This is an awesome photo of the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during sea trails in Lake Michigan. She was commissioned in Galveston, Texas in September and is now home ported at Naval Station, Pearl Harbor. (OK, it may have a "joint" name today, but for us sailors, it will always be "Pearl".)
Earlier today, I participated in a DOD Bloggers Roundtable with Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz, USAF, Director for Strategic Planningand Policy, U.S. Pacific Command. One of my questions was on the forward deployment of USS Freedom (LCS 1) to Singapore, with future LCS's including the USS Detroit (LCS 7) to follow. I will post my report here, as well as on the www.NavyMemorial.org site and my other blog site www.saluteourtroopsandveterans.blogspot.com in a few days. General Keltz, a native of Hawaii, (his father endured the attack on December 7th,) shared his perspective on international military and bilateral cooperation in the area the Pacific Command has responsibility. A recording of the bloggers conference is available on DODLive.mil. Needless to say, it was a very interesting 30 minute interaction with one of our key military leaders at the Pacific Command. Look for my post in a few days.
In the meantime, we look forward to the USS Detroit joining the Navy fleet in 2015.