|Navy Reserve Welcomes First ASW/SUW WTI Into its Ranks
Lt. Cesar Mize became the first Anti-Submarine Warfare/Anti-Surface Warfare (ASW/SUW) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) in the Navy Reserve during a ceremony here Oct. 26. Capt. Joseph Cahill, director of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC’s) Sea Combat Division administered Mize’s oath of office into the Navy Reserve.
Separating Fact from Fiction in the SWO Career Pipeline
There are few things that SWOs love more than scuttlebutt and with the recent changes to the Surface Warfare Qualification instruction and SWO career path, there’s lots of it flying around. When it comes to making smart choices for your career, however, you need to be able to sort the fact from fiction. Your team of detailers over at PERS-41 are always the best source of current and accurate information to help you out.
II Lessons We Learned From the US Navy "Leaders To Sea" Progam
The Leaders to Sea program is sponsored by the Commander of the Naval Surface Forces and is designed to provide influential community leaders, educators, and business/industry executives with insight into the daily operations of a Navy ship at sea. The goal is to increase awareness of the leadership development and career opportunities that the Navy provides, to provide a view into life in the Navy, and to build advocates for the Navy within the civilian world.
John S. McCain A Name Rich in Naval Heritage
The name of a ship establishes its identity and culture. John Paul Jones, Belleau Wood, Michael Murphy: These names give the Sailors who serve aboard the ships christened in their honor an example to follow and conjure images of salty seas, raging battles and victory for all those who hear them. The name John Sidney McCain is one that will forever be inextricably linked to the U.S. Navy.
Surface Line Week Celebrates 100 years of Sea Supremacy With Competition and Camaraderie
Since 1981, Sailors, Marines, Department of the Navy civilian and federal employees from both sea and shore commands come together to compete in both athletic and professional events to build camaraderie within the Surface community and along the waterfront. Surface Line Week (SLW) gives all members of the community the opportunity to showcase their professional and athletic skills.
N95 Holds All-Hands Call on USS Devastator
Maj. Gen. David Coffman, director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (N95), hosted an all-hands call aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Devastator (MCM 6) during a trip to Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Aug. 5.
USS Barry Holds Change of Command Ceremony
Cmdr. William C. Blodgett Jr. relieved Cmdr. Dave A. Huljack as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) during a change of command ceremony at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Oct. 25.
Surface Team 1 Maintenance Summit Focuses on Removing Barriers, Driving Excellence
Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific (CNSP), hosted the annual Surface Team One (ST1) Maintenance and Modernization Summit, Oct. 23 and 24. The two-day event, which brought together senior Navy and Marine Corps officers, government civilians, and representatives from industry, sought to address the challenges of ship repair, modernization, and material readiness, and to develop solutions aimed at delivering more materially ready, and therefore more lethal, warships.
Lessons from the Energy Bus
I took command of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) after multiple failed inspections led to a dejected crew with low morale and a daunting and extremely ambitious work-up schedule. In short, I stepped aboard a losing organization just assessed as “Not Ready for Sea” and was given five short weeks to get Basic Phase (Tier 1+) certified in order to participate in the world’s largest fleet exercise.
Commander US Second Fleet visits SMWDC to discuss Warfighting Lethality and Readiness
(NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO) Commander, U.S. Second Fleet Vice Adm. Andrew L. “Woody” Lewis met with senior leaders and Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI) at Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) headquarters to receive an update on the command’s lines of operations, and to discuss the strategic importance of the command’s mission in an era of great power competition, Oct. 22. SMWDC’s mission is to increase the lethality and tactical proficiency of the Surface Fleet across all domains.
CG-71 Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Reynolds, conducts personnel inspection and wards presentation during an All Hands Call on October 5th.
San Diego Fleet Week Begins
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) moors at Broadway Pier for San Diego Fleet Week (SDFW) 2018. SDFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of San Diego and its surrounding areas.
Princeton Excels, Earns Distinguished Spokane Trophy
SAN DIEGO (Oct 19, 2018) Ivan Urnovitz, president of the Spokane Navy League, presents a plaque to commanding officer Capt. Justin A. Kubu and the crew USS Princeton (CG 59) in recognition of their selection as the 2017 Spokane Trophy Award winner during a ceremony on board the ship Oct. 19. The ship was selected for being the most combat proficient ship in the Fleet for excellence in ship combat system readiness and demonstrated effectiveness during warfare operations.
Ronald Reagan Resumes Flight Operations Following Helicopter Crash
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) resumed flight operations after an MH-60R Seahawk assigned to the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 made an emergency landing and crashed on the ship’s flight deck shortly after takeoff at approximately 9:00 a.m., Oct. 19.
Warrior Sailor Awarded Mineman of the Year
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- A Sailor assigned to USS Warrior (MCM 10) in Sasebo, Japan, was recently named the Association of Minemen's (AOM) 2018-2019 Mineman of the Year (Sea).
Essex ARG 13th MEU with Embarked F-35B Enters Central Command
The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the attached Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 is the first continental U.S.-based Navy and Marine Corps force to deploy with the Lightning II. The Essex ARG/MEU team is currently conducting a regularly scheduled deployment.
