|SMWDC Deputy Speaks at BDOC San Diego
Capt. Chris Barnes, deputy commander of the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SWMDC), speaks to junior surface warfare officers (SWO) at the Basic Division Officer Course in San Diego. Barnes focused on leadership, tactics and various profession career paths for young SWOs.
Farewell for Shilohs Command Master Chief
WATERS OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN – (Oct. 6, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) participated in a farewell ceremony for departing Command Master Chief (CMC) Thaddeus T. Wright, Oct. 6.
Dambusters Excel During Aviation Maintenance Inspection
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) – The “Dambusters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 were evaluated by Commander, Naval Air Forces Aviation Maintenance Management Team Five for the 2016 Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI), Oct. 9-11.
BOXER RECEIVES SECNAV ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT AWARD
SAN DIEGO – Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) was awarded the fiscal year 2016 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy and Water Management Award for large amphibious ship, Oct. 19, for superior energy efficiency management.
SURFPAC Hosts Women's Symposium
Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces, delivered the opening remarks for the symposium. He encouraged Sailors to work together to change the surface navy for the better and to eliminate issues going forward. A philosophy that is supported by the theme for this year’s symposium, “Leading With Purpose: Impacting Our Future”.
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
Changing How the Navy Schedules Maintenance
Have you ever wished you didn’t have to climb down all those ladders just to take that one meter reading in shaft alley? Ever dream you didn’t have to spend forever and a day preparing for maintenance?
Where Was the Indianapolis When She Sank
Thomas Helm, a scholar and onetime crewman of USS Indianapolis (CA 35), described the loss of the ship in his 1963 Ordeal by Sea as follows: “Midnight [on 30 July 1945]—a moderately heaving sea and clouds covering a half moon now nearly three hours old.
Commander's Corner (Vol 52 - Fall 2016)
Now that summer vacation is over and folks are sending their kids back to school, I want to let you know what we were doing here at Surface Forces headquarters during a very busy “Sea Control” August.
SERMC Shop in the Spotlight: Pump Shop
Pumps are arguably the most used pieces of gear onboard ships. Every day on every class of ship in the U.S. Navy, thousands of motors are coupled to thousands of pumps moving seawater, fuel, potable water, bilge and other fluids and air.
My 2016 Surface Week Experience
Professional Training for Midshipmen (PROTRAMID) is a program that familiarizes USNA midshipmen about the different service communities the Navy offers prior to commissioning.