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Navy Fires Captain Of San Diego-Based Ship In Wake of Collision

The Navy has fired the captain of the USS Essex, the San Diego-based ship involved in a collision at sea last month.

Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamsen Reese told the Navy Times that Capt. Chuck Litchfield's firing Monday was prompted by the findings of a Navy investigation into the collision.

“There were a number of factors that contributed to the collision with Yukon. Part of it began with the loss ...

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USS Essex Hosts Hockey Game In the Middle Of The Pacific (Video)

The San Diego-based USS Essex is off the coast of Hawaii for RIMPAC - world's largest naval maritime exercise. Recently the crew of the USS Essex took some time out from duty for a friendly game of hockey against members of Canada's military.

The Navy estimates 25,000 service members, 42 ships, six submarines, and more than 200 aircraft from 22 countries are participating in RIMPAC (Rim of the ...

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Female Sailor, 19, Dies After Suffering Gunshot Wound On USS Essex

Navy officials say a 19-year-old female sailor was found aboard the San Diego-based USS Essex with a gunshot wound Thursday. She was later pronounced dead at University of California, San Diego Trauma Center.

Navy spokesman Rick Chernitzer told U-T San Diego he could not surmise as to whether the shooting was self-inflicted or perpetrated by another:

“Since an investigation is being conducted, it would be inappropriate for me to speculate ...

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The "Iron Gator" Returning To San Diego After 12 Years

The USS Essex, known as the "Iron Gator," is slated to return to San Diego tomorrow after a dozen years in Sasebo, Japan. The USS Bonhomme Richard swapped crews with the USS Essex last month, according to the Navy.

The Stars and Stripes reports the 21-year-old Essex was the flagship of the forward-deployed Expeditionary Strike Group 7. According to the military newspaper, the Essex recently was unable to fulfill two ...

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Report: USS Essex Officers' Lack Of Leadership To Blame For Collision

A Navy investigation into the collision of the San Diego-based USS Essex with another vessel in May finds 'chaos' aboard the Essex, caused by a lack of clear direction from the bridge, was to blame for the accident.

According to the Stars and Stripes:

[W]ith orders coming from multiple people in multiple directions, the crew did not know who was saying what or whom to obey.

The Navy is ...

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Ship That Hit USS Essex Involved In Two Other Collisions

When the USNS Yukon collided with the San Diego-bound USS Essex yesterday morning, it wasn't the first time the fleet replenishment oiler was involved in an at-sea collision. In fact, the Yukon has been involved at least two previous collisions, according to the Associated Press:

[I]ncluding on Feb. 27, 2000, when [the Yukon] collided with a 135-foot civilian cargo ship while trying to enter Dubai’s Jebel Ali ...

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San Diego-Bound USS Essex, USNS Yukon Collide At Sea

The San Diego-bound USS Essex collided with the USNS Yukon this morning, according to the Navy. No one was injured in the collision, although both ship reported sustaining damage. The Navy reports no fuel was spilled in the mishap.

The collision happened at 9:20 Pacific Time, according to a Navy news release:

USS Essex (LHD 2) collided with USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) during an approach for a routine underway ...

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San Diego-Based USS Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Japan (Video)

The USS Bonhomme Richard, homeported in San Diego, arrived in Sasebo, Japan this week for a hull swap with the USS Essex.

According to the Navy:

Hull swap, or ship rotation, is part of the Navy’s long-range plan to routinely replace older ships assigned to the Navy’s Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) with newer or more capable ships.

The Stars and Stripes reported back in February that the ...

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World's Largest Naval War Exercise RIMPAC Underway (Video)

The world's largest naval maritime exercise is underway in Hawaii. The San Diego-based USS Essex is among the scores of vessels participating in the exercise, known as RIMPAC, or Rim of the Pacific.

According to the Navy, 42 ships, six submarines, and more than 200 aircraft from 22 countries are participating in RIMPAC. At least 25,000 service members from around the world are taking part.

The Pentagon Channel ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Return Home from Tsunami Mission

When the biggest recorded earthquake in Japan's history (and subsequent tsunami) hit the island nation on March 11, the people of Japan were in dire need of fresh water, food, and medical supplies. The San Diego-based USS Ronald Reagan changed course immediately on that tragic March day and headed toward Japan, providing desperately-needed humanitarian support.

Roughly 200 Camp Pendleton Marines also traveled over to Japan, via the USS Essex ...

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Navy To Give Deployed Sailors And Marines Free $10 Phone Cards

The Navy is distributing an estimated 35,000 free $10 phone cards to sailors and Marines deployed this holiday season.

The Navy Exchange Service Command expects sailors and Marines aboard 40 ships and submarines will received the cards.

Thomas Harris of the NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program told Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs:

“This is just one small way that we can thank our service members for their ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Surprises Sister At High School Graduation (Video)

Taylor St. Cyr was crushed when she learned her brother, Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Shayne St. Cyr, wouldn't be able to make it to her high school graduation in Essex, Vt.

But Shayne, and Taylor's parents, had a major surprise in store for the graduate when she walked across the stage to receive her diploma, according to Vermont television station WCAX-TV.

Shayne told WCAX:

"At first I ...

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Above the USS Vinson in the Arabian Sea (Video)

From the USS Carl Vinson Facebook page: