USS Pearl Harbor Selects 2014 Sailors of the Year
SAN DIEGO – The commanding officer of the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) announced the 2014 Sailor of the Year (SOY), Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY), and Bluejacket of the Year (BJOY) award recipients during the ship’s holiday party in San Diego.
USS Comstock Arrives in Malaysia
SEPANGGAR, Malaysia (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Sepanggar, Malaysia, for a port visit.
Makin Island and 11th MEU Crewmembers Volunteer at Singapore Soup Kitchen
SINGAPORE – Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Kayla Faust (left), from Madison, Wisconsin, and assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) helps prepare food packages for delivery while participating in a community relations project (COMREL) volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen during a scheduled port visit to Singapore.
USS Gary- Coast Guard Team seize contraband
EASTERN PACIFIC (At Sea) (NNS) -- USS Gary (FFG 51), her embarked helicopter squadron and a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET)operating in support of Operation Martillo seized more than 1644 kilograms of cocaine and rescued four people adrift at sea in international waters off the coast of Central America.
DESRON 9 Welcomes New Commander
EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony in the Grand Vista Ballroom on Naval Station Everett (NSE).
Bonhomme Richard conducts replenishment at sea
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea – The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) with Military Sealift Command Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).
USS Gridley Holds CBR Drill
GULF OF OMAN - Sailors conduct a test for simulated agent during a chemical, biological and radiological training event aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101).
HSC-25 arrives on USS Bonhomme Richard
AT SEA – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron’s (HSC) 25 “Island Knights” embarked with the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as part of its underway mission.
Blue Ridge Welcomes 27th Commanding Officer
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Capt. Richard McCormack, left, is officially relieved as commanding officer U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) by Capt. Kyle Higgins at the Blue Ridge change of command ceremony.
Boatswain’s Mate Named USS Spruance BJOY
SAN DIEGO - Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class (SW) Kyle P. Kerley, a native of Ft. Davis, Texas, has been named as the USS Spruance (DDG 111) 2014 Bluejacket of the Year.
SECDEF Visits America
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) by MV-22 Osprey.
USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth Detach from AirAsia Search
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Sampson (DDG 102), and an MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 operate together in the Java Sea, while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501.
Sailors Participate in Damage Control Drill
GULF OF ADEN - Sailors and Marines participate in pipe patching training during a damage control drill on the forecastle of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22).
USS Sampson Conducts Search Operations
Java Sea - Guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), front, operates with multinational ships near where the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 black box was recovered.
USS Bonhomme Richard Weapons Familiarization
Gunners Mate 1st Class David Jacinto, from Compton, Calif., instructs Sailors on the proper operation of a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
Amphibious Squadron Five/11th MEU Transits from U.S. 5th Fleet to U.S. 7th Fleet
INDIAN OCEAN – After an extensive operational period involving a variety of operations and exercises, two of the three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with their embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) components, transited out of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) to the 7th Fleet.
Part of the Search
Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Joseph Jiardina, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, describes how he is supporting Air Asia Flight #QZ8501 search efforts and helping to bring closure to families affected by the tragedy.
USS Bonhomme Richard Departs on Deployment
SASEBO, Japan - Gunner’s Mate Seaman Thomas Amason mans the .50 caliber machine gun and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Bennett Evans stands lookout aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship gets underway.
Operation Inherent Resolve
U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations - Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Derome D. Smith learns to gauge an M2HB .50-caliber machine gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) during a training exercise.
Makin Island Visits Duqm, Oman
DUQM, Oman – The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded a seven-day port visit in Duqm, Oman.
Makin Island Doctors Tour Duqm Hospital
DUQM, Oman – The senior medical officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Five medical officers met with local doctors in Duqm, Oman, where they exchanged tours of the ship’s medical facilities and the town’s local facilities.
All-Hands Call Aboard America
SAN DIEGO - Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett takes a question from Chief Hospital Corpsman Gerald Lee during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
USS Fort Worth CO Discusses Ship's AirAsia Search Efforts
From aboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in the Java Sea, Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater, the ship's commanding officer, provides an update on Fort Worth's role supporting Indonesian-led search operations for the downed AirAsia flight QZ8501.
USS Sampson Aides in Search Efforts
Java Sea - The recovery team from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) signals the boat deck crew while conducting search and recovery operations in support of the Indonesian-led Air Asia flight QZ8501 search efforts.
USS Sampson Contributes to AirAsia Search Efforts
JAVA SEA - An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) approaches an Indonesian navy patrol vessel while searching for debris during the Indonesian-led search and recovery operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501.
A shift is now underway within the Surface Force. It is not subtle, and it is not accidental. The Surface Force is taking the offensive to give operational commanders options to employ naval combat power in any Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2AD) environment.
GULF OF OMAN - The guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), right, refuels during a replenishment-at-sea evolution with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary fast fleet tanker Wave Ruler (A390).