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NNS151118-14. Oceanographer of
the Navy Testifies on Capitol Hill Regarding Arctic
By Brian Leshak, Office of the
Oceanographer of the Navy Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Oceanographer of the Navy Rear
Adm. Tim Gallaudet testified regarding Navy Arctic
operations to the House Committee on Foreign
Affairs' (HCFA) Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and
Emerging Threats and the HCFA Subcommittee on the
Western Hemisphere, Nov. 17, in the Rayburn House
Gallaudet, who testified
alongside the State Department's Special
Representative for the Arctic Adm. Robert Papp and
Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel, was called in
his role as director of the Navy's Task Force
Climate Change (TFCC) and commander, Meteorology and
Oceanography Command to discuss how the Arctic is
changing and what the Navy's plans are for the
"As a global force, the
U.S. Navy must be ready to operate in all the
world's oceans, including the Arctic, as we have
done for many decades," said Gallaudet. "The Arctic
is a major driver of global climate and weather. The
diminishing sea ice is gradually opening the region
to the potential for increased economic activity
including commercial shipping, fishing, oil and
mineral extraction, and tourism. These changes will
necessitate more accurate, long range forecasts to
ensure safe transit in the region."
created in 2009 by the Chief of Naval Operations to
address naval implications of the changing Arctic
and global environment. In addition, TFCC's mission
is to make recommendations to Navy leadership
regarding policy, investment, research and to lead
public discussion on the Arctic region.
Navy will continue to sponsor research through the
Office of Naval Research focusing research
initiatives to include environmental dynamics,
acoustic propagation, sea state and boundary layer
physics, and ocean stratification and technologies,"
said Gallaudet. "Improving our understanding of the
complex polar environment, and more accurately
predicting the dynamic ice-ocean atmosphere dynamics
is essential to safe navigation and my primary
responsibility as oceanographer and navigator of the
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NNS151118-13. Ike Changes Command
From USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D.
Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) welcomed a new commanding
officer during a change of command ceremony in
Norfolk, Va., Nov. 18.
Capt. Paul C. Spedero
relieved Capt. Stephen Koehler as Ike's commanding
officer in front of the ship's crew, friends and
family during a ceremony in the ship's hangar bay.
Rear Adm. Bruce H. Lindsey, commander, Carrier
Strike Group 10, who presided over the change of
command, said Koehler's accomplishments as
commanding officer are truly reflected in the ship's
exceptional crew, which is more than ready to
complete its current workup cycle ahead of a
deployment scheduled for summer 2016.
one of Captain Koehler's favorite phrases, Lindsey
said, "the Eisenhower Sailors are 'fired up' to be
Lindsey went on to say
that "President Eisenhower said 'motivation is the
art of getting people to do what you want them to do
because they want to do it,' and I know Capt.
Koehler's legacy is, despite the tremendous
challenges of being the first Optimized Fleet
Response Plan carrier, the entire IKE crew is
incredibly motivated to once again get this awesome
warship forward deployed, prepared to execute any
presidential tasking assigned."
graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
Spedero comes to Ike from USS Peleliu (LHA 5), which
he decommissioned in March 2015. Spedero is an
experienced naval aviator who has previously served
as the executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS
Carl Vinson (CVN 70), as well as the executive
officer and later the commanding officer of the
Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86.
During his tour with the Sidewinders, he flew combat
missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and
Operation Enduring Freedom.
"I am humbled to
have this remarkable opportunity to lead the
Sailors, chiefs and officers of the Navy's finest
capital warship," Spedero said. "I am honored to
assume command of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower."
Koehler leaves Ike to become the director of
fleet/joint training at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in
Norfolk, Va. During Koehler's nearly two and a half
years at Ike's helm, the command completed an
extensive, 23-month docking planned incremental
availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in
Koehler and the ship's crew
concluded the availability on Sept. 1, whereupon
they returned to the ship's homeport at Naval
Station Norfolk. Since then the ship has operated
flawlessly through training and flight operations
for both pilot carrier qualifications and Joint
Strike Fighter test program.
"We've done a
lot of work in the last couple of years, and I
couldn't be more proud of the pride and
professionalism with which you have conducted
yourselves while we got this ship ready to once
again take the fight to the enemy," Koehler said.
"This has been the most gratifying experience of my
career; seeing you all rise to the occasion through
often difficult and always challenging
Koehler told the crew that as
they continue to meet upcoming operational
commitments, he will be rooting them on every step
of the way.
"As much as I hate to part
company with all of you, I leave knowing that you
all are in good hands," Koehler said. "You're in
good hands because you are all part of the most
talented and capable crew in the Navy, and you're in
good hands with Captain Spedero at the helm. I look
forward to watching all of your success in the
coming year as you embark on deployment."
recognition of his efforts, Lindsey awarded Koehler
the Legion of Merit.
Guests at the ceremony
included members of Koehler's and Spedero's
families, several prior Ike commanding officers,
distinguished guests and much of the ship's crew.
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NNS151118-07. Navy IT Networks Evolving into
From By Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Tomahawk. MK48. Aegis: These are
weapons systems employed by the Navy to achieve
decisive effects in locales far and wide.
With the increase of cyber threats across the globe,
the Navy is hardening another weapons system
essential for effective operations: its information
technology networks, both afloat and ashore.
The Navy must "operate the network as a
warfighting platform," said Vice Adm. Jan Tighe,
U.S. Fleet Cyber Command-U.S. 10th Fleet earlier
this year at the Sea-Air-Space conference. "It's not
a service provider. It's not a support capability.
