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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 + tax
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 19, 2015

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NNS150120-10. Google Launches Virtual USS Constitution Tour Experience

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Victoria Kinney, USS Constitution Public Affairs

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- Google Maps published a complete 360-degree virtual experience of USS Constitution on Tuesday, Jan 20.

Using Street View technology, Google Maps photographed the ship in fall 2014 to create an online 360-degree virtual experience of touring Constitution in preparation for the ship's scheduled dry dock restoration period, which begins in March 2015.

"The timing was ideal," said Cmdr. Sean Kearns, Constitution's 73rd commanding officer. "It enabled Google to photograph the ship pierside in her normal fully-rigged configuration before we down-rig the ship and move her into dry dock for restoration work."

The 217-year-old warship is scheduled to undergo nearly three-years of restoration work during which time 'Old Ironsides' will have her copper siding replaced, along with major restorations to areas of the ship's hull, interior, and stern.

Constitution joins a growing list of historical landmarks that Google Maps has available for online tours. Already available online are the Taj Mahal, The Louvre Museum, underwater reefs and street level views from around the world.

To date, Google Maps has imagery available in more than 64 countries around the world.

"Adding interior imagery of the USS Constitution to Google Maps was the next step towards providing the most accurate, useful and comprehensive map of the world," said Deanna Yick, Google Maps Street View program manager. "We hope this encourages curious observers to visit this historic ship in person one day."

Google Maps' innovative technology offers a unique view of most decks and spaces in the warship, including some spaces typically closed off to visitors, and will allow full virtual access of the landmark during the restoration. The virtual tour allows the public to view and experience the ship as she traditionally looks, fully-rigged at her berth at pier 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard.

"This effort is particularly exciting because not only will it allow the public to go on a virtual tour to areas of the ship that will not be accessible while Old Ironsides is in dry dock, it will also bring this virtual tour experience to millions of people worldwide who might otherwise never get the chance to visit the ship in person," said Kearns.

USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston's Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship's history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year.

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NNS150120-01. All Systems Go for Navy's Communications Satellite Launch Jan. 20

By Steven A. Davis, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (NNS) -- Final preparations are underway to launch the Navy's latest communications satellite that will significantly improve capability for Navy and Department of Defense tactical operators.

The launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-3 payload for the U.S. Navy is set to lift off Jan. 20 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window is 7:43 to 8:27 p.m. EST. Viewers can watch the live launch webcast via the United Launch Alliance website at beginning at 7:23 p.m. EST.

The third satellite is part of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), which operates like a smartphone network from space, vastly improving secure satellite communications for mobile U.S. forces. Unlike its predecessor system, MUOS provides users a global, on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality voice and mission data from a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

"The MUOS satellite has two payloads. It has a legacy payload that supports the current user base of 200,000 plus terminals worldwide, as well as the future payload that is like modern cellphone technology. This allows for a smooth transition between the current and near future capability," said Navy Capt. Joe Kan, MUOS program manager.

Kan noted that while launching satellites and deploying ground systems are key milestones, the program's highlight will be when the Navy turns the system over to U.S. Strategic Command for operations. The next generation of warfighters will find innovative ways of using it that the system designers had never conceived.

MUOS provides secure communications between warfighters around the globe, as well as connection with classified and unclassified networks and DoD phone systems. This capability directly impacts dismounted, ground-based mobile users who require secure voice and mission data but is also available to ships, aircraft and vehicles.

MUOS is more than just a five-satellite constellation. It additionally comprises four ground stations across the globe, complex software to manage the network and a Wideband Code Division Multiple Access waveform that serves as an interface for end-user radios.

Two MUOS satellites, launched in 2012 and 2013, are already providing legacy communications capability from their geosynchronous orbit locations 22,000 miles above Earth. Ultimately, the satellite constellation and associated network will extend narrowband communications availability well past 2025.

The Navy plays a key role in national space efforts by providing narrowband satellite communications for the DoD and other government agencies. The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems, located at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, is responsible for the MUOS program.

Additional imagery, videos and launch coverage can be found at the MUOS-3 webpage here

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NNS150120-16. Laboon Nearly Halfway Through COMPTUEX

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael J. Lieberknecht, USS Laboon (DDG 58) Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) is halfway through Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) in preparation for an upcoming scheduled deployment.

Laboon left Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 6, and its crew has stayed busy over the last 14 days with exercises involving visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS), routine flight operations, electronic warfare and counter-targeting.

"COMPTUEX is a great opportunity to put into practice all of the training we have received during the basic phase over the past 12 months," said Laboon's 1st Lieutenant, Ensign Joseph Lillie, from Lakewood, Ohio. "There is no question that our ship is better prepared for deployment because of the work we are doing out here."

Led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, COMPTUEX is an exercise designed to evaluate the mission-readiness of deployable assets as it relates to their ability to react to training scenarios and perform as an integrated unit.

Laboon is scheduled to finish COMPTUEX in early February, following the successful completion of operational training evolutions, such as scheduled live-fire exercises. Upon successful completion of COMPTUEX, Laboon would be certified to deploy to provide an overseas forward presence maintaining maritime security abroad.

The TRCSG consists of the staff of Carrier Strike Group 12, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, and her ships the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Forest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Farragut (DDG 99). Laboon and USS McFaul (DDG 74) are participating in the TRCSG COMPTUEX as independent deployers.

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NNS150120-15. CNP Announces Bees-to Badges

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Speaking at Naval Construction Training Center, the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) announced a new program that will improve Seabee advancement and retention opportunity while also meeting new requirements for the master-at-arms community, Jan. 20.

Vice Adm. William Moran, CNP, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, Moran's senior enlisted advisor, laid out to Seabees the details of the program called Bees to Badges. It will provide Seabees the opportunity for conversion to MA prior to their Career Waypoints Reenlistment (C-WAY) window. The program's goal is to balance an over-manned Seabee community while simultaneously supporting the need for more MA's.

"As our Seabee numbers have decreased, many top-notch Sailors had a hard time finding ways to stay on a viable career path that allowed them to utilize their expeditionary skillsets and "Can-Do" way of doing business," said Moran. "If we do this right, we will improve Seabee community health, while also filling carrier MA slots with seasoned folks who want to put their talents to good use in a new field that allows them to stay-Navy."

Because Seabees have experience in security patrols and small arms they are more closely aligned with the MA mission than other communities. This rate conversion opportunity will be available for all active duty Seabees; however, it will focus on select ratings, year groups and will be managed closely by the community managers.

Below are the details about how to the conversion process works.

* Seabee must be at their command for 18-months prior to eligibility for the rate conversion and meet the MA requirement in MPM-1440-010 (Change in Rate Requirements).

* Qualified Seabees must submit a commanding officer endorsed 1306 to the Seabee Enlisted Community Manager (ECM) through their Command Career Counselor.

* The Seabee ECM will validate a candidate's eligibility and forward the package to the MA ECM who will screen the package and determine school availability.

* If a Seabee is selected, their command will receive the MA "A" school date, within four to 12 months after selection, to ensure that there are no conflicts with critical operations.

ECMs currently intend to open this opportunity to all Seabee rates, targeting YGs 2012 and 2003-2008. As the program matures and the community health strengthens, the targets will start to narrow. The target number for fiscal year (FY) 15 is 30-35 Seabees and for FY 16 it increases to 90-110.

Any changes to the year groups or other information will be posted on the NPC website at .

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NNS150120-13. Naval Academy's Community Relations Director Receives Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Correa, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Academy's(USNA) Community Relations Director, Miriam Stanicic, received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award, Jan. 16, at the 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Dinner in Glen Burnie, Md.

The award recognizes local leaders who keep Dr. King's dream alive through their words, deeds and their extraordinary acts of service and commitment.

Stanicic's acceptance speech started with a quote from Dr. King, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" Words that she lives by and imbues in the midshipmen she works with every day.

"I'm fortunate in that I get to see positive community change every day through outreach of the Naval Academy," said Stanicic. "I am inspired through these midshipmens' efforts."

"She is that selfless leader that we teach Midshipmen to be," said Marine Capt. Kenneth Tarr, Midshipmen Action Group (MAG) officer representative. "She embodies it, embraces it and shows it to everyone around her."

As the MAG faculty representative and through her leadership, the group performed 25,000 hours of community outreach and collected more than 60,000 pounds of food for the Harvest for the Hungry program in 2014.

"I think MAG is Miriam," said Tarr. "As her sole job at the academy is community relations, she has taken on MAG and loves everything about it. I don't think there was a day I have seen Miriam were she hasn't been happy and excited to be part of this organization."

Stanicic also works with the Office of Diversity at the U.S. Naval Academy and was instrumental in connecting USNA affinity groups to their community-based counterparts in Anne Arundel County, and throughout the entire Baltimore-Washington area.

"She is the link between our office and the midshipmen that we work with, and the surrounding community of Annapolis, Baltimore, and D.C. areas," said Steve McCartney, USNA Assistant Chief Diversity Officer.

"Miriam cares so much about the midshipmen and the community that she works with. There is a deep personal connection that she has with her work. It is not a job for her, it is so much more," added McCartney.

Additionally, she helped form the Midshipman Diversity Council, which brings together all affinity group brigade leaders from the academy to share best practices and raise awareness.

"Naval Academy community engagements exemplify dedication to service in its highest forms by creating lasting relationships with all of our neighbors; a dream in keeping with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of building stronger and more equitable communities for all members of our society," said Stanicic.

Stanicic became the USNA Community Relations Director in 2007. For the past two years, her department has been recognized as the best community relations program for a large shore command throughout the Navy; receiving the Thompson Ravitz Award for this distinction.

Founded in 1988 the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee was designed to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Anne Arundel County.

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NNS150120-12. ASIST: A Helping Hand

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James P. Bleyle, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Twenty-eight Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) completed a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop hosted by the command religious ministries department (CRMD), Jan. 13.

ASIST, a civilian-run program owned by the company LivingWorks education, focuses on understanding and preventing suicide. The ASIST training program has been in use since 1983 and has been consistently updated to ensure the training is as relevant and helpful in today's society as possible.

"ASIST is a research based, peer reviewed process that has been evolving for 30 years," said Lt. Mark Simonsen, a chaplain assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 said. "It is the most widely recognized and used model for suicide prevention techniques out there, and the United States military has been partnered with them for some time to ensure our service members are safe."

"This training is very applicable to every Sailor in the Navy," added Simonsen. "Anyone, no matter what job they do in the Navy, could be at risk for suicide for various reasons, which is why ASIST is really important for all populations."

Since 2006, suicide rates have been steadily rising each year, reaching 58 active duty suicides in 2012, according to

"Classes like this are important. Everyone wants to prevent suicide, but not everyone may know how to prevent it," said Lt. Curtiss Dwyer, a chaplain assigned to Carl Vinson's CRMD.

"This workshop gave Sailors the tools to be able to recognize the signs of suicide, and to be able
to provide a sort of 'suicide prevention first aid' if necessary."

Exit surveys conducted at the end of the course aboard Carl Vinson, provided proof that Sailors strongly prefer this workshop style training over courses conducted through Navy Knowledge Online (NKO).

Information and advice on suicide prevention is available at command chaplain offices. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

"The point of this workshop is to provide the readiness and ability to help people in need in the workforce at large," Simonsen said. "As a chaplain, I'm one of the caregivers that Sailors think of when they reach out in need, but it's important that other people are trained on how to recognize the warning signs besides just myself, so that they can intervene if necessary."

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NNS150120-08. Bell Tolling Ceremony in Honor of Lost Submariners

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

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- A special bell tolling ceremony was held at the Submarine Base Chapel on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 14, in memory of both submariners and submarines lost in the month of January during World War II.

Submariners past and present gathered to honor and remember those sacrifices for the nation, sponsored by the Submarine Veterans Bowfin Base, and the chaplain's office at Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet(COMSUBPAC).

Lt. Bill Gritton, chaplain from Naval Submarine Support Command, said the importance of the ceremony is the remembrance of what the submarine force has done in the past, and what they are still doing today.

"The idea is to remind people of the interconnectedness of the submarine force," said Gritton. "It is to remind people that the submarine legacy has extended back to 1900, and to remember the sacrifices that individuals have made during that time period."

The bell tolling ceremony is held every month to honor and pay respects to the 52 submarines and crews lost during the war.

The month of January honored five submarines and their crews that were lost, as well as 10 Sailors that were lost while the submarines themselves made it home.

Pictures of the submarines and their crews were displayed on a large screen as Sailors spoke of accomplishments and sacrifices.

One submarine in particular honored at the event was USS Argonaut (SS 166).

A V-class submarine, Argonaut was the largest submarine built until the nuclear era. A mine layer and troop transport, she was launched on Oct. 10, 1927.

She was sunk while engaging a Japanese convoy by direct fire and depth charges from Japanese destroyers. The sinking of Argonaut and her crew of 102 personnel was reported as the worst loss of life for a wartime submarine.

The bell that hangs in the steeple of the Submarine Base Chapel, and tolled in remembrance for the fallen each month, was donated from the crew of USS Argonaut right before her last patrol, one from which she would never return.

Following the ceremony, submarine veterans and active duty personnel reflected upon the event.

"Everything that we do in the submarine force has been built on the backs of the Sailors that we have lost," said COMSUBPAC's Force Master Chief Russ Mason, a native of Mears, Michigan. "There is nothing in the submarine force that was not written in blood. For us to come here to honor them is a small price to pay to remember these Sailors and their sacrifices."

Mason has seen his share of Sailors lost during his career, and believes events like bell tolling ceremonies help show that Sailors past and present acknowledge their sacrifice and honor them.

"It is personal to me and I think it is personal to each one of us," added Mason. "They know someone or know of someone that we have lost, so we want to remember them and honor them."

Retired submariner, Lt. Cmdr. Paul Jurcsak, from the Bowfin Based Submarine Veterans and a native of New York, believes the bell tolling ceremonies help attendees remember and share the proud tradition of the U.S. submarine force.

"We all leave here with a deep sense of pride of being a part of probably the greatest submarine force that the world has ever known," said Jurcsak. "It's our pleasure to honor the memory of those great Sailors and it is fitting that we continue this tradition."

Jurcsak recounted his experience losing a fellow shipmate while he served on active duty, and was devastated.

"We are all brothers, and we feel a deep sense of loss whenever someone leaves us," added Jurcsak.

