Family Members of HMCS Protecteur Arrive Safely in Pearl Harbor
United States Ship (USS) Michael Murphy arrived today alongside Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with family members and civilian contractors transferred off Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur, five days after a fire onboard Protecteur.
Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:25:00 -0400
Australian, U.S. Sailors Trade Places During Pacific Bond 2013
The Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) swapped 10 crewmembers with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney's (FFG 03), in support of Pacific Bond 2013, June 23 to enhance inter-ship operability and foster camaraderie.
Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:55:00 -0400
Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2013 Comes to an End
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) returned to Aksaz Naval Base after completing Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2013, Nov. 14.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:10:00 -0400
7th Fleet Medical Team Trains with Indonesia and Malaysia Doctors On board Blue Ridge
U.S. 7th Fleet's medical staff hosted Malaysian and Indonesian military medical teams underway aboard the flag ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) May 22 - 25, 2014.
Wed, 28 May 2014 08:58:00 -0400
2014 Resolutions: Resolve to Protect against Flu
Start off 2014 in a healthful way by resolving to protect you and your family members from the flu.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:44:00 -0400
NAVFAC Announces 2014 Engineers of the Year
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of its 2014 Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year Awards Dec. 9.
Mon, 9 Dec 2013 02:47:00 -0400
NSWC PCD Aviation Search and Rescue Team Saves Distressed Kayaker
Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division's (NSWC PCD) Search and Rescue (SAR) crew responded to an urgent marine alert Oct. 23, from Coast Guard Sector Mobile concerning a kayaker who became adrift in rough seas about four miles offshore from Phillips Inlet in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:05:00 -0400
USS Oscar Austin Arrives in Riga, Latvia
The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) arrived in Riga, Latvia, for a scheduled port visit, June 28.
Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:34:00 -0400
NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division Exercise Provides Canine Explosive Detection Training
Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division and Charles County Maryland Sheriff's Office concluded their final canine homemade explosive detection training event, July 23.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:15:00 -0400
Malabar 2014 Kicks Off
Naval forces from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2014, July 24 - 30.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:35:00 -0400
 
Littoral Combat Ship: Heading Fair
By RDML Brian K. Antonio Program Executive Officer- Littoral Combat Ships During my first year as PEO LCS, I’ve heard people say they were unaware of a recent program milestone, […]

By RDML Brian K. Antonio
Program Executive Officer- Littoral Combat Ships

During my first year as PEO LCS, I’ve heard people say they were unaware of a recent program milestone, or were unfamiliar with a fundamental program concept.  With that in mind, I’d like to provide a snapshot of a few of the many recent LCS program accomplishments.

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2014) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) passes by the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2014) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter embarked aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) passes by USS Independence (LCS 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

 

When I look at LCS today I see a program heading fair – in our shipbuilding, in our mission package testing, and in our Fleet Introduction efforts. The block-buy acquisition strategy put in place in 2010 is hitting its stride with 20 ships now either in service, under construction, or on contract. By 2018, LCS will constitute the Navy’s second-largest surface combatant ship class-behind only the DDG-51s. Our competitive shipbuilding strategy is yielding significant results, with LCS construction costs on a marked and steady decline. Actual man-hour return data detailing per-ship progress across both shipyards are showing staggering results – talk about positive momentum.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 12, 2014) An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 takes off from the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training off the coast of Southern California.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 12, 2014) An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter takes off from USS Freedom (LCS 1) during visit, board, search and seizure training off the coast of Southern California.

I get a lot of questions on our mission packages – surprisingly few people seem to realize that we have already delivered mission packages that are bringing capability and presence to the Fleet today (such as the Surface Warfare Mission Package aboard LCS 1 on her recent deployment to Singapore).  We are working through an extensive test plan – eight total Initial Operational Capability milestones (one for each ship variant, and one for each mission package on each ship variant) – and the momentum from completion of our Surface Warfare Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) this past April is continuing in our preparations for Mine Countermeasures IOT&E next year and the Anti-Submarine Warfare IOT&E after that.

