Subscribe: USS STOUT (DDG 55)
http://ussstout.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
Tags:
admiral stout  admiral  back  crew  day  days  family  great  members  navy  sailors  ship  stout  time  tour  training 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: USS STOUT (DDG 55)

USS STOUT (DDG 55)



Tough, Rugged, Fast, and Ready



Last Build Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:46:27 +0000

 



Small Boats

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 18:35:00 +0000

Hello again.  Continuing with our NATO exercise.  With great weather, we had the opportunity to put our small boats in the water a couple different times.  One time was to practice our Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) procedures.  We have a group of our Sailors who are highly trained in MIO, ready to board merchant ships to conduct inspections in support of UN sanctions, to provide assistance to the crew of the vessel, or to help deter modern day pirates.  This team got some good training, boarding an Italian Navy auxiliary to practice their skills.  Enjoy the pictures below, thanks for your support.                                            Boat Crew Stands Ready                                             Manning the crew served weapons                                           Watching for Problems                                            MIO team ready to go                                            Preboarding Excitement                                          They even let me drive the small boat sometimes...[...]



NATO Exercise

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:34:00 +0000

Hello again - sorry it has been so long since my last post, we have been busy.  After a brief port visit to Palermo, Sicily, we got underway for a combined exercise with other NATO units.  The exercise includes ships, submarines and aircraft from about 10 different countries.  Below is a picture of some of the ships involved, note Mt Etna in the background.  One note - we are experiencing some computer issues, so if your Sailor has not been emailing like normal, please stay with us as we resolve our technical issues.  Thanks for your support. 







Haifa, Israel

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:46:00 +0000

We left Haifa, Israel a couple days ago after a few days to relax, see the country and enjoy some time inport.  Haifa is a wonderful city and Israel is full of history- literally everywhere you look.  The crew enjoyed tours to the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem.  About 50 people went on each tour.  Those who did not take the tour explored Haifa and the fine dining and culture Israel’s third largest city had to offer.  Some stayed close to the ship and enjoyed BBQ on the pier sponsored by the Chief’s Mess.  We are back at sea now, I’ll post again in a couple days with some of our underway activities.  Enjoy the pictures below, thanks for your support.    






Deployment 2011

Sun, 23 Jan 2011 10:43:00 +0000

Hello STOUT family, friends and fans.  After a brief lapse, we are starting up the blog again.  This will be the forum I use to communicate with everyone and keep you up date on what we have been doing.  So far deployment has been going great.  We made it across the Atlantic, following one storm and just ahead of another.  After change of command and a port visit in Souda Bay on the island of Crete, we headed to Haifa, IS for a few days and some exercises with the Israeli Navy and Air Force.  Since then, we have been on station in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.  In between the operations, exercises and drills, we found some time to have some fun.  We held STOUT Olympics, where each department formed teams and competed in push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and a 10 mile treadmill relay.  All teams did exceptionally well and the competition was fierce, but in the end, Operations department came out on top.  The trophy ceremony was held during a flight deck BBQ.  We plan to do this a couple more times before we return to see if we can crown a new champion.  We also started "crazy hat Wednesdays" where Sailors can wear whatever hat they like.  Enjoy the pictures, thanks for your support.  -- CDR Nathan Borchers, Commanding Officer   

    
XO holds the trophy while I announce the STOUT Olympics winner.

Crazy Hat Day!!!
Preps before flight deck Firefighting drill
Weapons Department competes in the push up competition



Atlantic Crossing

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:32:00 +0000

30 Sept, 2010 - Hello Family and Friends of STOUT.  This past week was exciting for the crew as we traveled east from Norfolk to Faslane, Scotland.  We came to conduct a Joint Training Exercise. 

(image)
Departing Norfolk - Sept 2010
During the transit across the Atlantic we had time to train on exercise procedures, conduct flight operations, take on fuel, conduct engineering drills and test our weapons systems.  A few action pictures are attached.

(image)
Prepping the Guns

(image)
View from the Helo Control Tower

(image)
Taking on Fuel from the Oiler
The exercise will start in a couple of days and will test the crew in a challenging scenario.  In addition to working with several of our sister US Navy ships, we are looking forward to the chance to operate with our International Partners.



