Eight Master Chiefs Selected From ATGPAC
SAN DIEGO – Eight Afloat Training Group Pacific (ATGPAC) senior chief petty officers were selected for promotion to master chief according to results announced in a Navy message released May 4.
1,000th Graduate Completes SWO Introduction Course
SAN DIEGO – The Surface Warfare Officer Introduction (SWO INTRO) course reached a major milestone May 20, as it graduated its 1,000th student at a ceremony held at Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) headquarters.
SWO Pro Book Online
SAN DIEGO – Commander Naval Surface Forces launched the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Pro Book, a comprehensive web-based proficiency management system.
Pacific Partnership Team Arrives in Vanuatu
ESPIRITU SANTO, Vanuatu – The amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7), part of the Pacific Partnership 2011 team, pulled into port off the coast of Espiritu Santo April 28, to begin the second phase of the 2011 mission with representatives from Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, and the United States.
Pacific Partnership Departs Vanuatu
ESPIRITU SANTO, Vanuatu – The Pacific Partnership 2011 team departed Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7) May 9 after 10 days of working side-by-side with the people of Vanuatu, marking the first time a U.S. Navy vessel has sailed to Vanuatu for a mission since World War II.
Fun Day for Safety Patrol Students
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2011) - San Diego Police Department (SDPD) teamed up with Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet chief petty officers in a tug of war match against the School Safety Patrol (SSP) students.
Navy's Newest Master Chief
SAN DIEGO (May 5, 2011) – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Master Chief (Aviation Warfare/Surface Warfare) Henry Nusi (left) and Boatswain’s Mate Master Chief (Surface Warfare) Joseph Baird (right) flank the Navy’s newest Master Chief, Machinist Mate Master Chief (Surface Warfare / Aviation Warfare) Victor Servian, during a promotion ceremony onboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
USS Avenger, 7th Fleet Build Ties with Malaysian Navy
STRAITS OF MALACCA - Two commissioned Malaysian naval officers embarked aboard USS Avenger (MCM 1) to grow bi-lateral ties between the U.S. 7th Fleet and the Malaysian navy through an inter-navy exchange that began May 8.
USS Avenger arrives at Lumut Naval Base, Malaysia
LUMUT NAVAL BASE, Malaysia-USS Avenger (MCM 1) arrived at the Lumut naval base in Malaysia May 16, 2011 for a port call where Avenger Sailors are taking part in community service activities and building relationships with the Malaysian navy.
Benfold Holds Change of Command
SAN DIEGO, CA – Guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) held a change of command ceremony in the drydock of BAE Systems’ Shipyard, May 6th, 2011.
Class 11002 Graduation Ceremony
SAN DIEGO, CA -- Ens. Caitlin Castello cuts the cake warrior style, celebrating the graduation of Class 11002 from the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Introduction Course, as Vice Adm. D.C Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces; Vice Adm. (Ret.) John Nyquist, President of the San Diego Surface Naval Association; and Lt. Diane Mayhugh, SWO Introduction Course Coordinator guide her.
Seventh Fleet Command Ship Blue Ridge Changes Command
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Seventh Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) held a change of command ceremony aboard the ship, May 11. Capt. Daniel Grieco relieved Capt. Rudy Lupton as USS Blue Ridge commanding officer.
USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Osaka
OSAKA, Japan - The 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived at Osaka, Japan, May 13 for a port visit that will strengthen already strong ties between the United States and Japan.
Blue Ridge Hosts JS Hatakaze Operations Crew
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) - The radio and combat information center crew from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Hatakaze (DD 171) visited U.S. 7th Fleet's command ship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), to tour Operations Department spaces during a subject matter expert exchange May 17.
Bonhomme Richard Exceeds NMCRS Goal
SAN DIEGO - USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Sailors completed the final calculations of their fund-raising for the 2011 Navy Marine Corp Relief Society (NMCRS) fund drive efforts May 5, with a total that exceeded the commands goals.
USS Boxer MH-60S Flight Operations
GULF OF ADEN (May 27, 2011) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Angelo C. Liburd monitors the take off of an MH-60S Seahawk Helicopter attached to the "Wild Cards" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 from the flight deck aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Bunker Hill Holds Change of Command
SOUTH CHINA SEA – Capt. Michael J. Ford relieved Capt. Dominic DeScisciolo as commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) during a change of command ceremony held at the forecastle of the ship May 21.
Ronald Reagan CSG Arrives in Phuket
MAKHAM BAY, Thailand (May 1, 2011) The Ticonderoga-class guided missile-cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) transits Makham Bay, Thailand, as the ship arrives for a port visit as part of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group.
