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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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USS New Olreans Commisioned in Namesake City

Sailors from USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and Marines from the 14th Regiment manned the rails of the San Antonio class ship March 10, bringing it to life during a commissioning ceremony in the ship's namesake city. The celebration of the first ship to be built and commissioned in her namesake city began with a 19 gun salute. The ship is the fourth ship to bear the name New Orleans and is the second ship to be commissioned in its class. New Orleans mayor, Ray Nagin, spoke about the strong connection the ship and the city share. “I believe the ship and the city have a lot in common. We both survived Hurricane Katrina and we have both rebuilt after the storm,” said Nagin. The ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. John B.

Motor City Welcomes Navy’s Newest Ship

USS Detroit (LCS 7) conducts acceptance trials. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin-Michael Rote)

USS Detroit (LCS 7) was commissioned in its namesake city of Detroit on October 22. Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, officially placed the vessel in commission. "Today is about service. Cmdr. Michael P. Desmond, who command LCS Crew 108 “Ghost Riders,” assumed command of Detroit. "USS Detroit is truly blessed to have the opportunity to commission in its namesake city. Speakers included Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters. "Cmdr.

USS Annapolis Visits Namesake City

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) visited its namesake city from Aug. 30 to Sept. The crew of Annapolis hosted tours for both midshipmen and Naval Academy faculty and staff over the holiday weekend. “We actually came to Annapolis for two reasons,” said Annapolis Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Dennis J. McKelvey, “one being to visit the city we were named for and the other to give midshipmen exposure. Four Annapolis officers, including McKelvey, are Naval Academy graduates. While ashore, Annapolis Sailors participated in a variety of activities, including an Academy pep rally and football game. Representatives from the crew also attended a reception with the U.S. Naval Academy Dolphin Club, the academy’s society of midshipmen who intend to go into the submarine community.

USS Anchorage Maiden Voyage Panama Canal Transit

USS Anchorage in Panama Canal: Photo credit USN

Amphibious ship 'USS Anchorage' (LPD 23) transits the Panama Canal while in 4th Fleet's area of operations for the first time. USS Anchorage departed the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. Oct. 30, 2012 to sail to her future homeport of San Diego. With a beam measuring 105 feet, Anchorage, a San Antonio-class LPD, is among the largest class of ships able to safely pass through the canal, whose locks measure 110 feet. She completed the transit in 13 hours.

Rickmers Singapore Christened in Namesake City

Rickmers Singapore, one of nine new Superflex Heavy Multi-Purpose Container (MPC) vessels being built in China for Rickmers-Linie, Hamburg, was christened on September 5, 2003 in its namesake city Singapore. Rickmers Singapore is employed on Rickmers' Round-The-World Pearl String Service having been delivered to the company in March 2003. The ship has since proven its reliability and is now performing its second circumnavigation. On its christening call, the vessel discharged among other cargo 12 modules, each of which had a unit weight between 130 and 145 tons. Karin Gänger, wife of Ulf Gänger, former Director of the Hamburgische Landesbank (now HSH Nordbank), acted as the vessel's godmother.

USS Tucson Returns to Pearl Harbor

USS Tucson (SSN 770) returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor Monday, Dec. 15, following a 23-month absence that included a modernization period in Norfolk, numerous sea trials and a port visit in San Diego. "Everybody is happy to be back in Pearl Harbor," said Cmdr. Paul Spear, USS Tucson commanding officer. The submarine just completed a major overhaul in Norfolk. "Tucson has a new fire control system and a totally refurbished engine room as well as a lot of new gear on board," said Ensign John Chester Jr., Tucson junior officer.

Honolulu Says Farewell to Namesake Submarine

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, Lt. Gov. James Aiona, and Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Gary Roughead joined past and current crew members of USS Honolulu (SSN 718) to bid farewell to the nuclear-powered attack submarine at a ceremony April 15, at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Keynote speaker, U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Jonathan Greenert, who commanded Honolulu from 1991 to 1993, said the submarine performed exceptionally well throughout its career. “She was consistently the most reliable ship in the squadron, whatever squadron she was in," he said. Inouye said Honolulu, and all other Los Angeles-class submarines, have served the Navy in a variety of roles. “These submarines constituted the front lines during the Cold War," he said.

