Passing seven months on deck as commander, Naval Surface Forces and Naval Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, I am encouraged by the overall progress we’re making in the Surface Force.
Multi-National Mine Countermeasure Coalition Participate in RIMPAC 2018
Mine Countermeasures Squadron Three and Mine Countermeasures Division Three One, based at Naval Base Point Loma, are leading a coalition of international maritime forces throughout the month of July conducting Mine Countermeasure (MCM) operations as part of the Southern California component of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018.
RIMPAC 2018 Participants Conduct Second Sinking Exercise
Live fire from a ship and an aircraft participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) July 19 in waters 15,000 feet deep, 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii.
Afloat Training Group Western Pacific Photo
Afloat Training Group Western Pacific (ATGWP) team member, Senior Chief Gas Turbine System Technician Eustaquio Mauhay Jr., from Batangas, Pi., provides maintenance training to Sailors aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19),
Commander Task Force 70 Holds Change of Command
Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 held a change of command ceremony aboard the Carrier Strike Group 5 (CSG 5) flagship, the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while the ship was underway, July 18.
Navy Commemorates 100th Anniversary
The U.S. Navy held a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the 100th anniversary of the loss of the World War I cruiser USS San Diego (ACR 6), on which six American Sailors lost their lives off the coast of New York, July 19.
Commander Task Force 177 visits Undersea Mine Countermeasures Commander
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Dave Welch, commander, Task Force 177, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), visited the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) led undersea mine countermeasures commander (UMCMC), a subordinate command of CTF 177, July 18. Welch is the mine warfare commander for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in the Southern California.
SWOS Delivers Newest Department Heads to the Fleet
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) graduated 65 new surface warfare department heads, during a ceremony held onboard Naval Station Newport at the Admiral Michael G. Mullen Auditorium July 12.
Senator McCain Joins USS John S. McCain Namesake
FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer inducted U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III into the official namesake of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in a ceremony on board, July 12.
DGSIT Embarks Ronald Reagan Strike Group Units
More than 35 members of the Naval Information Forces Deploying Group System Integration Testing (DGSIT) team embarks aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and additional units of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group July 5-13.
Secretary of the Navy Tours USS Blue Ridge
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer met with leadership and spoke to service-members aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) during a ship visit as part of a tour July 12.
RIMPAC Mine Warfare Operations Underway in SOCAL
Commander Task Force (CTF) 177, led by U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Dave Welch, commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) and the Navy’s Global Mine Warfare Commander, kicked off the Southern California (SOCAL) portion of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) with mine warfare training operations which run from June 27 to Aug. 2.
Navy Uniform Update Released
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced the expansion of hair styles for women along with several other uniform policy changes and updates in NAVADMIN 163/18, July 11.
Pioneer tied up
Sailors assigned to the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) toss messenger lines to the pier as they return to Fleet Activities Sasebo after performing calibrations and training.
USS Gladiator change of command
With its railings dressed and signal flags proudly displayed, the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Gladiator (MCM 11) hosted a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, July 11.
USS San Diego Holds Change of Command
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The crew of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) held a change of command ceremony June 22, aboard the USS Midway Museum.
A Navy First: Kearsarge ARG Completes First East Coast SWATT
NORFOLK (NNS) — The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to homeport after completing the Navy's first East Coast ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, June 28.