|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.
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.
Los Angeles Fleet Week Begins
LOS ANGELES – The third annual Los Angeles Fleet week (LAFW) began as ships arrived at the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Terminal followed by the event’s opening ceremony Aug. 28.
USS Coronado Switching Gears
In June, littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducted underway operational testing of the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout. The testing was a continuation of initial Fire Scout operational testing that began in April this year. The most recent phase tested the MQ-8C's ability to operate concurrently with other airborne assets and littoral combat ships, like Coronado. The enhanced capability will provide commanders an improved and integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance picture.
37th Surface Line Week Pacific Concludes
SAN DIEGO-- The 37th Surface Line Week (SLW) competition concluded Aug. 17 after two weeks of professional and athletic events among San Diego’s Surface Warriors.
Commander, Surface Division ELEVEN Established
“Today marks a major step forward for the littoral combat ship program in terms of readiness generation and operational capability,” said Capt. John Fay, commodore, Surface Division ELEVEN (COMSURFACEDIV 11) and a native of Scarborough, Maine.
Commander, Surface Division ELEVEN Established
SAN DIEGO (April 20, 2018) – “Today marks a major step forward for the littoral combat ship program in terms of readiness generation and operational capability,” said Capt. John Fay, commodore, Surface Division ELEVEN (COMSURFACEDIV 11) and a native of Scarborough, Maine. “Standing up the Surface Division is the start of a new chapter in LCS history where we will focus on a common mission set for a group of ships in order to deploy ready, capable, and tactically proficient LCS in support of fleet operations.”
XO–CO Fleet-Up Works
In December 2005, the surface force’s leaders decided to transition from a traditional executive officer (XO) and commanding officer (CO) model of separate tours to a fleet-up model where the current XO relieves the CO on the same ship.
Vice Adm. Brown Gets Underway on LCS; impressed with capabilities, Sailors
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 16, 2018) Cmdr. Karl McCarthy, commanding officer of USS Coronado (LCS 4) (left), and Vice Adm. Rich Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (center), watch as Lt. Anthony Grayson performs the shipping officer watch duties on the bridge of the Independence-class littoral combat ship Coronado. Coronado is one of eight LCS homeported in San Diego.
Surface Force Commander Talks with Waterfront Leadership
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 9, 2018) Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), speaks with commanding officers during a commanders call at Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 onboard Naval Station Mayport. Brown initiated the face-to- face dialogue with the leaders to discuss the future of the surface warfare community, the importance of command, and his command philosophy on how the force remains the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest Naval Surface Force in the world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lopez/Released)
Surface Force Commander Engages Leadership Aboard USS The Sullivans
Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), held a commander’s call March 9 aboard guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport to engage with the ship’s leadership.
SMWDC Leads LCS Tactical Action Working Group 2.0
MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) convened the second in a series of quarterly Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Tactical Action Working Groups (TAWG) 2.0 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Jan. 30-31.
Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Omaha
WASHINGTON - The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), during a 10 a.m. PST ceremony (watch it live) Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Broadway pier in San Diego.
Future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) set for Buffalo Commissioning
The Navy’s newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) will be commissioned at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 16 at Canalside in Buffalo, New York. Media is also invited to cover a media availability/tour on December 14.
Armor Up - Surface Warfare Officer School
A roaring wall of flames rolls over Sailors' heads as the hose team - made up of Sailors who just checked into their first ship - inches its way through a smoke-filled room.