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Aegis Integration and Wayne E. Meyer

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific On Sept. 13, we welcomed USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) to her new homeport here at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.   USS Wayne E. Meyer is named for Rear Adm. Meyer, considered the father …

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We Serve. We Remember 9/11.

Never forget

Never forget! Today and every day, we remember Sept. 11, 2001 – especially our shipmates who are serving aboard three U.S. Navy ships dedicated and named after the locations where the 9/11 attacks occurred:   🇺🇸  USS New York (LPD 21), named in honor of the City of New York where …

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USS Michael Murphy the Protector

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Lt. Michael P. Murphy, namesake of our USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), was tough – physically, mentally and morally. From an early age he was known as “the Protector.” He looked out for others, whether …

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Forged and Ready: Chung-Hoon Legacy

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 10, 2015) The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) fires an SM-2 missile during a live-fire exercise. Sailors from the John C. Stennis Strike Group were participating in a sustainment training exercise (SUSTEX) to prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang/Released)

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Those who adapt can overcome. Consider the namesake of our Pearl Harbor-homeported USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), Rear Adm. Gordon Paiea Chung-Hoon. Forged from the sea and seasoned in war, Chung-Hoon was a lieutenant assigned to …

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The Legacy of William P. Lawrence: Toughness

This is the eighth in a series of namesake blogposts by Rear Adm. Brian Fort for all surface ships homeported in Pearl Harbor. By Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific On June 28, 1967, flying his F-4B Phantom, naval aviator Cmdr. William …

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Resilience, Freedom Personified: Port Royal

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Our guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) and its namesake, the Battle of Port Royal – fought in the first year of the American Civil War – are symbols of resilience and freedom.   …

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Hopper: Innovation, Transformation, Inspiration

Grace Hopper and USS Hopper

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific During last month’s historic first visit of the voyaging canoe Hokule‘a to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson spoke about his father, Myron “Pinky” Thompson, who was 15 years old at the …

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