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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


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.

'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

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

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

‘Aggressive’ Russian Aircraft Buzz by US Warship

U.S. Navy photo

A U.S. destroyer vessel operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft on April 11 and 12, the U.S. Navy announced, calling the encounter “unsafe”, “aggressive” and “unprofessional”.   “April 11-12, USS Donald Cook was operating in a professional manner in international waters conducting operations and exercises with our allies in the Baltic Sea,” said Adm

US' Most Advanced Warship Departs Bath Iron Works

The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departing Bath Iron Works (U.S. Navy photo)

The newest and most technologically advanced surface warship, future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), departed Maine shipyard Bath Iron Works September 7, marking the beginning of a three-month journey to its new homeport in San Diego.   Crewed by 147 sailors, the stealthy

HMS Westminster Undergoes Extensive Refit

Photo: BAE Systems

A multimillion pound refit has been carried out on Portsmouth-based Type 23 Frigate, HMS Westminster, to return her to the forefront of naval capability.   Her extensive maintenance period, as part of the £600 million Maritime Services Delivery Framework (MSDF)

Nimitz Begins Sea Trials

Washington State Ferry M/V Kaleetan passes by as USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits Sinclair Inlet as it gets underway from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo by Vaughan Dill)

Sea trials for the newly refurbished U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) commenced on October 5, following a 20-month Extended Planned Incremental Availability (EPIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash.   Nimitz entered the shipyards in February 2015 for its fifth

Capability on Show at HMAS Cerberus

Members of HMAS Cerberus guard salute during the Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset performance at the 2016 Open Day at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Victorian base, HMAS Cerberus opened the gates at on 23 October for their biennial open day, offering visitors an insight into initial training, naval tradition, new capabilities and life in the ‘blue suit’.   Cerberus

An Expanded Canal Means and Expanded Economy

(Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation)

Just two weeks ago, the world watched as the first commercial vessel, M/V COSCO SHIPPING PANAMA, successfully navigated the Panama Canal’s new expanded locks. The inaugural event was broadcast live to a worldwide audience as the Panamanians in attendance cheered and waved flags in

US Coast Guard Shipyard Under New Command

Captain Matthew Lake (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

U.S. Coast Guard Captain Matthew Lake assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard Yard on July 1, 2016. He is the 42nd Commanding Officer in the 117-year history of the yard, the only shipbuilding and major ship repair facility of the U.S. Coast Guard.  

HMAS Darwin Returns from Middle East Deployment

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Chris Bradshaw with his partner Kylie and son Wyatt are reunited on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney at HMAS Darwins welcome home ceremony. Photo RAN

Family and friends joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome HMAS Darwin home from a successful Middle East deployment. During her Operation MANITOU rotation, Darwin and her Ship’s Company seized a large cache of illicit weapons and

US Navy Tests Latest Aegis Weapon System

Rear Adm. Chris Grady, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, greets Minister Pedro Morenes, Spanish Minister of Defense prior to Morenes embarking Spanish Navy Ship Cristobol Colon (F-105) Naval Station Norfolk. PhotoUSN

The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21. The event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9

HII Names Leonard a Corporate Director

Joseph J. Leonard (Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Capt. Joseph J. Leonard (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has joined Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) as corporate director of customer affairs, large surface combatant program, the shipbuilder announced.   In his new role, Leonard will provide solutions in the development and implementation of

SNMCMG2 Completes Third Black Sea Deployment


Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) has completed its third deployment into the Black Sea under the command of Captain Ramazan Kesgin, Turkish Navy. SNMCMG2 started its deployment on July 8 in support of NATO’s assurance measures regarding Alliance resolve and commitment to

USS Carney Rescues 97 Migrants in Mediterranean

A visit, board, search and seizure team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) approaches a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. navy photo by Chief Information Systems Technician Wesley R. Dickey)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) aided in the rescue of 97 migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, July 29. Carney is forward deployed to Rota, Spain, and is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S

Submarine Indiana Pressure Hull Complete

Photo by Chris Oxley (HII)

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has reached a milestone in the construction of the submarine Indiana (SSN 789). The 16th Virginia-class submarine has reached “pressure hull complete

This Day In Naval History: August 18

USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) (U.S. Navy photo)

1838 - The Exploring Expedition led by Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on a world cruise. 1908 - The first Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, is appointed. Under her leadership, 19 additional nurses are recruited and trained for naval service during 1908.

This Day In Naval History: August 19

Commissioning Program for USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) held at Bath Iron Works, Bath ME on August 19, 2000.

1812 - The frigate USS Constitution captures the frigate HMS Guerriere, off Halifax, Nova Scotia after an intense battle.   1818 - Capt. James Biddle, as commanding officer of USS Ontario, takes possession of Oregon Territory for United States.  

Former HMS Illustrious Sold for Scrap

HMS Illustrious (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

The former aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will be recycled after 32 years of service, announced the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) who sold the ship to Turkish company LEYAL Ship Recycling Ltd for around £2 million.   The MOD’s initial plan for the retired aircraft carrier was

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