180419-N-YG104-0003 OKINAWA, Japan (April 19, 2018) Landing Craft Utility 1633, assigned to Naval Beach Unit 7, transits the harbor after offloading Marines as part of a certification exercise (CERTEX) for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
ESG-3 hosts ‘Ship-to-Shore’ power training.
Expeditionary Strike Group THREE (ESG-3), alongside Afloat Training Group (ATG) San Diego, the San Diego Engineering Readiness Assistance Team (ERAT) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), hosted a ship-to-shore power training April 13.
Pilot Course Tests Damage Control Teams - Not Individuals
SAN DIEGO, CA — The flying Squad from the USS Boxer squad participated in a pilot program of the Shipboard Firefighting/Damage Control Emergency Team Trainer at the Surface Warfare Officer’s School Learning Site San Diego on March 30.
Wasp Completes Historic Patrol in Indo-Pacific
SASEBO, Japan — The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) returned to Sasebo, Japan on April 26 after nearly two months of operations in the Indo-Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
USS Ashland Returns to Sasebo
SASEBO, Japan – The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) returned to Sasebo after a successful routine patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations as part of Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), April 24.
Commander, Surface Division ELEVEN Established
“Today marks a major step forward for the littoral combat ship program in terms of readiness generation and operational capability,” said Capt. John Fay, commodore, Surface Division ELEVEN (COMSURFACEDIV 11) and a native of Scarborough, Maine.
Wasp ESG arrives in Okinawa to offload 31st MEU
OKINAWA, Japan –The ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) arrived in Okinawa, Japan on April 21, capping nearly two months of operations in the Indo-Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
USS Pearl Harbor Assists Distressed Vessel
PACIFIC OCEAN -- The Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) assisted a distressed vessel in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California April 20.
The Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS New Orleans Transits the Gulf of Aden
The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) transits the Gulf of Aden. New Orleans is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet area of operations.
2018 SWO Summit Concludes in Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — The 2018 Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Summit concluded in Yokosuka, Japan, April 20 after a week of discussions, lessons and career advancement initiatives.
Commander, Surface Division ELEVEN Established
SAN DIEGO (April 20, 2018) – “Today marks a major step forward for the littoral combat ship program in terms of readiness generation and operational capability,” said Capt. John Fay, commodore, Surface Division ELEVEN (COMSURFACEDIV 11) and a native of Scarborough, Maine. “Standing up the Surface Division is the start of a new chapter in LCS history where we will focus on a common mission set for a group of ships in order to deploy ready, capable, and tactically proficient LCS in support of fleet operations.”
Naval Beach Group 2 Kicks Off JLOTS 18
ACAJUTLA, El Salvador — Sailors from Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2 kicked off the Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) 18 exercise with the successful lowering and assembly of Improved Navy Lighterage System Causeway Ferries 06 and 07 from the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305) April 18, 2018.
Win First and Then Go to War
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” This 2,500-year-old Sun Tzu maxim was the quote of the day in USS Mason’s Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, plan of the day.
A Commander’s Perspective: Why Fleet-Up is the Best Way to Prepare U.S. Navy Captains for War
Since the release of the Comprehensive Review the Surface Warfare community has taken a hard – and much needed – introspective look at our qualification processes, training programs, and career management policies. Poor practices have rightly been called out for change and a healthy debate has been raised over virtually every aspect of Surface Warfare training and personnel management – including the executive officer/commanding officer (XO/CO) fleet-up model – a model which many in the community love to hate.
ESSEX ARG 13th MEU Complete PMINT
Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to their respective homeports following the completion of an amphibious squadron (PHIBRON)-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) off the coast of Southern California, April 5.
How XO/CO Fleet-Up Enhances Operational Competence
Among the many debates occurring across the Navy in the wake of the USS FITZGERALD and USS JOHN S. MCCAIN collision mishaps of last summer is whether or not the Surface Community should continue with the unit-level XO/CO Fleet-Up policy. Strong, considered opinions exist on both sides of the issue as thoughtful professionals seek to settle the question regarding the value and future of the policy.
Onboard with Sailor 2025
With the Navy entering one of its largest and most dynamic growth periods to date, retaining experienced Sailors is paramount to ensuring our continued success at maintaining a dominant global presence.
Greetings from Surface Forces’ headquarters in Coronado. We’ve been busy, as a community and as a Navy, since our last edition of the waterfront’s finest magazine.
Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success
As I finished my Executive Officer tour and considered my transition to the role of Commanding Officer, I used the time during Prospective Commanding Officer pipeline training to read the books about leadership and warfighting that were on my list.
Voices From the Fleet
The Navy joins the nation in celebrating Women's History Month throughout the month of March 2018.
ALNAV 007/18 encourages participation in all the heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year.
XO–CO Fleet-Up Works
In December 2005, the surface force’s leaders decided to transition from a traditional executive officer (XO) and commanding officer (CO) model of separate tours to a fleet-up model where the current XO relieves the CO on the same ship.
Wasp class amphibious assault ship USS Essex transits the Pacific Ocean
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2018) - Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Pacific Ocean during an amphibious squadron and Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) integration (PMINT) exercise. PMINT is a two-week training evolution between Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th MEU, which allows Sailors and Marines to train as a cohesive unit in preparation for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sabyn L. Marrs/Released)
USS Wasp Arrives in Japan to Join Forward Deployed Naval Forces
After completing a 28,400-mile journey from Norfolk, Virginia, to Sasebo, Japan, the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived replaced USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed amphibious assault ship. Prior to completing their transit across the Atlantic into the Pacific, Wasp conducted two months of humanitarian relief work following major hurricanes in the Caribbean.
USS Carney Joins Ross in the Black Sea
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) joined USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations on Feb. 17, as part of an operational schedule that helps sustain the U.S. Navy’s presence in the region.
Three Gladiator Sailors Claim Historic First
"Gee, I wish I were man, I'd join the Navy." These words, from a 1917 recruiting poster of a woman wearing a man's Navy uniform and a jaunty 'Dixie Cup,' are a relic of bygone era for women in the Navy today.
New Mark VI Patrol Boat Command Opportunities
Following in the footsteps of the Patrol Torpedo boats of World War II and the Riverine Patrol Boats in Vietnam, the modern Mark VI Patrol Boat offers today's Surface Warfare Officers
Aegis Fleet Champion Vice Adm. James H. Doyle, Jr. Dies
Retired Vice Adm. James H. Doyle Jr., whose 34 years of commissioned service culminated with his work developing and fielding cruisers and destroyers with the Aegis Combat System and associated systems, died on Feb. 23. He was 93.