Operations Specialist 1st Class Steven Warden, assigned at Task Force 34, served as a presenter at the event and said he believed the tolling of the bells was even more inspiring for him because he is from a different naval community.

"Being from the surface Navy, we are not as knowledgeable of the subsurface community and the dangers that come with it," said Warden, originally from Vinita, Oklahoma.

Warden said he believes that submariners have that constant risk of not being able to surface. Some will surface, and some will not.

"For those who did not surface, we should all stand and support them," said Warner.

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NNS150120-06. TRICARE Patients Must Attest to Health Care Coverage

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As tax season begins, Defense Department officials want to remind TRICARE beneficiaries of changes in the tax laws, which require all Americans to have health care insurance or potentially pay a tax penalty.

For the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, all U.S. citizens, including service members, military retirees and their family members, must report health care coverage on their 2014 taxes, said Mark Ellis, a Defense Health Agency health care operations program analyst.

For this year only, taxpayers will "self-attest" on their 2014 tax forms to each month in which they had health care coverage, he said.

*Meets Minimal Essential Coverage*

The act mandates that health care must meet minimum essential coverage, and TRICARE coverage meets that criteria for the majority of service members and their families, Ellis said.

TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Standard, TRICARE for Life, TRICARE Overseas, TRICARE Remote and the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan meet the minimum essential coverage, he added. When purchased, premium-based plan such as TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve also fulfill the act's requirements.

Uniformed service members who have questions about TRICARE, the act and the individual coverage mandate can visit the TRICARE website to download a fact sheet on TRICARE and the act, with TRICARE plans compared to minimum essential coverage, Ellis said.

Military beneficiaries that are solely eligible for care in military hospitals and clinics, for example, parents and parents-in-law, have an automatic exemption from the tax penalty for tax year 2014 only.

(NOTE: The TRICARE and ACA fact sheet is available at

The site also has suggestions for those who need to purchase coverage to meet the act's minimum requirements, he noted. "That could include retired reservists, Selected Reserve members, young adults up to age 26 and those who leave military service but need transitional coverage," Ellis said.

TRICARE beneficiaries with tax questions should contact the Internal Revenue Service or their tax advisers, he emphasized.

"The experts there can help them," Ellis said.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated that TRICARE would send tax forms to its customers in January 2015. That was incorrect. TRICARE customers, like all filers, will self-attest on their 2014 tax returns, no health care coverage forms will be mailed.

NNS150120-05. Team Carl Vinson: Angels among Eagles

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Curtis D. Spencer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Public Affairs

USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), At sea (NNS) -- A recent Navy message announced that the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, known as the Blue Angels, is hiring. As everyone knows, it usually helps to know someone at the company where you are applying for a job to give you a leg up with the application process and to let you know what to expect. Who knows, they might even agree to put in a good word for you.

Well, if you're interested in applying for duty with the Blue Angels, you're in luck. Currently there are three Team Vinson crew members who are former Blue Angels and are willing to talk to you about the process of applying for and becoming a Blue Angel.

Working with the Blue Angels is a special duty program and is unlike duty anywhere else, requiring some unique job qualifications.

"Positions within the Blue Angels are personality driven," said Lt. Holly Taylor, former administration officer for the Blue Angels from Sept. 2011 to Nov. 2013 and currently Carl Vinson's personnel officer. "You must be patient and open to learning new things."

And by learning new things, Taylor isn't talking about learning a new rating. She's talking about
becoming a Blue Angel as another Team Vinson crew member explains.

"Being selected to the Blue Angels is a unique opportunity in the Navy, like no other I've experienced my entire career," stated Chief Mass Communication Specialist Russ Tafuri, former Blue Angels public affairs chief from Nov. 2010 to Aug. 2014, and current Carl Vinson Media department leading chief petty officer.

"The Blue Angels hire Sailors and make them Blue Angels. Those selected for duty with the Blues are active duty men and women from the Navy and Marine Corps just like any of us on board the Carl Vinson. But as a Blue Angel, you are trained to represent the pride and professionalism of more than 500,000 active duty Sailors and Marines in the fleet doing the tough jobs every day - like everyone on this ship. Waking up each morning with that responsibility was an honor - every day of my four years on the team."

While proficiency in your job is always expected at a new command, the Blue Angels have a unique perspective on the type of Sailor they are looking for.

"They train people to be a Blue Angel, not just a Sailor who can do his/her job of their rating," said Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Garrett Unruh, who served as an engine mechanic for the Blue Angels from Nov. 2010 to Nov. 2013, and currently a quality assurance representative for Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113. "They are looking for specific personalities. We went on the road a lot, traveling to air shows. You have to be able to communicate and get along with people from all walks of life. I wouldn't say they are looking for someone with a particular qualification, they are looking for someone with motivation."

Similar to other Navy commands, the Blue Angels are a mix of rates and ranks working together toward a common goal. The camaraderie is shared on all levels, explained Unruh. The chain of command and leadership were extremely supportive during his tenure.

"It's like no other command I have been a part of before," Unruh said. "Everyone really becomes an extremely tight-knit group. They say, 'Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel.' To me that really rings true. Because you were a Blue Angel, no matter where you are for the rest of your life, you will have a group you can share that bond with and reach out to if you need anything."

Serving with the Blue Angels can be career-enhancing but also quite a challenge. Those selected for this special duty assignment may be required to adapt to new situations and locations and maybe even learn a few new things. And there is time away from home that is just part of the job; much like being part of Team Vinson.

"We were busiest from March to November each year, traveling across the United States to airshows," said Taylor. "I really had to step outside my comfort zone. I was doing a job that no amount of Navy administrative officer training could completely prepare me for. I had to learn quickly."

There is also an inherent public relations part of the job for Sailors selected to duty as a Blue Angel, in addition to their usual responsibilities.

"You get to go into a person's 'back yard' and show them what the Navy is all about," Taylor said. "You get to interact with them and hear their stories and share yours, while reinforcing the Navy's mission."

While the duty is challenging and the travel frequent, there are also some benefits to being selected for the team that are unique to duty with the Blue Angels.

"Being able to fly in one of the Blue Angel's jets was easily my favorite experience," Taylor said. "I have 22 hours of flight time in their jets. There is nothing like it."

Tafuri echoed Taylor's enthusiasm for flying in the world renowned blue and yellow jets.

"The enlisted Blue Angels Public Affairs department staff are the only ones authorized to shoot the air-to-air photos of the Blue Angels from inside the jet for the squadron. So all of us enlisted in the public affairs shop flew at almost every air show and during many practice demonstrations," said Tafuri.

"That experience is one I will never forget, and is the highlight of my naval career. Pulling almost 8 Gs with no G-suit and getting the photo that's published around the world within hours. Nothing tops that!"
But it's not just about getting to fly in a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet. This duty means you may also rub shoulders with some very famous people.

"One of the best things during my time there, was being able to meet celebrities," Taylor said. "I met Arnold Palmer and Harrison Ford to name a couple. To them the Blue Angels are the real celebrities."

The Blue Angles are accepting applications until March 15 of this year, seeking enlisted Sailors with a projected rotation date of Sept. 2015 to April 2016.