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Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Armonte Galloway, right, and Seaman Marques Upshaw remove chock and chains from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48).
Live Fire with a Purpose Program Takes Navy Warfighting to New Level
In early 2016, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) was designated as the executive agent for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Fleet Force’s revamped missile exercise (MSLEX) program, Live Fire with a Purpose (LFWAP). Since that time, the SMWDC LFWAP team supported 85 combatants in firing more than 100 Standard Missile 2 (SM-2), Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) and NATO Sea Sparrow Missiles (NSSM). On May 28, 2018, USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) launched an SM-2 to mark the centennial missile firing.
SWFOTS 2018 was a great event that confirmed the laser focus our community leadership has on setting the conditions for our continued success in generating readiness and turning that readiness into lethality.
USS Shoup Departs Suva Fiji
SUVA, Fiji - Guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) departed from Suva, Fiji, October 17 following a port visit that celebrated decades of Fiji-American naval partnership.
PANAMAX 2018 Prepares Partners to Protect Panama Canal
PANAMAX 2018 concluded at U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT), where 314 U.S. and partner nation personnel comprised the Combined Force Maritime Component Command (CFMCC) portion of the annual exercise, Aug. 10.
2018 CARAT Builds Cooperation
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) is an annual, nine-country bilateral naval exercise series between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste and is designed to enhance capabilities in a broad spectrum of naval operations including maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces.
Turning Into Chiefs -The Journey from Blue Shirt to Khaki
More than 4,700 first class petty officers throughout the Navy received the big news, Aug. 8, that they were selected for the rank of chief petty officer (CPO), widely considered the biggest milestone in an enlisted Sailor’s career. Less than 10 percent of all who enter the enlisted ranks are eventually selected. Chiefs not only are considered the subject-matter experts in their rates, but are also expected to effectively lead and train junior Sailors and even junior officers.
USS Shoup Holds Flight Deck Reception in Suva Fiji
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) hosted more than 150 military and civilian dignitaries from the United States, Fiji, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand and Japan during a reception on the flight deck October 15.
USS Anchorage Lends a Helping Hand in Sicily
Sailors assigned to the USS Anchorage and embarked Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in two community relations projects, while the ship visited Augusta Bay, Italy, Oct. 3, 2018.
Chancellorsville Benfold Arrive to Busan
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived to Busan, South Korea, Oct. 12.
Decatur Renders Assistance to Sri Lankan Fishermen
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) rendered assistance to seven distressed mariners, Oct. 7 - 8, whose fishing boat had suffered an engine malfunction, rendering the vessel inoperable.
ESG-3 Hosts Waterfront Suicide Awareness Walk
Expeditionary Strike Group THREE (ESG-3)’s Diversity Committee hosted a Waterfront Suicide Awareness Walk at Naval Base San Diego’s Bainbridge Park, Sept. 28 as part of National Suicide Awareness Month.
Ronald Reagan Strike Group Participates in International Fleet Review
The Ronald Reagan Strike Group, to include the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) participated in the Republic of Korea 2018 International Fleet Review near Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (ROK) Oct. 11.
Mine Countermeasures Squadron 3 Holds Change of Command
The officers, crew, and friends of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 3 and attached ships gathered in front of the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Ardent for a change of command ceremony and retirement onboard Naval Base San Diego, Oct. 12.
NBC Nightly News Broadcasts Live From USS Portland
USS Portland's (LPD 27) crew welcomes Lester Holt prior to an NBC Nightly News episode broadcast live from the flight deck at Naval Base San Diego on Oct. 12. The broadcast from the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship capped off Holt's Across America tour where he visited five cities in five days including Houston; Montgomery, Alabama; Tampa, Florida; and Kansas City, Missouri.
Tripoli Sailors Meritoriously Advanced
Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Tripoli’s (LHA 7) commanding officer Capt. Kevin P. Meyers and Command Master Chief Robyn Pierce meritoriously promote Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Matthew Ballman during a surprise ceremony August 27, 2018.
USS Michael Murphy Visits Papua New Guinea Ahead of APEC 2018
Boatswain's Mate Seaman Josh Saunders prepares to hoist the Union Jack aboard Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) as it arrives in Papua New Guinea. As the first U.S. Navy ship to visit Port Moresby since USS Comstock (LSD 45) in 2017, Michael Murphy arrives as the nation prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit for the first time in Nov. 2018. Michael Murphy is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
US-Japan Advance New Amphibious Capability
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) became the first U.S. Navy ship in the 7th Fleet to conduct amphibious operations with the newly established Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) troops and their equipment Oct. 2.
San Francisco Fleet Week kicks off with ship arrivals
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS 14) transits under the Golden Gate Bridge in the annual parade of ships event during San Francisco Fleet Week 2018. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of San Francisco and its surrounding areas.
USS Pioneer Holds Change of Command Ceremony
SASEBO, Japan - Lt. Cmdr. Bobby Wayland (left) and Lt. Cmdr. Brett Jasionowski (center right) salute the ensign during the national anthem for a change of command ceremony. Wayland relieved Jasionowski as commanding officer of the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) during the ceremony.