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2015 ANNUAL REUNION USS
CONSTELLATION CVA/CV-64 ALERT
ur annual 2015 USS
Constellation CVA/CV-64 Reunion, September 9-14,
2015 is drawing nearer each day and that means the
deadline to reserve hotel rooms, at the special
Connie rate, is August 7, 2015, no exceptions. You
may still make reservations after the deadline at a
much higher rate. We are staying at Sheraton
Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA
(www.afr-reg.com/constellation2015). Refer to your
Starscope Newsletter dated June 2015 and below
listed sources for more details.
Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association Activity
Registration Form must be in AFRI hands no later
than August 07, 2015 showing your tours, hotel
events and disability/dietary choices. Refer to your
Starscope Newsletter dated June 2015 and below
listed sources for more details.
If you wish
to pre order souvenir Connie Tee shirts, fill out
the order form found in the Starscope June 2015
Newsletter and mail to Tommy Best, 2005 Meadow Road,
Durham, NC 27705. The order form must be in Tommys
hand by August 01, 2015. Your shirts will be
available for pickup at the ships store during the
We are anticipating a large turnout
and encourage you to act quickly making plans to
invite everyone to attend this reunion. You do not
have to be a member to attend, you can come see what
our reunions are like and then make an informed
decision to join the USS Constellation CVA/CV-64
Association while attending the fun week. You must
have served on board the Connie to join the
Sources of information and
ussconstellation.org (web page)
ussconstellation (facebook page)
newletter dated June 2015
2015 USS Constellation CVA/CV 64
Washington DC Reunion
Check in: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Check out: Monday, September 14, 2015
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
900 South Orme Street
Arlington, Va. 22204
Guests must make own reservations by calling
1-800-325-3535 and identify themselves as member of
USS Constellation group.
Single daily rate (includes breakfast for 1): $99.00
Double daily rate (includes breakfast for 2):
$109.00 + tax
Room rates will be available three (3) days before
and after the reunion
Cut-off date to reserve a room is Wednesday, August
Complimentary shuttle service to and from Metro
Complimentary shuttle service to and from Reagan
Tours have not been set up yet
Parts of Connie on Ebay
Photos of the 2014 Branson Reunion
Here's a link to a
fine article published December 6, 2013 in the U-T
San Diego Newspaper:
Important and Interesting USS Constellation
USS Constellation Last Voyage Site
Voyage of the Carbon Foss
Brooklyn Navy Yard Tribute Wall
Click Here for our 2014 Memorial List Page
Recent Navy News:
Navy Chaplains Bring Church to Chattanooga Service
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd
Class Michael J. Lieberknecht, Navy Public Affairs
Support Element East
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (NNS)
-- Navy chaplains from areas surrounding Tennessee
held ministry services July 26 at the Air National
Guard building for Sailors and Marines displaced
from their offices after the shooting at Navy
Operational Support Center Chattanooga July 16.
"We are here because we want to be here for the
Sailors and Marines," said Lt. Cmdr. David Hicks, a
Navy chaplain from Charleston, South Carolina. "They
don't have the choice of going down the street to
their regular church, so we come here to give them
that which they cant have."
offered in two different rooms for Catholic service
and Protestant worship. The focus of the services
was coming together for healing.
of faith is not about our differences, but our unity
as people," said Lt. Joel DeGraeve, Navy chaplain
from Columbus, Ohio. "To reach out to each other and
build each other up when we're having life struggles
is the real church."
The supporting chaplains
arrived in Chattanooga shortly after the shooting to
provide any peace of mind to the service members.
"Through counseling, prayer, encouragement and
good solid advice and being able to comfort them at
a time like this are things we have been doing
everyday," said Lt. Cmdr. Dan Reardon, Navy chaplain
from Meridian, Mississippi.
will continue to work 14- to 18-hour days with
Sailors and Marines affected by the events on July
"In this situation we're focused on
supporting our families, Sailors and Marines in this
community," said Reardon.
NNS150725-01. US 3rd Fleet Holds Change of Command
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd
Class K. Cecelia Engrums, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Nora
Tyson relieved Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd as commander,
U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command and
retirement ceremony held on Nimitz-class aircraft
carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while pierside at
Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego July 24.
During the ceremony, Floyd retired from active
duty after 35 years of honorable naval service. He
assumed command of U.S. 3rd Fleet in May 2013.
Under Floyd's strategic vision, 3rd Fleet
expanded its influence and contributions across all
maritime lines of operations, theater security
cooperation, experimentation, disaster relief, and
At sea, Floyd served in
several F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft squadrons,
including tours with the Jolly Rogers of VF-84, the
Grim Reapers of VF-101 as an instructor, and the Red
Rippers of VF-11. He participated in Operation
Desert Storm while serving as a department head with
the Starfighters of VF-33. He served as the
executive officer and subsequently the commanding
officer of the VF-32 Swordsmen. Other sea tours
include executive officer of USS Constellation (CV
64) and deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing 7 where
he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Ashore, Floyd served on the staff of Naval Space
Command, as aide to the commander and subsequently
as flag lieutenant, Commander, Carrier Group 8. He
served as chief staff officer on the Fighter Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet staff and completed a tour on
the staff of the U.S. military representative to the
NATO Military Committee. He was the deputy
operations officer on the staff of Joint Task Force
Southwest Asia; chief of staff to Commander, Naval
Air Forces; director, Aviation and Aircraft Carrier
Plans and Requirements (OPNAV N880); deputy
director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88B);
commander, Strike Force Training Pacific; director
Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88); director, Warfare
Integration (OPNAV N88F); and as assistant deputy
chief of naval operations, Warfare Systems (OPNAV
Floyd reflected on his career while
thanking his peers and the men and women of the U.S.
"Without a doubt, it has been the
greatest privilege of my life to lead the men and
women who have volunteered to defend this country,"
said Floyd. "Debbie (Floyd's wife) and I continue to
be humbled by the magnitude of the responsibility
that you carry and strengthened by the willingness
with which you carry it out."
Adm. Scott H.
Swift, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, served as the
"Floyd, in summary, you did it
right," said Swift. "Sailors of both today's and
tomorrow's Navy are better prepared by your
contributions, example and leadership throughout
your career than they have ever been. On their
behalf, and on behalf of a grateful nation, thank
you for your leadership and service."
presented Floyd with his second Distinguished
Service Medal as an end of career award, recognizing
him for his exceptional meritorious service to the
United States Navy.
"As Pink departs the
pattern, there is no better officer to take the lead
here at 3rd Fleet than Nora Tyson," said Swift.
"When I travel around the theater, everywhere I go,
I hear about the great work she has done leading
operations and building partnerships in the Pacific
Fleet AOR (area of responsibility)."
most recent assignment was as deputy commander, U.S.
Fleet Forces Command, where she reported in July
"I have to admit, it is a little
intimidating relieving a legend and a rock star,"
said Tyson. "It is truly an honor to follow in your
footsteps and I know those are big footsteps to
Tyson's commands include commander,
Task Force 73/commander, Logistics Group Western
Pacific based in Singapore and, most recently,
commander, Carrier Strike Group 2, where she led the
USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group on its maiden
deployment. She also commanded amphibious assault
ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), leading the Navy's
contributions to disaster relief efforts on the Gulf
Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She
also deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her shore tours include
director of staff for Commander, Naval Forces
Europe/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and as executive
assistant for the chief of naval operations.
"We are challenged to apply our very best efforts to
ensure that we maximize the value of the resources
that the American people give us," said Tyson.
"Third Fleet will continue to be leaders in the
innovative application of naval power."
3rd Fleet was formed during World War II on March
15, 1943 under the command of Fleet Adm. William F.
"Bull" Halsey. It leads naval forces in the Eastern
Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the
International Date Line.
For more news from
Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, visit
NNS150727-19. Navy Environmental and Preventive
Medicine Unit 7 Receives Commissioning Pennant
From Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit
7 Public Affairs
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The
Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit
(NEPMU) 7 celebrated its first year of operations
with a Commissioning Pennant and Plank Owner
ceremony July 24.
The event celebrates the
final stage in re-establishing the unit which had
supported the U.S. 6th Fleet and European area of
operations for almost 50 years before it was
decommissioned in 2006. Rear Adm. Terry Moulton,
commander, Navy Medicine East attended as guest of
"You really are the force multiplier,
just one of you deployed in support of operations
can support a population of 10 to 20 thousand just
by fixing a water system or spraying for different
vectors. You really wasted no time getting
established and making a difference and can be very
proud of all that you have accomplished over the
year," said Moulton. "I look forward to hearing the
great stories and accomplishments of your support to
the fleet as we go forward, I thank you for what you
do each and every day and truly appreciate the
partnership that you have here with the hospital and
the rest of Navy Medicine in supporting the fleet."
The unit was officially re-commissioned by Vice
Adm. Matthew Nathan, Navy Surgeon General, on June
20, 2014 in a ribbon cutting and commissioning
ceremony. Only six personnel had been assigned to
NEPMU-7 at the time of the re-commissioning. Now
fully manned and operationally capable, the officers
and enlisted personnel of NEPMU-7 formally
recognized this achievement by encasing their
commissioning pennant for display and presenting
each member with a framed certificate granting them
the entitlements of plank owner.
people go through their entire military careers and
never have a chance to do this, a chance to stand up
a unit from scratch, to become a plank owner," said
Capt. Juliann Althoff, NEPMU-7 officer in charge.
"This ceremony is designed to celebrate and
recognize our NEPMU-7 plank owners who got our unit
where it is today - fully manned and mission capable
in an amazingly short period of time."
NEPMU-7 officers and crew presented U.S. Naval
Station (NAVSTA) Rota and U.S. Naval Hospital Rota
with honorary Plank Owner certificates in
appreciation and acknowledgment of the critical
support they played in the unit's standup. Rear Adm.
Moulton was also presented with a replica
commissioning pennant and an honorary Plank Owner
The unit commemorated several
important milestones including a christening
ceremony on May 28, 2014 when they moved from a
temporary office space inside U.S. Naval Hospital
Rota and into their current building. This symbolic
move from "dry-dock" was followed by the unit's
official commissioning ceremony.
last year the unit has taken on its full complement
of active duty staff, nearly tripling in size. This
event marks the end of the unit's "sea trials" as it
has proved itself self-sufficient and fully
"NEPMU-7 has now
written another chapter in our rich history by
getting this proud unit delivered back online (and
once again) providing services to the fleet and
expeditionary forces, I look forward to great things
in our future as we begin the next chapter in our
history." said Althoff.
As is the nature of
comradery aboard NAVSTA Rota, the unit's ceremony
was supported by enlisted personnel from various
tenant commands, including the return of Pako, the
military working dog who served as one of Vice Adm.
Nathan's sideboys last year.
provides public health support to Navy and Marine
Corps forces throughout Europe and Africa. For more
information on NEPMU-7 products and services:
For more news from Navy and Marine Corps
Public Health Center, visit
NNS150727-18. New Chiefs' Names to be Release Next
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Names of
Sailors selected to advance to chief petty officer
by the fiscal year 2016 E-7 selection board are
scheduled to be posted to commands' BUPERS Online
(BOL) accounts Wednesday, Aug. 5, with public
release via NAVADMIN Thursday, Aug. 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Approximately 4,100 quotas were
announced in June with an overall advancement
opportunity of 23.64 percent for this cycle, just a
.45 point drop from last cycle and above the 10-year
average of 21.94 percent.
The selection board
is not required to fill all quotas; only the best
and most fully qualified candidates are selected for
advancement to chief.
Because the Navy
advances to vacancies, opportunity varies by rating,
though advancement planners work to smooth overall
opportunity across cycles.
NNS150727-17. Fargo Navy Week Visits Fargo Boy
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class Andrew Jandik, Navy Recruiting District
FARGO, N.D. (NNS) -- Boy Scouts
from the Northern Lights Council and their families
spent the morning with Rear Adm. Stuart B. Munsch,
senior military assistant to the Deputy Secretary of
Defense and members of various Navy commands as part
of Fargo Navy Week.
The event was organized
to give the local Boy Scouts time with Navy
personnel so that they could interact with the
Sailors and their equipment.
The first event
was a re-enlistment of a local Fargo Sailor by
Munsch. Following the ceremony, Munsch talked with
the Boy Scouts about the importance of ceremonies
and traditions. Munsch also told the Boy Scouts his
story about growing up in nearby Oakes, North
"The Scouts can relate to what Adm.
Munsch talked to them about because we have a lot of
our own ceremonies as well," said Ryan Courneya,
Senior District Executive for the Fargo Northern
Lights Council. "I really appreciate the Navy coming
out to help further our Scout's knowledge and doing
so in a relatable way.
Some of the other Navy
personnel in attendance were Navy Diver 2nd Class
Ronald Baker II, from Coatsville, Pennsylvania, and
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician 3rd
Class Juan Ramirez, from Houston, Texas. Both Baker
and Ramirez are assigned to EOD Mobile Unit 3.
"The robots are awesome," said Alex, a young Boy
Scout. "It was really cool to get to drive it around
with the Navy guys who use it."
Scouts have been awesome," Ramirez said. "They are
really into what we have to say."
Baker brought robots and dive gear with them to show
people what they use out in the field. It gave the
kids a chance to see first hand what capabilities
"I thought it was really cool that
the robot gave me a water bottle," a young Cub Scout
For new information on all Fargo Navy
Week events, visit the official Fargo Navy Week
gallery at https://flic.kr/s/aHskfZdNyN or "Follow"
@NavyOutreach on Twitter. Join the conversation on
social media by using #NavyWeek.
NNS150727-16. Pacific Partnership Concludes
Successful Visit to Solomon Islands
James Gulliver, USMC, Pacific Partnership Public
HONIARA, Guadalcanal (NNS) -- The
people of the Solomon Islands and members of Pacific
Partnership 2015 celebrated the completion of a
successful two-week mission by the Military Sealift
Command joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket
(JHSV 3) July 24.
Millinocket and embarked
Task Forager provided medical, engineering,
veterinary and dental support to Guadalcanal and
"Just two weeks ago we
began our mission in the Solomon Islands and today
we stand proud of what we achieved together as a
team," said Commodore, Task Force Forager, Capt.
James Meyer, during a reception celebrating the
completion of work in the Solomon Islands. "This
mission could not have been accomplished without the
joint efforts of everyone here tonight."
leadership of the Solomon Islands expressed their
gratitude for all the assistance brought by Pacific
Partnership 2015 personnel.
"We thank you so
much for everything you have done for this country,"
said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable
Milner Tozaka. "What you have done will continue to
improve the lives of our people even after you have
left our shores."
Seabees and Marines spent
12 days renovating Vura Primary School to improve
the learning environment for the 450 students who
attend the school.
The medical teams trained
more than 160 Solomon Island medical professionals,
famers, and police. They saw more than 560 patients,
51 animals and distributed more than 420 spectacles.
"The accomplishment of our medical team has been
spectacular as they built capacity and capability in
both Auki, Maliata and here in Honiara," Meyer said.
Meyer also spoke of the warm welcome they
received in the Solomon Islands and how the youth of
the nation left an impression on him.
noticed that what sets the Solomon Islands apart
from the other countries we have visited on Pacific
Partnership is the youth's eagerness to learn, the
adult's enthusiasm to hone their skills and use our
training after we leave," he said. "Your kindness
and hospitality has touched everyone on our team."
Millinocket departed the Solomon Islands July 26
and is en route to the Philippines to continue the
Pacific Partnership 2015 mission.
Forager is led by an expeditionary command element
from the Navy's 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30
NCR) from Port Hueneme, California. Millinocket is
currently serving as the secondary platform for
Pacific Partnership 2015. The primary platform for
the mission is the Military Sealift Command hospital
ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).
Now in its 10th
iteration, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual
multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief preparedness mission conducted in the
Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. While training for crisis
conditions, Pacific Partnership missions have
provided medical care to approximately 270,000
patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000
animals. Additionally, the mission has provided
critical infrastructure developments to host nations
through the completion of more than 180 engineering
Additional information on the
Pacific Partnership mission is available on the U.S.
Pacific fleet Pacific Partnership website at
NNS150727-15. Fargo Navy Week Goes
to Kids Camp
By Chief Mass Communication
Specialist Greg Badger, Navy Public Affairs Support
FARGO, N.D. (NNS) -- Fargo Navy
Week Sailors participated in the Minnesota State
University Moorhead's College for Kids and Teens
camp on July 23 in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Sailors shared their Navy experiences in the
functional areas of robotics, grossology, graphic
arts and rocket building.
that has flown before, and has that knowledge and
expertise was awesome for them [students]," said
Marissa Van Vleet, College for Kids NASA Space Camp
teacher. "Just watching them ask questions like what
type wings will work best, are propellers good,
should the nose be long or short?"
range of classes offered by College for Kids and
Teens allowed Sailors of several skill sets to
provide assistance in their field of expertise.
"I worked in the visual arts section, helping
provide instruction for students on the basics of
raster based animation," said Petty Officer 2nd
Class Andrew Jandik, Navy Recruiting District
The students were interested to
learn skills in areas not normally offered in their
"It is pretty fun, my
Grandma is a graphic designer and she wants me to
know how to use Photoshop, " said Machenzie, a
College for Kids and Teens student.
Photoshop classes taught were not the
run-of-the-mill, basic blemish touch ups or fixing a
crooked horizon line.
"We are creating
animations using Photoshop," said Alana Wilhelm,
College for Kids and Teens Graphic Design and
Creative Animation teacher. "The main reason is so
the students can learn the short cut keys, rotation,
moving text and how animations happen."
lunchtime the grills were lit and Navy Band Great
Lakes put on a show providing entertainment for all
those in attendance. The Navy science, technology,
engineering and mathematics truck was also on
display allowing students to get a hands-on preview
of how the Navy makes use of those disciplines.
With stomachs full it was time for students to
get back to their classes and for the NASA Space
Camp students to fine-tune their rockets.
was part of the NASA Space Camp and we actually
built water rockets out of two liter bottles using
construction paper, cardboard, paint and a lot of
duct tape," said Cmdr. Tim Oswalt, Commanding
Officer Navy Recruiting District Minneapolis. "The
kids did great, they had a lot of creative designs."
Once the rockets were complete the true test was
awaiting the young engineers.
rockets and walked down to the baseball diamond to
launch the rockets," said Carter, a College for Kids
student. "He [Oswalt] was really fun and he helped
me with my rocket, he taught me how to make it
From students to teachers the Sailors
had made an impact on those they were able to help.
"They [Sailors] were really involved in making
the rockets as aerodynamic as possible," said Van
Vleet. "We had a rocket go farther then we have ever
had it go in the last three years we taught this
Islands Celebrates Completion of School Renovations
By Sgt. James Gulliver, USMC,
Pacific Partnership Public Affairs
Guadalcanal (NNS) -- Pacific Partnership 2015
personnel celebrated the completion of Vura Primary
School during a ribbon cutting ceremony July 23 in
the Solomon Islands.
Allen Ketei, the
principal of Vura Primary School, personally thanked
the service members involved in the project for
their hard work.
"Because of everything you
have done for us, now we can instruct more students
and provide them with the resources they need to be
successful," said Ketei. "We could not have
completed this without you."
U.S. Seabees and
Marines assigned to Task Force Forager embarked
aboard the Military Sealift Command joint high speed
vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) began renovations
of the school July 11. In 12 days the Seabees and
Marines put new roofing on a building, poured
concrete sidewalks and painted the entire complex.
Because of their work, Vura Primary School can now
hold up to 450 additional students.
Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, the Honorable
Douglas Ete praised the Pacific Partnership team,
saying they left their mark on the Solomon Islands
and his country will not forget what they have done
"Education is very important to
the people of the Solomon Islands," he said. "This
kind act will give us a push to put our focus on
The day also held special meaning
for the U.S. Marines and Seabees in attendance as
they remembered those who went before, fighting on
the island 73 years ago during the Battle of
"Seventy-three years later, we
are not fighting in the Solomon Islands, we are here
with great compassion and continue to build for
peace with freedom," said Commodore, Task Force
Forager, Capt. James Meyer.
Meyer quoted a
famous Seabee inscription, "'With willing hearts and
skillful hands, the difficult we do at once. The
impossible takes a bit longer.' The engineering team
completed the near impossible in two weeks with
their work," he said.
embarked Task Force Forager, led by an expeditionary
command element from the Navy's 30th Naval
Construction Regiment (30 NCR) from Port Hueneme,
California, are currently serving as the secondary
platform for Pacific Partnership 2015. The primary
platform for the mission is the Military Sealift
Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).
Now in its tenth iteration, Pacific Partnership is
the largest annual multilateral humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission
conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. While
training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership
missions have provided medical care to approximately
270,000 patients and veterinary services to more
than 38,000 animals. Additionally, the mission has
provided critical infrastructure developments to
host nations through the completion of more than 180
on the Pacific Partnership mission is available on
the U.S. Pacific fleet Pacific Partnership website
NNS150727-12. USNS Mercy Crew
Participate in Humanitarian Assistance Disaster
Relief Seminar in Philippines
By Chief Mass
Communication Specialist Christopher E. Tucker,
Pacific Partnership 2015 Public Affairs
CITY, Philippines (NNS) -- Multinational crew
members of the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19)
wrapped up participation in a humanitarian
assistance disaster relief (HADR) seminar July 24
hosted by Philippine government agencies at Capiz
Dozens of stakeholders
representing a diverse makeup of countries and
organizations attended the weeklong event to better
prepare all involved in responding to a natural
disaster in the region.
"This was the first
time that something like this has been done in the
Philippines, where a whole region came together [to
work on disaster response,]" said U.S. Army Capt.
John Karlsson, a civil affairs team leader.
Representatives from six provinces and ten agencies
from the Philippines were in attendance, including
the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of
the Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard, and
multiple government agencies.
featured discussions from subject matter experts on
lessons learned from HADR operations during the
aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon
Yolanda in the Philippines), a category 5 super
typhoon, which cut across the central Philippines in
2013. The storm killed more than 6,000 people and
caused more than $2 billion in damage.
cannot work alone as first responders. We need help
in [the province of] Antique," said Leoderrick
Benitez, a first responder who works for the
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Office (PDRRMO) for Antique. "For instance, in
Typhoon Yolanda, we were very overwhelmed during
that typhoon. We need some logistics resources and a
network [we can call upon.] That's why we are very
grateful to work with people from all of these other
Filipino first responders were
taught how to use a vehicle extrication tool to
safely remove crash victims from crushed vehicles.
Through donations made by Project Handclasp, 10
extrication tool sets were distributed to PDRRMO
"We were able to distribute this
equipment, show some people some online videos, and
give some hands-on training. We know that this is
now going to save lives," said Karlsson.
Members of the Japan Self-Defense Force also
provided a briefing on the disaster response efforts
following the Great East Earthquake of Japan in
"It was apparent during the
workshop that our Japanese friends wanted to share
their experiences. The one thing that they expressed
was the difficulties that they had during the
earthquake and tsunami," said Giselle Grace Gerial,
a representative from the Philippine Department of
the Interior. "If I hadn't interacted with them, I
might have thought that the Philippines is behind
compared to the things other countries are doing.
But, after interacting with them I realized that we
are actually on par in terms of planning, but our
challenges lie in implementation of our plan."
Pilots and air crewmen from U.S. Navy Helicopter
Sea Combat Squadron 21, "Blackjacks," provided
training on how to find and mark helicopter landing
zones in the field. Also, the aircrew provided a
take-off and landing demonstration, as well as
familiarization flights at Capiz State University's
"What we saw during the
relief efforts after Typhoon Yolanda, was when a
helicopter tries to land, so many people flocked to
the helicopter landing zone," said Karlsson. "It's a
problem across multiple agencies... What we were
able to do is bring everyone together and talk about
roles and responsibilities, and actually practice
U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy
medical personnel also provided training on how to
respond to crushing injuries during a disaster
scenario. However, probably the most valuable lesson
learned during the seminar was learning to work
together across multiple countries and agencies,
"What we really did was get
people to solve problems together," he said. "The
region was very interested in collaborating together
as a whole. Just by putting all the right people in
the room together, there were new ideas, and it
showed people how to work together."
its tenth iteration, Pacific Partnership is the
largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted
in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.
arrived in Roxas City July 18 and will depart Aug. 4
to transit to Subic Bay and continue its mission in
Additional information on
the Pacific Partnership mission is available on the
U.S. Pacific fleet Pacific Partnership website at
NNS150727-10. Navy Medicine
Ambassadors Raise Awareness at Fargo Navy Week
By Steve Van Der Werff, U.S. Navy Bureau of
Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs
N.D. (NNS) -- Navy Medicine personnel traveled to
Fargo to raise awareness about Navy Medicine's
mission during Fargo Navy Week July 20-21.
While in Fargo, the personnel - known as Navy
Medicine ambassadors - interacted with local
community members to foster ties and inform
audiences of career opportunities in Navy Medicine.
Navy dentist Capt. Jonathan Haun, Navy
physician Lt. Cmdr. Jami Peterson and Chief Hospital
Corpsman Brian Belk visited with local Boys and
Girls Clubs, attended Fargo Public Library's Navy
science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) fair, met with the Young Men's Christian
Association (YMCA) and participated in the city's
"Party in the Park" at Rabanus Park.
each engagement, the trio discussed dental hygiene,
basic first aid, good nutrition and exercise habits,
as well as personal experiences about their careers
in Navy Medicine.
"Most people don't have a
lot of information or knowledge about Navy Medicine
so this was an important opportunity to demonstrate
to the people of Fargo how Navy Medicine provides
world-class care to Sailors, Marines and their
families around the world," said Belk.
Navy Medicine ambassadors also utilized medical
equipment such as stethoscopes, wound dressings,
airway devices and trauma pack to facilitate
questions and discussions about their careers.
"Because some of the items were very
recognizable, such as the stethoscope and bandages,
and some not so easy to identify, the children were
engaged, curious and full of detailed questions. The
amount of insight and curiosity they displayed was
truly amazing," said Peterson.
"It was the
interactive nature of these sessions that provided
the most value. It created a comfortable environment
where the ambassadors were approachable and engaging
and the information was enriching for the children.
Additionally, our uniforms were an endless source of
curiosity and questions for the participants," she
Peterson also said she hopes the local
citizenry saw the valuable role Navy Medicine has in
humanitarian missions, supporting the warfighter and
their families, and providing medical care in
dangerous and austere conditions. Most importantly,
she hopes they recognized the potential career
opportunities that exist for their children to serve
in the world's largest Navy because they saw someone
just like them.
"I'm a small-town girl from a
landlocked state representing both the Navy and the
people of Fargo. I know the citizens of Fargo and
the Fargo area appreciated our presence because we
were met with questions, discussion and warm
greetings at every turn," Peterson said.
was amazing to be in a position to share Navy life
with the people of Fargo. When I was growing up in
the area, I never thought of the Navy or the
opportunities that existed with the Navy because it
was not the most visible of the armed forces in the
The Navy Week program is designed to
raise awareness about the Navy in areas that
traditionally do not have a naval presence and
include community relations projects, speaking
engagements, and media interviews with flag hosts
and area Sailors.
Navy Medicine is a global
healthcare network of 63,000 personnel that provides
health care support to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps,
their families and veterans, in high
operational-tempo environments, at expeditionary
medical facilities, medical treatment facilities,
hospitals, clinics, hospital ships and research
units around the world.
For more news from
Navy Medicine, visit www.navy.mil/local/mednews/.
NNS150727-09. Prep Work to
Testify for Navy Medicine Sexual Assault Medical
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval
Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
Wash. (NNS) -- From the clinical to the courtroom,
the initial Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner
(SAMFE) training held at Naval Hospital Bremerton
switched to the military justice process for the
final day on July 24.
Several members of the
Navy Judge Advocate General Corps' were on hand to
share their professional experience, insight and
information with the examiners and their specific
role at trial. The goal was to educate, inform and
perhaps even alleviate any pre-trial jitters that
could arise if and when any of them gets called upon
"There is a reason why some in
Navy Medicine don't want to do SAMFE and that's
because of nervousness from having to go into court
and testify. This training today gives us the
opportunity to go through a mock direct examination
and cross examination process. We're learning hints
and tips from Navy legal experts in going to court,"
said Lt. Cmdr. Lacy L. Gee, Nurse Corps, Certified
Nurse Operating Room, Main Operating Room division
officer, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and organizer
of the SAMFE training at NHB.
Bremerton's Judge Advocate General, Lt. Keleigh
Anderson, opened the military justice brief by going
over Uniformed Code of Military Justice articles,
the difference between rape and sexual assault, the
step-by-step process of how an allegation becomes a
case and where a SAMFE fits in the judicial scheme
"As a SAMFE you are there to
teach the judge and jury what you know. You are an
educator. You are not there to determine if the case
happened but to help make an informed decision,"
said Anderson, adding that the examiner's priority
is always the health and well-being of the patient
since a SAMFE is a medical provider and not a law
The bottom line, according
to Anderson, is that any SAMFE who does get called
to testify has got to realize that not only is their
credibility at stake, but also that of the official
evidence. There are several common-sense steps to
follow when testifying. They are,
prepared. Review the medical records and all
documentation and photos (if applicable).
precise. Use terminology correctly. Sloppy wording
can be problematic on a cross examination.
concise. Only answer the question asked.
plain-spoken. Medical jargon gets lost in the
"A SAMFE is supported by medical
experience, science and practice. They are not there
to make the case. The medical testimony is only one
aspect of a sexual assault case," stressed Anderson.
A viable resource that the Navy established
to help those dealing with the traumatic effects of
sexual assault is the Victims' Legal Counsel Program
that was started in 2013.
The program offers
attorney-client relationship with privileged
communications and duty to represent the client.
Active duty and reservists are assisted anytime and
anywhere. Dependents, retirees and certain civilians
when assaulted by active duty members are also
"It's important to share that in my
capacity as a victim legal counsel I don't work for
the prosecutor, defense or command. I work solely
for the victim and form that attorney-client
relationship directly with victim(s) of sexual
assault," explained Lt. Cmdr. Steven Meredith, Judge
Advocate General Corps and victims' legal counsel
assigned to Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, who covers all
of the West Sound region/greater Kitsap Peninsula
Meredith provides legal advice,
assistance and advocacy related to alleged sexual
offense. He give clients a 'voice and choice,'
protects a client's privacy, and advances and
advocate a client's interests
"Any time there
is any sexual assault case, the sooner I can meet
with the victim the better," continued Meredith. "I
can help with their concerns, such as explaining the
process so they can make informed decisions. I also
can advocate for them in court; be with them doing
an interview with NCIS; and if they are worried
about collateral misconduct, such as underage
drinking, their sharing is confidential and (falls
under) restricted reporting."
"One thing to
also remember is that if a victim legal counsel is
involved as soon as possible, it lessens the victim
having to retell their story a million times,"
Testimony strategy was then
shared by Lt. Cmdr. Travis J. Owens, senior trial
counsel assigned to Region Legal Service Office
Northwest, and Lt. Julie Sherman-Dumais of the
Military Justice Department, Region Legal Service
"As a SAMFE, you are not
there to give your personal opinion. You will be
called upon to admit the sexual assault forensic
exam (SAFE) report and to explain the report,"
stated Owens, sharing such practical strategies as
reviewing documents, protocols, exam procedures and
other issues all part of the process to make sure a
SAMFE and counsel are on the same page.
and Sherman-Dumais went through a mock filed report
of a simulated sexual assault, peppering
called-forth examiners with queries to test their
Lt. Matthew Landon from
the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) calmly
handled and explained every question from Owens.
"That's what we're looking for," commented Owens
on Landon's performance, explaining that direct
examinations rely on open-ended questions whereas
cross-examination questions differ stylistically
from direct by using leading questions that are
usually answered by a 'yes' or 'no.'
long and short of it is that a SAMFE doesn't have to
sweat it. We will prep beforehand. We're here today
to show the concepts," Owens said.
to Cmdr. Gregory Freitag, Navy's Bureau of Medicine
and Surgery (BUMED) Sexual Assault Medical Program
manager, historically the sexual assault medical
forensic examiner role has been seen as an arm of
"When a provider presented
themselves as a law-enforcement proxy, a lot of the
time their testimony would be discounted. We're
going over the cross examination skills needed and
refining how to be objective witnesses," Freitag
Judicial expertise and medical
experience aside, there was one common assessment
throughout the training scenario that linked
everyone together in combatting sexual assault.
"Victims...look like everybody," stated Owens.
NHB held the SAMFE training for the week of
July 20-24 for experienced Navy sexual assault
medical forensic examiners.
featured enhanced curriculum to augment the
command's response ability in preventing and
eliminating sexual assault, as well as continuing to
provide timely patient-centered care to any victim
"This training is very important to
the Navy. It has the attention, alignment and
purpose of all the service surgeons general.
Congress has called for the uniform training and
this is our beginning. We will deliver
patient-centered trauma support and care. The focus
of the course is that the victim comes first," said
Cmdr. Gregory Freitag, Navy's Bureau of Medicine and
Surgery (BUMED) Sexual Assault Medical Program
Freitag is part of the BUMED team
directing the advanced and enhanced training, with
an emphasis on policy, headquarters oversight, and
being able to address questions and provide insight
to how the training relates to N
NNS150727-08. Navy Medicine Announces New Medical
Career Opportunity for Enlisted Sailors
Mariah Felipe, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and
Surgery Public Affairs
FALLS CHURCH, Va.
(NNS) -- The Navy is offering a unique opportunity
to all enlisted Sailors interested in a medical
career with Navy Medicine.
have the opportunity to pursue a medical degree
through the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory
Program (EMDP2) at the Uniformed Services University
of the Health Science (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland.
The program, which convened in 2014 with a
class of five soldiers and five airmen, is now
seeking enlisted Navy applicants for the 2016 class.
Five slots are allotted for enlisted Sailors
in the 2016 EMDP2 cohort. The application deadline
is November 1 and selections will convene in
EMDP2 is a two-year program
that provides an opportunity for
academically-promising enlisted service members to
complete preparatory coursework that will make them
competitive medical school applicants.
excited that the Navy is able to offer this kind of
program to enlisted Sailors" said Lt. Cmdr.
Peterson, Navy and Marine EMDP2 board president.
"This program is a great addition to Navy Medicine
and is a very unique opportunity for interested and
qualified Sailors to play a vital role in supporting
EMDP2 is a partnership
between the Uniformed Services University (USUHS)
and the armed services. It is comprised of a
24-month, full-time academic program that includes
intensive coursework, preparation, and mentoring for
the student's medical school application. Once the
program is completed, students will be eligible to
compete for entrance into USUHS or any civilian
medical school in the United States. Students are
not guaranteed admission or commission upon
successful completion of the program.
program is open to all enlisted Sailors with less
than 10 years of service. Applicants must have a
bachelor's degree from an accredited four year
university. International bachelor degrees will be
accepted only if the applicant has a master's degree
obtained in the United States or Canada. Applicants
must also be citizens and Sailors of good standing
with no record of court-martial conviction,
nonjudicial punishment, or civilian felony charges.
For a full listing of application requirements
reference NAVADMIN 174/15:
The selection process is a collaborative
approach between the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
(BUMED) and USUHS. Applications are vetted through a
Navy and Marine Corps candidate selection board at
BUMED, which carefully reviews each packet and
applicant. After this review, the BUMED EMDP2
candidate selection board recommends the top
candidates to USUHS, which ultimately determines who
is accepted for the program. The applicants will
remain on active duty while pursuing an
Undergraduate Medical Certificate at George Mason
University-Prince William Campus in Manassas,
Virginia. Pay and benefits at current pay grade will
still be allotted and all educational expenses
including tuition and books are paid for by the
Navy Medicine is a global health
care network of 63,000 personnel that provide health
care support to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, their
families and veterans in high operational tempo
environments, at expeditionary medical facilities,
medical treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics,
hospital ships and research units around the world.
For more news from Navy Medicine, visit
NNS150727-07. Navy's Senior Enlisted Visits Dahlgren
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st
Class Martin L. Carey, Office of the MCPON
DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of
the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens spent the morning with
leadership of the Center for Surface Combat Systems,
toured the facilities innovative touch-screen
simulation training systems and hosted an all-hands
call at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Virginia.
"There are a lot of junior Sailors here who
haven't been to a ship yet," said Fire Controlman
2nd Class Joshua George, a student attending C
school. "Having MCPON come and listen to what they
have to say gives a different view point, which I
think is good."
During the call MCPON took
pictures, expressed his thanks and answered
questions from the 150 attendees.
"This is my
first time visiting Dalhgren, and I am truly
impressed by the quality of Sailors here," said
Stevens. "The caliber of individuals who raise their
hand in service of our Nation is exceptional."
MCPON stated to the audience that it was
important for him to hear what thoughts, concerns or
questions they had in order for him to know what the
fleet is thinking. He then took questions from the
audience on a range of topics from the safety of
Navy recruiting stations to hair regulations.
Fire Controlman Seaman Allison Baker asked about
changes to the Navy's Body Composition Assessment
"Changes within the Physical
Fitness Assessment program are about ensuring total
Sailor fitness, wellness and mission readiness,"
said Stevens. "What we are not doing is lowering the
Before concluding the call, MCPON
left the audience with his "Foundations to Success."
"The first thing is to work hard, every single
day. The second is to stay out of trouble. All that
hard work will quickly go away if you do something
you're not supposed to," said Stevens. "The third,
and I believe the most important thing, is to be a
good and decent person."
For more news from
the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, visit
NNS150727-06. NSA Mid-South Hosts Back-to-School
From NSA Mid-South Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Naval Support
Activity (NSA) Mid-South hosted a back-to-school
expo on July 24 to help personnel and their families
get ready for the upcoming school year.
most local schools starting back Aug. 10, the expo
provided an opportunity for personnel on base to
receive school supplies for their children in
kindergarten through 12th grade.
were donated by Operation Homefront, a national
organization which provides assistance to service
members and their families. Backpacks were available
to all service members E6 and below for their
The military sorority
Kappa Epsilon Psi also had school supplies available
for those who attended the expo.
actually amazing," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class
Kelly Smith of Navy Recruiting Command who brought
her kids to the expo. "It's really hard for parents,
especially with multiple children, to get started
with back to school supplies."
The expo is
organized each year by School Liaison Officer (SLO)
Jennifer Lundy to help parents and students shift
gears in the final weeks of summer so they can begin
to think about what they need to make going back to
school a smooth transition.
parents begin getting ready for the new school year,
the sooner they know what challenges they may
face...and the sooner they can come to me for help,"
As SLO, Lundy has a close working
relationship with the local schools and is familiar
with local school rules for zoning, transfers, and
required documentation. She is available to help
parents as they navigate a new school and new
Lundy said she was
grateful for the support from the organizations that
participated in the expo this year.
the expo went very, very well," said Lundy.
"Operation Homefront did a great job providing
backpacks and I appreciate Kappa Epsilon Psi
bringing in additional school supplies."
expo also featured a fashion show by the Navy
Exchange to show off the fashion trends that would
be popular this school year.
information about the school liaison program at NSA
Mid-South, call 901-874-5343.
hosts the Navy's human resources capital hosting
Navy Personnel Command, Navy Recruiting Command, and
Navy Manpower Analysis Center. For more information
about NSA Mid-South, visit
For more news
from Naval Support Activity, Mid-South, visit
NNS150727-05. Fitzgerald Implements SECNAV's New
Initiative During a Darwin Port Visit
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick
Dionne, USS Fitzgerald Public Affairs
Australia (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class
guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)
implemented the Secretary of the Navy's (SECNAV) new
initiative to pay husbanding service providers (HSP)
during a port visit to Darwin, July 20-24 by using a
new process, called Off-Ship Bill Pay (OSBP).
