Boxer Sailors give back through CFC donations
USS Boxer, At Sea – Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 2013 began its annual drive giving Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) the option to make contributions to a variety of charitable organizations.
The commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT), cut the ribbon to the command's new building Nov. 1, officially recognizing the relocation of his headquarters from Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads to Naval Station Norfolk.
Change of Charge
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) held a Force Master Chief Change of Charge ceremony Oct. 31, at their new Naval Station Norfolk location.
Malabar 2013 Kicks Off
USS MCCAMPBELL, At Sea - Naval forces from India and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2013.
Boxer earns Silver ESWS Excellence Pennant
ARABIAN SEA – The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) earned the Silver Enlisted Surface Warfare Excellence Pennant, Oct. 21, as Sailors continue working toward their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) pin.
COMPACFLT Visits USS John Paul Jones
SAN DIEGO - Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) at Naval Base San Diego.
Chiefs Cook Up Navy Lessons
ARABIAN GULF - Sailors aboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) entered the mess decks much like they do every other day, but this day they received a rare and unique surprise. On this occasion their Command Master Chief, who also served pizza, other chiefs served dinner and the first class petty officers wiped tables and shuttled trays back and forth.
SAN DIEGO - Master-at-Arms 1st Class (SW/AW) Michael Sanders, a native of Pensacola, Fla., and a crew member aboard the guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), receives a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal from Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
USMC 238th BIRTHDAY COMMENTS
This week we celebrate the 238th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
It provides us an opportunity to reflect upon their rich heritage and history. It is a tradition that has been essential to forming the world’s, premier Naval service.
USS Freedom Celebrates 5th Birthday
SINGAPORE - Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Clas Jeff Vandersteen and Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Recruit Cameron Tafelski ceremoniously cut the littoral combat ship USS Freedom’s (LCS 1) birthday cake on the messdecks.
ABCM Everson Reaches Career Milestone
ARABIAN SEA – From leading Sailors on the deck plates to instructing midshipmen and aircrew students on water survival and from helping launch aircraft on the flight deck to helping with relief efforts in Haiti; Master Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Robert Everson has done it.
George Washington Battle Group to Support Philippine Recovery Efforts
HONG KONG - Capt. Tom Disy, commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), speaks to local media about Antietam and the George Washington Carrier Strike Group’s plans to provide humanitarian relief to the Republic of Philippines in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
Hagel Orders Aircraft Carrier, Ships to Philippines
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and several other U.S. Navy ships to the Republic of the Philippines today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.
U.S. Navy Sends Assistance to Philippines
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The United States Seventh Fleet has mobilized numerous resources to aid in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
USS George Washington Now Underway for the Philippines
YOKOSUKA, Japan – The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and her strike group departed early from their port visit to Hong Kong today and are en route to the Republic of the Philippines to support humanitarian efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda by order of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Harris Activates Hospital Ship to Support Philippines
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, directed the activation of the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Nov. 13 to be ready to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
USS Shoup and HSM 75 Return Following Extended Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) is scheduled to return to its homeport of Naval Station Everett Nov. 18 following an extended deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).
More Ospreys Deploy to Philippines for Typhoon Relief Missions
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, Japan – Four additional MV-22B Ospreys have deployed from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, to support Operation Damayan, a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
Operation Damayan 7th Fleet
YOKOSUKA, Japan – As USS George Washington and escort ships make their way to the Philippine waters and begin to assist in disaster relief efforts at the request of the Philippine government, the public affairs team here at Seventh Fleet intends to provide daily updates on ship and aircraft operations.
George Washington Carrier Strike Group Arrives in the Philippines
PHILIPPINE SEA - George Washington Strike Group (GWSG) arrived in the vicinity of the Leyte Gulf today to support the Third Marine Expeditionary Brigade in assisting the Philippine government in 'Operation Damayan' in response to the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Republic of the Philippines.
USS Preble Completes Western Pacific Deployment
CORONADO, Calif. - The Arleigh Burke-class guided, missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) returns to her homeport of San Diego, Nov. 18, after completing a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS New Orleans Visits Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain - Sailors and Marines aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18) took part in liberty, community service projects, and received pre-holiday encouragement from visiting leadership during a port visit in Bahrain.
USS FORT WORTH Launches First UAV, Demonstrates LCS Capability
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducted dynamic interface operations on the Point Mugu Test Range Nov. 5-13 with the Navy's Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) known as the MQ-8 Fire Scout. Although Fire Scouts have been used in the fleet onboard frigates, LCS is the first platform designed from the keel up to integrate and operate these unmanned helicopters.
PHIBRON 11 Holds Change of Command Ceremony
SASEBO, Japan – Capt. Heidi Agle relieved Capt. Cathal O’Connor as Commander Amphibious Squadron 11 (CPR 11) during a ceremony aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
Operation Damayan 7th Fleet Update
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The USS George Washington is delivering water, medical supplies and hygienic supplies to Guiuan/Samar, Ormoc, Borongan and Leyte Gulf. 20 US Navy helicopters have been in continuous operation since yesterday.
