USS Sampson Passes INSURV
San Diego, CA - USS Sampson has had a very busy year. After a six month deployment from February 2012 to August 2012, a brief Post Operational Movement period in September 2012, and Joint Task Force Exercises and Composite Training Exercises in November 2012, Sampson Sailors prepared for the biggest material inspection in the ship’s history, INSURV.
Blue Ridge Arrives in Hong Kong
HONG KONG - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the embarked staff arrived in Hong Kong March 1 for a port visit.
SURFPAC’s 2012 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year Announced
San Diego, CA - Construction Mechanic 1st Class Petty Officer (SCW/EXW) Daniel Perez, Beachmaster Unit 1, was named the Shore Sailor of the Year and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Petty Officer (AW/SW) Shawn-Patrick Bland, USS Makin Island (LHD 8), was named as the 2012 Sea Sailor of the Year for Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
CBR Training on board USS Green Bay
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Damage Controlman 3rd Class Daniel Reveles instructs Sailors on the proper wear of gas masks during chemical, biological, radiological training aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20).
U.S. Navy Hosts Mine Warfare Staff Talks with Japanese Navy
OKINAWA, Japan - Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7, and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Commander (JMSDF), Mine Warfare Force and subordinate commands concluded a three day mine warfare staff conference.
Mobile Bay Sailors Celebrate African American History
.S. 5th Fleet AREA of RESPONSIBILITY - Sailors aboard Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) honored accomplishments of African-American leaders in the Navy during an at-sea presentation on the ship's mess decks.
Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA of RESPONSIBILITY - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) transited the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Gulf for the ship's first time.
Peleliu Promotes Navy Nutrition Month
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) emphasizes healthy eating and nutrition habits during Navy Nutrition Month.
Two MCMs Redeploy From 5th Fleet AOR
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain - Mine countermeasures ships USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Warrior (MCM 10) are redeploying from the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
USS Bonhomme Richard Sailors ‘Crews into Shape’
USS BONHOMME RICHARD At Sea – Sailors aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) are participating in the ‘Crews into Shape’ fitness and nutrition challenge.
Blue Ridge Arrives In Manila
MANILA, Republic of the Philippines – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge arrived in Manila for a four-day port visit.
Milius earns Battle “E”
SAN DIEGO – USS Milius (DDG 69) earned the coveted Battle Efficiency Award (Battle “E”) for Calendar Year 2012, according to a naval message from Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific (CNSP) released March 8. The Battle “E” recognizes the superior battle readiness of a ship and crew.
USS Bonhomme Richard Earns Battle "E"
NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN – Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific awarded the 2012 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in a message.
Change of command ceremony held on USS Mobile Bay
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Capt. Timothy Kott, right, relieves Capt. Thomas Halvorson, left, as commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) during an at sea change of command ceremony.
DESRON 15 Ships Visit Republic of Korea
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 5, 2013) - Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) remove a pelican hook on the anchor chain during sea and anchor operations.
Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Complete AIT
NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), along with Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed amphibious integration training (AIT) while on deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations.
Bonhomme Richard Sailors Earn Commissions
USS BONHOMME RICHARD At Sea - Four Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) were selected for the limited duty officer (LDO) and chief warrant officer (CWO) programs.
Women’s Naval Heritage: From Secretaries to Sailors
USS BONHOMME RICHARD (At Sea) – Women serving aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) stand as a testament to the long history of female Sailors that have come before them.
USS Makin Island Receives First Battle "E" Award
SAN DIEGO - The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) was named a recipient of the 2012 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award, March 9, marking the first time the ship has received the prestigious award.
Shore-Based Support Assists USS Freedom Abroad
SAN DIEGO - As USS Freedom (LCS 1) pulled in for its first port call in Hawaii March 11, Sailors and civilians assigned to Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego were standing by to provide the ship with critical, innovative logistics support.
Filipino-American Sailors Reenlist in Philippines
MANILA, Republic of the Philippines - Five Filipino-American Sailors assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) took advantage of a port visit in Manila, Republic of the Philippines to reenlist in their birth country.
Fitzgerald Conducts Tactical Maneuvers
WATERS TO THE EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), right, conducts tactical maneuvers with ships from the Republic of Korea Navy.
Benfold selected for Unit Tactics Award
San Diego – USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) was recognized with the 2012 Unit Tactics Award. The award recognizes BENFOLD’s “exceptional tactics proficiency, preparedness, and war fighting skill”.
Anchorage Sailors 'Tap Out' With Program Founder
PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Tapout XT program creator Mike Karpenko hosted a special physical training session with Sailors assigned to the Pre-Commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) on the ship's flight deck.