The new process was developed to simplify and
address changes to the Navy's HSP procurement and
bill paying, by removing the treasury check payment
from the ship's disbursing officer during port
visits, which will instead be paid via invoicing,
receipt, acceptance, and property transfer (IRAPT).
The new OSBP process builds on the
procure-to-pay (P2P) pilot program that was
completed by the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile
destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82) and USS Mustin (DDG
89) in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility
earlier this year.
"This was a tremendous
opportunity to exercise SECNAV's initiative," said
Cmdr. Christopher England, commanding officer of
Fitzgerald. "This initiative allows for a better
system of accountability for Navy ships in foreign
ports and allows them to have further control over
the quality of service they receive."
Fitzgerald's port visit to Darwin, the ship met with
representatives and contracting officers from Naval
Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Fleet Logistics
Center (FLC) Yokosuka and U.S. Pacific Fleet who
helped to provide guidance on the OSBP initiative
that will be implemented fleet wide in the new 2016
fiscal year, Oct. 1.
"OSBP will be a great
asset to the Navy as it will provide additional
checks and balances to ensure all billing
information is correct and that we are receiving the
services we ordered," said Lt. Bryce Hicks, the
Fitzgerald's supply officer. "In the long term it
will help simplify the process and having the
opportunity to go live this week gives the Navy the
ability to learn how to use the system in the most
effective ways possible before Oct. 1."
Navy ships will be able to use the new OSBP
initiative in order to provide a flexible mechanism
to remove HSP bill payments from ships that can be
utilized by all ship classes to provide necessities
such as water, food, transportation and supplies
during visits to foreign ports.
advantage of existing technologies that will help
simplify procuring and paying for services while
providing a level of accountability that did not
exist before," said Cmdr. Robert Shu, the
Fitzgerald's executive officer.
one of seven destroyers assigned to Destroyer
Squadron 15, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area
of responsibility supporting security and stability
in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
news from Commander Task Force 70, visit
NNS150727-04. US Navy Increases Cooperation,
Enhances Partnership With Timor Leste Defense Forces
From Task Force 73 Public
DILI, Timor Leste (NNS) -- The U.S.
Navy and Timor-Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL) will
conduct the third Cooperation Afloat Readiness and
Training (CARAT) exercise in Dili, Timor-Leste, and
in the vicinity of Port Hera Naval Base, July 27-28.
CARAT Timor-Leste is part of an annual
bilateral exercise series between the U.S. Navy and
the armed forces of nine partner nations, including
Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia,
the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and
Timor-Leste. As a longstanding exercise series in
Southeast Asia, CARAT enables regional navies to
work together through cooperative training events,
exchanges, and symposia.
provides an outstanding venue to broaden our
partnership with the Timor-Leste Defense Force based
on shared security interests," said Rear Adm.
Charlie Williams, commander, Task Force (CTF) 73.
"Through our bilateral training and exchanges, our
Sailors are working side-by-side with their
Timor-Leste counterparts, creating meaningful
professional relationships and enhancing cooperation
between our navies."
During this year's
CARAT exercise, U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion 5 and security personnel
assigned to Navy Coastal Riverine Group 1 will
conduct civil-engineer exchanges and security
training with Timor-Leste defense forces.
CARAT Timor-Leste also includes a community service
and outreach project providing an opportunity for
U.S. and Timor-Leste defense forces to interact with
the local community. Approximately 400 service
members from the two militaries will participate in
this year's exercise.
CARAT is one aspect of
the growing U.S. and Timor-Leste partnership, which
has included annual port calls by U.S. Navy ships,
visits by senior U.S. Navy and Marine Corps leaders,
and ongoing civic action projects by U.S. Navy
Seabees deployed to Timor-Leste, over the past
"Both navies benefit from this
training," said Lt. Luis Ortega, Timor-Leste desk
officer and exercise coordinator for CTF 73.
"Together we learn from each other and exchange
cultural knowledge and military skillsets, which
increases capacity of our forces and allows us to
work more efficiently together."
CARAT Timor-Leste, additional bilateral phases of
CARAT will occur from August through November 2015
with Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,
Malaysia, and Thailand. The exercises will provide a
regional venue to develop strong maritime
partnerships that contribute to the greater peace
and stability of the region.
As U.S. 7th
Fleet's executive agent for theater security
cooperation in South and Southeast Asia, CTF 73
conducts advanced planning, organizes resources, and
directly supports the execution of maritime
exercises, such as the bilateral CARAT series, the
Naval Engagement Activity with Vietnam, and the
multi-lateral Southeast Asia Cooperation and
Training with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the
Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
more news from Commander, Task Force 73, visit
NNS150727-02. NAVSUP FLC Bahrain Tests Off-Ship Bill
Pay for Husbanding Services
By Lt. Matthew
Lorge, Navy Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics
MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Navy
Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics
Center (FLC) Bahrain conducted the first test of
Off-Ship Bill Pay (OSBP) procedures for aircraft
carrier and cruiser port visits during the week
ending July 25 at Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain.
The new procedures take the responsibility for
the ordering and payment of husbanding services,
such as tug boats, trash removal, crane support, and
fresh water, off of the ship's Supply Department and
places it at shore activities. This frees up
shipboard personnel for other tasks and provides
Navy leaders with more oversight of the husbanding
In order to conduct the OSBP test,
Code 200, the contracting department of NAVSUP FLC
Bahrain, executed a stand-alone husbanding service
provider (HSP) contract and issued task orders
valued at $672,000 for the aircraft carrier USS
Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and $124,000 for the
guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60). While
tests have been done on smaller units in the past
year, this is the first time an aircraft carrier or
cruiser has been tested.
Capt. Sean M. Egge,
commanding officer of NAVSUP FLC Bahrain, discussed
the importance of the OSBP test and what it means to
"The new off-ship bill pay
procedures will be a major change from how port
visits are conducted fleet wide," said Egge. "Not
only will the procedures relieve busy shipboard
personnel of the administrative tasks associated
with port visit costs, they will provide centralized
oversight over the process and ensure the taxpayers
are getting the best value for their money."
The new procedures require the ship and vendor
to submit their final invoices into inventory,
receipt, acceptance and property transfer (iRAPT), a
secure web based system for electronic invoicing,
receipt, and acceptance. A contracting officer's
representative (COR) validates that the two sets of
invoices match and submits the accepted invoices for
electronic payment by the Defense Finance and
Accounting Service (DFAS).
James Cutler, a
COR for U.S. Naval Central Command (NAVCENT),
explained how the test was being conducted.
"The test is going well so far," said Cutler. "The
ships have been doing a great job validating the
services they have received via the circle, sign,
and date process. Once the port visits are
completed, we will review the receipts and ensure
they match the final invoices submitted by the
Upon completion of the tests in the
NAVCENT area of responsibility (AOR), along with
those in other regions around the world, the next
step will be to modify the Navy's existing HSP
contracts to allow for payment using this electronic
process. This will standardize the way the Navy does
business while at the same time making it easier for
the vendor to receive payment for services they have
"Executing the test contract for
USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Normandy was an
important milestone in the off-ship bill payment
process" said Salah Hani, a contracting officer at
Code 200. "We will review the results of these tests
and incorporate any lessons learned into our HSP
NAVSUP FLC Bahrain has
more than 160 military and civilian personnel
providing logistics support in the region. The
command is one of eight FLCs worldwide in the NAVSUP
NAVSUP FLC Bahrain is part of
NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), which
provides global logistics for a global Navy. The
organization is made up of more than 6,500 military
and civilian logistics professionals operating from
105 locations worldwide providing an extensive array
of integrated global logistics and contracting
services to Navy, Marine Corps, joint operational
units, and allied forces across all warfare
For more news on NAVSUP FLC
For more news from Naval Supply Systems Command,
NNS150727-01. Reserve Officers
Participate in Surface Warfare Refresher Training
By Ensign Joey Seymour, Navy Public Affairs
Support Element West
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sixty
Navy Reserve officers took part in the second annual
Surface Warfare Refresher Training (SWRT) from July
24 to July 26. Combined, the fast-paced and in-depth
training visited five ships, an active LCS training
facility, an aviation familiarization which was set
up exclusively for the weekend, the working site of
Coastal Riverine Squadron 1, and lectures from
The purpose of the
annual training is to provide reserve officers with
a diverse and detailed overview of the future of
surface warfare through hands-on experiences, unique
site visits, and informative presentations.
The weekend kicked off on July 24 with an address
from Rear Adm. Christopher J. Paul, deputy
commander, Naval Surface Force (Pacific Fleet), on
the future of the Surface Force. Afterward, the
group paid a visit to the Littoral Combat Ship
Training facility at Naval Base San Diego, where the
Reserve officers witnessed several demonstrations
and training operations.
A visit to USNS
Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3) was next on the agenda. An
extensive tour demonstrated how the ship will serve
as an afloat forward staging bases (AFSB) to support
special operations missions,
maritime-security operations, and mine clearance, as
well as humanitarian aid and disaster relief
"We have a wide range of officers
attending this training, all providing support to so
many different units," said Cmdr. Glen A. Viado,
commander, Naval Surface Fleet Readiness
Headquarters. "By making these site visits, I think
our officers will be able to take back something
that they can pass on to their Sailors about what's
going on in the surface warfare world."
one concluded with a presentation given by Rear Adm.
James W. Kilby, commander, Naval Surface and Mine
Warfighting Development Center.
On July 25,
the Reserve officers visited the flight line at
Naval Air Station North Island to board and learn
about four aircraft provided specifically for the
training, including an SH-60 Sea Hawk, P-8 Poseidon,
E-2C Hawkeye, and MQ-8 Fire Scout. The tour also
included a utility boat ride to Naval Base San
Diego, where the officers visited USS Sommerset (LDP
25), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and USS Sampson (DDG
Rear Adm. Kelvin N. Dixon, deputy
commander, Navy Surface Force Atlantic, discussed
the future needs of Reserve surface warfare officers
and where opportunities are and will be.
"It's a bright future for Reserve officers," Cmdr.
Viado added. "This weekend they were able to see all
the assets available to them...During this training
they heard and saw firsthand how they could make an
immediate impact with LCS, ballistic missile
defense, and direct energy."
concluded the training with presentations on LCS
capabilities and Coastal Riverine Squadron One as
well as a site visit to USS Freedom (LCS 1) in the
dry dock at Naval Base San Diego. The final site
visit included a weapons demonstration and look into
the communication tools used by the Coastal Riverine
Squadron at Naval Air Station North Island.
"Giving 60 Reservist the opportunity to see, hear
about and put their hands on different platforms is
a success," CDR Viado said.
The third annual
Surface Warfare Refresher training is tentatively
scheduled to take place next summer at Mayport Naval
Station in Jacksonville, Florida.
news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West,
NNS150726-01. USS Lassen Completes
Successful At-Sea Phase of CARAT Singapore 2015
By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class
Melissa K. Russell, Commander, Task Force 73 Public
SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh
Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG
82) successfully completed five days of combined,
at-sea training events with the Republic of
Singapore Navy (RSN), July 23, as part of
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)
CARAT is an annual, bilateral
exercise series designed to increase the
interoperability among participating forces, address
shared maritime security concerns, and develop
relationships between the U.S. Navy and the armed
forces of partner nations.
This year marked
the 21st time Singapore has participated.
This year's at-sea phase included complex scenarios
with ships, submarines and aircraft, an exercise
with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and a
simulated casualty medevac flight with RSN ships.
Events also included group maneuvers, a gunnery
exercise that allowed the ships to track and fire
their surface weapons on moving targets, and several
submarine familiarization exercises using U.S. and
"This year we focused a lot
on exercising complex group maneuvers as well as
finding and tracking one another's assets through
sonar systems," said Cmdr. Robert Francis, Lassen's
commanding officer. "That was important because the
exercises increased our interoperability by allowing
us to work together and gain better understanding of
each other's capability while communicating and
working from the same procedures. These are core
skills vital to any real-world operation."
addition to improving communication skills and
getting to know one another's systems and
procedures, both navies exchanged medical expertise
in the event of a humanitarian aid-disaster relief
(HA-DR) situation that could require a coordinated
response from regional navies.
the U.S. Navy's presence in Southeast Asia and the
close relationship we've developed with the Republic
of Singapore Navy, there's a strong possibility we
may one day need to operate together on a mission or
in a casualty situation," Francis said. "That's why
we see HA-DR response skills and operational skills
as equally important."
To help foster skills
in HA-DR situations, Lassen hosted two Singaporean
sailors, one doctor and one emergency medical
specialist. The Sailors observed several shipboard
medical exercises, one of which included a medevac
transport of a simulated casualty.
happy to welcome them (RSN sailors) aboard and let
them see just how our emergency responders would
react during a casualty," Francis said. "This
training could literally be a life saver because now
we have an organic asset available in the group with
the capability to treat a patient with life
threatening injuries. It's just like having a small
floating hospital within minutes of Lassen."
More than 700 U.S. Sailors were involved in the
underway phase of CARAT Singapore. Lassen was joined
by the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3),
Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston (SSN
713), Military Sealift Command replenishment oiler
USNS Pecos (T-AO 197), a P-8A Poseidon maritime
patrol aircraft, and ships and aircraft from the
Following CARAT Singapore, additional
bilateral phases of CARAT will occur from July
through November 2015 with Bangladesh, Brunei,
Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and
Commander, Task Force 73 and
Destroyer Squadron 7 staff conduct advanced
planning, organize resources and directly support
the execution of maritime exercises such as the
bilateral CARAT series, the Naval Engagement
Activity (NEA) with Vietnam, and the multilateral
Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT)
with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines,
Singapore, and Thailand.
For more news from
Commander, Task Force 73, visit
NNS020718-13. This Day in Naval History - July 27
From Naval History and Heritage Command,
Communication and Outreach Division
During the American Revolution, the Continental
brig, Reprisal, commanded by Capt. Lambert Wickes,
transports the newly appointed commercial and naval
agent, William Bingham, to Martinique. While en
route, the British sloop-of-war, HMS Shark,
approaches the brig at the entrance to St. Pierre
Harbor. After a sharp encounter and inconclusive
action, HMS Shark withdraws and Reprisal enters
1862 - During the Civil War, the
side-wheel steamer, USS Yankee, commanded by William
Gibson, and the side-wheel tug, USS Satellite,
commanded by Master Amos Foster, capture schooner
J.W. Sturges in Chippoak Creek, Va.
Construction of the Naval Aircraft Factory,
Philadelphia is ordered to produce enough aircraft
for Americas entry into World War I. The factory
also introduces women into occupations that were
previously only open to men. Following the war, the
factory tests and manufactures aircraft to review
costs and effectiveness. During the later stages of
World War II, the air craft factory is
1943 - USS Scamp (SS 277)
torpedoes and sinks the Japanese submarine (I 168),
which had sunk USS Yorktown (CV 5) and USS Hammann
(DD 412) at the Battle of Midway, south-south-west
of Truk. USS Scamp also damages the Japanese oiler,
1953 - The Korean War armistice is
signed at Panmunjon, Korea. The Korean cease-fire
goes into effect at 22:00.
1985 - USS
Providence (SSN 719) is commissioned at Groton,
Conn., the fifth ship in the Navy to be named after
the Rhode Island city.
Outstanding: Navy Reservist On the Cutting Edge of
Science and Technology
By Warren Duffie,
Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS)
-- Lt. Cmdr. Tom McAndrew, a Reservist with the
Office of Naval Research (ONR), received the Navy
Reserve's 2014 Outstanding Junior Officer of the
Year award, presented by the Reserve Officers
Association in Washington, D.C., July 27.
an ONR Reservist, McAndrew has supported numerous
cyber and electronic warfare efforts, earning
recognition as ONR's 2014 Reserve Science and
Technology Officer of the Year. In March, he also
was the first Reservist to win a Federal 100 Award
for supporting research and development of
innovative technologies to enable Sailors and
Marines to operate more effectively in cyberspace.
McAndrew's efforts have contributed to more than
a dozen special projects that have been funded and
delivered, including unmanned air and ground
vehicles and the first cyber training ranges
designed specifically for tactical cyber training
for the Marine Corps.
"The tactical cyber
range was one of the most important projects that we
delivered," said McAndrew. "Tactical cyber is
warfare conducted out in the field, where you may
not have an Internet connection, a stable power
source or adequate bandwidth."
recognition comes during the centennial of the U.S.
Navy Reserve, and is an example of the importance of
ONR's Reserve Component (ONR-RC) in developing the
Navy's science and technology (S&T). ONR-RC
comprises approximately 190 Navy Reservists from 15
units nationwide-most of whom have earned advanced
technical degrees in science and engineering
disciplines and were once on active duty.
"Our Reservists offer a powerful combination of
advanced degrees, prior active-duty experience in
the fleet and successful civilian careers," said
ONR-RC Director Capt. Mark Lokay. "Depending on
their operational experience and technical
background, ONR Reservists will almost certainly
find a project where their expertise will benefit
naval S&T research."
The Reservists act as
liaisons to Sailors and Marines, communicating ONR's
mission and messages. They also provide real-world
perspective to ONR program managers and researchers
on whether a technology will be practical or
efficient for U.S. warfighters to use.
Reservists support ONR's mission in several other
Conducting basic research and testing
prototypes-Reservists regularly help test developing
technologies like unmanned autonomous vehicles. They
also maintain and operate the Navy's
fire-suppression test ship, the ex-USS Shadwell, a
World War II-era vessel that now serves as the
Navy's platform to conduct firefighting research.
Developing prototype systems-Reservists have
played key roles in projects like the
electromagnetic railgun, which uses electricity
instead of chemical propellants to launch
projectiles; the shipboard autonomous firefighting
robot (SAFFiR), a human-sized robot that could one
day fight shipboard fires; and Navy fuels, a Naval
Research Laboratory-led effort to develop an on-ship
system to generate fuel from seawater while
Supporting fleet-wide events and
exercises-These range from demonstrating
ONR-sponsored technology at Fleet Week New York to
supporting youth-oriented science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) functions.
Serving at ONR is unique because Reservists
enjoy a great opportunity to have an impact on the
future of naval warfare," said Lokay. "Game-changing
capabilities result from scientific research, and
the ONR-RC plays a vital role."
the hard work is worth it when "you realize you're
making real changes to the future of the Navy and
For more news from Office of
Naval Research, visit www.navy.mil/local/onr/.
NNS150728-10. Central, South America
Partners Gather for PANAMAX
By U.S. Naval
Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public
MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- More than 75
military personnel, including 54 members of
partner-nation navies, assembled July 27 on Naval
Station Mayport for PANAMAX 2015, an exercise aimed
at developing strong working relationships between
multinational forces to ensure the defense of the
The exercise, which is
scheduled to run July 27 - Aug. 7, includes
participants from 19 nations: Belize, Brazil,
Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican
Republic, El Salvador, France, Jamaica, Guatemala,
Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru,
the United Kingdom, and the United States.
"This exercise allows countries to create
friendships and come together as a multinational
force while combating common threats," said Chilean
Rear Adm. Ronald McIntyre, the Combined Forces
Maritime Component Commander for the exercise. "This
training will ensure that regional security and
stability work for the prosperity of our nations."