We know that our operational network is under fire
every day; we have to defend it."
which stands for Consolidated Afloat Networks and
Enterprise Services, represents a key aspect of the
Navy's modernization planning. It provides an
enhancement to cybersecurity, command and control,
communications and intelligence systems afloat by
establishing the network as the Navy's cyber
platform. CANES brings significant advances in
application hosting and system management, as well
as reducing the number of network variants by ship
class across the fleet.
With CANES, the
network is firmly part of the Navy's combat
In addition to a planned
technology refresh cycle to pace emerging cyber
threats, CANES' integrated voice, video, data and
system-management functions optimizes and
streamlines network system administrator workload.
Reduced hardware requirements also decrease system
vulnerabilities and threat attack surface area.
The network serves as the cyber platform for
more than 200 applications and connected systems,
including data, transport, systems management and
voice and video services.
To date, the Navy
has completed installation of CANES on 25 ships with
153 remaining and due to be complete by 2024.
Installed systems are performing operational
missions and have supported information dominance
missions across the globe.
for Navy is the reliability of its ashore networks:
Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and OCONUS Navy
Enterprise Network (ONE-Net.)
NMCI is the
Navy's shore-based enterprise network in the
continental United States and Hawaii, providing a
single integrated, secure information technology
environment for reliable, stable information
transfer. NMCI serves 700,000 users in 2,500
locations that send more than 33 million weekly
comprehensive, end-to-end information and
telecommunication services to OCONUS Navy shore
commands by using a common computing environment for
both the Non-secure IP Router Network (NIPRNet) and
Secure IP Router Network (SIPRNet). Together, these
systems serve as not only IT assets, but as
information weapons systems in and of themselves.
To this end, both NMCI and ONE-Net operators
are vigilant about cybersecurity and defending the
Navy's systems against attacks to ensure user access
and to protect the Navy's data and applications.
NMCI alone relies on 10 classified and 25
unclassified server farms, and 30 microserver farms
to deliver enterprise network IT services to its
more than 700,000 users. NMCI blocks 231 million
unauthorized intrusion attempts, detects 26 million
threats and blocks 3.5 million spam messages per
In the not too distant past, Navy
networks were viewed as delivery systems for email
and administrative actions. With the evolution of
cyberspace capabilities and vulnerabilities, Navy
networks can be viewed as cyber platforms that
deliver decisive effects from seabed to space.
Prepares to Welcome USS Thomas Hudner
Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jamie Cosby
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The keel of the Arleigh
Burke-class USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) was laid,
Nov. 16, in Bath, Maine, signifying the beginning of
the destroyer's construction.
Expected to be
commissioned in Boston in fall 2018, the ship is
named for retired Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.,
a naval aviator who received the Medal of Honor for
displaying uncommon valor during the Korean War
Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Hudner was honored for
actions taken after his wingman, Ens. Jesse L.
Brown, the first African American naval aviator to
fly in combat, was shot down. Under extremely
adverse conditions, Hudner purposefully crashed his
own aircraft in an attempt to save Brown. Then he
and a rescue pilot unsuccessfully attempted to free
Brown from the wreckage.
"I couldn't bear the
thought that he was down there and there was no way
to get him out," said Hudner, a native of Fall
River, Mass. He added that he couldn't get over
having the ship named after him, but that it
provided him "a great sense of responsibility and
His story was chronicled in the
recently-released "Devotion: An Epic Story of
Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice."
will be the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to
join the Navy, with Cmdr. Nathan Scherry as its
first commanding officer.
"I am extremely
humbled and grateful for the opportunity to command
a new construction ship, and I'm especially proud of
being selected to take command of a ship named after
one of our nation's heroes" said Scherry. "As the
ship's first commanding officer, my primary
responsibility will be to build the crew and get
everybody ready for operational tasking."
Scherry said Hudner will be one of the nation's most
technologically advanced and capable warships. It
will be the first of the "technology insertion"
destroyers, which means it will gain elements of a
next generation of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers
known as Flight III. The improvements will include
better on board power-generation systems, increased
automation, and next generation weapons, sensors and
"With the improvements and a
well-trained, seasoned crew, Hudner will be able to
carry out our nation's tasking with unsurpassed
honor, courage and commitment," said Scherry.
For more information about Arleigh Burke-class
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NNS151118-04. Navy Honors Gold Star Survivor
After 40 Years
By Mass Communication
Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins, Commander,
Submarine Squadron 11 Public Affairs
DIEGO (NNS) -- Throughout the history of the United
States Navy, many Sailors have paid the ultimate
sacrifice while serving their country. Those heroes
leave behind family members, such as parents and
spouses, who carry their memory with them in their
They do not carry this weight alone.
The U.S. Navy established the Navy Gold Star
(NGS) Program, Oct. 1, 2014, to provide continuing
support for surviving family members of Sailors who
lost their lives while serving in an active duty
Cheryl Caleca is one of those family
members. She is the surviving spouse of Petty
Officer 2nd Class Curtis Griggry, who served aboard
the ballistic missile submarine USS George
Washington (SSBN 598) and lost his life in a motor
vehicle accident, Nov. 1, 1975, while on active
Lt. Cmdr. Juan Cometa, a Navy chaplain,
presented a Navy Gold Star next of kin of deceased
personnel lapel button and an American flag to
Caleca on behalf of the Navy, during an
NGS-coordinated ceremony aboard the Los
Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN
"I think the Gold Star program is
fantastic," said Caleca. "I didn't even know this
existed before. Then all of a sudden I'm on a
submarine, getting a flag and a pin. I am really
humbled by all of it. 40 years ago, we didn't have
anything like this program. Things have really come
a long way."
The Navy Gold Star next of kin
lapel button depicts a gold star in a circle,
commemorating honorable service. Four sprigs of oak
surround the circle and represent the branches of
the armed forces, a decoration introduced by the
military in 1977 as a symbol of honor for survivors
of deceased service members. While this decoration
is normally presented to surviving family members
during military funerals, it may also be presented
retroactively for service members who lost their
lives at any time after March 29, 1973.
