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Ex-US Navy Officers Face Negligent Homicide Charges over Ship Collisions

Significant visible damage to USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Madailein Abbott)

The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday. Filing charges against the officers marks the Navy’s latest effort to address the problems that led to collisions involving its warships in Asia, in which 17 sailors were killed. The Navy has already dismissed several senior officers, including the commander of the Seventh Fleet, as a result of the collisions.

Indian Navy Decommissions INS Nirbhik, INS Nirghat

Photo:  Indian Navy

The Indian Naval Ships Nirbhik and Nirghat have been decommissioned at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, after a glorious 30 and 28 years respectively in the service of the nation. The solemn ceremony involved traditional lowering of the ensign and commissioning pendants with playing of ‘Last Post’. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was Rear Admiral R B Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, who had commanded Nirghat earlier. Cdr V R Naphade, (Retd) and Commodore S Mampully, (Retd), the commissioning Commanding Officers of Nirbhik and Nirghat respectively were the Guests of Honour.

British Frigate Escorts Russian Ships through English Channel

Pictured is HMS Westminster (Foreground) 30NM off the British coast escorting the Russian Steregushchiy class ship Soobrazitelny (531). (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

A British frigate escorted Russian ships through the English Channel on Monday, Britain’s defense ministry said, adding that it was the latest sign of an upsurge in Russian naval activity near UK waters over the festive period. Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster was sent to monitor four Russian vessels over the weekend as they passed close to British waters, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, and will stay with the warships as they head north. The MoD added that two Russian frigates…

Coast Guard Seizes 12,000 Pounds of Cocaine

Photo: USCG

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home to Astoria, Oregon in late December after making several drug busts while on patrol in international waters off the coasts of Mexico and Central America. Over the course of a 50-day counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific, Steadfast crewmembers interdicted five separate vessels engaged in suspected illegal drug smuggling. During the patrol crewmembers detected and boarded a low profile vessel, a custom fabricated boat specifically built to evade law enforcement.

New London Station CG Officer Relieved of Command

Coast Guard Lt. Thomas Stokes was relieved for cause as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station New London, Conn., Nov. 18, 2010, after an administrative review based on a loss of confidence in his ability to command the unit. The relief for cause is a non-punitive, internal personnel management decision. "Commanding a Coast Guard unit is one of the most vital assignments in our service," said Capt. Joseph Vojvodich, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn. This administrative process was initiated by the Sector Commander in October 2010, at which time a temporary commanding officer was assigned to the station. During the review process, Lt.

Coast Guard to Hold Change of Command

The Coast Guard Cutter Tornado will welcome its new Commanding Officer during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Station in Pascagoula, Miss. on Fridayy. Lt. Cmdr. Robert J. Landolfi Jr. will relieve Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Hollingshead who served as the Commanding Officer of the Tornado for the past two years. Hollingshead assumed command of Coast Guard Cutter Tornado in October 2004. Tornado is one of five 179-foot Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal cutters (PC-179s) transferred to the Coast Guard from the Navy. Tornado rapidly proved ideally-suited for Coast Guard operations as it deployed in support of the Coast Guard counter-drug, alien migrant interdiction, homeland security, and search and rescue missions in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Florida Straits, and Atlantic Ocean.

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

President Visits Charleston Area

President George W. Bush is briefed on port security issues as he walks with Capt. James Tunstall, Commanding Officer at Group Charleston and Cmdr. Gary Merrick, Commanding Officer at Marine Safety Office Charleston and Captain of the Port. The President spoke to about 3000 people which include personnel from most branches of the Armed Forces, Citadel Cadets, U.S. Border patrol and many others from the Charleston area. USCG photo by PA2 Dana Warr

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. In 1993, he was selected as the commanding officer of CGC Point Baker, out of Sabine, Texas. In 1995, Flynn attended the University of Rhode Island graduate school earning a Master's Degree in Marine Affairs. Following graduate school, Flynn was assigned to the Office of Law Enforcement, 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska.

USFF Relieves USS Enterprise Commanding Officer

Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command (USFFC), has permanently relieved Capt. Owen Honors of his duties as commanding officer of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) for demonstrating poor judgment while serving as executive officer of that ship. "The responsibility of the commanding officer for his or her command is absolute. While Capt. Honors' performance as commanding officer of USS Enterprise has been without incident, his profound lack of good judgment and professionalism while previously serving as executive officer on Enterprise calls into question his character and completely undermines his credibility to continue to serve effectively in command," said Harvey. including through personal example.

Commanding Officer Hands Over Reins of Cutter Escanaba

The commanding officer of the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba relieved of duties in a change of command on August 8, at the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command in the North End. Cmdr. James B. McPherson will relieve Cmdr. Brian D. Perkins as the commanding officer of the Escanaba in a formal ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. James D. Hull, operational commander of all Coast Guard activities on the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. The ceremony restates the continuity of the commanding officer's authority and represents a total transfer of accountability from one individual to another. Perkins is transferring to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he will assume the duties of the Coast Guard liaison officer to the Navy Warfare Command.