Under the exercise scenario, a multinational
force has formed to execute a United Nations
Security Council resolution calling for defense of
the canal. The force includes air, land and
special-forces components, in addition to the
maritime component, which will plan and conduct
simulated operations in and around the canal and its
surrounding waters in the Pacific Ocean and the
"The highlight of this
exercise is to develop interoperability between our
units and have the opportunity to face very close to
our reality regional threats," said McIntyre. "By
working together, we prevent actions that threaten
maritime security and are intended to prevent the
free navigation and destabilize the region."
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Jon Matheson, the deputy
commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S.
4th Fleet, is serving as McIntyre's deputy commander
during the exercise.
"One of the most
valuable components of this exercise is that we come
together from different nations, with many different
perspectives," said Matheson. "That is the power of
a coalition force and it is normal to occasionally
have spirited discussions in order to work through
complex problems. But at the end of this exercise,
the relationships that have been established and the
mutual understanding attained will serve us
extremely well in the event we have to put together
a coalition force for a real-world event."
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.
news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S.
4th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.
NNS150728-06. USS Porter Arrives in
From U.S. Naval Forces
Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class
guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived
in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit July
The port visit serves to enhance
U.S.-Israeli relations as the two nations work
together for a stable, secure and prosperous region.
"Most of my crew has never had the
opportunity to visit Israel and they are extremely
excited about exploring all of the historical sites
and experiencing the local culture. We will also
have several opportunities to interact with the
Israeli Navy, enabling us to share our experiences
and improve our integration for combined
operations." - Cmdr. Blair Guy, USS Porter
in port, Sailors will have the opportunity to visit
the local sights, experience the culture, and
interact with the people of Israel.
Israeli divers recently participated in the annual
bilateral exercise Noble Melinda July 13-23, 2015.
The U.S. Navy routinely visits Haifa. USS Laboon
(DDG 58) and USS Ross (DDG 71) made a port visit in
March of this year.
Porter departed its
homeport in Naval Station Rota, Spain, June 29,
2015, to conduct naval operations with partners and
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
inter-agency partners, in order to advance U.S.
national interests and security and stability in
Europe and Africa.
For more news from
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S.
6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.
NNS150728-05. Kearsarge, 26th MEU
Successfully Complete NEO Exercise
Communication Specialist Seaman Tyler Preston, USS
Kearsarge Public Affairs
ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS)
-- Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS
Kearsarge (LHD 3) and Marines from the 26th Marine
Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted a non-combatant
evacuation operation (NEO) exercise while underway
during composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX),
NEO exercises help to prepare
Kearsarge for the safe evacuation of Americans or
third country nationals during times of natural
disaster or internal strife abroad.
to Lt. Blaine C. Barnard, Kearsarge's security
information officer, NEO is a critical amphibious
ready group mission and one that is most likely to
be conducted during deployment.
"NEO is an
all-hands effort. Every department plays a role,"
said Barnard. "NEO exercises allows Kearsarge to
protect U.S. citizens and its closest allies on a
Marines and Sailors work
together to accomplish a NEO mission where Marines
are the ground forces that help evacuate people in
distress and get them safely to the ship while
Sailors aboard the ship provide food during the time
"It takes a lot of moving parts and
ideas to make it work," said Cdr. Emori A. Moore,
Kearsarge's senior medical officer. "We are prepared
to assist movement of our own forces ashore upon
return as well as care for evacuees of U.S., partner
and host nations."
Moore said Kearsarge is
capable of taking care of critically ill patients as
well as pediatric, obstetric and elderly care for a
"We have five operating rooms
on board, which includes an emergency room," said
Moore. "We have 48 beds at all times and if needed
we can utilize troop berthing to expand that number
to over 500."
The Kearsarge Ready Group
(KSGARG) is participating in COMPTUEX in preparation
for deployment later this fall and is comprised of
Kearsarge, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, 26th
MEU, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill
(LSD 51) and the amphibious transport dock USS
Arlington (LPD 24).
For more news from USS
Kearsarge (LHD 3), visit www.navy.mil/local/lhd3/.
Experiences Chamorro Culture in Guam
Communication Specialist 2nd Class Raymond D. Diaz
III, USS Chancellorsville Public Affairs
HARBOR, Guam (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class
guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
arrived in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a port visit, July
Chancellorsville's visit to Guam marks
the crew's first port call as part of the Forward
Deployed Naval Forces.
"I'm excited to have
the opportunity to be with Chancellorsville visiting
Guam," said Chancellorsville's Command Master Chief
Jonas D. Carter. "This will be a first time
visiting, not only for myself, but for most of the
During the visit, Chancellorsville
Sailors will participate in community relation
projects at a nearby school and summer camp where
they will interact with local students by playing
sports, reading, and other activities.
Guam is host to many local Chamorro restaurants and
shops alongside familiar stateside establishments
where Sailors can dine and shop.
"Many of the
Sailors will take advantage of the MWR [Morale,
Welfare and Recreation] tours, local shopping,
eating venues, and, of course, the two community
relation opportunities, all of which, gives us the
chance to experience Chamorro culture," said Carter.
Chancellorsville is on patrol in the U.S. 7th
Fleet area of responsibility in support of security
and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
For more news from Commander Task Force 70,
NNS150728-01. Jacksonville Visits Singapore During
Western Pacific Deployment
By Ensign Nicholas
Lucania, USS Jacksonville Public Affairs
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack
submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) arrived in
Singapore for a port visit as a part of its Western
Pacific deployment, July 27.
successful completion of Talisman Sabre 2015, the
joint exercise coordinated with both the Australian
and New Zealand navies, the Sailors of Jacksonville
were excited for its arrival in Singapore.
"The crew flawlessly executed their third leg of
deployment," said Master Chief Electronics
Technician Kevin Rollert, the chief of the boat
aboard Jacksonville. "Singapore is another excellent
port of call for Jacksonville. It will be a great
break for the crew before heading back out to sea."
For the majority of Jacksonville, this was their
first time visiting Singapore. The crew was looking
forward to exploring the city, meeting with their
Republic of Singapore Navy counterparts and
partaking in projects with the local community.
"We have heard a lot about the great liberty in
Singapore," said Chief Logistics Specialist Aaron
Hardardt. "We are very fortunate for the port calls
we have experienced while deployed and are excited
Throughout the remainder of
Jacksonville's 2015 Western Pacific deployment, its
crew of 141 Sailors will be participating in
additional joint exercises with foreign navies and
executing various missions vital to national
"I am truly proud of
Jacksonville's major accomplishments so far," said
Cmdr. Matthew R. Boland, Jacksonville's commanding
officer. "I am looking forward to the challenges
awaiting Jacksonville during our next segment of
Jacksonville was commissioned
May 16, 1981 and is homeported in Pearl harbor,
Hawaii. It measures more than 360 feet long,
displaces 6,900 tons and is one of the most capable
submarines in the world. Jacksonville supports a
wide range of missions, including anti-submarine
warfare, anti-surface ship warfare and naval special
Throughout its proud 34-year
history, Jacksonville conducted thirteen world-wide
deployments. Jacksonville continues to respond to
all challenging tasking, living up to its motto of
"The Bold One."
For more news from Commander
Submarine Group 7, visit www.navy.mil/local/csg7/.
NNS020718-16. This Day in Naval
History - July 28
From Naval History and
Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach
1861 - During the Civil War, the
frigate, USS St. Lawrence, spots a schooner flying
English colors and gave chase. Some four hours
later, as she is overhauling the schooner, the
fleeing vessel runs up the Confederate flag and
fires three shots. Firing with her forecastle
battery, St. Lawrence hits the vessel twice, once in
her bow. Survivors from the sunken vessel reveal it
had been the Confederate privateer, Petrel.
1926 - USS S-1 surfaces and launches a Cox-Klemin
(XS 2) seaplane flown by Lt. D.C. Allen. The
submarine recovers the aircraft and submerges,
successfully completing an airplane transport on
board a submarine.
1943 - PBM aircraft (VP
32) sinks German submarine (U 359) south-southwest
of Puerto Rico. During her service, (U 359) deploys
on three war patrols.
1944 - USS Wyman (DE
38) and USS Reynolds (DE 42) sink Japanese submarine
(I 55), 400 miles east of Tinian.
1945 - USS
Callaghan (DD 792) is the last ship sunk by a
Japanese kamikaze attack when she hits a radar
picket station approximately 50 miles southwest of
Okinawa, 25X 43N, 126X 55E. USS Pritchett (DD 561)
is also damaged by a near hit from a kamikaze as she
assists the destroyer. The kamikaze that hits USS
Callaghan is carrying Willow (a primary training
biplane), revealing the desperation level of the
Japanese. USS Callaghan is named in honor of Medal
of Honor recipient, Rear Adm. Daniel J. Callaghan,
who died during the naval Battle of Guadalcanal,
Nov. 12-13, 1942.
1973 - Skylab 3 is
launched. The mission is the second to the first
U.S. manned space station. The commander of the
mission is Capt. Alan L. Bean, USN, the pilot is
Maj. Jack R. Lousma, USMC, and the Science Pilot is
Owen K. Garriott, a former Navy electronics officer.
The mission lasts 59 days, 11 hours and includes 858
Earth orbits. USS New Orleans (LPH 11) recovers the
1984 - USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) is
launched at Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. The rescue and
salvage ship conducts salvage, diving, towing,
off-shore firefighting, heavy lift operations and
theater security cooperation missions through the
Military Sealift Command.
2000 - USNS Watkins
(T-ARK 315) is launched at National Steel and
Shipbuilding, San Diego, Calif. The large,
medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship is part of the
prepositioning program with Military Sealift
Command. The ships serve as dry cargo surge sealift
carriers. Watkins is named after Army Master Sgt.
Travis E. Watkins, who received the Medal of Honor
for his actions and leadership during the second
Battle of Naktong Bulge during the Korean War.
NNS150729-06. Navy Announces Command
Senior Chief Rating
From Chief of Naval
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- NAVADMIN
177/15, released July 29, establishes the Command
Senior Chief (CMDCS) rating to provide earlier
leadership opportunity for senior enlisted.
Initial eligibility for conversion to the CMDCS
Rating will be those active duty Sailors assigned
the 9578 Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC). All
future conversions to the CMDCS rating will be
through the annual CMDCS administrative selection
"The CMDCS rating strengthens the
command leadership triad and provides our very best
senior chiefs increased responsibilities in this
rating while enabling greater levels of experience
as they advance through the ranks," said Fleet
Master Chief April Beldo, fleet master chief for
Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E).
Sailors with a 9578 NEC must request
conversion or decline conversion to the rating by
submitting NAVPERS Form 1306/7 to the command master
chief detailer, no later than Aug. 31, 2015.
This is a one-time opportunity for those eligible to
convert. Future conversion to the CMDCS rate will be
automatic from the annual administrative selection
Although highly encouraged, Sailors
holding the 9578 NEC do not have to convert to the
CMDCS rating. Those requesting not to convert will
remain in the program until their projected rotation
date (PRD), and will then be made available to their
respective source rating detailer when in the
For more information, read
the NAVADMIN 177/15 at the Navy Personnel Command
For more news from
Chief of Naval Personnel, visit
NNS150728-14. Randall Smith Laid to Rest
From Navy Public Affairs Support Element East
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (NNS) -- Logistics Specialist
2nd Class Randall Smith, a victim of the shooting at
Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Chattanooga
July 16 which also took the lives of four Marines,
was laid to rest at the Chattanooga National
Cemetery July 28.
Family members along with
members of the Chattanooga Police Department and
NOSC Sailors filled the First Baptist Church Fort
Oglethorpe to witness the funeral.
the funeral, speakers, including Vice Adm. Robin
Braun, Commander, Navy Reserve Force, and church
officials praised and honored the life of Petty
Angie Smith, widow of Petty
Officer Smith, also sang a song as a tribute to
honor her late husband.
traveled in a funeral procession where citizens of
Chattanooga lined the streets to pay their respects.
NNS150729-09. Sailors Kicking
Habit, Navy Families, and Youth Must Face
Misconceptions About "E-cigs"
By Lt. j.g.
Daniel Mongiove, Naval Submarine Base New London
GROTON, Conn. (NNS) --
Electronic cigarettes are having a tremendous, and
potentially unsafe, impact on youth as well as
current adult smokers hoping to quit, according to
health and safety professionals at Naval Submarine
Base New London (SUBASE).
Enticing for Youth
"E-cigs," as they are commonly called, as well
as personal vaporizers (PVs) are essentially
electronic nicotine delivery systems providing
battery-powered doses of nicotine and other
additives to the user in an aerosol.
seeing a shift in what the view of smoking is
becoming," said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Sracic, a medical
doctor and the Public Health Department Head at
Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton on SUBASE. "It's
been called the 'renormalization' of smoking
behavior, and it's due to public misconception from
advertising out there of what this product actually
Arguments over the target demographic of
the advertising aside, the flavors of electronic
cigarettes are very enticing to a youth market said
Sracic and "should be a major concern for all of us,
Results from a national
survey of United States students in grades 6 to 12
found that 44 percent of users of e-cigarettes
intended to smoke conventional cigarettes, compared
with 22 percent of never users.
survey does not prove that e-cigarette use increases
the desire to smoke conventional cigarettes, it does
raise concerns that e-cigarettes may be a gateway to
nicotine dependence in our youth," said Sracic.
"This would greatly push back the efforts from the
'smoke free' campaign in the past decade."
Moreover, a study released by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention has reported that an
increasing number of calls related to e-cigarette
use are being made to United States poison control
The study highlights that from a
low of one such call per month to poison control
centers in 2010, some 215 calls per month were made
2014. That is an increase from less than one percent
to nearly 42 percent of all smoking-related calls
received by poison control centers.
nicotine in e-cigarette fluid poses a huge potential
for accidental ingestion, especially by children,"
said Sracic. "The typical 5 mL vial of e-cigarette
liquid refill may contain a nicotine concentration
of 100 mg/vial. The known lethal dose of nicotine is
about 10 mg in children. E-cigarettes pose a
critical risk in the hands of a child."
Promoted as Helpful to Adults
beyond the marketing of youth enticing flavors,
e-cigs have been promoted as a "safer alternative"
and a "helpful tool to quit smoking," notes Sracic.
"There is no evidence that shows these products
are safe to use over the long term or provide a
physical difference in kicking a smoking addiction,"
A recent study published by the
University of Rochester and conducted by one of the
university's professors of Environmental Medicine in
its School of Medicine and Dentistry, suggests that
e-cigarettes could be a toxic replacement for
The study purports that
inhaled vapors from an e-cig may contain heavy
metals and other possible carcinogens from the
e-cigarette and its heating element.
not associated with the study, Sracic urges similar
"Until more is known about the
long-term effects of e-cigs, the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and the American Cancer
Association recommend steering clear of these
devices," advised Sracic.
Similar by Navy
With so much still unknown
about e-cigarettes and their impacts, the Navy and
SUBASE view them fairly straightforwardly, points
out SUBASE Safety Director Edgar Martinez.
"With regulations responding to studies that have
linked cigarette use, smokeless tobacco use, and
second-hand smoke to health problems and poor
fitness, the Department of Defense and Navy have
tightened rules around tobacco use and sales across
the service and fleet," noted Martinez. "In the
1990s, the Navy designated that smoking areas be set
up away from non-smokers in offices, surface ships,
and submarines. And in 2010, the Submarine Force
banned smoking in submarines outright."
Today, SECNAVINST 5100.13E, the Navy and Marine
Corps Tobacco Policy, outlines the service's do's
"With a few exceptions, such as
personal housing units, tobacco use inside
facilities is controlled by the tobacco policy,"
said Martinez. "Currently, the Navy views tobacco
products as cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, and
smokeless tobacco. But as the FDA is seeking to
extend its definition of a tobacco product to
include electronic cigarettes, the Navy is treating
Thus, SUBASE treats the use
of e-cigarettes in its buildings the same as with
any other tobacco product, states Martinez. All use
of e-cigarettes shall be in designated smoking
areas, at least 50 feet away from buildings.
On the waterfront, submarines homeported at SUBASE
currently follow guidance from the Submarine
Atmosphere Control Manual. At this time, the manual
authorizes the use of electronic cigarettes aboard a
submarine only in designated areas upon the
discretion of the commanding officer.
However, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic
(COMSUBLANT) is soon awaiting an official
recommendation from the Submarine Atmosphere
Advisory Board (SAAB), according to Capt. Matthew J.
Hickey, COMSUBLANT Force Medical Officer.
Materials brought onboard submarines, such as
e-cigs, can impact the enclosed atmosphere of a
submarine, and the SAAB plays a key role in
reviewing and categorizing those materials as well
as determining whether on board monitoring or
restrictions are needed.
The board is
comprised of representatives from undersea medical,
toxicological, and occupational health activities
with technical consultation from the submarine
For Sracic and
Martinez, the FDA, DOD, and Navy guidance on tobacco
and e-cigarettes all highlight one thing: potential
health and safety risks.
"Whether it's a
middle-aged chronic smoker trying to quit; a young
teen drawn in by flavors and advertising; or a
Sailor looking for a supposed 'safer alternative,'
e-cigarette users have to understand that
misconceptions are everywhere," said Sracic. "The
choice not to 'vape' may be the best choice of all."
For more information on e-cigarettes visit:
For more news from Naval Submarine Base New
London, visit www.navy.mil/local/subasenlon/.
NNS150729-08. Students Race Robot
Submarines in 'Back to the Future'-Themed
By Sierra Jones, ONR Corporate
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS)
-- High school and college engineering students from
across the globe competed for bragging rights and
cash prizes at the 18th International RoboSub
Competition, which wrapped up July 26.
weeklong competition, co-sponsored by the Office of
Naval Research (ONR) and the Association of Unmanned
Vehicles International Foundation (AUVSIF), was held
in San Diego at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Center Pacific Transducer Evaluation Center
The TRANSDEC pool is a
unique facility that simulates a large body of
water-it measures 300 by 200 feet and is 38 feet
deep with six million gallons of water-and provides
RoboSub participants an ideal environment for
navigating their autonomous underwater vehicles
(AUVs) through realistic missions.
teams of students have been working on these subs
for months and here they'll turn their prototypes
into working vehicles capable of operating in a
real-world environment," said Assistant Chief of
Naval Research Capt. Rob Palisin. "Through this
entire process, they've gained valuable experience
in maritime and system engineering. Someday we would
love for them to put what they've learned into
action to help our Sailors and Marines."
Palisin explained that as unmanned and autonomous
technologies advance, our warfighters will
ultimately become beneficiaries of the capabilities
these new systems will bring to the fight.
ONR-sponsored programs like low cost UAV swarming
technology and autonomous swarmboats show what is
possible as researchers work to reduce risk to
Sailors and Marines while extending air, surface,
underwater and ground vehicle capabilities at lower
costs than existing manned systems.
"Unmanned systems are being integrated into many
aspects of everyday life," said Dr. Daniel Deitz, a
program officer in ONR's Ocean Battlespace Sensing
Department. "We can continue to advance the science
of autonomous vehicles by challenging these next
generations of engineers to contribute great ideas
and innovative concepts-that's what this competition
is all about."
Palisin and Deitz were two of
several current and past ONR program officers and
leaders at the competition, serving as judges and
mentors to the competitors.
The mission theme
for this year's contest played on the theme of the
"Back to the Future," movie trilogy. The individual
AUVs had to navigate and complete an obstacle
course-with tasks like "check the flux capacitor"
and "travel through the time portal"- without human
or computer interaction by team members.
Missions ranged from simple tasks like touching
colored buoys, passing over a PVC pipe without
touching it and dropping markers into a bin, to
complex tasks like firing mock torpedoes through a
cutout in a piece of plywood, identifying sound from
an acoustic pinger, grabbing and moving an object
and surfacing the AUV.
Since its inception 18
years ago, RoboSub has seen the number of teams and
levels of competition grow. This year's 37 teams
hailed from 10 U.S. states and various countries,
including Canada, China, India, Japan, Pakistan,
Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and Turkey.
