SWOS Delivers Newest Department Heads to the Fleet
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) graduated 65 new surface warfare department heads, during a ceremony held onboard Naval Station Newport at the Admiral Michael G. Mullen Auditorium July 12.
Navy Uniform Update Released
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced the expansion of hair styles for women along with several other uniform policy changes and updates in NAVADMIN 163/18, July 11.
A Navy First: Kearsarge ARG Completes First East Coast SWATT
NORFOLK (NNS) — The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to homeport after completing the Navy's first East Coast ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, June 28.
Kearsarge ARG Underway for First East Coast ARG SWATT
Sailors from the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Morehead City, North Carolina, June 21, to participate in a first for the Navy on the East Coast – an ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise.
Munising Michigan native serves aboard USS Mustin
March 13, 2018 – A Munising, Michigan native and 1996 Munising High School graduate, Chief Gunner’s Mate Justin Hoffman, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the Arleigh burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) forward-deployed to Yokosuka Japan.
Surface Force Commander Talks with Waterfront Leadership
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 9, 2018) Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), speaks with commanding officers during a commanders call at Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 onboard Naval Station Mayport. Brown initiated the face-to- face dialogue with the leaders to discuss the future of the surface warfare community, the importance of command, and his command philosophy on how the force remains the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest Naval Surface Force in the world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lopez/Released)
American Warships Bring Aid to U.S. Citizens
When we think of the U.S. Navy's amphibious fleet, many of us probably form a mental image of the quintessential global tool for projecting power ashore during combat operations. In times of conflict this is absolutely true.
New Course Builds Bridge Proficiency In Junior Officers
NEWPORT, R.I. – Twelve ensigns completed the pilot Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD) Course at Surface Warfare Officer Schools (SWOS) Command, Dec. 15. The course will be refined and informed by feedback from the students and fleet in the months ahead.
UNITAS: Our 58 Years Of Unity In The Americas
MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) – Naval maritime and amphibious forces from 19 countries gathered in Lima, Peru, for the conclusion of the 58th iteration of the world’s oldest multinational naval exercise, UNITAS, July 16-26.
Passing Along the Motivation
A story being repeated by Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) is that Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Chad Williams, from Norfolk, Va., is a motivated and inspiring junior Sailor who proactively takes on responsibility and effectively leads by working alongside his shipmates to guide them.
Navy to Christen Amphibious Assault Ship Tripoli
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will christen its newest America-class amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony, Sept. 16, in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
IAMD WTIs Re-Blue Bring Latest Tactics Back to Surface Fleet
DAHLGREN, Va. (March 10) – More than 40 Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI) around the fleet gathered in Dahlgren, Va., March 6-10, to undergo ‘re-blue’ or requalification training -- an annual regrouping of the best of the best to share and refresh their tactical knowledge and proficiency.
Navy conducts successful missile test firing
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy conducted a successful structural test firing of the Surface to Surface Missile Module (SSMM) from Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Detroit (LCS 7) Feb. 28 off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia.
Navy Christens Future Tulsa
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during a ship-naming ceremony for the Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16).
Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Tulsa
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Tulsa (LCS 16), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Feb. 11, in Mobile, Alabama.
Seeking TOP SWO Instructors
LITTLE CREEK, Va. (NNS) --- Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) and the Surface Navy Association,
SNA Concludes Annual Symposium
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- The Surface Navy Association (SNA) concluded its 29th annual three-day symposium in Arlington, Virginia, Jan. 12.
Second Amphibious WTI Graduation
Rear Adm. John Wade and Capt. Brian Finman, congratulate the honor graduates and the first Australian Navy graduate of the second amphibious warfare tactics instructor at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
Navy to Commission Amphibious Transport Dock John P. Murtha
The ship is named in honor of John P. Murtha, who served his country both as a Marine and in the halls of congress. Murtha served in the Marine Corps for 37 years and saw service in the Korean War and in Vietnam, a tour that earned him the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Murtha represented Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District from 1974 until his death in 2010.
USS Montgomery comissioning
MOBILE, Ala. -- The crew of USS Montgomery (LCS 8) ushered in a new era in naval warfare, Sept. 10, as they brought the ship to life before a crowd of nearly 5,000 Alabamians.
Surface Warrior Recognized As Community Leader
BOSTON – Chief Fire Controlman Robert B. Strupczewski was presented the award of 2016 George Sirian Service Award on board USS Constitution, August 26th in recognition of his exemplary performance.
CSG 10 deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve
From left to right, Lt. Joshua Mills, Lt. Teddy George, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 Rear Adm. Jesse Wilson and Lt. Kyle Sullivan pose for a photo in the flag cabin of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike).
USS Arleigh Burke to Commemorate 25th Anniversary
NORFOLK – The guided-missile destroyer that leads a whole class of extremely capable, technologically advanced warships, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) will celebrate her silver anniversary July 4, with a weekend of events in downtown Norfolk where she was commissioned in 1991.
Milwaukee Welcomes America's Navy
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The "Badger State" will host the world's greatest Navy during Milwaukee Navy Week, July 4-10, with a weeklong series of community and outreach events.
Testing the Future
The SSC program, managed by the Program Executive Office Ships, Amphibious Warfare (PMS 377), will build 72 production craft that will serve as the evolutionary replacement for the existing fleet of LCAC vehicles.
