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USS Helena Commanding Officer Relieved of Command

Commodore of Submarine Squadron 11, Capt. Paul N. Jaenichen, relieved the commanding officer of USS Helena (SSN 725), Cmdr. William A. Schwalm, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command May 16. Cmdr. Daryl L. Caudle will serve as the temporary commanding officer of Helena. Caudle commanded the USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) and currently serves as the deputy commander for Submarine Squadron 11. Schwalm will be temporarily assigned to Navy Region Southwest. Helena, the 37th submarine of the Los Angeles class, is assigned to Submarine Squadron 11 and homeported in San Diego. It is named for the city of Helena, Montana, and is the fourth U.S. ship to bear the name. Helena was commissioned July 11, 1987. From Submarine Force Representative West Coast Public Affairs


Coast Guard to Hold Change of Command

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony at the ship's homeport here. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Glenn Grahl will be formally relieved as commanding officer of the cutter by Cmdr. Paul Flynn. The CGC Vigorous is a 210-ft. medium-endurance cutter homeported at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Flynn began his Coast Guard career in 1991 on CGC Papaw, out of Galveston, Texas


Capt. Long to Assume Command in San Diego

Captain John Long will assume the duties and responsibilities of Commander, Coast Guard Activities San Diego from Capt. Robert Allen in a military change of command ceremony, Friday, July 26 at 10:00 am. Captain Allen, who has served as Commander, Coast Guard Activities San Diego since 1999, was the Commanding Officer during several prominent Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement Cases. The most notable being the tragic Alaskan Air Airlines crash in January 2000 and the heroic medevac of two


Coast Guard Yard Under New Command

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Captain John Kaplan recently assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in .  He is the 39 Commanding Officer in the 109-year history of the Yard, the only shipbuilding and ship repair facility of the United States Coast Guard. Captain Kaplan took charge of the Coast Guard Yard from Captain Stephen Duca who had served as the shipyard’s Commanding Officer, May 2005 - May 2008.  Captain Duca retired from the U.S. Coast Guard with 27 years active duty service


Kruse, Director National/Naval Ice Center

Commander Denise Kruse will relieve Captain Raymond Chartier as Director of the National Ice Center (NIC), Commanding Officer of the Naval Ice Center (NAVICECEN),  and CO-Director of the North American Ice Service (NAIS), Suitland, MD at a ceremony to be held at the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center in Washington, DC on December 16, 2008. Captain Chartier has been Director/Commanding Officer since May 23, 2007.


Austal Appoints Regional Service Manager

Austal has announced that Michael Little has joined Austal as Regional Service Manager - Asia. Based in Singapore, Mr. Little will be responsible for Austal’s support offering in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines and for developing relationships in the broader region. Mr. Little has considerable experience in the Asia-Pacific ship repair industry and direct expertise supporting US Navy operations in the region


Capt. Cheever Assumes Command of USCG Yard

Captain William S. Cheever recently assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Md. He becomes the 36th Commanding Officer in the 102-year history of the Yard, the only shipbuilding and ship repair facility of the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Cheever took command of the Yard from Captain Alan S. Gracewski who had served as the shipyard's Commanding Officer since June, 1998. Captain Gracewki retired from the Coast Guard with 30 years service.


Coast Guard Holds Change of Command

Cmdr. Steve Godfrey, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Communications Master Station Atlantic transferred command to Cmdr. Eric Bruner during a Change of Command Ceremony at the Naval Support Activity Norfolk, Northwest Annex in Chesapeake, Va. Vice Adm. Brian Peterman, Commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area was the presiding official for this Change of Command ceremony. Bruner arrives in Chesapeake after a tour as Deputy Chief, Atlantic Area C4IT and Security Division Officer


This Day in Coast Guard History – Feb. 8

1958-A U.S. Navy P5M aircraft enroute from San Juan to Norfolk lost one engine and changed course to the island of San Salvador, British West Indies, to attempt a night ditching.  AIRSTA Miami sent up a Coast Guard UF amphibian plane, later reinforced by a second amphibian.  After contacting the disabled US Navy plane, the pilot of the first amphibian talked the Navy pilot out of attempting to ditch without benefit of illumination and alerted the commanding officer of the Coast Guard


'Iron Nickel' is Decommissioned

Rear Adm. Marcus A. Hitchcock, director of fleet and joint training for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, offers three cheers during the decommissioning ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio

Hundreds of current and former crew members, 10 previous commanding officers, and their family members crowded onto the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to bid farewell to the "Iron Nickel" during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, March 31. Tears wet the eyes of many of the former Sailors and Marines in attendance as the flag was hauled down, the watch was secured and the crew of one of the most famous ships in the U.S


US Navy Launches Undersea Drone

USS North Dakota (U.S. Navy Photo)

A U.S. Navy submarine has become the first to launch and recover an underwater drone used in a military operation, reports AP.   The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton, Connecticut, on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment.   


