Warfare Tactics Instructor Program Continues to Grow
Fourteen service members earned their red Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) patches from Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) in a ceremony held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Oct. 20.
Tripoli Sailors Help the Local Community
Members of Pre-Commissioning Unit Tripoli came together to support a local cause Oct. 19 in Theodore, Alabama, assembling boxes of food for Thanksgiving for Feeding the Gulf Coast.
Aegis BMD System Aboard USS John Paul Jones Intercepts Target Missile
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a complex missile defense flight test, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target using Standard Missile (SM) 6 guided missiles during a test off the coast of Hawaii, Aug. 29.
John Finn Transits the Panama Canal
PANAMA CANAL, Panama - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) transits the Panama Canal during its maiden voyage to its homeport of San Diego, Calif.
USS Gabrielle Giffords Commissioned in Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas - The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, was brought to life by her crew before a crowd of nearly 2,500 guests at Pier 21 at the Port of Galveston.
Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Begins Sailaway
MOBILE, Alabama (NNS) -- The Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), departed from Mobile, Alabama, May 8, beginning her journey to her commissioning site in Galveston, Texas.
USS Lassen Enters 4th Fleet Area of Operations
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrived in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations to begin conducting counter illicit trafficking operations in support of Operation Martillo, March 2.
USS Independence Departs San Diego for Florida
SAN DIEGO – The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) departs San Diego for Pensacola, Florida to conduct operational evaluation and testing of the mine countermeasures mission package.
USS Gary- Coast Guard Team seize contraband
EASTERN PACIFIC (At Sea) (NNS) -- USS Gary (FFG 51), her embarked helicopter squadron and a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET)operating in support of Operation Martillo seized more than 1644 kilograms of cocaine and rescued four people adrift at sea in international waters off the coast of Central America.
USS O’Kane Returns to Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor -- The guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, after completing a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.
USS Vandegrift Uncover Illegal Narcotics; Smugglers
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- One of Vandegrift's SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters, from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49, located a small suspicious vessel in a known drug trafficking area, Vandegrift's crew was able to further track and locate the vessel in order deploy an interceptor boat team.
USS Ingraham Returns from Final Deployment
EVERETT, Wash.-- The Navy frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61) is scheduled to return from its final deployment to the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) to make preparations for decommissioning.
Navy Christens, Launches Future USS Detroit
MARINETTE, Wis. (NNS) -- The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Vandegrift Remembers Diversity; Heritage
PACIFIC OCEAN – When at sea, Sailors rely on the person next to them without question. When the sun goes down, there is always a Sailor on watch to keep the ship going. Down in the engine room, there is always a Sailor watching the gauges to keep everything working like clockwork. Wherever there is work on a ship, there is always a Sailor standing watch.
Vandegrift Commemorates 239 Years of Navy Heritage
PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors, aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift, took time, on the Navy’s Birthday to honor the 239 years of heritage that comes with being a U.S. Navy Sailor.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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."
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."
SECNAV Visits America
STRAIT OF MAGELLAN - Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus addresses Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call aboard the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as it transits the Strait of Magellan.
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).
USS Ingraham Disrupts Cocaine Shipment in Eastern Pacific
USS INGRAHAM, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Ingraham (FFG 61) with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 Detachment 2 and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) personnel disrupted a shipment of cocaine estimated to be more than 300 kilograms in the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
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).
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.
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.
USS Vandegrift Halts Smuggling in Central America
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), intercepted approximately two tons of cocaine being smuggled aboard two fishing vessels while on routine patrol off the coast of Central America.
USS Ingraham Intercepts 793 Kilograms of Cocaine
At Sea (NNS)- USS Ingraham (FFG 61) with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 Detachment 2 and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment disrupted approximately 793 kilograms of cocaine while conducting counter narcotic operations.
Chief Petty Officers Frocked to Senior Chief On Board USS Vandegrift
USS VANDEGRIFT, At Sea (NNS) -- Senior Chief Engineman (SW/EXW) Paul A. Gurrola and Sonar Technician (Geographic) (SW) Joseph F. Hart, were frocked to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer during a ceremony aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) currently deployed to the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
PCU Jackson Conducts Mast-Stepping Ceremony
MOBILE, AL -- The crew of the Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship, Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) JACKSON (LCS 6), conducted a mast-stepping ceremony at the Austal USA shipbuilding facility auditorium in Mobile, Ala.
USS Ingraham Departs on Deployment
EVERETT, Wash. – The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61) is scheduled to depart Naval Station Everett for a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS Rentz Saves Three Deep Sea Ocean Turtles Caught in Fishing Nets
USS RENTZ, At Sea - During operations in direct support of Operation Martillo in the 4th Fleet area of operations, USS Rentz (FFG 46) and embedded helicopter detachment, led a speedy rescue of three deep sea ocean turtles approximately 80 nautical miles off the coast of Guatemala.
USS Rentz Intercepts 313 Kilograms of Cocaine Worth More than $10 Million
USS RENTZ, At Sea - The frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46), Helicopter Squadron Anti-Submarine Warfare Light 49 Detachment 5, and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) personnel disrupted approximately 313 kilograms of cocaine while conducting counter drug trafficking operations in December in the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
USS Rentz Disrupts a Ton of Cocaine Worth $80 Million
USS RENTZ, At Sea - Less than a week after arriving on station following a port visit in Panama, USS Rentz (FFG 46) and embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and helicopter squadron disrupted a shipment of 1,000 kg. of cocaine off the coast of Colombia in coordination with the Colombian navy .
USS Rentz Completes Replenishment at Sea with Canadian Ship
USS RENTZ, At Sea - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46), assigned to U.S. 4th Fleet during the annual UNITAS multinational maritime exercise, conducted replenishment at sea Sept. 11 with the Canadian supply ship HMCS Preserver (AOR 510).
SECNAV Visits Marinette Marine, Highlights LCS
MARINETTE, Wis. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited Marinette Marine Corporation Sept. 12 to tour the shipyard and receive an update on the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) and its manufacturing process.
USS Gary Sailors Lend a Hand in Panama
CASCO ANTIGUO, Panama - Crew members of guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) cleaned, prepped and painted a neighborhood Community Center to support the Fundacion Calicanto (Calicanto Foundation) during a recent port visit to Panama while deployed to U.S. 4th Fleet.
USS Gary Seizes $22 Million of Narcotics During Operation Martillo, Sinks Drug Boat
USS GARY, At Sea - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard team leveraged the capabilities of partner nations and the interagency to intercept a small drug trafficking vessel and confiscated more than 600 pounds of cocaine while on patrol in U.S. 4th Fleet while conducting Operation Martillo.
USS Gary Boards, Tows Suspicious Vessel
USS GARY, At Sea - Guided-missile frigate USS GARY (FFG 51) and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET), TACLET South, turned a routine boarding into a display of joint proficiency and while conducting maritime interception operations.
USS Gary Crosses the Line
USS GARY, At Sea - Seventy Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Gary (FFG-51) went from being a pollywog to becoming a shellback during a ceremony aboard the ship while deployed to U.S. 4th Fleet conducting Operation Martillo.