Director of Navy Staff Talks LCS with Industry Partners
WASHINGTON - The director of the Navy staff talked at the most recent Navy Now Forum March 14 in Washington, D.C., about the future of the program for the littoral combat ship (LCS), one of the Navy's newest warship platforms.
Hollywood Comes To USS Gridley
USS Gridley, Naval Base San Diego – Arleigh Burke Destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) had a few special visitors from Hollywood.
Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Conduct NEO Drill
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea - Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) drill while underway off the coast of Okinawa.
CPR-3 Plays Vital Role Aboard Peleliu ARG
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Located on the 06 level of the island and, nestled among other important command and control spaces, lie the Joint Operations Center (JOC) and Tactical Air Control Center (TACC).
USS McCampbell Conducts a Replenishment-At-Sea
WATERS TO THE WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), right, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Republic of Korea Navy Cheonji-class fast combat support ship ROKS Cheonji (AOE 57) during exercise Foal Eagle 2013.
Fitzgerald, Lassen Sailors Visit Nursing Home
DONGHAE, Republic of Korea - Sailors from the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) USS Lassen (DDG 82) and Republic of Korea (ROK) navy recently participated in a community service event at Eearae Nursing Home in Donghae, Republic of Korea.
Fitzgerald Makes Port Call in Donghae
Donghae, Republic of Korea - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) pulled into Donghae for a port visit March 9-13.
Navy Demonstrates Joint Amphibious Operations During Brilliant Scepter
CORONADO, Calif. - Rear Adm. Gerard P. Hueber, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, and Brig. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, tour the amphibious landing site at Green's Beach during exercise Brilliant Scepter 2013.
Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Complete CERTEX
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea - Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, after completing a 10-day certification exercise (CERTEX) with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the East China Sea.
"Sea Knights" Depart Bonhomme Richard One Last Time
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea - Ten CH-46E Sea Knight medium-lift tandem rotor transport helicopters, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 262, departed the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) for the final time.
Welcome back to San Diego, USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76
After 14 months of intensive maintenance in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington State, the USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 is returning to beautiful sunny San Diego where it will be homeported for the foreseeable future.
Freedom Arrives in U.S. 7th Fleet
AT SEA - The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) March 20, marking a key milestone in Freedom's eight-month deployment to Southeast Asia.
USS Anchorage Visits NSWC Port Hueneme
PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)Port Hueneme recently completed a week-long combat system assessment and air defense rehearsal training for USS Anchorage (LPD 23), NAVSEA announced.
Three U.S. Navy Ships Arrive in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines - Three U.S. Navy ships will arrive in the Philippines for routine port calls that highlight the strong historic, community, and military relations between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.
Damage Controlman Awarded Purple Heart
SAN DIEGO – Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vice Adm. Tom Copeman awarded Damage Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer (SW) Izzysara Rosenthalgeorge the Purple Heart during a ceremony on Naval Base San Diego.
DESRON 15, ROK Navy Conclude Foal Eagle 2013
PACIFIC OCEAN - U.S. forward-deployed naval ships from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and Republic of Korea (ROK) navy forces concluded their participation in exercise Foal Eagle 2013 (FE 13).
Benfold Birthday Bash
San Diego, CA - Seventeen Years and Sailing Strong. That was USS BENFOLD’s (DDG 65) theme while celebrating her 17th Commissioning Anniversary.
USS Russell Change of Command
SAN DIEGO - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) held a change of command ceremony on Naval Base San Diego March 22 where Cmdr. Mike Weeldreyer turned over command to Cmdr. Ann McCann.
Hollywood Visits USS Independence
SAN DIEGO - Thirteen members of the Hollywood entertainment industry received a close look at the Navy's most cutting-edge surface combatant during a tour of the USS Independence (LCS 2).
Stennis Carrier Strike Group Arrives in 7th Fleet
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) March 26 after completing five months of successful operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.
Stennis Strike Group Departs U.S. 5th Fleet AOR
USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea - The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) departed the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) after spending more than five months operating with and supporting U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).
Boxer Celebrates Passover
USS BOXER, at sea - A Navy rabbi was on hand aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) to celebrate Passover with the ship’s crew March 28.
Peleliu Departs Dubai
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) departed from its four-day port visit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.
USS Mobile Bay Auctions Sailors for NMCRS
USS MOBILE BAY, At Sea - Chief petty officers and junior officers aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) volunteered to be auctioned off for four hours of work, with all proceeds going to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS).
USS Mustin Hosts CFAY Spring Festival Ship Tours
YOKOSUKA, Japan - U.S. Navy Electronics Technician 3rd Class Joseph Hochman, left, and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Zaquavius Grissom pose for a photo with Japanese visitors aboard USS Mustin.