Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The long goodbye: World's first nuclear aircraft carrier going dark

The long goodbye: World's first nuclear aircraft carrier going dark

Iraq mission puts USS George H.W. Bush ‘at tip of the spear’ - Middle East - Stripes

Iraq mission puts USS George H.W. Bush ‘at tip of the spear’ - Middle East - Stripes

USS Asheville Changes Command

USS Asheville Changes Command
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The command of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) welcomed a new commander in a time-honored change of command ceremony Aug. 12, atop the historic battleship USS Missouri, the "Mighty Mo."

Cmdr. Paul Pampuro relieved Cmdr. Douglas Bradley as commanding officer. Bradley expressed how proud he is of having had the opportunity to be in command of the submarine and working with some outstanding Sailors.

"Team Asheville, it has been an honor to lead you, take you to the front lines, and bring you home," said Bradley. "Crew, you did beyond my wildest expectations, you never cease to amaze me and as a result, Asheville was ready when called. You had my complete confidence to do anything, and made the most of every opportunity."

In command for more than two years, Bradley led his submarine to complete a deployment certification, a six-month Western Pacific deployment, a homeport shift from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, and commenced a two-year shipyard maintenance period.

The ceremony's guest speaker, Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, praised Bradley for an amazing job in command.

"Doug, you and your team have had across-the-board success," said Sawyer. "Successes for the submarine force, the U.S. Navy, and for our nation. You can be justifiably proud of what you've accomplished. Congratulations on a highly successful tour!"

During the ceremony, Bradley was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his successes in command of Asheville from March 2012 to Aug. 2014.

As Pampuro assumed command of Asheville, he thanked Bradley for turning over a very capable ship and a highly loyal crew.

"Commander Bradley, sir, you have done something special with Asheville," said Pampuro. "I am well aware of the legacy I am inheriting, the pattern of success that you have carried on."

Pampuro went on to address the crew and tell them of the adventures that await them in the near future, following the current shipyard maintenance period.

"Together we will breathe life back into her and the 'Ghost of the Coast' will return to the ocean depths where she belongs, to do great things for our nation. There is no higher honor; I am most humbled and extremely proud to be an Asheville shipmate."

Asheville is the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Los Angeles-class submarine, ideally suited for covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and special forces missions. This stealth, when combined with the submarine's Tomahawk cruise missiles, mines and torpedoes, provides the operational commander with an unseen force multiplier.

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U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

GULF OF NAPOULE (Aug, 13, 2014) The U.S. 6th Fleet command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) is anchored off the coast of Theoule-sur-Mer, France. Mount Whitney, homeported in Gaeta, Italy, is in Theoule-sur-Mer to participate in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Operation Dragoon, which led to the liberation of southern France by Allied Forces during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corey Hensley/Released)

Monday, August 11, 2014

USS Michigan Visits Singapore during Western Pacific Deployment

USS Michigan Visits Singapore during Western Pacific Deployment

By Lt. Jennifer Charlton, USS Michigan (Gold) Public Affairs
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) arrived in Singapore, Aug. 10, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

"The crew has a relentless spirit and has worked tirelessly on this deployment to ensure success," said Chief of the Boat, Command Master Chief Paul Coffin. "This port visit to Singapore will allow some much deserved rest and relaxation for the crew."

With a crew of approximately 160, Michigan can conduct a multitude of missions that showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

"The entire Michigan team has worked diligently to ensure a successful and safe deployment," said Capt. Benjamin Pearson III, Michigan's commanding officer. "It is extremely important for our submarines to maintain presence and capability in the region ensuring operational readiness is maintained."

Michigan is more than 560 feet long and displaces over 18,000 tons when submerged. It is one of four Ohio-class submarines converted into guided-missile submarines. Michigan is one of the largest, stealthiest and most versatile submarines in the world and is capable of performing a wide variety of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and irregular warfare.

For some of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Singapore.

"This will be my first liberty port visit since I have joined the Navy and entered the submarine force," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Nikki Camat. "I just earned my submarine qualifications this deployment cycle and I am very excited to see Singapore for the first time."

Michigan's homeport is in Bangor, Washington and is currently forward deployed to Guam.

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