|Captain John Wade
Chief of Staff (May 2015 - July 2016)
Captain John Wade, a native of Port Washington, New York, earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990.
His assignments at sea include tours aboard USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968), USS Benfold (DDG 68), and executive officer of USS Cape St. George (CG 71). He commanded USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Preble (DDG 88), and Destroyer Squadron 28.
Over the course of his career he completed multiple deployments supporting overseas operations to include Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
Ashore, Wade served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; the Quadrennial Defense Review team and deputy executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served with the Army’s 10th Mountain and 82nd Airborne Divisions as Commanding Officer of Joint / Interagency Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) – Khost, Afghanistan.
He holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and a master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington D.C.
Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Combat Action Badge, and various meritorious, service and campaign awards. He is also the recipient of the Vice Admiral E.C. Waller and Vice Admiral John D. Bulkeley leadership awards.
SMWDC teamed-up with JCS CSG along with Destroyer Squadron 21 during a multi-ship Group Sail and an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise to introduce SWATT
Welcome to SMWDC
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, speaks to personnel at the inaugural ceremony for Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) at Naval Base San Diego.
MCMRON 3 Holds Change of Command in San Diego
SAN DIEGO - Capt. Keith A. Knutsen, the new commander of Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 3, speaks to the crew after taking command from Capt. Edmund B. Hernandez during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.
The Battle “E” is awarded annually to ships and crews that present the maximum condition of readiness in their group, and their capability to perform assigned wartime tasks.
The Human Element of Distributed Lethality
Like a drop of dye in a glass of water, we look for a new generation of Surface Warfighting experts—Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI)—to change the very character of our profession.
SMWDC was established June 2015 and is responsible for increasing the tactical proficiency of individual surface warfare communities through the creation of warfare doctrine, underway assessment exercises and Warfare Tactics Instructors.
Salute to the Military Child Appreciation Day
Seventeen year-old Nicholas Olmo, son of Capt. Frank Olmo, deputy commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, throws the first pitch at the San Diego Padres versus Colorado Rockies game at Petco Park.
We Want You!
The new SWO “Top Gun” commander hosted a professional mentorship call to introduce career opportunities as a new generation of SWO tactical experts called warfare tactics instructors.
USS Dewey Changes Command in San Diego
SAN DIEGO - Cmdr. Abigail A. Hutchins, left, salutes Cmdr. Mikael A. Rockstad relieving him as commanding officer of USS Dewey (DDG 105) during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.
SMWDC visits BUSAN, Republic of Korea (ROK)
Vice Adm. Hyun Seong Um, (left), commander, ROK fleet, meets with Rear Adm. James 'Jim' Kilby, commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), during the 2015 Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG 15) bi-lateral exercise.
USS Russell prepares to depart San Diego
San Diego (September 9, 2015) Sailors of USS Russell (DDG 59) prepare to depart San Diego as the ships sets sail for an independent deployment. U.S. Navy for release by SMWDC Public Affairs
SMWDC aboard USS Dewey
SAN DIEGO (September 24, 2015) Junior officers aboard the USS Dewey (DDG 105) attend a presentation on the process to become a warfare tactics instructor (WTI); the brief was presented by WTIs of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC).
Commander's Corner (Vol 48 - Fall 2015)
This issue of Surface Warfare Magazine will be the last one you see until 2016. It will have to hold you over through the end of the year. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it's a great time to be a SWO!
Surface Line Week 2015 Wrap Up
SLW is an annual competitive event that allows San Diego military commands and service members the opportunity to showcase their athletic and professional talents in a variety of tournament-style competitions.
Navy Celebrates 240th Birthday
SAN DIEGO (October 13, 2015) Capt. Frank Olmo, deputy commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), answers questions regarding the Navy’s 240th Birthday and the opening of SMWDC during a live cake cutting ceremony and interview on San Diego’s CW 6.
SMWDC visits USS Bunker Hill
Modeled after the success of the Navy Strike and Air Warfare Center (Top Gun), SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking an elite cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI).
