|USS Germantown Conducts Stern Gate Marriage
SASEBO, Japan - USS Germantown (LSD 42) conducted a stern gate marriage with a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vehicle from Navy Beach Unit 7 (NBU-7) as part of her certifying events on Jan. 18.
America Amphibious Ready Group
Sailors and Marines of the USS America (LHA 6) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) are scheduled to return to their homeport at Naval Station San Diego
USS Wasp Receives Retention Excellence Award
SASEBO, Japan - The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) was selected Jan. 25 to receive the FY17 Navy Retention Excellence Award (REA) less than two weeks after pulling into their new home port of Sasebo, Japan.
USS Bonhomme Richard certified ready for sea
SASEBO, Japan - The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) was certified deployment-ready following a Naval Surface Forces-led Ready for Sea Assessment (RFSA), Jan. 23.
Change of Command
Capt. Anthony Roach relieved Capt. Kevin Parker during a Change of Command ceremony aboard USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) Jan. 19, 2018.
US Naval Academy Holds Ship Selection for Class of 2018
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Two hundred, fifty-six future surface warfare officers selected the ships they will serve on after graduation during the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) midshipmen Ship Selection Night Jan. 25 in Alumni Hall.
USS Lake Champlain Completes Ordnance Onload
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) completed an ordnance onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Jan. 12, in preparation for deployment to the Western Pacific.
5 Things to Know about Wasps Move to Japan
Best, most advanced capabilities – forward. That paradigm is why USS Wasp (LHD 1), an amphibious assault ship that has undergone significant overhaul and systems upgrades over the last few years...
USS Fitzgerald Arrives in Pascagoula for Restoration
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Jan. 19, aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf inward bound from Yokosuka, Japan.
America Amphibious Ready Group arrives in Hawaii
PEARL HARBOR - The Sailors and Marines of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 22-23, for the final port call of the ARG/MEU’s deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Horn of Africa, Mediterranean, and Middle East.
Portland Sailors Volunteer at Orphanage
Sailors from the future amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) and Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 participated in a community service project at a local orphanage in Manzanillo, Mexico, Jan. 17.
USS Paul Hamilton Galley Re-Opening
SAN DIEGO, CA. – The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60) celebrated the re-opening of the ship’s galley and mess decks January 22, 2018 following 19 months of repair, maintenance and upgrades as part of the ship’s Extended Dry-docking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) period.
USS Anchorage Departs for NASAs Orion Mission
San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) departed from Naval Base San Diego to conduct an Underway Recovery Test (URT) in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California, Jan. 17.
Brown Assumes Command of Naval Surface Forces
San Diego (Jan. 18, 2018) -- Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown relieves Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet today. The turnover was conducted at the SURFOR headquarters on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. With the mission of warfighting and winning at sea, SURFOR provides Fleet Commanders with lethal, ready, well-trained, and logistically-supported Surface Forces to assure, deter and win at sea.
Statement from Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces
Today, I have informed the chief of naval operations that this Thursday I will step aside earlier than previously planned as the commander, Naval Surface Forces, and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. This was a difficult decision to make, but I make it with the best interest of the Surface Warfare community and the Navy in mind.
In December, the Senate confirmed Rear Adm. Richard Brown to be the next commander of Naval Surface Forces and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Surface Warfare community will be in good hands as Rich is a superb and talented naval officer.
In this job, I've spent three and a half years traveling around the world spending time with our Surface Force and the men and women who bring life, energy and purpose to our ships. I've loved this job and the people I've worked with. It has been the highest honor to serve our Nation and the Navy for more than 40 years.
VCNO Meets with SMWDC WTIs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Bill Moran met with Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTIs) assigned to Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) headquarters, Jan. 11.
Top Gun For Warships: SWATT
SURFACE NAVY ASSOCIATION: As the overstressed surface fleet struggles to rebuild its readiness for great power war, it’s adding a whole new type of training exercise called SWATT. Modeled on the Top Gun program for naval aviators — itself created to rebuild dogfighting skills after heavy losses in Vietnam — Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training involves mock sea battles of increasing complexity against other surface ships, submarines, and aircraft. It even includes instant replays to show skippers their mistakes, using temporarily installed data recorders on everything from weapons to sensors to how the crews stand watch.
Bonhomme Richard Departs Sasebo
SASEBO, Japan - The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 23, to conduct its second day of a Readiness for Sea Assessment following the completion of a four-month in port maintenance period.
USS Wasp Joins 7th Fleet
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) entered U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Jan. 6, after completing nearly two months of disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean Sea.
USS Germantown Holds Change of Command in Homeport Sasebo Japan
In front of more than 300 special guests, Sailors, friends and family, Cmdr. Jimmie J. Jensen relieved Cmdr. Severn B. Stevens as commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during a change of command ceremony in Sasebo, Japan Dec. 21.
USS San Diego Arrives in Guam
NAVAL BASE GUAM (Jan. 9, 2018) – The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit Jan. 9.
Navy In Midst Of High-End War ‘Renaissance:’ Vice Adm. Rowden
CRYSTAL CITY: Despite collisions this summer that killed 17 sailors and called into question basic seamanship skills, the Navy is undergoing a ‘renaissance’ in high-end warfighting capabilities, the commander of Naval Surface Forces says. New weapons, improved training, and a growing cadre of surface warfare specialists — veritable “Jedis” — are making the fleet more lethal more quickly than he’d expected, Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden told reporters ahead of the Surface Navy Association conference here.
USS America and the 15th MEU Arrive in Guam
NAVAL BASE GUAM (Jan. 7, 2018) - The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit, Jan. 7.
USS Essex Hosts Holiday Bowl and Tour
SAN DIEGO (NNS) – USS Essex (LHD 2) hosted the 2017 San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) Holiday Bowl event and tour in the ship’s hangar bay Dec. 26.
Pearl Harbor departs Singapore
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Singapore on Jan. 5.
USS Hopper Arrives in 7th Fleet
INDIAN OCEAN – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) entered the 7th Fleet area of operations, Jan. 4.
Surface Forces Are Refocused
From U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine January 2018. -- Over the summer, two tragedies took the lives of 17 sailors on board the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). These accidents were preceded by the grounding of the USS Antietam (CG-54) and the collision of the USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) with a South Korean fishing boat.
USS Shoup Builds Multinational Partnerships
The U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86), the U.K. Royal Navy's Duke-class frigate HMS Monmouth (F 235), and the French Marine Nationale's anti-air destroyer FS Jean Bart (D 615) participated in the exercise.
American Warships Bring Aid to U.S. Citizens
When we think of the U.S. Navy's amphibious fleet, many of us probably form a mental image of the quintessential global tool for projecting power ashore during combat operations. In times of conflict this is absolutely true.
2017 COMMISSIONINGS and CHRISTENINGS
Commissioning ceremonies are public events during which the ship, having been crewed and taken through sea trials, is commissioned into active service.
Recognizing the Best of the Fleet
The Navy is big on tradition, and a large part of that tradition includes friendly competition between ships in the fleet. In an effort to build comradery through the competition, each ship and crew is rated in proficiency and operational readiness. Those ships rising above the rest by virtue of their achievements are recognized through prestigious award programs.
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Voices From the Fleet
Following a recent trip to Guam, Japan and New Zealand, I ran into a co-worker in the hallway of our San Diego office at the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) where I work as a Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI).
Pearl Harbor arrives in Singapore
SINGAPORE (Jan 2, 2018) — The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Singapore, Jan 2.