The Blue Angels are seeking applications this year from: a chief aviation electrician's mate, chief aviation machinist's mate and chief aviation structural mechanic; a first class aviation electrician's mate, first and second class aviation electronics technician, second class aviation ordnanceman, second class aviation machinist's mate, second class aviation maintenance administrationman, first, second and third class aviation structural mechanic, second class aviation structural mechanic (equipment), second class aviation support equipment technician, second class aviation survival equipmentman, second class hospital corpsman, first and second class and seaman logistics specialist, first and second class mass communication specialist and a second class yeoman.

Sailors interested in applying are welcome to explore NAVADMIN 004/15, talk to their career counselor or log on to the Blue Angels website ( for more information on the opportunity to serve the Blue Angel's team. Or you can contact Taylor, Tafuri or Unruh - Carl Vinson shipmates who have been there, done that, and got the Blue Angel T-shirt.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is currently conducting flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier St

NNS150120-03. Battle "E" Winner, USS San Francisco, Departs Yokosuka

By Lt. Jason House, USS San Francisco Public Affairs

FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka Jan. 16 after a brief visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean.

San Francisco was awarded the Battle "E" for excellence during the port visit to Yokosuka, where minor repairs and upkeep were completed after more than six months on deployment.

"It is such an honor to receive this award," said Cmdr. Jeffrey Juergens, commanding officer of San Francisco. "The crew has performed exceedingly well on this deployment. I'm glad their efforts are recognized."

San Francisco's crew welcomed the acknowledgement of their hard work during deployment.

"This is my third deployment," said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Daniel Riveron. "We've been striving for this award for quite some time now. It's great to see our work acknowledged."

San Francisco is one of the most covert submarines in the world. The submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

San Francisco's deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operations in international waters around the globe, working with other coalition maritime forces.

San Francisco is one of five Los Angeles-class submarines homeported in San Diego.

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NNS020108-09. This Day in Naval History - Jan. 20

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1903 - President Theodore Roosevelt issues an Executive Order placing Midway Islands under the jurisdiction of the Navy Department due to recurring complaints of Japanese squatters and poachers.

1909 - Ship Fitter First Class George H. Wheeler and Boatswains Mate William H. Gowan display bravery and extraordinary heroism while fighting a fire and keeping it from spreading in Coquimbo, Chile. For their actions on this occasion, both men are awarded the Medal of Honor.

1914 - The aviation unit from Annapolis, Md., under Lt. John H. Towers, as Officer in Charge, arrived at Pensacola, Fla., to set up a flying school.

1943 - USS Brennan (DE 13) is commissioned. Originally launched as British destroyer escort Bentinck (BDE-13), she is reallocated to the United States and serves as a training ship in the Miami, Fla., area for student officers and prospective crews of destroyer escorts.

1944 - USS Batfish (SS 310) and USS Gar (SS 206) attack Japanese convoys and sink transport Hidaka Maru south of Shiono Misaki and army cargo ship Koyo Maru about 50 miles south-southwest of Palau.

NNS150121-17. Submarine Force Will Begin Integration of Enlisted Women

By Kevin Copeland, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Following the successful integration of female officers onboard submarines, the Submarine Force will be immediately opening service on submarines for enlisted female Sailors. The Chief of Naval Operations detailed the enlisted women integration plan in Naval Administrative (NAVADMIN) message 19/15 entitled, "Opening Submarine Force Billets to Enlisted Women." The plan was formally approved in December 2014 for federal funding by Congress.

With Congressional approval, Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander, Submarine Forces, can begin implementing the plan which was first submitted and approved by CNO, June 30, 2014, and Secretary of the Navy, July 1, 2014. The plan includes opening all submarine ratings and Navy enlisted classification codes to enlisted women in Fiscal Year 2015 for a two-phase integration onboard the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN) and Ohio-class guided-missile submarines (SSGN), and the Virginia-class attack submarines (SSN).

"We are the most capable submarine force in the world," said Connor. "While we have superb technology, the ultimate key to our success is our people. In order to continue to improve and adapt in a rapidly changing world, we need to ensure that we continue to recruit and retain the most talented Sailors. Today, many of the people who have the technical and leadership skills to succeed in the Submarine Force are women. We will need them. Integrating female officers into the submarine force has increased our talent pool and subsequently the force's overall readiness, ensuring that we will remain the world's most capable force for ensuing decades. Following our successful and smooth integration of women officers into the Submarine Force, the Navy's plan to integrate female enlisted is a natural next step."

On July 28, 1994, Congress was notified of policy changes to expand the number of assignments available to women in the Navy. The change was not considered by the submarine force until then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates formally presented a letter to congressional leaders on Feb. 19, 2010 notifying them of the Department of Navy's desire to reverse current policy of prohibiting submarine service to women.

In addition to NAVADMIN 19/15, the CNO has also release two messages outlining conversions to submarine rating specialties - NAVADMIN 20/15 announces the "FY16 Enlisted Women in Submarines Chief Petty Officer Conversion," and NAVADMIN 21/15 announces the "FY16 Enlisted Women in Submarines E-6 and Below Rating Conversion Process."

Rear Adm. Charles A. "Chas" Richard, commander, Submarine Group 10 and leader Women in Submarine Task Force, said the two-phase integration will begin in Fiscal Year 2016.

"The Submarine Force's integration of female officers on our submarines has been very successful," said Richard. "We will mirror that successful pattern during the integration of enlisted females which will be done in two phases. During the initial phase we will select and train Sailors for service onboard female officer-integrated SSBNs and SSGNs in the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. In 2016 we will integrate the first two crews, the Blue and Gold crews of the guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727), and continue with 12 additional crews roughly over a five-year period through 2021. Phase Two will consist of integrating the crews of new construction Virginia-class SSNs. The plan minimizes operational impacts, and provides optimal flexibility, equity, and timeliness at reasonable cost.

"In addition to new accessions into the submarine community, our plan presents an opportunity for female Sailors in selected ratings and from pay grades E-1 (seaman recruit) to E-8 (senior chief petty officer) to convert into submarine force ratings. All prospective female enlisted Sailors will be provided the same opportunity to succeed in the submarine force as their male counterparts. "Supporting the integration of submarine crews will require modifications of the SSBNs, SSGNs, and new construction Virginia-class SSNs. These modifications will ensure conditions meet Navy guidelines for habitability and privacy while maintaining equity for male and female Sailors embarked on submarines."

Women volunteering to serve in non-nuclear enlisted ratings will join the submarine force through both conversions and new accessions pipelines. For new accessions that will require completion of Navy Training Command (boot camp) in Great Lakes, Ill.; Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) in Groton, Conn.; rating "A" school at various sites; and then assignment to the fleet. The only exceptions will be those females who elect to become culinary specialists (CS), logistics specialists (LS), and yeoman (YN). They will complete their rating "A" school in Meridian, Miss., before entering BESS in Groton.

Women currently serving in the fleet who wish to convert to a submarine rating must complete the two-month BESS.

The prospective enlisted women volunteering to serve in nuclear enlisted ratings will join the submarine force through the new accessions pipeline. This will require completion of Navy Training Command (boot camp); Nuclear Field "A" School and Nuclear Power School at Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston; prototype training at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in either Charleston or Ballston Spa; and then assignment to the fleet.

SSGNs provide the Navy with an unprecedented combination of strike and special operation mission capability within a stealthy, clandestine platform, while SSBNs are specifically designed for extended strategic deterrent patrols. There are currently 14 SSBNs and four SSGNs in the Navy's inventory, each with two crews assigned.

