USS Germantown Arrives in Manila
MANILA, Republic of the Philippines – The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines Nov. 2 for a port visit. The visit will allow Germantown Sailors and the embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit a chance to get some rest and relaxation and will allow them to experience the Philippine culture.
USS Shiloh (CG67) Sailors Inspect Power Train
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Sailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) get a closer look at the work completed to their ship in its 2011 dock selective restricted availability
Port Royal Sailor reunites with Merchant Marine mom
USS PORT ROYAL, At Sea A Sailor assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) was briefly reunited with her mother aboard Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8).
USS Pinckney (DDG 91) During RAS in South China Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA - Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Maxwell Link takes the slack from a line pulling a fueling probe during a replenishment at sea aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91). Pinckney is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
MCM Crew DOMINANT Holds Change of Command
LCDR Matthew Erdner assumed command of MCM Crew DOMINANT from the outgoing Commanding Officer, LCDR Gerald Lorio, at a change-of-command ceremony held on 07 Nov 2011 at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Mina Salman, Bahrain.
USS MUSTIN (DDG89) RAS in South China Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA - Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) heave a line during a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199).
MCPON Rick West Visit to USS PRINCETON
SAN DIEGO, CA - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West visited the PRINCETON on 4 August 2011, to take a short tour and meet sailors during his stop at Naval Station San Diego.
Makin Island ARG departs on maiden deployment
SAN DIEGO - The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is scheduled to depart San Diego for deployment Monday, Nov. 14.
USS Makin Island (LHD 8), one of the Navy’s newest, and most efficient amphibious assault ships, will make its maiden deployment as the flag ship for Amphibious Squadron Five and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) Conducts VBSS Training
PACIFIC OCEAN - Fire Controlman 3rd Class Matthew Keen leads his visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) team members to the forecastle aboard the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) during a VBSS training exercise.
George Washington Carrier Strike Group Returns to Hong Kong
HONG KONG - The George Washington Carrier Strike Group, centered on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, arrived in Hong Kong for a routine port visit, Nov. 9. While in port, the ship will host a reception for more than 600 local dignitaries and numerous public tours for another 1,000 more.
Germantown Offloads 31st MEU, Prepares For White Beach Fest
OKINAWA, Japan - The forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrived at White Beach Naval Facility Nov. 8 to offload components of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and prepare for White Beach Festival, scheduled to take place Nov. 12-13.
CSG 11 Holds Change of Command
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Service members, family and friends of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 gathered pierside of USS Princeton (CG 59) for a change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, Nov. 10.
Milius Participates in the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Parade
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2011) Cmdr. Nicholie Bufkin, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), looks back from a WWII-era jeep at the U.S. Navy Color Guard from Naval Operational Support Center Port Hueneme and Milius Sailors marching in formation during a Veteran's Day parade along State Street.
USS Milius Sailors Clean Santa Barbara Beach
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2011) Fire Controlman 2nd Class Duo Chen of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., searches for trash and debris during the community beach clean-up conducted by the crew of USS Milius (DDG 69).
USS New Orleans Departs San Diego for Scheduled Deployment
SAN DIEGO –- The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Naval Base San Diego, on a regularly scheduled deployment as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in support of the Navy's Maritime Strategy.
USS Pearl Harbor Deploys
USS PEARL HARBOR, At Sea - - Dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) departed San Diego on Nov. 14, carrying nearly 300 Sailors and 400 Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), for a regularly scheduled deployment.
JMSDF joins in Navy's Koa Kai exercise
PEARL HARBOR - The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) helicopter destroyer JS Kurama (DDH 144) will join U.S. Navy ships in exercise Koa Kai 12-1 beginning Nov. 10, marking the first time a JMSDF surface ship will participate in the semi-annual exercise in and around Hawaiian waters.
USS Hopper Returns to Homeport after Helping Peaceful Transition in Iraq
PEARL HARBOR - Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, welcomed home the guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) upon her return to homeport Nov. 14 after a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
USS Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group Deploys
SAN DIEGO - Nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed San Diego Nov. 14, for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Navy's Maritime Strategy.
USS Fitzgerald Hosts Signing of Manila Declaration
MANILA (Nov. 16, 2011) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by Cmdr. Brian Mutty, commanding officer of the the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) upon her arrival aboard the ship in Manila Bay to sign the Manila Declaration, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Philippines-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty.
