The Coast Guard Cutter DILIGENCE (WMEC-616) returned Home to NAS Pensacola on 29 April 2021 after a successful and productive Patrol to the eastern Gulf of Mexicao and Caribbean Sea.
The Coast Guard Cutter WALNUT (WLB-205) has arrived safely to her new home, Pensacola, FL. A beautiful day helped the Base and Community officially WELCOME the WALNUT as she tied up pierside 3:30 PM, 31 March 2021 at NAS Pensacola. A photo gallery for the arrival can be viewed: Here A Hellcat Produtions video of the arrival can be viewed: Here.
Go back to the Homepage or Recurring Events page and click on the Golf icon to view the photo Gallery and Hellcat Productions video for the 2020 Golf Tournament. Photo galleries are available for previous years as well.
Video of the Farewell (courtesy of Hellcat Productions) can be viewed by clicking: Here. A photo Gallery of the event can be viewed by clicking: Here. CMDCM Mario Rivers is heading to Hawaii to assume the duties as Area CMC. Stewart Ramsey is retiring and has plans to undertake some interesting travel. For those that know him the term "Have bike will travel" comes to mind. Both are terrific people and will be dearly missed. An invitation with specifics can be found by clicking: Here
The Coast Guard Cutter RELIANCE (WMEC-615) has arrived safely to her new home, Pensacola, FL. A beautiful day helped the Base and Community officially WELCOME the RELIANCE as she tied up pierside right on time at 8:00 AM, 31 August 2020 at NAS Pensacola. A photo gallery for the arrival can be viewed: Here A Hellcat Produtions video of the arrival can be viewed: Here.
The Cutter DILIGENCE arrived to her new Homeport of NAS Pensacola at 10:00 AM on Monday, 27 July 2020. The day may have been dark and damp but the enthusiam was clearly undampened as the good ship and Crew were welcomed by the Base, the community and their families. A photo gallery for the arrival can be viewed: Here. A WEAR TV-3 News/Hellcat Productions video of the arrival can be viewed: Here
The Commander of Naval Education and Training Command conducted a Virtual Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony on Thursday, 9 July 2020. During the Ceremony RADM Kyle J. Cozad USN was relieved by RADM Peter A. Garvin. RADM Cozad's retirement Ceremony followed the Change of Command.
A Link to view a recording of the Virtual Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony follows: Click here.
USCGC DAUNTLESS (WMEC 624) shifted Homeport to NAS Pensacola on 10 July 2018. A photo Gallery of the arrival can be viewed: Here.
The Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 conducted a Change of Command on Friday, 10 July 2020. During the Ceremony Col Michael H. Johnson, USMC was relieved by Col William C. Hendricks IV, USMC.
A link to view a recording of the Ceremony can be found: Here
The original invitation can be viewed: Here
The Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Training Support Group 23 conducted a Change of Command on Friday, 10 July 2020. During the Ceremony Col Ryan G. Goulette, USMC was relieved by Col Kevin J. Boyce, USMC.
The original invitation can be viewed: Here
Instructions for viewing a recording of the Ceremony on the MATSG-23 Facebook page follow:
Instructions for becoming a member of the “MATSG-23 Headquarters Permanent Personnel Family Readiness” Facebook page. Our Command Facebook Page is set up as a private group, so there are a few more steps involved.
This may seem daunting, but it really is quite easy! Please go to the following link as soon as practicable: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303156677015305/?ref=share When prompted, ask to become a member. When you do, three questions will come up.
Q1 – How are you affiliated with MATSG-23?
A1 – Friend / Family (as appropriate)
Q2 – Are you in Pensacola?
A1 – Y / N (as appropriate)
Q3 – Who is your family member in MATSG-23?
A3 – CO
The Commanding Officer of the United States Coast Guard Cutter DECISIVE conducted a Change of Command Ceremony on Tuesday, 14 July 2020. During the Ceremony CDR Jose D. Martis, USCG was relieved by CDR John B. McWhite, USCG. A link to view a recording of the Ceremony follows: Click Here. To see the Change of Command Photo Gallery: Click Here
To view a gallery of the USS Tripoli "Plankowner" Plaque assembly efforts by the Tripoli Commissioning Committee and the Pensacola Navy League: Click Here
On April 3, 2018, the Secretary of the Navy chose Pensacola as the site for commissioning USS Tripoli LHA 7. The USS Tripoli is named for the Battle of Derna in 1805, the first battle fought on foreign soil by the military of the fledgling United States of America. The ship is 850 feet long (about the size of the USS Lexington) with a crew of 1050 Sailors. She will be able to embark over 1700 Marines and is the first LHA, designed to support the new F-35B Lightning II.
Unfortunately due to public gathering limitations an administrative only Commissioning event in lieu of a formal Ceremony was conducted under way after leaving Ingals Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS.
While the crew of the Tripoli awaited completion of construction and Commissioning of their ship they were engaged in local training, professional development and Community Relations support. To see the Tripoli Community Relations gallery: Click Here
For additional detail and to listen to a radio interview with Commissioning Committee Chairman RADM Don Quinn USN (ret) and Pensacola Navy League Public Affairs Officer, Harry White: Click Here
On 26 November 2019 members of the Tripoli Commissioning Committee and the Pensacola Navy League traveled to the Ingalls Shipbuilding Facility in Pascagoula, MS. While at the facility CAPT Kevin Meyers the Tripoli Commanding Officer provided a personal guided tour of the ship while it was in "Dry Dock" completing the final stages of construction. A crew from the University of West Florida radio station WUWF accompanied the tour and recorded the event. A copy of their three part broadcast can be seen/heard here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
The Secretary of the Navy chose Pensacola as the site for the Commissioning of the USS St. Louis, LCS-19. The Commissioning has been re-scheduled for Saturday, 8 August 2020 on board Naval Station Mayport, in Jacksonville. FL due to concerns regarding Crew COVID infection potential. An invitation to the Commissioning Ceremony can be found: Here. A video of the Commissiomning Ceremony can be found: Here.
The Commissioning will occur at 1000 on Charlie 2 pier with minimal crowd participation due to public gathering restrictions. The Commissioning Committee from St. Louis, Missouri includes members of the Pensacola Navy League, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce and Visit Pensacola.