Family Day Cruise

Sat, 14 Aug 2010 15:47:00 +0000

12 August, 2010 - Frinds and Family Day Cruise.  We had a few extra passengers aboard today as we sailed off the coast of Virginia for a few hours.  About 230 frineds and family members were able to join us as we transited out to sea over the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the Chesepeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and through Thimble Shoals Channel.       The Executive Officer provided a guided tour on the outbound transit and a short history lesson on Admiral Stout as we made the return transit.  The Gunners demonstrated the 5 inch gun and some small arms in a live firing demonstration and the Engineers showed off the main engines in a fast speed run. We had one rain shower that pushed the flight deck picnic inside.  Once we cleared the rain clouds the rest of the day was clear sailing.     Master Chief arranged for a mini-Surface Warfare qualification for the children and we handed our certificates for all those who completed the requirements.  Thanks to all those who were able to spend the day with us.Tug Boats returning us to the pier[...]



Boarding Team Training

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:12:00 +0000

11 August, 2010 - The past few days were filled with real time training for the boarding teams.  We worked with a training ship for three days to practice various situations that the boarding teams may see.  It was a long three days, especially for the members of the teams as well as the boat crews. 
(image)
RHIBs approaching the training ship

(image)
The Boarding Team prepares for action

(image)
Hard at work on the Boat Deck



Surface Forces Atlantic Visit

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 22:12:00 +0000

5 August 2010 - STOUT had the pleasure of hosting RADM Thomas today for a short tour. RADM Thomas is the Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic. He is responsible for the readiness of all East Coast ships, including STOUT. While aboard he met with the Officers in the Wardroom for a short discussion and Chiefs in the Chief Petty Officer's Mess. He also talked with several Sailors during a tour of the ship and addressed the entire crew on the 1MC (The 1MC is the general announcing system for those not familiar with Navy lingo).

(image)
Admiral with Petty Officer Kniess
(image)
RADM Thomas inspecting VLS

It was a great opportunity to get information on current issues from our chain of command as well as provide direct feedback. The Admiral had great messages on setting standards, leadership and how we can assist him in solving problems. RADM Thomas was the former CO of USS ROSS, a sister ship to STOUT. He really understands things from a shipboard perspective. The advice and guidance he provided today was on the mark and well received by everyone.

(image)
Admiral addressing the CPO Mess



Re-Enlistment

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 21:09:00 +0000

1 August 2010- Reenlistment.  As part of the all volunteer force crew members commit to serve a set number of years.  Once their enlistment is up they have the option to extend their service and re-enlist.  Recently Petty Officer Humbert signed up to serve a few more years and re-affirmed his oath in a short ceremony on the mess decks.  A couple of pictures from the day are posted along with the oath of re-enlistment at the bottom of the page.Petty Officer Humbert with Re-Enlisting OfficerPetty Officer Humbert with a few friendsOath of re-enlistmentI do solemnly swearThat I will support and defendThe Constitution of the United StatesAgainst All enemies, foreign and domestic;That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same,That I will obey the ordersOf the President of the United StatesAnd the orders of the Officers appointed over me,According to the regulationsAnd the Uniform Code of Military Justice.So help me God.[...]



Underway Training

Sat, 31 Jul 2010 01:32:00 +0000

30 July, 2010 - We spent the last week underway conducting various training events off the coast of Virginia.  We had a couple of assessment teams aboard as well as 22 Midshipmen on summer cruise and four prospective Commanding Officers from the Surface Warfare School in Newport, RI.Conducting Underway Replenishment with USNS ARCTICIt was a full week and I know everyone kept busy.  We had a break from the recent summertime temperatures and were able to spend some time on-deck.Sailors cleaning the decks topsideDamage Control DrillsFlight QuartersSunset at Sea[...]



Special Visit

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 13:16:00 +0000

Tim Allen - Last week we had the opportunity to give a tour to Mr. Tim Allen and several of his family members.  It was a great opportunity to talk about STOUT and also for the crew to meet Mr. Allen.Tim Allen on the Bridge explaining how to get a few extra knots out of the main enginesThere were several opportunities for autographs and to ask questions.  We wera able to tour the foc'sle, including the five inch gun and the VLS Launcher, the AEGIS Radar platform, the bridge, the wardroom, one of the main engine rooms, the mess decks, contral control station, the flight deck and the quarterdeck.  During the tour Mr. Allen was very engaged and had several suggestions on how we could tweak our systems to improve performance. Tim Allen taping an interview for AFNLittle more than an hour after he arrived it was time to wrap up the tour and get back to the dialy routine.   Several members of the crew were able to get a souvineer picture, ask a few questions or discuss one of the sceens in their favorite Tim Allen movie.  Tim Allen with Petty Officer Spivey[...]