Coast Guard ISC to Hold Change of Command

Coast Guard Integrated Support Command New Orleans is scheduled to host a change-of-command and retirement ceremony for the commanding officer of Coast Guard ISC New Orleans, Friday at at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. During the ceremony, Capt. Peter Oittinen will assume the responsibilities of commanding officer of Coast Guard ISC New Orleans from Capt. David J. Regan. Rear Adm. Ronald T. Hewitt, Maintenance and Logistic Atlantic commander, is scheduled to preside over the change-of-command ceremony. Capt. Regan, the commanding officer of ISC New Orleans since 2004, dilitgently oversaw the relocation and reconstruction of the ISC after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Capt. Regan will retire with more than 27 years of Coast Guard service. Capt.

"Big John" Decommissioned After 38 Years of Service

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bill Larned, USS John F. Distinguished visitors and guests attend the historical decommissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Kennedy served its country with more than 38 years of service and 18 official deployments. U.S. The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) was decommissioned in Mayport, Fla., March 23. After a 17 gun salute, USS John F. Kennedy Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Zecchin addressed the more than 5,000 guests, former commanding officers, city officials and distinguished visitors. In his speech, he described his feelings for the ship and the legacy of its crew.

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 severely burned victims located over 500 miles off shore of San Diego. During the terrible events of September 11th, Capt Allen presided over the temporary closing of the Port of San Diego and ensured 100 percent vessel boarding compliance during the weeks following the attack.

Minesweeper XO Readying to be First Surface Warfare Officer for ‘Fleet-Up’

In addition to managing his regular duties, the executive officer (XO) of the USS Guardian (MCM 5) is preparing to be the first surface warfare officer to "fleet-up" to commanding officer (CO). Lt. Ted Essenfeld, who arrived at the ship in January 2007, will lead the way in what will be a Navywide standard for surface warfare officers in line to become commanding officers. Under the fleet-up plan, officially set in motion in December 2005, XO’s serve 18 months and then transition to CO, for their command tour on the same ship. For Guardian, which is an O-4 command ship, it will only be 15 months for Essenfeld before he becomes commanding officer.

Change of Command to be Held on Friday

On Friday May 23, at the Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable will conduct its Change of Command Ceremony where Commander Rickey George will be formally relieved by Commander Michael Christian. Officer to the next. Atlantic Area will officiate the ceremony. George will also be celebrating his retirement ceremony. Training in Cape May. Having risen through the ranks he has earned fifteen promotions during fifteen tours, commanded three different classes of vessels and has over 12 years of sea time.

Change of Command for Port Security Unit 309

USCG photo

Cmdr. Geoffrey S. Deas assumed command of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 309 from Cmdr. Gerald A. “Jerry” Nauert during a change-of-command ceremony at the PSU 309 Facility, Lake Erie Business Park in Port Clinton, Saturday. Deas became the ninth commanding officer of PSU 309 during the formal ceremony officiated by Capt. Thomas E. Crabbs of the Alameda, Calif., based Coast Guard Pacific Area command. The ceremony constituted the continuity of the commanding officer’s authority and represented a total transfer of accountability from one individual to another.

Coast Guard Yard Under New Command

Captain John Kaplan recently assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in . He is the 39th 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. Captain Kaplan assumed command of the shipyard from his assignment as Yard Industrial Manager, a position held since 2005. Captain Kaplan graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. Upon commissioning, he reported as a Student Engineer aboard the U.S.

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. Captain Kaplan assumed command of the shipyard from his assignment as Yard Industrial Manager, a position held since 2005.

USS Constitution Commanding Officer Relieved

Vice Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, Director Navy Staff, relieved Cmdr. Thomas C. Graves, Commanding Officer USS Constitution, due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command May 10. Cmdr. William A. Bullard III has assumed command of the Constitution. Cmdr. Graves has been temporarily assigned to Surface Warfare Officers School Command. Constitution is homeported in Boston. Special from Chief of Naval Information

Tembe Takes Command of USS Harry S. Truman

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) changed command in Norfolk on August 5. Capt. Tushar R. Tembe relieved Capt. Joseph M. Clarkson as Truman's commanding officer during a ceremony at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center at Nauticus museum. Tembe, the new commanding officer, said he intends to take what he has learned while previously serving as a commanding officer and apply it to leading the ship and crew to further success. "Today belongs to Joe and Sandy Clarkson," said Tembe. "You two have had a very successful command tour and have poured your heart and souls into Truman over the past two-and-a-half years and it shows over every inch of the ship and her crew. Tembe reported to Truman in July 2011.

Coast Guard MSU Savannah Change of Command

Change of Command ceremony: Photo USCG

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Savannah informs it has held a change of command ceremony to formally recognize transfer of command of the unit from Cmdr. Joseph Loring to Cmdr. Amy Beach. Cmdr. Loring served as commander of MSU Savannah for the past three years and is departing to continue his service at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Loring said Savannah has an excellent and strong maritime community and provides unparalleled military support, and the MSU does great work so it is hard for him to leave. “I’ve had a great tour,” he added. Cmdr.

'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. Navy's Pacific Fleet ceremoniously disembarked the vessel for the final time.

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