"Petty Officer Griggry is not forgotten," said
Cometa, who officiated the ceremony. "One thing I
love about America is that we never forget those who
have served their country."
Davis, Hampton's commanding officer, presented
Caleca with a command coin following the ceremony.
"It doesn't matter if it was five years ago, 20
years ago or 40 years ago," said Davis. "We are
still one force and always together. We showed that
Caleca reached out to Sabrina
Griffin, an NGS coordinator, who learned Caleca had
not received a ceremonial flag or button following
the death of her husband in 1975. Griffin contacted
Submarine Squadron 11 to create an opportunity to
honor Griggry's service on board a submarine.
"I was happy, shocked, surprised and elated that
the Navy would do this after so many years," said
Griffin and 17 other NGS coordinators
are located at Navy installations across the United
States. They work with Fleet and Family Support
Centers to assist surviving family members in
receiving benefits and resources for which they are
"The flag and pin was something we
wanted to make sure she had," said Griffin. "We've
been really influential in getting Ms. Caleca the
support that she needs."
According to Caleca,
the support of the Navy and NGS holds a special
meaning for her.
"To me, NGS sends a message
that the Navy still cares about all of its
families," said Caleca. "It doesn't matter how many
years ago a Sailor may have passed away, we're still
For more information about NGS,
visit http://www.navygoldstar.com or
more information about Commander, Submarine Squadron
11, visit http://www.css11.navy.mil or
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NNS151117-22. Alaska Sea Service Scholarships
By Naval Education and Training
Command Public Affairs
Pensacola, Fla (NNS)
-- The Navy League and Naval Education and Training
Command (NETC) announced Nov. 16, eligibility
requirements for the Alaska Sea Services
Scholarships for academic year 2016-2017.
The program awards up to six $1000 scholarships
annually for undergraduate education to dependent
children or spouse of personnel serving in the U.S
Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard active duty,
reserve or retired personnel. It includes those who
were serving at the time of death or
missing-in-action status and are legal residences of
Alaska. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements
will be ranked according to academic proficiency,
character, leadership ability, community involvement
and financial need.
The scholarships are
made possible by funds raised as a war bond during
World War II by Alaska citizens as a gift to honor
the Sailors of the USS Juneau (CL 52). Following the
war, the governor of the territory of Alaska and the
secretary of the Navy agreed that the bond monies
would remain on deposit until an appropriate
application could be found. In 1986, the Navy
established the Alaska Sea Services Scholarships
The application deadline is February
26, 2016 for the FY-16 selection board, which
convenes in April 2016.
A selection panel will
be appointed by the Navy League Foundation and the
nominee packages will be forwarded to NETC for final
approval and selection of the winners. Recipients
will be notified and scholarships funds disbursed to
the appropriate academic institution.
Applicants must show acceptance at an accredited
college or university for full-time under graduate
study toward a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of
Science Degree. No more than two scholarships awards
many be given to any individual during pursuit of
the four-year degree.
information and a link to apply for the Alaska Sea
Services Scholarship, visit
www.navyleague.org/scholarship or refer to NAVADMIN
Interested students and families may
contact Mrs. Stacy McFarland at (703) 232-5595/
(800) 356-5760; email: email@example.com or
Dr. Cheral Cook at (850) 452-3671 (DSN 459 3671);
information on the Naval Education and Training
Command, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil
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NNS151117-20. NRL Researchers Recruit Luminescent
Nanoparticles to Image Brain Function
Daniel Parry, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Public
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Research
biologists, chemists and theoreticians at the U.S.
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), are on pace to
develop the next generation of functional materials
that could enable the mapping of the complex neural
connections in the brain.
The ultimate goal
is to better understand how the billions of neurons
in the brain communicate with one another during
normal brain function, or dysfunction, as a result
of injury or disease.
"There is tremendous
interest in mapping all the neuron connections in
the human brain," said Dr. James Delehanty, research
biologist, Center for Biomolecular Science and
Engineering. "To do that we need new tools or
materials that allow us to see how large groups of
neurons communicate with one another while, at the
same time, being able to focus in on a single
neuron's activity. Our most recent work potentially
opens the integration of voltage-sensitive
nanomaterials into live cells and tissues in a
variety of configurations to achieve real-time
imaging capabilities not currently possible."
The basis of neuron communication is the
time-dependent modulation of the strength of the
electric field that is maintained across the cell's
plasma membrane. This is called an action potential.
Among the nanomaterials under consideration for
application in neuronal action potential imaging are
quantum dots (QDs) - crystalline semiconductor
nanomaterials possessing a number of advantageous
"QDs are very
bright and photostable so you can look at them for
long times and they allow for tissue imaging
configurations that are not compatible with current
materials, for example, organic dyes," Delehanty
added. "Equally important, we've shown here that QD
brightness tracks, with very high fidelity, the
time-resolved electric field strength changes that
occur when a neuron undergoes an action potential.
Their nanoscale size make them ideal nanoscale
voltage sensing materials for interfacing with
neurons and other electrically active cells for
QDs are small, bright,
photo-stable materials that possess nanosecond
fluorescence lifetimes. They can be localized within
or on cellular plasma membranes and have low
cytotoxicity when interfaced with experimental brain
systems. Additionally, QDs possess two-photon action
cross-section orders of magnitude larger than
organic dyes or fluorescent proteins. Two-photon
imaging is the preferred imaging modality for
imaging deep (millimeters) into the brain and other
tissues of the body.