Admiral Stout's Birthday

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 22:55:00 +0000

16 June, 2010 - It was a special treat to welcome aboard two of Admiral Stout’s sons, Hal and Pete Stout, and their some of their family members. 15 June is Admiral Stout’s birthday and we held a belated birthday party for him today. Born on 15 June 1903, in Dover Ohio, he would have been 107 years old. We had cake and ice cream on the mess decks to celebrate. Hal also volunteered to speak to the crew about Admiral Stout and some of his adventures. Hal Addressing the crewHal and Pete Cutting the cakeHal told us about the values Admiral Stout tried to live up to every day; Honesty, Compassion and Curiosity. It was great to hear first hand stories about the ship’s namesake, especially from someone like Hal. After cutting the cake on the mess decks both Pete and Hal, as well as their spouses, were able to talk with the crew and answer questions. At one point I asked them both how often they saw their father during World War II. In total Admiral Stout was home for about two weeks during the entire war. It is hard to imagine that kind of commitment, but that is what countless WWII veterans did to win the war. It made me very grateful for the sacrifices of those who endured those times.Interacting with the Crew (note Admiral Stout's portrait in the background)The visit helped the crew see Rear Admiral Stout in the eyes of his family instead of just through the inspiring stories portraied in the history books. We hope to have the Stout brothers back again soon; it was a delight having them onboard.[...]



SEN Reed Visit

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 02:08:00 +0000


 11 June, 2010.   It's been a few weeks since I posted an article on the Blog.  STOUT has been moving from one event to the next as we make our way through several training events and maintenance periods.  The crew continues to do great things and I will highlight several of their accomplishments over the coming weeks.

Today we had the opportuinty to provide a tour to Senator Jack Reed, Rhode Island.
Senator Reed's visit to STOUT was part of a larger tour of several surface ships on the Norfolk waterfront.  He is taking over as the Chairman of the Sea Power Subcommittee on the Senate Armed Services Committee and came to Norfolk to see how things are going on the waterfront.  The crew worked hard to prepare for the tour and did a great job presenting the ship.  We were able to highlight all of the capabilities of STOUT and to provide a demonstration on Ballistic Missile Defense.  Below is a picture of Senator Reed in Combat Information Center.

It was a pleasure to host Sen Reed and several of his staff.  We wish him well as he continues his work in the Senate.



UK MOD Visit

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 02:12:00 +0000

December 7th, 2009 - UK Ministry of Defense for Science and Technology.  Admist our busy schedule of Training, Preservation and Maintenence we hosted Dr. Brian Wells, U.K. Minister if Defense for Science and Technology, for a shipboard tour and lunch.  We enjoy showing off STOUT and her capabilities and were happy to answer questions and explain basic system operations for Dr Wells and his team.  You can see the crew in action answering questions and demonstrating some of our capabilities.   To commomorate Dr. Wells visit to STOUT, I presented him with a command coin.  In the picture above you can see me explaining the significance of our mascot, Yosemite Sam.  For those of you who haven't heard the story we have to start clear back in WWII onboard USS CLAXTON, then CDR Harold Stout's ship.  Onboard CLAXTON CDR Stout had the bits decorated with a popular cartoon character, Little Beaver.  CLAXTON was part of DESRON 23, and of course DESRON 23 was led by none other that Arleigh Burke.  One day when Commodore Burke was touring CLAXTON he noticed Little Beaver painted on the bits and decided to adopt the mascot for the entire DESRON.  To this day DESRON 23 are known as the "Little Beavers" after the popular cartoon character of the 1940's.Fast forward to the 1990's and the commissioning of USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51).  During the commissioning process Warner Brothers passed the rights of Little Beaver to USS ARLEIGH BURKE for use as their mascot.  When it came time for USS STOUT (DDG 55) to be commissioned a few years later the "Little Beaver" was already claimed.  Admiral Stout was also a big fan of Yosimite Sam, so Warner Brothers allowed STOUT to use this character as our mascot.  If you get the chance to visit STOUT you will see many likenesses of Yosemite Sam around the ship and on our command ballcaps.  And now you will know the story behind the symbol.[...]



