USS Stethem Conducts BMDQ Exercises
YOKOSUKA, Japan– The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) began Ballistic Missile Defense Qualifying (BMDQ) exercises pierside at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Feb. 29.
First Class Advancement Exams on USS Essex
OKINAWA, Japan (March 1, 2012) Yeoman 2nd Class Kyle Parker takes his first class petty officer advancement examination aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
USS Chafee Arrives In Iloilo, Philippines
ILOILO, Republic of the Philippines – Guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) arrived in Iloilo, Republic of the Philippines on March 2, for a port visit and to participate in the U.S. State Department program, America in 3D.
Blue Ridge Kicks Off NMCRS Donations
DONGHAE, Republic of Korea – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) kicked off the annual drive to raise money for Navy and Marine Corp Relief Society (NMCRS) on March 1.
Essex Amphibious Ready Group in White Beach for Certification
OKINAWA, Japan – Sailors from USS Denver (LPD 9), USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Tortuga (LSD 46) join USS Essex (LHD 2) pier side at White Beach Naval Installation on March 2, to load equipment and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
CFAY Sailors Incorporate Laser Safety Training
YOKOSUKA, Japan ( March 1, 2012) – Gunner's Mate 1st Class Nicholas Stemper, assigned to the forward-deployed Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), fires a Light Amplified Stimulated Emissions of Radiation (LASER).
Air Combat Element Embarks Aboard Essex
SOUTH CHINA SEA – The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) successfully embarked aircraft and aircrews from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's (MEU) Air Combat Element (ACE), March 5.
Flight Deck Fire Drill aboard USS Denver
PACIFIC OCEAN - A hose team made up of airmen and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) move across the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9) to combat a casualty during a flight deck fire drill.
USS Pearl Harbor Celebrates Black History Month
USS PEARL HARBOR, At Sea - Sailors and Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployed aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) celebrated African-American/Black History Month with a celebration on the mess decks, Feb. 28.
USS Chafee Departs Iloilo, Philippines
ILOILO, Republic of the Philippines – The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) departed Iloilo, Republic of the Philippines Mar. 5, after a port visit to support the U.S. State Department program “America in 3D”.
Sterett Awarded Second Consecutive Battle 'E'
USS STERETT, At Sea - Commander, Naval Surface Forces announced guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) is the winner of the 2011 Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") Award for Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, Feb. 27.
Sailors Explore Emirates
AJMAN AND SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates - Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 and guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) toured the emirates of Ajman and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), during a port visit to Jebel Ali, Feb. 19.
Man Overboard Drill on USS Momsen
GULF OF ADEN (March 9, 2012) -Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Steven Wagner, a search and rescue swimmer assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), retrieves a Sailor from the water during a man overboard drill.
USS Ford Conducts Operational Transit on Alternative Fuel Blend
SAN DIEGO - USS Ford (FFG 54) successfully transited from the ship's homeport in Everett, Wash., to San Diego, March 2, using 25,000 gallons of a 50/50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 blend in the ships LM 2500 gas turbines.
Japanese Media Visits USS Essex
PHILIPPINE SEA (March 10, 2012) - Capt. David Fluker, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) answers questions for Japanese press during a media visit March 10. Essex, is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group.
USS Bonhomme Richard Visits Okinawa, Japan
JAPAN, Okinawa - The Wasp-class Amphibious Assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) moors in Okinawa, Japan for a brief port visit. The ship is en route to relieve Wasp-class Amphibious Assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
Small Arms Training on USS Denver
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 11, 2012)- Seaman Apprentice Richard Boevers (left) and Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Stefan Farmer fire M16 rifles at targets during a small arms shoot on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9).
Makin Island Sailors and Marines Complete Second NCPACE Term
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At sea - Sailors and Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit MEU) deployed aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) completed the second term of the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE), March 5.
USS Denver Underway in the Western Pacific
The amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9) steams in the Western Pacific. Denver is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway conducting operations in the Western Pacific.
Milius Continues CPO 365 While Deployed
USS MILIUS, At sea - First class and chief petty officers aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) continue to follow the Chief Petty Officer (CPO) 365 program while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Middle Pacific Ships Receive Green "H" Awards
PEARL HARBOR - Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (CNSG MIDPAC) announced that all 11 of its Hawaii-based Navy surface ships received the 2011 Force Health and Wellness Award, or the Green "H."
USS Boxer Earns Battle "E"
SAN DIEGO - Commander, Naval Surface Forces recently awarded the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) with the 2011 Battle Effectiveness Award (Battle "E").