In their most recent
work, the NRL researchers showed that an electric
field typical of those found in neuronal membranes
results in suppression of the QD photoluminescence
(PL) and, for the first time, that QD PL is able to
track the action potential profile of a firing
neuron with millisecond time resolution. This effect
is shown to be connected with electric-field-driven
QD ionization and consequent QD PL quenching, in
contradiction with conventional wisdom that
suppression of the QD PL is attributable to the
quantum confined Stark effect - the shifting and
splitting of spectral lines of atoms and molecules
due to presence of an external electric field.
"The inherent superior photostability properties
of QDs coupled with their voltage sensitivity could
prove advantageous to long-term imaging capabilities
that are not currently attainable using traditional
organic voltage sensitive dyes," Delehanty said. "We
anticipate that continued research will facilitate
the rational design and synthesis of
voltage-sensitive QD probes that can be integrated
in a variety of imaging configurations for the
robust functional imaging and sensing of
electrically active cells."
contributors to this study included the Optical
Sciences Division, and the Materials Science and
Technology Division at NRL, Washington, D.C. A full
report of the team's findings, entitled "Electric
Field Modulation of Semiconductor Quantum Dot
Photoluminescence: Insights Into the Design of
Robust Voltage-Sensitive Cellular Imaging Probes,"
was published September 28, in the American Chemical
Society publication, NANO Letters. This
groundbreaking work was funded by the NRL
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Naval Research Laboratory, visit www.nrl.navy.mil or
NNS151117-19. Rushmore Returns to Indonesia
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea
Troy Milburn, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 3
BALI, Indonesia (NNS) -- The
amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47),
along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary
Unit (MEU), arrived in Bali Nov. 16, for a scheduled
From integrated amphibious
operations with the Indonesian navy during exercise
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, to several
interactions during Rushmore's current deployment,
building the relationship between the United States
and Indonesia is a theme Rushmore Sailors are
excited to continue.
"During RIMPAC 2014,
Rushmore integrated with the Indonesian landing
platform dock ship KRI Banda Aceh (LPD 593)," said
Cmdr. Thomas Stephens, Rushmore's commanding
officer. "During the exercise, crews of Rushmore and
Banda Aceh conducted successful integrated
amphibious operations, including the recovery of
Banda Aceh amphibious assault vehicles into
Rushmore's well deck."
Rushmore has carried
its tradition of working with the Indonesians into
their current deployment in port and at sea,
starting with their port visit to Manado.
"During this Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment,
Rushmore was the first U.S. military ship to visit
Manado, Indonesia, since 2012," said Stephens.
"After leaving Manado, Rushmore rescued and rendered
assistance to 65 Indonesians adrift in the Makassar
Strait. The cooperation and compassion demonstrated
by Sailors and Marines unquestionably assisted in a
maturing bilateral relationship between the United
States and Indonesia."
Even Sailors on their
first Western Pacific Deployment have been impacted
by experiences shared with the people of Indonesia.
"I'll always remember the visit to Manado," said
Cryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Ivan
Pedraza. "You could tell the people weren't really
exposed to international visitors by how excited
they were to greet us. It was a really unique
experience in a growing city, and it makes me wonder
what it was like a few years ago for the last
Sailors who visited."
While visiting Manado
was an eye-opening experience for Sailors and
Marines as they were received with handshakes from
excited locals, many are anticipating blending into
the tourist-oriented atmosphere of Bali.
"Bali seems like it has a little bit of everything,"
said Information Technology Specialist 2nd Class
Patrick Laxa. "There are temples, themed
restaurants, beautiful resorts and pretty much
anything you could hope for as a tourist. I'm really
looking forward to getting out and exploring."
"Manado was a great port visit to start
deployment and Bali is a great port visit to end
it," said Stephens. "With Manado as our first port
visit and Bali as the last, Indonesia has become a
significant part of our experience deployed and
provided a positive bookend to Rushmore's WESTPAC
2015 for Sailors and Marines who have worked
extremely hard these past six months."
Rushmore, part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group,
and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are
currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of
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NNS020724-46. This Day in Naval History - Nov. 18
From Naval History and Heritage Command,
Communication and Outreach Division
The battleship Maine launches at the New York Navy
1922 - In a PT seaplane, Cmdr. Kenneth
Whiting makes the first catapult launching from an
aircraft carrier at anchor, USS Langley (CV 1), in
the York River.
1943 - USS Bluefish (SS 222)
sinks the Japanese destroyer Sanae and damages the
oiler Ondo 90 miles south of Basilan Island.
1944 - USS Blackfin (SS 322) diverts from her war
patrol and picks up captured Japanese cryptographic
and technical equipment, along with other secret
documents, west of Camurong River on the north coast
of Mindoro, Philippines.
1944 - USS Peto (SS
265), USS Spadefish (SS 411), and USS Sunfish (SS
281) attack the same Japanese convoy in the East
China. Peto sinks army cargo ships Aisakasan Maru
and Chinkai Maru. Spadefish sinks auxiliary
submarine chaser Cha 156 and Sunfish sinks army
transport Seisho Maru.
1962 - USS Currituck
(AV 7) rescues 13 Japanese fishermen from their
disabled fishing boat Seiyu Maru, which was damaged
in Typhoon Karen.
Kearsarge Harriers Join Fight Against ISIL
USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group public affairs
ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Naval Aviation rejoined
the fight against ISIL Nov. 19 when AV-8B Harriers
from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron
(VMM)162(Reinforced)launched from the amphibious
assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct their
first missions over Iraq in support of Operation
Inherent Resolve (OIR).
The last Naval
Aviation missions in support of OIR were Oct. 17,
from USS Essex (LHD 2).
"We will continue to
work with our coalition partners to drive ISIL out
of Iraq and Syria," said Lt. Col. Brian T. Koch,
commanding officer of VMM-162(REIN). "We operate
around the clock to defend America, and to keep our
families at home safe."