Final West Coast Frigate Decommissioned

USS Gary (FFG 51) arrives at Naval Base San Diego after completing its final deployment before decomissioning. (US Navy photo by Donnie W. Ryanl)

The U.S. Navy has decommissioned its last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast as past and current crew, plank owners, former and current commanding officers, namesake relatives and friends and family gathered at Naval Base San Diego July 23 to bid farewell


U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, assumes command of U.S. 3rd Fleet from Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet change of command and retirement ceremony

  Vice Adm. Nora Tyson relieved Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd as commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command and retirement ceremony held on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while pierside at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego July 24.


Fond Farewell to HMAS Tobruk

Decommissioning of HMAS Tobruk

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert, MP, and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, today attended the decommissioning of HMAS Tobruk to bid the ship a fond


US Navy Picks First Female Submariners

Sailors train two female aboard the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Michigan. Photo: US Navy

 The U.S. Navy has selected more than three dozen female enlisted sailors to qualify to serve aboard a submarine in a historic first for the sea service as part of a plan to more fully integrate women into the undersea force.   The 38 selected female sailors are only the first step in


HMAS Newcastle Seizes $1 bln in Narcotics

Members of HMAS Newcastles boarding party prepapre to board and search a dhow on 19 June 2015, which revelaed 581 Kgs of hidden illegal narcotics

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle patrolling with the Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East region has seized another 581kg of illegal narcotics with an estimated street value of approximately $520 million.   The half-tonne heroin haul is Newcastle’s fifth in two


Submarine John Warner Delivered Ahead of Schedule

The submarine John Warner (SSN 785) delivered on June 19, 2015, two and a half months ahead of schedule. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy today. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule.  


Tobruk Sails Home for the Last Time

HMAS Tobruk sails into Sydney Harbour for the final time

  HMAS Tobruk (II) sailed through Sydney Heads back to her home port at Garden Island for the last time today.  The amphibious heavy lift is scheduled to decommission on Friday 31 July, after 34 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.  


Melbourne Fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles

HMAS Melbourne successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles off the New South Wales coast on 24 June 2015.

  The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles, reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills.   The missile firings were conducted off the coast of New South Wales on 24 June against two unmanned aerial


Australian Frigate Conducts Missile Exercise

Melbourne is currently conducting mariner and war fighting training in preparation for an operational deployment. (Photo: Bonny Gassner)

The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate HMAS Melbourne fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles as part of an operational training exercise reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills.   The missiles were fired off the coast of New South Wales on June 24 against two unmanned


Mohawk Changes Command

Coast Guard Cmdr. Craig J. Wieschhorster embraces Cmdr. Adam B. Morrison after taking command of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk

  Coast Guard Cmdr. Craig J. Wieschhorster took command of the medium-endurance Cutter Mohawk during a ceremony Thursday at Coast Guard Sector Key West. Coast Guard Atlantic Area chief of staff, Capt. Doug Fears presided over the change of command ceremony as Wieschhorster relieved Cmdr


Inauguration of Jimmie H. Hobaugh Community Center

Captain Jimmie H. Hobaugh Coast Guard Community Center

  The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today the completion of the Captain Jimmie H. Hobaugh Coast Guard Community Center. The Foundation will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and


Australian Navy Drug Seizures Top $1.7 bln in 2 Years

HMAS Newcastle tracks a dhow on July 3, 2014 off the East Coast of Africa and from which it siezed 138 kg of heroin. (Photo: Brenton Freind)

In its sixth haul in eight weeks, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle seized 139kg of heroin, with an estimated street value of around $41 million AUD ($30.5 million USD), off the East coast of Africa.   Under the auspices of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)


US Navy Promotes Security in South China Sea

U.S. Navy photo

The U.S. Navy reports its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) has continued to patrol the South China Sea since the end of May 2015 in support of security and stability in the region, a major sea line of worldwide communication for commercial shipping traffic  


INS Teg in South Indian Ocean for Surveillance

INS Teg. Photo by Indian Navy

 Indian Navy's stealth frigate INS Teg is on a two-month long deployment in the South Indian Ocean to provide surveillance support in the region, a Government of India Ministry of Defence official statement said.    It will also be patrolling the Mauritian exclusive economic zone






 
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