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I'm a Plankowner, Oct, 27, 1961, was aboard during Commissioning,  and past President of the USS Constellation Association, I even attended the Decommissioning in San Diego in 2003. 

The reason I'm contacting you is there was a bronze plaque that was hung in the hanger deck honoring those who were killed in the 1960 Brooklyn Navy Yard fire aboard Constellation. We looked for the plaque during the decommissioning, it had been removed and hasn't been seen since. 

Speaking for our association, we would be interested in recovering this plaque and donating it to the Brooklyn Navy Yard where Constellation was constructed, her birthplace! The navy yard has set up a museum honoring all those people who worked there from the begining, also showing all ships built there. We have spoken to one of the curators there and they would love to have that plaque placing it in the museum to honor those who lost there life that day in 1960. 

Please let me know if you can help us locate the plaque, that would much appreciated. I thank you in advance! 

Very Truly Yours
Marty Horowitz
Past President USS Constellation CVA-64 

This was written by Marty Horowitz and sent to the Naval History Center at the Washington Navy Yard in D.C.  We are presently looking for this memorial for display in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum.  There is a room there dedicated to the USS Contellation CVA/CV 64.  If you have any information about this plaque that was removed after Connie's decommissioning, please contact

There are plans in the works to have a special reunion located in Brownsville, TX when the Constellation arrives there after a last 5 month deployment-so to speak.  Information will be posted here soon.
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Kitsap says goodbye to Constellation

By: Ed Friedrich

Posted: 6:04 PM, Aug 8, 2014

BREMERTON People dotted Sinclair Inlet抯 shorelines for a final glimpse of the historic aircraft carrier Constellation on Friday as the retired Vietnam War-era ship left for Texas, where it抣l be dismantled.

A large tugboat, Lindsey Foss, and three smaller ones jockeyed the 1,100-foot, 61,000-ton carrier out of its berth of 13 years in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard抯 Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility. They pulled the stern south and spun the ship parallel to shore. The big tug disconnected from the stern and hooked up to the front.

揥hen you see it broadside, it抯 amazingly beautiful, said Todd Passmore, 47, who watched from directly across the bay near Ross Creek. The Port Orchard man抯 daughter serves on a carrier just down the way the USS John C. Stennis.

Also parked along Highway 166 Bay Street were Lydia Succo and two friends.

揑 think it抯 cool to see these kind of things, the 24-year-old Port Orchard woman said from inside her SUV. 揧ou don抰 get to see an aircraft carriers move every day, and I抦 new to the area. I find it immensely fascinating.

The carrier and tugs crawled toward Rich Passage without much fanfare, much slower than the sluggish 6 knots it抣l travel during its 16,000-mile trip to International Shipbreaking in Brownsville, Texas. A few private boats provided prime vantage points, but there were no fireboats streaming water, no Coast Guard vessels. A helicopter hovered overhead at the beginning.

Judy Turner of Port Orchard shared a generation with the Constellation. She graduated from North Mason High in the late 1960s, an era when the warship made seven war deployments.

揟he Constellation to me is a big deal, she said. 揗aybe it was Vietnam, I don抰 know. It was something that was always on the radar.

The 54-year-old ship had a major influence on Louis 揂ndy Anderson, who watched it approach his viewpoint at Port Orchard抯 Westbay Center. After enlisting at 17 years old, he spent 18 months on the Connie off Vietnam.

揑t was outstanding, said the 57-year-old Port Orchard man. 揑抎 never been away from home. I went to different countries. If I hadn抰 been on the ship I would never have met my wife, had three kids and 13 grandkids.

The Constellation was to be turned over to 140-foot seagoing tug Corbin Foss once it reached more open water. Then it was expected to travel for four months around South America and north to Texas. It can抰 fit through the Panama Canal.

Dismantling the Constellation will be the largest ship recycling job in United States history. It will take about two years and yield about 60,000 tons of materials.

Five alternatives to dismantling were considered. The Navy looked into sinking the Constellation in a live-fire training exercise, but Navy policy doesn抰 allow the use of aircraft carriers. Sinking it for an artificial reef wasn抰 feasible because the ship抯 PCB level is too high. No foreign country was interested in buying the ship. It wasn抰 put up for donation as a museum because of the difficulty in recent years of organizations to raise enough money to satisfy the Navy抯 requirements.

The Navy stripped the Constellation of items of historical significance when it was decommissioned in 2003, as is standard procedure for all of its ships. Sixty-two objects were removed, such as plaques, trophies, a spyglass and ship抯 bell.

Three inactive carriers remain in Bremerton抯 mothball fleet. The Independence and Ranger are designated for scrapping. The Kitty Hawk is being kept in reserve.

Former crew members remember carrier Constellation

Posted: 10:02 AM, Aug 6, 2014

Updated: 12:56 PM, Aug 6, 2014

By Ed Friedrich

Kitsap Sun

The USS Constellation had spirit, say sailors who sailed for more than four decades on the aircraft carrier. And probably spirits, too. They were on board, Aug. 7, when the Vietnam-era warship prepared for towing from Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility en route to be scrapped in Brownsville, Texas.

While the vessel was still under construction in Brooklyn, 50 shipyard workers died in a Dec. 19, 1960 fire. A forklift broke the plug off a 500-gallon diesel tank. Fuel flowed to the lower levels and ignited. The fire took 17 hours to put out and caused $75 million in damages. Fifty-four-year-old Anthony Gambaro was among the dead. The pipefitter had been installing ventilation ducts in the command information center. Trying to crawl away in blinding smoke, he fell down an elevator shaft and wasn抰 found for two days.

揑 have no hard feelings toward the ship, said Gambaro抯 son, Tony Jr., who was 24 at the time.

His dad emigrated from Italy, too old to fight in World War II, so he was proud when he could help his new country by working on the Constellation. A plaque bearing the victims names graced one of the hangar bays, but has gone missing.

Tony Jr. attended Constellation抯 commissioning ceremony with his wife and mother. He has followed the ship ever since. Though he never served on it, or even in the Navy, he was accepted as a member of its alumni association. Participating in a Friends and Relatives Cruise ranks among his life highlights. He visited the off-limits command information center where sailors showed him the elevator where his dad died.

揝ome people say the ship is jinxed, said the 78-year-old Gambaro, who lives in New Jersey.

If he needed more evidence, he could point to Oct. 2, 1969. A plane from Clark Air Force Base in The Philippines was flying fresh sailors to the carrier. It crashed in the Bay of Tonkin off of Vietnam with 26 people aboard. None were ever found.

Berl Meyer was supposed to be on that flight, but the passenger list grew too large and some were diverted to Japan. Now the former aerographer weatherman is the association抯 webmaster and the glue that holds it together. The group, which has 492 members, will continue after the ship is gone, he said.

The Constellation, commissioned in 1961, was deployed to the Vietnam War seven times, earning 13 campaign medals. It stuck around long enough after that for another generation of sailors to serve on. Among them was Keith Goosby, the command master chief from 1998 to 2000. Though he held loftier positions, nothing beat the Connie抯 spirit and teamwork, he said.

揥e were not the newest carrier in the fleet, we were one of the oldest, but we outperformed anybody, said Goosby, who retired in 2004 after 30 years.

One of his proudest moments came during a 1999 deployment to the western Pacific. A plane took off and immediately had trouble. The pilot made a couple passes while the crew prepared for a barricaded landing.

揈verybody from the commanding officer to the folks on the flight deck, it was like watching a symphony, said Goosby, who works for Navy Region Southwest in San Diego. 揟hey got the barricade up and the airplane came in and landed. The next day the pilot was in another plane taking off again.

Goosby said he was honored to be allowed to be the command master chief aboard the USS Constellation.

揑f you ask my wife, she抣l say Connie was my girlfriend, he said. 揝he was the highlight of my career, hands down.

Shannon Thomas was with Goosby on the ship, but on the other end of his career after just joining the Navy. He was also impressed by the barricaded landing. Another memorable moment was rescuing three Iranians floating on a refrigerator in the Persian Gulf after their supply ship sank.

Thomas advanced from E-1 to E-4 while serving on the ship from 1996 to 2000. Now an 18-year veteran, he抯 assigned to the USS Freedom littoral combat ship in San Diego. None of his subsequent assignments matched Constellation抯 teamwork.

揈verybody worked together to make everything function, he said. 揙n the Constellation that抯 what we were all about. Even today that抯 something I try to drive home to my sailors.

Thomas was in Bremerton when the battleship USS Missouri was towed to Pearl Harbor to become a museum. He had hoped for the same fate for the Constellation and says it抯 heartbreaking that it抯 being scrapped.

Tom Armstrong thought he抎 seen the last of the Constellation in November 1969 when his enlistment ran out and he was flown off. A crash crew fireman, he remembers working 18 to 20 hours a day off of Vietnam, launching and recovering planes, with bombs and missiles lying all over the place.

During a 33-year career with the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Bangor fire departments, he kept getting pulled back to the carrier for fire inspections and once rode it up once from San Diego, where it was based its entire time.

揂fter 25 or 30 years, I got to see my old compartment where I used to live, where I used to eat and work, he said. 揑t was like going back to a high school reunion.

The Constellation was decommissioned in August 2003 after 21 deployments and towed to Bremerton.

USS Turner Joy sailors reunite in Bremerton

Bremerton's floating museum draws old shipmates

By Rachel Anne Seymour

For Kitsap Sun

Nearly 200 former shipmates of the USS Turner Joy attended a reunion banquet, memorial service and ship tour of the old destroyer, which was known for its battles in the Vietnam War.

The reunion, which started Aug. 7, gives former sailors the chance to "tell sea stories or lies," joked Richard Asche.

Asche, who lives in Port Orchard and has helped organize the reunions since they started 1990, served on the ship in 1963 and 1964.

While the last time the reunion was in Bremerton was six years ago, former shipmates can tour USS Turner Joy at any time, Asche said.

During Saturday's open tour, shipmates from around the country convened to see old friends and talk about their time on board the ship.

George Ainley, of Stockton, Missouri, recalled the ship's upper decks reaching 140 degrees and the lower decks being 120 degrees. There was no air conditioning on the ship, just forced air ventilation, he said.

Ainley served on the USS Turner Joy from 1964 to 1967.

Because of the extreme heat, sailors had to be careful not to touch any metal part of the ship without the protection of rags or clothing, he said.

Ainley said he could once walk up and down the stairs between decks, which are extremely steep, without a railing.

Burns from accidentally touching the ship's metal wasn't the worst injury Ainley ever saw during his service.

During a misfire accident in 1965, Ainley tried to help hold on the skin of one sailor who was severely burned after jammed ammunition in one of the gun mounts exploded. Although the burned sailor lived, three others died in the incident and another two were injured.

Jon Littmann, of Denton, Texas, also was injured aboard the USS Turner Joy in another incident and was the only shipmate to receive a Purple Heart, he said. He served on the war ship in 1967 and 1968.

After less than two months on the ship, an explosion on the starboard side put a hole in the deck and blasted through the wash room wall, hitting Littman with shrapnel in his back end. The incident earned him the nickname "Half Ass," which has been printed on his reunion name tag in the past. This year he wrote it in himself.

"He was our hero," jested Bill "Jay" Butka, whose time on the ship overlapped with Littmann's for a few months.

Butka, of San Diego, served on the USS Turner Joy twice once from 1965 to 1968 and again from 1971 to 1979.

In its last month of war, the ship fired 10,000 rounds, said Butka, who was there for the last round the war ship fired in the 1970s.

NNS140811-16. Multilateral Exercise SEACAT 2014 begins in Singapore, Continues throughout Southeast Asia

From Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs

CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore (NNS) -- The 13th annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise commenced at the Republic of Singapore Navy's Multinational Operations and Exercises Center (MOEC) Aug. 11.

Focused on regional cooperation to address shared maritime security challenges like piracy, smuggling and other illicit activities at sea, SEACAT brings together liaison officers from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States to collaborate and coordinate practical responses to a number of realistic scenarios.

"As maritime nations that depend on the free flow of commerce at sea, we share an interest in addressing these challenges and recognize that none of us has enough resources to do it alone," said Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet's Task Force 73 and executive agent for SEACAT, who delivered opening remarks at the MOEC.

During the five-day command post exercise (CPX), liaison officers will receive simulated reports of suspect vessels in the Straits of Singapore and Malacca, the Andaman Sea or the South China Sea. After sharing information from all available sources, such as Singapore's Information Fusion Center (IFC), Malaysia's International Maritime Bureau (IMB), or the Philippines' Coast Watch System, the LNOs will develop and implement response plans during a concurrent field training exercise (FTX). Based on the situation, aircraft and ships from participating navies will investigate and conduct on scene boardings as necessary.

This year's exercise incorporates maritime search and rescue scenarios as well as participation by regional coast guards, like the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

"We're all mariners here and I'm pleased that organizations like Malaysia's MMEA are part of the mix this year," said Williams. "Coordination between navies, coast guards and marine police is a big part of getting after maritime security challenges, especially those that overlap with international and territorial waters."

Several staff members from the forward deployed Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 were also on hand to participate as U.S. LNOs and to run the CPX scenario.

"For the second year in a row, DESRON 7 is looking forward to participating in this year's SEACAT exercise," said Capt. Fred Kacher, DESRON 7 commodore. "Exercises like this help to strengthen partnerships so we are ready to respond as one team to challenges whenever they arise in this incredibly important maritime region."

SEACAT, which began in 2002 under the name "Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism," was renamed in 2012 exercise to expand the scope of training among regional navies and coast guards. Participating U.S. forces include staff from Commander, Task Force 73, DESRON 7, guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) and a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

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NNS140811-06. Makin Island ARG, 11th MEU Arrive in 7th Fleet Area of Operations

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl, Amphibious Squadron Five Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Aug. 11, after departing San Diego July 25.

Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted an emergent recovery of 11 researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument Aug. 8.

The operation assisted the researchers in retreating from imminent danger of Hurricane Iselle that is expected to impact Lisianski Island, Laysan Island and the Pearl and Hermes Atoll.

"We work with NOAA and we're out here almost every summer in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands working with Hawaiian Monk Seal pups doing mostly population assessment," said Carrie McAttee, a NOAA researcher. "We've been here since June and we were supposed to be here until September."

The recovery was prompted by the threat of Hurricane Iselle, the first hurricane to strike the Hawaiian Islands in more than two decades, which threatened the safety of the researchers, who were not equipped to withstand the extreme conditions of the looming storm.

USS Makin Island (LHD 8), USS Comstock (LSD 45), and USS San Diego (LPD 22) each deployed rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) that traveled more than four miles and endured challenging seas but safely reached their destination. Once the boats reached the coastline, they carefully maneuvered to receive the researchers and their gear without affecting the endangered marine life below.

Getting the researchers onboard safely was a top concern. "It was important to us to ensure this was a safe evolution for all involved," said Capt. Vic Cooper, commodore, Amphibious Squadron Five. "We carefully considered the safety of the researchers, our Sailors and Marines, equipment and the environment, every step of the way."

Once all researchers were accounted for, the RHIBs returned to their respective ships and the researchers were given a warm welcome, a place to shower, dry clothing and a meal.

"It was quite impressive how quickly it all happened," said Kristine Meise, a NOAA researcher. "You guys were really efficient in getting here and getting us on board. We definitely want to thank everybody that we've met on the ship."

All of the researchers were grateful for the Navy and Marine Corps' commitment to lending a helping hand.

"Anytime we have the opportunity to help those in need, we will do our very best," said Capt. Alvin Holsey, commanding officer, Makin Island. "Our Navy makes a difference everyday throughout the world, and today we were proud to be able to make a difference here."

Capt. John Menoni, San Diego's commanding officer, echoed those thoughts.

"This is what the Navy is all about, helping others in need and being ready when called upon," said Menoni. "The San Diego team has shown our ability to accomplish anything and work together to get the job done."

The researchers were then flown to Midway Island. Although remote, Midway provides shelter for the displaced personnel and access to a runway if further evacuations are needed.

"Keeping ahead of the storm required rapid planning and swift execution by our pilots and air crews," said Lt. Col. Jason Holden, commanding officer of the 11th MEU's aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced). "This was a great opportunity to render aid to those in need and to exercise our capacity to respond quickly to emerging events."

Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It encompasses 139,797 square miles of the Pacific Ocean.

Makin Island ARG is on a scheduled deployment to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing deterrence, humanitarian aid, and disaster response while supporting the Navy's maritime strategy in the U.S. 7th and 5th fleet areas of responsibility.

NNS140811-08. USS Michigan Visits Singapore during Western Pacific Deployment

By Lt. Jennifer Charlton, USS Michigan (Gold) Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) arrived in Singapore, Aug. 10, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

"The crew has a relentless spirit and has worked tirelessly on this deployment to ensure success," said Chief of the Boat, Command Master Chief Paul Coffin. "This port visit to Singapore will allow some much deserved rest and relaxation for the crew."

With a crew of approximately 160, Michigan can conduct a multitude of missions that showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

"The entire Michigan team has worked diligently to ensure a successful and safe deployment," said Capt. Benjamin Pearson III, Michigan's commanding officer. "It is extremely important for our submarines to maintain presence and capability in the region ensuring operational readiness is maintained."

Michigan is more than 560 feet long and displaces over 18,000 tons when submerged. It is one of four Ohio-class submarines converted into guided-missile submarines. Michigan is one of the largest, stealthiest and most versatile submarines in the world and is capable of performing a wide variety of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and irregular warfare.

For some of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Singapore.

"This will be my first liberty port visit since I have joined the Navy and entered the submarine force," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Nikki Camat. "I just earned my submarine qualifications this deployment cycle and I am very excited to see Singapore for the first time."

Michigan's homeport is in Bangor, Washington and is currently forward deployed to Guam.

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NNS140811-02. Vella Gulf Arrives in Romania

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston Jones, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment Europe

CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Aug 11.

Vella Gulf's presence in Romania and the Black Sea reaffirms the United States' commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region.

During Vella Gulf's second port visit to Constanta, the Romanian chapter of the Navy League will hold a barbeque for visiting Sailors. The port visit also coincides with Romanian Navy Day.

"Vella Gulf looks forward to a second port visit to Constanta, especially during Romanian Navy Day," said Capt. Robert Katz, Vella Gulf's commanding officer. "A dedicated relationship with partners, such as Romania, demonstrates our commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies."

Following her departure from Constanta, Vella Gulf is scheduled to participate in the at-sea portion of Romanian Navy Day.

Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, is conducting naval operations with allies in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in Europe.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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NNS140810-01. USS Peleliu Arrives in 7th Fleet Area of Operations

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Batchelder, USS Peleliu Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) arrived in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise, Aug. 9.

Peleliu is expected to carry out various operations in support of the nation's maritime strategy, providing presence in the 7th Fleet AOR while promoting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

"[Peleliu is] ready to support pre-planned, existing operations and exercises that support theater security cooperation across the region in addition to being prepared to respond to any contingency that may arise," said Capt. Paul C. Spedero, Peleliu's commanding officer.

Peleliu's crew has undergone multiple training evolutions including air and well deck operations. They also conducted various damage control and engineering drills while participating in RIMPAC 2014 to prepare themselves for operation within 7th fleet.

The 7th Fleet's AOR encompasses more than 48 million square miles from the Kurile Islands, north of Japan, to the Antarctic in the south. And from the International Date Line to the 68th meridian east, which runs down from the India-Pakistan border.

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NNS140811-01. USS Rodney M Davis Enters 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins, USS Rodney M. Davis Public Affairs

USS RODNEY M. DAVIS, At Sea (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) entered the 7th Fleet area of operations (AOR) Aug. 9, after transiting from Pearl Harbor.

The ship will conduct operations with United States Coast Guard (USCG) Tactical Law Enforcement Team Pacific and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in support of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) in the region.

The purpose of OMSI is to enhance maritime domain awareness while increasing law enforcement presence, capacity and capability at sea. To support these goals, the ship's crew and USCG team will perform compliant boarding operations in the Oceania region of the Pacific Ocean.

"These exercises will increase our ability to conduct joint operations while we carry out our mission," said Lt. Kevin Novick, officer in charge of USCG Tactical Law Enforcement Pacific Team embarked aboard Rodney M. Davis. "They will improve our ability to carry out a mission that supports the top foreign affairs priorities of the U.S. and its allies in the Western and Central Pacific regions."

While in the 7th Fleet AOR, Rodney M. Davis will also conduct theater security cooperation with allies and partners in the region.

"Rodney M. Davis will decommission in 2015, so this is our sunset deployment," said Cmdr. Todd Whalen, the ship's commanding officer. "Performing joint operations with our sister sea service and strengthening ties with our regional allies is a great way to close the book on our ship's history."

Rodney M. Davis, based out of Everett, Washington, and is on patrol supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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NNS140811-15. CNP talks Service, Stability, Leadership on Bush

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeffrey Madlangbayan, USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- The chief of naval personnel (CNP) and fleet master chief responsible for manpower in the Navy visited forward deployed units in the Arabian Gulf to meet with Sailors, Aug. 9 and 10.

Vice Adm. William Moran, CNP, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, Moran's senior enlisted advisor, spoke to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) during a televised all-hands call on Site TV where they addressed Sailors' questions.

"It's great to be here, and we've been here all day talking to a lot of Sailors from many departments," said Moran. "We got a lot of great feedback during our conversations with them, and we appreciate it."

Moran and Beldo received questions from Sailors and discussed topics such as retirement plans, benefits, advancement policy, rating billets, and sea and hazardous pay.

"We're trying to stabilize advancement opportunities for all of the rates in the Navy," said Moran. "There are some rates that are really tough. We are trying to figure out ways to increase opportunities so when Sailors take the exam they have a better chance to advance to the next pay grade."

Recently, more than 50 1st class petty officers throughout the strike group were selected to advance to chief petty officer. Moran took time to acknowledge and congratulate the chief selects for their hard work and dedication to the Navy.

"I'd like to give a shout out to all of the chief selects out there who made it just recently, you've earned it," said Moran. "There are 52 chief selects across the strike group and that is outstanding. I saw many of them down at the mess decks and I'm really proud you all for making it to this milestone of your career. I look forward to seeing you all with anchors on your uniform in September."

Moran offered words of wisdom to Sailors who still endeavor to make chief some day.

"For those of you that want to make chief our opportunity is still above historic norms and we don't see that changing in the future," said Moran. "So continue to work hard, test well and you'll see some great results in the future."

During their visit, Moran and Beldo visited many of the ship's departments and squadrons, dined with service members and viewed the ship's daily operations. Moran later met with the chief petty officers during a visit to the chiefs mess, and also spoke with officers during an officers call in the wardroom. In addition to his visit to George H.W. Bush, Moran also took time to visit Sailors aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

Moran added that he wanted to remind Sailors that their country continues to stand by them, and he personally appreciated what the crew does in support of operations.

"Thank you for the great questions you all sent in," said Moran. "We really appreciate the opportunity to get around and talk with you. I couldn't be more proud of the work you're doing. Keep up the great work.

Beldo offered her appreciation to the crew of George H.W. Bush for their kindness and service to their country.

"Thank you so much for the hospitality from the crew," said Beldo. "We had a great visit during the past few days. We're really impressed with the work and the tone of the fleet force out here. You're doing a great job out here."

CNP is responsible to the chief of naval operations for the Navy's manpower readiness, and also serves as deputy chief of naval operations (manpower, personnel, training and education) and oversees the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command and the Navy Manpower Analysis Center.

Commanded by Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) is comprised of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 108) and guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

GHWB CSG deployed Feb. 15 and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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NNS140811-12. Naval War College Sailors Support Local Veterans Home in Need

By Lindsay Church, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

BRISTOL, R.I. (NNS) -- Sailors attached to the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) volunteered in support of an ongoing community outreach project at the Rhode Island Veterans Home (RIVH) on Aug. 7, helping to build a new recreation facility for up to 339 veterans of foreign wars in Bristol, Rhode Island.

The NWC and Newport Naval Station have been participating in the project since January 2014, and continue to send volunteers on a weekly basis.

The recreation area for the facility was previously located in the basement of the building, which had limited access due to ambulatory restrictions and intermittent elevator outages.

Given its budgetary constraints, the project has relied heavily on the ongoing support of volunteers to complete the majority of the work.

"I'd say about 80-90 percent of the work has been done by volunteers from various different groups," said Raoul "Rick" Riccardi, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who is now the foreman of the project. "A large portion of the site's volunteers have come from the Newport Naval Station and the NWC. If it weren't for volunteers coming out and working on this project, it wouldn't get done."

