Going on the Offensive
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivered his keynote address on the state of the surface Navy, highlighting the strength of the fleet and debunking rumors.
The U.S. was extremely proud to assist in the international search effort coordinated by the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency with the U.S. Navy ships Sampson and Fort Worth, helicopters, and sonar equipment.
Sailors of the Year
Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (SURFLANT) announced the 2014 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY).
Bonhomme Richard Completes Flight Deck Certification
EAST CHINA SEA (NNS) -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) successfully completed flight deck certification, with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) (Reinforced) 262, Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Det. 6.
PHIBRON 1 Holds Change of Command Ceremony
San Diego - Capt. Moore assumes command of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1 as he salutes Rear Adm. Ponds, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, during the PHIBRON 1 change of command ceremony aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18).
Fort Worth Departs Singapore After Scheduled Maintenance
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore - The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) got underway from Singapore Feb. 2 after completing her first scheduled preventive maintenance period during a maiden 16-month rotational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Crew 103 of Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth, HSM-35 Detachment to Deploy
SAN DIEGO - Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 103 and Detachment Two from the "Magicians" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Three Five (HSM-35) are scheduled to depart San Diego for Singapore Feb. 8 to relieve LCS Crew 104 on USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) as part of a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Navy's strategic rebalance to the Pacific.
USS Mustin Visits Otaru
OTARU, Japan - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) pulls into Otaru for a scheduled port visit.
Boxer Sailors Do Their Homework
SAN DIEGO - Information Systems Technician Seaman Apprentice Keenan Walker studies his history class notes during his off-time aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) for a college class.
Live Fire Exercise Onboard USS Green Bay
PACIFIC OCEAN - Fire Controlman 2nd Class Tanner McCaskill observes Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class Dwayne Stevens during a .50 caliber machine gun live fire exercise aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20).
Lassen Maintains Presence in the Western Pacific
EAST CHINA SEA - Damage Controlman 2nd Class (right) J. Jason Delacrus supports Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Devon Cummings as he raises flight deck nets following completion of flight operations aboard the Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82).
Monster Energy Supercross Riders Visit USS Peleliu
SAN DIEGO - Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Curtis Beeler, from Knoxville, Tenn., meets with Trey Canard, a Supercross motorcycle team member from Honda Racing during an autograph signing for Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
SPY technicians, BMD teams, link response teams, and the technical, training, and industry communities that support Sailors, were invited to the summit to discuss SPY maintenance requirements, fleet issues, and overall program updates.
Amphibious Squadron 5, 11th MEU Return to US 3rd Fleet
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Approximately 4,500 Sailors and Marines with Amphibious Squadron Five (PHIBRON 5) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations following operations in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet during their Western-Pacific deployment.
Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Visits USS Boxer
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces speaks to members of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) wardroom during a recent visit to the amphibious assault ship. Boxer is currently undergoing a planned maintenance availability in San Diego.
COMNAVSURFOR Visits USS Higgins
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, talks with officers and enlisted Sailors during his visit to the guided- missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76).
Lassen Enhances Cooperation with JMSDF
EAST CHINA SEA - Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) (right) conducts surfarce warfare operations with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's JS Kurama (DDH 144).
USS Shoup Completes Light-Off Assessment
EVERETT, Washington – The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Shop (DDG 86) successfully completed their Light-Off Assessment (LOA) event following an extensive maintenance period.
Shoup Crew Perseveres through SRA Period
EVERETT, Washington - The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) works to install the ship's anchor following successful completion of a six-month ship's restricted availability maintenance period.
USS Paul Hamilton Departs on Deployment
PEARL HARBOR - The guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) is scheduled to depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on an independent deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific.
The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) could be considered one immense machine with many other machines within.
USS Paul Hamilton Enters US 7th Fleet AOR
WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
SURFPAC Welcomes 2014 SOY Finalists
The eight Sailor of the Year (SOY) finalists for the 2014 Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet SOY attend a breakfast with sponsors at the San Diego Zoo.
Two Sailors Go Above and Beyond to Mentor
PACIFIC OCEAN - Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Jarreau Moore, far right, and Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Victor Mendez Lopez, second from right, pose with their mentees aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22).
USS Mobile Bay - 2014 Sailor of the Year Finalist
Information Systems Technician 1st Class Petty Officer Angel B. Robinson is a native of Chicago, Ill. She graduated from Hyde Park Career Academy in June 2001 and immediately entered the United States Navy attending basic training in Great Lakes, Ill. in September 2001.
ATG San Diego - 2014 Sailor of the Year Finalist
Fire Controlman 1st Class Petty Officer Christopher Pickartz is a native of Warrenton, Va. His father was in the Army and his early schooling involved multiple Department of Defense schools in California, Maryland, Texas and Germany.
Rough Riders Take the Reins Aboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3)
SOUTH CHINA SEA— LCS Crew 103 Rough Riders and the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) completed at-sea workups following last week’s crew swap, the first of three crew swaps during the ship’s maiden 16-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific.
MCMRON 7 and JMSDF Focus on Combined Operations in Annual Mine Warfare Staff Talks
OKINAWA, Japan - Rear Adm. Hiroshi Oka, Commander, Mine Warfare Force, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) left, discuss mine warfare with CAPT. Mike Dowling, Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7, center, during the annual Mine Warfare Staff Talks hosted at Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet Headquarters in White Beach, Okinawa.
USS Makin Island ARG Returns from Deployment
SAN DIEGO - Dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), returns to homeport Naval Base San Diego following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations, as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
Sharpen Safety Skills
The seminar focused on mishap prevention and reporting, new guidance and instructions, analysis and findings from fleet surveys and assessments by the NAVSAFCEN and more.
USS Fort Worth Conducts CUES with Chinese Navy
SINGAPORE - Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)]’s Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572), enhancing the professional maritime relationship between 7th Fleet and the PLA(N).
Boxer’s Communications Interior Division Officer Receives SWO Pin
San Diego - Ens. Sebastian Delossantos, USS Boxer’s Communications Interior (CI) Division Officer, a New Smyrna Beach, Florida native, was awarded his Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) pin by Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, in the wardroom aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Launches
MOBILE, Alabama (NNS) -- The future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), launched from the Austal USA shipyard Feb. 25, marking an important production milestone for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.
COMNAVSURFPAC Staff Celebrates Black History Month
CORONADO, Calif. - Military and civilian personnel on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) gathered together to observe Black History Month with a special ceremony and luncheon.
Future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Launches
MOBILE, Alabama (NNS) -- The future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), launched from the Austal USA shipyard, marking an important production milestone for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.