There are currently 11 Virginia-class attack submarines in commission (as Nov. 24, 2014). These submarines have multi-faceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.

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NNS150121-01. CNP Talks Advancement, Deployment and Diversity With NBVC Sailors

By Kimberly Gearhart, Naval Base Ventura County Public Affairs

POINT MUGU, Calif. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. William Moran and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo visited Naval Base Ventura County, Jan. 20, talking with Seabees and the aviation community about advancement opportunities, uniform changes and deployment schedules.

"If the Navy was a patient," Moran said, "I'd say that the patient is in pretty good health."

He noted that the newest recruits joining the Navy are scoring higher on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Batter) than ever before and 98 percent are high school graduates. For those in the service, most rates are seeing advancement opportunities that are above historical averages.

"There are exceptions," Moran noted, "but on average, the opportunity to advance is high." Seabee ratings, for example, have suffered from cuts over the past several years, but that is "leveling out" now.

Moran noted that, unlike other branches of the armed forces, the Navy is growing, looking to add approximately 5,000 Sailors over the next five years. Growth in cyber and unmanned systems as well as ship manning is partly responsible for that growth.

"Here at Point Mugu, you are the Renaissance of unmanned systems," he said, "which aren't really unmanned. They're not in the seat, but it takes people to operate those systems."

Not as healthy is the Navy's recent deployment cycle, which had ships deployed for up to nine or 10 months at a time and in some cases on back-to-back rotations. One Sailor asked the CNP how and when the Navy was going to get back a more "normal" operational tempo.

Moran said that the current 10-month deployment of the USS Carl Vinson is the last longer than normal deployment the Navy will schedule.

"The Chief of Naval Operations is committed to seven-month deployments, and that's what we're going to do," he said. By 2016, most ships will be back to seven-month deployment schedules.

Moran and Beldo also addressed Navy testing requirements, options of Sailors who are undesignated, Reserve and active duty integration and diversity training in the Fleet.

"Our focus, when it comes to diversity, all diversity, should be on our core values," Moran said when asked about diversity training.

"Doing the right thing for the right reasons; you have to believe it. If you don't believe it, please, go find another job."

If you missed your chance to ask the CNP a question this visit, there is an option, Beldo said. You can email the CNP your questions, comments and suggestions at

NNS150120-19. Lift-off, Signal Acquired for Navy Communications Satellite

By Steven A. Davis, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy's third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was launched today at 8:04 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41. This communications satellite will significantly improve capability for Navy and Department of Defense tactical operators.

Over the next several days, the satellite will transition to its geosynchronous orbit location 22,000 miles above Earth. Its solar arrays and mesh antennas will then be deployed and on-orbit testing will begin for eventual commissioning into service.

Upon acceptance for operational use, MUOS 3 along with MUOS 1 and 2 already on-orbit, will provide communications coverage to more than three-quarters of the globe.

"This MUOS 3 launch is another major milestone to achieving the next generation of global tactical satellite communications capability for the Department of Defense," said Navy Capt. Joe Kan, MUOS program manager. "It's very visible evidence of the tremendous talent and dedication of our integrated joint service, government and contactor team."

MUOS operates like a smartphone network from space, vastly improving secure satellite communications for mobile U.S. forces. Unlike its predecessor system, MUOS provides users a global, on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality voice and mission data using a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

According to Nina Tran, MUOS space division director, successful launch was the culmination of many months of meticulous preparation.

"Before the spacecraft was shipped to the Cape, there was an 18-month effort where we went through baseline, environmental and final testing to ensure once we get this vehicle on-orbit it's reliable and fulfills its mission," explained Tran, who oversees the design, build, test and delivery of MUOS space vehicles. "Once the spacecraft arrived at the Cape we had a team of engineers who went through an intensive period of vehicle testing, then fueling and integration with the launch vehicle."

One of the key advantages MUOS will bring is increased capacity. There will be a 10-fold increase in the number of simultaneous users supported across the system. It brings higher data rates and the ability to reliably communicate in more challenging environments. Additional advantages include global reach and increased accessibility to military networks by the tactical users

MUOS provides satellite communications in the narrowband spectrum. Although narrowband communication is less than 2 percent of total DoD bandwidth, it represents more than 50 percent of all DoD satellite communication users. In addition to ad-hoc situations such as disaster response, narrowband represents the majority of communications for SEAL teams in Afghanistan and ground patrols in Iraq.

While the third launch is a key milestone, much work is still underway to provide secure, worldwide coverage. "Right now we need to ensure the system works end-to-end," said Jim Parsons, MUOS technical director. "We're in the process of doing that by connecting an Army radio program, an Army waveform development program, our Navy satellites and ground system and DoD teleports to ensure that all elements work together as designed."

For operators, the services will procure new radios or upgrade existing radios with the MUOS capability. Examples of warfighter's devices currently developing the MUOS capability include: General Dynamics (PRC-155 and USC-61), Harris (PRC-117G), Rockwell Collins (ARC-210), Raytheon (ARC-231) and others. The MUOS software waveform is now available to industry for implementation on their software defined radio products. The specific MUOS services provided depend on the capabilities of a particular radio and mission needs of the warfighting community using that radio.

Two MUOS satellites, launched in 2012 and 2013, are already providing legacy communications capability from their geosynchronous orbits over the Pacific Ocean and Continental United States. Ultimately, the constellation and associated network will extend narrowband communications availability well past 2025.

The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems, located at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, is responsible for the MUOS program.

Additional imagery, videos and launch coverage can be found at the MUOS-3 webpage here

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NNS150121-05. Laboon Completes Live Fire Exercise

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael J. Lieberknecht, USS Laboon (DDG 58) Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) conducted a live-fire exercise as part of composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, Jan. 19.

The Laboon's Small Caliber Action Team (SCAT) started the exercise by placing targeting balloons in the water, and the ship moved into position to safely open fire.

"These exercises demonstrate proficiency of gun weapon systems and our SCAT teams," said Lt. Jason Coltellino, Laboon's weapons officer, from Commack, New York.

Laboon kicked off target practice with its MK-45 5-inch gun, sending vibrations throughout the ship. The event continued with the forward close-in weapons system (CIWS) sending a barrage of ammunition into the balloons. Port MK-38 25mm machine gun, and all portside .50-caliber and M-240 machine guns then opened fire simultaneously to further puncture the targets.

After several passes and countless empty shells hitting the deck, the balloons sank, and Laboon secured from the exercise.

"During COMPTUEX we need to ensure we are giving proper training and can adequately defend the ship," said Coltellino.

Laboon is scheduled to finish COMPTUEX in early February before deploying to provide an overseas forward presence and maintain maritime security abroad.

The TRCSG consists of the staff of Carrier Strike Group 12, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Farragut (DDG 99). Laboon and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) are participating in the TRCSG COMPTUEX as independent deployers.

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NNS150121-04. Navy Seeks Nominations for 2014 Humanitarian Award

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The deadline to submit nominations for the 2014 annual Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award is March 31.

This award honors and recognizes a private-sector individual or organization that demonstrated exceptional patriotism and humanitarian concerns for members of the United States Armed Forces or their families.

