USS Ashland Embarks Marines for Patrol
OKINAWA, Japan - Sailors aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) load amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) attached to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit onto the well deck.
US, UK Forces Conduct Joint Mine Warfare Squadron Exercise
160125-N-CJ186-496 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 25, 2016) Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Matthew Krom assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1 enters the Arabian Gulf to locate a training mine during a quarterly Squadron Exercise (Squadex).
USS Mobile Bay Namesake
“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” Titled after a famous Civil War naval battle, the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) continues to uphold the war-fighting legacy of the Battle of Mobile Bay.
U.S. Navy Builds International Relationships in India Fleet Review
SATTAHIP, Thailand (Feb. 05, 2016)- Cmdr. Daniel P. Duhan, left, commanding officer of amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), greets Capt. Poonlarp Tadtatongkham, 3rd division commander of amphibious and combat service support squadron of the Royal Thailand Navy, after arriving in Thailand to commence exercise Cobra Gold 16. Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, and is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelsey L. Adams/Released)
USS John C. Stennis Strike Group Enters 7th Fleet
The John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) crossed the International Date Line into the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Feb. 4. Approximately 7,000 Sailors make up the strike group, which is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment.
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.
Sailor Overcomes Obstacles, First Qualified SAR Swimmer for PRECOM
SAN DIEGO – Class leader of the Search and Rescue Swimmer School (SRSS) of most recent graduating class Seaman Cryptologic Technician (Collections) David Berardino hands SRSS Instructor Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Robert Chittenden a plaque thanking him for his instruction aboard Naval Base San Diego.
Deployments can be a time of urgency and stress, not only for Sailors, but for their families as well. Technology’s growing accessibility provides deployed service members more ability than ever before to communicate with their loved ones.
SOY Finalist (Shore) - STG1(SW) Chad Gepfrey
SOY Finalist (Shore) - PCU ZUMWALT (DDG 1000)
Native of Troy, Ohio, on July 21, 1983, he attended Sidney High School and graduated in 2001. After attending Edison State Community College for two years, he joined the United States Navy in 2004.
Benfold Visits Otaru, Japan
OTARU, Japan (Feb. 7, 2016) - Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) departs from Ishikari Bay, Otaru, Japan.
MCROTC Tours USS Germantown
OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 2, 2016) –Capt. Thomas Kait, chief of staff for Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) Seven, right, gives Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (MCJROTC) Cadets from a local high school a tour of a berthing onboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).
MKI Sailors Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House
SAN DIEGO – USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Sailor Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Teresa Lopez, from Grand Prairie, Texas, prepares a salad during a community relations event at the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego. Makin Island is home-ported in San Diego.
Germantown Celebrates 30th Birthday
160212-N-KB426-040 EASTERN COAST OKINAWA (Feb. 8, 2016) – Cmdr. Gary A. Harrington II, commanding officer of amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), center, cuts a cake during a celebration in honor of the ship's 30th birthday.
CNO Visits McCampbell in India
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) during the India's International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016.
San Diego Homeport for New LPD Class Ship
SAN DIEGO – San Diego Homeport for New LPD Class Ship. The Navy announced today the future amphibious landing ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following its commissioning in summer 2016.
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.
USS Shiloh Holds Fast Cruise to Prepare to Go Back to Sea
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 12, 2016) – Sailors assigned to Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) sit in a life raft during an abandon ship simulation. Shiloh is forward-deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy Photo by Ensign Christopher K. Dawson)
USS Mustin Visits Hong Kong
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Hong Kong Feb. 13 for a port visit during a routine patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations.
Antietam, McCampbell Complete IFR 2016 in India
The forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) concluded the International Fleet Review (IFR).
John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Stops in Guam
NAVAL AIR STATION, North Island (Jan 20, 2016) - Sailors onboard the USS Stockdale (DDG 106) lower lines into the focsle during Sea and Anchor detail as the ship pulls out for its West Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment.
USS Anchorage Open to the Public
The amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) is scheduled to be open for public visits at Broadway Pier, Feb. 17 and 18.
USS Stockdale and USS Mobile Bay encourage local youths
Twenty volunteers from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) took time in port Guam to engage in a community relations (COMREL) event with local school children on Feb. 16.
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)
Ashland Completes Multinational Exercise Cobra Gold 16
SATTAHIP, Thailand (Feb. 18, 2016)- Cmdr. Daniel P. Duhan, commanding officer of amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), show pictures to the commanding officers and commodore from the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK) during a ship tour.
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.
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.
Boxer Crew Gets Big Picture on Culture, Security
Regional Security Education Program (RSEP) instructors from the Naval Postgraduate School raised the collective cultural and security awareness of Boxer service members during an RSEP engagement Feb. 12-19 aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
NBU-7 SHIPS MARINES TO SHORE FOR NEO REHEARSAL
Naval Beach Unit (NBU) Seven launched three landing craft air cushions (LCAC) from the well deck of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in preparation for a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) rehearsal Feb. 22.
USS Preble CO Wins SECNAV Innovation Leadership Award
Cmdr. Jeffery Heames, commanding officer of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), homeported in Pearl Harbor, was recognized as the winner of 2015's SECNAV Innovation Awards Program's innovation leadership category, Feb. 8.
Bonhomme Richard ARG, 31st MEU Complete CERTEX
Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), flag ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), arrived in White Beach, Okinawa after completing a 9-day certification exercise (CERTEX) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the East China Sea, Feb. 28.
ESG 7 Embarks USS Bonhomme Richard
Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 embarked amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), for a patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
USS Ashland Completes South China Sea Patrol
Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) conducted a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea Feb. 26 after participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16.
US 7th Fleet Forges Friendships in Osaka
The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), and its embarked 7th Fleet staff, kicked off its spring patrol with a three-day port visit to Japan's cultural center, that concluded Feb. 27.