The Rhode Island Veterans Home is a 110-acre complex on Mount Hope Bay that provides nursing and residential care to Rhode Island war veterans. The facility houses 260 nursing care beds in six long-term care units as well as 79 beds in two ambulatory care units.

"It's important to see active duty sailors serving the veteran community so that they can understand each other's experiences," said Riccardi. "This project is important to the RIVH because it will boost the morale of the residents that live here every day. The return on the investment of time and resources is invaluable."

Volunteering on the project has also had a profound impact on the sailors who participated.

"I enjoy volunteering to work at places like the veterans home, because it is important to remember those who sacrificed so much for our nation so that we may enjoy the liberties that endure today," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Andrew Cook, a Sailor attached to the NWC. "There is a certain amount peace that comes from being able to get out of the office and get your hands dirty doing an honest day's labor that benefits such a worthy community."

The project is expected to be completed before the holiday season so that the residents may enjoy the holidays with their families and friends in the new space that's being specifically built for them.

Sailors from the NWC will continue to work on the project until it is completed.

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NNS140811-14. NAVSEA Leader Tells Officers 'Maintenance Is Key To Success'

By Lt. Jason Bilbro, Surface Warfare Officers School Command Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) hosted Vice Adm. William Hilarides, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Aug. 8, when he addressed a class of prospective executive and commanding officers.

During his remarks, the admiral explained the role of NAVSEA in the fleet.

"We manage a budget of approximately forty billion dollars", he said. "We have a wide variety of programs, but the bulk of our funds are spent building, sustaining and modernizing the surface fleet."

The admiral then discussed the current position the Navy finds itself in, that of maintaining its technical competency from the deckplates up.

"The resilience of our Navy in combat rests in the technical competence of its officers, chief petty officers and enlisted Sailors," he said. "And it starts with maintenance. Get a mirror and ask yourself, do we really know our systems? How well are we taking care of them? You should look for opportunities to make your crew do maintenance they are uncomfortable with. Don't let them just do the easy stuff."

"How will you know if yours is a successful ship? When INSURV {Board of Inspection and Survey} is an easy day for you," he said. "Because that means that you have a good maintenance program."

Hilarides closed his remarks with a final order.

"Take care of those ships and Sailors," he said "Be ready for war, we never know where or when it is coming, so be ready at all times."

According to SWOS Executive Officer, Cmdr. Michael Ray, flag-level involvement in the training and preparation of future leaders is important.

"The SWOS curriculum offers these officers exposure to a wide range of relevant fleet topics, but some of the most valuable knowledge our future fleet leaders gain is from our flag-level visitors," Ray said. "Vice Adm. Hilarides observes, on a daily basis, the material and modernization challenges that await these officers in the fleet. His observations will be incredibly useful to them as they prepare for demanding shipboard leadership roles."

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NNS140810-02. Partner-Nation Participants Visit USS New York

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Members of partner navies visited USS New York (LPD 21) Aug. 7, 8 and 9, on Naval Station Mayport while participating in PANAMAX 2014, an exercise aimed at developing strong working relationships between multinational forces to ensure the defense of the Panama Canal.

The exercise, which is scheduled to run through Aug. 15, includes participants from 15 nations: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the United States.

Many of participants had never been aboard a U.S. Navy warship, let alone an amphibious transport dock ship.

"I like the fact that the ship was built in remembrance of those who died on 9-11," said Capt. Dennis Azmitia of the El Salvadoran navy, who is serving as an operations officer for the exercise. "There is great honor to serve on this ship."

Azmitia said serving alongside Americans is a privilege because of their moral conviction.

"I admire U.S. armed forces," he said. "There is always a reason for what you do."

Capt. Marcela Vergara of Chile, who is serving in the legal cell for the exercise, said she was amazed to see that USS New York was built with steel from the original World Trade Center in New York City.

"Who would have ever thought to make a memorial out of a warship to remember those who lost (their lives)," Vergara said. "This has truly been the best part of the visit. The U.S. Navy has been very hospitable to us by opening their arms and allowing us to feel at home even though we are far away from our loved ones."

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, the exercise host, supports U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

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NNS140810-03. Anchorage and Spruance Sailors and Marines Give Back to History

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Nistas, USS Anchorage Public Affairs

LOS ANGELES (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines from amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) gathered together to help restore a legacy of U.S. Naval history, Aug. 7.

The service members assembled on the deck-plates of the former battleship USS Iowa (BB 61) to help in restoring the ship that has become a museum.

David Canfield, vice president of security and technology for Iowa, says this community relations (COMREL) means more than Sailors moving items from one part of the ship to the next or paintimg a bulkhead.

"One of the reasons that we are here is to pass that torch to the next generation," said Canfield, who served on the Iowa from 1987-89 as a non-rated Fireman. "For me personally as an Iowa veteran, a chief petty officer and as a member of the executive team on the ship, it meets all of our goals. We're passing that baton to the next generation. You're teaching them what it was to serve before, allowing them to serve now, and really admiring them for their service that they're doing for the future. It really connects the past with the future."

Sailors had a chance to experience the interior of Iowa that is usually closed off to the public, working in the same type of areas that they work in on the modern day naval ships.

"It feels amazing working on board here," said Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Cleston Williams from Spruance. "Because this ship here paved the way for the ships that I'm on today, like the USS Spruance. This is where it all started, all the blood, sweat and tears. It's an honor and privilege being able to do this."

Iowa was first commissioned on Feb. 22, 1943, and was decommissioned on three separate occasions. For some of the service members, the COMREL had an added bonus of sharing a rich history.

"I'm a big World War II fan," said Marine Cpl. Devin Hahn, from the 7th Engineer Support Battalion detached to the Anchorage. "And me being able to come on board the Iowa and work on it is like working on a piece of history."

The current generation of the military was given the chance to work side-by-side with veterans that once served aboard the Iowa. Intelligence Technician 1st Class Maria Edwards said it was a very rewarding experience to be able to work with a former crewmember of Iowa.

"I thought it was awesome working with an actual veteran from Iowa," said Edwards. "He showed us where he worked, and he told us about how it was like back then. I think that one day, when I'm retired, I would like to work with one of the ship's I've been on."

Canfield, who served in the Navy for 21 years and went from being on Iowa as a non-rated Fireman to retiring as a chief petty officer, says the experience shared on Iowa is extremely important.

"Look around and understand that what we did in the eighties, and what the previous crew did in the forties and fifties, and what they're doing today - it's all connected," said Canfield. "We are all members of the same profession. All of us have chosen to wear the cloth of this country. And when you look back, it's like you were part of a long tradition, there are deep roots in the Navy."

Canfield added, "I would encourage them to look around the ship, to drink in the history. Understand that there were three generations that served here, and you guys are part of the next generation that is serving now."

Anchorage was built at the Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding site in Avondale, Louisiana and is the seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. Delivered to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 17, 2012, the ship was commissioned on May 4, 2013 in the namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska.

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NNS140809-02. Makin Island ARG Evacuates NOAA Researchers

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Corwin Colbert, USS Makin Island Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted an emergent recovery of 11 researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument Aug. 8.

The purpose of the operation was to assist the researchers in retreating from imminent danger of Hurricane Iselle that is expected to impact Lisianski Island, Laysan Island and the Pearl and Hermes Atoll.

"We work with NOAA and we're out here almost every summer in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands working with Hawaiian Monk Seal pups doing mostly population assessment," said, Carrie McAttee, a NOAA researcher. "We've been here since June and we were supposed to be here until September."

The recovery was prompted by the threat of Hurricane Iselle, the first hurricane to strike the Hawaii islands in more than two decades, which threatened the safety of the researchers, who were not equipped to withstand the extreme conditions of the looming storm.

USS Makin Island (LHD 8), USS Comstock (LSD 45), USS San Diego (LPD 22) each deployed rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) that traveled more than four miles and endured challenging seas but safely reached their destination. Once the boats reached the coastline, they carefully maneuvered to receive the researchers and their gear without affecting the endangered marine life below.

Getting the researchers onboard safely was a top concern. "It was important to us to ensure this was a safe evolution for all involved," said Capt. Vic Cooper, commodore, Amphibious Squadron Five. "We carefully considered the safety of the researchers, our Sailors and Marines, equipment and the environment, every step of the way."

Once all researchers were accounted for, the RHIBs returned to their respective ships and the researchers were given a warm welcome, a place to shower, dry clothing and a meal.

"It was quite impressive how quickly it all happened," said Kristine Meise, a NOAA researcher. "You guys were really efficient in getting here and getting us on board. We definitely want to thank everybody that we've met on the ship."

All of the researchers were grateful for the Navy and Marine's commitment to lending a helping hand.

"Anytime we have the opportunity to help those in need, we will do our very best," said Capt. Alvin Holsey, commanding officer, Makin Island. "Our Navy makes a difference everyday throughout the world, and today we were proud to be able to make a difference here."

Capt. John Menoni, San Diego's commanding officer, echoed those thoughts.

"This is what the Navy is all about, helping others in need and be ready when called upon," said Menoni. "The San Diego team has shown our ability to accomplish anything and work together to get the job done."

The researchers were then flown to Midway Island later in the afternoon. Although remote, Midway provides shelter for the displaced personnel and access to runway if further evacuations are needed.

"Keeping ahead of the storm required rapid planning and swift execution by our pilots and air crews," said Lt. Col. Jason Holden, commanding officer of the 11th MEU's aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced). "This was a great opportunity to render aid to those in need and to exercise our capacity to respond quickly to emerging events."

Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It encompasses 139,797 square miles of the Pacific Ocean.

Makin Island ARG is on a scheduled deployment to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing deterrence, humanitarian aid, and disaster response while supporting the Navy's maritime strategy in the U.S. 7th and 5th fleet areas of responsibility.

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NNS140809-06. Mercy Arrives in San Diego After Participating in RIMPAC

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pyoung K. Yi, USNS Mercy Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in its homeport Naval Base San Diego after its inaugural participation in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, Aug. 9.

During the 37-day exercise conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and off the coast of California, Mercy's medical personnel participated with partner nations in medical symposiums, subject matter expert exchanges, drills, demonstrated patient transfer capabilities, exchanged ship riders with China and participated in a series of RIMPAC sporting events.

"We've had the opportunity to speak the common medical language with our partner nations and have worked toward everyone having a better understanding of one another," said Capt. Jeffery Paulson, commanding officer of the medical treatment facility aboard Mercy.

Throughout the many symposiums and subject matter expert panels, Mercy's medical personnel gave various presentations on range of topics.

"[The exchanges] showed what we do globally during humanitarian missions, when there's a crisis in another nation or if we have to be the first casualty receiving area," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Andrew Kim.

Mercy Sailors participated in the first ever personnel exchange between the U.S. Navy and the People's Republic of China, People's Liberation Army (Navy) [PLA(N)] when medical personnel from Mercy and the PLA(N) hospital ship Ark Peace spent several days at sea aboard one another's ships.

"We did everything together," said Lt. Jessica Naranjo, a nurse aboard Mercy who participated in the exchange. "We had breakfast together, discussed the differences in the food aboard Mercy compared to aboard Peace Ark and we worked together and trained together."

While underway Mercy received two medical evacuations and conducted numerous mass casualty, fire and abandon ship drills. The mass casualty drills were fast-paced and included unexpected scenarios and patients, some of whom were wearing special cut suits that allowed surgeons to simulate different surgical procedures. This helped Mercy's medical team understand what a real-life trauma situation entail, said Kim.

"It helped us recognize which processes we needed to change and which ones we should continue implementing," said Kim. "It was a wonderful teaching experience for us and our partner nations."

Throughout the mission the performance of the crew repeated exceeded expectations of the ship's leadership.

"The crew we had during RIMPAC came from a number of disciplines. They didn't quite know what might be expected of them as we headed out to Hawaii," said Paulson. "The crew members showed a great deal of flexibility, adaptability and the highest degree of professionalism across the board."

Mercy is scheduled to return to a reduced operating status crew of approximately 60 Sailors, but will remain on a 5-day activation status ready to respond to a crisis in the region.

RIMPAC, having recently completed its 24th iteration, is a biennial exercise which included 22 nations, 49 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. It is the world's largest international maritime exercise whose purpose is to provide training opportunities that help its participants initiate and build cooperative relationships critical to ensuring safety and security on the world's oceans.