For questions or nomination package submissions, commands can contact contacting Millie King, Chief of Naval Personnel's 21st Century Sailor Office (N17) personal readiness and community support branch program analyst, at (703) 604-7137/DSN 664 or via e-mail at

The Navy will select one nominee to compete with the nominees from each of the other services for the award.

The winner will be honored in a ceremony at the Pentagon in the fall of 2015.

In 1996, the award was established by the military departments in honor of Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, who contributed extensively to the support and welfare of members of the armed forces.

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NNS150121-03. Calling for 2014 Sprit of Hope Award Nominations

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Spirit of Hope Award, due by March 13.

The award recognizes an individual or organization that epitomizes the values of Bob Hope: duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity, and selfless dedication.

The Spirit of Hope Award is open to active duty, reserve, veteran and civilian Navy employees or an organization. Members of the civilian community or non-governmental organizations voluntarily supporting Sailors and embodying the Navy's core values are also eligible.

Originally commissioned by the USO, the Spirit of Hope Award was inspired by Hope's dedication to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for five decades. Since 1997, this award has been formally presented by the Wiegand Foundation, Inc., during an annual ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

Since 2005, the Navy has nominated one outstanding individual or support organization to receive the distinguished Spirit of Hope Award.

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Additional information about the Spirit of Hope Award can also be found at

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NNS150121-02. DOD Reps, Pentagon Press Secretary Visit TR

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John M. Drew, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) hosted senior officials, two from the Department of Defense and one from the White House, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) for an overnight underway as part of the Navy's distinguished visitor program, Jan. 19 to 20.

Brent Colburn, assistant to the Secretary of Defense for public affairs, Rear Adm. John Kirby, press secretary for the Pentagon, and Bernadette Meehan, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, visited TR to get a glimpse of life at sea aboard the 90,000-ton ship and the preparations being made for TR's upcoming deployment.

"I wanted to get a better handle on the pre-deployment work-up cycle," said Kirby. "I'm often times responsible for trying to communicate those very delicate, very nuanced mission sets to the American people."

TR Sailors escorted the trio on a tour of the ship, giving them a chance to see first-hand the work that goes on in a carrier. During the tour, Kirby talked to Sailors around the ship about their upcoming deployment.

"The tour I've been given has been amazing, I've learned a lot," said Kirby. "I think what strikes me the most aboard TR, however, given what you guys are about to face, a deployment around the world with multiple combatant command areas of responsibility, [is] how motivated and excited everyone is. The morale on this ship is just through the roof and it's really been eye watering for me to see how ready you guys are."

The group also attended TR's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on the aft mess decks that featured a performance by the gospel choir, a speech reflecting on Dr. King's works followed by cake and ice cream. Kirby helped Sailors set up the ice cream for the event and then joined them for conversation.

"I was struck by the incredible talent you have on this ship," said Kirby. "You had a choir singing, a command master chief recreating the 'I Have a Dream' speech. It was amazing to see how sincere everyone was as they watched, then participated in the ceremony. You look out at how diverse the audience was and how every seat in the room was filled, and that's just powerful to me. It speaks a lot about the crew."

TR is underway participating in composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which tests the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's ability to effectively react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integrated unit.

TRCSG is comprised of Carrier Strike Group 12 staff, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 , the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the DESRON-2 ships; the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), and USS Farragut (DDG 99).

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NNS020108-10. This Day in Naval History - Jan. 21

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1862 - Navy ship USS Ethan Allen, commanded by acting-Lt. William B. Eaton, captures the schooner Olive Branch at sea off the Florida coast.

1943 - Submarines USS Pollack (SS 180) and USS Gato (SS 212) attack and cause the sinking of two Japanese ships.

1945 - TF 38 aircraft attacks Japanese shipping and airfields on Formosa and in the Pescadores, sinking approximately 15 vessels.

1954 - The world's first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus (SSN-571) is christened and launched at Groton, Conn.

1961 - USS George Washington (SSBN 598) completes the first operational voyage as a fleet ballistic missile submarine, staying submerged 66 days.

NNS150122-12. Navy Debuts Newest Ad

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy's latest recruiting commercial "Pin Map" will debut Jan. 23 to TV and web audiences worldwide.

The 30 second commercial will air during ESPN's coverage of the Aspen 2015 X Games, beginning Friday at 10:30 p.m. EST. A 60 second version will be added to the America's Navy You Tube channel ( as well as other social media sites.

"Pin Map" highlights the service's unique ability to operate around the world--on, above and below the sea. It ends with the tagline "America's Navy" and is intended to build awareness of the full spectrum of unique roles of the Navy and its personnel.

The second commercial to be released in recent months, "Pin Map" complements "The Shield," a more people focused commercial which debuted in December 2014.

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NNS150122-02. CNP to Hold Worldwide All-Hands Call

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) is scheduled to speak with Sailors around the world in an all-hands call broadcasting and streaming online live Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. EST.

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Bill Moran and Fleet Master Chief for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) April Beldo will update Sailors on the issues that affect them and their families and open the floor to live questions from the fleet via satellite and social media.

Sailors are encouraged to begin sending in questions and comments now by tweeting @USNPeople or emailing

The programs and policies under the office of the chief of naval personnel directly impact Sailors and include the following:

-Pay and allowances
-Education and training
-Family support policies
-Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR)
-Fitness and nutrition
-Personnel programs and polices

More than just asking questions, Moran and Beldo encourage Sailors to use this opportunity to share their feedback--what's working in the fleet, what isn't and what ideas they have to make our existing policies better.

The event will be broadcast on Direct to Sailor (DTS) and DoD News.

Online streaming will be available on

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NNS150122-01. USNS Kocak Grounded Near Okinawa, Japan

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- The Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005) ran aground off the East Coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 22, at approximately 11:30 a.m.

The vessel is located approximately 6 nautical miles off the coast of Uruma, Okinawa, Japan.

The U.S. Navy is working closely with Japanese authorities to assess the situation and determine the best course of action to refloat the vessel. Tugs are on scene stabilizing the vessel and assessing the situation. No leaks from the hull have been found and no damage to the surrounding area has been reported. There are currently 38 civilian crew members, along with 67 Army and 26 USMC personnel aboard. None are injured and the crew is currently still on board the ship.

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NNS150122-11. SECNAV Establishes Task Force Innovation

From Secretary of Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced the establishment of Task Force Innovation (TFI) within the Department of the Navy Jan. 22.

Consisting of subject matter experts from across the department, TFI has been charged with developing a comprehensive innovation agenda for the Navy and Marine Corps.

Specific tasking for TFI includes the creation of the Department of the Navy's innovation vision, the development of bold short and long-term innovation goals and metrics, oversight of coordination across the department and the removal of bureaucratic roadblocks preventing the achievement of these goals.

"From non-state actors, to rising powers, today's threats to our national security and our interests are not just becoming more numerous, they are also accelerating," said Mabus. "Establishing Task Force Innovation will help us develop the best ways to improve our systems and ensure that we are also able to embrace our innovative ideas at a pace that keeps us ahead."

The task force, comprised of special advisors to the Secretary of the Navy as well as representatives from the offices of the Assistant Secretaries of the Navy, the Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (Policy), the General Counsel, and the Office of Naval Research will focus its efforts on three main areas.