VMM-162(REIN) is the
aviation combat element of the 26th MEU, currently
embarked with the Kearsarge ARG.
Augustus P. Bennett, commander, Kearsarge Amphibious
Ready Group (ARG), said the Sailors and Marines
under his charge are prepared for what lies ahead.
The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with the
embarked 26th MEU along with our coalition partners
are here to degrade and destroy ISIL's current
operations under OIR," Bennett said. "The combined
ARG-MEU team is an expeditionary Navy/Marine Corps
force that stands ready and has been trained for
these types of operations. We're here to assure our
allies, deter any adversaries and provide a
persistent U.S. presence here in the U.S. 5th Fleet
area of operations."
In addition to Naval
Aviation missions against ISIL in support of OIR,
the Marines and Sailors of the ARG-MEU team are
deployed throughout the region conducting various
missions including theater security cooperation and
maritime security operations.
ARG arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet Nov. 1. The U.S.
5th Fleet's area of operations encompasses about 2.5
million square miles of the Middle East's maritime
reaches and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf
of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and parts of the
For more news from Commander,
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet, visit
NNS151119-16. Naval Academy Class of 2016 Receives
By Mass Communication
Specialist Second Class Nathan Wilkes, U.S. Naval
Academy Public Affairs
Annapolis, Md. (NNS)
-- The U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 received
their service assignments Nov. 19, informing them of
the warfare communities in which they will serve as
commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps.
A major milestone in their career at the
academy, 1,077 first-class midshipmen opened letters
containing the information that will define their
lives in the fleet. This year, more than 98 percent
of the midshipmen received either their first or
second choice of assignments.
Class Sarah Howard, of 22nd Company, chose surface
warfare officer (SWO). Howard is the first of her
family to serve in the Armed Forces.
really excited that I got what I wanted," said
Howard. "I really wanted SWO because it gives me the
opportunity, when I go out into the fleet, to have a
division and lead Sailors and help them grow."
Howard will join 248 other midshipmen entering
the surface warfare community from the academy.
Joining her is Midshipman 1st Class Amanda Jackson,
of 6th Company, who selected nuclear surface warfare
"Coming into USNA, I had no clue
what I wanted to do," said Jackson. "I changed my
mind a few times, decided I wanted to be a surface
warfare officer, and later decided to go nuclear."
Also taking the nuclear option is Midshipman 1st
Class Riley Miller. Coming from a long line of Army
veterans, she will join a growing population of
female officers and enlisted aboard submarines.
"I had the opportunity to go on several
different submarines, and the people were
incredible," said Miller. "I wanted a technical
challenge and to be surrounded by hard-working
people. Seeing their technical expertise made me
want to learn the material and get better so I can
have that same influence on someone else."
the 269 midshipmen selected to become Marines, 170
will serve as ground officers and 99 will serve as
pilots or flight officers.
From 3rd Company,
Midshipman 1st Class Marco Defournoy made the
decision to become a Marine in his final year after
learning the roles and responsibilities of a Marine
A native of Haiti, Defourney
enlisted as a damage controlman after graduating
high school in Florida. Defourney accepted an
appointment to attend the Naval Academy after a year
at the Naval Academy Preparatory School. For him,
service selection marks a turning point in his naval
"I originally planned to go SWO when
I first got here, but I had some great Marine
mentorship that convinced me to train with them over
the summer, and it grew on me," said Defournoy. "I
still love surface, and it will always have a place
in my heart, but I'm ready for a new adventure. That
is why the Marine Corps was my first choice."
For Midshipman 1st Class Erin Devivies, of 3rd
Company, selecting information warfare marked a
departure from a Marine Corps family tradition.
"Even though my parents are both retired
Marines, they are excited for me to blaze my own
trail in the Navy," said Devivies. "Information
warfare is really new and on the cutting edge so I'm
very excited to be a part of that."
Midshipman 1st Class Esteban Salazar will also be
joining the ranks of the naval intelligence
"During my first-class midshipman
cruise, I met Intelligence Specialist 1st Class
Joshua Lawson," said Salazar. "It was incredible
seeing some of the things he was able to do. I
wanted to see what the enlisted side does in that
community, and he really mentored me in a way I
didn't expect. If an indication of the intelligence
community was exemplified through IS1 Lawson, I
figured it was the right choice for me."
Naval Academy endeavors to match personal
preferences with aptitude and ability, placing
midshipmen in the community best suited to their
strengths so as to set them up for successful
careers in naval service.
For more news from
U.S. Naval Academy, visit www.navy.mil/local/usna/.
NNS151119-15. Navy Medicine
Force Master Chief to Host First Virtual Live Chat
By Mariah Felipe, U.S. Navy Bureau of
Medicine and Surgery public affairs
CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- Force Master Chief Terry J.
Prince, Hospital Corps director, will host his first
virtual live chat, Nov. 23, at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Navy Medicine will facilitate the virtual chat
http://www.facebook.com/USNavyMedicine and Twitter:
will discuss the mission and future of the Hospital
Corps - the Navy's most decorated Corps. The live
chat also serves as an opportunity for Sailors,
Marines, their families, and all other Navy Medicine
beneficiaries to get to know one of Navy Medicine's
leaders and ask any questions they might have about
the Hospital Corps and the role corpsmen have in
delivering their health care.
to engage in a conversation with Sailors, Marines
and their families through social media," said
Prince. "I encourage participants to ask me
questions about the critical role of the Hospital
Questions may be submitted to Prince
during the live chat using the hashtag #AskTheFORCM.
