1. Freedom Completes Maiden Deployment; Returns to San Diego

    The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) returned to its homeport of San Diego Dec. 23 following the completion of its maiden deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    USS Freedom (LCS 1) returns to San Diego Dec. 23 following completion of its historic maiden deployment to Southeast Asia. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan)
  2. Navy Issues Record of Decision for Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Environmental Impact Statement

    The U.S. Navy has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing (HSTT) Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS).

  3. Submarine USS Hampton Returns from Deployment

    The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine returned home to San Diego Dec. 18 following a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

    USS Hampton (SSN 767) is guided in by tugs as it returns to Naval Base Point Loma, Dec. 18.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Carlstrom)
  4. USS Freedom Set to Complete Maiden Deployment

    The littoral combat ship is scheduled to return to its homeport of San Diego Dec. 23 following the completion of its maiden deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    In this file photo, USS Freedom (LCS 1) prepares to enter the channel of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Dec. 13 for a port visit prior to proceeding home to San Diego.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro)
  5. Lead of PACFLT Maritime Operations Center Unit Changes Hands

    Cmdr. David Lum relieved Capt. Charles Sharkey as the commanding officer of U.S. Pacific Fleet's Navy Reserve Maritime Operations Center (MOC) Detachment 301 during a ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Dec. 17.

    Capt. Charles Sharkey prepares to pass through sideboys at the beginning of a change of command ceremony for Navy Reserve, Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, Maritime Operations Center, Detachment 301. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ernesto Bonilla)
  6. Seabees, Tonga Counterparts Advance Disaster Center Project

    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 Seabees, working with the Tonga Defense Force, reached the halfway point Dec. 18 in their construction of a new community center and disaster response center in Te'ekiu.

    Tonga Defense Force Lance Cpl. Saili Laisolo and Builder 3rd Class Paige Abernathy, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3’s Construction Civic Action Detail in Tonga, high five after completing a row of block, Dec. 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey)
  7. USNS Bobo Completes Palau Maritime Security Training Mission

    Sailors aboard the USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo (T-AK-3008) completed a nearly two-week long Theater Security Cooperation mission to the Republic of Palau from Dec. 2 to Dec. 14.

    Information Technology 1st Class Joshua McMann speaks on a satellite telephone as Electronics Technician 1st Class Timothy Lout establishes communications to their headquarters in Guam while aboard the USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) for a training exercise with the Republic of Palau. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Wilson)
  8. Freedom's Maiden Deployment Nears End, Changes Hands at Pearl Harbor

    Cmdr. Roger D. Heinken assumed command of USS Freedom (LCS 1) from Cmdr. Patrick C. Thien Dec. 15 as the Navy's first littoral combat ship nears completion of its nine-month assignment forward-operating from Singapore.

    USS Freedom (LCS 1) prepares to enter the channel of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 13. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro)
  9. Carrier Air Wing 11, DESRON 23 Return from Nimitz Deployment

    CVW-11 and DESRON 23 disembarked the aircraft carrier following its arrival at Naval Air Station North Island on Dec. 12.

    An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike
        Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS
        Nimitz (CVN 68) during the departure of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11.
        CVW-11 fixed wing aircraft flew off Nimitz to return home after more
        than eight months deployed to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas
        of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist
        3rd Class Derek A. Harkins)
  10. Commander, Pacific Fleet Tours Guam, Meets With Sailors

    Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr. visited Guam to familiarize himself with his new area of responsibility. He toured installations and interacted with Sailors on a more personal level.