Ens. Lauren Larar (USNA 2018), on watch aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), penned the first for the Navy this year as the ship had passed the International Date Line in the Pacific:
Steaming alone over waters no trouble,
McCAMPBELL is ready to fight on the double.
With lights burning brightly above on the mast,
All engines standard, 16 knots going fast.
We cut through the waters below deep and blue,
Our course is 200, degrees true.
Our position is in the sea to the east.
Our stomachs are full from the grand midrats feast.
1 alpha, 2 bravo are turning each shaft,
Alpha power units move rudders back aft.
Numbers 2 and 3 are the paralleled GTGs
Material Condition is Modified Z.
Computer assisted manual is the steering mode,
So we can maneuver per Rules of the Road.
CO’s in her chair, she’s up on the Bridge,
We’re still left of track, we’ll come right just a smidge.
TAO down in Combat, monitoring aircraft and chats,
And EOOW in Central, stay vigilant Hellcats!
The year that’s behind us was challenging, yes, indeed,
But Ready 85 will always succeed.
We’re mighty, we’re strong, we cannot be rattled
In the year that’s to come, we’ll stay RELENTLESS IN BATTLE!
Named for CAPT. David S. McCampbell, an Alabamian who went on to become a Medal of Honor and Navy Cross recipient who was the Navy’s leading ace in World War II (34 victories with VF-15 in a six-month period in 1944, flying F6F Hellcats, later serving as CAG of USS Essex), DDG-85 was built at Bath and commissioned in 2002. McCampbell is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. Her skipper is Cmdr. Allison Christy.
Really nice representation of a modern combined 11-ship Carrier Strike Group and Expeditionary Strike Group, both of which are typically carved out in 2-3 ship groups spread across the ocean at any one time. You have a carrier, three modern gators, an Aegis cruiser for battle-space coordination, five destroyers and an oiler. Carrying a 2,000-Marine/32-aircraft MEU, a 75~ aircraft Carrier Air Wing and most of a HELMARKSTRIKERON spread across the tin cans, it’s a lot of power in one place at one time. Especially when you consider there are other assets a force this size would deploy with that are unseen (P-3/P-8, KC-130, SSN, SSGN, et. al) in this photo.
Too bad there aren’t any frigates in the photo…just saying
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 23, 2016) USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) lead a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five and Expeditionary Strike Group Seven ships including, USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Germantown (LSD 42), USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), as well as USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) during a photo exercise to signify the completion of Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This is the sixth exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006.