The first, according to a memorandum signed by Mabus establishing TFI, is leveraging innovative practices to create and maintain an adaptive workforce.

This area of focus will involve evaluating the Department of the Navy's culture, policies and processes to ensure the Navy and Marine Corps are attracting, developing and retaining the best talent while creating a risk-tolerant environment that allows these men and women to anticipate and solve the services' most demanding problems.

"This isn't about creating an innovative workforce," said Mabus. "This is about harnessing the creative energy which our Sailors, Marines and civilians already have."

TFI's second area of focus will be ensuring the Department of the Navy is effectively viewing information as an asset.

"We develop large amounts of data in the Navy and Marine Corps - everything from measuring our acquisition programs to the lessons learned from deployments and operations," Mabus said. "We should be taking advantage of modern advances in computing power and analytical tools to ensure we are using all this information as a strategic asset."

TFI has also been charged with rethinking how the Department of the Navy values and shares information to ensure that processes within the Navy and Marine Corps allow the services to move at the speed required to perform their mission in the information age.

The final area of focus for TFI will be ensuring emerging operational capabilities have a clear and expedient path to the fleet. The new concepts specifically being addressed by TFI will include adaptive force packages, unmanned systems, non-lethal weapons, directed energy weapons and additive manufacturing.

"The Navy and Marine Corps need to continue to press forward with emerging capabilities and our next generation weapons and operating concepts," said Mabus.

TFI will have 60 days to provide a detailed innovation agenda clearly stating the actions required to prepare the Department of the Navy for the future. They will report directly to the Undersecretary of the Navy.

"Innovation requires bringing together novel ideas and repurposing resources in order to fundamentally do things differently and to create beneficial outcomes," said Mabus. "This involves using our greatest asset to its full potential - the intellectual capital of our remarkable workforce. I am confident that by working together, we will develop creative solutions to the most demanding challenges that lie ahead of us."

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NNS150122-08. USS Cole Holds Change of Command

By Ensign Hannah Taylor

PIRAEUS, Greece (NNS) -- Cmdr. James Quaresimo relieved Cmdr. Dennis Farrell as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) during a change of command ceremony in port Jan. 21.

Farrell successfully led Cole's 331 Sailors through a complete training cycle; Joint Warrior 14-1; a robust NATO exercise; Fleet Week New York 2014; and a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea with more than 49,288 miles traveled.

During the ceremony, Farrell addressed his crew, reflecting on his time as commanding officer.

"I've said goodbye to many commands, but none will ever be as special to me as Cole," he said.

"Shipmates, it has been a profound honor and privilege to have been your captain over these last 18 months. We have done things no other ship has done. We have shown our country and the world what a mighty U.S. Navy warship can do. We've traveled far from home to the Irish Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea doing the nation's business. You have played like champions everyday and will never be defeated. Thank you for your service to our great nation."

Following the time honored tradition, both Farrell and Quaresimo read their orders to the assembled crew. With an exchange of salutes, Quaresimo, formerly Cole's executive officer, assumed command.

"It is a great honor to have the privilege of commanding Cole." said Quaresimo. "The men and women of Cole impress me every day. Cole is the best ship in the Navy- a testament to the resolve of our great nation that we will not be deterred."

Farrell will report to the Pentagon and serve in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

In concert with the change of command, administrative command of Cole transferred from Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28 to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 22.

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NNS150122-06. 300 Officers Nominated for New Naval Strategist Subspecialty Code

From Navy Chief of Information Office

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced the nomination of approximately 300 unrestricted line officers Jan. 15 for a newly established naval strategy subspecialty designation.

The initial group of nominees forms a cadre of educated and experienced Navy strategists who are now eligible to fill nearly 80 existing strategy billet assignments on Navy, Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, State Department, and Combatant Commander staffs.

"If selected for the naval strategy subspecialty you will have a unique opportunity to shape strategy and create the bridge between policy and warfighting by serving in a number of unique billets," said Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, acting deputy chief of naval operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5).

The establishment of the naval strategy subspecialty for those who meet specific education requirements or have appropriate experience tours is part of a Strategic Enterprise initiative directed by the chief of naval operations. Goals for the enterprise include developing a cadre of Navy strategists by capitalizing on the abilities, experiences, and education of personnel.

The subspecialty code will enable manpower professionals to identify, track and assign the right officers to critical N5 and J5 billets during approved community sea/shore rotations.

The administrative message says the new subspecialty code 2300 or 2301 is being assigned to select unrestricted line officers based on experience obtained in specific strategist assignments or education received in advanced studies programs. The NAVADMIN 011-15 details the requirements for an officer's automatic selection.

Nominated officers may decline assignment of the new subspecialty by contacting members of the chief of naval operations staff listed in the NAVADMIN.

Officers who were not nominated and believe they meet the requirements for the subspecialty can apply. Application guidance is listed in NAVADMIN.

For more information on the naval strategy subspecialty, visit the milSuite website at

NAVADMIN 011-15 can be found here:

NNS150122-05. Adaptive Sports Clinic Inspires New Wounded Warrior Athletes

By Patty Babb, Navy Installations Command, Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Public Affairs

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (NNS) -- Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warrior support program, kicked off its 2015 adaptive sports program with an introductory clinic Jan. 16-18 at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif.

Twenty-nine seriously wounded, ill and injured service members from across the country took part in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball during the three-day event. The sports have been modified to meet the needs of individuals who face challenges because of medical conditions.

"I was able to do things [at the clinic] that I thought that I couldn't do," said retired Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Leticia Baugher, from Independence, Missouri. "Seeing other athletes do things, especially the people confined to wheelchairs, motivated me to try new things. I really enjoyed meeting so many new people here, it was very motivational."

Baugher, a Navy Reservist and the mother of three children, was deployed to Bahrain in 2013 when she began experiencing debilitating back pain. After surgeries and multiple complications, Baugher was medically separated from the Navy in 2014 and continues to grapple with pain management. The clinic was her first adaptive sports experience, and she participated in cycling, sitting volleyball and shooting.

"Shooting was my favorite sport," she said, "which surprised me. It was relaxing. You are in your own little world, and the only thing you focus on is the target." She added that she hopes adaptive sports will help her be more active, aiding in her recovery.

During the clinic, the athletes, who have upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; serious illnesses; post-traumatic stress disorder; traumatic brain injuries; and visual impairment trained alongside coaches who are nationally recognized for their expertise in adaptive sports. The event is one of several NWW sports camps leading up to the 2015 Warrior Games, an annual athletic competition among wounded warriors from all branches of service.

"I want to make the team," said retired Navy Electronics Technician 1st Class Maria Umayam, from Colorado Springs, Colorado. "I want to win some gold [at the Warrior Games] not just for me, but for the Navy!"

While assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in 2012, Umayam suffered a stroke that resulted in paralysis of her left side. Her recovery is going well, as she is no longer confined to a wheelchair and can move her left hand. Umayam is new to adaptive sports, but she has been eager to get involved in the program since attending the 2014 Warrior Games as a spectator.

"The clinic was a nice place to meet new people and broaden your interests," she said. "I participated in pistol shooting, sitting volleyball, archery and upright cycling. Volleyball was really fun, but cycling was my favorite."

In addition to connecting wounded warriors with adaptive sports, NWW provides them with a variety of support services, from employment assistance, to help with pay and benefits issues, and more. A Fleet and Family Readiness program, NWW has assisted more than 3,200 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members to date.