Personnel submitting questions should include their
name, rank, rate and command.
is a global health care network of 63,000 personnel
that provide health care support to the U.S. Navy,
Marine Corps, their families and veterans, in high
operational tempo environments, at expeditionary
medical facilities, medical treatment facilities,
hospitals, clinics, hospital ships and research
units around the world.
For more news from
Navy Medicine, visit
NNS151119-13. Adm. James Caldwell Visits Newport
By Mass Communication Specialist
3rd Class Aaron T. Kiser, USS Abraham Lincoln Public
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Adm. James
Caldwell, Jr., director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion
Program, visited the Newport News Shipyard (NNS),
Nov. 16, to speak to Sailors assigned to ships and
submarines in construction or maintenance periods at
This was the first time Caldwell
visited NNS since being appointed director of the
program. As part of his visit, he addressed Sailors
and shipbuilders in the Virginia Class Submarine
Consolidated Facility. During his speech, Caldwell
mentioned the importance of getting warships out
into the fleet and the significant impact they have
on international security.
increased naval presence is important to the world,"
Caldwell said. "We can help calm conflicting nations
by having ships in areas they're needed in."
Caldwell touched on the fact that, historically,
having a strong Navy was crucial during the early
year's of our country, and highlighted that today's
modern fighting force comes from proud traditions of
"Water served as protection
for our budding nation," Caldwell said. "It helped
protect our trade and invested interest in commerce
when our nation started."
While the admiral
spoke, Information Systems Technician 3rd Class
Krystal Clark, assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft
carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), listened along
with many other Sailors, and shared the impression
his words had on her.
"I've always felt that
the U.S. has had a long history of excellence, and
hearing the admiral talk about it makes me proud to
be a Sailor," Clark said. "By talking to us about
the importance of our jobs, it helps me realize the
gravity of the position we're all in. I keep in mind
ship, shipmate, self."
After speaking to the
Sailors, Caldwell and employees of Naval Sea Systems
Command (NAVSEA) toured USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN
Lincoln is undergoing Refueling and
Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News
Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls
Industries in Newport News, Va.
the fifth Nimitz-class ship to undergo RCOH, a major
life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln
will be one of the most modern and technologically
advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the
fleet, and will continue to be a vital part of the
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Abraham Lincoln, visit
NNS151119-12. Truman 1st Carrier to Install
Navy's Afloat Fab Lab
By Chris Wyatt,
Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center Public
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) --
Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) and
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman
(CVN 75) installed the Navy's first afloat mini
Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) aboard the carrier,
Truman Maintenance Officer Cmdr. Al
Palmer and MARMC Commanding Officer Capt. Steven
Stancy met for the delivery and installation of the
mini Fab Lab.
"Ten years from now, these 3D
printers may be standard equipment on ships," said
Palmer. "We look forward to seeing how our Sailors
respond to this new capability."
The mini fab
lab consists of two additive manufacturing (3D)
printers along with a desktop Computerized Numerical
Control (CNC) mill. A large flat screen monitor,
wireless keyboard and mouse are also included. The
3D printer has the ability to build many sizes and
shapes out of polymers. The CNC mini mill uses
subtractive manufacturing processes to create
Truman Sailors have been
training in the MARMC Fab Lab since Nov. 10 as an
introduction to digital manufacturing and
innovation. They trained in 3D rendering programs,
soldering basics, and electronic component
instruction. The goal of the training is to give
them the basic instruction needed to operate a mini
Fab Lab while underway.
"A couple of weeks
ago we did the same thing with the Kearsarge's
Sailors," said MARMC Fab Lab Project Officer Lt.
Todd Coursey. "We are choosing bigger ships because
they have a more robust personnel pool and more
capabilities. This program is all about focusing on
education and work force development. We are giving
Sailors training and an understanding of what the
capabilities are, and we are letting them use these
capabilities to help either fix problems in their
work spaces or create improvements."
fab lab will be used as a place for Sailors to
innovate. Truman Machinery Repairman 2nd Class
Raymond Lee said he already sees how this mini Fab
Lab can make a difference on his ship.
think this mini Fab Lab opens up a lot of doors for
quality of life issues and productivity," said Lee.
"The equipment that we mostly use, we don't allow
people outside of our shop to use due to safety.
With the addition of this mini Fab Lab people can
come be creative, improve their work life, and thus
be more productive."
Stancy is excited about
seeing the Fab Lab go onto its first carrier. He
said that the Fab Lab is where creativity meets
"This is what the Fab Lab is all
about," he said. "The Fab Lab is designed to empower
the warfighter to use creative thought to solve an
issue in his or her workspace. We appreciate the
support from the Truman team and we look forward to
working with them as we both move forward with
additive manufacturing and innovation."
more news from Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance
Center, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/nssa/.
NNS151119-07. PMW 240 Receives
ASN(RDA) Award for Acquisition Excellence
From PMW 240 Public Affairs
-- The Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) was honored,
Nov. 17, at the Department of Navy Acquisition
Excellence Awards, as part of a ceremony that took
place at the Pentagon.
of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition
(ASN(RDA)) The Honorable Sean Stackley presented the
program office with the Dr. Al Somoroff Acquisition
Award, recognizing it for outstanding acquisition
achievement in the accomplishment of its mission.
On hand to accept the award from the program
were Program Manager Laura Knight, Deputy Program
Manager Patrick Fitzgerald and Technical Director
Ken Johnson, along with several other members of the
PMW 240 leadership team.
"I was extremely
happy to accept this award on behalf of all of our
members of the PMW 240 program office," said Knight.
"Having been selected to receive an award for
acquisition excellence is a testament to all of the
employees who exemplifies our core mission of
enabling the Navy's business systems."
