USS Germantown Successfully Completes INSURV
SASEBO, Japan - The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) completed a material inspection by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) at Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo.
"Iron Nickel" Full-Up, Round Ready
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), in coordination with Naval Munitions Command Detachment Sasebo, conducted a three-day ammunition onload while anchored near Command Fleet Activities Sasebo.
Peleliu to Embark 31st MEU in Okinawa
OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), arrived in Okinawa, Japan, to embark the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) after embarking Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 while in Sasebo, Japan.
USS Paul Hamilton supports Operation DEFY
Twenty-six Oahu children participating in Operation DEFY (Drug Education for Youth) visited the Pearl Harbor-based, guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) on for a guided tour that included five interactive stations.
Halsey Warriors Lead Healthy Lifestyles Through “Sail Into Shape” Fitness Challenge
PHILIPPINE SEA - Maintaining a physically fit lifestyle for Sailors onboard a deployed U.S. Navy warship can be challenging. For Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), participation in the command-wide “Sail Into Shape” weight management challenge program encourages wholesome eating, healthy lifestyle choices and solid exercising habits.
USS Boxer Cleans Up Ocean Beach
SAN DIEGO – He lifts up the front of his shirt with a gloved hand to wipe the sweat off his forehead. It’s hot. Everyone else is sweating too. It was cloudy and cool in the morning, but the sun burned the marine layer away just before he and the rest of the volunteers picked up their shovels.
Thank God it’s Wednesday!
SAN DIEGO- It’s an early Wednesday morning, and a Sailor wipes a drip of sweat from his forehead, as he finishes up maintenance on the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). His standard issued hard hat helps protect him from anything that might fall on his head, but it’s not helping with the heat of the San Diego summer. He works diligently ensuring that he still has time to go clean the spaces he is responsible for before he hears every Sailor’s favorite words: liberty call.
Former Nuke decides to STA Navy
Ens. Derek Prescott, from Sumter, S.C., enlisted in the Navy in 2007 as a Machinist’s Mate in the nuclear submarine field. In August 2014 he proudly received his gold Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) pin in the wardroom of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) where he is presently stationed. The road between the two places still gives him pause.
Carl Vinson Completes USWEX
USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, and Combined Task Forces (CTF) 32 and 34 completed an Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX).
International Mine Countermeasure Exercise Announced
MANAMA, Bahrain – Representatives from more than 40 nations spanning six continents are preparing for their participation in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), a defensive maritime exercise to be held in the international waterways of the Middle East.
USS San Diego Participates in Med-Den CAP
SULU SEA (NNS) -- A call for healing brought amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) Sailors and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marines to the eastern beaches of Malaysia to assist Malaysian civilian and military medical personnel in the 2014 Medical and Dental Civic Action Program.
U.S. Pacific Command Forces Come Together for Valiant Shield 2014
PEARL HARBOR - Forces from the U.S. Pacific Command are scheduled to participate in Exercise Valiant Shield (VS) on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. Participants include two aircraft carriers, 19 surface ships, more than 200 aircraft and an estimated 18,000 personnel from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Arrives in 7th Fleet AOR
WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, consisting of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), along with guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Dewey (DDG 105), and elements of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 arrived in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
USS America Makes Final Port Visit in Peru
CALLAO, Peru (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) anchored off of the coast of Peru for the final port visit of the ships maiden transit, "America Visits the Americas."
USS Germantown Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
WHITE BEACH, Okinawa — Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) to support patrol with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (PEL ARG).
Future USS America Arrives in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 15, 2014) - Sailors and Marines man the rails as the future USS America (LHA 6) passes Naval Air Station North Island and makes its way to a new homeport at Naval Base San Diego. America will be commissioned Oct. 11 during a ceremony in San Francisco. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan/Released)
USS Germantown Embarks 31st MEU
OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) to support patrol with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (PEL ARG).
Distinguished Visitors from El Salvador visit USS America
FUTURE USS AMERICA, At Sea (NNS) -- The sounds of MV-22 Osprey engines roared in the background as the future amphibious assault ship future USS America (LHA 6) welcomed distinguished visitors from El Salvador aboard for a key leader engagement (KLE).
Makin Island ARG, 11th MEU Arrive in 5th Fleet AOR
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) after participating in a joint exercise with the Malaysian military and conducting a patrol of the U.S. 7th Fleet.
America Lends Helping Hand to Peruvian School
CALLAO, Peru -- More than 30 Sailors and Marines assigned to future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) joined Peruvian sailors in a joint community relations (COMREL) project Sept. 1 at Immaculate Conception School, a municipal preschool, in Callao, Peru, during a scheduled three-day port visit.
America Remembers 9/11 on Maiden Transit
PACIFIC OCEAN -- September 11, 2001 began as a normal Tuesday for citizens all over the country. Many New Yorkers began the day early and hustled off to work. Some stopped to get coffee or breakfast, gradually making their way to their destinations.
U.S. joint forces sink former USS Fresno
PACIFIC OCEAN – Ships and aircraft sank the decommissioned former USS Fresno (LST 1182) at 3:15 p.m. in waters 18,000 feet deep, 215 nautical miles northeast of Guam as part of the exercise Valiant Shield 2014.
Valiant Shield Exercise Kicks Off in Pacific
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Exercise Valiant Shield 2014 kicked off with more than 18,000 joint force service members from 30 units, including 200 aircraft and 20 ships in, and around, the island of Guam.
Exercise Valiant Shield officially begins on Tinian
TINIAN, North Marianas Islands – U.S. service members spent the past two weeks on Tinian preparing the site for participants in Valiant Shield 2014, which commenced at various locations on land and in the sea, in and around Tinian and Guam.
