Makin Island Bolsters Medical Department for Deployment
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) has one of the largest medical departments in the fleet aside from the hospital ships USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), and has acquired some new faces with unique specialties to aid their mission overseas.
Makin Island ARG Evacuates NOAA Researchers
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted an emergent recovery of 11 researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument.
USS Comstock Evacuates NOAA Researchers from Storm Path
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 8, 2014) - The dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) provided rescue assistance to six National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers at Laysan Island ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Iselle.
USS Makin Island Visits Hong Kong
HONG KONG (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Hong Kong for a port visit.
USS Makin Island ARG Departs Hong Kong
HONG KONG (NNS) -- The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Hong Kong after completing a three-day port visit.
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.
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.
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).
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.
USS Comstock Departs Bahrain
BAHRAIN (NNS) -- The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), now operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed from Mina Salman Pier, Bahrain following a four-day port visit.
USS San Diego Celebrates Navy's Birthday
RED SEA - 'Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light...' rang over the speakers as crew members stood at attention on the forecastle while the Sailors and Marines of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego's (LPD 22) choir sang the national anthem. It was the Navy's 239th birthday celebration.
Learning Leadership: Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Baldwin
ARABIAN GULF - The rumors spread around the scuttlebutt, also known as a water fountain, like wildfire in a dry forest. They were small in the beginning, eventually turning into large blazing flames of words and curiosity. Some were curious about his physical appearance. While others wondered would he have the same personality he’d shown millions of people on T.V, or was it all just a show?
Women at Sea open salon for Sailors and Marines aboard MKI
RED SEA - What do you think of when you imagine a barbershop? Maybe it resembles a scene from the movies with a room full of men, sprawled out in cherry red barber chairs, arguing who was the greatest quarterback of all time. Perhaps it’s the sound of clippers buzzing like a swarm of bees around a hive. It could even be a couple of old men embellishing the size of their big catch on the last fishing trip over a game of chess. However, in this case, the scene would not be what you expect.
Makin Island MWR Hosts Halloween 5K Fun Run/Walk
GULF OF ADEN – USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Fun Boss Kristen Venoy and her shipboard Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff hosted a “Halloween 5K Fun Run/Walk” on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship.
USS Makin Island Sailors and Marines Hold “Iron Chef” Competition
RED SEA – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Simon Riley, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Eric Kapfhamer, and Culinary Specialist Seaman Aaron Simon present entrées to the senior chain of command aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), who participated as judges for Makin Island’s first “Iron Chef” competition.
PHIBRON 5 Holds Change of Command Ceremony at Sea
GULF OF ADEN - Capt. Stephen McKone, incoming commander, Amphibious Squadron Five, and Capt. Vic Cooper, outgoing commander, cut the cake during a routine change of command ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
Red Reef 15 Closes With Joint Demonstration
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - A landing craft utility (LCU) exits the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) to transport Marines and Sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Comstock ashore in support of exercise Red Reef 15.
USS San Diego Moved By Operation Pillowcase: Putting Heads At Ease
ARBIAN GULF - Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy Atkins Ricks, from Detroit, Michigan, poses with a handcrafted pillowcase sent by members of the Heads at Ease Pillowcase Project, an organization that makes and mails pillowcases for deployed service members.
Makin Island MWR Holds “Reindeer Games”
GULF OF ADEN - Sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) particpate in the command's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted "Reindeer Games" "Reindeer Scramble" in the ship's hangar bay.
Makin Island Holds Change of Command at Sea
Capt. Jon P. Rodgers relieved Capt. Alvin Holsey as commanding officer of Makin Island. Rodgers becomes the ship’s fifth commanding officer since the ship’s commissioning in 2009.
Makin Island Visits Duqm, Oman
DUQM, Oman – The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded a seven-day port visit in Duqm, Oman.
Makin Island Doctors Tour Duqm Hospital
DUQM, Oman – The senior medical officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Five medical officers met with local doctors in Duqm, Oman, where they exchanged tours of the ship’s medical facilities and the town’s local facilities.
Amphibious Squadron Five/11th MEU Transits from U.S. 5th Fleet to U.S. 7th Fleet
INDIAN OCEAN – After an extensive operational period involving a variety of operations and exercises, two of the three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with their embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) components, transited out of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) to the 7th Fleet.
Sailors Participate in Damage Control Drill
GULF OF ADEN - Sailors and Marines participate in pipe patching training during a damage control drill on the forecastle of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22).
Makin Island and 11th MEU Crewmembers Volunteer at Singapore Soup Kitchen
SINGAPORE – Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Kayla Faust (left), from Madison, Wisconsin, and assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) helps prepare food packages for delivery while participating in a community relations project (COMREL) volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen during a scheduled port visit to Singapore.
Makin Island Honors MLK
SOUTH CHINA SEA – He led marches and rallies across the country; his leadership of peaceful protests and lobbying to Congress directly led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964; his “I have A Dream” speech is widely regarded as one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, and in 1964 he was the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
USS San Diego Conducts RAS
RED SEA - Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) use a pallet jack to move supplies during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201).
USS Comstock Arrives in Malaysia
SEPANGGAR, Malaysia (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Sepanggar, Malaysia, for a port visit.
Nighttime at Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA - An AV-8B Harrier jet is parked on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
Amphibious Squadron 5, 11th MEU Return to US 3rd Fleet
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Approximately 4,500 Sailors and Marines with Amphibious Squadron Five (PHIBRON 5) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations following operations in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet during their Western-Pacific deployment.
Two Sailors Go Above and Beyond to Mentor
PACIFIC OCEAN - Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Jarreau Moore, far right, and Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Victor Mendez Lopez, second from right, pose with their mentees aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22).
USS Makin Island ARG Returns from Deployment
SAN DIEGO - Dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), returns to homeport Naval Base San Diego following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations, as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
SURFPAC Announces 2014 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The staff of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) announced the 2014 SURFPAC Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a banquet at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center in San Diego.
San Diego Receives Second Straight Battle “E”
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) was awarded the Battle Effectiveness (Battle “E”) Award for Naval Surface Forces, marking the second consecutive year San Diego has earned the award.
Beach Party Team Delta Returns Home from Deployment
CORONADO, Calif. - Members of Beachmaster Unit One (BMU 1) Beach Party Team (BPT) Delta returned to homeport after completing a seven-month deployment with the Makin Island Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) to the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of operation.