SMWDC visits USS Shoup
Akin to 'Top Gun' for naval aviators, SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking an elite cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI).
U.S., Chile Strengthen Partnership
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) NINE, and embarked Carrier Air Wing TWO hosted several Chilean officers, as part of UNITAS Pacific (PAC).
SMWDC visits USS Momsen (DDG 92)
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 3, 2015) Capt. Brian Shipman, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), San Diego Detachment Officer in Charge, introduces SMWDC and the new career opportunities it provides junior surface warfare officers (SWOs) during a brief aboard USS Momsen (DDG 92).
SMWDC Visits USS Cape St George
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Cox, warfare tactics instructor (WTI) assigned to Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), explains the process to become a WTI to junior officers aboard the USS Cape St. George (CG 71).
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.
USS Jackson (LCS 6) Commissioned
GULFPORT, Miss. - Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Jackson (LCS 6).
USS JacksonLCS 6 Commissioned
GULFPORT, Miss. (NNS) -- The crew of USS Jackson (LCS 6) ushered in a new era in naval warfare, Dec. 5, as the ship was brought to life before a crowd of nearly 10,000.
SMWDC Visits USS Wayne E. Meyer
SAN DIEGO (December 8, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. Matt Cox, warfare tactics instructor (WTI) assigned to Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), explains the process to become a WTI to junior officers aboard USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).
USS Fitzgerald Holds Change of Command
YOKOSUKA, Japan - (from left to right) Capt. Chris Sweeney, commander, Destroyer Squadron 15, Cmdr. Chris England, commanding officer of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)
SMWDC Introduces Next Generation Warfighters to Decatur
LCDR Kennedy presented the newly launched WTI program; a career path designed to increase tactical skills at the individual, unit and integrated levels. Modeled after the success of the Naval Air Warfare Development Center (Top Gun) in Fallon, Nev., SMWDC trains a select batch of junior SWOs in advanced tactics to become WTIs in three warfare disciplines: Amphibious (AMW), Anti-Submarine/Anti-Surface (ASW/SUW) or IAMD.
SMWDC Visits USS Milius
Modeled after the success of the Naval Air Warfare Development Center (TOPGUN), SMWDC is increasing the tactical proficiency of the surface warfare community by plucking a select cadre of SWOs to become specialized warfighters called Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI).
SWO Career Changes
Surface warfare leadership’s commitment to people is focused on retaining our most talented officers and growing leaders who can think, lead, operate and win in a variety of future environments.
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.
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.
Prisoner of War Speaks on Eight Years in Captivity
A man in a dark gray suit makes his way past the side boys. His white shirt gleams as brightly as the uniforms where it peeks out from under his jacket, as does his white hair. But what shines out most bright and clear, is his confident and easy demeanor.
Commander's Corner (Vol 49 - Winter 2016)
More powerful presence sums up what I want you to take away from this edition of the Commander’s Corner. By now most of you have heard of our Distributed Lethality initiative—an approach to organizing, training, equipping and fighting the Surface Force.
CNO'S STRATEGIC GUIDANCE
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson released his strategic guidance, A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, Jan. 5, which will guide Navy behavior and investments both now and into the future.
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.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, right, meets Rear Adm. Jim Kilby, commander Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, left, onboard USS Princeton (CG 59) in San Diego. Carter visited the area to tour facilities and discuss the impact of the fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal on the defense community. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill.
CNSP Announces 2015 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year
Each year, the best and brightest Sailors from commands throughout Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) come to San Diego to participate in a week-long team and morale building event and compete for the titles of SURFPAC Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY). This year’s winners were announced during a banquet at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center in San Diego, Feb. 12.
