|CAPT Michael W. Baze|
Executive Officer (July 2012 - May 2015)
Captain Baze is a San Antonio native and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Rice University. He commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1990 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1992.
While at HSL 45 in San Diego, Calif. from June 1992 to 1996, he deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf aboard USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986). His first shore tour was at HSL 41 in San Diego from July 1996 to March 1998 as a flight instructor, and squadron operations and administrative officer. He served again with HSL 41 from September 2001 to June 2002.
He served as the Aide to the President, Board of Inspection and Survey in Norfolk from April 1998 to August 1999. He then earned a Master of Science in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. from 1999 to 2001, and also served as an Associate Fellow on the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group in Newport, R.I.
Captain Baze served at HSL 47 in San Diego from June 2002 to October 2004 as the Safety and Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Officer, DET FIVE Officer in Charge on USS Princeton (CG 59), and the squadron maintenance officer.
From January 2005 to November 2006 he served on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. as an action officer in the J-3 Joint Operations Division, and then as Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
During his tour as executive and commanding officer of HSL 45 in San Diego from August 2007 to February 2010, HSL 45 was awarded the Battle “E” twice, the Golden Wrench Award for Maintenance Excellence, and the Commander, Pacific Fleet Retention Excellence Award for three consecutive years.
From March 2010 to February 2012, Captain Baze served as the Deputy Director for Aviation Distribution and Head Air Combat Placement Officer at Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn.
Captain Baze currently serves as the USS America (LHA 6) executive officer, and is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and multiple joint, unit and campaign awards.
America Marines Help Combat Colombia IED Threat
COVENAS, Colombia (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South debarked the future USS America (LHA 6) to begin a three-day bilateral exercise with Colombian Marines, at the International Center for Amphibious Training located in Covenas.
America Lends Helping Hand to Peruvian School
CALLAO, Peru -- More than 30 Sailors and Marines assigned to future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) joined Peruvian sailors in a joint community relations (COMREL) project Sept. 1 at Immaculate Conception School, a municipal preschool, in Callao, Peru, during a scheduled three-day port visit.
America Remembers 9/11 on Maiden Transit
PACIFIC OCEAN -- September 11, 2001 began as a normal Tuesday for citizens all over the country. Many New Yorkers began the day early and hustled off to work. Some stopped to get coffee or breakfast, gradually making their way to their destinations.
PCU America Assists Local School
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) joined administrators and students from Central Elementary School at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Pascagoula.
Commander, ESG 3 Visits PCU America
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3 held an all-hands call with Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6).
MCPON Visits PCU America
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens held an all hands call with Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6).
Training for PCU America Sailors Heats Up
During a three-week security training course ran by the instructors of ACADEMI from Nov. 6 to 22, 30 Sailors, including seven attached to America, learned physical defensive tactics, weapons handling, dynamic shipboard security procedures and an array of other fleet-concentrated skills.
The ‘Check-In’ Process
Building a ship begins with the building of its crew. Not just anyone can get orders to a PCU. Sailors must first go through multiple special screening processes and evaluations before being assigned to the command, proving they meet the high standards required of a future plankowner.
A Spectrum of Capability
After more than a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Marine Corps is retooling and repositioning itself back to its traditional role of operating with agility from the sea.
Training to Keep Ship and Shipmates Safe
Before they can sail-off to their homeport of San Diego, they must ensure they have all the qualifications required to head out to sea. To meet these requirements, America is hard-at-work every day training.
America’s crash team earns perfect score
Flight operations are some of the most extensive and complex naval evolutions. The Navy flies aircraft not only from military bases on land, but also from virtually every type of ship in service while at sea. Just like civilian flight operations, the Navy has air traffic controllers, maintenance crews and ground crews to manage all aspects of flight operations around the globe.
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America Completes Light-off Assessment
The Engineering Department on board Pre-Commissioning Unit America successfully completed their Light-Off Assessment bringing the ship one step closer to beginning its transit from Pascagoula, Miss. to San Diego where the ship will be homeported.
There are nearly 300 ships in the U.S. Navy. Each of those ships are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week with Sailors standing watch from top to bottom. Normally, when a Sailor checks into a command, qualified watchstanders are there to stand the watch until the new check-in gets qualified.
America Hospital Corpsmen Train with Colombian Marines
COVENAS, Colombia - Sailors and Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South debarked the future USS America (LHA 6) to begin a three-day bilateral exercise with the Colombian marines at the International Center for Amphibious Training located in Covenas.
Brazilian Naval and Marine Officers Embark USS America
ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Eleven officers from Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian navy) and Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais (Brazilian marine corps) visited the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) while operating off the coast of Brazil.
America Embarks Trinidad and Tobago Distinguished Visitors
CARIBBEAN SEA - Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, speaks with Margaret Diop, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, Trinidad and Tobago, during a tour of the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
US Ambassador to Uruguay Visits USS America at Sea
ATLANTIC OCEAN - Uruguay army Gen. Neris Corbo, right, presents a gift to Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, during a bilateral engagement with distinguished visitors from Uruguay aboard the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
SECNAV Visits Future USS America
STRAIT OF MAGELLAN (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus embarked the future USS America (LHA 6) as she transited the Strait of Magellan during her maiden voyage, "America Visits the Americas."
USS America Makes Final Port Visit in Peru
CALLAO, Peru (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) anchored off of the coast of Peru for the final port visit of the ships maiden transit, "America Visits the Americas."
Future USS America Arrives in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 15, 2014) - Sailors and Marines man the rails as the future USS America (LHA 6) passes Naval Air Station North Island and makes its way to a new homeport at Naval Base San Diego. America will be commissioned Oct. 11 during a ceremony in San Francisco. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan/Released)
Distinguished Visitors from El Salvador visit USS America
FUTURE USS AMERICA, At Sea (NNS) -- The sounds of MV-22 Osprey engines roared in the background as the future amphibious assault ship future USS America (LHA 6) welcomed distinguished visitors from El Salvador aboard for a key leader engagement (KLE).
Welcome to America
The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived at its homeport of San Diego for the first time, after completing its two-month maiden transit from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Fleet Week Kicks off in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO - The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) and guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) will participate in San Francisco Fleet Week.
USS America Joins the Fleet
SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- USS America (LHA 6), the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced amphibious assault ship, was commissioned during a formal ceremony at Pier 30/32 during San Francisco Fleet Week.
American Hero Visits America
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines on board the newest amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) held an all-hands call in the ship's hangar bay during a visit from Pearl Harbor survivor, Lauren Bruner, 93.
MLB Stars Visit USS America
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Former Major League Baseball (MLB) players visited with Sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
All-Hands Call Aboard America
SAN DIEGO - Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett takes a question from Chief Hospital Corpsman Gerald Lee during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
SECDEF Visits America
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) by MV-22 Osprey.
Harriers Land Aboard America
PACIFIC OCEAN - An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).