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NNS140809-07. Rear Admiral Thomas Shannon Welcomes 250 USMMA Plebe Candidates into the U.S. Navy Reserves

By LCDR Amber Lewis, Defense Media Activity

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (NNS) -- Rear Admiral Thomas Shannon, commander, Military Sealift Command served as the reviewing officer for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's (USMMA) class of 2018's Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade Aug. 9 in Kings Point, New York.

Acceptance Day marks the transition of the of the freshmen class from plebe candidates to plebes, which signifies the end of the midshipmen's indoctrination period and acceptance into the regiment of midshipmen at USMMA. The Class of 2018 officially arrived July 2, when they began a rigorous, 20-day regimen of academic, military, and physical training known as Indoctrination.

Rear Admiral Shannon administered the U.S. Navy Reserve oath during the ceremony to the plebes, making them midshipmen in the U.S. Navy's Strategic Sealift Officer program.

USMMA is one of the five federal service academies. The school is funded by the Department of Transportation and has a mission to educate and graduate licensed Merchant Marine officers. Graduates from USMMA receive a Bachelor of Science Degree, an unlimited merchant marine officer license from the United States Coast Guard and an officer's commission in one of the branches of the military.

In return for the federal scholarship, each graduate is required to choose to either serve as a merchant marine officer while concurrently serving in any branch of the U.S. military in the reserves for five years, or serve five years of active duty in any branch of the U.S. military.

USMMA graduates ensure a steady stream of merchant marine officers who support the nation's economic and security requirements in times of peace and war.

NNS140808-22. Surface Line Week 2014 Kicks Off in San Diego

By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Donnie W. Ryan, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The 33rd annual Surface Line Week (SLW) kicked-off in San Diego, with the commencement of the sailing competition in San Diego Bay, Aug. 8.

SLW, sponsored by the staff of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, will run through Aug. 15, and features a series of activities dedicated to friendly competition in a variety of professional and sporting events.

"Surface Line Week 2014 consists of 18 athletic events and 15 professional events culminating in an awards ceremony on Aug. 15," said Lt. Aimee Smith, this year's event coordinator. "The overall winner will also be recognized at the Surface Warrior Ball held the evening of Aug. 15."

According to Smith, SLW athletic events include: a 5K run, basketball, billiards, bowling, dodge ball, flag football, golf, push-up/pull-up endurance and cross fit. There will also be a chili cook-off and a salsa cook-off on the final day of competition.

Smith said SLW professional events include: cake decorating, a damage control marathon, lathe work, marksmanship, medical diagnosis/stretcher bearer race, moboards, photo competition, rescue swimmer, a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) race, sailing, seamanship, ship handling, valve packing, visual communications and welding and cutting.

"Competition participants must be active duty, regularly assigned Navy Reserve, or other military personnel and government civilians formally attached to a Navy command," said Smith.

Last year, USS Essex (LHD 2) took first place in the overall large command category, USS Spruance (DDG 11) took it for the medium commands and Naval Base San Diego received the small command trophy.

"This year's Surface Line Week promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding event," said Smith. "Maximum participation is desired from all commands to the extent their operational schedules allow."

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NNS140808-23. USS Coronado Holds Change of Command Ceremony

By Lieutenant Christopher Euans, USS Coronado Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors stood in formation on the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) while pierside at Naval Base San Diego to take part the time-honored Navy tradition of a change of command ceremony, Aug.8.

With the traditional exchange of salutes, Cmdr. Shawn Johnston turned over command of the newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship to Cmdr. Peter Kim.

Capt. Randy Garner, commander of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1, presided over the ceremony and Capt. Ryan Tillotson, commander of Destroyer Squadron 14, served as the guest speaker.

The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 34-month command tour of 'The Royal Punch' for Johnston. He led the gold crew/LCS crew 204, one of Coronado's two pre-commissioning crews, through an extensive fleet introduction process.

Highlights of his tour included hosting the ship's commissioning ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island in April with more than 5,000 guests in attendance, final contract trials, successful execution of a busy underway schedule in support of combat systems ship qualification trials, and the first developmental testing of the surface warfare mission package aboard an Independence-variant littoral combat ship.

Additionally, the crew interacted closely with allied and partner navies during the multi-national Rim of Pacific 2014 exercise where Coronado showcased innovative employment concepts for explosive ordnance disposal dive teams and U.S. Marine Corps reconnaissance teams.

"I will always remember my time as the commanding officer of 'The Royal Punch' and Coronado as a challenging and rewarding experience," said Johnston. "The efforts of the crew inspired me on a daily basis and I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead and serve alongside such a dedicated group of Sailors."

Johnston said that he would miss the group athletic events and small crew camaraderie most of all.

"I am leaving behind a great group of Sailors and feel confident that 'The Royal Punch' and Coronado rests in good hands," said Johnston.

Johnston's next tour will be as part of the LCS requirements shop in the Chief of Naval Operations Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N96) in Washington, D.C., after completing a 10-week joint professional military education course student at the Joint Force Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

Kim most recently served as the executive officer on board Coronado.

"It is truly an honor to take command of LCS Crew 204 and Coronado," said Kim. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this fine crew as the executive officer and I look forward to the exciting times ahead."

Coronado is currently continuing core seaframe initial testing and surface warfare mission package developmental tests and will undergo an extensive post-shakedown availability later this fall. Coronado is currently moored at its homeport of Naval Base San Diego and is assigned as part of LCS Squadron 1.

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NNS020712-03. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 11

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1861 - USS Penguin, commanded by Cmdr. John L. Livingston, engages blockade-runner Louisa during the Civil War. The blockade-runner hits a sandbar near Cape Fear, N.C., and sinks.

1887 - Prof. Asaph Hall of the U.S. Naval Observatory discovers the first of two satellites of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, using the largest refractor of the time, a USNO 26-inch (66-cm) telescope.

1898 - During the Spanish American War, USS Cushing (TB 1), USS Gwin (TB 16), and USS McKee (TB 18) captured and burned the Spanish schooner Jover Genard at Carendas, Cuba.

1943 - Aircraft from Composite Squadron One (VC 1) based onboard USS Card (CVE 11) sinks German submarine, (U 525), about 376 miles west-southwest of Corvo Island, Azores.

1960 - USNS Haiti Victory (T-AK 238), using Navy helicopters and frogmen, recover Discoverer 13 satellite capsule in the Pacific Ocean, the first recovery of a U.S. satellite from orbit.

NNS140811-23. USS Mahan Deploys to 5th Fleet

By Lt. j.g. Alexander Washofsky, USS Mahan Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) departed Naval Station Norfolk today, on a deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

After transiting the Mediterranean Sea, Mahan will enter the Arabian Gulf and surrounding waters to conduct maritime operations and strengthen partner nations' maritime capabilities, promoting a secure maritime environment.

"It is a privilege to command Mahan as we set sail to the 5th Fleet area of operations," said Cmdr. Zoah Scheneman, the ship's commanding officer. "The men and women who make up the crew of the Mahan are among this nation's finest, and together we will ensure freedom of the seas and execute our mission."

Mahan returned from her last deployment in September 2013. Between maintenance periods, the crew was underway for certification exercises and a port visit to New Orleans during Mardi Gras earlier this year.

"I'm excited for this deployment. We've all trained really hard and we're ready to serve our country," said Information System Technician 3rd Class Paul Stanley.

"I'm proud of these Sailors and of all our accomplishments so far," said Scheneman. "I'm excited to see this team perform on the high seas in defense of our nation."

The ship was commissioned Feb. 14, 1998, the fourth ship named after Alfred Thayer Mahan, who wrote "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History," and is considered to be the father of all modern navies.

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NNS140811-21. USS America Departs Brazil, Continues On Maiden Transit

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Scorza, USS America Public Affairs

RIO DE JANEIRO (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) departed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 9 after a four-day port visit.

This was the crew's third stop on the ship's maiden transit, "America Visits the Americas" as the ship continues to make its way from Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi to its homeport of San Diego. The crew first visited Cartagena, Colombia and then Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

While in Brazil, the ship hosted a reception in the ship's hangar bay for more than 450 guests. The distinguished guests included Liliana Alayde, U.S. ambassador to Brazil, as well as senior Brazilian, U.S. government and military officials.

During the visit, the ship's military and civilian crew had the opportunity to experience their host nation and to serve as goodwill ambassadors.

"The city was all that I dreamed it would be," said Quartermaster 2nd Class Armando Diaz. "Myself and many of my shipmates enjoyed visiting the 'Christ the Redeemer' statue as well as the beach, great food and culture."

While moored at the Port of Rio de Janeiro, the crew participated in several community relations (COMREL) projects with local Brazilian military members.
Twenty-five Sailors teamed up with members of the Brazilian Navy at Albert Schweitzer Municipal School Aug. 6, for a COMREL project. Together they painted the gate and wall in front of the school, and played soccer with the students.

The two groups met up again Aug. 8 at the United States Municipal School where they made minor repairs to the school, helped build shelving in the classrooms and played with the students during recess. America Sailors also presented soccer balls to students throughout both school visits to enjoy.

"The Navy-Marine Corps team is 'can-do'," said Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, currently embarked on America. "Whether operating at sea or ambassadors ashore, we are always looking for opportunities to be value added - pitching in whenever and wherever we can. Being able to participate in COMREL projects afford us the opportunity to work side-by-side and shoulder-to-shoulder in partnering with our Brazilian friends as they give back to the community."

America's soccer team also played a friendly match against the local Brazilian Naval team. The two teams met in the center of the field and four players from each team unfolded the flags from their respective countries. With both flags displayed, the national anthems from both countries were sung by each team. After the game, members from America and Brazilian teams exchanged mementos.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Raul Garciavillavicencio, USS America soccer team player, said playing against the local soccer team was a great experience. The local Brazilian Navy soccer team practiced regularly with the national Brazilian team, who recently played in the "World Cup. It was a once in a lifetime experience to be able to play a team of their caliber," said Garciavillavicencio.

America is also scheduled to visit Chile and Peru where the crew will continue enriching partnerships through a variety of interactions with the host nations.

"Our Sailors and Marines anticipated this visit, not only for the exciting opportunity to work with our Brazilian counterparts, but to experience the best Brazil has to offer in culture, music and food that has made [the city] famous worldwide," said Ponds. "Visiting Brazil and its many natural and manmade wonders of the world was on many of our 'bucket-lists of things to do and places to go'."

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. Marine Forces South support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

America is currently traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility on her maiden transit, "America Visits the Americas". America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious assault ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. The ship is scheduled to be ceremoniously commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco.

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NNS140811-25. America Marines and Sailors Conduct Theater Security Cooperation in Brazil

By Cpl. Donald Holbert, Marine Corps Public Affairs

MARAMBAIA ISLAND, Brazil (NNS) -- The Logistics Combat Element of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South departed the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), Aug. 4, for a theater security cooperation event at Marambaia Island, Brazil.

The TSC consisted of bilateral exchanges on combat marksmanship, improvised explosive device detection (IED), medical treatment and combat tracking, concluding with a BBQ to send the Marines and Sailors of SPMAGTF on their way.

U.S. and Brazilian Marines conducted bilateral combat marksmanship practice for two consecutive days at a shooting range on the island. Though the two groups of Marines shared many fundamental practices, it was clear that many of their tactics have been tailored to meet their specific missions.

"A lot of their shooting techniques and styles have been adapted for the favelas and jungle environments," said 1st Lt. Lamontie James, the LCE executive officer with SPMAGTF South, and a native of Tampa, Florida. "We are more focused on Iraq and Afghanistan type engagements."

By the conclusion of the range, both groups learned new and useful tactics to be employed in future training and operations.

The island provided a perfect setting for the two forces to conduct their bilateral IED detection exchange. Simulated IEDs were planted on a road which allowed each group to demonstrate their own detection and disposal tactics.

"We showed them different ways of patrolling using a v-sweep," said Cpl. Christopher Cordero Vega, combat engineer section-head for the LCE of SPMAGTF South, and a native of Humacao, Puerto Rico. "They were very enthusiastic about everything we showed them because they were techniques from Iraq and Afghanistan, things they haven't seen before."

Every service member who participated in the counter IED course also participated in combat tracking due to the relevance that it has to IED detection. In combat tracking, personnel are taught to identify changes in their environment to assist in locating an objective. The instructors provided practical application for the U.S. and Brazilian Marines to apply the skills they learned in the classroom.

"You have three different types of tracking, micro, macro and tactical," said Cpl. Jake Steinbuch, LCE optics chief with SPMAGTF South, and a native of Temecula, Calif. "We made different spore pits to show how you can determine size, activity, location and movement."

