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Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year From NAS North Island

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Paul Marticorena of NAS North Island's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 has been named the 2013 Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year (RSOY), according to Navy Reserve Forces Command Public Affairs.

Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun, the Chief of the Navy Reserve, chose Marticorena out of five finalists at a Washington D.C. ceremony held last week. Braun told Marticorena and his fellow reservists ...

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Navy Releases FY14 Aviation Career Continuation Pay Rates

From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs:

Qualified Navy aviators can receive up to $125,000 in bonuses, the Navy announced in a message released April 8.

According to NAVADMIN 078/14, the following Aviation Career Continuation Pay (ACCP) bonuses are offered to pilots and naval flight officers (NFO) to retain skilled personnel for critical naval aviation billets:

HM pilot: $75,000

HSC pilot: $75,000

HSL/HSM pilot: $75,000 ...

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USS Coronado Commissioning Ceremony Set For Saturday (Video)

The long-awaited commissioning ceremony for the future USS Coronado is scheduled to take place Saturday morning at Naval Air Station, North Island.

As Home Post previously reported, the Navy's newest littoral combat ship arrived in San Diego on March 6. En route to its homeport, the Coronado made port visits in Guantanamo Bay, Colombia, Panama, and Mexico.

It even had a close encounter with a pod of gray whales ...

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Navy Commander From California Killed In Washington Mudslide (Video)

The brothers of U.S. Navy Cmdr. L. John Regelbrugge III, 49, found his body Tuesday, making the Regelbrugge one of at least 24 people killed in the Washington state mudslide.

Regelbrugge's sister-in-law, Jackie Leighton of Vacaville, Calif., told the Seattle Times Regelbrugge was found next to his dog. His wife Kris is still missing:

“They were both home when the slide hit, but they haven’t found her ...

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USS Coronado Had Near Miss With Gray Whales En Route To San Diego (Video)

The USS Coronado almost collided with a pod of gray whales off the coast of Orange County as the ship was heading to its new homeport of San Diego earlier this week.

Captain Todd Mansur of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching told the Orange County Register he was tailing a group of gray whales on Sunday when he realized the USS Coronado was getting too close for comfort to the ...

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USS Ronald Reagan Holds Ceremony To Mark Japan Earthquake Anniversary (Video)

A memorial ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be held aboard USS Ronald Reagan at NAS North Island this morning at 10 a.m. PDT.

According to Navy news release:

This memorial ceremony... will include remarks from the Japanese Consul General at Los Angeles Jun Niimi and a short commemoration by the Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi of the Buddhist ...

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USS Coronado Slated To Arrive In San Diego On Monday

The USS Coronado is slated to arrive at Naval Base San Diego on Monday, March 6.

The Coronado Eagle & Journal reports the Navy's littoral combat ship is scheduled to round Point Loma at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, and stream under the Coronado Bridge approximately a half-hour later, before arriving at Pier 5 at Naval Base San Diego.

According to a news release by U.S. Pacific Fleet ...

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USS Ronald Reagan Leaving San Diego For New Homeport In Japan (Video)

There's a game of musical chairs (or aircraft carriers) going on as part of the Navy's Pacific rebalance strategy. The USS Ronald Reagan will leave San Diego for its new homeport in Yokosuka, Japan. The USS Theodore Roosevelt will then make San Diego its new home, leaving Norfolk, Va.

The Navy announced the change on Tuesday. According to a news release, the Reagan will replace the USS George ...

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San Diego-Based USS Rentz Intercepts $10 Million Worth Of Cocaine

The San Diego-based Navy frigate USS Rentz intercepted roughly 313 kilograms (690 pounds) of cocaine in the month of December, while taking part in counter drug trafficking operations in the coastal waters off Central America.

The street value of all that cocaine? About $10.4 million.

Helicopter Squadron Anti-Submarine Warfare Light 49 Detachment 5 (based at NAS North Island), and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) personnel also ...

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Helicopter Squadron Of Two Fallen Pilots Returns To NAS North Island Dec. 11

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75 are slated to return home to Naval Air Station North Island on Dec. 11 after an extended deployment.

Tragically, two members of HSC-6 were killed in September when their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed in the Red Sea during that deployment. Killed were Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif., and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson, 32 ...

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Navy Squadron Executive Officer Fired For DUI On Naval Base Coronado

The Navy has fired Cmdr. Samuel Tanner from his job as executive officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 34, after Tanner was cited for drunken driving on Naval Base Coronado earlier this month.

Tanner's squadron was conducting training at Naval Air Station, North Island, when he received his citation for driving under the influence, according to Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs:

Tanner was cited by a Naval Base Coronado ...

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USS Cowpens Starts 'Snack Drive' For Children Affected By Typhoon Haiyan

The San Diego-based USS Cowpens is in the Philippines as part of Operation Damayan, the U.S. military's humanitarian mission to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Cowpens Public Affairs reports the “Scorpions” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49, Detachment 6, have started a collection of snack foods as a morale booster for the Filipino children suffering in the wake of the typhoon.

Cookies, potato chips and candy are just ...

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State Capitol Flags Lowered For Coronado-Based Pilot Killed In Helicopter Crash

California Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags above the State Capitol lowered to half-staff today in honor of Navy Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, California.

As Home Post reported last week, Jones was killed September 22 when his MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed while operating in the Red Sea. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six, based at Naval Air Station North Island.

Also killed in the ...

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Navy IDs Two Coronado-Based Sailors Killed In Red Sea Helicopter Crash

The Navy has released the names of the two crew members who died when their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed in the Red Sea. Killed were Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, California and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Oregon.

Both sailors were assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island.

On his Facebook page, Gibson writes that he earned ...

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Rescue Suspended For Two Missing Coronado-Based Navy Helicopter Crew Members

The Navy announced this morning it is suspending search and rescue efforts for two crew members missing since their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed in the Red Sea.

The helicopter is assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, based at Naval Air Station North Island.

Eyewitnesses told CNN how the mishap occurred:

The helicopter landed on the desk of the guided-missile destroyer USS Lawrence, two Navy sources said, and ...

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