2018 Year in Review

By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division.

History is made everyday—especially in the Navy! Once again the Navy made a ton of history in 2018. Read the following blog; click on some of the links for more information; and take a look at some of the moments and events that helped make this year another historic one for the Navy.

January

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 21, 2018) Navy divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 attach an inflatable ring to NASA’s Orion test vehicle to the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), Jan. 21, 2018. Anchorage is underway to support NASA’s Orion spacecraft Underway Recovery Test 6 (URT-6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Natalie M. Byers/Released)

 

February

CHUUK ATOLL, Federated States of Micronesia (Feb. 20, 2018) Pacific Patrol Boat FSS Palikir rescues three fishermen after they were located by a P8-A Poseidon belonging to the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8. The mariners 19-foot skiff was first reported missing Feb. 12 after it failed to return from a fishing expedition near Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of
Micronesia. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

 

March

ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 15, 2016) Los Angeles-class submarine USS Hartford (SSN-768), surfaces near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. ICEX 2016 is a five-week exercise designed to research, test, and evaluate operational capabilities in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/Released)

April

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY (April 04, 2017) Sailors attached to the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard fold the national ensign at the funeral for Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr. at Arlington National Cemetery, April 4. Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in trying to save the life of his wingman during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raymond Minami)

 

May

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2018) President Donald J. Trump presents the Medal of Honor to retired Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Britt Slabinski during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. Slabinski received the Medal of Honor for his actions during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in March 2002. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Raymond D. Diaz III/Released)

 

June

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2017) Ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy sail in formation during Malabar 2018. . (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erwin Jacob V. Miciano/Released)

July

 

August

WASHINGTON (Aug. 29, 2018) Following a comprehensive review of potential candidates, the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson selected Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith to be the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) today. As the Navy’s 15th MCPON, Smith will serve as the senior-ranking enlisted leader and advisor to the CNO. (U.S Navy photo by Electronics Technician Master Chief Jeremiah Ledda/Released)

 

  • Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 Concludes  (Aug. 2, 2018) The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
  • Navy Establishes U.S. 2nd Fleet, Vice Adm. Lewis Assumes Command  (Aug. 24, 2018) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson presided over a ceremony establishing U.S. 2nd Fleet and naming Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis as the commander during a ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Aug. 24, at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
  • U.S. Navy Statements on Passing of Sen. John McCain  (Aug. 25, 2018) Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and the commanding officer of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), Cmdr. Micah Murphy, released statements Aug. 25 on the death of Senator and Navy veteran John S. McCain III who died Aug. 25 at age 81.
  • CNO Selects Fleet Master Chief Smith as 15th MCPON  (Aug. 29, 2018) Following a comprehensive review of potential candidates, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson selected Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith to be the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Aug. 29.
  • Jason Dunham Seizes Illicit Arms in Gulf of Aden  (Aug. 30, 2018) The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet, seized an illicit shipment of arms from a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, on Aug. 28.

September

CHUUK, Federated States of Micronesia (Sept. 28, 2018) U.S. Navy Sailors from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 assist local authorities in shuttling the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight PX56 to shore following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Zach Niezgodski /Released)

 

  • UCT 2 Renders Assistance Following Plane Crash in Chuuk  (Sept. 28, 2018) U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 rendered immediate assistance to the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight PX56, after it crashed into the lagoon near Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, International Airport, Sept. 28.

October

 

November

 

December

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Dec. 6, 2018) Naval aviators from various commands under Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic and Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, operating out of Naval Air Station Oceana, fly a 21-jet missing man formation over the George Bush Library and Museum at the interment ceremony for the late President George H.W. Bush. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

 

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