Whether IEDs or personnel, the bi-lateral combat tracking exchange provided both groups with the fundamentals needed to improve their situational awareness in operational environments.

CLS played a significant role in the TSC as well. Navy personnel from both nations brought their best practices to the table. The bi-lateral exchange consisted of mass casualty events, hemorrhage control and advanced airway resuscitation.

"Medical practice is an international language that everybody speaks," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Clarence Perry, with SPMAGTF South. "We learned from them that if they don't have the materials, they would improvise and use their environment to take care of a patient. Sometimes thinking outside the box is the simplest way to fix a patient and save a life."

The bilateral CLS exchange concluded with a practical application where both groups demonstrated their newly acquired skillsets on simulated patients and scenarios.
The TSC event was concluded with a BBQ hosted by the Brazilians as a gesture of respect and partnership with the Marines and Sailors of SPAMGTF South. The night consisted of delicious food, socializing and the presentation of a plaque for Brazilian Rear Adm. Nelio de Almeida, commander of Marine Doctrine and Training Command. By the end of the evening it was clear that strong bonds had been formed that have resulted in life-long friendships. Many shared their interest in returning for future TSCs with their new Brazilian counterparts.

"We brought to the table the best that America has to offer and Brazil did the same," said Gunnery Sgt. Steven Superville, the LCE operations chief with SPMAGTF South, and a native of Brooklyn, N.Y.
"The whole experience is one that I will never forget."

The Marines of SPMAGTF-South are embarked on board USS America on her maiden transit, "America Visits the Americas". The transit is a clear example of our nation's commitment to our regional partners and allies. Through partner-nation activities, key leader engagements and security cooperation activities, the Marines and Sailors of SPMAGTF South demonstrate the flexibility, utility and unparalleled expeditionary capability the Navy-Marine Corps team provides our nation and partners.

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NNS140812-12. A Matter of 'Record': Navy's Patent Volume Surpasses Other Tech Agencies

From Office of Naval Research Communications

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy received patents for more inventions last year than two-thirds of the Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies ranked in a report published last month.

The Department of the Navy increased its patent volume by 12 percent over last year, earning 399 patents and climbing up three slots to no. 89 on the IP Record's Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2013.

"The Navy has continued to see its patent portfolio strengthen year after year," said Dr. Walter F. Jones, executive director at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). "The variety of patents granted is striking, but just as compelling are the partnerships we develop with academia, research institutions and industry to support research that addresses critical Navy needs."

ONR manages the Navy's intellectual property investments, setting policy and conducting oversight of patents as well as trademarks, copyrights, inventions and royalty payments.

Patents are designed to protect an inventor's interests, excluding others from "making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention through the United States or importing the invention" for a specified time.

In terms of patents granted between January and December 2013, the Navy outperformed the likes of Nissan Motor Co. and Rolls-Royce PLC, pharmaceutical purveyors Novartis AG and Sanofi-Aventis, and technology institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the public sector, it out-patented both the U.S. Army and Department of Health and Human Services.

Last year, the Navy dominated the government category in IEEE Spectrum magazine's 2013 Patent Power Scorecard. IEEE evaluated 5,000 organization portfolios across 17 industries for the number of patents issued as well as the growth, impact, originality and general applicability across each.

Published yearly by the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association, the IP Record compiles rankings based on utility patent data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

NNS140812-07. Blue Angels Encourage Navy Recruits at Captain's Cup

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald, Navy Blue Angels Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Members of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, attended Captain's Cup at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, Ill., in support of Navy Recruit Division 940, the first Blue Angels-sponsored division, Aug. 9.

Eight recruit divisions at RTC participated in Captain's Cup on the second deck of Freedom Hall. These recruits, who are nearly complete with their basic training, put their skills to the test for the opportunity to win the Captain's Cup trophy and the chance to display the Captain's Cup flag during their pass-in-review.

"Having the Blue Angels team members present for the Captain's Cup gave the recruits a sense of pride and motivated them to do their best," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Christal Manning, a recruit division commander (RDC) at RTC.

The morning of the competition begins with each division performing a prepared one-minute long divisional chant. Each chant is graded on the amount of Navy pride, creativity and originality that each division puts forth. Sailors going through RDC "C" School grade the chants and the winning division earns a trophy at the conclusion of Captain's Cup.

There are ten different events in which the recruits compete with the other divisions in their training group. The events include push-ups, pull-ups, curl-ups, seabag relay, basketball, softball throw, volleyball, firefighting equipment relay, rescue carry and the 1.5-mile relay run. If a tie occurs between two divisions, a tug-of-war is used to determine the winner.

"Taking the time to be present at their Captain's Cup is in-line with our mission as Blue Angels," said Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Benjamin Thayer. "We inspire a culture of excellence by investing time, encouragement, and motivation. I hope that by providing that source of encouragement for the recruits, they understand that if they continue to strive for excellence in every moment, they too can achieve great success in all of their endeavors."
Division 940 placed second overall for the Captain's Cup.

"When the Blue Angels walked into the compartment, there was a notion that we had to do better than everyone," said Seaman Recruit Brittany Griffin, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. "But when we saw that they were not just cheering for our division, but other divisions as well, it reminded us that we are all still one Navy."

The Recruit Division Sponsorship Program allows Navy commands to interact with recruits during training and take part in the "Sailorization" process of turning individuals into well-rounded members of the U.S. Navy - making civilians into Sailors.

Recruit Division 940 started the basic training process June 27 and is slated to graduate Aug. 15.

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NNS140812-01. Hurricane Hunters, Naval Academy Team Up for Research

By Master Sgt. Brian Lamar, 403rd Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (NNS) -- A Navy research contingent of the Naval Academy's Training and Research in Oceanic and Atmospheric Processes in Tropical Cyclones, or TROPIC, internship program has teamed up with the Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters to gather storm data during a deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 5 - 10.

The Hurricane Hunters and Navy researchers were deployed to gather data from Hurricanes Iselle and Julio, back-to-back hurricanes following the same path.

"This deployment provides us with a unique opportunity," said Navy Cmdr. (Dr.) Elizabeth Sanabia, a researcher and associate chair with the Naval Academy's Department of Oceanography. "We haven't had a (Category 3) hurricane in the Atlantic for quite some time. Also, because Julio is following closely behind Iselle, we can collect data that will tell us how these storms interact."

While the Hurricane Hunters were busy with their normal mission of gathering the real-time storm data for the forecasters at the National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the Naval researchers were gathering data for a study to determine how the relationship between the ocean and a hurricane works. The researchers use specialized buoys, Airborne/Air Expendable Bathythermograph, or AXBT, that were dropped out of a modified launch tube in the back of the WC-130J. The buoys send data by a radio signal from the ocean surface while diving down 800 meters under the water giving Naval personnel a column of data to examine.

"This mission was based on field research programs in 2008 and 2010 where it was shown that if you have information about the ocean, some models can make better forecasts," said Sanabia. "We hope to capitalize on those improvements and forecast accuracy by transitioning this capability from research to operation."

According to Sanabia, the research will help meteorologists develop an understanding of the relationship between salinity and temperature of the ocean and storm strength.

"Most of the forecast models today just draw data from the atmosphere itself, but since hurricanes draw heat from the ocean, newer models called "coupled models" look at both the ocean and the atmosphere and need the information from the ocean to be accurate," she said.

Naval personnel set up and dropped AXBT buoys during each reconnaissance flight into Iselle and Julio, which radio back information about the ocean's temperature, said Maj. Jon Brady, a 53rd WRS aerial reconnaissance weather officer.

"The partnership between the Navy researchers and our squadron is great because it benefits the forecasts with very little extra costs," said Brady. "We are already flying these missions, while they are using the back half of our aircraft to conduct this research.

"The knowledge gained is also helpful. They are helping with future forecasts," he added. "They are able to prove how much ocean cooling occurs as [storms] go by. The Navy's AXBT buoys provide key ocean temperature measurements which are crucial to intensity forecasting for hurricanes. Warmer ocean temperatures increase storm strength, while colder temperatures will weaken them. Knowing the actual water temperatures ahead of an approaching storm is a very important aspect of intensity forecasting."

The partnership between the Naval Academy TROPIC research team and the Hurricane Hunters is in its fourth year and is an ongoing partnership to help the National Hurricane Center increase the accuracy of hurricane forecasts by incorporating ocean data from beneath tropical systems into air-ocean coupled prediction models. These models use data from the air and the ocean to obtain ocean temperature data to use in forecasts.

NNS140811-18. NSTC Holds MSS Summit

By Scott A. Thornbloom, Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill., (NNS) -- Representatives from Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) and 30 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Naval Science Instructors (NSI) gathered for a four-day Mariner Skills Simulator (MSS) summit, August 4-7.

The MSS Summit was a chance for the 30 NSIs to discuss, operate and learn to instruct basic navigation using the high-tech computer-based MSS in Training Support Center's (TSC) Operations Specialist/Quartermaster "A" School on Naval Station Great Lakes.

Rear Adm. Rich Brown, NSTC commander, welcomed the NROTC instructors from universities around the country and the NAWC representatives from the Training Systems Division in Orlando, Fla., to the summit.

"This is a good tool to teach midshipmen the basics of navigation," said Brown, who also said he had spent hours learning and operating MSS to determine if it was something NROTC midshipmen could use.

"But why are we doing MSS at all?" he said. "Not every single NROTC student is going to be a ship driver. But, just as every Marine is a rifleman I firmly believe every Naval officer is a ship driver."

When NSTC officials looked to create a navigational classroom aid for NROTC units in 2008, they originally unveiled a state-of-the-art Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE) and Sub Skills Net simulators at Jacksonville University (JU) in Jacksonville, Fla. They soon determined they needed something simpler than the navigational systems in place on Navy bases around the country.

Today the Mariner Skills Simulator is installed at 37 NROTC units, serving midshipmen in nearly twice that many colleges and universities due to crosstown enrollment agreements.

"The ultimate goal is to have MSS installed at all NROTC units to support the common navigation and seamanship curriculum for midshipmen," said David Coles, NSTC's N6 Command Information Officer (CIO). "In FY15, NSTC will install two new MSSs, and complete five technology refresh efforts at existing units."

The MSS consists of computer software for navigation and seamanship. It is also used by the Navy at training commands, allowing students to accurately gauge a ship's navigation, handling and enhancing its contact management. Students can work as a team of two or three using a drop-down screen that shows them the same forward view that is on one of their computer monitors. The large screen also allows instructors to better measure the progress of the midshipman or officer candidate.

According to Coles, universities have been extremely helpful in assisting NROTC units in implementing MSS.

"At some institutions, the partnership between the NROTC unit and university has been especially important," he said. "For example, Arizona State University paid for their NROTC unit's MSS in 2013. North Carolina State implemented a wireless/laptop version of MSS as part of their new library that same year, in close partnership with the Navy. Universities have been very supportive of bringing this technology to their campuses."

Lt. Christopher Spring, a Naval Science Instructor and Navigation Department Head for the NROTC unit at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., was the MSS Summit Instructor who gave daily lectures and set up navigation scenarios. He called MSS and outstanding tool for midshipmen.

"MSS is a tool that enables instructors to teach navigational principles to students allowing them to get hands-on with ideas and actually employing them virtually in real time," said Spring. "So it's not just drawing lines on a chart abstractly. They can see the importance of it. They can see how radar works and how they can pull information from radar and how that all gets them from point A to point B safely."

Some of the officers at the summit also thought bringing NROTC instructors to Great Lakes was just as important as learning the software.

"The exchange of ideas about how to do the training, I think, is where real improvements in our system happen," said Capt. Michael Ryan, professor of Naval Science and commanding officer of the Notre Dame NROTC unit in South Bend, Ind. "It's also good to get to meet the technical matter experts from here at Great Lakes or from NAWCTSD to really become efficient at running MSS."

Other NSI staff members from schools in the middle of the country and far away from Navy bases on the coasts, said MSS has really helped their midshipmen understand basic navigation of a U. S. Navy ship.

"Penn State is literally in a land-locked state," said Cdr. Jason Stewart, the executive officer and NSI of the unit located almost directly in the middle of Pennsylvania (State College, Pa.) "The nearest body of water to us is about 30-45 minutes away from us and it's a man-made lake. Time and proximity are not on our side when it comes to the fleet. Having this tool to reinforce the book learning will make the students better at what they do and give them a better understanding when they head to the fleet."