USS Higgins Returns from Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The guided missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) returned home February 11 from a 225-day independent deployment to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
SMWDC visits USS Essex
Captain Brian Finnman, Amphibious Warfare Detachment Director for Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), gives a brief about the mission of SMWDC to officers in the wardroom of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
Adm. John Richardson Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)
Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), left, and Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander of the Navy Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), shake hands. CNO is visiting SMWDC as part of a tour to meet with Sailors and Navy Leadership. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Bell/Released)
Boxer Holds Burial at Sea
The ceremony, which many consider a sacred honor, is requested by the military member, their family, or dependents. This tradition is designed to demonstrate honor and commitment to service and their country beyond a military member's life.
A Day in the Life of Warfare Tactics Instructors
SMWDC is Commander Naval Surface Force’s executive agent to train Surface and Mine Warfare forces in advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) across all warfare areas at the individual, unit, integrated, and joint levels.
160311-N-MP556-035 Okinawa, JAPAN (Mar. 11, 2016) Mine countermeasure ship USS Chief (MCM 14) departs White Beach Naval Facility to join up with USS Patriot (MCM 7) as they prepare to conduct squadron level mine countermeasure training which includes mine hunting and mine sweeping.
US Navy, JMSDF Complete Annual Multi Sail Exercise
Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15; Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72; and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed the annual bilateral training exercise Multi Sail 2016, March 11.
Seaman Adam White from Elgin Texas, signals a landing craft air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, to start engines aboard amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans (LPD 18).
Foreign Liaison Officers Visit SMWDC
Senior leaders of the Brazilian, Chilean, Mexican, and Peruvian navies visited to get familiarized with SMWDC’s warfare tactics instructor program.
SMWDC Visits Bahrain
This is the first SMWDC visit to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, the visit served as an opportunity to speak with Sailors in the naval surface and mine warfare community.
Boxer Departs Hong Kong
During the rain-soaked visit, Boxer’s first port call since departing San Diego Feb. 12, service members participated in 14 Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours and five cultural and subject-matter expert exchanges.
USS Makin Island Celebrates Women's History Month
This year's theme, "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government," promotes recognition of women's roles and accomplishments in the armed forces, as well as the achievements and contributions women have made throughout the nation's history.
SMWDC Visits USS Rushmore
Cmdr. Lisa Hodgson, assigned to the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), introduces SMWDC and the new career opportunities it provides junior surface warfare officers (SWO), during a brief aboard the barge of USS Rushmore (LSD 47).
Retaining Our Most Talented... to Fight and Win
There is no issue with quantity. Surface warfare junior officer ranks are healthy. But are we doing everything possible to retain our most talented officers? We’ve done well in the past, . . but can we do better?
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.
SECDEF Visits Naval Base San Diego
After touring Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) and guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and meeting with Navy senior leadership, Carter addressed a crowd of more than 150 Sailors and local and national media about how the Department of Defense is investing in long-term naval power.
Warfare Tactics Instructors Lead Pilot Underway Exercise
Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) is training a cadre of junior surface warfare officers (SWOs) as Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTIs), to bring Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) to the fleet.
Makin Island Hosts BDOC Classes
During four days in March and April, Makin Island hosted Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC) classes from Surface Warfare Officer School San Diego.
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day 2016 Memorial Ceremony
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day memorial ceremony aboard the USS Midway museum. ANZAC Day 2016 marks the centenary anniversary of the first major military action by ANZAC forces during World War I. Service members of the U.S. Navy, and ANZAC united to recognize those who served and died in all battles and conflicts.
USS Gladiator Completes IMCMEX
GULF OF OMAN (NNS) -- Mine countermeasures ship USS Gladiator (MCM 11) is scheduled to return to homeport after participating in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) April 4-26.
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.
SMWDC Naval Base San Diego movie theater
Lt. Aaron Jochimsen, warfare tactics instructor (WTI) assigned to the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), gives a brief on the WTI program at the Naval Base San Diego movie theater.
"Top Gun" for Surface Warfare Officers
Due to the success of the Navy's elite Fighter Weapons School, the Navy took the same concept and transferred it to the surface warfare community, and now, junior surface warfare officers can go through the Anti-Submarine/Anti-Surface Warfare Tactics Instructor course at the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center in San Diego. (U.S. Navy video/Released)
USS Germantown Holds Change of Command
SASEBO, Japan – With more than 300 guests, Sailors, friends and family in attendance, Cmdr. Severn Stevens relieved Cmdr. Gary Harrington as commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during a change of command ceremony held May 10 in Sasebo, Japan.