USS Avenger Changes Command
Lt. Cmdr. Patrick J. Sullivan assumed command of the USS Avenger (MCM 1) Nov. 17, during a change of command ceremony in Sasebo, Japan.
Keel Laid for First DDG 1000 Destroyer
BATH, Maine - The U.S. Navy laid the keel for its first Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG 1000), Nov. 17, at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.
Blue Ridge Completes Sea Trials
YOKOSUKA, Japan - U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) completed three days of sea trials Nov. 16, after extensive training, a planned maintenance period and a successful light off assessment.
USS Rentz Returns to San Diego
SAN DIEGO – The guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) is scheduled to return to San Diego Nov. 21 after a six-month independent deployment to the Caribbean Sea and Western Atlantic Ocean.
USS New Orleans Kicks Off ‘United Through Reading’ Program
USS NEW ORLEANS, At sea –- The religious ministries team aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) launched its “United Through Reading” (UTR) program for Sailors and Marines to use throughout the ship’s deployment.
USS Tortuga Embarks CLR 3, Prepares for Recovery Assistance
SOUTH CHINA SEA - The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) departed from White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa Nov.
19 after embarking components of Combat Logistics Regiment (CLR) 3 in preparation to offer recovery assistance in distressed areas of the Kingdom of Thailand.
USS Essex and Stethem Arrive in Bali for Port Visit
BALI, Indonesia (Nov. 20, 2011) - The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and guided missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrived in Bali, Indonesia Nov. 20 for a port visit during their deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.
USS Essex Hosts Reception in Bali, Indonesia
BALI, Indonesia – Senior military and civil officials from the U.S. and Indonesia attended a reception hosted onboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) Nov. 20 to celebrate cooperation between the two countries.
USS Makin Island Arrives in Hawaii for Scheduled Port Visit
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii –- More than 2,000 Sailors and Marines serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for a scheduled port visit, marking the first time Makin Island has visited the state of Hawaii.
Lassen Sailors Participate in Thailand Flood Relief Efforts
BANGKOK - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) moored at Laem Chabang, Thailand on Nov. 16, to provide flood relief assistance at the National Blood Center at the Thai Red Cross Central Distribution Center in Bangkok.
USS Ford Returns to Everett after Six-Month Deployment
EVERETT, Wash. (Nov. 17, 2011) Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Samuel Siemers is reunited with his family after returning to Naval Station Everett from a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54).
Essex, PHIBRON 11 Sailors Visit Indonesian University
BALI, Indonesia - Sailors from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and Amphibious Squadron 11 participated in a discussion panel with students from Mahendradatta University in Bali, Indonesia Nov. 21.
Pearl Harbor Sailors Frocked on Thanksgiving
USS PEARL HARBOR, At sea - Thirty three Sailors aboard dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) had their new rank to be thankful for this Thanksgiving after they were frocked to the next higher pay grade, Nov. 24.
USS Stethem Arrives in Timor Leste
DILI, Timor Leste (Nov. 27, 2011) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrived in Dili, Timor Leste Nov. 27, for a port visit during their tour of the Western Pacific.
USS Stethem Hosts Reception in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste (Nov. 28, 2011) -- The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) hosted an informal reception for senior military and civil officials from the United States, Timor-Leste and other foreign nations Nov. 27.
Stethem Crew Conduct Training in Dili
DILI, Timor-Leste (Nov. 28, 2011) – Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) provided two days of training in maintenance and repair procedures for the Timor-Leste Defense Force, Nov. 28, during their port visit in Dili.
USS Stethem Plays Soccer in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor Leste (Nov. 28, 2011) – Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) joined members from the Timor-Leste Defense Force in a game of soccer Nov. 27.
USS Benfold assists stranded mariners
SAN DIEGO – The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) assisted four stranded mariners in the waters off San Clemente Island while conducting routine training operations in the Pacific Ocean.
USS Chafee to Deploy to Western Pacific
PEARL HARBOR - Guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) will depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Nov. 29, for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific.
Essex Arrives in Manila for Port Visit
MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (Nov. 28, 2011) – The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines Nov. 30 for a port visit.