|USS Paul Hamilton returns home from 9 month deployment
The guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) crew had extra cause to celebrate the Navy’s birthday this year, as the ship returned to San Diego, Oct. 13, from a successful nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.
Rumble in Arabia
Capt. Todd Whalen, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron Nine, left, presents Captain’s Cup trophy to Lt. Andrew Feeney.
USS Paul Hamilton Commemorates the Battle of Leyte Gulf
LEYTE GULF (Sept. 27, 2020)-- As USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) transited the waters of the Surigao Strait on September 27, the ship’s crew took a pause from the busy routine of deployment to honor those who served in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
USS Tripoli Arrives in San Diego
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (September 18, 2020) – The Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, USS Tripoli (LHA 7), arrived at its new homeport in San Diego, Sept. 18.
U.S. Navy joins Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea for Multinational Group Sail
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) is scheduled to join the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) during a multinational group sail from waters near Hawaii to Guam beginning Sept. 9, to conduct integrated, multi-domain operations.
USS McCampbell Change of Command
Cmdr. David Sandomir relieved Cmdr. Patrick Sullivan as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) during a change of command ceremony, September 9th.
VADM Kitchener Visits USS Manchester
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 27, 2020) – Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, walks aboard the littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS 14) for a tour of the ship. During the tour, Kitchener evaluated Manchester’s current state of readiness and met with Sailors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Millar)
Stethem Sailors support damage control efforts aboard BHR
Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) watched the black smoke billowing into the sky to the south. What started as a quiet Sunday morning quickly turned into a week-long battle against a catastrophic fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
VADM Kitchener Visits USS Boxer
Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), visited amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) on Aug. 13.
VADM Kitchener visits USS Higgins
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Cmdr. Nick Wissel, the commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) salute the ensign during colors. Kitchener evaluated Higgins’ readiness and met with junior Sailors during his visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Millar)
Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Holds Change of Command
NAVAL AMPHIBIOUS BASE CORONADO (Aug. 3, 2020) – Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), left, Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, and Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, salute during the singing of the National Anthem a change-of-command ceremony for CNSP. During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Richard Brown, was relieved by Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener as CNSP. CNSP’s mission is to man, train, and equip the surface force to provide fleet commanders with credible naval power to control the sea and project power ashore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin C. Leitner/ Released)
Makin Island Supports Bonhomme Richard Firefighting Efforts
On the morning of July 12, a fire was called away aboard the ship while it was moored pier side at Naval Base San Diego. Base and shipboard firefighters responded to the fire. Bonhomme Richard is going through a maintenance availability that began in 2018.
U.S. Navy Amphibious Assault Ship USS Tripoli Joins the Fleet
Although the Navy canceled the traditional public commissioning ceremony due to public health and safety restrictions on large public gatherings, the Navy commissioned the USS Tripoli administratively and the ship transitioned to normal operations.
USS New Orleans Changes Command
Capt. P. Scott Miller relinquished command of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) to Capt. Brian Schrum during a ceremony in the ship’s well deck, July 14.
Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
Local, base, and shipboard firefighting teams are responding to a fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) located on Naval Base San Diego. More information to follow.
Mine Countermeasure Squadron SEVEN conducts Change of Command
Capt. Derek Brady relieved Capt. Adrian Ragland as commodore of Commander Mine Countermeasures Squadron (COMCMRON) Seven during a change of command ceremony held on the morning of 10 July 2020 at the fleet fitness facility of Fleet Activities Sasebo.
USS Momsen Holds Change of Command
USS Momsen held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Everett July 7. The ceremony marked the passage of command from Cmdr Robert M. Laird to Cmdr William S. Buford, the ship's 15th commanding officer.
USS Michael Murphy Holds 6th Change of Command
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (JBPHH), Hawaii - Cmdr. Scott P. Maloney relieved Cmdr. Chris J. Forch as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) in a ceremony held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 30
Navy Officer Receives Netherlands Humanitarian Service Award
Lt. Ben Hondrum, the operations officer aboard USS Stethem, was awarded the Netherlands Humanitarian Service Medal for his extraordinary support in disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Irma in 2017 which devastated the region.
Cmdr. John Rummel, commanding officer of USS Stethem, presented Hondrum with the award at a small ceremony on behalf of the Netherlands Defense Attaché to the United States, Air Commodore Paul Herber.
Littoral Combat Ship USS Kansas City Joins Fleet
The Navy commissioned Kansas City administratively via naval message, due to public health safety and restrictions of large public gatherings related to the coronavirus pandemic and transitioned the ship to normal operations.
Makin Island Wins Green H Award
The USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Medical Department earned the annual health promotion and wellness award “Green H” on June 2.
Makin Island has earned this award 11 times since the amphibious assault ship was commissioned in 2009.
Stethem Holds Memorial for Namesake
June 15, 2020 - The crew of USS Stethem (DDG 63) held a memorial service for its namesake, Steelworker 2nd Class (DV) Robert Dean Stethem, June 15 marking the 35th anniversary of his death.
Milius Named Navy's top Pacific Fleet Sub Hunter
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces announced that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) was awarded the 2019 Bloodhound Award for the Pacific Fleet March 18. The Bloodhound award is presented to one Pacific Fleet and one Atlantic Fleet ship annually for exceptional performance in the area of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) proficiency, preparedness, and training.
USS Montgomery Returns from Deployment
Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) returned to its U.S. 3rd Fleet homeport of Naval Station San Diego June 10 following a 12-month rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
Milius Named Top Pacific Fleet Sub Hunter
Commander, Naval Surface Forces announced that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) was awarded the 2019 Bloodhound Award for the Pacific Fleet, March 18.