Shiloh Sailors Learn from Executive Chef
YOKOSUKA, Japan - An executive chef came on board the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) March 3-16, in support of the Naval Supply Systems Command’s “Adopt-a-Chef” program.
Replenishment at Sea on USS Bonhomme Richard
PACIFIC OCEAN - The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) steams alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) during an underway replenishment in the Western Pacific.
Torpedo Firing Exercise on USS Bunker Hill
ARABIAN SEA - Ensign Matthew Graham, a search and rescue swimmer assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) retrieves an MK 46 Mod 5A torpedo during a recoverable exercise torpedo firing exercise.
USS Germantown Takes Part in Iwo Jima Commemoration Ceremony
IWO TO, Japan - Thirty two Sailors from the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), along with elements of the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) attended the Reunion of Honor ceremony on Iwo To, formerly known as Iwo Jima, on March 14.
Future USS Michael Murphy Completes 'Super Trial'
BATH, Maine - The future USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), and the final ship of the original 62-ship procurement of the DDG 51 class shipbuilding program, successfully completed a combined builder's and acceptance "super trial" March 9, after spending four days underway in the Atlantic Ocean.
USS FORD Wraps Up Joint Canadian Exercises
Everett - In the late hours of 15 March, USS FORD (FFG 54) concluded her week-long participation in Task Group Exercises with three Canadian ships, the HMCS ALGONQUIN (DDG 283), the HMCS OTTAWA (FFH 341), and the HMCS REGINA (FFH 334).
Benfold hosts Mexican admirals
LA PAZ, MEXICO – Guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) hosted Mexican Navy Adm. Anselmo Diaz Cid, commander of the second naval zone, as well as other admirals and dignitaries March 15.
Navy Funds Fiscal Year 2012 Littoral Combat Ships
WASHINGTON - The Navy issued contract modifications to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective littoral combat ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2012 littoral combat ships each, March 16.
San Diego Departs for Homeport, Namesake City
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - After nearly five years of construction, the future USS San Diego (LPD 22) departed Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., Mar. 15, and began her transit to her future homeport of San Diego.
Momsen Expeditionary Medical Team Prepared to Support VBSS Team
USS MOMSEN, At sea - A team of medical officers and hospital corpsmen assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System (ERSS), embarked aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), are prepared, should the need to arise, to render medical assistance to members of visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team.
VADM Hunt Tour of MAKIN ISLAND
BAHRAIN (March 14, 2012) Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, tours engineering spaces aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during an official visit and tour.
Local Celebrity Chef Visits USS Ardent
MINA SALMAN PIER, Bahrain - The head chef of the Bahrain restaurant, Ric's Upstairs, visited mine countermeasures ship USS Ardent (MCM 12), to teach the ship's culinary specialists new techniques while preparing a meal together, March 8.
Destroyer Squadron 7 Names 2011 Sailor of the Year
SAN DIEGO - Capt. James Morgan, Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, recognized Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Petty Officer 1st Class Rachelle C. Mercado, as Carrier Strike Group 7 Sailor of the Year (SOY) for 2011, aboard destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) March 19.
USS Blue Ridge Visits Manila
MANILA, Republic of the Philippines - The 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Manila March 23 for a port visit.
Admiral commends USS Chosin, shipyard for teamwork, achievement
The perseverance and determination of Chosin Sailors during the changeout period was recognized by Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, in a bravo zulo message. “You fought through each challenge and overcame innumerable hurdles, all the while maintaining a positive attitude,” Ponds said.
Leaders to Sea USS Gary FFG-51
San Diego, CA – Mar 26th, 2012 -USS Gary (FFG 51) successfully completed Leaders to Sea, hosting 7 San Diego area leaders from both the public and private sector.
Makin Island Sailors, Marines Volunteer Time With Children in Bahrain
ADLIYA, Bahrain - Sailors and Marines assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participated in a community relations (COMREL) project at the Regional Institute for Active Learning (RIA) during a port visit to Bahrain, March 13.
USS New Orleans Sailors, Marines Take Advantage of VITA Program
USS NEW ORLEANS, At sea - With the 2011 income tax filing deadline quickly approaching, Sailors and Marines deployed aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) are taking full advantage of the Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered on board the ship, March 19-24.
Hawaii Welcomes San Diego Ships for Koa Kai 12-2
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The San Diego-based ships USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Vandergrift (FFG 48) joined four Hawaii-based ships in exercise Koa Kai 12-2 beginning March 30, to participate in the semiannual exercise in and around Hawaiian waters.