Many of the NSI officers have just reported to their units and were getting their first extensive look at MSS and ways to better instruct their midshipmen. They were anxious to return to their units to use what they had learned at the MSS Summit.

"It has been very informative training," Lt. Kristen Laraway, a NSI from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. "I think we'll have lots of success bringing it back to the unit. We have a lot of students going through the program and this training for the instructors will be very beneficial for the unit."

NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy's Citizenship Development program. That also includes the NROTC program, which was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval service and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.

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NNS140811-24. Instructor at Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School Honored with Purple Heart

By Billy P. Martin, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal Public Affairs Officer

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (NNS) -- Saying he joined the military to save lives, Air Force Staff Sgt. Douglas Ryan was presented the Purple Heart Medal by Navy Capt. William Noel, commanding officer, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) during a ceremony on Eglin Air Force Base, Aug. 8.

Ryan, currently an instructor in the Air Ordnance Division at the school, received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action while deployed to Afghanistan Mar. 18, 2010. The event took place at the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial.

"The Purple Heart is a physical reminder of how precious and fragile life is," Ryan said. "I originally joined the military to save lives and to be a part of something bigger than myself. I have a beautiful wife and son, and my goal is to be an example to them and to leave this world better than I found it."

While serving as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician in the vicinity of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in the Helmand Province, Ryan and other members of the Coalition Forces were clearing a route for troops and supplies when the vehicle Ryan was driving was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He immediately began conducting a post blast analysis to collect evidence and ensure the area was free from any further explosive devices. Ryan's actions directly contributed to the safe movement of the other members of his team away from the kill zone.
Upon completion of the mission, he was evacuated to Camp Bastion to undergo medical evaluations and treatment for injuries sustained during the blast.

Any military member of the United States Armed Forces is entitled to awarding of the Purple Heart, in the name of the President of the United States, for injury or death during direct or indirect combat operations.

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NNS020718-24. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 12

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1898 - USS Mohican and USS Philadelphia crew members take part in official ceremonies marking the assumption of sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States.

1918 - The Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels approves the acceptance of women in the Marine Corps. The following day, Aug. 13, Opha M. Johnson becomes the first woman Marine.

1957 - The first test of the Automatic Carrier Landing System is completed by Lt. Cmdr. Don Walker when he lands a F3D Skynight on board USS Antietam (CVS 36).

1944 - USS Pompon (SS 267) and USS Puffer (SS 268) attack Japanese convoys and damage and sink Japanese destroyers.

NNS140813-01. CNO and MCPON talk Leadership

From Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens discuss leadership in the latest chapter of "Conversation with a Shipmate."

During a trip to the Pacific Northwest region the two leaders sat for an interview with Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Fred Gray to talk about an essential aspect of military service.

"For well over the two hundred years of this great Navy of ours somebody has to lead, has to define the reality to people, their reality and why they are doing what they are doing and what the mission is," said Greenert. Leadership is the foundation of the Navy and its heritage, Greenert added.

During the interview Greenert made two main points about leadership, integrity and character. He said integrity is the foundation of leadership and Sailors have to believe and trust each other. Number two, leaders must have character with a foundation of good ethical behavior. And MCPON highlighted during the interview the need to develop leaders calling it his number one priority.

"If we hope to continue to get better as a Navy," said Stevens, "we have a responsibility to always seek ways to improve leadership and leadership opportunities."

Greenert and Stevens gave the interview Aug. 6, the day after the FY2015 Chief Petty Officer advancement list came out. They welcomed the opportunity to discuss senior enlisted leadership development.

Speaking on the controversy surrounding the changes made to the Chief's training process with the inception of CPO365; MCPON thanked the world-wide Chief's mess for implementing the program so effectively.

"I never asked it to be easy, I want it to be hard, testing and challenging," said Stevens. "I believe we can accomplish that while also treating one another with the dignity and respect I often talk about."

Greenert recalled three Chief Petty Officers he has encountered in his over 40 years of naval service as instrumental leaders and mentors, as he called them out by name.

"You ask any officer, somebody sat them down at some time and brought them along," said Greenert. "The CPO Mess takes care of our officer corps, the lead the vast majority of the Navy and directs the work that gets done day in and day out."

Both leaders stressed the fact that though senior enlisted and officers need to set the moral example, leadership is something that needs to be cultivated throughout every rank in a military member's career.

"Where there are two Sailors, there will always be at least one leader," said Stevens. "So to me leadership has no rank. Leadership is something that everyone is responsible for, and must embrace."

"I need our E-1s and O-1s to understand the foundational pieces, number one integrity. They have to understand integrity and understand the basics," said Greenert who went on to highlight the importance of integrity, trust and good character in the Navy when people are watching and not watching. "You can't go to sea, with 200 to 300 people and not have trust in them," he said.

Revitalizing incremental leadership such as the Petty Officer leadership and the Senior Enlisted Academy requirements has been a priority for both Greenert and Stevens during their tenures as the top Navy leaders.

Lastly, both leaders answered the question, 'are leaders born or bred?'

"You take someone who can communicate and you give them a foundation of character, understanding of integrity, teach them the importance of a professional skill and you've got a nice mixture of a great leader," said Greenert.

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NNS140813-02. Mount Whitney Arrives in Southern France to Commemorate World War II Liberation

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mike Wright, USS Mount Whitney Public Affairs

THEOULE-SUR-MER, France (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Theoule-sur-Mer, France, to participate in commemorative events paying tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion that led to the liberation of Southern France during World War II, Aug. 13.

The focus of the commemorative events will be to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of the 151,000 Allied forces who conducted Operation Dragoon, the operational name for the invasion that took place Aug. 15, 1944.

Mount Whitney, participating in these events for a fourth consecutive year, will host a reception, participate in a parade of ships with French ships, facilitate ship tours, and provide its color guard for a remembrance ceremony at the Rhone American Cemetery.

"It's a humbling experience to be a part of a celebration like this," said Information System Technician 2nd Class Shayne Fairgrieve. "I am extremely proud to call myself a Sailor in today's Navy, and the Mount Whitney coming to France for this commemoration is only creating a stronger bond between us and [our Allies]."

Additionally, Mount Whitney Sailors will clean up the Rhone American Cemetery as part of a community service project.

Mount Whitney, forward deployed to Gaeta, Italy, operates with a combined crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civil service mariners. The civil service mariners perform navigation, deck, engineering and supply service operations, while military personnel support communications, weapons systems and security. It is one of only two seaborne Joint Command Platforms in the U.S. Navy, both of which are forward deployed.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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NNS140813-09. Coastal Patrol Force in 5th Fleet Now at 10 Ships

From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (NNS) -- Coastal Patrol (PC) ships USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) completed their arrival to Bahrain the second week of August.

Hurricane and Monsoon are the final two of 10 ships that are part of a realignment plan to increase the PC presence in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

"This class of ship is ideal for working in this area," said Capt. Brendan McLane, commander, Destroyer Squadron 50. "Having two additional assets will greatly increase our ability for continued maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the Fifth Fleet."

PCs are an integral part of U.S. 5th Fleet, allowing the U.S. Navy with a fast, reliable platform that can respond to emergent requirements in a shallow water environment. The primary mission of these ships is coastal patrol and interdiction surveillance, an important aspect of littoral operations.

These ships are regularly used to escort larger ships, provide maritime security, protect infrastructure, as well as participate in exercises with allies and regional partners.

PCs stationed in Bahrain have permanent crews, allowing families to accompany their Sailors to the island. The shift from six-month rotational crew to permanent manning alleviates the significant strain that was placed on Sailors and their families.

"The well-being of our Sailors and families is critical to the accomplishment of our missions and this shift to permanent crews has improved that," said McLane.

The PC fleet has been active in the U.S. 5th Fleet since 2003, providing a mission of dedicated maritime security and force protection capability.

These ships are ideal platforms for working with partner navies in the Gulf. The navies and coast guard of coalition partners operate similar sized ships, with similar systems and capability fostering better interoperability in the maritime domain.

U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse comprises 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.

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NNS140812-18. PANAMAX Participants Learn from One Another While Preparing to Defend the Panama Canal

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Leaders of the maritime component of PANAMAX 2014 paused Aug. 11, approximately halfway through the exercise, to assess its benefits so far.

Rear Adm. Benjamin Calle of Colombia is the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) and U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Jon Matheson, the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, is deputy CFMCC for the exercise, which began Aug. 4 and is scheduled to continue through Aug. 15.

U.S. and partner-nation militaries are also participating in simulated training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio; Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona; the Joint and Coalition Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Virginia and at U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami. Altogether, about 1,200 military personnel are participating.

"This PANAMAX exercise is a huge event," said Calle. "It is one of the largest maritime exercises in the world, centered on protecting the Panama Canal."

Sources say that 38 to 40 ships transit the canal daily between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, carrying some five percent of world maritime trade.

"Multinational forces have a major responsibility in protecting the Panama Canal and remaining a force in this region," said Calle. "This exercise is making sure that we do that by enhancing our interoperability forged through partnerships."

The main focus of PANAMAX 2014 is to exercise a variety of responses to any request from the government of Panama to protect and guarantee safe passage of traffic through the Panama Canal while respecting national sovereignty.

"We have over 320 military and civilian personnel from 15 countries participating here in Mayport," said Calle. "This has been an excellent opportunity to train with our partner nations and develop camaraderie. We have learned so much from each other."

In Mayport, the exercise includes approximately 80 participants from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Jamaica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the United States.

Matheson said that one of the challenges is overcoming language barriers, but despite - or even because of that - the effort has been rewarding.

"This exercise is a fantastic opportunity for all of us with our different perspectives to understand the challenges that are going to exist," said Matheson. "It is important because in the event of a humanitarian effort or natural disaster in our hemisphere, we will need to come together in a real-time situation. "

One goal of PANAMAX 2014 is to develop and sustain relationships that improve the capacity of emerging partners' security forces to achieve common desired goals while fostering friendly cooperation and understanding among participating forces.

Matheson said there is an increased leadership role taken by all the partner nations. Brazil is leading the ground component, Colombia is leading the maritime component, and the Special Forces component is led by Chile.

"Big or small, it doesn't matter the size of the country," said Matheson. "We must bring whatever capabilities we have to the table. At the end of the day, it is about getting the most from each nation to achieve a common goal and mission."

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, the exercise host, supports U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

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NNS140813-04. Naval War College Seeking Papers on Women, Peace, Security

By Daniel S. Marciniak, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is issuing a 'call for papers' in preparation for its third annual Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Conference Series held at the NWC in Newport, Rhode Island, April 16-17, 2015.

In an effort to gather theoretical and practical ideas from a wider audience not normally represented in a limited conference format, the conference series chair is soliciting papers from academics, researchers, military personnel, non-governmental organizations and individuals who have an interest or experience in issues pertaining to WPS.

"Conferences have limited room for participants," said Mary Raum, NWC professor and chair of the WPS Conference Series. "To have available, online and in the networked world, some quality thoughts on components of WPS from thinkers and practitioners who have a direct tie to the subjects being discussed, is an invaluable resource.

"This call for papers will allow for a broader reach in exchanging ideas and enable us to network on a global scale - a first step for formalizing the sharing of ideas allied with conference precepts."

Since the inception of the U.S. National Action Plan on WPS in 2011, the NWC has been at the forefront of exploration into national and international issues involving WPS, working towards the goal of empowering women in conflict prevention and peace.

In support of the conference theme, "Constructive Pathways: Stimulating and Safeguarding Components of Women, Peace, and Security," interested parties can contribute to this goal by submitting a paper on one of the following subjects:

- Department of Defense operational aspects of WPS.
- How different types of conflict impact minority populations.
- Regional viewpoints of modern conflict zones.
- Efforts in soft and hard power.
- Media, arts, information and communication networks.
- Law, politics and governance.
- Quantitative studies.

Selected papers will be published on the NWC website and accessible to U.S. Navy personnel fleet wide.

"Being a contributor to this call for papers will allow for an additional avenue of exchange between theorists and practitioners in academia, military and non-governmental organizations," said Raum. "These ideas are important for better operationalizing WPS components in the most meaningful way possible."

Proposals must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2014.

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NNS140813-13. MUSE Supplies Power to the Horn of Africa

By Darrell E. Waller, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center Public Affairs

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) division completed vital power upgrades at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ) Aug. 12.

