For many junior Sailors that are new to the fleet and have never deployed, the idea of being thousands of miles away from their family and home in the middle of the ocean can be very nerve wracking. Many have no idea what to expect or how to get through it.
"Make a Difference!" The slogan of USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26), named after the Vietnam Marine officer and later congressman, John P. Murtha, is used to instill a sense of pride and drive in the Sailors and embarked Marines on board. Lt.j.g. Adam Hammer is one such Sailor.
USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) with embarked elements from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in maneuvering and communication drills with Indian navy ship, Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvijay (D 55).
For many Sailors in the Navy, ranking up to the next pay grade is a goal to strive for. Some are fortunate enough to achieve it within a few tries, but for others it can take some time. For Senior Chief Quartermaster Kevin Oliver, it took 11 years of hard work, dedication and patience.
USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) with embarked elements from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) hosted U.S. Consulate General, to India, Katherine Hadda and Indian navy sailors for ship tours and a reception as part of a scheduled port call in Visakhapatnam, India, June 13.
U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) gathered to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride month with a ceremony June 28.
In 2017, two high school grads decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps to serve their country, travel the world, and within the twinkle of an eye, they were living their dreams, sailing across the equator aboard the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry.