Marines Aboard Boxer Complete Basic Life Saver Training
ARABIAN SEA — Would you know what to do if the person standing next to you took a bullet through the chest? That’s just the kind of scenario Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) are preparing for.
Training for PCU America Sailors Heats Up
During a three-week security training course ran by the instructors of ACADEMI from Nov. 6 to 22, 30 Sailors, including seven attached to America, learned physical defensive tactics, weapons handling, dynamic shipboard security procedures and an array of other fleet-concentrated skills.
Boxer CPO 365 Program Shines Future Brass
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Boxer’s Medical adds Psych Program to Team
USS BOXER, At Sea - USS Boxer’s medical department is literally a floating hospital, capable of handling most surgeries. The clinic has a radiology department with three X-ray technicians. It also has a blood bank, pharmacy, two laboratories, and more than 300 beds to hold patients.
Boxer’s 2M Program Ranks Number One
ARABIAN SEA - The Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) recognized the Micro Miniature (2M) Repair division, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), for being the top performer during the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, saving the Navy $129,065.
Boxer's SAR Swimmers Conduct Rescue Drill
USS BOXER, At Sea – Search and rescue (SAR) swimmers aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), trained in the choppy waters of the Arabian Sea during a rescue drill.
Boxer ARG Sailors Combat Stress
PACIFIC OCEAN - Launched in early June, Operational Stress Control (OSC) training offers deployed Sailors effective tools to help them cope with stress aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18).
A Honeymoon Deployment
USS NEW ORLEANS – With all its adventure of the high seas, a Sailor’s life also comes with a few somber sacrifices.
Boxer ARG Visits Singapore
SINGAPORE – Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) visited Singapore for their second port visit since entering the 7th Fleet area of responsibility
Benfold Sailors Shed Light on Suicide Awareness
SAN DIEGO - Sailors on USS Benfold (DDG 65) honored nationally recognized Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by launching an information campaign to educate sailors about suicide prevention.
GW Strike Group Sharpens ASW Skills
PHILIPPINE SEA - Sailors of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group participated in an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise during their 2013 patrol.
Carrier Air Wing 5 Welcomes HSM-77
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea - The "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 moved into the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 neighborhood, as the newest addition embarked on board Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) prior to their 2013 patrol.
Freedom Remembers 9/11 During Multilateral Exercise SEACAT
USS Freedom’s (LCS 1) boarding team conducted a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise with the Indonesian Navy, Sept. 11 as part of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) 2013. The boarding exercise was the last at-sea training event of the multilateral exercise SEACAT.
USS Lake Erie, Chinese Ships Conduct Search and Rescue Training
PEARL HARBOR - As part of a broader advancement in cooperation between the United States and China, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and the People's Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] participated in training scenarios off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.
Successful Missile Defense Test Against Multiple Targets
WESTERN PACIFIC - The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Pacific Command, in conjunction with U.S. Army Soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Navy Sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS Decatur conducted a complex missile defense flight test.
U.S. Coast Guard Integrates with USS Gary, 3rd Fleet
PACIFIC OCEAN - U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) 101 embarked and integrated with Sailors on the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) for training and anti-drug smuggling operations off the California coast.
Freedom Underway to Participate in Multilateral SEACAT 2013
USS FREEDOM – The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) got underway to participate in the 11th annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise with several regional navies, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Professors School USS Boxer on Regional Security
USS BOXER, At Sea - A small team of professors from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Calif. came aboard the deployed amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) to train the crew with their Regional Security Education Program (RSEP).
Boxer Leaders Pass on Advancement Knowledge
PACIFIC OCEAN - First class petty officers aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) are passing down their knowledge to junior Sailors who are attempting to advance in ranks.
Bonhomme Richard ARG, 31st MEU Kick Off Exercise Koolendong
DARWIN, Australia - Sailors and Marines of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived here to participate in Exercise Koolendong 2013 (KD 13), a bilateral exercise taking place at the Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA) in Australia's Northern Territory.
USS Denver Collaborates Medical Training in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste – Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) medical staff began a two-day basic life saving training in a collaborated session at National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV) in Dili, Timor-Leste during a scheduled port visit.
Boxer's Flying Squad Heats Up
“Call it in!” yelled Damage Controlman 2nd Class Angie A. Grimes, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
USS Vandegrift Conducts Joint Training with Air Force
PACIFIC OCEAN – In an example of joint service interoperability, the guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) supported flight training operations with the U.S. Air Force off the coast of southern California.
Bonhomme Richard ARG, 31st MEU Conduct VBSS Exercise
CORAL SEA - Sailors assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in partnership with Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training evolution aboard USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8).
USS Benfold: Where Innovation Meets Action
San Diego, CA - Freethinking begets innovation. That was USS BENFOLD’s mantra as she hosted the most recent iteration of “Project Athena” – a grassroots innovation incubator – on a sublime Friday afternoon in downtown San Diego.
Essex Sailors ‘take notice’ with new messaging system
The crew of amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) has a new way to stay informed any time of the day or night. The Take Notice Network (TNN), originally created by the Essex Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness (DAPA) team and the ship’s information systems technicians, is a way to get news and information to Sailors in real-time.
Boxer Engineman kicks off Muay Thai
USS Boxer (LHD 4), At Sea – “Ninety percent of fights end up on the ground. The difference between a winner and a fighter is the winner knows what to do once his back touches the ground,” said Engineman 2nd Class Scott Williams as he recollected himself getting pinned during his last competitive fight inside a caged ring.
Boxer ARG, 13th MEU Completes CERTEX
PACIFIC OCEAN - The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed their Certification Exercise (CERTEX).
Engineer enjoys big mission, small craft
Sitting at the top of a small tower and strapped into a chair that overlooks the well deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) is Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Brian A. Yeomans, Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 56 engineer