Saturday, August 09, 2014

Chant du Départ: BREAKING NEWS: Vikings to invade Korea!

Chant du Départ: BREAKING NEWS: Vikings to invade Korea!: And you'll never guess what happens next! Ok, with that first bit I'm just playing with you.  You've probably se...

LCS to Mayport

LCS to Mayport
From the Office of the Chief of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus officially announced Aug. 7 that six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) will be homeported at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Florida beginning in 2016.

The decision to homeport the ships in Mayport follows previous discussions to expand training and infrastructure to support the continued development of the program.

"LCS was designed for naval operations today and tomorrow, and will be a key component of our fleet for a long time to come," Mabus said. "The assignment of these six ships underscores just how important the First Coast is to our national defense, and how committed we are to the strategic dispersal of our Fleet. Mayport will soon be a hub for small surface combat ships, and will continue to serve as an important Navy partner."

Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures or anti-submarine warfare. The LCS Class consists of two variants, the monohull design Freedom variant and the trimaran design Independence variant. The ships are designed and built by two industry teams, led by Lockheed Martin and Austal USA, respectively. They operate with a core crew of 50, a composite aviation detachment of 23, and a mission module crew of 15 to 20 depending on the assignment.

Due to Mayport's existing pier structure and layout, six Freedom-variant ships were chosen to be based at Mayport. The ships are the future Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11), Wichita (LCS 13), Billings (LCS 15), Indianapolis (LCS 17) and LCS 19 (name pending).

The homeporting will eventually bring an estimated 900 Sailors and support personnel to the Mayport area. The 900 personnel will be part of the LCS Squadron (LCSRON), LCS crews, mission module detachments, Afloat Training Group Mayport, Center for Surface Combat Systems detachment Mayport, Damage Control School and the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center.

NS Mayport has a long history as a strategic hub for the Navy. On Dec. 27, 1938 a congressionally appointed board recommended establishing a major base at Mayport as the location offered a prime setting for two carrier groups with room to expand aircraft facilities and complete plane and engine overhaul facilities. NS Mayport, today, covers 3,409 acres, is now the third largest naval facility in the continental United States and remains dedicated to providing "The Finest Service to the Finest Fleet."

USS Coronado Holds Change of Command Ceremony

USS Coronado Holds Change of Command Ceremony

SAN DIEGO (April 5, 2014) The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Coronado (LCS 4) displays a full dress ship pierside before its commissioning ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island. Coronado is the second Independence-class littoral combat ship and the third Navy ship to bear the name Coronado. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Melissa K. Russell/Released)
By Lieutenant Christopher Euans, USS Coronado Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors stood in formation on the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) while pierside at Naval Base San Diego to take part the time-honored Navy tradition of a change of command ceremony, Aug.8.

With the traditional exchange of salutes, Cmdr. Shawn Johnston turned over command of the newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship to Cmdr. Peter Kim.

Capt. Randy Garner, commander of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1, presided over the ceremony and Capt. Ryan Tillotson, commander of Destroyer Squadron 14, served as the guest speaker.

The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 34-month command tour of 'The Royal Punch' for Johnston. He led the gold crew/LCS crew 204, one of Coronado's two pre-commissioning crews, through an extensive fleet introduction process.

Highlights of his tour included hosting the ship's commissioning ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island in April with more than 5,000 guests in attendance, final contract trials, successful execution of a busy underway schedule in support of combat systems ship qualification trials, and the first developmental testing of the surface warfare mission package aboard an Independence-variant littoral combat ship.

Additionally, the crew interacted closely with allied and partner navies during the multi-national Rim of Pacific 2014 exercise where Coronado showcased innovative employment concepts for explosive ordnance disposal dive teams and U.S. Marine Corps reconnaissance teams.

"I will always remember my time as the commanding officer of 'The Royal Punch' and Coronado as a challenging and rewarding experience," said Johnston. "The efforts of the crew inspired me on a daily basis and I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead and serve alongside such a dedicated group of Sailors."

Johnston said that he would miss the group athletic events and small crew camaraderie most of all.

"I am leaving behind a great group of Sailors and feel confident that 'The Royal Punch' and Coronado rests in good hands," said Johnston.

Johnston's next tour will be as part of the LCS requirements shop in the Chief of Naval Operations Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N96) in Washington, D.C., after completing a 10-week joint professional military education course student at the Joint Force Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

Kim most recently served as the executive officer on board Coronado.

"It is truly an honor to take command of LCS Crew 204 and Coronado," said Kim. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this fine crew as the executive officer and I look forward to the exciting times ahead."

Coronado is currently continuing core seaframe initial testing and surface warfare mission package developmental tests and will undergo an extensive post-shakedown availability later this fall. Coronado is currently moored at its homeport of Naval Base San Diego and is assigned as part of LCS Squadron 1.

For more news from Naval Surface Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnsp/.

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Photo Update On Future USS Milwaukee and USS Detroit

PCU Detroit (LCS 7) enjoying the sun

PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5) & PCU Detroit (LCS 7)

PCU Detroit (LCS 7), a little closer look

PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5), MK 110 57 mm gun and bridge

PCU Detroit (LCS 7)

Foreground PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5) & Background PCU Detroit (LCS 7)

Foreground PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5) & Background PCU Detroit (LCS 7)

PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5), she looks ready for a fight