Cowpens Receives Project Good Neighbor Award
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan (May 6, 2011) – Sailors of the USS Cowpens (CG 63) were pleased to hear that through their hard work in the community, they had received the Project Good Neighbor Award for Medium Sea Command for 2010.
Cowpens Takes a Break in Saipan
SAIPAN, United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (May 27, 2011) – Sailors of the USS Cowpens (CG 63) were treated with a taste of home as they pulled in to port in Saipan.
USS CROMMELIN Change of Command
PEARL HARBOR, HI – Commander Michael Johns assumed command of USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37) on April 28, 2011 in a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.
USS Denver Completes Search and Rescue Certification
SASEBO, Japan - Sailors from USS Denver (LPD 9) had their skills tested by a team of inspectors from Afloat Training Group, Detachment Western Pacific (ATG WESTPAC) who conducted a search and rescue (SAR) Limited Training Team (LTT) visit on May 11-13.
Essex Hosts Naturalization Ceremony
SASEBO, Japan – The flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) was the backdrop for 35 Sailors and Marines, nine spouses and two children becoming U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony May 20.
USS Fitzgerald Completes Basic Phase of Training Cycle
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 26, 2011) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) tows U.S. Navy tugboat Seminole (YT 805), the first of the new Z-drive tugboats put into service at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
USS Ford to Deploy
EVERETT, Wash. - The guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) will depart Naval Station Everett, May 9th for a deployment to the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility in the Western Pacific.
USS Gary Triathlon
Eastern Pacific Ocean – Sailors from the USS Gary (FFG 51) participate in the first ever USS Gary Memorial Day Triathlon.
Promotion Ceremony Onboard USS Higgins
ARABIAN GULF (May 22, 2011) Commander Rome Ruiz, Commanding Officer onboard USS Higgins (DDG 76) promotes ENS Samantha Carnahan, ENS Gregory Franklin, ENS Anthony Formosa, and ENS Patrick Shannon to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade.
Joint Coalition Forces Rescue Pakistani Fishermen
ARABIAN SEA (May 19, 2011) A rigid hull inflatable boat attached to guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) with a visit, board, search, and seizure team approaches the Pakistani fishing vessel Al Sohail.
SECDEF Thanks Sailors of USS Independence
MAYPORT, Fla. (May 6, 2011) Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers the oath of enlistment to Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Nathan Ellsworth during his visit aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2).
Lake Champlain Completes Independent Deployment
SAN DIEGO - Guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), will return to San Diego May 6, after an independent seven-month deployment to the Atlantic and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility (AOR).
Lassen Commemorates Memorial Day
PACIFIC OCEAN - On Monday May 30th the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen held a ceremony in observance of Memorial Day 2011.
USS McCampbell Arrives in Singapore
SINGAPORE (May 16, 2011) - Arleigh Burke-class, guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) arrived in Singapore for a port visit May 16.
USS McCampbell Interacts during IMDEX
SINGAPORE (May 19, 2011) - Members of the USS McCampbell (DDG 85) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team conduct a post mission brief with members of the Republic of Singapore navy and Royal New Zealand Navy, following a VBSS training evolution.
USS McCampbell Departs Singapore
SINGAPORE (May 21, 2011) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) departs Changi Naval Base following a five-day port visit in Singapore. USS McCampbell is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and is currently underway as part of her spring patrol.
USS Mobile Bay Changes Command In Port
SAN DIEGO - USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego on May 28, 2011. Capt. James J. Housinger turned over command of the guided missile cruiser to Capt. Thomas Halvorson.
USS Patriot Frocks Master Chief
On the afternoon of Thursday May 5th, 2011 the crew of USS PATRIOT took time out of their busy schedules to recognize a significant milestone in the career of one of their own.
Peleliu Earns Green H, Blue H Medical Award
SAN DIEGO - The Medical Department aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) earned the Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet Green "H" Unit Wellness Award and the Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness Award, or Blue "H," May 16.
USS Rentz Set for SOUTHCOM Deployment
SAN DIEGO - Guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) will depart Naval Station San Diego, May 9, for a deployment to the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility.
Reuben James Takes Part in CARAT 2011
GULF OF THAILAND (May 17, 2011) U.S. and Royal Thai Navy ships steam together in formation during the at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat and Readiness Training (CARAT) Thailand 2011.
USS Rushmore at VBSS Prep Course
CAMP PENDLETON - Six USS RUSHMORE Sailors spent two days in a Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) Preparatory Course for Non-Compliant Boarding School (NCB).
USS Thach Fires its MK-75 76mm Mounted Gun
ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 11, 2011) The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) fires its MK-75 76mm mounted gun while underway off the coast of Brazil.