Christmas Party

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:01:00 +0000

3 December 2009 – STOUT Christmas Party.  The Holiday Season is upon us and to celebrate we came together for a great meal, music, dancing and camaraderie with our fellow shipmates and family members. Master Chief Campbell, Chief Templeman and the entire MWR Committee did an outstanding job coordinating the evening. Because of the great work of the MWR Committee we were able to give away many prizes throughout the evening including five large screen TV’s, several IPODs, Play Stations, Wiis and countless gift certificates. In all we gave away over $7,000 in prizes.At the party we also announced Sailor of the Year, Junior Sailor of the Year and Blue Jacket of the Year award winners for 2009. Congratulations to these deserving Sailors.   Sailor of the Year Junior Sailor of the YearBlue Jacket of the Year[...]



Olde Glory

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 15:33:00 +0000

11 November 2009 - Veterans Day. We took a few moments out of our busy underway routine this morning to muster the crew for a ceremony to honor all veterans. We had a simple Flag Passing Ceremony conducted in concert with the reading of the poem "Olde Glory." It was a touching ceremony and I believe truly honored all veterans. I have posted the poem below for all to enjoy.OLDE GLORYI AM THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MY NAME IS OLDE GLORY.I FLY ATOP THE WORLD'S TALLEST BUILDINGSI STAND WATCH IN AMERICA'S HALLS OF JUSTICE. I FLY MAJESTICALLY OVER GREAT INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING. I STAND GUARD WITH THE GREATEST MILITARY POWER IN THE WORLD. LOOK UP! AND SEE ME!!! I STAND FOR PEACE HONOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE. I STAND FOR FREEDOM!! I AM CONFIDENT, I AM ARROGANT, I AM PROUD. WHEN I AM FLOWN WITH MY FELLOW BANNERS, MY HEAD IS HELD A LITTLE HIGHER - MY COLORS ARE A LITTLE TRUER I BOW TO NO ONE! I AM RECOGNIZED ALL OVER THE WORLD. I AM WORSHIPPED - I AM SALUTED - I AM RESPECTED - I AM REVERED - I AM LOVED - I AM FEARED!! FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS, I HAVE FOUGHT IN EVERY BATTLE OF EVERY WAR; GETTYSBURG, SHILOH, APPOMATTOX, SAN JUAN HILL,THE TRENCHES OF FRANCE, THE ARGENNE FOREST, ANZIO, ROME, THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY, THE JUNGLES OF GUAM, OKINAWA, TARAWA, KOREA, VIETNAM AND IN THE HEAT OF THE PERSIAN GULF AND A SCORE OF OTHER PLACES.LONG FORGOTTEN BY ALL, BUT THOSE WHO WERE THERE WITH ME.I WAS THERE. I LED MY SAILORS AND MARINES, I FOLLOWED THEM, I WATCH OVER THEM, THEY LOVE ME. I WAS ON A SMALL HILL ON IWO JIMA. I WAS DIRTY BATTLE TORN AND TIRED BUT MY SAILORS AND MARINES CHEERED ME!!!! I WAS PROUD! I HAVE BEEN SOILED BURNED TORN AND TRAMPLED ON THE STREETS OF COUNTRIES THAT I HAVE HELPED TO SET FREE. IT DOES NOT HURT FOR I AM INVINCIBILE. I HAVE BEEN SOILED BURNED TORN AND TRAMPLED ON THE STREETS OF MY OWN COUNTRY AND WHEN IT IS DONE BY THOSE WHOM WITH I HAVE SERVED IN BATTLE. IT HURTS!!! BUT I SHALL OVERCOME FOR I AM STRONG!![...]



