USS Curtis Wilbur Arrives in Homeport San Diego

USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego after 25 years as a forward-deployed ship in Yokosuka Japan, September 16th. Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) directed Curtis Wilbur to return to San Diego for scheduled maintenance. Following routine repairs and upgrades, the ship will join U.S. 3rd Fleet, which leads…

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USS Germantown Relocating from Sasebo to San Diego

USS Germantown (LSD 42) detached from Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and departed U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, Sept. 15, after a decade of being forward-deployed to Japan. “Germantown and the Sailors who have sailed with her have made an incredible impact across the entire 7th Fleet theater,” said Rear Adm. Chris Engdahl, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7. “Whether strengthening alliances…

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USS Paul Hamilton Completes Availability Early

Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) successfully supported the early delivery of USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) from availability on Aug. 13. “The team’s commitment to getting Paul Hamilton back in action was clearly reflected in their hard work and resulted in an early delivery,” said Capt. John Bauer, commanding officer, SWRMC. “Their enthusiasm to work through and overcome any challenges…

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USS Tripoli Completes Final Contract Trials

USS Tripoli (LHA 7), the U.S. Navy’s second America-class amphibious assault ship completed final contract trials (FCT), Aug. 26. FCT are a component of a ship’s post-delivery test period and mark the final in-depth review of the ship, the crew, and its systems. Trials were conducted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey over a four day period and…

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Lighthouse Rededication Ceremony in San Diego

The Coast Guard held a rededication ceremony August 20th at the New Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego. The rededication is the official recognition of the light station’s service career and honors its history as a Coast Guard navigational aid. “Every time you see this light flash, know that lives are being saved, trade and travelers are flowing through our…

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After 25 Years in Japan, USS Curtis Wilbur Returning Home

USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) departed Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, August 18, following 25 years of service as a forward-deployed ship to U.S. 7th Fleet. Curtis Wilbur arrived in Yokosuka, Japan in September 1996 and operated in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface…

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Carl Vinson CSG Departs on First CMV-22B & F-35C Deployment

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CVCSG), led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, deployed from San Diego, August 2nd, in support of global maritime security operations. CVCSG will begin their deployment by taking part in Large Scale Exercise 2021. LSE 2021 is a live, virtual, and constructive, globally-integrated exercise that spans multiple fleets, designed to refine synchronized maritime operations…

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USS Independence (LCS 2) Decommissioned

The crew of USS Independence (LCS 2), the lead ship of the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, recognized more than a decade of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, July 29. Due to public health and safety restrictions on large public events resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the ceremony was a private event celebrated…

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USS Mustin returns to San Diego after 15 years in Japan

USS Mustin (DDG 89) returned to San Diego, July 22, after 15 years serving in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan. Mustin executed a change of station to the United States to conduct a planned depot modernization period and will be replaced by USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), who will depart their homeport of Everett, Washington. “Planned maintenance…

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