE Shipyard.
SecNav Names Multiple Ships
WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships (LCS) will be named USS Billings and USS Tulsa.
Boxer crew shines through mid-cycle inspection
SAN DIEGO- The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) recently completed and passed its mid-cycle inspection (MCI) May 30. Boxer Sailors prepared for this event thoroughly, presenting a proud ship and a well versed crew for this critical inspection.
Nimitz Strike Group Enters 5th Fleet
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and Destroyer Squadron 23, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
Reserve Sailors Make an Impact Aboard USS Russell
SAN DIEGO - Sailors assigned to the Reserve Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka have made a name for themselves by helping ships stationed at Naval Base San Diego provide logistical support including running inventories, moving supplies and keeping up with supply administrative paperwork.
U.S. and Japanese Forces Participate in Planning Exercise
Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors from the USS San Diego, PHIBRON 5 and PCU America participated in a planning exercise with members of the Japanese Ground and Maritime Self Defense Force at Naval Base San Diego on the Japanese vessel Hyuga.
CHINFO Visits LCS Training Facility
SAN DIEGO, Calf. - Cdr. John Kochendorfer, seated center, commanding officer of the blue crew of the Independence-class littoral combat ship PCU Coronado (LCS-4), discusses crew simulator training with Adm. Mark Ferguson, center, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, during a tour of the Independence variant training simulator at the Littoral Combat Ship Shore-Based Training Facility.
CARAT Thailand 2013 Closes
SATTAHIP NAVAL BASE, Thailand - The Thailand phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise 2013 ended with a closing ceremony at Sattahip Naval Base, June 12, following nearly two weeks of training ashore and at sea.
Freedom Sets Sail for CARAT Malaysia 2013
SINGAPORE - The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), departed Changi Naval Base June 11 to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013.
Cowpens Honors Sailors for Saving Lives in Oklahoma Tornado
SAN DIEGO – Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman, III, presented two Sailors with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for their life-saving efforts during a tornado in Okla., in an awards ceremony on Naval Base San Diego, June 12.
USS Chosin Arrives in Subic Bay
SUBIC BAY, Philippines — The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrived in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines for a port visit.
USS Shiloh Receives New Commanding Officer
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) received a new commanding officer during a ceremony at the Fleet Activities Yokosuka Fleet Theater.
Pacific Partnership 2013 Opens Mission in Tonga
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga - Tonga leaders and citizens participated in a ceremony alongside of U.S., partner nation service members and non-governmental organization volunteers to mark the commencement of Pacific Partnership 2013.
USS Higgins Hosts Midshipmen Summer Training
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Six Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) midshipmen are currently embarked on the guided- missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) to experience life on board a ship as part of their midshipmen summer training.
USS Bonhomme Richard Departs for Summer 2013 Deployment
SASEBO, Japan – Forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), departed Sasebo, Japan June 13 for a regularly scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
USS Makin Island Holds Change of Command Ceremony
SAN DIEGO -- With the traditional reading of official orders, exchange of salutes and the words “I relieve you sir,” command of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) was passed from one naval officer to another during a ceremony held aboard the ship at Naval Base San Diego, June 14.
USS Michael Murphy holds first change of command
Cmdr. Thomas E. Shultz, outgoing commanding officer of USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), walks through sideboys at the conclusion of a change of command ceremony May 23. Cmdr. Corey J. Turner relieved Shultz as commanding officer during the ceremony.
USS Green Bay holds Change of Command
PACIFIC OCEAN - Capt. Gregory C. Huffman relieved Capt. Putnam H Browne as commanding officer of amphibious dock landing ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), during an underway change of command ceremony.
USS Chosin Sailors Visit Special Education Students
OLONGAPO CITY, Republic of the Philippines - Sailors and midshipmen from the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) visited approximately 35 students at the Center for Special Education at the Columbine College during a port visit to Subic Bay.
USS Bonhomme Richard Completes Ammo Onload
SASEBO, Japan - The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) completed loading ordnance, while preparing for a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Germantown Gets Underway
SASEBO, Japan - Forward-deployed Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), sailing as part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), departed June 17 for a patrol in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Germantown Conducts Ammo Onload
SASEBO, Japan - The forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) completed loading ammunition in preparation for its patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) as part of the USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
Blue Ridge Departs Jakarta
JAKARTA, Indonesia - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Jakarta, Indonesia, after completing a four-day port visit.
