CAPT Robert A. Hall Jr.|
Commanding Officer (May 2012 - May 2015)
A native of Billerica, Mass., Captain Hall graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation and a U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Third Mates License. As a merchant mariner, he shipped out commercially on a variety of vessels, including voyages in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean. Captain Hall received his naval commissioning from Officer Candidate School in 1989.
Afloat, Captain Hall most recently served as commanding officer of USS Porter (DDG 78) from December 2006 to June 2008. During his command, Porter earned the prestigious Battle “E” award for exceptional battle readiness and completed a highly successful forward deployment to the Central Command (CENTCOM) Theater of Operation, conducting anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa. Previous sea duties include: executive officer of USS Nicholas (FFG 47) from December 2001 to May 2003; pre-commissioning chief engineer on board USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) from November 1997 to February 2000; and chief engineer aboard USS Peterson (DD 969) from October 1995 to August 1997. Captain Hall began his Navy career as the damage control assistance and auxiliaries officer on board USS John Hancock (DD 981) from October 1989 to December 1992.
Ashore, he last served as the executive assistance (EA) to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Global Force Management, Joint Operations, Plans, Policy and Training (N3N5N7) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC). Other shore tours include: Lead Maritime Homeland Defense planner at USFFC; National Military Command Center (NMCC) Systems Operations Branch Chief in the Operations Directorate (J-3) on the Joint Staff; and naval weapons program analyst on the OPNAV Staff in Washington, D.C. Captain Hall has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.
Captain Hall is currently the commanding officer of USS America (LHA 6). His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various unit citations.
America Marines Help Combat Colombia IED Threat
COVENAS, Colombia (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South debarked the future USS America (LHA 6) to begin a three-day bilateral exercise with Colombian Marines, at the International Center for Amphibious Training located in Covenas.
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.
PCU America Assists Local School
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) joined administrators and students from Central Elementary School at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Pascagoula.
Commander, ESG 3 Visits PCU America
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3 held an all-hands call with Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6).
MCPON Visits PCU America
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens held an all hands call with Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6).
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.
The ‘Check-In’ Process
Building a ship begins with the building of its crew. Not just anyone can get orders to a PCU. Sailors must first go through multiple special screening processes and evaluations before being assigned to the command, proving they meet the high standards required of a future plankowner.
A Spectrum of Capability
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Training to Keep Ship and Shipmates Safe
Before they can sail-off to their homeport of San Diego, they must ensure they have all the qualifications required to head out to sea. To meet these requirements, America is hard-at-work every day training.
America’s crash team earns perfect score
Flight operations are some of the most extensive and complex naval evolutions. The Navy flies aircraft not only from military bases on land, but also from virtually every type of ship in service while at sea. Just like civilian flight operations, the Navy has air traffic controllers, maintenance crews and ground crews to manage all aspects of flight operations around the globe.
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America Completes Light-off Assessment
The Engineering Department on board Pre-Commissioning Unit America successfully completed their Light-Off Assessment bringing the ship one step closer to beginning its transit from Pascagoula, Miss. to San Diego where the ship will be homeported.
There are nearly 300 ships in the U.S. Navy. Each of those ships are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week with Sailors standing watch from top to bottom. Normally, when a Sailor checks into a command, qualified watchstanders are there to stand the watch until the new check-in gets qualified.
America Hospital Corpsmen Train with Colombian Marines
COVENAS, Colombia - Sailors and Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South debarked the future USS America (LHA 6) to begin a three-day bilateral exercise with the Colombian marines at the International Center for Amphibious Training located in Covenas.
Brazilian Naval and Marine Officers Embark USS America
ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Eleven officers from Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian navy) and Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais (Brazilian marine corps) visited the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) while operating off the coast of Brazil.
America Embarks Trinidad and Tobago Distinguished Visitors
CARIBBEAN SEA - Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, speaks with Margaret Diop, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, Trinidad and Tobago, during a tour of the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
US Ambassador to Uruguay Visits USS America at Sea
ATLANTIC OCEAN - Uruguay army Gen. Neris Corbo, right, presents a gift to Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, during a bilateral engagement with distinguished visitors from Uruguay aboard the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
SECNAV Visits Future USS America
STRAIT OF MAGELLAN (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus embarked the future USS America (LHA 6) as she transited the Strait of Magellan during her maiden voyage, "America Visits the Americas."
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."
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)
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).
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.
Fleet Week Kicks off in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO - The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) and guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) will participate in San Francisco Fleet Week.
USS America Joins the Fleet
SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- USS America (LHA 6), the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced amphibious assault ship, was commissioned during a formal ceremony at Pier 30/32 during San Francisco Fleet Week.
American Hero Visits America
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines on board the newest amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) held an all-hands call in the ship's hangar bay during a visit from Pearl Harbor survivor, Lauren Bruner, 93.
MLB Stars Visit USS America
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Former Major League Baseball (MLB) players visited with Sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
All-Hands Call Aboard America
SAN DIEGO - Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett takes a question from Chief Hospital Corpsman Gerald Lee during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
SECDEF Visits America
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) by MV-22 Osprey.
Harriers Land Aboard America
PACIFIC OCEAN - An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).