NAACP Honors Military Leadership on Pearl Harbor
PEARL HARBOR - Yeoman 1st Class Latoya Calvin, an Akron, Ohio, native, received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Inspirational Leadership Award on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
USS Ingraham Commemorates 9/11
USS INGRAHAM, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS Ingraham crew assembled on the ship's flight deck to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11 while underway off the coast of Peru.
Welcome to America
The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived at its homeport of San Diego for the first time, after completing its two-month maiden transit from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Makin Island Welcomes 10 New Chiefs
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Ten Sailors were pinned to chief petty officer (CPO) during a ceremony held aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
Peru Hosts UNITAS 55-14 Professional Symposium
CALLAO, Peru (NNS) -- Junior officers from the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Chile, and Peru attended a professional symposium hosted by the Peruvian Navy during UNITAS, an annual multinational maritime exercise.
Anchorage Completes 3rd NASA Testing
PACIFIC OCEAN - Navy Divers, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit(EODMU) 11, Mobile Dive and Salvage Company 11-7, assist Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) in the retrieval of the forward bay cover during the fourth underway recovery test (URT-4) for the NASA Orion Program.
Arizona Survivor Visits USS Kidd
SAN DIEGO – Former crewmember of the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) and survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Lauren Bruner, visited with Sailors stationed aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100).
Valiant Shield Units Conduct Antisubmarine Warfare Training
USS CARL VINSON, At Sea – Ships and aircraft participating in Valiant Shield 2014 conducted large-scale joint antisubmarine warfare training exercises in the Marianas Island Range Complex contributing to the multiservice cooperative and collaborative focus of the present day exercise execution.
George Washington Carrier Strike Group Re-Supplies Under Simulated Threat
PACIFIC OCEAN - Long gone are the days when U.S. Navy warships had to pull into friendly ports to take on the ammunition, stores, repair parts, and fuel they need to undertake operations. Since World War II, these necessities have been transferred ship-to-ship in a complex evolution known as replenishment-at-sea (RAS). In today’s Navy, the evolution has become routine as a primary way ships refuel and Sailors get the mail, food, parts and supplies they need to get the job done.
Sea and sky: Aviators keep an eye on the horizon in Valiant Shield 2014
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – For many service members, simply comprehending the scale of the more than 200 aircraft from multiple U.S. military branches participating in exercise Valiant Shield would leave a lasting impression, but it’s the small moments in ordinary, daily action that define what a joint operation is truly about.
USS Gary Departs for Final Deployment
The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) is scheduled to depart on an independent deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 24. Gary will deploy with its crew of 240 Sailors. The ship is expected to play an integral part in the counter illicit trafficking mission Operation Martillo (Spanish for "hammer"), in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S 4th Fleet and U.S. Southern Command.
Valiant Shield 2014 comes to successful end
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The fifth iteration of Valiant Shield came to a close here after nine days of joint air, land and sea interoperability training between the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Army.
Zumwalt Crew trains in ATFP
BRUNSWICK, Maine (NNS) -- The Precommissioning Unit for DDG-1000, Zumwalt, visited Maine's U.S. Marine Reserve Center to practice with small arms, take down techniques and force protection skills.
PACIFIC OCEAN – The crew of the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully performed a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California, Sept. 23
USS McClusky Returns from Final Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The guided missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) is scheduled to return from its final deployment to the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) to make preparations for decommissioning.
USS Princeton Sailors Celebrate Common Heritage
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors from guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) participated in the opening ceremony football game with Princeton University's Tigers taking on the University of San Diego's (USD) Toreros.
USS Peleliu Embarks ESG 7, Sets Sail for CERTEX
OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), lead ship of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (PEL ARG), embarked the Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 for patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
NAACP Honors Military Leadership
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM- Chief Warrant Officer 3 Vanderla Akaka and Cryptologic Technician First Class Brenda Flores pose with Commander Timothy Wilke, CO of STG MIDPAC and Senior Chief Operations Specialist Jonathan Lamperth, ATG MIDPAC SEL.
Midshipmen Build Naval Knowledge Aboard FDNF Destroyer
YOKOSUKA, Japan - During the months of July and August, eight Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy embarked Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) for their summer training program.
Shiloh Arrives in Saipan
SAIPAN - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) arrived in Saipan for a scheduled port visit.
Shiloh Sailors Reach Out in Saipan
SAIPAN – Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) took part in a cultural exchange at the Brilliant Star Montessori School in Saipan.
Changes to the formulation were made to achieve the right balance between technical skill proficiency, as measured by the test, and on the job performance as gauged by chain of command input through the evaluation process.
Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4 congratulated the crew of the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), Sept. 26, after the ship successfully completed its Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX).
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea (NNS) -- In the midst of the year's largest U.S. military exercise, Asia's forward-deployed destroyer squadron is taking steps to ensure surface warfare readiness by leading the Navy in the development of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) that are on the 'leading edge' of emerging technology.
CTF 51 Visits Makin Island
ARABIAN GULF – The Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 51, Marine Brig. Gen. Carl Mundy, visited the Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) to tour the ship and pass along a few words of encouragement.
Rodney M. Davis Departs Singapore
SEMBAWANG, Singapore (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) departed Singapore following a weeklong port visit.
Germantown Participates in PHIBLEX 15
SUBIC BAY, Philippines (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) and the embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) commenced Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 15 in Subic Bay.
Peleliu, Germantown visit Subic Bay, support PHIBLEX
SUBIC BAY, Philippines - Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), along with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, Amphibious Squadron 11 and embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), pulled in to Subic Bay prior to beginning Philippines-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2015.