A team of four Seabee MUSE technicians inspected and installed 10 700 kilowatt (kw) power plants and two fused disconnect switches during their visit. The power plants and new switches will provide power to the electrical grid during switching operations.

"The MUSE team brought important energy upgrades to Camp Lemonnier," said NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer Capt. Mark. K. Edelson. "Those changes will have a significant impact on the work being done in the Horn of Africa by military and civilian workers. Our MUSE team delivers energy solutions to U.S. military assets worldwide while employing a "can-do" approach in solving complex energy issues for supported commands."

The 10 power plants will provide an additional seven megawatts, along with 11 megawatts of prime power generation already in place, comprising 40 percent of total electrical production capacity at the camp. The team installed two transformers, increasing the mega volt amp (MVA) capability by five MVA.

The new power plants will make it easier for CLDJ personnel to keep power supplied to the entire camp while various portions of the grid are taken down and upgraded.

The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center's MUSE division is based in Port Hueneme, California. MUSE technicians are selected from all Seabee rates to attend the Army Prime Power School located at Fort Leonard Wood, Montana. The rigorous year-long school curriculum consists of intensive academic and technical training focused on teaching students the principles of power production and transformation.

The Mobile Utilities Support Equipment division serves a number of supported commanders throughout the Navy and Department of Defense. It also supports shore establishment utility systems and cold-iron services throughout the world with supplemental equipment capable of electrical generation and transformation.

NAVFAC EXWC is the Navy's premier activity for facilities and expeditionary technology solutions, engineering services, equipment logistics and products needed to equip the fleet and meet warfighter requirements. EXWC also delivers specialized engineering and technology solutions that support sustainable facilities and provides logistics and expeditionary systems support for Navy combat force capabilities.

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NNS140813-10. GUAMEX 2014 Commences in the Pacific

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (EXW) Timothy Wilson, U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas Public Affairs

YIGO, Guam (NNS) -- Military forces from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the U.S. are partnering in a multinational anti-submarine warfare exercise around the waters of Guam aimed at increasing the interoperability capacity between these nations operating in the Pacific, Aug. 9-15.

The exercise includes multiple aircraft and subsurface assets from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. and observers from the Royal New Zealand Air Force who will collaborate to strengthen personal relationships between these countries.

"The biggest take away is building experiences together and operating away from our home bases in an expeditionary style," said Lt. Jon Torbett, attached to Task Force 72 and the U.S. action officer for GUAMEX 2014." We don't often get a chance to all operate together and the end goal of this exercise is to be able to perform anti-submarine operations."

GUAMEX 2014 will include approximately 25 operational scenarios, several aircraft familiarization tours and social gatherings designed to increase these regional partnerships.

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NNS140813-03. USS Asheville Changes Command

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The command of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) welcomed a new commander in a time-honored change of command ceremony Aug. 12, atop the historic battleship USS Missouri, the "Mighty Mo."

Cmdr. Paul Pampuro relieved Cmdr. Douglas Bradley as commanding officer. Bradley expressed how proud he is of having had the opportunity to be in command of the submarine and working with some outstanding Sailors.

"Team Asheville, it has been an honor to lead you, take you to the front lines, and bring you home," said Bradley. "Crew, you did beyond my wildest expectations, you never cease to amaze me and as a result, Asheville was ready when called. You had my complete confidence to do anything, and made the most of every opportunity."

In command for more than two years, Bradley led his submarine to complete a deployment certification, a six-month Western Pacific deployment, a homeport shift from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, and commenced a two-year shipyard maintenance period.

The ceremony's guest speaker, Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, praised Bradley for an amazing job in command.

"Doug, you and your team have had across-the-board success," said Sawyer. "Successes for the submarine force, the U.S. Navy, and for our nation. You can be justifiably proud of what you've accomplished. Congratulations on a highly successful tour!"

During the ceremony, Bradley was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his successes in command of Asheville from March 2012 to Aug. 2014.

As Pampuro assumed command of Asheville, he thanked Bradley for turning over a very capable ship and a highly loyal crew.

"Commander Bradley, sir, you have done something special with Asheville," said Pampuro. "I am well aware of the legacy I am inheriting, the pattern of success that you have carried on."

Pampuro went on to address the crew and tell them of the adventures that await them in the near future, following the current shipyard maintenance period.

"Together we will breathe life back into her and the 'Ghost of the Coast' will return to the ocean depths where she belongs, to do great things for our nation. There is no higher honor; I am most humbled and extremely proud to be an Asheville shipmate."

Asheville is the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Los Angeles-class submarine, ideally suited for covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and special forces missions. This stealth, when combined with the submarine's Tomahawk cruise missiles, mines and torpedoes, provides the operational commander with an unseen force multiplier.

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NNS140813-14. Hospital Corpsman Detailers Enhance Career Opportunities with Naval Hospital Bremerton Sailors

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Evans Coyle, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Hospital corpsman detailers from Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee, visited Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) Aug. 11 and 12 to share information and insight on a variety on career goals.

The face-to-face meetings between the detailers and Sailors included an extensive symposium held in the hospital's Ross Auditorium to provide hospital corpsman rating information such as obtaining advantageous duty locales, advanced training schools and easing the selection process on both them and the detailers.

Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Charles Hickey, lead hospital corpsman detailer, said that more than 27,000 Hospital Corpsman in the Navy benefit from his team's visits and NHB was another stop on a long list of Navy commands.

"We're currently on a Pacific Northwest swing. We came from Europe and all over Japan recently and we are here to get the word out on all the latest with the hospital corpsman detailing developments. A big benefit of our trip to NHB is to make sure the Sailors are aware of their responsibilities to make the most of their career opportunities," said Hickey.

Sailors were reminded to always be cognizant of their PRD (projected rotation date) and have a current, updated profile on the Navy's Career Management System-Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID) website. This according to Hickey will ensure they remain competitive with other Sailors who desire the same sea and shore based billets.

"Things like desired job preference and location as well as qualifications obtained such as a college degree would be important to be documented for an instructor position. It's also beneficial for Sailors to be aware of the best career enhancing billets out there and not to just focus on wanting exclusively to work in Hawaii or San Diego, but have realistic expectations of what is best for advancement possibilities," added Hickey.

Chief Hospital Corpsman Natalie Cebular, hospital corpsman detailer, noted that a sailor who is six months or less away from their PRD rotation and has not updated their profile in CMS-ID leaves little flexibility for the detailer as far as providing a desired billet or coveted location.

"If we as the detailers just hear from you at a point where you're almost done with your respective command, your leverage of getting what you want off the billet listings becomes more about where you fit best in regards to 'needs of the Navy,'" said Cebular.

According to Cebular the needs of the Navy billets may offer the Sailor who fills those billets a better overall, well-rounded career advancement path.

"Later on when considered for future billets if the Sailor has already been to places like Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms or Okinawa or forward deployed at sea, the desired billets will become more obtainable. But A Sailor should always stay in communication no later than nine months from transfer (date) and be actively engaged with their command career counselor," said Cebular.

NHB 2013 Blue Jacket Sailor of the Year Hospitalman Domenic Nasuta of NHB Northwest Beginnings Family Birth Center said he's looking forward to his next command with the help of his chain of command, the NHB career counselors, and the visiting hospital corpsman detailers.

"They (the detailers) put out things that many people possibly didn't know as important. Keeping in contact with them and the career counselors and when the jobs post, the selection process and knowing what's available gave people a better perspective on what may be next for them in their careers," said Nasuta.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Robert deLange of NHB's Career Counselor's Office said the arrival of the detailers gave Sailors a unique opportunity to see how the process of job selection works other than just by applying through the CMS-ID.

"The one-on-one with the detailers gave Sailors a better look at why and more specifically how the jobs are given out and what people are technically eligible for. A person with three kids applying for an overseas billet against someone with one child would become a cost efficiency issue for the Navy. A person with the large family would be less likely to be selected for that billet. If a single hospitalman with no spouse or children has been at a shore command then they're more likely to head out to a sea billet as that person just isn't eligible for a billet that someone who has been at sea is scheduled to roll into," said deLange, noted that the visit also provided better interaction than across the phone lines and through the internet.

"The NHB Sailors who were looked after by influential visiting detailers provided a big morale booster," added deLange. "The personnel got a feeling of genuine concern about their respective careers and encouragement with continuing on a successful path with their future job selections."

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NNS140812-19. Chief of Naval Personnel Addresses Bahrain Sailors

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danielle Brandt, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet Public Affairs

BAHRAIN (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP), Vice Adm. Bill Moran, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, held two all-hands calls with Sailors aboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Aug. 10-11.

Topics covered during the calls included issues such as pay and benefits, advancement, manning and force shaping.

One major question Sailors had was about the cancellation of hazardous duty pay in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Moran said he saw no change in the near future.

"I know it means something to everybody, certainly out here," said Moran. "But it's something none of us control, and if it comes back we'll start paying right away. But I have no indication right now."

In addition to pay and benefits, Moran also addressed concerns about the new Final Multiple Score formula for E6 and below advancement exams. He spoke of changes Sailors can expect to see after the next five advancement cycles.

"We're going to get rid of PNA points so that young Sailors are on the same footing as the Sailors who've been in longer," said Moran. "Performance matters. We're going to level the playing field."

Moran said that changing the test after five cycles would give Sailors time to adjust to the changes. He also said that test weight for E4 and E5 advancement exams would stay roughly the same as the new final multiple discussed in NAVADMIN 114/14.

Along with advancement, Moran also addressed rumors about retirement and Tricare benefits and spoke of possible changes for future service members.

"We're not touching your retirement," said Moran. "What might change is a new retirement program that's offered to future generations of Sailors. We're not going to take your retirement program and change it without your knowledge. It's not going to happen."

Moran also said that if Congress approved a new retirement plan in the next few years, current service members would have the opportunity to switch to the new program or keep their current retirement program. Service members would also keep the same Tricare benefits, but retirees would be expected to pay slightly more.

Beldo spoke about changes to the Tuition Assistance program for first term Sailors.

"Commanding officers' discretion can waive that one year onboard for first termers," said Beldo. "So if they've done everything they're supposed to do and they go up and say, 'I've done everything, can I now start college at the nine month mark?' the CO can waive those last three months and allow those first term Sailors to start college."

Beldo also said that students will now be required to earn at least a grade of C in undergraduate classes and at least a grade of B in graduate courses to avoid having to reimburse tuition fees. Tuition fees will still be funded at 100% this year but DOD is looking at reducing lab fees and textbook fees.

Beldo also touched on the introduction of enlisted females into subsurface platforms.

"Our request is that by 2016 we start this journey of embarking enlisted females on submarines, and one of the things we know we have to do too is to make sure we're brutally honest with our Sailors and tell them exactly what they're going to be experiencing if they volunteer, " said Beldo.

She also said the plan was to embark chiefs first, get them familiarized with submarine life, and then embark petty officers. There would have to be rate conversions for female petty officers because there needs to be growth of female numbers in submarine rates.

During his visit, Moran spoke on how important Bahrain is in the overall success of the Navy and that the presence of Sailors and their work in the 5th Fleet AOR is especially important.

"I couldn't be more proud of what this team does out here," said Moran. "Good luck to you the rest of the way, keep your heads down, and keep watching what's going on up North. It's going to have a big impact on this region for a long time."

CNP is responsible for the Navy's manpower readiness. CNP also serves as deputy chief of naval operations (manpower, personnel, training education/N1) and oversees the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, and the Navy Manpower Analysis Center.

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NNS140812-17. Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 Commanding Officer Relieved

From Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, relieved Cmdr. Joseph Fauth of his duties Aug. 12 as commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 (CRS 3), San Diego.

Fauth was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Cmdr. Michael Dillender, chief staff officer, Coastal Riverine Group 2 (CRG 2), has assumed interim command of the squadron.

The commanding officer of NECC made this determination following an investigation into several personnel issues and actions by the Commanding Officer of CRS 3. The decision was based on concerns for the safety and welfare of the Sailors at the command,

CRS 3 is a Coastal Riverine Squadron homeported in San Diego that seamlessly delivers near shore littoral sea control and control of the coastal and riverine environment, bridging blue water and landward operations while denying the use of these areas to hostile forces. They also conduct port/harbor defense, maritime infrastructure protection, high value unit/unit protection and other forms of security in addition to intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance patrols and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure missions.

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NNS020718-27. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 13

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1777 - A spar torpedo made by David Bushnell is used unsuccessfully against HMS Cerberus, off New London, Conn. Two ships have been named after David Bushnell, USS Bushnell (AS 2), 1915-1940 (renamed Sumner), and USS Bushnell (AS 15), 1943-1980.

