|SMWDC Evolves Surface Warfare Readiness -- One SWATT at a Time
SWATT is comprised of two parts, a in-port academic component led by warfare tactics instructors (WTIs) which lasts approximately five days, and an underway portion which lasts 16 days and contains a wide variety of multi-ship training evolutions -- including integrated air and missile defense, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, ship maneuvering, and live-fire events designed to tactically prepare Navy surface forces for carrier strike group and amphibious ready group integration.
Second Amphibious WTI Graduation
Rear Adm. John Wade (middle) commander of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), and Capt. Brian Finman, SMWDC’s amphibious division director (far left); congratulate the honor graduates and the first Australian Navy graduate of the second amphibious warfare tactics instructor at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
USS Shiloh Earns 27000 Dollars Toward MWR
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) celebrated the ship’s store earning nearly 27,000 dollars to fund Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) events for the crew, Oct. 8.
USS Curtis Wilbur Arrives in Sasebo
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) arrived in Sasebo, Japan for a regularly scheduled port visit, Oct. 16.
USS Barry Enjoys Port Visit in Busan
BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) arrived Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 16.
USS Chancellorsville Arrives in Busan
BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 16.
USS McCampbell Visits Donghae after Exercise
DONGHAE, Republic of Korea – The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) pulled into Donghae, Korea, for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 15.
Navy's Most Advanced Warship, USS Zumwalt Commissions in Baltimore
The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was commissioned into active service Saturday, Oct. 15, at North Locust Point in Baltimore. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers, features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design, and the latest warfighting technology and weaponry available.
LCS Crew 111 Returns USS Fort Worth to San Diego
SAN DIEGO - The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and LCS Crew 111 returned to their homeport of San Diego, Oct. 7, following a 23-month rotational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operation.
RUSSELL’s Newest CPOs Excel in New Roles
Eight Sailors assigned to USS Russell (DDG 59) received their anchors of gold and became the newest members of the Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Mess during a pinning ceremony at Ruocco Park in downtown San Diego, Sept. 16.
Navy to Commission Amphibious Transport Dock John P. Murtha
The ship is named in honor of John P. Murtha, who served his country both as a Marine and in the halls of congress. Murtha served in the Marine Corps for 37 years and saw service in the Korean War and in Vietnam, a tour that earned him the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Murtha represented Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District from 1974 until his death in 2010.
Chafee Increases Tactical Readiness with WTIs, SWATT Exercise
Thirteen WTIs are currently underway with USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group leading the Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT). SWATT is a three-week exercise designed to tactically prepare cruisers and destroyers for carrier strike group integration.
Saberhawks Hold Change of Command
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) – The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 held a change of command ceremony at sea, Oct. 4.
Sri Lanka Navy Assists USS Hopper with Medevac
WATERS OFF THE COAST OF SRI LANKA (Sept. 30, 2016) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) was assisted by the Sri Lanka Navy in an emergency medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) Sept. 30
Shiloh Holds Chief Pinning Ceremony Underway
WATERS OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN (Sept. 16, 2016) – Two newly selected Chief Petty Officers (CPO) were pinned in a ceremony held on the flight deck of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) Sept. 16.
Bonhomme Richard's New Mental Health Team
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ships, such as USS Bonhomme Richard's (LHD 6) medical department support a secondary mission and can provide the capabilities of a small hospital.
First MIDPAC tactical conference held at JBPHH
The event provided an opportunity for Navy leaders from different commands to discuss the profession of arms and how the ships in Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific factor into the operational through tactical plans in the Pacific theater of operations.
Momsen Arrives in Saipan
SAIPAN (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrived in Saipan for a regularly scheduled port call, Sept. 24.
Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Hong Kong
HONG KONG— Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 29.
Boxer Holds Chief Pinning Ceremony
SAN DIEGO -- Sixteen Sailors from amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) earned the title of "chief" during a chief petty officer (CPO) pinning ceremony on the flight deck, Sept. 16.