SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 12, 2016) The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, USS San Francisco (SSN 711), transits under the Golden Gate bridge as it departs San Francisco Bay. San Francisco is returning to her homeport at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego to officially conclude her final deployment. U.S. Navy photo by PO1 Ronald Gutridge USS San Francisco returns to San Diego; Next up, homeport change 10/15/2016 by PO1 Derek Stroop, Submarine Squadron 11 Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) and her crew returned to Naval Base Point Loma after completing a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) region, where they were greeted on the pier by friends and family, Oct. 14.
The homecoming marks the end of the submarine's final deployment of her 35 years of active duty before she steams to the East Coast.read more....
Navy announces enlisted rating modernization plan
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Following the completion of its review earlier this year, the Navy announced Sept. 29, it will modernize all rating titles for Sailors with the establishment of a new classification system that will move towards occupational specialty codes similar to how the other services categorize skill sets. more...
Choice of TRICARE retail pharmacies changes Dec. 1, 2016
On Dec. 1, 2016, Express Scripts will add Walgreens to the TRICARE® retail pharmacy network. CVS and CVS pharmacies in Target stores will no longer be in the network. more... Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app now available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more
SECNAV announces new administrative separation policy
To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more
Navy expands tattoo options, command ball cap wear
This policy update is being made in response to the increased popularity of tattoos for those currently serving and in the population from which the Navy draws its recruits. It is also meant to ensure the Navy does not miss opportunities to bring in talented young men and women who are willing to serve......... read more
Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
SecNav Mabus visits San Diego SAN DIEGO - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spoke to Sailors in San Diego this week. Read more...
October is Dept of Navy's Energy Action Month
Energy Action Month reinforces a Navy culture that values energy as a critical resource. Sailors are reminded to look for ways to optimize their energy use. This year's theme is "Power. Presence." in recognition of the critical role that energy plays in our ability to accomplish our mission.
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 14, 2016) Seaman Emmanuel Castro stands watch as a search and rescue swimmer during a swim call from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the South China Sea in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by PO3 Patrick Dionne.
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2016) Lynda Martin of San Diego's CW 6 News, interviews Lt. Cmdr. Chris Kennedy, a warfare tactics instructor for Afloat Training Group, San Diego, during a live cake cutting ceremony for the Navy's 241st birthday. This year's birthday theme is: America's Sailor. For 241 years: Tough, Bold and Ready. U.S. Navy photo by PO1 Trevor Welsh
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 28, 2016) Sailors assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1, launch an underwater unmanned vehicle in the Arabian Gulf during routine testing operations. CTG 56.1 conducts mine countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, salvage diving, and force protection operations throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by PO2 Tyler Thompson
San Diego to be homeport for two new DDG class ships
SAN DIEGO - The Navy announced the future guided-missile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113) and USS RAFAEL PERALTA - DDG 115 are scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following their respective commissionings.
Rafael Peralta is expected to arrive in San Diego in fall of 2016 and John Finn will follow in early 2017.
Rafael Peralta is being built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine and John Finn is being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Both ships are Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
The U.S. Navy continually monitors force readiness and ability to provide the most robust, capable maritime force possible. Stationing destroyers in a West Coast port supports the rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, placing our most advanced capabilities and greater capacity in that vital theater. By 2020, approximately 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft will be based in the region.
Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW). The destroyer's armament has greatly expanded the role of the ship in strike warfare utilizing the MK-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS).
National military news Deadline approaching for alternate combination cover wear date 9/19/2016
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Oct. 31 deadline for wear of the Alternative Combination Cover (ACC) is approaching and Navy leaders want to remind all officers and chiefs to acquire that cover or the current combination cover by that date.
The deadline for wear was announced last October in NAVADMIN 236/15, which detailed the plan to redesign several uniform elements for Sailors that improve uniformity across the force, as well as improve fit and function of the uniforms. This policy phased out the female "bucket" cover and mandated the ACC and the current combination cover for wear by both men and women. Wear-tests and Sailors' feedback were incorporated into the final designs that were announced.
Since the release of that message, the ACC has been available for purchase in Navy Exchange (NEX) Uniform Stores and through the call center.
The ACC and combination cover for officers and chiefs can be worn by both men and women in service and dress uniforms.
Based on availability in the NEX, Sailors are advised to make their purchase now to avoid any issues that would prevent them from having the cover in time for the wear date.
To view the full NAVADMIN, click HERE.
For more information on upcoming uniform updates, click HERE.
Navy announces new suicide prevention program
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy's 21st Century Sailor Office announced the new suicide prevention program known as Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL), aimed at supplementing existing mental health treatment by providing continual support through the first 90 days after suicide-related behavior.
"This program is designed to boost our existing efforts to prevent suicide across the Fleet by showing there is someone that will stay in touch with them and make sure they are doing well," said Capt. Michael Fisher, dir., Operational Stress Control and Suicide Prevention branch. "This is part of a wide range of actions we are taking to help our Sailors. Doing this will boost our suicide prevention work that's ongoing Navy-wide."
The SAIL program started in the Pacific Northwest Region on Aug. 29, 2016, with a phased regional rollout plan scheduled for completion by the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 throughout the Navy.
The program is designed to provide rapid assistance, on-going risk assessment and support for Sailors who have exhibited suicide-related behavior and was inspired by the Marine Intercept Program (MIP), a suicide prevention project with similar goals.
Navy Suicide Prevention Branch (OPNAV N171) is partnering with Navy Bureau of Medicine (BUMED), Commander Navy Installation Command (CNIC), and SAIL Case managers who are serving as Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC) counselors to run this new program.
Upon receiving information from commands about a Sailor who has demonstrated suicide-related behavior, Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPC) will work with CNIC, and in turn an FFSC case manager, whose responsibility will be to reach out to the individual Sailor to see if they would volunteer to participate in the SAIL program. Case managers will contact Sailors in the 90 days following suicide-related behavior.
Suicide Prevention is a cooperative Navy-wide effort that takes leadership engagement and awareness at all commands and ranks. OPNAV, BUMED, CNIC work together to provide a range of resources to include: mental health treatment, spiritual counseling, personal wellness counseling, crisis intervention as well as financial education.
The Military Crisis Line offers confidential support for active duty and reserve service members and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.militarycrisisline.net or send a text message to 838255.
United Through Reading® Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at email@example.com to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.