Amphibious Warfare Experts Graduate TOPSWO
Ask any of the Navy’s first nine officers to become Amphibious Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI) what led them to this milestone, and they will say “passion.” Passion about amphibious warfare; a passion to innovate; a passion to have a positive impact on the future of the Navy.
Amphibious Warfare Experts Graduate TOPSWO
Ask any of the Navy’s first nine officers to become Amphibious Warfare Tactics Instructors what led them to this milestone, and they will say “passion.” Passion about amphibious warfare, innovation, and passion to have a positive impact.
Best of Both Worlds: WTI & NPS
WTI life is exciting because it provides a diverse workday, challenging me to stay up-to-date on multiple warfare areas and allowing me to better train the SWOs coming through the WTI schoolhouse in San Diego. And best of all; I get to do this while remotely pursuing my Master’s Degree in Systems Analysis at the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS).
One Chiefs journey Sailors of the Year pinned in Washington
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Corey Smith was Essex’s best of the best. He would go on to compete against the top Sailors in the rest of the amphibious ready group, in San Diego, and eventually, against the top Sailors in the entire Pacific Fleet.
COMNAVSURFLANT Prepares to Welcome USS Thomas Hudner
Expected to be commissioned in Boston in fall 2018, the ship is named for retired Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., a naval aviator who received the Medal of Honor for displaying uncommon valor during the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
Congressman Rob Wittman Visits SMWDC Det Dahlgren
U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, left, Virginia 1st Congressional District, receives an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course patch from Chip Swicker, a retired Navy captain and current IAMD warfare area senior mentor, while touring the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Detachment Dahlgren
USS Milwaukee Arrives in Mayport
Jacksonville, Fla. – USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), a San Diego-based littoral combat ship, arrived today at the BAE shipyard. Milwaukee left Norfolk Wednesday, after having completed initial engineering repairs on her propulsion system.
SMWDC Introduces WTI Programs at SNA Symposium
The future of the surface warfare officer (SWO) community is moving toward creating warfighting experts. Soon, all ships across the fleet will have WTIs in the ranks of second tour division officers and department heads through the most senior officers.
MCPON Speaks at Naval Academy, Makes History
"Make no mistake about it: this journey you have embarked upon will be challenging. It will test you. You will have doubts and at times you will be tempted to quit," said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens.
NSWC Philadelphia Command Stands Up
NSWC Carderock Division will continue to focus on full spectrum ship design support for the Navy and NSWC Philadelphia Division will continue to focus on full spectrum machinery systems support, with a new emphasis on commonality and cybersecurity.
The Future of 3-M Inspections
Inspection. Just the mere mention of this painful yet necessary event conjures up images of people coming aboard and pointing out every little mistake or misinterpreted directive as a critical flaw that will result in a sinking ship.
COMNAVSURFLANT addresses WTI graduates
151218-N-ZY859-021 DAHLGREN, Va. (December 18, 2015) Rear Adm. Christopher Grady (left), commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, and Capt. Jim Jones (right), director, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Detachment Dahlgren (SMWDCDD), with graduates of SMWDC's Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) course in the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center's (ATRC) auditorium onboard Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren. (U.S. Navy photo by Daryl Roy, ATRC)
Delayed Arrival of LCS 5
USS Milwaukee was enroute to Little Creek following the ship's commissioning in Milwaukee, Wis., November 21. The ship was approximately 40 nautical miles off the coast of Norfolk, Va., when it experienced the loss of propulsion.
Creating competence, confidence, and credibility among the surface warfighters
In recent years, top surface leaders have voiced concerns about naval war fighting becoming a lost talent. Tomahawk missile strikes, like those launched in late 2014 against Daesh, cross the headlines from time to time, but the surface fleet is designed to be capable of much more - these ships were designed for multifaceted and complex air, surface and anti-submarine warfare against a sophisticated enemy.
Future USS Omaha (LCS 12) Launches
MOBILE, Alabama (NNS) -- The future USS Omaha (LCS 12) launched Nov. 20, marking another important production milestone for the littoral combat ship (LCS) program.
IAMD Warfare Tactics Instructor Class 15030
Dahlgren, Virginia (Nov. 02, 2015) Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course students and Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense (JTAMD) training guests pose for a picture. JTAMD members joined the current IAMD WTI class this week at Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Detachment Dahlgren (SMWDCDD). (U.S. Navy photo by Information Management Specialist Laurie Buchanan)
240th Navy Birthday
Navy Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Detachment Dahlgren (SMWDCDD), celebrates the 240th Navy Birthday during the monthly all hands call.
New Name Same Mission
NAMDC is now the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Detachment Dahlgren (SMWDCDD), reporting to the newly-established Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) in San Diego, California.
Through the Looking G.L.A.S.S.
GLASS focuses on promoting a workplace free of prejudice, bigotry, harassment and violence through each Sailor’s advocacy, education and outreach.
Hands On SWO Experience
PROTRAMID is an eight-week program during the summer months that provides in-depth training to midshipmen on the various communities within the Navy and Marine Corps.
SURFLANT Leadership Change
Speaking at the change of command ceremony that saw him handing over the reins, Gumataotao was commenting on the many changes that have been seen and felt in recent years by surface warfare officers (SWO).
LCS 6 Delivered
MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Jackson (LCS 6) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.