Navy to Drop Anchor in Tucson

The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) and Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Phoenix are partnering to celebrate Tucson Navy Week, from March 14 through March 20. Tucson Navy Week is a week-long series of awareness events held in conjunction with Major League Baseball Spring Training and Aerospace & Arizona Days. Participating Navy assets include: the Blue Angels; a namesake visit by crew members of USS Tucson (SSN 770); F/A-18 flight simulator; Navy dive tank and Navy Band Southwest. Vice Adm. Evan Chanik, U.S. 2nd Fleet Commander, will also be participating at events during the week. “We’re extremely excited and proud of the Navy assets that will be visiting Tucson and surrounding communities,” said Cmdr. Pamela Holland, commanding officer, NRD Phoenix.

USS Norfolk Returns Home to Namesake City

The fast-attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) returned home to friends and family in Norfolk, Va., May 7 after a successful six-month deployment as part of the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). Norfolk played a crucial role as the only submarine assigned to the ESG. Norfolk brought stealth, endurance, mobility, agility and persistence while executing multimission tasking in direct support of the global war on terrorism. “I’m blessed to have a crew filled with tremendously talented Sailors,” said Cmdr. Scott Adams, Norfolk’s commanding officer. Equipped with the latest technology, Norfolk delivered time-sensitive information to national and military decision makers, contributing significantly to the nation’s security. Deployed primarily to the U.S.

San Diego (LPD 22) Keel Laying

Shipyard workers at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' (NGSS) Ingalls Operations laid the keel for the future USS San Diego (LPD 22) during a ceremony May 23 at the Pascagoula shipyard. San Diego is the sixth ship of the San Antonio class of amphibious transport dock ships to begin construction. The future USS San Diego will play a key role in 21st century Navy and Marine Corps expeditionary warfare by embarking, transporting and landing elements of an assault landing force by helicopters, vertical take-off and landing aircraft, air cushion landing craft and expeditionary fighting vehicles. Then-Secretary of the Navy Gordon England named LPD 22 San Diego on April 30…

New US Warship 'Anchorage' Homeports for Thanksgiving Day

PCU 'Anchorage': Photo credit USN

The amphibious transport dock Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) 'Anchorage' (LPD 23) arrives at her new homeport of San Diego. Anchorage, under the command of Capt. Brian Quin, departed Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. Oct. 30 to sail to its new home port. During its journey, the ship transited the Panama Canal. With a beam measuring 105 feet, Anchorage, a San Antonio-class LPD, is among the largest class of ships able to safely pass through the canal, whose locks measure 110 feet across. The ship completed the transit in 13 hours.

USS Santa Fe Departs for Western Pacific Deployment

The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a deployment to the western Pacific. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor/Released)

Family and friends bid farewell to the crew on the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) departed July 29, for a deployment to the Western Pacific region. Santa Fe's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Timothy Poe said the submarine and her crew are excited to get underway to the Western Pacific and train on numerous mission areas as well as participate in theater security cooperation engagements. "Santa Fe is in excellent condition.

New Orleans Arrives At Homeport San Diego

San Diego welcomed USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the Navy’s newest surface ship, as it arrived at its new homeport May 3. New Orleans, the second of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport ships, is the first of its class homeported on the West Coast. She is a Hurricane Katrina survivor and the first ship built and commissioned in her namesake city. “The ship's building process was put on hold during the hurricane, but was continued as the work forces started to operate again," said New Orleans Commanding Officer Cmdr. John B. Skillman. “This ship is a great addition for us here in San Diego,” said Commander Expeditionary Strike Group 3 Rear Adm. Mark W. Balmert. “This ship brings a new generation of warfighting here.

This Day In Naval History: May 4

Anchorage (LPD-23) (U.S. Navy photo by Christopher Lindahl)

1917 - Destroyer Division 8, commanded by Cmdr. Joseph K. Taussig, arrive at Queenstown, Ireland, to protect convoy escorts against German U-Boats. 1942 - Battle of the Coral Sea begins when TF 17 attacks the Japanese Tulagi Invasion Force at Tulagi, Solomons. 1945 - Marine Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser throws himself upon a grenade during the Okinawa Campaign and saves his fellow Marines. He is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. 1945 - During the Okinawa Campaign, the Japanese attempt to land on Okinawa but are repulsed by the Allied naval forces.

Future LCS Charleston’s Keel Authenticated

Official U.S. Navy file photo.

A ceremony was hosted to celebrate the keel authentication of the U.S. Navy's future USS Charleston (LCS 18), the ninth Independence variant littoral combat ship, June 28. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston mayor Joseph Riley, serves as the ship's sponsor and honorary member and advocate for the crew. U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne served as the honorary keel authenticator during the ceremony and was present to weld his initials into the keel plate. “The future USS Charleston stands as a testament to the strong and resilient spirit of her namesake city,” said Capt.

