America Arrives to Homeport After Maiden Transit
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived at its homeport of San Diego for the first time, after completing its two-month maiden transit from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Makin Island Welcomes 10 New Chiefs
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Ten Sailors were pinned to chief petty officer (CPO) during a ceremony held aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
NAACP Honors Military Leadership on Pearl Harbor
PEARL HARBOR - Yeoman 1st Class Latoya Calvin, an Akron, Ohio, native, received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Inspirational Leadership Award on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Exercise Valiant Shield officially begins on Tinian
TINIAN, North Marianas Islands – U.S. service members spent the past two weeks on Tinian preparing the site for participants in Valiant Shield 2014, which commenced at various locations on land and in the sea, in and around Tinian and Guam.
Valiant Shield Exercise Kicks Off in Pacific
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Exercise Valiant Shield 2014 kicked off with more than 18,000 joint force service members from 30 units, including 200 aircraft and 20 ships in, and around, the island of Guam.
U.S. joint forces sink former USS Fresno
PACIFIC OCEAN – Ships and aircraft sank the decommissioned former USS Fresno (LST 1182) at 3:15 p.m. in waters 18,000 feet deep, 215 nautical miles northeast of Guam as part of the exercise Valiant Shield 2014.
America Lends Helping Hand to Peruvian School
CALLAO, Peru -- More than 30 Sailors and Marines assigned to future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) joined Peruvian sailors in a joint community relations (COMREL) project Sept. 1 at Immaculate Conception School, a municipal preschool, in Callao, Peru, during a scheduled three-day port visit.
America Remembers 9/11 on Maiden Transit
PACIFIC OCEAN -- September 11, 2001 began as a normal Tuesday for citizens all over the country. Many New Yorkers began the day early and hustled off to work. Some stopped to get coffee or breakfast, gradually making their way to their destinations.
Distinguished Visitors from El Salvador visit USS America
FUTURE USS AMERICA, At Sea (NNS) -- The sounds of MV-22 Osprey engines roared in the background as the future amphibious assault ship future USS America (LHA 6) welcomed distinguished visitors from El Salvador aboard for a key leader engagement (KLE).
Makin Island ARG, 11th MEU Arrive in 5th Fleet AOR
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) after participating in a joint exercise with the Malaysian military and conducting a patrol of the U.S. 7th Fleet.
USS Germantown Embarks 31st MEU
OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) to support patrol with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (PEL ARG).
Future USS America Arrives in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 15, 2014) - Sailors and Marines man the rails as the future USS America (LHA 6) passes Naval Air Station North Island and makes its way to a new homeport at Naval Base San Diego. America will be commissioned Oct. 11 during a ceremony in San Francisco. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan/Released)
USS Germantown Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
WHITE BEACH, Okinawa — Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) to support patrol with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (PEL ARG).
USS America Makes Final Port Visit in Peru
CALLAO, Peru (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) anchored off of the coast of Peru for the final port visit of the ships maiden transit, "America Visits the Americas."
Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Arrives in 7th Fleet AOR
WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, consisting of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), along with guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Dewey (DDG 105), and elements of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 arrived in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
USS San Diego Participates in Med-Den CAP
SULU SEA (NNS) -- A call for healing brought amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) Sailors and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marines to the eastern beaches of Malaysia to assist Malaysian civilian and military medical personnel in the 2014 Medical and Dental Civic Action Program.
U.S. Pacific Command Forces Come Together for Valiant Shield 2014
PEARL HARBOR - Forces from the U.S. Pacific Command are scheduled to participate in Exercise Valiant Shield (VS) on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. Participants include two aircraft carriers, 19 surface ships, more than 200 aircraft and an estimated 18,000 personnel from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
International Mine Countermeasure Exercise Announced
MANAMA, Bahrain – Representatives from more than 40 nations spanning six continents are preparing for their participation in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), a defensive maritime exercise to be held in the international waterways of the Middle East.
Carl Vinson Completes USWEX
USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, and Combined Task Forces (CTF) 32 and 34 completed an Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX).
USS Boxer Cleans Up Ocean Beach
SAN DIEGO – He lifts up the front of his shirt with a gloved hand to wipe the sweat off his forehead. It’s hot. Everyone else is sweating too. It was cloudy and cool in the morning, but the sun burned the marine layer away just before he and the rest of the volunteers picked up their shovels.
Thank God it’s Wednesday!
SAN DIEGO- It’s an early Wednesday morning, and a Sailor wipes a drip of sweat from his forehead, as he finishes up maintenance on the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). His standard issued hard hat helps protect him from anything that might fall on his head, but it’s not helping with the heat of the San Diego summer. He works diligently ensuring that he still has time to go clean the spaces he is responsible for before he hears every Sailor’s favorite words: liberty call.
Former Nuke decides to STA Navy
Ens. Derek Prescott, from Sumter, S.C., enlisted in the Navy in 2007 as a Machinist’s Mate in the nuclear submarine field. In August 2014 he proudly received his gold Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) pin in the wardroom of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) where he is presently stationed. The road between the two places still gives him pause.
Halsey Warriors Lead Healthy Lifestyles Through “Sail Into Shape” Fitness Challenge
PHILIPPINE SEA - Maintaining a physically fit lifestyle for Sailors onboard a deployed U.S. Navy warship can be challenging. For Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), participation in the command-wide “Sail Into Shape” weight management challenge program encourages wholesome eating, healthy lifestyle choices and solid exercising habits.