PMW 240 team was recognized for embracing new
technologies and information management, which is
increasing the proficiency of Sailors and capability
of the fleet. The team is fresh off of several
highly successful deliveries to the fleet including
the highly popular eDIVO mobile app, as well as a
modernized recruiting system for the Navy. They are
responsible for delivering the systems that
implemented electronic leave, modernizing an
eLearning platform that is one of the largest in the
world, delivering the Navy's 3-1-1 global distance
support capability, and running the largest portal
in the Navy. In addition, the program exceeded their
defense and Navy small business inclusion goals.
"This award is a great honor, recognizing the
significant hard work and sustained excellent
performance of PMW 240," said Fitzgerald. "We are
continuously improving our processes, pioneering new
approaches, [and] delivering exciting new
technologies and capabilities to our Sailors and the
PMW 240 manages a complex portfolio of
information technology systems to support Navy human
resource management, criminal justice, fleet
support, afloat business applications, Navy and
Department of Defense portfolio management,
Department of the Navy administration, and joint
aviation aircraft scheduling. The Sea Warrior
portfolio includes support or development of 30
systems, 30 initiatives, and 13 applications, and
their systems are deployed on 169 ships and 70
For more news from Program
Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems
Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/peoeis/.
NNS151119-05. NAVSUP WSS Host
DASN (Acquisition and Procurement)
Jackson, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems
Support Office of Corporate Communications
PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- Mr. Elliott B. Branch, deputy
assistant secretary of the Navy for Acquisition and
Procurement (DASN (AP)) recently visited NAVSUP
Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) Philadelphia.
"We are honored to host Mr. Elliott Branch,"
said Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro, commander, NAVSUP
WSS. "This is a terrific opportunity for the NAVSUP
WSS workforce to hear directly from Mr. Branch and
share their acquisition initiatives and successes."
During the visit, DASN (AP) received a
comprehensive brief on NAVSUP WSS' maritime and
aviation contracting accomplishments, innovative
successes and current acquisition initiatives. DASN
(AP) also took the opportunity to walk through the
workspaces and personally meet some of NAVSUP WSS'
contracting and supply professionals.
in the day, DASN (AP) took the time to address the
NAVSUP FLC and NAVSUP WSS workforces, including
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Norfolk employees
who participated via video teleconferencing.
DASN (AP) discussed the significance of both
workforce's role in Navy acquisitions and his
perspective on the challenges and opportunities that
he foresees on the horizon, as the Navy's senior
civilian responsible for acquisition and contract
"NAVSUP WSS is an intricate part of
our business and I'm amazed and impressed by your
organization," said DASN (AP) in his closing
remarks. "I just wanted to come here and personally
say thank you, to each and every one of you, for all
the great things you do in support of the
The visit concluded with DASN
(AP) opening up the floor for questions and giving
NAVSUP WSS employees the opportunities to discuss
peer reviews, negotiation techniques, and small
business initiatives, among other topics.
field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command,
NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is the
U.S. Navy's supply chain manager providing worldwide
support to the aviation, surface ship, and submarine
communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps,
joint and allied forces with products and services
that deliver combat capability through logistics.
There are more than 2,000 civilian and military
personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites.
The NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft,
while its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and
For more news from Naval Supply
Systems Command, visit: www.navsup.navy.mil
NNS151119-04. BHR Hosts Commander, 7th
Fleet All Hands Call
By Mass Communication
Specialist 1st Class Ty C. Connors, USS Bonhomme
Richard Public Affairs
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) --
Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS
Bonhomme Richard (LHD6) hosted an all hands call by
Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin, Commander, U.S.
Seventh Fleet (C7F), 18 November, 2015.
Sailors and Marines from Bonhomme Richard (LHD6),
Commander, Fleet Activities, Sasebo (CFAS) and all
tenant commands in the Sasebo area attended the
Aucoin assumed command of 7th Fleet in
September 2015 and this was his first opportunity to
introduce himself to his forces in the Sasebo Area.
"I wanted to say thank you for the work you
have done this year," said Aucoin. "The Western
Pacific is a maritime area of responsibility (AOR)
and our amphibious capability is needed by so many
countries here. What you did in Talisman Sabre and
in the humanitarian response for Saipan and Tinian,
showed our allies and partners the capability we
have to support stability and security in this
region. Job well done."
The Admiral also
spoke about the importance our partnership with
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
"Working with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
is so important," said Aucoin. "I personally believe
that the security and stability that we have in this
region right now, is primarily due to the great
relationship shared by the United States Navy and
The Admiral also took questions
from Sailors and Marines and discussed topics like
Sailors looking out for one another, current
affairs, future naval fleet development, and the 7th
Fleet liberty policy.
"It is really a
pleasure to be on board this magnificent ship," said
Aucoin. "I really appreciate what you are doing out
Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of
the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is
forward-deployed out of Sasebo, Japan in the U.S.
7th Fleet area of Operations.
NNS151119-03. USS Ohio Hosts Royal Malaysian
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman
Zachary A. Kreitzer, USS Emory S. Land Public
SEPANGGAR, Malaysia (NNS) -- Sailors
from the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN
726) gave a tour to Sailors of the Royal Malaysian
Navy (RMN) and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
(MMEA), while in Sepanggar, Malaysia, Nov. 17.
The purpose of the tour was to give Malaysian
sailors a look into how U.S. submariners live and
work aboard one of the largest submarines in the
"We wanted to know how the U.S.
submarines operate," said Sub Lt. Syehmi Rohani of
the MMEA. "We were very interested to know how you
guys operate and live inside the submarine."
While aboard, the Malaysian Sailors were shown the
torpedo room, battle management center, main control
center, missile control center, diesel generator,
dry dock shelters, medical and crew's mess.
"The U.S. has sub capabilities that no other country
has in the world," said Master Chief Fire Control
Technician William Greene, Ohio's chief of the boat.