San Diego State University took this year's top
prize of $6,000. National University of Singapore
won second prize and $4,000; Maritime State
University placed third for $3,000; earning $1,000
each were California Institute of Technology,
University of Arizona, Far Eastern Federal
University and Amador Valley High School, which
placed fourth to seventh, respectively.
Smaller awards of $500 in various special judge
award categories went to San Diego Robotics,
Southern Polytechnic State University, Carl Hayden
High School, Montana State University, Amador Valley
High School and McGill University.
news from Office of Naval Research, visit
NNS150729-05. National Naval Aviation Museum Ensures
USS Forrestal "Trial by Fire" Accident is Forever
From National Naval Aviation
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The two naval
aviators were on hand Tuesday at the National Naval
Aviation Museum (NNAM) at Naval Air Station (NAS)
Pensacola to examine a section of their historic
ship that was recently added to the museum's
collection. The USS Forrestal (CVA 59) suffered a
devastating fire and resulting explosions resulting
from a rocket accident on July 29, 1967 which killed
134 Sailors and injured 161.
decision to scrap Forrestal (CV 59), the museum has
sought to obtain this stern plate," said Robert
Macon, the museum's acting director. "Every single
aircraft that landed on the ship passed over it and
to have a section of the ship that was the
foundation for the modern supercarriers of today on
display will be of great interest to our visitors."
Workers at All Star Metals in Brownsville,
Texas, where the ship arrived for scrapping in
February 2014, cut away the stern plate, which has
been part of the ship since her commissioning in
1955. It arrived in Pensacola just days before the
Retired naval aviators
Rear Adm. Peter Booth and Capt. C. Flack Logan were
fighter pilots serving on board the aircraft carrier
that day which was operating off the coast of
Vietnam when catastrophe struck. A Zuni rocket
loaded on one aircraft impacted an external fuel
tank of another airplane, starting a fire on the
flight deck that caused bombs on fully-loaded
aircraft spotted for launch to detonate.
Observing what was happening around him from the
cockpit of his F-4 Phantom II, positioned along the
starboard edge of the flight deck aft of the ship's
island, Logan climbed out and jumped onto the flight
deck. Running forward, he was caught in the
explosion of a 1,000-pound bomb, the force throwing
him against the island. From his squadron's ready
room below decks, Booth made his way to the catwalk
and beheld the inferno.
"My heart was
beating and tears welled up for this could not be
happening to us," he later wrote.
that first few minutes, many proud and dedicated
Sailors died with more to follow in the hours to
come." In addition to the significant crew
casualties, the fire destroyed 21 airplanes and the
ship's survivability was in doubt during the mass
In addition to Booth, who later in
his career commanded the carrier, and Logan, the
survivors included among others future Senator John
S. McCain III, and future (and now retired)
Commander Pacific Fleet Adm. Ron Zlatoper.
For more information about the tragedy - and how the
Navy learned from it - see
The page includes video from the accident itself.
"The heroic actions of the crew that fateful day
embodied the honor, courage, and commitment that are
a hallmark of Navy personnel," commented museum
historian Hill Goodspeed. "The fact that the lessons
of the Forrestal fire are still used in Navy
training translates into the fact that most every
Sailor is familiar with this ship."
undergoing preservation by museum staff, the stern
plate, which stretches 18 feet in length and weighs
upwards of 2,500 pounds, will be placed on public
display, where it will join that of the carrier USS
Oriskany CV 34). The stern plate of that ship was
removed before her 2006 sinking as an artificial
reef off Pensacola.
The Navy's maiden
supercarrier and the first aircraft carrier named
for a naval aviator-James V. Forrestal received his
wings in World War I and later served as the first
secretary of defense-Forrestal served for 38 years,
most of her deployments in the Atlantic Ocean and
Mediterranean Sea, the exception coming in the
summer of 1967, when she steamed to the Western
Pacific and suffered the deadly fire off Vietnam.
NNS150729-04. USS America
Officers Train With Surface Warfare Navy's 'Top Gun'
From USS America (LHA 6) Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Officers from the amphibious
assault ship USS America (LHA 6) received training
from Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development
Center (SMWDC), July 28.
training focused on the new generation of surface
warfare tactical experts known as warfare tactics
SMWDC stood up on June 9
in an effort to develop junior surface warfare
officers (SWOs) with enhanced skillsets critical for
today's fleet. Surface WTIs will specialize in
warfare areas such as amphibious operations,
integrated air and missile defense, or a combination
of anti-submarine and surface warfare.
Henry Kim, SMWDC's gap and requirement analysis
officer, explained that, although the WTI program is
new to the surface Navy, the WTI concept has been
prevalent in the aviation Navy for quite some time.
"For years, tactically-hungry young junior
officers were hand-selected to hone their skills to
become lethal aviation warfighters," he added. "What
SMWDC has done is take many of the processes from
our aviation colleagues to make our own 'SWO Top
Gun'. However, the big difference between them is
that pilots have platforms and model series experts,
while surface WTIs will specialize in warfare
Kim explained that coming to one of
the newest and most advanced warships in the fleet
to provide training is important because it gives
SMWDC a chance to share their command vision and
goals, and also recruit future WTIs for the fleet.
"As with anything new, there are questions
and apprehensions, as well as excitement," he said.
"I think the best way to recruit and dispel any
myths is to go out to ships and engage the wardrooms
one-on-one. Much like professional sports teams who
scout for talent, we're going where the best players
are, and for us [SMWDC], that's the ships and
wardrooms. The WTI program is opened to all surface
officers, proving that this is an awesome time to be
America's Commanding Officer Capt.
Michael Baze echoed Kim's enthusiasm by stating,
during the training, that WTIs will help the fleet
maintain a standard of tactical proficiency,
professionalism and teamwork.
completely supports the efforts of SWMDC and WTI
recruitment because this command's mission trains
surface officers to not just be good at their jobs,
but great," said Baze. "By developing warfare area
experts for the fleet, we allow young SWOs to feel
valued and understand what it means to be a
warfighter and team player. This standardization is
essential and I know I look forward to having a WTI
in the America wardroom one day."
Goodrich-Houska, a WTI assigned to SWMDC, briefly
discussed how WTIs will provide consistency for
shipboard mission areas.
"A challenge that
many ships are facing, for example, is that they
train a watch team under one or two very proficient
tactical action officers," the lieutenant said.
"When these officers depart the ship, their
knowledge and skillsets go with them, leaving the
ship sometimes in a scramble to train other officers
to do the job in a short amount of time. WTIs would
allow for consistent training and less of an impact
during high-turnover times on warships."
emphasized that warfighting discussions need to be
encouraged in wardrooms, no matter what operational
phase a ship is in. America is currently undergoing
a maintenance phase known as post-shakedown
availability, scheduled to last until early 2016.
Despite the ship's current maintenance
cycle, officers, like Ensign Andrea Lee, America's
main propulsion officer, continue to train and
prepare themselves as warfighters.
training today allowed me to gain a broader
understanding of future career opportunities as a
SWO," said Lee. "As a SWO, I want to make sure that
I am an effective warfighter. I am excited that
SMWDC is established and look forward to seeing how
WTIs will enhance operations in the fleet."
For more information on SMWDC, visit
or email SWO_WTI @navy.mil .
For more news
from USS America (LHA 6), visit
NNS150729-03. Navy Admiral Meets With Wounded
By Todd Martin, Navy
Office of Community Outreach
(NNS) -- Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, commander,
Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, met with
the leadership of The Wyakin Warrior Foundation at
Boise State University, July 27.
Warrior Foundation was founded to help enable
severely wounded and injured post-9/11 veterans
achieve personal and professional success as
business and community leaders. Founded in the
Pacific Northwest, with plans for national
expansion, the foundation provides multifaceted
mentoring, financial support, professional
development, and networking tailored to each
veteran's unique journey.
"I want to take
their message and information about their project,
and not only tell my Sailors, but tell the wounded
warriors in Bethesda", said Gallaudet. "I really
admire the fact that they thought this through in a
comprehensive way, and took the best parts of every
program out there and combined them to form this
outstanding product, that includes recreational
activities, educational opportunities, [and]
business employment networking opportunities."
Jeff Bacon, the foundation's president and co-
founder, said that the board of directors was very
excited to show the support they provide to wounded
"Having the admiral here to see the
quality and caliber of the men and women involved in
the Wyakin Warrior Foundation is a great
opportunity," he added. "We are very excited for him
to meet our warriors".
According to Bacon,
many service members who transition from active duty
service to the civilian community face significant
challenges as they reintegrate back into civilian
society. He added that the foundation stands ready
to help these veterans however possible.
Gallaudet's two-day visit to Boise was part of the
Navy's Executive Engagement Visit program. This
program allows Navy leaders to meet with community
leaders in 25 cities outside of fleet concentration
areas, to inform and educate citizens about the
Navy, its people, and its importance to national
security, global trade, and prosperity.
is Gallaudet's second executive engagement visit of
2015. He previously visited Springfield,
Massachusetts, in June.
programs are a great way to tell the Navy's story
because we have a great story to tell," the admiral
said. "It reaffirms the support most Americans have
in our armed forces."
For more information on
the Navy Office of Community Outreach, visit
NNS150729-01. USNS Rappahannock Assists Distressed
Boat in Pacific
By Grady T. Fontana,
Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Military Sealift Command
(MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock
(T-AO 204) rendered assistance to a distressed
sailing boat, while on a routine mission in the
western Pacific Ocean, July 25.
38-foot sailboat, named The Remedy, had eight people
on board, and was registered in the Federated States
of Micronesia, State of Yap.
The Remedy was
on its way to Guam from Yap, which is approximately
530 miles northeast of the U.S. territory, when it
ran out of fuel.
"After receiving the
distressed call on radio, the [Rappahannock]
immediately maneuvered its way to the sailboat,"
said Dean Bradford, Rappahannock's master. "Once on
scene, the ship deployed its [rigid-hulled
inflatable boat] to evaluate the situation and
The response took about
an hour, and the Rappahannock provided fuel to the
vessel and potable water to its crew.
crew of Remedy expressed their gratitude and
indicated that they do not need further assistance,"
said Bradford. "No mission impact."
to Bradford, these types of incidents happen from
"Each time is different. Boats
and ships are spread all over, but I can imagine
they were happy to see us," he added. "It's a big
world out there and a big ocean, and some are just
not fully prepared or equipped to sail out."
Just one week earlier, on July 19, The MSC
Impeccable-class ocean surveillance ship USNS
Impeccable (T-AGOS 23) rescued 11 fishermen, while
en route to Subic Bay, Philippines.
Impeccable Sailors spotted personnel on a partially
submerged ship and noted debris in the water. The
ship master deployed a rescue crew and made three
trips to the distressed vessel to recover all 11
For more news from Commander,
Task Force 73, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf73/ .
NNS020718-17. This Day in Naval
History - July 29
From Naval History and
Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach
1846 - During the Mexican-American
War, a detachment of Marines and Sailors, led by
Arm. Col. John C. Fremont from the sloop USS Cyane,
commanded by Cmdr. Samuel F. DuPont, lands and takes
possession of San Diego and raises the U.S. flag.
1898 - During the Spanish-American War, the
gunboat, USS Helena, commanded by Cmdr. William T.
Swinburne, captures the Spanish steamer Manati at
1920 - USS St. Louis (CA
20) is ordered to Turkish waters to protect American
nationals and citizens during the Greco-Turkish War
1944 - USS Balao (SS 285) shells
and sinks Japanese sampan (No.7) Nissho Maru about
100 miles off Palau. USS Drum (SS 228) sinks Asahi
Maru with gunfire in the same general area, and
takes survivors prisoner. Also on this date, USS
Perch (SS 313) sinks Japanese guardboat Kannon Maru
I-Go in the Philippine Sea, east of Dinagat Island.
1967 - On the flight deck of USS Forrestal (CVA
59), a Zuni 5 rocket accidentally fires from a (F
4B) Phantom II aircraft into a parked and armed (A
4E) Skyhawk, setting off a series of explosions that
kill 134 of her crew and injure 161 crewmembers.
1995 - USS Maine (SSBN 741) is commissioned at
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine. The
Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile
submarine is the third Navy vessel to be named after
NNS150730-17. Surface to
Surface Missile Test For LCS Successful
Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Engineering development
tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use
on littoral combat ships (LCS) were successfully
conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.
Integration of the Longbow Hellfire missile
system, designated the Surface-to-Surface Missile
Module (SSMM), will increase the lethality of the
Navy's fleet of littoral combat ships. The SSMM is
expected to be fully integrated and ready to deploy
on LCS missions in late 2017.
"This test was
very successful and overall represents a big step
forward in SSMM development for LCS," said Capt.
Casey Moton, LCS Mission Modules program manager.
Termed Guided Test Vehicle-1, the event was
designed to specifically test the Longbow Hellfire
launcher, the missile, and its seeker versus high
speed maneuvering surface targets (HSMSTs). The
HSMSTs served as surrogates for fast inshore attack
craft that are a potential threat to Navy ships
During the mid-June tests off the
coast of Virginia, the modified Longbow Hellfire
missiles successfully destroyed a series of
maneuvering small boat targets. The system "hit"
seven of eight targets engaged, with the lone miss
attributed to a target issue not related to the
missile's capability. The shots were launched from
the Navy's research vessel Relentless.
test scenarios included hitting targets at both
maximum and minimum missile ranges. After a
stationary target was engaged, subsequent targets,
conducting serpentine maneuvers were engaged. The
tests culminated in a three-target "raid" scenario.
During this scenario all missiles from a three-shot
"ripple fire" response struck their individual
Integration of the "fire-and-forget"
Longbow Hellfire missile on LCS represents the next
evolution in capability being developed for
inclusion in the Increment 3 version of the surface
warfare mission package for LCS. When fully
integrated and tested, each 24-shot missile module
will bring added firepower to complement the LCS's
existing 57mm gun, SEARAM missiles and armed MH-60
Sea Hawk helicopter.
LCS is a modular,
reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission
packages including surface warfare, mine
countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. The
Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (PEO
LCS) is responsible for delivering and sustaining
littoral mission capabilities to the fleet.
Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while
balancing affordability and capability is key to
supporting the nation's maritime strategy.
For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit
NNS150730-06. PCNO Opening Statement
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- CHAIRMAN MCCAIN,
SENATOR REED, DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE
COMMITTEE, I AM HONORED AND HUMBLED TO APPEAR BEFORE
YOU AS THE NOMINEE TO BE OUR NAVY'S NEXT CHIEF OF
NAVAL OPERATIONS AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE
CONFIDENCE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA, SECRETARY CARTER, AND
I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY
THANKING ADM JON GREENERT AND HIS WIFE DARLEEN FOR
THEIR MAGNIFICENT SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY FOR OVER 40
YEARS, AND ESPECIALLY FOR THEIR ROLE IN LEADING OUR
NAVY THESE PAST FOUR YEARS. THEY HAVE BEEN TIRELESS
AND SUPERB ADVOCATES FOR OUR SAILORS AND THEIR
FAMILIES, OUR NAVY, AND OUR NATION.
GRATEFUL TO HAVE MY FAMILY WITH ME TODAY - AS THEY
HAVE BEEN THROUGHOUT MY CAREER. MY DAD IS HERE WITH
ME - A RETIRED NAVY CAPTAIN WHO SERVED WITH
DISTINCTION FOR 25 YEARS THROUGH THE COLD WAR. I
REMEMBER LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY NIGHTS THAT MY MOM
AND WE SIX KIDS WOULD GET TOGETHER IN OUR LIVING
ROOM. MY DAD WOULD COME OUT IN HIS SERVICE DRESS
BLUES WITH HIS SEABAG, AND WE WOULD SAY GOODBYE FOR
6 MONTHS. WE WOULD THEN CARRY ON, SUPPORTING EACH
OTHER UNTIL DAD CAME BACK HOME. I GOT MY START IN
THE NAVY FROM MY DAD, AND HE CONTINUES TO ADVISE ME
AND MAKE ME PROUD.
MY WIFE DANA IS HERE.
DANA AND I MET AS CLASSMATES IN YORK HIGH SCHOOL IN
SOUTHERN MAINE. WE MARRIED JUST AS SOON AS WE COULD
AFTER I GRADUATED FROM THE NAVAL ACADEMY. OVER THE
LAST 33 YEARS, DANA HAS RAISED OUR FIVE CHILDREN
WHILE I WAS AWAY AT SEA AND HAS SUPPORTED NAVY
FAMILIES IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. SHE'S ALWAYS BEEN
THERE WITH ME, CHALLENGING ME AND ADDING PERSPECTIVE
THAT I LONG AGO GREW TO DEPEND ON.
DAUGHTER RACHEL - ONE OF OUR FIVE CHILDREN - IS HERE
REPRESENTING THE RICHARDSON TRIBE. SHE'S A STUDENT
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AND IS A SUMMER INTERN
IN THE AMPUTEE CENTER AT WALTER REED. OUR OLDEST SON
NATHAN IS A NAVY LIEUTENANT, HE AND HIS WIFE ARE
SERVING OVERSEAS IN NAPLES, ITALY. OUR OTHER SON
DANIEL IS DOING RESEARCH FOR RENEWABLE FUELS IN
HAWAII. AND OUR TWO YOUNGEST CHILDREN, MATTHEW AND
VERONICA, ARE VISITING FAMILY IN OREGON BEFORE THEY
RETURN HOME TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL.
ASKED HER, DANA WOULD SAY THAT WE'RE JUST A TYPICAL
NAVY FAMILY - WE'VE MOVED 20 TIMES, OUR KIDS HAVE
ATTENDED DOZENS OF SCHOOLS, AND WE'VE LIVED ALL
AROUND THE COUNTRY AND OVERSEAS. TODAY, THE
RICHARDSON FAMILY, LIKE SO MANY NAVY FAMILIES, IS
READY TO CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR NATION.
HERE BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND I
WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN KEEPING OUR
NATION SECURE, AND KEEPING OUR NAVY THE STRONGEST
THAT HAS EVER SAILED THE SEAS. IF CONFIRMED, I LOOK
FORWARD TO WORKING CLOSELY WITH YOU TO CONTINUE THAT
I SEE THE NAVAL PROFESSION AS
A BOND OF TRUST AND CONFIDENCE - WITH THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE AND WITH OUR SAILORS. AND I HOLD SOME CORE
BELIEFS ABOUT OUR NAVY THAT GUIDE ME.
NAVY MUST BE AT SEA, UNDERWAY. IT MUST BE PRESENT
AROUND THE WORLD PROTECTING AMERICAN INTERESTS -
ENABLING ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS AND TRADE,
RESPONDING TO CRISES, AND PROVIDING SECURITY. WE ARE
AT OUR BEST WHEN WE OPERATE WITH OTHERS, INCLUDING
OUR FELLOW SERVICES - ESPECIALLY THE MARINE CORPS -
AS WELL AS WITH OUR PARTNERS AND ALLIES.
MUSCLE AND BONES OF THE NAVY ARE OUR SHIPS,
SUBMARINES AND AIRCRAFT - HIGHLY CAPABLE, EXERCISED
DAILY - WELL EQUIPPED AND READY TO OPERATE FROM THE
SEA AND FAR FROM HOME.
BUT THE HEART AND SOUL
OF THE NAVY ARE OUR SAILORS. EVERY DAY AROUND THE
WORLD, OUR SAILORS CAN BE FOUND ON, UNDER, AND OVER
THE SEA. THEY ARE SMART, RESOURCEFUL, COMMITTED
AMERICANS WHO WANT TO BE PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL -
TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY BY BEING PART OF A
HIGH-PERFORMING TEAM. THEY ARE RIGHTLY PROUD OF WHAT
THEY DO AND THEY ARE A FORMIDABLE FORCE.