ULTRA-S

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 04:37:00 +0000

8 November 2009 - Greetings to all.  In the past few weeks we have completed our inport maintenance period, successfully conducted a major ship wide inspection and transitioned to underway operations to support Second Fleet training.
  Maintenance is a necessary part of our existence here on STOUT.  Inport periods give us a chance to delve into more complex jobs such as pump repairs and equipment refurbishment.  In the time since returning from deployment we have corrected several nagging problems and performed many jobs to keep the ship operating in top condition.
  One of the other focus areas of the past few weeks has been preparing for an inspection we call ULTRA-S (Unit Level Training and Readiness Assessment - Sustainment).  ULTRA-S is basically a shipwide verification of our ability to safely train and assess our own performance.  During ULTRA-S the inspection team looked at our administrative programs, tested us in dmamge control drills on the flight deck, main engine rooms and throughout the ship, inspected the material condition of the engineering plant, observed as we conducted engineering drills and evolutions, verified each of our warfare areas by observing individual drills, tested our navigation skills as we got the ship underway at night time and conducted a night time anchorage, and finally observed the ship during an all encompassing drill at Battle Stations.  Needless to say it was a fun few days.  
   At the conclusion of ULTRA-S we sent the inspectors back to shore using our small boat and headed out to sea for our current assignment. We are assigned as OPFOR (Opposition Force) in support of the NASSAU Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) and the  EISENHOWER Carrier Strike Group (CSG).  The ARG and CSG are preparing for deployment and needed a few ships to play bad guys.  So we are now acting as a warship from the ficticious country Garnet.
  As always the routine of the ship continues with preparing and serving food, cleaning, standing watches, conducting maintenance, getting flu shots, working on qualifications, etc.  Since returing from deployment we have said good-bye to a few Sailors as they departed for follow-on assignments and welcomed some new crew members to our family.  I would like to say farewell to the Sailors and their familys who have left us recently and say welcome to our new crew members amd families.  You all had and will have an important impact on STOUT as we continue our mission.  Have a STOUTSTANDING Day.



October

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 01:40:00 +0000

18 October 2009 - October has been a busy month for STOUT. After enjoying a bit of time to relax and take some leave following our return from deployment the crew came together again on October 7th to return to our "normal" work routine. I'm not sure there is a definition for a normal week in the Navy, but we are going full speed ahead again with warfare training, preventive and corrective maintenance, preservation, physical training, medical and dental visits, schools and watchstanding. Back on the first of the month we promoted our Main Propulsion Assistant from CWO2 to CWO3. A Warrant Officer is someone who has came up through the Enlisted Ranks and specializes in a specific field. In MPA's case he specializes in surface ship engineering. As you can see Warrant Officers wear one collar device depicting their specialty (in this case a propeller) and one signifying their rank. STOUT has the good fortune to have three Warrant Officers in the Wardroom. Congratulations MPA on your promotion.One of the things you will also notice in the photos with this post are the camouflage uniforms many of the crew are wearing. These are the new Navy Working Uniforms (NWUs) and we are making the switch to them this month. We also had the opportunity to witness the re-enlistment of our Botswainmate Chief. You can see the picture of BMC and OPS on the messdecks during the re-enlistment ceremony. BMC is one of our great deckplate leaders and it was an honor to be at his ceremony. For those of you who are Naval History buffs, Botswainmate is the oldest rate in the Navy, dating back to the first days the Navy over 234 years ago.Speaking of History, October is also the Navy's Birthday month. To celebrate we had a small commemoration where we read the Secretary of the Navy's message to the fleet and cut the birthday cake. As is tradition the oldest and youngest crew members are selected to cut the cake. This year the honors went to Master Chief Campbell and Seaman Johnson. (I know it's hard to tell, but Master Chief is the older of the two!) [...]



General Chilton Visit

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 00:11:00 +0000

(image) 23 September, 2009 - STOUT recently had the opportunity to provide a shipboard tour to General Chilton, Commander United States Strategic Command. It is not often that we get the opportunity to meet with a 4-Star Combattant Commander, let alone spend 90 minutes giving a tour so everyone onboard was excited at the opportunity to show off STOUT. Even though we were in stand-down with half of the crew on leave, the crew came together and presented the ship very well.

General Chilton is a former astronaut and was very interested in our capabilities and our recent deployment. He enjoyed his time onboard and I believe he appreciated the opportunity to see some of the things the Navy does everyday up close. If you would like to read more about General Chilton his biogrgraphy cam be found at:
www.stratcom.mil/biographies/1/



Homecoming

Sun, 27 Sep 2009 23:52:00 +0000

(image) 5 September, 2009 - Norfolk! I've been a bit remiss in posting to this blog the past few weeks, but I wanted to let everyone know that we are still here and are enjoying Norfolk. We had a very successful reunion on 5 September with a great turnout on the pier to greet us.

The crew and I have sepnt the last few weeks catching up with family and friends. Most of the crew have taken leave as we adjust to Norfolk life again.
(image)

I included just a couple of images from our arrival for those of you who were unable to make it to Norfolk. As you can see wh had beautiful weather.