"To let them get a glimpse of what that looks like
and what we have to bring to the table as a partner,
I think is important. This breaks the ground for
more working together in the future."
Emory S. Land (AS 39) and Ohio's visit to Malaysia
continues the U.S. Navy's ongoing commitment to
theater security, cooperation and friendship with
local partner navies.
Emory S. Land is a
forward deployed expeditionary submarine tender on
an extended deployment conducting coordinated tended
moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 5th and
7th Fleet areas of operations.
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NNS151119-02. SWOS Names 2015 Instructors of the
By Lt. Andrew Bartholomeaux, Surface
Warfare Officers School Command Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The commanding officer of
Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) announced the
2015 SWOS Instructors of the Year (IOY), Nov 17.
Chief Engineman Todd Hosselkus, Damage
Controlman 1st Class Nicholas Kulik, and Gas Turbine
Systems Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Joseph
Sanchez were selected as SWOS Senior Instructor of
the Year (SIOY), Instructor of the Year (IOY), and
Junior Instructor of the Year (JIOY), respectively.
"These Sailors' contributions to SWOS are at the
core of our mission," said Capt. David Welch, SWOS
commanding officer. "We are in the business of
educating Sailors and officers, and preparing them
for the demanding duties at sea. These leaders in
the classroom embody the core tenants of effective
instruction, and they impact every Sailor from
accession to commanding officer assignments at sea.
The surface community entrusts only its finest
enlisted Sailors with these roles, and these three
individuals are shining examples of experienced
fleet Sailors whose expertise and professionalism
add greatly to the learning experience."
Hosselkus serves as an instructor in the Officer
Engineering Training (N74) Directorate. He is the
leading LCS-2 engineering instructor.
great accomplishment to be a part of such a great
collection of instructors, and I am honored to even
be mentioned in this group, let alone selected to
represent them," commented Hosselkus in regards to
his recognition. "All the instructors at SWOS do so
much in training surface Sailors and I am truly
humbled to be recognized."
Kulik is assigned
to the Damage Control/Fire Fighting (N79)
Directorate in Pearl Harbor as an instructor. He has
trained more than 1,500 students, including 8,500
man-hours of mishap-free high-risk training for
Sailors and Marines.
"Everything I do as an
instructor is not for me, it is for the benefit of
the Sailors and to make this Navy even better than
it already is," said Kulik. "Should the time come
when knowledge and skill are tested, we will be
ready. Don't give up the ship."
assigned to SWOS Unit Great Lakes (N78) Directorate
as the lead instructor for Gas Turbine Systems
Technician (Mechanical) 'C' School. Sanchez trained
and mentored 56 fleet returnees through 16 hands-on
laboratories and four Advanced Training classroom
"SWOS instructors are the best
of the best," said Peter Dyksterhouse, SWOS command
master chief. "They take pride in being the focal
point for training the officers and enlisted sailors
who man and fight our ships and ensure students are
prepared to succeed at every level of leadership."
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Officers School, visit
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NNS151119-01. Stethem Sailors Reach
Out in Shanghai
By Mass Communication
Specialist 2nd Class Kevin V. Cunningham, USS
Stethem Public Affairs
SHANGHAI, China (NNS)
-- Crew members assigned to the forward-deployed
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS
Stethem (DDG 63) joined with members of the People's
Liberation Army Navy (PLA N) in visiting the
Shanghai School for the Blind, Nov. 18.
is an honor to host and share a little of our life
with our own nation's Navy, as well as the United
States Navy," said the school's principal, Hongmei
Xu. "The students are more than happy meeting guests
who care to learn what we do here."
started with musical pieces performed by the
students, followed by those of both navies. Stethem
Sailors ended their presentation with the gift of
freshly baked cookies from the ship's galley.
Before leaving, Ms. Xu led the participants in a
tour of the school grounds, giving a brief history
of the 103-year old academy.
enthusiasm and joy made this a special event," said
Operations Specialist 3rd Class Jason Aldez, from
Flower Mound, Texas. "The example and dedication of
both the students and staff members reminds us of
our own dedicated lives as Sailors."
arrived in Shanghai, Nov. 16, for a scheduled port
visit to build relationships with the PLA N, and
demonstrate the U.S. Navy's commitment to the
deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and a member of
Destroyer Squadron 15, plays a vital role in
maintaining partnerships in the 7th Fleet area of
Established in 1943, 7th Fleet
has been promoting security and stability for more
than 70 years. 7th Fleet's area of operation spans
from the International Date Line in the east to the
India/Pakistan border in the west, and from the
Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the
For more news from Commander Task
Force 70, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/ctf70/.
NNS020724-47. This Day in Naval
History - Nov. 19
From Naval History and
Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach
1813 - Capt. David Porter,
commander of the man-of-war Essex, claims the
Marquesas Islands for the U.S. In the following
weeks, he establishes a base to overhaul Essex and
builds a fort.
1943 - USS Nautilus (SS 168)
enters Tarawa lagoon for the first submarine
photograph reconnaissance mission. It is later
damaged by friendly fire from USS Santa Fe (CL 60)
and USS Ringgold (DD 500) off Tarawa because due to
the mission, Nautilus presence was unknown to the
1943 - USS Sculpin (SS 191) is
damaged by the Japanese and abandoned by her crew.
Forty-one Sailors are taken as POWs, 21 of whom are
taken on Japanese carrier Chuyo that is later sunk
by USS Sailfish (SS 192).
1944 - USS Conklin
(DE 439) and USS McCoy Reynolds (DE 440) sink the
Japanese submarine I-37 100 miles west of Palaus.
1969 - Navy astronauts Cmdr. Charles Conrad, Jr.
and Cmdr. Alan L. Bean become the third and fourth
men to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 12
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