Keel Laid of US Navy’s Future LCS Billings

A welder authenticates the keel by welding the initials of the ship's sponsor, Sharla D. Tester, onto the keel plate of the U.S. Navy's fifteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Keel Laying is the formal recognition of the start of the ship and module construction process. (U.S. Navy photo by Lockheed Martin)

A keel laying ceremony was held Monday for the U.S. Navy’s future USS Billings (LCS 15) at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin. Sharla Tester, Billings' sponsor and wife of Sen. Jon Tester, authenticated the ship's keel. As the ship's sponsor, Tester serves as an advocate and honorary member of the crew. "Much like her namesake city, the future USS Billings stands as a testament to the spirit of the American pioneers. She will be a pillar of strength in an uncertain world," said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager.

Next US Littoral Combat Ship Named Oakland

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announces the name of the Independence-class littoral combat ship LCS 24 as USS Oakland during a major league baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

The U.S. Navy’s next Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Oakland (LCS 24), U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced August 18. The future USS Oakland will be named to honor its namesake city’s long-standing history with the Navy. It will be the third naval ship to bear the name. The first, commissioned in 1918, was largely used to transport cargo; the second, commissioned in 1942 during the height of World War II, was only in service for seven years…

Navy's Latest LCS Comes Up to the Mark on Acceptance Trials

LCS 4 on sea trials: Photo credit USN

Rear Adm. Jim Murdoch, 
Program Executive Officer for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) comments on the recent sea trial of the future 'USS Coronado', which as with all new construction ships in the Navy was conducted by the Board of Inspection and Survey. This was INSURV’s second acceptance trials of an Independence-variant littoral combat ship. Key at-sea demonstrations included main propulsion full power, steering, anchoring, launch and recovery operations with both the 7- and 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats, and surface detect-to-engage demonstrations.

The Manitowoc Company Celebrates 100 Years

The Manitowoc Company, Inc., a diversified, multi-industry capital goods manufacturer headquartered in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, today will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate its centennial anniversary. The company was founded on this date in 1902 as a ship-building and ship-repair operation serving the Great Lakes maritime industry. "Today, The Manitowoc Company celebrates a century of success thanks to our innovative products, strategic acquisitions, global expansion, and thousands of loyal employees," said Terry D. Growcock, president and chief executive officer. "Over the past ten decades, the diligent…

Rickmers-Linie New Superflex Heavy MPC Ship

Rickmers-Linie has celebrated the naming of Rickmers Seoul - one of nine new Superflex Heavy MPC vessels - on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Pier No. 4 in Masan, South Korea. Seoul, acted as sponsor of the vessel. Service. the country. shipyard on 22 April 2003. now calling Masan on its third eastbound circumnavigation. Rickmers Seoul is one of two vessels that were built by Shanghai Shipyard. Chinese shipyards. capacity of up to 640 tons. an inside view of the ship, its layout and capabilities. Rickmers-Linie in South Korea. series, Rickmers Genoa, which was delivered to her owners on 15 March 2004, remains to be christened. Italy. is now complete and ready to serve project-, heavylift-, and breakbulk cargo customers.

USS Detroit Commissioned

Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) is pierside on Detroit's waterfront. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Nearly 6,500 people gathered in front of the General Motors building at the Port of Detroit for the commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s new Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Detroit (LCS 7), on October 22, when the ship was officially placed in commission by Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. “When a ship is commissioned she is placed in service of the American people and is given the charge to do one thing: to execute the Navy's mission – to be prepared to conduct prompt, sustained combat incident to operations at sea,” Davidson said.

USS Los Angeles to be Decommissioned

USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) will arrive at the Port of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 20, for a final visit that includes a decommissioning ceremony Jan. 23. USS Los Angeles departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Jan. 14, and is stopping in Los Angeles en route to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for inactivation. The visit will include participation by the crew in numerous public events ongoing throughout the weekend. The Jan. 23 decommissioning ceremony will feature many former Los Angeles crewmembers, former Los Angeles Commanding Officer Rear Adm. (ret) John Shipway, Commodore of Submarine Squadron One Capt. Stan Robertson, Representative for the U.S. 46th District Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

Australian Navy Commissions Hobart (II) – One in a Million

HMAS Hobart returning to Sydney Harbour for the last time prior to being decommisioned. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Royal Australian Navy will commission the first of three new destroyers today (On 23 September). In continuing our reflective stories of previous ships that have carried the name HMAS Hobart, this is the story of Hobart (II). The second ship to bear the name Hobart was one of three Perth class guided missile destroyers built in the United States for the Royal Australian Navy. She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 18 December 1965 under the command of Captain Guy Griffiths.

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