1812 - During the War of 1812 and while returning to New York from Bermuda waters, the frigate, USS Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, engages the British brig HMS Alert in intense gunfire, broadsides the British brig and forcing her surrender.

1870 - The armed tug, USS Palos, becomes the first Navy ship to transit the Suez Canal.

1952 - While serving in combat with a 1st Marine Division Rifle Company during the Korean War, Hospitalman John E. Kilmer exhibits great heroism moving from one injured man to the next administering aid under intense enemy fire. While administering aid to a fallen Marine and using his own body as a shield, Kilmer is mortally wounded. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" at that time, he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

NNS140814-02. Navy Announces FY-15 Senior Enlisted Continuation Board

From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The fiscal year 2015 (FY-15) performance-based Senior Enlisted Continuation board will convene Oct. 27 according to a Navy message released Aug. 14.

"There are no quotas for this board; it is strictly a performance-based board," said Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Force Master Chief (SW/AW/EXW) Leland E. Moore. The board will look at certain performance indicators detailed in the board precept and on the NPC continuation page at

As outlined in NAVADMIN 180/14, active component (AC) and Full Time Support (FTS) E-7 to E-9 Sailors with at least 19 years of active service computed from their active duty service date as of Feb. 28, 2014 and three-years' time-in-rate (TIR) as of June 30, 2014; and selected Reserve (SELRES) and Voluntary Training Unit (VTU) E-7 to E-9 Sailors with at least 20 years qualifying service as of Feb. 28, 2014, and three-years TIR by June 30, 2014, will be considered by the board.

The Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center will publish the names of board-eligible Sailors Aug. 29. The names will be posted to the Navy Enlisted Advancement System website at, and individuals can view their board eligibility profile sheet on Navy Knowledge Online (

Commands will be able to review their FY-15 SECB listing for accuracy. If an eligible candidate is not listed, commands must contact NPC to make the required adjustment. Sept. 22 is the last day for commands to resolve eligibility issues.

Letters to the board must be received by Oct. 6. See NAVADMIN 180/14 for submission procedures and mailing addresses.

Board results will be posted on BUPERS On-Line for command access only, and commanding officers will be notified via a Personal For NAVADMIN when this occurs.

AC/FTS Sailors who are not selected for continuation must transfer to the Fleet Reserve or retire by Aug. 31, 2015, unless operationally waived by the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel. SELRES/VTU Sailors must transfer by Sept. 1, 2015. Sailors with an approved operational waiver must transfer by Nov. 30.

For more information, read the message at the NPC website at, visit the NPC enlisted continuation page at or call the NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672).

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NNS140814-05. CNIC Visits Guam, Addresses Service Members, Civilians

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Wilson, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- The commander of Navy Installations Command addressed service members and civilians during an all-hands call aboard Naval Base Guam Aug. 14.

Vice Adm. William D. French focused on four tenants outlined by Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, during his brief. Specifically, continued dominance of the seas, cyber technology and security, the Navy's continued relationship with the Marine Corps and lastly the rebalance to the Pacific.

"The Navy and Marines, our relationship is strong here and will become stronger as we continue to move more Marines here to Guam from Okinawa," said French. "What is done is Guam is critical to what our posture is across the Navy and across all the services, and the missions that we execute in this part of the world. We could not do that without the support from here."

French said the military's support in Guam for homeported and visiting submarines as well as surface ships, the Marine buildup and the collaboration with the Air Force directly effects military operations spanning the western Pacific.

He also spoke about changes to military pay charts, uniform changes, water safety and new opportunities for Sailors wanting to serve at sea and Sailor resiliency, namely the quality of life for Sailors necessary to remain healthy and mission capable.

"The concept of resiliency deals with the challenges of life," said French. "This is how to eat healthier, how to avoid alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and this includes sexual assault prevention. We encourage folks to live their lives healthier to make the long-term health risks go down, feel better and be more effective at what you do. There are a lot of opportunities here. Continue to look out for shipmates."

French encouraged Sailors to leave the fence line and engage the culture of Guam, namely with the people and enjoy the family atmosphere of the island.

"There are great opportunities to enjoy this great place," said French. "Thank you for what you do every day to make this a better place. What you do in Guam is very important and the importance of this place will only grow with time as we bring more Marines, more Navy personnel and their families. Please do everything you can to feel a part of the wining team."

French reiterated that he was proud of the collaboration and cooperation between all the military services on Guam and the civilians who support the overall mission. He said the value of Guam is not only recognized by the Navy but by all departments that help govern.

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NNS140814-03. USS Peleliu Visits Guam

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, USS Peleliu Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu "Iron Nickel" (LHA 5), the U.S. Navy's only remaining LHA class ship, pulled into Guam for a four-day port visit, Aug. 15.

This marks the first time Peleliu has visited Guam since its 2010 deployment and the first port visit for any amphibious assault ship since the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) visited in 2012.

"Guam [has] a tourist based industry with lots to offer and I believe there is something to do for every Sailor," said Cmdr. Matthew Niedzwiecki, Peleliu's air boss. "'Boonie stomping,' which means hiking in the jungle, to some of the waterfalls is an island favorite and many of the hotels offer dinner shows highlighting the Pacific culture of the Marianas Islands. Every Sailor should expect to have a good time."

Peleliu Sailors will participate in numerous community relations projects (COMREL) and sporting events during their brief stay in Guam.

"Community relations projects help build, develop, and secure important relationships with the people of Guam that endure for years," said Cmdr. Jack Carver, Peleliu's protestant chaplain. "People are impressed upon watching warships pull into port. When they meet the people who operate and maintain the ship they are even more impressed. Community relations give the general public a personal example of the commitment and professionalism that characterizes the way Sailors approach their mission every day."

Carver added the Sailors who participate in the community relations projects will gain a rich understanding and appreciation for the history and culture of Guam.

"We want to return our appreciation for the gracious hospitality that the people of Guam will offer us throughout our port visit," said Carver.

In addition to these COMREL projects, Peleliu's sport teams, including volleyball, soccer, and men's basketball will compete against Guam-based U.S. military teams, as well as host nation clubs.

"Playing sports against locals in foreign ports is great for many reasons," said Lucas Eckstein, Peleliu's fun boss. "It gives Sailors an opportunity to get exercise in other ways than just running on a treadmill or biking on the ship's gym. It's also great for international relations. Playing sports against someone who may not speak the same language as you offers a unique opportunity to forge a connection without speaking a word."

Peleliu's Sailors, most of whom have never visited Guam, will have the opportunity to visit an island rich in local and U.S. military history.

"Guam is fantastic port call for those that enjoy the outdoors," said Niedzwiecki. "I was stationed here for three years and my wife and I enjoyed snorkeling, diving, and hiking. In addition, the Chamorros are very friendly and love to tell you about the island heritage. Hafa adai ["hello" in Chamorro, the native language of Guam and the islands of the Northern Marianas] and welcome to Guam, "where America's day begins."

Peleliu is underway conducting a scheduled Western Pacific deployment after successfully completing Rim of the Pacific exercise 2014, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

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NNS140813-17. USS New Hampshire Returns Home from Deployment

By Lt. Timothy Hawkins, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Friends and family of USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) were all smiles despite rainy weather Aug. 13 as the Virginia-class attack submarine arrived in Groton, Connecticut, completing a six-month overseas deployment.

New Hampshire departed Naval Submarine Base New London on Feb. 11 to conduct maritime operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and made port visits in the United Kingdom and Norway.

"New Hampshire's superb mission execution was vital to national strategic and theater security objectives," said 6th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Philip Davidson in a message to the crew. "As you return home to family and friends, you can be very proud of a job well done."

Friends and family gathered in a local meeting hall on the eve of the submarine's return. Many expressed excitement that the six-month wait was over.

Retired Lt. Cmdr. Wendy Chiado said she was looking forward to hugging "the best cook in the Navy." Her son Culinary Specialist 1st Class Seth Chiado, 27, has been a member of New Hampshire's crew since 2010.

Petty Officer Chiado's mom and dad traveled from Colorado to meet him on the pier alongside his wife Sarah, two year old daughter, and two aunts.

Sarah and Petty Officer Chiado's other two kids, ages 8 and 10, were unable to greet dad because they were at camp. But Sarah said the kids closely tracked each passing day of the deployment by marking a calendar to signal one step closer to the end.

For Sarah personally, the end means the return of Petty Officer Chiado and his help at home raising their three children, a sentiment New Hampshire's commanding officer understands.

"I have to thank our families for the tremendous sacrifice and support they showed while we were away accomplishing our mission," said Cmdr. Sean Fujimoto who assumed command in 2012.

USS New Hampshire is equipped to attack land targets with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles, conduct covert surveillance and support special forces in addition to other warfare missions.

"We just completed a challenging deployment, demonstrating an incredible level of endurance. It would not have been possible without the ingenuity, hard work and selflessness of the men I serve with," said Fujimoto.

The crew of more than 130 Sailors can operate the 377-foot-long vessel at depths greater than 800 feet and speeds in excess of 25 knots when submerged.

New Hampshire was commissioned in October 2008 and is the third Navy ship named for the nation's ninth state.

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NNS140813-18. Navy Engineers Cut Costs With New Inventory System

By Jacqui L. Barker, NSWC Panama City Office of Corporate Communications

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (NNS) -- A new, first-of-its-kind automated inventory information system developed by engineers at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) will provide significant cost avoidance and labor savings for the Navy, and is one step closer to final implementation.

The Mission Package Automated Inventory Information System (MPAIIS) is a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) inventory system that operates inside metal tool cabinets without requiring special modifications. The benefits of employing MPAIIS include high return on investment and workload reduction for littoral combat ship (LCS) mission package (MP) crews and shore based logistics support.

"Sailors have families, too," said NSWC PCD MPAIIS Lead Software Engineer Ryan Mabry. "This technology allows the Sailors to spend less time on the weekends or late nights on pre-deployment inventory. They are excited about using it because it works, and it makes their deployment preparations easier."

Passive RFID (pRFID) tags and unique emplacement of the hardware enables multiple tool and support equipment configurations. NSWC PCD's project MPAIIS team designed the inventory system in 2009 to reduce the amount of time U.S. Navy Sailors spend conducting inventories. The software has recently received its Interim Authority to Test (IATT) information assurance accreditation and is on schedule to receive its Authority to Operate (ATO) accreditation in October 2014.

"This is a milestone achievement," said Robert Gibson, former Project Engineer and now MPAIIS team consultant at NSWC PCD. "It's very gratifying to see our vision turned into a product that supports these Sailors."

To date, MPAIIS has continued to exceed all performance standards, including those defined in its Technology Transition Agreement (TTA). The project will cut down the time that sailors spend inventorying mission packages at the MPSF and also on board the LCS ships when they are swapping out mission packages.

"For PMS 420, we installed MPAIIS in an LCS Support Container, tagged more than 290 items and overall reduced inventory time from more than 32 man-hours to less than five minutes," said Mabry.

According to Mabry, MPAIIS averages seven-and-a-half minutes per container to conduct each inventory. The system as initially implemented is comprised of pRFID tags, handheld readers, a laptop, and software. MPAIIS supports a wireless configuration but that
configuration is yet to be authorized onboard Navy ships.

The tasking includes pRFID tagging of Mission Package Support Containers to support planned maintenance, corrective maintenance, embarkation and debarkation.

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NNS020718-29. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 14

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1813 - In the early morning, the brig USS Argus, commanded by William H. Allen, battles HMS Pelican, off England's coast. During battle, Allen's right leg is shot off, but he remains on station until fainting. As Pelican's men board, USS Argus strikes her colors.

1886 - The Secretary of the Navy William C. Whitney signs General Order 354 establishing the Naval Gun Factory at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill sign the Atlantic Charter at Argentia, Nova Scotia.

1945 - USS Spikefish (SS 404) sink the Japanese submarine (I 373), in the Sea of Japan. Also on this date, USS Torsk (SS 423) sinks Coast Defense Vessel (No.13), and Coast Defense Vessel No.47.

1945 - The Japanese accept the terms of the Potsdam Declaration and agree to surrender, ending World War II. It is known as V-J Day! Announcing the news to the country in the evening, President Harry S. Truman proclaims a two-day holiday. Explosive celebrations immediately follow as Americans and their Allies rejoice that World War II is finally over.

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