DESPITE A GROWING SET OF CHALLENGES AND SOME
SIGNIFICANT STRAINS, THEY CONTINUE TO GO TO SEA TO
DO WHAT MUST BE DONE TODAY, AND TO ADAPT AND
INNOVATE IN ORDER TO PREVAIL TOMORROW. IT IS A
PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH - AND ESPECIALLY TO LEAD -
SUCH A CAPABLE, CREATIVE AND RESILIENT TEAM.
AMERICA SENDS US THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, THEIR
BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THEIR FATHERS AND MOTHERS, TO
GO TO SEA WITH US, POTENTIALLY INTO HARM'S WAY. IN
RETURN FOR THAT SACRIFICE, OUR NAVY MUST PROVIDE
THEM A POSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENT WHERE
THEY CAN THRIVE AND ACHIEVE THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL.
FINALLY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND, AS THEY
SHOULD, THAT WE EXECUTE OUR MISSION IN A PRUDENT AND
RESPONSIBLE WAY, WORTHY OF THEIR CONFIDENCE IN US.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT IN ANY SITUATION, IN
ANY COMPETITION, AND CERTAINLY IN ANY FIGHT, AMERICA
EXPECTS THAT THEIR NAVY WILL FIND A WAY TO WIN. AND
MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE
COMMITTEE, IF CONFIRMED I WILL GIVE EVERYTHING I
HAVE TO HONOR AND STRENGTHEN THE BONDS OF TRUST AND
CONFIDENCE THAT YOUR NAVY HAS WITH OUR NATION AND
ITS PEOPLE. THANK YOU AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR
RFID Reduces Inventory Time Aboard Littoral Combat
From Naval Surface Warfare Center,
Panama City Division
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) --
Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS
Independence (LCS 2) successfully demonstrated a
passive radio frequency identification (RFID)
system's utility during mine countermeasures mission
package (MCM MP) container testing conducted off the
coast of Florida, in early July.
project showed the technology's ability to
dramatically reduce the time Sailors spend
conducting parts and equipment inventory in support
of ship replenishment.
"RFID reduced the time
the Sailors are in the containers in the ship, and
that's a goal - to reduce the warfighter's
workload," said Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama
City Division (NSWC PCD) project engineer Bill
Israelson. "With the system's proven accuracy, we
can quickly tell what needs to be resupplied so the
ship can get what it needs and head back to sea."
During the container testing Littoral Combat
Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasure Detachment Sailors
scanned and inventoried 1,300 pieces of MCM MP
equipment in only 21 minutes during a rapid
replenishment evolution between at-sea periods.
Previously, this task would have required three
Sailors 72 hours to accomplish.
inventory occurred once the Sailors returned to port
from after conducting at-sea technical evaluations
of the littoral combat ship (LCS 2) MCM MP. Once in
port, engineers from NSWC PCD, NSWC Port Hueneme
Division and contractor support scanned parts and
equipment inside the mission package and sent the
information to a computer to determine what needed
The RFID project is nearing
the final test and evaluation stage, necessary to
validate the proof of concept. The RFID prototype
was initially developed by the Office of Naval
For more news from Naval Sea
Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.
NNS150730-15. NSWC Indian Head
EOD Technology Division Finalizes First CITE
From NSWC IHEODTD Public Affairs
INDIAN HEAD, Md. (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare
Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) officially
announced the command's first private-public
partnership under the command's Center for
Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE)
designation, July 30.
CITE is a statutory
authority allowing public-private partnerships to
perform work related to the command's core
competencies. This designation allows the Navy to
more efficiently maintain an organic energetics
capability and manage under-utilized capacity.
"Under the four-year partnership with Chemring,
our division may manufacture up to 11,000
double-base extruded N-5 propellant grains for the
Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS).
APOBS is used by Soldiers, Marines and allied ground
troops to enable safe personnel transit through mine
fields and razor wire protected zones," said NSWC
IHEODTD Technical Director Ashley Johnson.
The APOBS propellant grain manufacturing is the
first in a series of extruded double base propellant
grain opportunities planned to be jointly
manufactured by the partnership. Once the propellant
grains are inspected, tested and certified, they
will be provided to Chemring Ordnance for loading
"We received CITE arsenal
designation in May 2014, for our core competencies
of energetics, ordnance, naval gun systems, EOD
technologies, ordnance packaging, handling, storage
and transportation and the technical expertise
required to acquire, maintain and sustain these
systems," said NSWC IHEODTD Deputy Technical
Director Amy O'Donnell.
NSWC IHEODTD is the
first Navy activity to hold both depot- and
"When industry or
private organization approaches us, and if we have
capacity that exists in our core mission areas, I
can initiate a business case analysis," said NSWC
IHEODTD Commanding Officer Capt. Vincent Martinez.
"If I can demonstrate it is going to be in the best
interest of the U.S. Navy, I ask senior leadership
to review that business case analysis. Once
permissions and negotiations are agreed on, we sign
a public-private partnership, or P-3, document to
formalize the partnership."
Chemring Ordnance, Mike Quesenberry, said the
company was pleased to be the first industry to
formalize a partnership with the warfare center
under the CITE arsenal designation, for a critical
component of the APOBS system.
forward to expanding this partnership into
additional opportunities to jointly manufacture EDB
propellant grains for other weapon systems," he
said. "Chemring Ordnance takes great pride in
providing quality products to the warfighter and
believes that this partnership is a win-win for
Johnson also emphasized that workforce
safety will always remain the underlying priority
for the command.
"Safety isn't negotiable; it
is the most important aspect of what we do," he
said. "Our partner in Chemring understands its
importance, too, and we will never relinquish that
as our responsibility."
NSWC IHEODTD is a
field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and
is part of the Department of the Navy's science and
engineering enterprise. The Division is the leader
in energetics, energetic materials, and Explosive
Ordnance Disposal (EOD) knowledge, tools, equipment.
Our Division focuses on the research, development,
test, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal
of energetics and energetic systems as well as works
to provide Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen
worldwide with the information and technological
solutions they need to detect/locate, access,
identify, render safe, recover/exploit, and dispose
of both conventional and unconventional explosive
For more news from Naval Sea
Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.
NNS150730-11. Science and
Technology Partnerships Grow in South America
By David Smalley, Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Scientific diplomacy
took a giant step forward as Chief of Naval Research
(CNR) Rear Adm. Mat Winter officially opened the new
Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global office in Sao
Paulo, Brazil, July 24
ONR Global - charged
with providing international science and technology
(S&T) solutions for current and future naval
challenges - engages with the international S&T
community around the world. Officials noted that the
new office in Brazil will be critical to the
advancement of open-source, unclassified knowledge
and collaboration in a region marked by
rapidly-expanding economies and significant growth
in cutting-edge science.
"The opening of the
Sao Paulo office reflects the strong, longstanding
S&T relationships ONR has with the international
community," Winter noted. "This office will serve as
a regional hub for collaboration with researchers
across South America to share discovery and
invention, which are the lifeblood of scientific
Recent collaborative research
between South American and U.S. scientists have
included academic gatherings in the fields of
alternative energy, underwater acoustics, augmented
reality and more, as well as research projects
involving topics ranging from flood prediction to
materials stress and marine genomics.
new office will help coordinate activities across
the vast South American continent with ONR Global's
existing office in Santiago, Chile.
Clark Troyer, ONR Global's commanding officer, noted
that the new Brazil hub is expected to deliver
significant positive impacts for the future force.
"The opening of a new office in the largest
country in South America is an important
development, emphasizing that breakthrough science
and technology capabilities generally come about
only through collaboration and partnerships," he
added. "Those who follow S&T from a naval
perspective recognize that Brazil is significant,
both in its impressive academic and research
communities, as well as the wealth of opportunities
to conduct research in unique ecological settings."
ONR Global has offices on multiple continents,
including Asia, Europe, North America and South
America. Its commanding officer and technical
director are based in London. An important part of
the command's collaborative efforts are associate
directors, who promote collaboration with
international scientists; and science advisors, who
identify fleet needs.
Both groups serve as
the CNR's "science ambassadors," creating essential
links with both the international S&T community and
operational forces to successfully execute the Naval
For more news from Office of
Naval Research, visit www.navy.mil/local/onr/
NNS150730-09. TSC Petty Officers,
Chiefs Volunteer to Package Meals
Mott, Training Support Center Great Lakes Public
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Two hours
of work equaled enough meals to feed 50 children for
more than one year for Sailors from Training Support
Center (TSC) Great Lakes and other volunteers at the
Libertyville Feed My Starving Children facility,
More than 25 Sailors from the TSC
Petty Officers Association and Chief Petty Officer
365 (CPO365) joined volunteers from the surrounding
community to pack more than 18,500 meals.
make the meals the volunteers combined soy, rice,
vitamins and vegetables into plastic bags and then
sealed them. The meals are one of three separate
meal plans Feed My Starving Children prepares and
distributes to 70 countries worldwide.
doesn't take a whole lot of time but it has a major
impact as far as helping people out that are less
fortunate than ourselves," said Fire Controlman 1st
Class Richard Kinnison, the community outreach
coordinator for the TSC POA and CPO365 as well as a
Navy Military Training Instructor (NMTI).
meals this day were being shipped to Haiti, Peru,
Swaziland and the Philippines. Sailors volunteered
for this opportunity because, Kinnison said, many
have witnessed first-hand the effects of starvation
and need while visiting other parts of the world in
their time in the Navy.
"Doing my tours,
seeing how poor some of these kids were, it
definitely makes you take everything you have an
appreciate it," said Navy Counselor 1st Class
(SW/AW) Laniya Allen, TSC career counselor. "We
waste two hours watching TV, playing video games. To
be able to give back my time to be able to help
someone eat, I think that's awesome."
influx of volunteers, Navy or otherwise, is a
welcome site for Facility Supervisor John Schmelzel.
But, he said, the volunteers from the Navy make the
packing process more efficient.
of the perfect volunteers for us because they're
always so willing to help out," he said. "Everybody
appreciates seeing them giving back in yet another
way to the community, to the worldwide community. It
serves as an inspiration for all the volunteers that
Sailors from TSC have been
volunteering with Feed My Starving Children almost
since this site opened in late 2012. There are 27
packing sessions per week that are staffed by
volunteers and the three-person full-time Feed My
Starving Children staff. Volunteers can be anyone
from the age of five years and up. They can be
either individuals, families or small or large
"This is what it's all about. If you
want to make this society better, make people
better, make the Navy better you've got to set the
example. We as leaders got to step up and set the
example for the junior Sailors to follow," Kinnison
For more news from Training Support
Center, Great Lakes, visit
NNS150730-08. Powerful Patents: Navy Outranks All
Government Agencies in Yearly Report
Warren Duffie, Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Predicting the risk of
pirate attacks on vital shipping lanes could soon be
easier, thanks to a data system that's just one of
364 technologies patented by the Department of the
Navy (DoN) in 2014, officials said, July 29.
DoN leads the government category in an annual
ranking of patent portfolios recently published by
the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
Titled the IP Record's "Top 300 Organizations
Granted U.S. Patents in 2014," the report compiles
rankings based on patent data from the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office.
For the fifth
consecutive year, DoN earned the top spot among U.S.
government agencies, including the U.S. Army,
Department of Health and Human Services and National
Aeronautics and Space Administration. DoN also
out-patented the likes of Nissan Motor Co. and
Rolls-Royce PLC, pharmaceutical purveyors Novartis
AG and Sanofi and academic institutions such as the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
science and technology component of the Office of
Naval Research's [ONR] mission is primarily focused
on technology maturation," said Chief of Naval
Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter. "Helping the Navy to
patent such a large number of game-changing
technologies, year after year, ensures our
warfighters retain the technological advantage on
the battlefield today, and well into the future,
while highlighting the deep scientific intellectual
capital across the entire Naval Research
ONR manages DoN'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
A few examples of the patents
issued to DoN in 2014 include:
* Method for
Predicting Pirate Attack Risk: This data system can
predict the likelihood of a pirate attack in a
geographic area by using a combination of
intelligence and meteorological information about
pirate behavior and shipping activity and
* Rapid Identification of
Identifying Campylobacter Jejuni: Using DNA
molecules, this system rapidly and accurately
identifies the main types of Campylobacter Jejuni, a
bacteria that causes diarrheal disease globally and
could impact U.S. warfighters deployed overseas.
* Using Satellite Imaging to Detect Disaster
Relief Assets: This system features an algorithm
that uses satellite imaging to quickly and
automatically identify assets for disaster relief,
including water sources for firefighting efforts.
Earlier this year, DoN also dominated the
government category in Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Spectrum magazine's
2014 Patent Power Scorecard. IEEE evaluated 5,000
organizations' portfolios across 17 industries for
the number of patents issued, as well as the growth,
impact, originality and general applicability of
For more news from Office of
Naval Research, visit www.navy.mil/local/onr/.
NNS150730-07. Abraham Lincoln's
Engineering Department Continues to Attain Early
From USS Abraham Lincoln
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS
Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Engineering Department,
completed the certification process to enable a
portion of the ship's collection, holding, and
transfer (CHT) system operational this July at
Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia.
Lt. Michael Blackwood, who oversees the CHT
system aboard Abraham Lincoln, discussed the
importance of bringing online this capability ahead
"Bringing portions of the CHT
system online allows production work to start on the
aft galley and mess decks," said Blackwood. "I think
we're in good hands and have taken a significant
step in the right direction to get the ship
operational and back to the fleet."
Maintenance Technician 1st Class Kennith Malone
emphasized the importance of this key system and
attaining this milestone.
"Habitability; it's a
major milestone in order to get the ship back into a
livable condition," said Malone.
Move Aboard scheduled for February 2016, bringing
key systems online is critical to Lincoln's ongoing
refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).
are significantly ahead of schedule. When it comes
to RCOH we want to get the CHT online in order to
take care of the ship's needs," said Malone, who
added that the aft portions of CHT from frame 180
aft were online. "The faster we can get them online
throughout the ship the less time is spent for
people running back and forth to the Floating
Accommodation Facility (FAF). It enables people to
stay in one work area and not have to go from FAF to
ship and back just to eat."
Technician 2nd Class Kobi Thurman added that turning
on CHT affects the entire ship's crew.
"Quality of life is the biggest thing that can help
affect crew move aboard. We can't have people move
onto a ship and not be able to have personal
hygiene, showers, heads, and water," said Thurman.
"It really allows the comforts of home."
Abraham Lincoln is currently undergoing RCOH at
Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington
Ingalls Industries in Newport News.
is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo an
RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is
complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and
technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft
carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a
vital part of the nation's defense.
news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit
NNS150730-03. NAVSUP GLS Commander Visits Sailors of
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound
By Brian J. Davis,
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound Corporate Communications
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The Commander of Naval
Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Global Logistics
Support (GLS) wrapped up a three-day visit with four
regional facilities in the Pacific Northwest run by
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Puget Sound July
The purpose of the visit of NAVSUP GLS
Commander, Rear Adm. James McNeal was to view NAVSUP
FLC Puget Sound operations and see firsthand the
diverse scope of activities and services the
Sailors, Department of Defense civilians, and
contractors provide to operational and shore-based
units in the area, and to understand the day-to-day
challenges they face.
The admiral met with
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound personnel at four locations;
Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bremerton and Bangor, Naval
Air Station Whidbey Island, and Naval Station
"Providing global logistics to a
global Navy is a team sport. The focus of NAVSUP GLS
is supporting the fleet logistics centers so you can
support the fleet," said McNeal.
touring the various NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound
activities and speaking to staff, McNeal met with
unit commanders supported by NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound
to gain a 'customer's perspective' on the quality of
services the command provides to the fleet.
"Your reputation is impeccable," McNeal told a group
of FLC Puget Sound Sailors and civilians during an
admiral's call at NBK Bremerton. "We want happy
customers and your customers are delighted."
During his visit, McNeal also visited Sailors at
work in a flight line "hot pit" aircraft refueling
station and an EA-18G "Growler" simulator at Naval
Air Station Whidbey Island, a Strategic Weapons
Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) missile assembly facility
at NBK Bangor, and went aboard the guided-missile
destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) in Everett.
NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound, one of eight fleet logistics
centers under NAVSUP GLS, provides operational
logistics, business and support services to Navy,
Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other
Joint and Allied Forces. Products and services
include contracting, fuels, global logistics,
hazardous material management, household goods,
integrated logistics support, material management,
postal, regional transportation and warehousing.
NAVSUP GLS provides global logistics for a
global Navy. The organization is made up of more
than 6,500 military and civilian logistics
professionals operating from 105 locations worldwide
providing an extensive array of integrated global
logistics and contracting services to Navy, Marine
Corps, joint operational units, and allied forces
across all warfare enterprises.
For news and
information about NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound, visit
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information about NAVSUP GLS, visit
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NNS150730-02. Carrier Strike Group 4 Commander
Visits USS Arlington
By Mass Communication
Specialist 2nd Class Stevie Tate, USS Arlington
ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) --
Commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4 Rear Adm.
Richard W. Butler visited the amphibious transport
dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) while the ship was
underway for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group's
(ARG) composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX),
During the course of his visit,
crew members provided Butler a thorough tour of the
ship's spaces, including the combat and control
center (CIC) and the ship's medical ward, where the
crew recently trained to process detainees and
"It was a great
opportunity to show Rear Adm. Butler a ship like
Arlington right as we are making preparations for
our maiden deployment," said Personnel Specialist
3rd Class Raul Florencio. "We're very proud of this
ship, and we're proud to show visitors all of the
hard work we have put in to making Arlington the
best ship in the fleet."
Butler also took
time to congratulate Arlington's Sailors of the
Quarter, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jamin Beaugard,
Fire Controlman 2nd Class Joshua Toohey, Hospital
Corpsman 2nd Class Austin Harris and Fireman Diana
"The visit to Arlington was a
wonderful one and I really enjoyed speaking to the
crew as I toured the ship," said Butler. "This ship
has done a great job during COMPTUEX and I wish the
captain and his crew the best of the luck on the
Arlington is currently
underway with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group
(ARG) which is composed of Arlington, Amphibious
Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 staff, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3),
USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and the 26th Marine
Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
Commanded by Capt.
Sean Bailey, Arlington is preparing for its maiden
deployment this fall.
For more news from USS
Arlington (LPD 24), visit www.navy.mil/local/lpd24/.
Internship Strengthens Naval Bonds
By Sky M.
Laron, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- U.S.
and Japanese naval supply leaders gathered together
July 28 at the Officer's Club on board Yokosuka
Naval Base to recognize a recent graduate from their
joint training program, which dates back to 1952.
U.S. Sailors from Naval Supply Systems Command
(NAVSUP) Fleet Logistic Center (FLC) Yokosuka and
members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
(JMSDF) have been gathering several times a year for
more than six decades to honor the young Japanese
supply officers that complete their joint internship
program as a member of one of the U.S. Navy's elite
"The United States is a very
important ally of Japan for our national security
and the U.S. Navy is the most important partner for
JMSDF," said Capt. Hiroki Saigawa, commanding
officer, JMSDF Ship Supply Depot (SSD). "It is
necessary for us, JMSDF and U.S. Navy, that we
deepen our mutual understanding."
internship is approximately seven months in length
and the Japanese junior officers who are selected to
attend the program and work alongside their U.S.
counterparts are the most elite candidates in their
"How our commands have been linked
together through this internship program and other
training opportunities over the decades is very
unique to us and I can honestly say that, through
this relationship -- it is us...here now, in this
room, that are making a difference in continually
strengthening the bond between Japan and America,"
said Cmdr. Paul Dougherty, executive officer, NAVSUP
FLC Yokosuka. "What an exciting challenge and
responsibility that we are fulfilling."
joint internship program has graduated more than 180
Japanese Supply Corps officers many of whom become
senior level professionals in the JMSDF logistics
system with three interns having gone on to reach
the rank of rear or vice admiral within the JMSDF.