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).
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.
Lake Erie Hosts Public Tours in Downtown San Diego
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) played host to 3,415 San Diego residents and tourists for public ship tours May 21-22 while moored at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego.
USS Boxer Departs Bahrain after Port Visit
MANAMA, Bahrain- The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and embarked units from Commander, Amphibious Squadron One and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded a four-day port visit to Bahrain, June 11.
Blue Ridge Pulls into Dry Dock after Successful Patrol
U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) entered dry dock at Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) to begin its scheduled extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (EDSRA) period after a successful spring patrol June 1.
Warfare Tactics Instructor Graduates
Graduates of the rigorous 19 week Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course pose for a picture with Rear Adm. James W. Kilby, Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (NSMWDC) (left), and Rear Adm. Ronald A. Boxall, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three (right) at NSMWDC Detachment Dahlgren.
Three nations set sail for exercise Malabar 2016
SASEBO, Japan - Ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy departed U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo to conduct the at-sea phase of exercise Malabar 2016, June 14.
U.S, Thailand set to begin CARAT maritime exercise
SATTAHIP, Thailand - The 22nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Royal Thai Armed Forces will begin June 16 with opening ceremonies at the Royal Thai Navy Base in Sattahip.
Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week Wraps Up
PORTLAND, Ore (NNS) -- Sailors on guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83), USS Russell (DDG 59) and mine countermeasure ship USS Champion (MCM 4) departed the Portland Tom McCall waterfront park closing out Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week June 13.
Navy Sends Third Red Hill Update Letter to Stakeholders
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, sent a third Red Hill "stakeholder letter" to business and community leaders and elected officials Friday, June 10.
Boxer Celebrate's 118th Year of Hospital Corpsman Rating
ARABIAN GULF – Sailors and Marines assigned to the Medical department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) held a celebration in the hangar bay to commemorate the 118th birthday of the Navy Hospital Corpsman, June 17.
USS Coronado to Depart on Deployment
SAN DIEGO - The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) is scheduled to depart Naval Base San Diego June 22 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific.
USS Spruance patrols South China Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) is on a routine patrol in the South China Sea as part of a Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
USS Michael Murphy sorties to conduct MEDEVAC
PEARL HARBOR - The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) conducted an emergency medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) June 19 to assist a Sailor in need of medical attention aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86).
Pacific Partnership 2016 Concludes Mission Stop to Timor Leste
DILI, Timor Leste (NNS) -- Pacific Partnership 2016 departed Timor Leste June 21, after completing two weeks of subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) in civil-military disaster response preparedness, cooperative health engagements (CHE) and engineering projects.
26 Nations to Participate in World's Largest Maritime Exercise
SAN DIEGO - Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
USS Ashland Arrives in Singapore
SINGAPORE -- The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Singapore after completing several phases in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) series, June 24.
International Ships Sail to Hawaii for Rim of the Pacific 2016
SAN DIEGO - Four multinational groups have set sail toward Hawaii in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise commencing on June 30. Participating in Group Sail, 10 ships departed from San Diego, while 12 ships met in the Western Pacific Ocean.
USS Chung-Hoon to return from deployment
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) is scheduled to return from a five-month deployment to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC).
USS Ashland Departs Singapore
SINGAPORE-- Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Singapore after a successful port visit, June 27.
USS Ashland Transits South China Sea
SOUTH CHINA Sea – The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) completed a multi-day transit of the South China Sea as the ship continues to operate in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, July 1.
USS America Arrives in Hawaii for RIMPAC 2016
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines manned the rails of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as it pulled pierside in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in preparation for the Rim of the Pacific 2016 Exercise, June 30.
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.
