USS Ford Arrives in Cochin, India
The guided-missile Frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) arrived in Cochin, India for a port visit Oct. 1. The visit to Cochin is a first for USS Ford’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Donald Foss and his crew. He said the entire crew is looking forward to engaging with the Indian navy and interacting with the local community.
USS Germantown (LSD 42) Prepares for Amphibious Training Exercises
OKINAWA, Japan - A landing craft air cushion exits the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during an exercise. Germantown is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the western Pacific region.
Makin Island ARG Ships Support 11th MEU Counter-Piracy Training
At Sea - Ships assigned to the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) served as the key platform for counter-piracy training conducted Oct. 1 by the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during a certification exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of Southern California.
USS Denver Conducts Replenishment at Sea
The forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) Oct. 3 with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9).
USS New Orleans Hosts Health Fair at Sea for Sailors and Marines
At Sea - The Health Promotion Committee aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) sponsored a command health fair Oct. 3 as the ship conducted certification exercises off the coast of Southern California. The health fair promoted a healthy lifestyle among the crew and increased awareness about health issues Sailors and Marines may face during the ship's upcoming deployment.
USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) Underway with USS Makin Island ARG for CERTEX
At Sea - Dock-landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) joined the rest of the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Sept. 29 to begin a two-week certification exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of Southern California. This is the final test for the USS Pearl Harbor before a regularly scheduled deployment.
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) passes under the Golden Gate Bridge for San Francisco Fleet Week 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 5, 2011) - The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) passes under the Golden Gate Bridge, signaling the beginning of San Francisco Fleet Week 2011. This year's event begins Saturday Oct. 8 with the Parade of Ships. San Francisco Fleet Week is a five-day event that highlights the equipment, technology and operational capabilities of the military's sea services and their history in the San Francisco area.
USS Essex Completes Replenishment at Sea
PHILLIPINE SEA - The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS), which included a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) of supplies, with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) Oct. 3.
Second Senior Leadership Summit Held
SAN FRANCISCO - A Senior Leadership Seminar (SLS) was held aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Oct. 6. It continues through Oct. 7. The seminar focuses on federal response capabilities to local and state requirements in the event of a major natural disaster in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Medal of Honor Recipient Visits USS Peleliu
SAN DIEGO - A Medal of Honor recipient visited amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Oct. 6, tying together his legacy from the Battle of Peleliu and the ship that bears its name.
CARAT Brunei 2011 Fosters Partnerships Among Nations
MUARA, Brunei - Approximately 80 female Sailors from the U.S. and the Royal Brunei Navies shared their service experiences as part of Cooperation Afloat and Readiness Training (CARAT) Brunei 2011 at Muara Naval Base, Oct. 4.
USS Makin Island off the southern coast of California
111010-N-KD852-027 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct 11, 2011) - The Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) operates off the southern coast of California. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is underway for a certification exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Lill/Released)
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct 11, 2011) - The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group consisting of USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) participate in a formation photo off the southern coast of California. Makin Island is the flagship of Amphibious Squadron 5 and is underway for a certification exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Lill)
U.S. Consul General, Japanese Dignitaries Visit Essex ARG
The honorable Raymond Greene, U.S. Consulate General to Okinawa, and Japanese dignitaries learn about the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
USS Ford departs Kochi, India
The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) departed Kochi, India on Oct. 5. During the visit the crew of Ford had a full schedule of sporting events, receptions, community service (COMSERV) events and interaction with the local community and Indian navy.
DESRON NINE Completes COMPTUEX
Destroyer Squadron NINE (CDS 9) and ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Strike Group successfully completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California Oct 12.
Cowpens Hosts Republic of Korea Navy Sailors
USS COWPENS At Sea - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) hosted Republic of Korea (ROK) navy sailors after completing a port visit to Busan, Republic of Korea, Oct. 3.
Makin Island ARG Completes CERTEX
Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to homeport Oct. 13 after completing a 12-day certification exercise (CERTEX) with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) off the coast of Southern California.
USS Fitzgerald, USS McCampbell Begin Exercise with Russian Navy
The forward deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), leads the way during Pacific Eagle, a bilateral exercise with Russian Federation Navy vessels, Slava class guided missile cruiser Varyag and the Irkut tanker, and U.S. Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62).
USS Cowpens (CG 63) Arrives in Singapore
SINGAPORE - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) arrived in Singapore for a port visit Oct. 13. “We are very fortunate to be able to visit Singapore as often as we do,” said Capt. Robert Marin, Cowpens’ commanding officer. “The citizens of Singapore have always made us feel welcome, and we look forward to once again enjoying the culture and friendship that the city has always given us.”
USS Pearl Harbor Passes CERTEX
Dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) successfully completed certification exercise (CERTEX) and pulled back into San Diego.
USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG 110) Completes Live Missile Firing Events
On 30 September, 2011 the USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE completed Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT) live firing events and launched eight SM2 missiles. After over four months of preparation and rehearsal the USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE’s air defense team launched missiles at inbound targets of various speeds and trajectories.
Essex ARG Helps 31st MEU Complete CERTEX
PHILIPPINE SEA – Ships of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) worked with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to complete its certification exercise (CERTEX) Oct. 16.