"During my training here, I was so blessed with
all of you who guided me in such friendly and
generous ways," said Lt. Akifumi Hyodoh, the 182nd
and most recent graduate of the joint internship
Hyodoh shared how he will be taking
the logistics knowledge he has gained from his
colleagues at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, as well as his
friendships, with him as he transfers to his next
assignment within the JMSDF as the supply officer
onboard the guided missile destroyer JDS Chokai (DDG
176), which is homeported in Sasebo, Japan.
Hyodoh served in the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Industrial
Support Department (Code 500), which has a mission
of supporting the U.S. Navy Ship Repair
Facility/Japan Regional Maintenance Center
(SRF/JRMC) - PACFLT's only overseas ship repair and
modernization maintenance facility.
the material requirements of our largest industrial
customer, in order to support the 19 Japan-based
FDNF ships and their requisite industrial
maintenance schedules, the team must work
tirelessly, said Michael Schoedler, deputy director,
"There were some hard times during
my work here, but it was also a great opportunity to
improve myself personally as well as
professionally," said Hyodoh.
"I hope this
internship program bares fruit for the future and
our great relationship between U.S. Navy and JMSDF
lasts forever," said Saigawa.
"Thank you to
all our JMSDF partners for being part of this great
endeavor to maintain and strengthen our
understanding of one another as well as our
steadfast alliance," added Dougherty.
FLC Yokosuka, one of eight fleet logistics centers
under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), is the
Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics
command, headquartered just 26 miles due south of
Tokyo, the enterprise networks more than 20 sites
and fuel terminals from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney,
Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam
with a mission to serve the Asia Pacific Region's
forward deployed maritime Warfighter with 24/7
operational logistics support integrating an
extensive service provider network to deliver fuel,
material, mail and supply chain services across the
U.S. Navy's largest geographical area of
For more news from Naval
Supply Systems Command, visit
NNS020718-18. This Day in Naval History - July 30
From Naval History and Heritage Command,
Communication and Outreach Division
Headquarters Company and Squadrons A, B, and C of
the First Marine Aviation Force arrive at Brest,
France, on board USS DeKalb (ID #3010), as U.S.
enters European Theater of World War I.
- During an inspection by a six-man maintenance
crew, the submarine USS G-2 suddenly floods and
sinks at her moorings in Two Tree Channel near
Niantic Bay off the Connecticut coast. She goes down
in 13 1/2 fathoms, drowning three of the inspection
1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
signs the act establishing WAVES (Women Accepted for
Volunteer Emergency Service). During World War II,
more than 80,000 officers and enlisted women serve
in the WAVES.
1943 - PV 1 aircraft from (VB
127) sinks German submarine (U 591) off Pernambuco,
Brazil. Also on this date, TBFs and F4Fs (VC 29)
from USS Santee (CVE 29) sink German submarine (U
43) in the mid-Atlantic, while (PC 624) sinks German
submarine (U 375) off Tunisia.
1945 - A
Japanese submarine sinks USS Indianapolis (CA 35),
northeast of Leyte. Only 316 of her 1,199 crew
survive. Due to communications and other errors, her
loss goes unnoticed until survivors are seen from a
passing aircraft on Aug. 2. Four days earlier, she
had delivered atomic bomb components used on Japan
2005 - USS Halsey (DDG 97) is
commissioned at Naval Station North Island in San
Diego, Calif. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile
destroyer is named after U.S. Naval Academy graduate
Fleet Adm. William Bull Halsey Jr., who commanded
the U. S. 3rd Fleet during much of the Pacific War
NNS150730-19. Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay Performs Public Health Review
From Commander, Navy Installations Command Public
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) --
Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) is working
with Navy public health and environmental experts to
conduct a preliminary inquiry into allegations of
cancer among personnel assigned to the Department of
Defense Office of Military Commissions site at Naval
Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay.
In response to a
notification on July 14, 2015, Commander, Navy
Region Southeast (CNRSE) is working with Navy public
health and environmental experts to conduct a
preliminary inquiry into allegations of cancer among
personnel assigned to the Department of Defense
Office of Military Commissions site at Naval Station
(NS) Guantanamo Bay.
The complaint alleges
that military and civilian personnel who worked at
the Commissions area of Guantanamo Bay were likely
exposed to carcinogens. According to the complaint,
up to seven individuals who lived and worked in the
area have subsequently been diagnosed with cancer.
In response to this complaint, CNRSE and NS
Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer Capt. David
Culpepper have requested the support of the Navy and
Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) and other
Navy environmental officials to review available
records pertinent to the site and the allegations in
As part of their review,
NMCPHC public health experts are reviewing
historical medical records of the individuals
identified in the report to confirm the type of
cancer and date of diagnosis. Historical
environmental data is also being reviewed by NMCPHC
to determine if there are any potential health risks
from exposure to environmental hazards. This initial
review must be completed before a final plan would
The initial records search is
in coordination with NS Guantanamo Bay, Naval
Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic and
NAVFAC Southeast. To ensure an exhaustive process
and review are met, the records search could take
several weeks. Additionally, while records review is
taking place, a small team of PH professionals will
be traveling to Guantanamo Bay next week to provide
subject matter expertise for the base commanding
officer and leadership.
Navy leadership is
committed to the safety and security of all
personnel at its installations and will provide
regular updates on the progress of the inquiry at
on the Armed Forces Network's weekly radio news
program "Open Line," and in the pages of the
NNS150731-21. Aviator Wings Blessed Prior to Winging
By Fifi Kieschnick, Naval Air
Station Corpus Christi Public Affairs
CHRISTI, TEXAS (NNS) -- "It's our pleasure to start
your 'winging day' with this ceremony," said Father
John Vidal to the student pilots, friends and
families gathered in the Catholic chapel aboard
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
morning of each day a winging ceremony is scheduled,
Vidal and Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Steve Warne
conduct a voluntary "blessing of the wings"
"We exist to support you, provide
for your religious needs," Warne told those
gathered, "because we think it's important."
He reminded the group that sometimes when people are
"at the bottom," it's their faith that gets them
Warne also told the naval aviators,
"You are going to be doing a lot of great things in
the cockpit. Life is about relationships and your
family. Don't put yourself in a place of isolation.
Get connected to your community of faith that can
actively support you."
He added that military
chapels provide a "built-in community," where others
understand who you are.
Pointing to the
tapestries with wings affixed to them, Warne said.
"You are even connected to pilots who flew in World
Construction of NASCC's Protestant
chapel was completed in late 1941 and the first
worship services were held on Sunday, Dec. 7, of
that year, about the same time Pearl Harbor was
being bombed. Construction of the Catholic chapel
began immediately after the Protestant chapel was
According to the chaplains, during
World War II, many Catholic chaplains began blessing
the wings of Catholic aviators. This tradition
continued throughout the years and eventually became
a "Blessing of the Wings" service in chapels around
Eventually the service included
other Christian traditions and became the "Aviator's
Blessing," accompanied by pinning a set of wings on
People come to the chapel and
pray for those represented by the wings.
Additionally, prayers are offered at Catholic Mass
each Sunday for the men and women represented on the
"There may be someone out there,
right now, maybe even in a combat zone, who has
their wings blessed. We take time to stop and pray
for them every Sunday, we say a blessing," Warne
Hundreds upon hundreds of aviator wings
and other insignia are displayed on encased tapestry
throughout the NAS Corpus Christi Chapel. They
represent all those who had their wings blessed
prior to their winging ceremony.
don't know what a 'blessing' is," said Vidal to
those gathered at the chapel July 31. "We are
setting something aside for God. Setting these wings
aside reminds us that 'Lord, I'm taking you with me
in the cockpit.'
"You are connecting to a
community and connecting to God."
sprinkles holy water on the aviators' wings and
gives the aviators explicit instructions on
numbering, recording in a log book and placing their
blessed wings on the tapestry.
This, he tells
them, is so that anyone can find the wings of any
aviator who had their wings blessed at the chapel.
"Now you have God with you," Vidal said.
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has been home
to naval pilot training since 1941. Today, Navy,
Marine Corps, Coast Guard and foreign student pilots
earn their wings at training in the four squadrons
of Training Air Wing 4.
For more news from
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, visit
NNS150731-14. Sexual Assault Reports: Week of July
From the Office of the Chief of
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- This week's
overview of alleged sexual assaults is compiled
based on seven initial reports across the Navy from
July 20-26. This timeframe reflects only the receipt
of the initial reports; one of the reported
incidents occurred during this period, five occurred
outside of the report period and two occurred at an
unknown time. Each report will be fully
investigated. Looking at this snapshot in time, we
see the following:
* One report is from
events that occurred on-base, five are from events
that occurred off-base and one occurred at unknown
* Of the eight alleged offenders,
three were petty officers, three were E-3 and below
and two were unknown.
* Eight of the alleged
offenders were male.
* Six of the reported
incidents were alleged to be service member on
service member and two were non-service member on
* Among the eight alleged
victims, all were E-3 and below. All eight of the
alleged victims were female.
To contact a
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at the
Department of Defense Safe Help Line, call (877)
To learn more about Navy's Sexual
Assault Prevention and Response program, visit
NNS150731-13. USS San Diego Holds Change of Command
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class
Joseph M. Buliavac, USS San Diego Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The crew of the amphibious
transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) held a
change of command ceremony, July 30, aboard the USS
Capt. Carl W. Meuser relieved
Capt. John V. Menoni as commanding officer.
While addressing the guests of the ceremony, Menoni
gave all of the credit for his successful tour to
his Sailors and embarked Marines.
people standing in the back; that group that
represents the San Diego Navy and Marine Corps team
is the best operational team out there. There's
nothing they couldn't do," said Menoni. "We weren't
perfect, but as a team we accomplished great
Menoni, San Diego's fourth
commanding officer, began his tour as the ship's
executive officer in November 2012, and assumed
command on Feb. 7, 2014. Under his leadership, San
Diego reached many milestones including an underway
recovery test for NASA's Orion Program, and a
successful maiden deployment.
ship at sea is the ultimate test of leadership and
character, and that test for Capt. Menoni was a
little bit harder on board San Diego as he got the
chance to take on a maiden deployment," said
Commander Amphibious Squadron 5, Capt. Stephen
McKone, the ceremony's guest speaker. "He had to
build a culture of operational excellence that is
normally already a part of a deployment-tested ship
and crew. And I can tell you that he succeeded
Meuser, a native of Manchester,
Oklahoma, enlisted in the Navy in 1986. Designated
as a Navy journalist, he served at the Navy
Broadcasting Detachment in Keflavik, Iceland, and as
the independent duty journalist on USS Portland (LSD
37). In 1988, he was awarded a Naval Reserves
Officers Training Corps scholarship to the
University of Oklahoma, where he graduated, and was
commissioned in 1991.
"I look forward to go
down to the sea with our ship, in the prime of our
lives, and doing something bigger than ourselves;
something of which we can be proud of for the rest
of our lives. I look forward to go to sea with you
all," Meuser said. "I'm thrilled to be the
commanding officer of USS San Diego. It's a
fantastic ship and the best crew I've ever served
Meuser's tours of duty include USS
O'Brien (DD 975), USS Port Royal (CG 73), and
officer-in-charge of Afloat Planning Systems Team 2.
He served as executive officer of USS Antietam (CG
54) and as commanding officer of USS Higgins (DDG
San Diego, the fourth ship to bear the
name, is currently moored at BAE Systems San Diego
shipyard for an extended maintenance period.
San Diego, the only U.S. Navy ship stationed in her
namesake city, was built at Northrop Grumman's
Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and is the
sixth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock
ship. Delivered to the U.S. Navy on Dec. 19, 2011,
the ship was commissioned on May 19, 2012 in San
For more news from USS San Diego (LPD
22), visit www.navy.mil/local/lpd22/ .
NNS150731-12. Sexual Assault Reports: Week
of July 13-19, 2015
From the Office of the
Chief of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- This
week's overview of alleged sexual assaults is
compiled based on seven initial reports across the
Navy from July 13-19. This timeframe reflects only
the receipt of the initial reports; two of the
reported incidents occurred during this period, four
occurred outside of the report period and one
occurred at an unknown time. Each report will be
fully investigated. Looking at this snapshot in
time, we see the following:
* Three reports
are from events that occurred on-base, three are
from events that occurred off-base and one occurred
at unknown location.
* Of the seven alleged
offenders, four were petty officers and three were
* Five of the alleged offenders were
male and two were unknown.
* Three of the
reported incidents were alleged to be service member
on service member, one was non-service member on
service member, one was service member on
non-service member and two were unknown.
Among the seven alleged victims, one was an officer,
two were petty officers, three were E-3 and below
and one was a civilian. Six of the alleged victims
were female and one was male.
To contact a
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at the
Department of Defense Safe Help Line, call (877)
To learn more about Navy's Sexual
Assault Prevention and Response program, visit
NNS150731-11. MCPON Inspects Ceremonial Guard
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
Brandon Parker, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of
the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens visited the U.S. Navy
Ceremonial Guard to conduct a personnel inspection
at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, July 29.
"Our ceremonial guard is a very special unit, and it
has very special duties and responsibilities, as
such, we hold them to the highest possible
standards," said Stevens. "I feel it's appropriate
to come over here at least once a year and conduct a
complete personnel inspection because they represent
our Navy as a whole."
Stevens said it is his
honor to perform a uniform inspection on the Sailors
of Ceremonial Guard because it is their job to
represent the Navy.
"Being a member of the
ceremonial guard is to be someone who represents the
entirety of the United States Navy," Stevens said.
"The ceremonies they conduct, from the arrival of
distinguished guests, memorial ceremonies at
Arlington National Cemetery and the many events they
participate throughout the year, are events in which
they are able to represent the Navy. I couldn't be
more proud of our young Sailors at the Ceremonial
Stevens said that any participants
who passed the inspection without a single
infraction would personally receive his MCPON coin
and a letter of achievement.
is a zero discrepancy inspection in which 25 members
competed, and 15 received a coin and a letter of
appreciation from the MCPON," Stevens said. "Going
by the guard's inspection criteria, they all
received outstanding, but only 15 of them received
Some Sailors were anxious, yet
confident about participating in the inspection.
"I was nervous, I'm not going to lie, I was
shaky and hoping he wouldn't see me shake," said
Airman Joshua Taione, a guardsman who passed the
uniform inspection. "I wanted to look tough, but I
mostly wanted to pass, and I passed with zero hits."
Stevens said that he expects Sailors in the
fleet to conduct inspections that are just as
"The inspection was conducted in a
manner that I would hope any personnel inspection
would be conducted, very thorough with the same high
expectations" he said. "I'm confident that our chief
petty officers, first class petty officers and
division officers are out doing similar inspections
throughout the Navy on a regular basis. The
tradition of upholding people to high standards in
the Navy is alive and well."
For more news
from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy,
NNS150731-10. Navy League of Newport County
Holds Military Appreciation Night
Woodbury Rama, NAVSTA Newport Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- More than 200 members of the
Navy League of Newport County, elected officials,
community leaders, representatives from civic
organizations and industry joined together last
night to show their appreciation to those who serve
on the high seas throughout Southern New England.
The Newport Council Navy League's annual
Military Appreciation Night and Dinner meeting is
one of the highlights of the year for the local
Officers and enlisted men and women
representing the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S.
Merchant Marines and U.S. Coast Guard commands were
the honored guests of the council.
P. Gardner Howe III, president of Naval War College
(NWC), was the guest speaker.
Howe spoke on
the theme of the importance of trust and teamwork.
He touched on experiences he has had since his days
as a lieutenant in SEAL Team 1 up through his
current position as the president of the Navy's
premiere institution for learning.
about how his perspective on what it took for
success changed as he gained experience on broader
"Early on in my career I finished up
my foundational tours thinking the secret to
tactical success was based on tactical know-how,"
After being here in Newport for
nearly a year now and having time to reflect further
while surrounded by leaders from nations around the
world, Howe's outlook has changed.
realized that the best SEAL platoons were those that
built relationships and trust. The critical and
vital roles that trust and teamwork made in the
operations of any mission were the key to the
success," Howe said.
One hundred and eighteen
students from sixty-five countries reported to NWC's
Naval staff and Naval Command College last week and
the foundations for trust and teamwork on an
international level are being built today.
The students will be integrated in the core program
at NWC and also experience an intensive field study
program. They will be immersed in American life for
an entire year.
"We know that this is an
incredibly effective way of building a network of
trust throughout the world. We are building teams
here at the Naval Command and Staff College that
will go on to be able to find regional solutions to
regional problems," Howe said.
Council of the Navy League, recognized again as a
Meritorious Council for calendar year 2014, was
formed July 29, 1957 and is a civilian organization
comprised of approximately 400 members.
council is actively engaged in supporting this
teamwork development through programs and activities
supporting the NWC programs and dozens of others
throughout Naval Station Newport, U.S. Coast Guard
Sector Southeast and through their support of the
R.I. Sea Cadet program.
The Newport Council
holds approximately ten events each year in which
they pay tribute to and honor local service men and
In addition to these events, they
participate in nearly one hundred graduation and
awards ceremonies annually at local Navy and Coast
The council sponsors the
annual Junior Officer; Senior Enlisted, Junior
Enlisted and Service Member of the Year Awards
Program for the Newport Naval Complex and U.S. Coast
Guard Officer and Enlisted Member of the Year
The council also recognizes,
throughout the year, the distinguished graduates of
the Officer Candidate School, Officer Development
School, Naval Academy Preparatory School, Surface
Warfare Officer School, the Senior Enlisted Academy
and the "Sailors of the Quarter" of the local Coast
Guard Cutters and Stations.
information on the Newport County Council go to:
NNS150731-09. Certification Secured: Truman Passes
Force Protection Exercise, Earns Praise
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice A.
L. M. VanGuilder and Mass Communication Specialist
3rd Class M. M. Gillan, USS Harry S. Truman Public
NORFOLK (NNS) -- The security force
aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman
completed Force Protection Exercise (FPEX), July 29,
certifications for the anti-terrorism force
protection mission area in preparation for an
FPEX serves to ensure
Truman's security force is properly trained to
eliminate security threats while overseas and in
foreign ports. Lt. Cmdr. M. J. Finneran, Truman's
security officer, said the completion of the drills
proves Truman will be properly protected wherever it
may go. Finneran also said the crew pulled together
and demonstrated their ability to defend the ship
against threats in foreign ports.
all our other certifications so far, HST Sailors
proved their merit, once again, by achieving
outstanding results in detecting, deterring and
countering terrorist threats," said Finneran. "Day
one of the certification yielded high praise from
the evaluation teams; so much so, that the events
conducted on day two were highly advanced."
The high recognition given to Truman's Sailors
during FPEX proves they have the level of expertise
required to protect the ship against terrorist
"Whether it is an active shooter,
bomb threat or hostage situation, our Sailors have
to be ready," said Master-at-Arms 1st Class J. C.
Horn. "Not only should they know what to do, but
they need to perform with a high level of
proficiency and respond in an instant."
Master-at-Arms 3rd Class C. A. Moistner added that
the successful completion of the drills builds
confidence in Truman's security force and certifies
the crew for more liberty while in foreign ports.
"Due to past events, all of our drills were
simulated as being in an overseas port," said
Moistner. "Simulating an outside continental United
States (OCONUS) security posture means training for
events that have happened, and can happen while
overseas. It also helps security to collaborate and
work with host nation personnel."
certification completed, Truman moves one step
nearer toward deployment readiness. Finneran said
this progress would be impossible without the hard
work put in by every Sailor on board.
could sit here and try to single out each department
out that had a hand in our certification. But, in
the end, everyone played a role in the success,"
said Finneran. "That's what Truman is all about -
teamwork. We succeeded as a team with top results
For more news from USS Harry S.