RIMPAC SoCal 2016 Kicks Off
Mexican Navy Capt. Sergio Serrallonga Sanchez, Commander, Naval Flotilla of Destroyers of Pacific Naval Forces, right, presents Rear Adm. James Kilby, Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfare Development Center, left, with a plaque.
Commander's Corner (Vol 51 - Summer 2016)
In what has been an extraordinarily busy spring for the Surface Force, we capped off the third week of May with our inaugural “Distributed Lethality Summit” held in San Diego at the SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific facility at Point Loma.
Collocation Updates - 5 Things You Need To Know
In an effort to improve support for dual military
families, Navy Personnel Command updated the
current collocation policy. These changes are reflected
in the new MILPERSMAN 1300-1000, which was
released on March 12.
Technology Aids Mine Hunting During IMCMEX
Mapping the sea floor with mine hunting sonar, Sailors can identify anomalies and classify objects as “mine-like” based on observed characteristics. Mine-like objects are then investigated and, if necessary, neutralized by deploying the SeaFox UUV.
This is the TAO
After the announcement blares over the ship’s 1MC announcing system, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) is overcome by silence, as the crew waits for the message conclusion.
The six-day exercise consisted of torpedo and missile live fire, surface action group maneuvers, anti-submarine training, special operations force training and various other events that tested warfighting capabilities of each participant.
One of things we are trying to do with the Future of PMS, a six year program focusing on modernizing the current PMS, is to give ship’s force the information needed to make informed decisions for deferring maintenance when conditions dictate.
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.
Last Days of USS Houston
One of the most valiant ships in 240 years of naval history, USS Houston (CA 30) was lost in a battle against overwhelming odds 74 years ago.
ER09 Keeps Boxer in the Fight
There is a lot that goes into maintaining a ship the size of USS Boxer (LHD 4), with hundreds of spaces and thousands of pieces of damage control equipment that are essential to maintaining the material integrity and survivability of the ship.
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.
NSE Welcomes USS Gridley Home
EVERETT, Wash. - Naval Station Everett (NSE) welcomed the newest addition to the base family, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), July 9.
USS Ashland returns to Sasebo after CARAT exercises
SASEBO, Japan - The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Sasebo, Japan after completing several phases of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) series, July 8.
Exercise leadership talks RIMPAC at press conference
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Adm. Scott Swift, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, and Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, U.S. 3rd Fleet commander and exercise Rim of the Pacific's Combined Task Force commander, explained the importance of the exercise during an opening press conference here, July 5.
USS Patriot visits Osaka
OSAKA, Japan - The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Osaka, Japan, July 6 for a regularly scheduled port visit during a summer patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
USS Freedom Departs for RIMPAC SOCAL 2016
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departed Naval Base San Diego July 9 to participate in the world's largest international maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.
Continuing the Hospital Corpsman Legacy onboard LCS
Hospital Corpsman First Class (SW) Renee Hotchkiss was recently named the Surface Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) of the Year by the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) during the IDC Operational Medicine Symposium.
Building Partnerships Through RIMPAC
The world’s largest international maritime exercise is currently taking place in and around Hawaii and waters off of Southern California. The Rim of the Pacific exercise, or RIMPAC, began in 1971 with just five participating countries.
USS America Hosts CNO During RIMPAC 2016
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson visited the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) to meet with shipboard and embarked leadership, speak with Sailors and Marines, and tour the ship's spaces, July 15.
Sailors from US, Indian, Chilean Navies Conduct VBSS Ops during RIMPAC 2016
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) conducted a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training exercise with sailors from Chilean Navy Frigate CNS Almirante Cochrane (FF 05) and sailors from Indian Navy Shivalik-class stealth frigate INS Satpura (F48), July 14.
SMWDC - RIMPAC 2016
SMWDC participates in the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating.
RIMPAC SoCal 2016
RADM Kilby, approaches the Royal Canadian Navy Kingston-class coastal defense vessel Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Saskatoon (MM 709), in a rigid hull inflatable boat, during Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016.