(image)
(image)




Tue, 01 Sep 2009 21:45:00 +0000

(image) 01 September, 2009 - Over the past few days our schedule was filled with training events, maintenance, preservation and studying for upcoming advancement exams.
Last Saturday we put our guns and gunners to the test with a live firing exercise. We utilized a deployable target, known in the Navy as a "Killer Tomato" because of its red color, to provide target practice. We fired all of our guns from the large 5" mount to our .50 caliber machine guns. I have to say that the guns and gunners both performed well. As I always like to say, our gunners are the highest caliber. (image)
This morning we assembled the crew for an awards ceremony. I presented nearly 80 awards to well deserving Sailors for their performance over the past months. There are many things to be proud of today as we look back on past accomplishments. The high training level of the crew and outstanding material condition of the ship are also a testament to the hard work put in by everyone aboard. (image)
At the end of the ceremony I took a few minutes to thank the entire crew for their outstanding efforts, reflect on our accomplishments and also look towards the future.
We will be back home in Norfolk on Saturday and of course everyone is excited. In addition to STOUT homecoming this weekend is also Labor Day weekend, the traditional end to summer. Staying safe as we head back to join our families and friends is important to me and I expressed the need to be smart about weekend activities with the crew. Please enjoy a safe and fun weekend with your Sailors. We'll see you in a few days.
(image)
(image)



UNREP

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 22:13:00 +0000

27 August, 2009 - Underway Replenishments, UNREPs, are the life blood of US Navy ships at sea. Fuel and stores sustain us and keep us going for a few thousand more miles. The supplies we received today will be enough to take us across the Atlantic Ocean. The crew performed very well, executing two tasks at once. At one station, part of the UNREP detail took on the fuel, while amidships, another part of the detail, supplemented by members of supply, took on and accounted for the food to be served and the snacks to be sold at the ship’s store. Taking on provisions is an “all hands” evolution, involving all members of the crew not engaged in watchstanding or another part of the detail to strike everything down into storage. The crew was happy to get the fresh fruits and vegetables, but the snacks were most welcomed, as evident by the line of people waiting outside the ship’s store to get at the new arrivals. I leave you today with some great pictures of STOUT in action. [...]



PORTER Join-up

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:32:00 +0000

(image) 24 August, 2009 - While transiting the Mediterranean Sea, we were greeted by the sight of another US Navy ship just beginning her mission overseas. USS PORTER (DDG 78) came alongside for a few minutes today, just to say hello. I talked with their CO, a good friend of mine, on the VHF radio for a few minutes and many of the crew were topside. PORTER is also a Norfolk ship so there are many friends between the crews. A little while later we transferred a few parts between ships using a small boat and then we were on our way. Before parting ways PORTER's CO and I agreed to have a beer when we we were both back home. I believe he preferrs porter, but I am partial to stout. I think we can agree to disagree on that point.

The US Navy is tasked with maintaining a continuous vigilant watch at sea, to ensure the maritime security of various regions around the globe. It is a good feeling to see another US Vessel out here. It is nice to see the familiar faces of fellow Sailors committed to the same goals of serving our country and maintaining safety and security on the high seas. It reminds us that as we head for home at the end of our deployment our shipmates continue to stand the watch.



Crew Photo

Sat, 22 Aug 2009 20:12:00 +0000

(image)

22 August, 2009 - There are many memorable things about deployments. Adventures, hard times and achievements dot my memories of past deployments. Stories about past adventures seem to become more elaborate with the passing of time. The hard times remind us about service and the achievements are looked back on with admiration. Something every Sailor remembers are the shipments they served with. We continued a time honored ritual this morning to help us all remember our shipmates.

After pulling in to port for a quick fuel pit-stop, we took a few minutes to assemble the crew for a STOUT photo. Although the entire evolution of taking the picture took less than half an hour, the memories from it will last a lifetime. You can see the pride in the faces of the crew and their dedication shows through in the appearance of the ship. It was an awesome day to create a memory.




Fri, 21 Aug 2009 19:46:00 +0000

(image)
21 August, 2009 - Today we wrapped up Exercise RELIANT MERMAID and departed Aksaz, Turkey. We leave behind many new friends from Israel and Turkey. The exercise provided an excellent opportunity to practice Search and Rescue techniques and to operate with other nations. As with most exercises of this type participants come away with an improved understanding of their international maritime partners. The experience the crew gained from RELIANT MERMAID will be an asset in future maritime exercises and operations.


The picture of the day was taken from a Turkish helo during the exercise.