CBR Training Aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) Technician Jose Perez instructs Electrician's Mate Fireman Sydney Blom how to properly don an advanced chemical protective garment (ACPG) on the mess decks aboard U.S. 7th Fleet command flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).
USS Pinckney (DDG 91) Port Visit to Incheon Korea
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) pulls into a lock gate to accommodate for different water levels as the ship makes way to port in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Pinckney is in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS Denver (LPD 9) Maintenance - Oiling Chains in the Hangar Bay
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 19, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) Airman Surge Soucy oils chains in the hangar bay of the forward deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9). Denver is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the Western Pacific.
USS Mustin Arrives in Thailand
LAEM CHABANG, Thailand - The guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Laem Chabang, Thailand Oct. 21 for a port visit and to participate in community service events in order to strengthen ties between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Thailand.
USS Makin Island, West Coast Amphibs Ready for Deployments, Blue/Green Exercises
SAN DIEGO - Later this year, the Navy will deploy one of its newest, most efficient and most capable amphibious assault ships, USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
USS Makin Island will make its maiden deployment as the flagship for Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 5 and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Well into next year, CPR 5 and the 11th MEU will work together as they respond as a global force for good, to crisis around the world.
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) welcomes students from elementary school
Capt. J. L. Harnden, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), welcomes 5th graders aboard the ship from Gerald R. Ford Elementary School in Indian Wells, Calif. Bonhomme Richard has maintained a partnership with the school for more than ten years.
USS Denver (LPD 9) Well Gate Aproach by Landing Craft
SUBIC BAY, Philippines - A landing craft utility approaches the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) in preparation for a stern gate marriage. USS Denver is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
USS Mustin Visits the Camillian Social Center Rayong
RAYONG, Thailand - Sonar Technician Seaman Apprentice Tia Thach, assigned to USS Mustin (DDG 89), plays frisbee with children during a community service project at the Camillian Social Center Rayong, an establishment for children who suffer from HIV/AIDS.
USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) Offloads 31ST MEU
SUBIC BAY, Republic of the Philippines – The forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrived at Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Republic of the Philippines Oct. 22 to begin Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2012.
Essex ARG Arrives in Subic Bay, Offloads 31st MEU
Lance Cpl. Lucas Rucker, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), directs a high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle out of the upper vehicle storage area of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
Top Navy Officer Tours PCU San Diego
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert was hosted by Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. leadership during a visit to Ingalls Shipyard and Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) San Diego (LPD 22), Oct. 25.
VP-40 Teams Up with Brunei Armed Forces in CARAT 2011
BANDAR SERI BAGWAN, Brunei - Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 teamed up with USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91) in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei 2011, a week-long exercise designed to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness for both nations.
CARAT Cambodia Enables Return to Homeland for Three Sailors
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - When U.S. and royal Cambodian navies began their 2nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise Oct. 20, three Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) were looking forward to the week ahead more than others. For them, it would be their first visit to their ancestral homeland.
USS SHILOH CSADD Chapter Volunteers at CFAY School
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Sailors from the USS Shiloh (CG 67) Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) Chapter volunteered their time with students at the Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) middle school Oct. 26.
Keel Laid for Future USS Milwaukee
MARINETTE, Wis. - Workers at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis. authenticated the keel for LCS 5, the future USS Milwaukee, during a ceremony Oct. 27, recognizing the beginning of the ship's construction.
USS Howard Returns to San Diego from Deployment
SAN DIEGO – The guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) is scheduled to return to San Diego Oct. 28, after a seven-month independent deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility.
USS Lake Erie Holds Change of Command Ceremony
PEARL HARBOR - Guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) held a change of command ceremony at the USS Nevada Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Oct. 28. Capt. David Hughes relieved Capt. William C. Johnson as commanding officer of Lake Erie.
USS Lassen (DDG 82) Sailors Load MK-46 Torpedo
PACIFIC OCEAN - Sailors load a MK-46 torpedo aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82). Lassen is one of seven destroyers forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, as part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15.
USS Mustin Supports Local Communities During Thailand Visit
BANGKOK - Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Daniel Leonard, assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89), helps a Thai Red Cross Society volunteer move bags of rice to prepare packaged goods kits during a community service event.
Essex ARG, 31st MEU Back-load After PHIBLEX Ends
The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) back loaded its Sailors, Marines, equipment and vehicles to their respective ships marking the end of Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) Oct. 30 in the Republic of the Philippines.
USCG CO Sails With Port Royal
Guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) had the opportunity to host the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui (WPB 1304), while Maui received maintenance in drydock.
USS George Washington (CVN 73) Hosts Japanese Vice Admiral
PACIFIC OCEAN - Rear Adm. John Haley, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5 and Task Force 70, right, discusses Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2011 with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Vice Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, commander-in-chief of the Self-Defense Fleet, on the Flag bridge aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
US and Iraq Navy Cooperation Assists Injured Mariner
ARABIAN GULF - U.S. and Iraq navies assisted an injured mariner in the
northern Arabian Gulf, Oct. 19.
Indian-flagged and owned M/T Desh Garima contacted U.S. guided missile
destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59), which was operating in the area, for
assistance with an Indian mariner who had a hand injury requiring medical