Tears of the USS Arizona, Coast Guard Academy corrosion study

September 19, 2018 – This summer, Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadets Marshall Grant, Ali Re, Terry Jung and Third Class Cadet Linda Duncan with the help of the National Park Service, placed four racks with metal test samples in the water on the USS Arizona. The metal test samples will be removed at different times and studied to determine their corrosion rate, which will then be used to determine how long until the hull of the USS Arizona has before it collapses. “This is the first time that scientific…

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Aloha USS O’Kane, USS Wayne E. Meyer

September 14, 2018 – USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in its new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in a homeport shift with USS O’Kane (DDG 77). O’Kane departed for San Diego this week after nearly 19 years of service in the middle Pacific. O’Kane was commissioned in Pearl Harbor October 23, 1999. O’Kane’s namesake is World War II Prisoner of War and Medal of Honor Recipient Rear Adm. Richard O’Kane. During WWII, O’Kane, aboard submarines USS Wahoo (SS 238) and USS Tang (SS 306) earned an unprecedented and…

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Hawaii-based ships sortie ahead of Tropical Storm Olivia

September 10, 2018 – Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Navy Region Hawaii/ Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, announced that U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii not currently undergoing maintenance availabilities have sortied as Tropical Storm Olivia travels toward the Hawaiian Islands. Ships that sortied will be positioned to help respond after the storm, if needed. “Sortie of our Pearl Harbor-based ships allows them the most protection from the approaching storm,” said Fort. “An early sortie allows them enough time to transit safely out of the path of the…

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Hawaii-based Ships Sortie ahead of Hurricane Lane

August 22, 2018 – Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, announced that U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii not currently undergoing maintenance availabilities have begun to sortie as Hurricane Lane travels toward the Hawaiian Islands. Ships that sortie will be positioned to help respond after the storm, if needed. “Based on the current track of the storm, we made the decision to begin to sortie the Pearl Harbor-based ships,” Fort said. “This allows the ships enough time to transit safely out of the path of…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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Fleet Commander meets Navy RIMPAC Commanders

Sailing for the sea phase of RIMPAC 18 aboard HMAS Success there was meeting of minds when Navy’s senior leadership team met with Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead. According to RADM Mead, this is one of Navy’s single largest commitments to RIMPAC, and apart from the host United States Navy, the RAN is the longest contributor of forces to the exercise. “RIMPAC continues to be Navy’s most important military engagement and its significance can’t be underestimated. We train, practice and learn from our allies and friends in circumstances which…

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RIMPAC 2018 Hosts Submarine Rescue Symposium

Approximately 30 submarine officers and civilian contractors from 13 nations attended a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 submarine rescue symposium hosted at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 9. The symposium offered those in attendance an opportunity to strategize how different nations can work together in the event of a submarine accident or casualty. “The great thing about RIMPAC is we get more participation from around the world, specifically Asian countries that were not able to join our working groups throughout the year,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Joshua Powers. “This…

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FS Prairial Takes Part in RIMPAC 2018

Google translation On 18 June, the Prairial leaving San Diego, the second largest naval base of the US Navy and home port of the 3 th Fleet, towards Pearl Harbor to participate in the exercise “Rim of the Pacific 2018″ , the largest naval gathering in the world. This exercise runs from June 27th to August 2nd, on and off the Hawaiian Islands, as well as in Southern California. The week-long crossing from California took place in a ” Sail Group “, made up of eight ships from the French,…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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Let RIMPAC 2018 Be ‘Our Finest Hour’

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific The Rim of the Pacific Exercise is the world’s largest maritime exercise. It happens right on our doorstep once every two years. The Navy’s 26th RIMPAC starts here next week, hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. We are welcoming visiting ships and participants from 26 nations who are bringing 25,000 personnel to Hawaii – to the best homeport and duty station in the world. What better place to come together in peace to…

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USS Carl Vinson Departs San Diego for RIMPAC 2018

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed San Diego, June 18, to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Carl Vinson is joining more than 50 surface ships and submarines, and representatives from 26 nations in the world’s largest international maritime exercise. The aircraft carrier’s 5,000 Sailors are part of 25,000 personnel scheduled to participate in various training events ashore and at sea June 27 through Aug. 2. “This is a chance for us to showcase what we do…

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US Navy Contracts Announcements June 21, 2018

CH2M Hill/Clark Nexsen Energy Partners JV, Englewood, Colorado, was awarded a $19,999,900 option under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (N39430-17-D-1950) for the exercise of option one for energy architect/engineer and design services worldwide.  The work to be performed provides for design and engineering services with expertise in energy management, architectural, mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, and environmental disciplines related to the Department of Defense utility, water, and energy consuming systems within Naval shore infrastructure.  The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $39,999,800.  Work will be performed…

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USS Columbia Home From Deployment

Family members and friends gathered on the historic submarine piers to welcome home the crew of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6. Columbia successfully completed a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific conducting operations and exercises in support of national security. Cmdr. David L. Edgerton, commanding officer of Columbia, attributed their successful and rigorous deployment to his professional crew. “Their resourceful tenacity allowed us to remain operational anytime we faced a challenge,” Edgerton said. “I admire their positive attitudes,…

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USS O’Kane Returns to Pearl Harbor From Deployment

USS O’Kane (DDG 77) returned to Pearl Harbor June 4, after a seven-month Western Pacific deployment. O’Kane departed Pearl Harbor, Nov. 4, to conduct ballistic missile defense operations near the American territory of Guam. O’Kane remained on station for the majority of deployment, meeting mission requirements and providing protection for American citizens. “I am extremely proud of the O’Kane Sailors,” said Cmdr. Jason L. Tumlinson, O’Kane’s commanding officer. “Their hard work and perseverance enabled the ship to complete all tasks safely and with distinction. I am honored to serve with…

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USS Portland Arrives in Pearl Harbor

USS Portland (LPD 27) arrived in Pearl Harbor May 29 to conduct Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials. The ship departed San Diego May 21 and began her transit to Hawaii. The ship’s crew has engaged in various training exercises within the past couple of weeks to ensure the ship’s weapon systems are properly installed, function correctly, and can be operated safely. Portland performed her first underway replenishment (UNREP), employing the Standard Tensioned Replenishment Alongside Method, May 22. Steaming approximately 200 feet alongside the lead ship of her class, Military Sealift…

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