USS Blue Ridge Visits Cambodia
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - Musician 2nd Class Eric Cavender, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, performs on his tuba for Cambodian children during a community service event at a children's home in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
USS Independence to Arrive in San Diego
SAN DIEGO - The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) is scheduled to arrive at Naval Base San Diego May 2, marking the completion of the ship's maiden voyage to her homeport.
Makin Island Sailors, Marines Take Part in SAAM 5K Run
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea - More than 200 Sailors and Marines participated in a special Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 5-kilometer run on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), April 28.
Independence Arrives in San Diego
SAN DIEGO — The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrived at Naval Base San Diego May 2, completing the ship’s maiden voyage to her homeport.
Benfold Hosts Chinese-American Fans of the U.S. Navy
USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) hosted a large tour group from the Chinese American Military Support (CAMS) non-profit organization Sunday at Naval Station San Diego. Nearly 80 visitors of all ages enjoyed a tour of BENFOLD and joined the crew for a delicious lunch on the ship's Mess Decks and in the Wardroom.
Replenishment At Sea on USS Pearl Harbor
GULF OF ADEN - Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Joshua Kennedy supervises Fire Controlman 3rd Class Megan Roche as she brings in the phone and distance line during a replenishment at sea on USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52).
DESRON 23 Change of Command Ceremony
SAN DIEGO - Master Chief Sonar Technician Michael A. Gonzales presents Capt. Jesse A Wilson Jr., commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 with the command pennant during his change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.
U.S., Australian Sailors Remember Battle of the Coral Sea
BRISBANE, Australia - Cmdr. Mike Weeldreyer, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), presents a survivor of the Battle of Coral Sea, who served aboard USS Lexington (CV-2) during World War II, with a Halsey command coin.
Makin Island Sailors Raise More Than $50,000 for NMCRS
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At sea - Sailors deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) raised more than $50,000 during the 2012 Navy and Marine Core Relief Society (NMCRS) fund drive, which ended April 30.
Makin Island, Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Groups Turnover Duties
USS MAKIN ISLAND, Gulf of Aden - The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) were relieved of their duties in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) by the Iwo Jima ARG and the 24th MEU, May 5.
Blue Ridge Concludes Cambodia Port Visit
HANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) completed a port visit to Shihanoukville, Cambodia, May 5.
RIMPAC to begin June 29
SAN DIEGO – Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
USS Sampson Changes Command at Sea
GULF OF ADEN – Guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) conducted a change of command, while operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), May 9.
Sailors Attend US Battleship Premiere
LOS ANGELES - Universal Pictures hosted nearly 50 Sailors for the U.S. premiere of the movie "Battleship" at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles May 10.
USS Blue Ridge Sailors Work to Sustain Indonesian Partnership
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Sailors from 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific arrived in Jakarta for a port visit, strengthening bonds between the American and Indonesian navies and governments, May 11.
USS New Orleans Health Services Hosts Safety Standdown
USS NEW ORLEANS, At Sea - The Health Services department aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) hosted safety stand-down training for Sailors and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, May 11.
USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor Arrive In Thailand
PHUKET, Thailand - The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), along with embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), arrived in Phuket, Thailand May 14, for a scheduled port visit.
USS New Orleans Earns Second Consecutive 'Blue H' Award
USS NEW ORLEANS, At Sea - The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) earned its second consecutive Navy Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness award, also known as the "Blue H" award, for excellence in health promotion programs, May 4.
Blue Ridge builds friendship with Indonesia visit
JAKARTA, Indonesia - The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Jakarta, Indonesia, May 15 after a four-day port visit strengthening bonds between the U.S. and Indonesian navies.
USS Essex returns to San Diego after 12 years
SAN DIEGO - USS Essex (LHD 2) returns to San Diego May 17 after completing 12 years as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in Sasebo, Japan. The crew of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) took over Essex April 23
Sterett Sailors Halfway to Deployment ESWS Target
USS STERETT, At Sea - As of May 15, crew members aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) were nearly halfway to their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) qualification target of 104 Sailors by the end of deployment.
CARAT Exercise to Kick Off in Thailand
SATTAHIP, Thailand - The 18th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and Royal Thai Navy and Marine Corps begins May 17 with opening ceremonies in Sattahip.
Sailors, Marines Serve Community in Thailand
PHUKET, Thailand - Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in several community service projects with the Royal Thai Navy May 15.
USS Makin Island Arrives in Malaysia
SEPANGAR, Malaysia - The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Sepangar, Malaysia May 18, for a port visit.
Blue Ridge chefs defend Iron Chef title
USS BLUE RIDGE - Culinary specialists aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) competed in a cooking contest on May 20, 2012, for the opportunity to compete in an upcoming “Iron Chef” cooking competition filmed in Bangkok, Thailand.
Navy Welcomes USS San Diego to the Fleet
SAN DIEGO - Sailors run aboard the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) to man the ship and bring her to life during its commissioning ceremony.
Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to Return Home Wednesday
SAN DIEGO - Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) will complete a six-month overseas deployment, returning to their homeport of San Diego.
Hawaii Surface Navy Association Remembers West Loch Disaster
PEARL HARBOR (May 21, 2012) Capt. John Figuerres, commanding officer of Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, places a wreath in remembrance of the World War II maritime accident West Loch Disaster at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
USS Germantown participates in CARAT 2012
GULF OF THAILAND - Marines assigned to 4th Marine Regiment drive their amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) onto the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) after a bilateral U.S. and Royal Thai Navy beach landing at Hat Yao Beach.
USS Blue Ridge Visits Thailand
LAEM CHABANG, Thailand - 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 arrived in Laem Chabang for a port visit May 24.
USS McCampbell Completes Replenishment at Sea
EAST CHINA SEA – Sailors assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) completed a replenishment at sea (RAS) with Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) on May 26.
CARAT Exercise Underway in Indonesia
SURABAYA, Indonesia - The 18th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy and Indonesian Navy (IDN) began May 29 with the arrival of a U.S. Navy Task Group and Marine landing force in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Service Members Become Citizens
SAN DIEGO – More than 50 service members recited the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego., May 24.
Benfold Conducts Family Day Cruise 2012
San Diego, CA - USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) hosted over 250 family members and friends for BENFOLD’s Family Day Cruise 2012. The Family Day Cruise is a time where Sailors can bring their family and close friends on board to get a sense of their life on BENFOLD and get a chance to show off her capabilities.
Despite challenges, USS Freedom “solid” for deployment
The Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) conducted a Special Trial for USS Freedom (LCS 1) 22-24 May. “INSURV found Freedom fit for service and on an appropriate readiness glide slope,” said Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, commander, Naval Surface Forces.
Blue Ridge Departs Pattaya, Thailand
LAEM CHAEBANG, Thailand - Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff, and Marines from the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Pacific departed from Laem Chaebang, Thailand after a five-day port visit.
USS Green Bay Completes Fast Cruise
SAN DIEGO, CA — Sailors aboard amphibious transport-dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) conducted its pre-deployment workups May 30 to June 1 with one of the Navy’s long standing traditions, a “Fast Cruise.”
USS Curts Departs for Final Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38), is scheduled to depart for a scheduled, six-month independent deployment to the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), June 1.