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Chinese Survey Ship Caught ‘Running Dark’ Give Clues to Underwater Drone Operations

USNI News - A Chinese government survey ship was intercepted “running dark” without broadcasting its position via AIS (Automated Information System by Indonesian officials. The incident is latest twist in an ongoing maritime saga which has also seen Chinese uncrewed underwater vehicles (UUVs) found in Indonesia’s territorial waters.

DATE: January 18, 2021


The Xiang Yang Hong 03 was spotted during operations to recover the crashed Sriwijaya Air jet. (Twitter pic/Ryan Martinson)

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Conducts Bilateral Exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Group

The exercise, which focused on increasing combat readiness and warfighting excellence, included USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS John Finn (DDG 113), JS Kongo (DDG 173), and JS Asahi (DD 119).

DATE: January 17, 2021


Coast Guard, Partners Suspend Search for Missing Mariners off Midway Island

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard has suspended the active search Wednesday for the 10 crewmembers of the Taiwan fishing vessel, Yong-Yu-Sing No. 18, who went missing approximately 550-miles northeast of Midway Island.

DATE: Jauary 12, 2021


Navy’s Priciest Carrier Ever Struggles To Get Jets On, Off Deck

Bloomberg News  -  Anthony Coapaccio

Aircraft takeoff and landing systems on the USS Gerald R. Ford remain unreliable and break down too often more than three years after the $13.2 billion carrier was delivered, according to the Pentagon’s top tester.

DATE: January 10, 2020


Update 1: Coast Guard, Partners Search for Missing Mariners off Midway Island

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Navy, and good Samaritans in coordination with Rescue Coordination Center Taipei continue the search for the 10 crewmembers of the Yong-Yu-Sing No. 18 550-miles northeast of Midway Island, Friday.

DATE: January 9, 2021


Wounded Warrior Ohana Hosts Holiday Drive-Through Celebration for Wounded Warriors and Their Families

On Sunday, January 3, 2021 Hawaii non-profit Wounded Warrior Ohana welcomed 160 wounded warriors and their families in a drive-through gala with gifts, dinner certificates, gift cards, Christmas stockings, costumed characters and live music. 

DATE: January 3, 2021


Pentagon: Carrier USS Nimitz Will Stay in Middle East After Threats from Iran

USNI News. -  Sam LaGrone

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and its strike group will remain in the Middle East in the wake of threats from officials in the Iranian government on the one-year anniversary of the U.S. killing of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, the Pentagon announced late Sunday.

DATE: January 2021


U.S Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star Reaches Record-breaking Winter Arctic Latitude

USCG News Release

CHUKCHI SEA — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10), the nation's sole heavy icebreaker, traversed a historic winter latitude Friday during a months-long Arctic deployment to protect the nation's maritime sovereignty and security throughout the remote polar region.

DATE: December 30, 2020


Chinese Navy Expanding Bases Near South China Sea

From USNI News. -  H I Sutton

The Chinese Navy, formally known as the PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy), conducted a live-fire exercise several days ago over the South China Sea utilizing a newly expanded naval base.

DATE: December 29, 2020


Republic of Palau coordinates with U.S Coast Guard, Partners to Detain Illegal Fishing Vessel off Palau

SANTA RITA, Guam - The crew of the Palau Division of Marine Law Enforcement patrol boat PSS President HI Remeliik II coordinated with the Coast Guard to apprehend a suspected illegal fishing vessel off Helen Reef on December 10th. 

DATE: December 23, 2020


The PSS President Hi.I Remeliik II is a 39.5 metre Guardian Class

Patrol Boat, designed and constructed by Austal Australia. (Photo: Austal)

USS John S. McCain Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation in South China Sea

The United States challenges excessive maritime claims around the world regardless of the identity of the claimant. The international law of the sea as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention provides for certain rights and freedoms and other lawful uses of the sea to all nations. The international community has an enduring role in preserving the freedom of the seas, which is critical to global security, stability, and prosperity.

DATE: December 22, 2020


U.S., Singapore Militaries Join for Bilateral Amphibious Training during CARAT Exercise

U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Singapore Navy partnered in the 26th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise, in international water of the South China Sea and on Changi Naval Base, Singapore, Dec. 9-14.

DATE:  December 16, 2020


New Zealand, U.S. Navies Operate Together in the Eastern Pacific

Anzac-class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) conducted combined operations in the eastern Pacific, Dec. 8 through Dec. 9.

DATE: December 12, 2020


The Coast Guard Cutter Juniper Has a New Homeport in Hawaii 

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard Cutter Juniper (WLB-201) has made it to Oahu Saturday morning following a twelve-month Major Maintenance Availability mission in Baltimore.

The crew traveled 7,000 miles on the 225-foot buoy tender over the course of 30 days to reach Oahu.

