SAN DIEGO – Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC), visited the crew of the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) at Naval Base San Diego, Feb 26.
The purpose of his visit was to engage waterfront Sailors in order to discuss appropriate career paths for all Sailors to ensure the proper balance of sea and shore duty assignments and the availability of comprehensive training all for surface combatants.
Additionally, Copeman expressed his appreciation to both the officers and chief petty officers for their significant contributions, continuous preparation, training and maintenance.
During his visit to the ship, Copeman also received a brief tour, exploring multiple spaces including the medical facilities, the machinery repair shop and the mess decks. At each location, Sailors took the opportunity to explain their responsibilities and ask questions.
Copeman praised the crew members for their hard work and even awarded a COMNAVSURFPAC command coin to Machinery Repairman Second Class Raygie D. Ting for his contributions to the ship.
“We really appreciated the opportunity to meet with Vice Adm. Copeman and ask those big picture questions that we don’t always have access to,” said Ensign Alexander Mitchell, from Santa Cruz, Calif. “He informed us of his primary focus right now, which is to further develop enlisted Sailors by revising sea/shore duty rotations and providing them the comprehensive, continuous training that the Navy needs.”
Developing Sailors, training crews to fight and win, and providing warships ready for combat are the subjects of Copeman’s "Vision for the 2026 Surface Fleet," which consolidates a set of objectives and policies to maximize surface force readiness by concentrating on war fighting ability, sustainable excellence and wholeness over time.
Pearl Harbor is currently undergoing an Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability at Naval Base San Diego.