Truman (CVN 75), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.
NNS150731-08. Naval Weapons
Station Yorktown Birthday Reflects on the Broad
History of the Installation
By Mark O.
Piggott, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Public
YORKTOWN, Va. (NNS) -- The history of
Naval Weapons Station (WPNSTA) Yorktown began with
the world at war and, through the progression of
military weaponry, continues today as the U.S.
Navy's premier ordnance handling facility.
WPNSTA Yorktown celebrates its 97th birthday this
year and its mission of providing "Ordnance on
Target" for our warfighters remains. Its long
history is broad, yet unconventional at times.
On Aug. 7, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson
ordered the Secretary of the Navy to take possession
of a tract of land, "being part in the County of
Warwick and part in the County of York, both in the
state of Virginia."
This was the beginning
of Navy Mine Depot Yorktown.
construction of the depot included a mine loading
plant, magazines for storage, a power plant, machine
shop, a railroad to connect with local rail lines, a
pier, and various barracks, administration offices
and a galley. Total cost for the initial
construction was $3 million, equaling over $37
The first commanding officer
of Navy Mine Depot was Capt. Edward T. Fitzgerald.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 7, 1874,
Fitzgerald graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in
1896. He was ordered as the first "Inspector of
Ordnance in Charge" for the depot from November 1918
to June 1919. During his short tenure, he was the
driving force behind the warfare capability and mine
storage that developed at Navy Mine Depot Yorktown.
He died on April 17, 1934, in New York City.
At an installation the size and magnitude of
Navy Mine Depot Yorktown, security was paramount.
Horse-mounted Marines provided security to the
perimeter of the installation by riding along the
entire fence line. The horses were replaced by motor
vehicles in 1960, making WPNSTA Yorktown the last
Navy installation to use horse-mounted Marines.
Stables were built in 1923 to support the horses
used by the Marines, but it also provided a vital
community service to the base personnel and their
families. Due to the isolated location of the Navy
Mine Depot, it was difficult to procure a fresh
supply of milk for the base and its residents. A
community dairy was established at the stables in
1930. The original herd was comprised of four cows
and later expanded to 11, to generate a sufficient
supply of milk. The growth of the dairy continued
for several years, but due to operating
difficulties, ceased operations in 1954.
main workhorse of the installation is the ordnance
pier. The original pier was constructed in 1920. It
was a wooden pier with inlaid rail road tracks to
facilitate the loading/unloading of mines and other
ordnance. In the beginning, barges were loaded with
ordnance and towed out to ships anchored in the
river or down to ships at Naval Station Norfolk. The
pier suffered major damage during a hurricane in
1933 and a fire in 1954. In 1962, construction began
on a new U-shaped pier that is still in service
One of the best kept secrets of the
installation over the years has been fishing off of
the ordnance pier. Though this is no longer an
option today, it was very popular early on with
Sailors, civilians and their dependents. One
prominent fisherman that came to the installation to
fish was President Harry S. Truman. He was known to
frequent the pier on the Presidential Yacht, The
Williamsburg, which was moored there from
In the history of the
installation, there has only been one fatal accident
at the facility. In 1943, a night crew was loading
torpedo warheads from the cooling plant when the
ammunition exploded. According to Susan Clingan, who
wrote a comprehensive history of the installation in
1961, the building was barricaded with an earthen
mound so the force of the explosion was confined to
"Nothing was left of the building
but a hole in the ground," Clingan said. "The four
wheels of the box car standing beside the building
was left on the track. The rest of the box car
The crew of seven
was killed and no trace of them was ever found.
Windows were cracked as far away as Norfolk by the
force of the explosion. A stone obelisk was erected
at Missile Park on base in memorial of those killed
in the blast.
The installation's name has
been changed three times in its 97-year history. The
first name change took place on July 1, 1932, when
it was changed from Navy Mine Depot to Naval Mine
Depot. On April 18, 1943, the title of inspector of
ordnance in charge was changed to commanding
officer. And on Aug. 7, 1958, at the station's 40th
birthday, the name was changed to Naval Weapons
Over its long history,
WPNSTA Yorktown has employed a variety of military
and civilian personnel to carry out its mission. By
October 1943, there were 94 officers, 890 enlisted,
in addition to 250 Marines permanently stationed at
the installation. The civilian work force totaled
more than 2,300, including 545 women. Today, there
are 1,346 active duty personnel (includes tenant
commands), 517 reservists and 796 civilians at
Cheatham Annex (CAX),
originally founded as a Seabee training base in
1943, became an annex of the Fleet and Industrial
Supply Center Norfolk. In 1998, CAX was incorporated
as part of WPNSTA Yorktown. Today, CAX continues
both missions it was originally intended for as both
an expeditionary combat training facility as well as
a fleet supply center.
CAX and WPNSTA
Yorktown are separated by the Colonial Parkway.
President Herbert Hoover signed a proclamation
establishing the Colonial Parkway on July 3, 1930,
but not without some controversy. According to
Frances Watson Clark, author of "Images of America:
The Colonial Parkway," the proclamation was
delivered to President Hoover by Horace Albright,
director of the National Park Service, before the
next scheduled cabinet meeting.
Navy afterwards refused to turn over the land for
the parkway, Albright brought the proclamation
needed to secure the desired route to the
President," Clark wrote. "Without Adams (Secretary
of the Navy Charles Adams) present to raise an
objection, Hoover signed the proclamation. By the
time Adams found out about it, the route was already
In three years, WPNSTA Yorktown will
be celebrating its 100th Birthday. Though the
installation is not as old as other facilities
within the United States Navy, its history is rich
and unique, dating back before the 1918 proclamation
that founded the base. The land on which WNPSTA
Yorktown sits has roots dating back to pre-colonial
exploration of the New World by Captain John Smith
and the Jamestown colonists. The history here is an
integral part of our shared American heritage, as a
Navy and as a nation.
For more news from
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, visit
NNS150731-07. National Naval Officers
Association Holds Professional Development and
By Mass Communication
Specialist 2nd Class Antonio Turretto Ramos, Navy
Public Affairs Support Element-West
(NNS) -- Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers
expanded mentoring and leadership skills during a
three-day professional development and training
conference, held by the National Naval Officers
Association (NNOA), on board Naval Base Point Loma,
The NNOA is a non-profit
organization composed of active duty, reserve and
retired officers, as well as midshipmen, cadets, and
interested civilians. According to Cmdr. Will
Watson, the NNOA president, the organization serves
as an outreach program, as well as a professional
"Our main goal is to
support the sea services in finding talent,
developing talent and retaining talent in our
respective officer corps," said Watson. "This
conference offers access to senior leaders in a way
that is not available anywhere else."
officers had the opportunity to hear presentations
from senior leaders about current issues in their
respective services and ask questions about
leadership styles and methods.
Vice Chief of
Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard, a guest of
honor at the conference, presented awards, gave a
presentation highlighting the changing climate in
the Navy and the importance of communication between
generations of leaders, and stressed the importance
of the symposium.
"It's a discussion. It
helps expose a discussion about who we are as a
Navy, as a sea service, and what's important to us
as leaders," she said. "Understanding how we see
ourselves, and understanding how you see yourself,
is so important to leadership. Ships may be the
heart of the Navy, but the people are its lifeblood.
I have to understand the lifeblood too."
Howard also answered questions from attendees in a
frank, conversational atmosphere, and addressed
topics ranging from leadership style to advice on
"It's a great opportunity
to pick people's brains," said Capt. Robert Dews,
director of operations, Navy Recruiting Command.
"When you're a junior officer underway, you don't
always have the time or the comfort level to ask the
kinds of questions we can ask here. This conference
is a great way for maritime officers to get in sync
with each other and learn about each other's
Dews said that he is an
example of how the NNOA's investment in community
outreach efforts has returned results. He was
approached in high school by naval officers in the
NNOA, and said that because of the positive
impression and the help of an NNOA scholarship he
went on to graduate from Washington University. Dews
earned an officer commission in the Navy through the
Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program offered
at the university, but said he never would have
considered a career in the sea services without
having been approached by the NNOA. The captain has
now served in the Navy for more than two decades.
"The experience for me at the NNOA
conference is rejuvenating because it's an
opportunity to give back and mentor others and get
mentored," Dews added. "I've been in the Navy 27
years and I always pick up a couple things I can
take back and share at my command."
Michelle Zablan, a nurse at Walter Reed National
Medical Center, said she learned about NNOA through
a friend who is a retired naval officer. Zablan said
that she has benefited most from learning leadership
techniques and what to look for in her mentors.
"I feel like... I'm going to walk away from this
with mentors and relationships... and I'm going to
take those and really build on what I can do better
as a nurse and a sister in arms in our Navy," said
Zablan. "It's so important for personal growth for
the community and for the Navy."
information on the NNOA, visit http://nnoa.org/ .
NNS150731-04. NAVFAC Far East
By James Johnson, NAVFAC Far
East Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) --
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far
East welcomed a new commanding officer during a
change of command ceremony on board Fleet Activities
Yokosuka, Japan, July 31.
Bartoe, CEC, USN, relieved Capt. Michelle La Duca as
NAVFAC Far East commanding officer and regional
engineer for Commander, Navy Region Japan,
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea and Singapore
"Our primary job as
facility professionals is to support the fleet and
ensure our installations are ready to meet the
mission requirements of our sea, air and land
forces," said Bartoe. "We are a service
organization, delivering professional facilities
engineering services across all of the installations
in our area of operation. Being a service
organization means understanding the needs and
requirements of our supported commands, and making
the best possible recommendations for maintenance,
operations, and improvements for the future."
Bartoe will lead approximately 2,000 military,
U.S. Civil Service and host nation employees in
Japan, Korea, Singapore and Diego Garcia. NAVFAC Far
East delivers more than $700 million annually in
facilities management, public works and construction
Bartoe has served the
Navy since 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Science in
Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and Master of
Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M. His
most recent assignment was executive officer at
NAVFAC Washington, D.C and deputy regional engineer
for Naval District Washington.
La Duca will
continue her Navy career with NAVFAC Pacific as vice
"Two years ago, I mentioned that
this was my second tour in Japan. I mentioned that
my first tour was wonderful for the food, the
history, the culture, but especially because of the
people," said La Duca. "This tour has been even more
wonderful-again, especially because of the people."
NAVFAC Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Bret
Muilenburg spoke at the ceremony and presented La
Duca with the Legion of Merit (gold star in lieu of
"This period has been marked
by tremendous challenges; personnel vacancies,
complex projects, natural disasters, and the direct
support of three regional commanders," said
Muilenburg. "Through it all, NAVFAC Far East has had
an incredible record of on-time, high-quality
"Safety has been at the forefront
of all of their actions and activities. No NAVFAC
command has had a stronger safety program over the
years than NAVFAC Far East," he said.
provided leadership in support of the relocation of
littoral combat ships to Singapore. She pushed to
implement Safe Drinking Water Act quality water and
oversaw pier and airfield upgrades at Far East
installations. In 2014, NAVFAC Far East was awarded
Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management
awards at all six installations in Japan for meeting
Federal, Department of Defense and Navy goals.
For more news from Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navfachq/.
NNS150731-03. Continuing Promise
2015 Kicks Off in Dominica
Communication Specialist 1st Class Maddelin
Angebrand, Cp-15 Public Affairs
Dominica (NNS) -- The joint-military crew and
non-governmental organization (NGO) volunteers
serving aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital
ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) commenced
humanitarian-civil assistance operations July 28 in
Dominica as part of Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15).
An opening ceremony held at the Princess
Margaret Hospital marked the start of the eighth
mission stop during Comfort's six-month deployment
and the first time that the Continuing Promise
mission has visited Dominica.
partnerships with each country is critical to the
overall success of the mission. Since this is the
first time that the Continuing Promise mission has
visited Dominica, we look forward to the opportunity
to foster goodwill and build partner capacity and
capability through the dozens of collaborations with
our Dominican counterparts," said Capt. Sam Hancock,
Continuing Promise 2015 mission commander.
The CP-15 team, NGO volunteers, Dominican medical
professionals and Ministry of Health volunteers
provided no-cost medical and dental services to more
than 1,000 patients during the first day of
operations at two locations, the Dominica Grammar
School in Roseau and the Roosevelt Douglas Primary
School in Portsmouth. In addition to the medical
services provided at the sites, 17 surgeries were
conducted aboard Comfort.
operations went smoothly today," said Capt. Mary
White, officer in charge of the medical site
established at the Dominica Grammar School. "We
finished up surgical screenings and had the site up
and running right on schedule. Working as a team,
blending our NGO volunteers and Navy personnel,
allowed us to see over 600 patients on the first
A subject matter expert exchange (SMEE)
was conducted at Princess Margaret Hospital covering
topics such as intensive care unit protocols and bed
Comfort nephrologists also
collaborated with Dominican medical professionals to
treat 11 dialysis patients. Additional SMEEs are
planned to take place at the Regional Fitzroy Armor,
Portsmouth Hospital and aboard Comfort.
"These exchanges allow us to connect with the Roseau
and Portsmouth medical professionals and share
information pertaining to various medical topics,"
said Ensign Jhermayne Bullock, assigned to the Navy
Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit-2 in Norfolk,
Virginia. "This collaboration not only strengthens
ties with Dominica as a whole, but also impacts the
local communities that we visit."
environmental health team visited the hospital and
provided formal lectures on mosquito surveillance,
biology, control, pathology, and insecticide
resistance. They also distributed mosquito
surveillance traps to the Dominican vector control
The veterinary team consisting of Army
veterinarians, veterinary technicians and volunteer
veterinarians from the NGO, World Vets, met with
local veterinarians to discuss what services are
currently needed in the region.
engineering portion of the CP-15 mission in Dominica
commenced at the Office of Disaster Management where
the Navy Seabees, assigned to Construction Battalion
Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 in Virginia Beach,
Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida, continue their
work on the construction of a guard house and the
installation of a perimeter fence.
deploying in April, Comfort has completed mission
stops in Belize, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua,
Panama, El Salvador and Colombia. Additional stops
are planned for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and
Continuing Promise is a U.S.
Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces
Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment
to conduct civil-military operations including
humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert
exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and
engineering support and disaster response to partner
nations and to show the United States' continued
support and commitment to Central and South America
and the Caribbean.
For more news from
Continuing Promise, visit www.navy.mil/local/cp/.
NNS150731-02. Sailors Complete
By Mass Communication
Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter, Navy Public
Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Sailors, Department of
Defense employees and their family members
participated in a 2-day "Mission Nutrition" course
at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton's Fitness Center July
The course is led by Navy registered
dietitians and covers many facets of proper
nutrition including nutrition 101, meal planning,
emotional and mindless eating, fad diets and many
other related topics.
"We provide real world
knowledge by having participants go to the
Commissary to shop for the proper foods that make a
healthy meal," said Michael Martin, a fitness
instructor and Naval Base Kitsap Fitness Center. "We
like to offer the class to military family members
since it can be hard for an individual to completely
change their eating habits alone."
the class revolved around the concept of learning
how to properly create a meal plan, which benefits
each individual diet goal, without sacrificing
overall nutritional value.
"I signed up to
learn how to create a better eating lifestyle for
myself, since I am trying to lose weight while
putting on muscle mass," said Electronics Technician
2nd class Ryan Montege, from Lowell, Massachusetts.
"It's helpful to know the difference between diet
fads and the ones that actually work."
obesity becoming a common health issue in America,
it is important to take advantage of programs the
Navy offers to keep yourself and family healthy.
"The class taught me about different meal plans
that benefit me and my family," said Shannicia
Dunbar, from Buckner, Arkansas. "I realized many of
the meals I had cooked for my family were generally
healthy but didn't really balance what vitamins and
minerals they brought to the table."
Nutrition is a semi-annual course, offered though
Naval Base Kitsap Fitness Centers, to inform and
influence as many people as possible about the
benefits of having a proper diet.
news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West,
Det. Northwest, visit www.navy.mil/local/nwpacen/.
NNS150731-01. Command Climate
Specialists Attend Equal Opportunity Training Summit
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
(SW/AW) Karolina A. Oseguera, Navy Public Affairs
Support Element West
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A
military equal opportunity professional development
training summit was held on Naval Air Station North
Island July 28-30 for command climate specialists
The summit was a three-day event
aimed to enhance a command's ability to assess the
Command Managed Equal Opportunity program and
provided advice in improving working environments
and culture for commands and Sailors.
event kicked off with an address from Fleet Master
Chief April Beldo sharing her experiences in the
Navy as an African-American woman. She expressed
excitement and enthusiasm when speaking about the
diversity in the Navy and referred to it as a
"We all bring something great
to the table and we are similar in that we each want
to play a role in this mission," said Beldo. "It is
everyone's responsibility to hold ourselves and each
other accountable and for leadership to set the tone
in treating others with dignity and respect."
Throughout the course of three days, the summit
covered various topics such as command climate,
equal opportunity, sexual harassment policies and
complaint processing. Each day included exercises,
group discussions and lectures from subject matter
"This training is a tremendous tool
for commands," said George Bradshaw, director of
Navy Sexual Harassment Prevention and Equal
Opportunity. "We are providing command climate
specialists with solutions based on results and we
are introducing a climate of proactivity rather than
Command climate specialists are
experienced leaders who take the task of determining
the climate of each command by conducting annual
surveys. They also provide training on equal
opportunity issues and ensure that all formal
complaints and command issues are addressed.
"Growing up I did experience discrimination," said
Chief Ship's Serviceman Carlos Baray. "When I
decided to come into the Navy, being a minority, I
knew this job would fit me because I saw all the
diversity within. I chose to become a CCS so I can
help and teach others about equal opportunity."
For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support
Element West, visit
NNS020718-25. This Day in Naval History - July 31
From Naval History and Heritage Command,
Communication and Outreach Division
The East India Squadron, later known as Asiatic
Squadron, is established under Commodore Henry H.
Bell, USN, to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan.
The squadron consists of USS Hartford, USS
Wachusett, USS Wyoming and USS Relief.
USS Intrepid is commissioned, the first U.S. warship
equipped with torpedoes.
1941 - The Japanese
government reports that the bombing of USS Tutuila
(PR 4), which happens the previous day during the
bombing raid on Chungking, China, is just an
accident, pure and simple. USS Tutuilas motor boats
were badly damaged and motor sampan is cut loose
when one bomb falls eight yards astern of the
vessel. There were no causalities.
1943 - PBM
(VP 74) and Brazilian A-28 and Catalina sink German
submarine U-199 off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Small
seaplane tender USS Barnegat (AVP 10) rescues the
1944 - USS Parche (SS 384)
participates with USS Steelhead (SS 280) in a
predawn attack on a Japanese convoy off Takao,
Taiwan. Under Cmdr. Lawson P. Ramages brave command,
Parche's crew sinks the Japanese cargo ship, Manko,
and the Japanese tanker, Koei, while also badly
damaging three other enemy cargo vessels. For his
"conspicuous gallantry" on this occasion, he is
awarded the Medal of Honor.
1951 - Dan A.
Kimball takes office as the 50th Secretary of the
Navy, serving until January 1953. His tenure is
marked by the continuation of the Korean War,
expansion of the Nation's defense, and technological
progress in aviation, engineering and other
1959 - President
Dwight D. Eisenhower responds to Secretary of the
Navy William B. Franke's recommendation to name
three SSBNs (nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile
submarines) with these names: USS Sam Houston, USS
Thomas A. Edison, and USS John Marshall. The
proposed name from Secretary Franke, USS Nathan
Hale, is used two years later.
2010 - USS
Missouri (SSN 780) is commissioned at Groton, Conn.,
her homeport. The seventh Virginia-class attack
submarine is the fourth Navy vessel to honor the
state of Missouri.
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