The intensity of our shipbuilding effort – we take delivery of four LCS per year starting in 2015 – requires that we simultaneously and rapidly scale up LCS training, manning, maintenance and sustainment pipelines to ensure successful Fleet introduction of these ships. LCS is setting precedents in each of these areas that will stand as models for all future Navy ship classes. For example, the LCS “schoolhouse” in San Diego is well underway and its mix of virtual reality and simulator-based training represents the future of Navy training. The challenge of training three crews for every two hulls we deliver is also an opportunity for us to demonstrate how LCS concepts can revolutionize training and sustainment across the Navy.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:56:19 +0000
 
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 21, 2014)

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Joseph Pfaff (Released) 140721-N-UN830-111
SASEBO, Japan (July 23, 2014)

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) assist in line handing detail for the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) as the ship departs Fleet Activities Sasebo. Denver is scheduled to be decommissioned Aug. 14, 2014 at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after 46 years of service. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cameron McCulloch (Released) 140723-N-ZZ999-161
ARABIAN GULF (July 21, 2014)

An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Garudas of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card (Released) 140721-N-CZ979-490
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 22, 2014)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Jessica Pena-Guerrero, left, from Phoenix, Airman Dontay Parrish, from Huntsville, Ala., and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Tyler Wolf, from Erie, Pa., pull a fuel line across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker (Released) 140722-N-UK306-138
 
Allied Joint Force Command, Naples/U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Bids Farewell to Outgoing Commander, Welcomes New Leader
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson assumed command as Commander Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, relieving Adm. Bruce W. Clingan in a ceremony, July 22.
USS Ross begins First FDNF Patrol
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 18, to conduct naval operations in support of security and stability in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
USS Donald Cook Participates in SAREX
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) participated in a bilateral search and rescue exercise (SAREX) off the coast of Cyprus with search and rescue units and personnel from the Republic of Cyprus, July 16.
CNP Talks Stability and Service in Naples
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran, visited Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy, July 16, addressing base personnel on critical Navy topics including advancement, pay and uniform changes.
Mount Whitney Returns to Gaeta, Italy after Completing BALTOPS
GAETA, Italy (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Gaeta, Italy July 15, after completing Baltic Operations 2014 (BALTOPS) with its European counterparts.
USS Vella Gulf Departs Black Sea After Successful Engagements with Partners and Allies in the Region
AEGEAN SEA (NNS) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea, July 14, after completing a round of engagements designed to strengthen ties with partners and allies in the Black Sea region.
USS Oscar Austin Participates in Royal Navy Exercise
USS OSCAR AUSTIN, At Sea (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) participated in a U.K.-led maritime exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, July 10.
Vella Gulf Completes Participation in Breeze 2014
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and other naval forces from Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Romania completed the at-sea portion of Exercise Breeze, July 11.
Vella Gulf Kicks Off Exercise Breeze
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf helped kick-off the at-sea phase of the Bulgarian-led maritime training exercise in the Black Sea, July 9.
Vella Gulf Arrives in Burgas, Bulgaria
BURGAS, Bulgaria (NNS) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Burgas, Bulgaria for a scheduled port visit July 8.
 
Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group to Deploy
Nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island ARG and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are scheduled to depart San Diego July 25 for deployment.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:04:18 GMT
Malabar Martime Exercise Kicks Off

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:26:23 GMT
Fitzgerald Fosters Friendship in Fukuoka

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:27:16 GMT
Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Prepare to Deploy

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:20:59 GMT
Malabar Maritime Exercise Kicks Off
Naval forces from India, Japan and the United States are participating in exercise Malabar 2014, July 24 - 30.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:49:23 GMT
USNS Mercy hosts multinational trauma courses during RIMPAC 2014

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:33:46 GMT
RIMPAC promotes trust, preparedness, prosperity
"With 22 participating and six observing nations, this biennial exercise demonstrates America's commitment to preserving and promoting peace in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:41:47 GMT
RIMPAC Exercises Mine Warfare in Southern California (Navy Live Blog)

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:26 GMT
USS Halsey Makes Guam Port Call, Sailors Volunteer in Community

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:31:28 GMT
RIMPAC: Relevant and Realistic Training (Navy Live Blog)

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:30:01 GMT
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