All “major” work has been finished on the USS Blue Ridge after an extended dry dock and upkeep period, the Navy announced Monday in a statement that said the command ship is now officially “safe-to-train and safe-to-operate.”
Cmdr. Bryce Benson — who helmed the USS Fitzgerald on June 17 when it ran into a container ship off the coast of Japan, killing seven sailors — faces charges that include negligent homicide, hazarding a ship and dereliction of duty.
China’s only operational aircraft carrier — the Liaoning — and an unspecified number of ships conducted anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare training that included detecting enemy aircraft with radar and launching jets and anti-aircraft missiles, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.
The Portland — which will be homeported in San Diego — is the 11th San Antonio-class amphibious ship in the Navy’s inventory, and boasts the ability to embark more than 800 Marines and accommodate the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
The USS Milius is scheduled to depart its San Diego homeport Friday and arrive at Yokosuka in late May, a Navy statement said. The assignment is part of the Navy’s goal of sending its most advanced and capable ships to the Pacific region.
The frigate HMS Sutherland – the first of three warships England plans to deploy to northeast Asia – pulled into port Wednesday. The vessels will “safeguard free trade, partake in joint training and exercises, and support UN sanctions against [North Korea].”
The strike group, carrying 6,500 sailors and Carrier Air Wing One, will cruise alongside the German frigate FGS Hessen during the first half of the deployment. The German ship conducted a brief mission with the Harry S. Truman in 2010, the Navy said.
Recent accidents involving 7th Fleet ships — the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald — are still raw in the minds of instructors and students of the Navy's Surface Warfare Officers School Command Engineering Learning Site. The school keeps sailors proficient on firefighting and flood-control skills learned at basic training.
A pair of Navy fighter squadrons are arriving this week at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, completing the transfer of the USS Ronald Reagan strike group’s fixed-wing aircraft from their old home base near Tokyo.
Rear Adm. Scott Stearney had been nominated to take charge of the epicenter of naval operations in the Middle East. He is also slated to lead Naval Forces Central Command and receive a promotion to vice admiral.
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and the destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer have been working alongside the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s JS Ise, a Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer, since Sunday, a Navy statement said. The warships are doing formation steaming, anti-submarine and air-defense training.
The Navy has nominated an E-2C Hawkeye pilot to lead a troubled task force that includes the aircraft-carrier USS Ronald Reagan, its carrier wing and an armada of forward-deployed cruisers and destroyers.
An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to Misawa Air Base’s 35th Fighter Wing dropped two external fuel tanks into Lake Ogawara after an engine caught fire shortly after takeoff on Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the incident, and the aircraft was able to return safely to the base.
The judgment for Cmdr. Jessie Sanchez, who served as second-in-command of the USS John S. McCain when it crashed into an oiler tanker east of Singapore, came during a series of nonjudicial punishment hearings held in the wake of last year's fatal collisions in the Pacific.
The sailors, some of whom are assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan, are suspected of buying, selling and using illegal drugs, including LSD and ecstasy. The Navy is also looking into whether the sailors were buying and selling drugs online or distributing them to Japanese citizens outside Yokosuka.
If confirmed, Vice Adm. John Aquilino would be taking charge of a fleet stretching nearly 100 million square miles, nearly half of the Earth’s surface. Aquilino started his current position as head of Navy forces in the Middle East only five months ago.
Hungry servicemembers looking for a tasty but healthy meal should check out a new Vietnamese restaurant near the Womble Gate at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.
Bamboo Vietnam Kitchen has been serving up plenty of delicious Vietnamese-style sandwiches and Pho soup since it opened in late December.
The USS Sterett, which departed Naval Base San Diego along with the USS Dewey on Feb. 6, returned to port after sailors heard unusual noises in the ship’s main reduction gear, Naval Surface Forces spokesman Lt. Andrew DeGarmo told Stars and Stripes on Thursday.
The executive officer, command master chief and one officer from the Fitzgerald, as well as an enlisted sailor from the McCain, were found guilty of dereliction in the performance of duties for their role in two deadly collisions last year.
The recommendation stems from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the Pentagon to increase non-chargeable leave across the services. It is subject to approval by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Navy officials announced that the amphibious-assault ship will soon pull into Sasebo Naval Base — an arrival that was delayed after the Wasp was diverted to the Caribbean in September to assist with disaster-relief efforts.
Patients who are not active duty or dependents of servicemembers are restricted to making same-day medical appointments on a space-available basis, a change hospital officials say was required to meet access-to-care standards.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visited sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at Yokosuka Naval Base. The threat from North Korea was a popular topic as Richardson answered sailors’ questions.
A U.S. ship assigned to protect an American aircraft carrier off the Korean Peninsula collided with a commercial fishing boat after losing track of it on radar and attempting "improper and untimely maneuvers" in an attempt to avoid a wreck, the Navy said in report released Thursday.
Three USS Ronald Reagan fighter-jet squadrons arrived at their new home Tuesday, the latest step in transferring the bulk of Naval Air Facility Atsugi’s Carrier Air Wing 5 to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
The Navy announced the end of the search in a statement Friday morning, saying U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft covered nearly 1,000 square nautical miles over two days searching for the missing sailors.
The Fitzgerald will be taken to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., for fixes and upgrades. A deadly collision on June 17 between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged merchant ship killed seven sailors.
A C-2A Greyhound carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed in waters southeast of Okinawa during a training exercise Wednesday. Eight people have been rescued and the search continues for the other three.
The four-day drills, which kicked off on Saturday, involve the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz, and are aimed at demonstrating the Navy’s “unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.”
The four-day exercise involving the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt strike groups will “demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.”