George Washington HTs Pump Out Aid
PHILIPPINE SEA - Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda tore through the Republic of the Philippines last week and left an estimated 4.2 million people without basic necessities.
Navy Official Details Aid Moving to Philippines
WASHINGTON - Countries around the world are responding to the Typhoon Haiyan-caused devastation in the Philippines, and aid is rushing to the island nation with the U.S. Navy leading the way.
GWSG Delivers Relief to a Thankful Village
GUIUAN, Eastern Samar, Republic of the Philippines - In the small village of Guiuan, located in Eastern Samar province, villagers lined up outside the gate of a runway awaiting food, water and medical supplies to be delivered by helicopters from the George Washington Strike Group (GWSG) in support of Operation Damayan.
Cowpens Assists in Operation Damayan
TALCOBAN, Philippines - Ticonderoga guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) commenced its aid to the Republic of the Philippines in support of Operation Damayan.
USS Cowpens Lend Helping Hand During Operation Damayan
PHILIPPINE SEA - After a few days in port Hong Kong, San Diego-based Ticonderoga guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens' (CG 63) mission shifted, to provide immediate aid in the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in namely Samar and Leyte Island of the Republic of the Philippines.
USS Mustin Aids in Philippines Disaster Relief
ORMAC,Philippines - Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin began assisting in the humanitarian assistance disaster relief mission Operation Damayan.
USS Pearl Harbor Embodies “Gator” Navy
SAN DIEGO – December 7, 1941: a date that resides infamously in every U.S. history textbook and changed the world forever: a day still mourned by millions of American families: a day that is now synonymous with the name “Pearl Harbor.”
USS Benfold Hosts Health Promotion Fair
SAN DIEGO – The crew of USS Benfold (DDG 65) took part in a health fair to promote healthy lifestyles among the crew while the ship was in its homeport of San Diego.
USS Chosin to Return From Deployment
PEARL HARBOR - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) will return home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a deployment to the Western Pacific.
Mustin Supports Operation Damayan
ORMAC CITY, Republic of the Philippines - U.S. Navy Sailors along with the Philippine government and non-government organizations provided aid and supplies to 18 villages throughout the area.
Ashland, Germantown Arrive in Philippines for Operation Damayan
LEYTE GULF, Philippines - USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Germantown (LSD 42), along with embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 and Commander Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, arrived in the Leyte Gulf off the coast of the Republic of the Philippines early morning in support of Operation Damayan.
USS Ashland USS Germantown Replace USS George Washington
CAMP AGUINALDO, MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines and Joint Task Force 505 welcome the amphibious ships USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Germantown (LSD 42), in the concerted efforts to extend relief efforts to typhoon victims in Visayas.
Navy chaplains support Philippines relief efforts
GUIUAN, Republic of the Philippines - When the debris cleared from Typhoon Haiyan in the town of Guiuan, Republic of the Philippines, the town’s Church was is ruins; the priest of the parish informed a Navy survey team that they did not have enough supplies on hand to offer mass.
BATH, Maine, Nov. 21, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the not-yet-launched Zumwalt-class destroyer he toured here today “represents the cutting edge of our naval capabilities.”
Sailors Sharpen Skills Before Sunrise
ARABIAN SEA - An hour before the Boatswain’s Mate of the watch sounds his pipe signaling for all hands to rise for the day, a handful of Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) are already awake sitting in the ships classroom, ready to learn.
USS Sampson Holds Change of Command
SAN DIEGO – The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) conducted a change of command ceremony while in homeport at Naval Base San Diego.
USS Lake Champlain Participates in Independent Deployer CERTEX
SAN DIEGO - The officers and crew of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) returned to their homeport of San Diego following participation in an independent deployer certification exercise (IDCERTEX) off the coast of Southern California.
Halsey Sailors Give Thanks by Giving Back
PEARL HARBOR - Traditionally in America, Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season. For many, one of the best parts of the season is the chance to feast, to share and to, well, be thankful.
USS Gary Holds Change of Command
SAN DIEGO – The guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) conducted a change of command ceremony while in homeport at Naval Base San Diego.
Cowpens Flight Deck Stands Ready
PHILIPPINE SEA - Ticonderoga guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) flight deck crew have been operating non-stop during daylight hours in support of Operation Damayan.
USS Cape St. George Commemorates its Heritage
SAN DIEGO - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) commemorated the 70th anniversary of the battle for which it was named at Naval Base San Diego.
George Washington Carrier Strike Group Joins AnnualEx
PHILIPPINE SEA - Demonstrating the extraordinary flexibility of a carrier strike group, USS George Washington (CVN 73) kicked off its participation in Annual Exercise (AnnualEx) 13 just days after completing a humanitarian assistance mission under Operation Damayan in the Philippines.
21st Century Leaders
ARABIAN SEA - The Chief Petty Officer (CPO) 365 program, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), is helping first class petty officers (FCPO) prepare for the next step in their careers to trade their crows for anchors.
CNO/MCPON Visit USS Boxer
USS BOXER, At Sea - Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) received an early Thanksgiving greeting when the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens visited the crew in the Arabian Gulf.