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USS Carl Vinson Could Become Part Of Iraq Air Campaign

The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson is slated for a 10-month deployment at the end of August. But the Vinson is on standby to depart earlier, if the Navy needs the aircraft carrier for the military's Iraq air campaign.

Naval Air Forces spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld told the Military Times that the Vinson "is on ready standby as the surge carrier."

Rand defines a surge carrier as one that ...

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The Real Reason USS Cowpens' Commanding Officer Was Fired (Video)

During the recent deployment of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens, commanding officer Capt. Greg Gombert ensconced himself in his cabin for several weeks after becoming ill, putting a female officer in charge with whom Gombert had an “unduly familiar relationship," according to a report obtained by the Navy Times.

The woman, Lt. Cmdr. Destiny Savage, became the "acting commanding officer:"

Savage, a junior officer who was not fully qualified to ...

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USS America Begins Two-Month Journey To Home Port San Diego This Week (Video)

The future USS America is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage Thursday, leaving the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula for its new home port in San Diego, according the Mississippi Sun Herald.

The 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship is too large to fit through the Panama Canal, so the USS America has to take the long way. Lt. Col. George Hasseltine, the commander of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task ...

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USS Howard Set To Return Thursday After 7-Month Deployment

The guided-missile destroyer USS Howard is scheduled to return Thursday to its San Diego home port from a seven-month deployment, the Navy announced Tuesday.

The vessel and its crew of 300 took part in exercises off the Republic of Korea, served with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, conducted anti-submarine operations and what the Navy calls "theater security cooperation events."

The deployment included a four-day visit to Manila in the ...

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USS Peleliu Honors Deceased Veterans With Burials At Sea

The USS Peleliu begins its participation in RIMPAC later this week. But before the ship arrives in Hawaii for the multinational naval exercises, the Peleliu crew conducted burials at sea to honor 22 deceased veterans and military family members.

According to USS Peleliu Public Affairs, you're eligible for burial at sea honors if you're active-duty or retired military, or the family member of someone who's serving. And ...

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USS Peleliu Departs San Diego Tuesday For Deployment To Western Pacific

The USS Peleliu is slated to depart Naval Base San Diego on Tuesday for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.

Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs reports the Peleliu will take part in the biennial multinational naval exercise known as Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the largest international maritime exercise in the world.

RIMPAC is scheduled to take place from June 26 to August 1, in ...

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San Diego-Based USS Cowpens Commanding Officer, Command Master Chief Relieved Of Duty

The commanding officer and the command master chief of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens were relieved of their duties on Tuesday. The Navy reported a loss of confidence in the ability to lead of both Capt. Gregory W. Gombert and Master Chief Petty Officer Gabriel J. Keeton as the reason for their removal:

The loss of confidence stems from the results of a series of inspections following the ship's ...

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USS Vandegrift To Leave San Diego To Combat Drug Trafficking

The guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift was scheduled to pull out of Naval Base San Diego Friday for an independent deployment to the Central America region.

While away, the 453-foot-long Vandegrift and its crew of about 200 sailors will combat drug trafficking by organized crime in coastal waters, according to Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office. An anti-drug trafficking Coast Guard team and helicopter crew will also be aboard the Vandegrift ...

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USS Rentz Decommissioning Ceremony On Friday (Video)

The U.S. Navy will decommission the USS Rentz during a special ceremony at Naval Base San Diego on Friday, May 9.

The USS Rentz has been in service for almost three decades, most recently as a key participant in counter drug trafficking operations in the coastal waters off Central America. As Home Post reported earlier this year, on her final deployment the Rentz helped intercept nearly 5,000 kilograms ...

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USS Vandegrift Deploys To Central America On Friday

The guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift will pull out of Naval Base San Diego on Friday for an independent deployment to the Central America region, Navy officials announced Wednesday.

While away, the 453-foot-long Vandegrift and its crew of about 200 sailors will counter organized crime that conducts illegal drug trafficking activities in coastal waters, according to Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office.

An anti-drug trafficking Coast Guard team and helicopter crew ...

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USNS Cesar Chavez, Navy Planes Pull Out Of Malaysia Airlines MH370 Search (Video)

The U.S. Navy has decided to pull the USNS Cesar Chavez (built in San Diego) and two P-8 Poseidon aircraft from the hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, virtually ending the Navy's air search for the missing plane:

The decision to detach the P-8s was made in close coordination with the governments of Australia and Malaysia in view of the diminishing possibility debris will be found on the ...

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Navy Cruiser, Destroyer Return To San Diego

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens and the guided missile destroyer USS Spruance are scheduled to return to Naval Base San Diego Thursday following separate deployments to the Western Pacific Ocean.

The 567-foot Cowpens and its crew of 400 deployed in September. In November, it provided humanitarian help in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan.

"I am very proud of the accomplishments of the crew," said Capt. Gregory Gombert, Cowpens ...

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USS Zumwalt Christening Ceremony On Saturday (Video)

On Saturday morning in Bath, Maine, the daughters of the late Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship that bears their father's name.

The USS Zumwalt is being hailed as the the largest Navy destroyer ever built.

Its new home will be San Diego. The Maine Sun Journal reports during a November 2013 tour of the Zumwalt ...

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After 15,000 Square Miles Searched, USS Kidd Ends Hunt For Malaysia Airlines MH370 (Video)

After a search mission that involved scouring 15,000 square miles of ocean, the San Diego-based USS Kidd and its helicopters have ended their search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Because the search area has expanded to such an extensive degree, the U.S. Navy decided (in consultation with the Malaysian government) that long range patrol aircraft like the P-8A Poseidon and the P-3C Orion would be more effective in ...

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Malaysia Airlines Search Sends USS Kidd To Indian Ocean (Video)

The Malaysian government's announcement that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was a deliberate act has prompted the U.S. military to reorganize assets searching for the missing plane.

The San Diego-based USS Kidd is now part of a team looking in the northern Indian Ocean.

Army Col. Steven Warren explained to American Forces Press Service that the Kidd is currently north of the Strait of Malacca, in ...

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