DATE: December 10, 2020


Chinese reports accuse the U.S. of “muscle-flexing” after an American amphibious ready group quietly deployed to the South China Sea earlier this week. USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and USS Somerset (LPD-25) entered the South China Sea on Sunday, according to Chinese state press reports, a Beijing-backed think tank that monitors U.S. military movements in the South China Sea, and publicly available satellite imagery.

DATE: December 9, 2020


Watch the Ceremony - Video on the Left Courtesy of DVIDS

This year's Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration's theme, Above and Beyond the Call, represents a milestone of its own, as the first December 7 commemoration to follow the nationwide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. This year’s ceremony will focus on Battlefield O`ahu. Though the Japanese Empire focused on the destruction of the Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, the attack encompassed the entire island with assaults on Army and Marine aviation bases as well as civilian facilities.

Seabees and Marines power III MEF and MCIPAC

OKINAWA, Japan --Cpl. Karis Mattingly Marine Corps Installations Pacific

Day in and day out U.S. Navy Seabees work to fulfill their motto “We build, we fight, we do”, training General Facility Marines in a joint-effort to help protect and maintain III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installation Pacific facilities.

DATE: December 4, 2020


3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Advances Air Superiority With F-35C

a time characterized by rapidly evolving tactics and modernized equipment, the Marine Corps has taken the next step in maintaining air superiority as Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 declares their initial operational capability (IOC) for the F-35C Lightning II.

DATE: December 2, 2020


Why The Navy Is Becoming A Powerful Force For Clean Energy

Honolulu Civil Beat - by Kevin Knodell

As the Navy looks to the future of its operations in the Pacific, it’s increasingly exploring renewable energy and other new technologies to get the job done. That gives it something in common with Hawaii.

DATE: December 1, 2020


Column: Call a Fellow Veteran Who Needs Help — It Could Save a Life

Honolulu Star Advertiser - by Frank Larkin

All of Hawaii’s people should be concerned about the well-being of the state’s military veterans in this troubling time. The state has among the nation’s highest concentrations of veterans at the same time the U.S. is experiencing a dangerously high level of veteran suicides, and the grinding pandemic is increasing isolation and stressors.

DATE: November 30, 2020


Photo from Psychology Today

New Navy CMV-22B Makes First Carrier Landing

USNI News - Sam LaGrone

The Navy’s next carrier onboard delivery vehicle touched down on an aircraft carrier for the first time last week, the service announced.

DATE:  November 29, 2020


Uncase the colors: 1st Network Battalion is Born

24 Nov 2020 | Courtesy Story Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Traditionally, military services hold ceremonies for units being activated, deactivated or changing commanders. The continuation of these ceremonies are passed on to future generations of service members to honor those who served the unit.

DATE: November 24, 2020


China Vows Response Following U.S. Admiral’s Trip to Taiwan

From USNI News - Mallory Shelbourne

China’s foreign ministry says it’s planning a response in protest of a U.S. Navy admiral’s reported trip to Taiwan.

“The Chinese side will, according to how the situation develops, make a legitimate and necessary response,” said Zhao Lijian, the spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, as reported by Reuters.

DATE: November 23, 2020


Barry Returns to the South China Sea

After conducting their fourth routine transit through the Taiwan Strait this year, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) returned to South China Sea to conduct maritime security operations and promote peace and stability in the region.

DATE: November 22, 2020


Congratulations to the Navy League Honolulu Sea Service Award recipients!

Due to COVID restrictions, this year Navy League Honolulu produced a video to celebrate the  recipients of these presigious awards and are sharing it here (on the left).

Under normal circumstances recipients would be honored at a luncheon, but we can still celebrate our outstanding service members and their achievements.

Special mahalo to Navy Region Hawaii and Mel Gonzalvo for their partnership in producing this event.

MDA, Navy Down ICBM with Destroyer-Launched Missile Interceptor

USNI News  -  Sam LaGrone

The Navy and the Missile Defense Agency proved that an Aegis ballistic missile defense ship could effectively take down an intercontinental ballistic missile and serve as a backup to a ground-based homeland defense interceptor, the MDA announced on Tuesday.

DATE: November 17, 2020


USS Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka

Ronald Reagan transited nearly 60,000 miles as embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 flew more than 20,000 flight hours during a deployment that included exercises and operations with allies and partners across the region.

DATE: November 14, 2020


On November 10, 2020, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its 245th birthday.

In his birthday message, General Berger noted that in addition to marking the 245th birthday of the Marine Corps, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of World War II battles like Iwo Jima and Okinawa, in Japan, the 75th anniversary of Inchon and the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, and the 55th anniversary of Marines arriving in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Read the Commandant's message here...

View the video on the left.

USS Halsey Returns Home from Deployment

The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) returned to its homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oct. 29, following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation.

DATE: October 30, 2020