USS Stockdale participates in Eager Lion 2013
AQABA, Jordan – The visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team from guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) participated in exercise Eager Lion 2013 with VBSS members from the Royal Jordanian Navy.
LCS Remote Minehunting System Completes Reliability Testing
WASHINGTON - The Navy successfully concluded the second and final phase of reliability testing of the littoral combat ship (LCS) remote minehunting system (RMS) off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla., enabling the service to progress toward developmental testing, the Navy announced.
USS Stethem Commemorates 28th Anniversary of Namesake
PACIFIC OCEAN - Arleigh burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) honored the ship's namesake, Robert Dean Stethem's death in Beirut, Lebannon 28 years ago, with an observance while underway in the Western Pacific Ocean.
Gridley FCPOA Leads Beach Cleanup
USS Gridley, San Diego – Twenty members from USS Gridley’s First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) took a few hours out of their busy schedules to keep the community clean by picking up trash along a one-mile stretch of beach in Coronado, CA.
Trilateral Pacific Bond Exercise Kicks Off
PACIFIC OCEAN - Capt. Paul Lyons (right), commander Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, talks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Lt. Masaaki Mizunuma on the port side bridge-wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during a maneuvering exercise.
At-Sea Phase of CARAT Malaysia 2013 Concludes
KUANTAN, Malaysia - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) and other Task Group 73.1 assets successfully completed four full days of combined, at-sea training events with the Royal Malaysian Navy, June 22, as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013.
Australian, U.S. Sailors Trade Places During Pacific Bond 2013
PACIFIC OCEAN - The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) swapped 10 crew members with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 03), in support of Pacific Bond 2013 to enhance operability and foster camaraderie between the two ships.
Aussie Ship Commands Surface Action Group in Pacific Bond
HMAS SYDNEY, At sea - The Australian guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney took command of a Surface Action Group (SAG) to include USS Preble (DDG 88) during tri-lateral naval exercises in the Western Pacific Ocean off the Marianas Island chain.
CARAT Malaysia Wraps Up After Nine Days of Exercises
KUANTAN, Malaysia - The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Malaysian armed forces drew to a close during a ceremony on Kuantan Naval Base.
US and coalition forces conduct amphibious landing on Red Beach
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines and sailors from 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, and Naval Beach Group 1 conducted amphibious landings on Red Beach with Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) and both U.S. and Japanese Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCACs) as a part of exercise Dawn Blitz.
Blue Ridge Arrives in Dili
DILI, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste - Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific anchored off the coast of Dili for a port visit.
USS Blue Ridge Trains with Timor-Leste Military
DILI, Democratic Republic of Timor -Leste - Marines from Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) and Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) met with members of the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) for a military-to-military engagement at Port Hera Navy Base Dili.
USS Paul Hamilton Returns Home to Pearl Harbor
PEARL HARBOR - Guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) returned to its homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a nine-month deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility.
Keel Authenticated for Eighth LCS
MOBILE, Ala. - The Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Montgomery, the Navy's eighth littoral combat ship (LCS)in Mobile, Ala.
USS Bonhomme Richard Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
WHITE BEACH, Okinawa – The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in support of joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
Midshipmen Training Highlighted by LCAC Landing
Silver Strand Training Complex, Coronado CA - Operations Specialist First Class Rich Byrnes, an LCAC Navigator, explains a wartime landing scenario to Midshipmen from the Naval Academy Class of 2015 while aboard an Assault Craft Unit FIVE LCAC.
Navy Offers Helpful Advice to Polynesian Voyagers
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam - "Hokule'a: Her Farthest Journey," a documentary about the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Worldwide Voyage now underway, airs for the first time tonight and again on local TV in Hawaii.
Planning for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013
Deputy Commander of COMCMDIV31 and MCM subject matter experts planning the next task for international assets during the command's certification exercise DAWN BLITZ 2013.
Ashland, Tortuga Trading Places
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship, USS Ashland (LSD 48) will depart its homeport at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) June 27 on a deployment to conduct a hull swap with the USS Tortuga (LSD 46) forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Complete Successful Dawn Blitz
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Bryan Dingess, assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1, signals to a landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) on Red Beach at Camp Pendleton during a Dawn Blitz 2013 amphibious exercise.
USS Blue Ridge arrives in Darwin
DARWIN, Australia – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Australia’s north coast city of Darwin to take to strengthen Austro-U.S. ties June 29.