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U.S. Navy Joins New Zealand Earthquake Relief

KAIKOURA, New Zealand (Nov. 18, 2016) Cmdr. Timothy LaBenz (right) commanding officer of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), and Kaikoura Mayor Winston Gray survey the damage to local infrastructure in a MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Battle Cats of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 73, attached to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Jackson/Released)

Originally scheduled to participate in the Royal New Zealand Navy’s International Naval Review commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy, USS Sampson (DDG 102) supported earthquake recovery efforts there at the request of the New Zealand government. USS Sampson was already transiting the Western Pacific when it …

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USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Joins the U.S. Navy’s Fleet

Balloons fly and the crowd applauds as the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), is brought to life during a commissioning ceremony at North Locust Point in Baltimore.

Our newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) joined the U.S. Navy’s fleet when it was commissioned into active service Oct. 15 in Baltimore, Maryland.   “On behalf of the U.S. Naval Surface Force, I proudly accept ownership of the Navy’s newest ship to the fleet.” – Vice Adm. …

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USS Constitution by the Numbers

USS Constitution with eight sails set while underway in Boston Harbor, c.2005. (U.S. Navy photo)

Did you know today is Constitution Day? 229 years ago, our nation’s Constitution was ratified on Sept 17. 10 years later, our Navy’s USS Constitution was launched Oct. 21. In observance of Constitution Day, we’re sharing some of USS Constitution’s history by the numbers. 6 In 1794, Congress authorized President …

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The Decision and Drive to Serve in the U.S. Navy

Photo of SN (SW/AW) Sasha L. Blair and PSSN Edwin Diaz

By Jason Kelly U.S. Navy Digital Media Engagement Director Over the past eight months, more than 6,000 Carrier Strike Group 8 Sailors served in the 5th and 6th U.S. Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over …

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