To learn more about NWW or adaptive sports, visit; call 855-NAVY WWP (628-9997); or email Also, follow NWW on Facebook ( and Twitter (@navysafeharbor) for the latest news and resources.

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NNS150122-04. USS Mustin visits Pyeongtaek, South Korea, To Enhance Partnerships With Korean Navy

From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs

PYEONGTAEK, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea, for a port visit Jan. 21.

The ship, which is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, is currently on a routine patrol and conducting bilateral training with the ROK navy in waters around the Korean peninsula.

"Mustin's visit to Pyeongtaek and our continued collaboration with our Republic of Korea Navy counterparts is another great opportunity for us to reinforce teamwork and interoperability that make our navies such effective partners," said Cmdr. Joe Torres, commanding officer of Mustin.

While in Pyeongtaek, Mustin Sailors will participate in community relations projects with the ROK Navy and citizens in the local community. Additionally, crew members will conduct training sessions and engagements with their ROK Navy counterparts.

With a crew of 380 Sailors, Mustin can carry out independent operations or with an associated carrier strike group. As a multi-mission platform, the ship is currently supporting the U.S. 7th Fleet as it maintains routine presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region in order to promote security and peace, and develop partnerships with partners and allies.

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NNS150122-03. DESRON 9 Welcomes New Commander

By Lt. j.g. Caitlin Parks and Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffry Willadsen, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony in the Grand Vista Ballroom on Naval Station Everett (NSE), Jan. 21.

Capt. Christopher M. Engdahl, a native of South Bend, Indiana, relieved Capt. William M. Triplett, from Baltimore, of his duties as DESRON-9 commander during the ceremony.

"This has been a remarkable tour of duty; that doesn't just happen, it takes a team of professionals," Triplett said, referencing the Sailors he worked with during his tour. "You all do a great job, and I have truly been inspired by your professionalism."

During his tour as commodore, Triplett served as both the immediate superior in command (ISIC) for four guided-missile destroyers and three guided-missile frigates, based at NSE, Naval Station San Diego, and Naval Station Pearl Harbor; he also acted as the sea combat commander (SCC) for the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9.

As CSG-9's SCC, Triplett coordinated the training of five ships in surface and sub-surface defense in preparation for independent deployment to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as the Arabian Gulf. Additionally, he acted as the sea combat commander mentor for the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise from July to August 2014.

Guest speaker Capt. William F. Mosk, a native of Newport Beach, Calif. and chief of staff of CSG 9, spoke highly of Triplett's work during his tour.

"Will's performance as the Destroyer Squadron Commander and the Reagan Strike Group Sea Combat Commander has been nothing short of spectacular," said Mosk. "In fact, DESRON-9 has been at the forefront of every operational success this strike group has enjoyed in the last two years. Will handled all challenges with skill and diplomacy, as a Destroyer Squadron Commander, [he] has done a masterful job."

Triplett expressed pride in the people he commanded, as well as sadness at leaving his post.

"You are the reason that I had a job. I always measured our success by your success, and, by that metric, we are all successful," said Triplett, addressing the Sailors assigned to ships under DESRON-9's command. "I was and am so very proud of you, and it was my high honor to be your commodore."

Triplett also expressed confidence in Engdahl's skill as a leader.

"I know that this squadron is in very good, steady hands," he said.

Engdahl has served as the deputy commander of DESRON-9 since July 2013. He has also served as commanding officer aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55).

After reading his orders and taking command of the DESRON, he expressed excitement about his new role.

"This is going to be a fantastic tour and a fantastic team effort," said Engdahl. "I am really looking forward to it."

Triplett's next assignment is to Washington, D.C., where he will serve in the Pentagon on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.

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NNS150121-18. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer Relieved

From Commander, Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Capt. John R. Nettleton, commanding officer, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was relieved Jan. 21 by Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson due to loss of confidence in Nettleton's ability to command.

Due to an ongoing NCIS investigation, it is not appropriate for the Navy to provide additional details concerning the relief.

Nettleton has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville. Capt. Scott Gray, the chief of staff to Commander, Navy Region Southeast, has been assigned as acting commanding officer.

Nettleton assumed duties as commanding officer at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on Jun. 29, 2012.

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay supports the ability of U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and allied ships to operate in the Caribbean area by providing contingency and quality logistical support with superior services and facilities.

NNS020108-11. This Day in Naval History - Jan. 22

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1800 - Capt. Thomas Tingey is ordered to duty as the first Superintendent of the Washington Navy Yard.

1862 - During the Civil War, the side-wheel steamer Lexington conducts a reconnaissance up the Tennessee River and exchanges long-range fire with Fort Henry in Tennessee.

1870 - USS Nipsic, commanded by Cmdr. Thomas O. Selfrige, sails on an expedition to survey the Isthmus of Darien at Panama to determine the best route for a ship canal.

1941 - During World War II, USS Louisville (CA 28) arrives at New York with $148,342.212.55 in British gold brought from Simonstown, South Africa, to be deposited in American banks.

1944 - Operation Shingle, the Allied landing at Anzio and Nettuno, Italy, begins. While the landings are flawless and meet with little resistance from the Germans, USS Portent sinks during the invasion.

1994 - Coastal Patrol Ship USS Monsoon (PC 4) is commissioned.

NNS150122-18. Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command

From Naval Air Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island Jan. 22.

During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Vice Adm. David H. Buss as CNAF.

While serving as the Navy's "Air Boss" since October 2012, Buss ensured the material readiness, administration, and training for all Naval Aviation commands and provided operationally ready squadrons and aircraft carriers to the fleet. He also led the Naval Aviation Enterprise, a partnership between Navy and Marine Corps aviation organizations that work closely to improve processes for more efficient and effective Naval Aviation forces.

During his tenure, Buss oversaw the fleet acceptance of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye; led the developmental testing of the F-35C Lightning II and the X-47B unmanned aerial system aboard the aircraft carrier; ensured the readiness of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) prior to their deployments in support of Operation Inherent Resolve; and prepared the first operational deployment of the P-8A Poseidon and the Navy's inaugural manned-unmanned expeditionary squadron aboard a littoral combat ship.

Retired Adm. Joseph W. Prueher was the guest speaker. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., presented Buss with the Distinguished Service Medal on behalf of the president for displaying extraordinary strategic vision, analytical insight and inspirational leadership as CNAF.

Buss thanked all those who supported him throughout his career and commended Shoemaker on his superb leadership.

"I turn over an aviation force today of which I am, and you should be, very, very proud," said Buss. "Not only do we continue to excel in combat and have so continuously for the past 13 plus years, but we continue to set the conditions on a strategic playing field for decades of future success as a warfighting force for unprecedented transition into new and ever-increasingly capable aircraft, manned and unmanned alike, and our next generation aircraft carrier -- the USS Gerald R. Ford.

"When coupled with new operating concepts, new technology, and bright, sharp forward-thinking minds in Naval Aviation today, our strategic relevance and our importance to this nation tomorrow should never be -- and must never be -- in question," said Buss.

Donna Buss, Vice Adm. Buss' wife, was also recognized for her time and dedication to support Navy families and presented her with the Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award.

Immediately following the change of command, Buss retired after 36 years of naval service.

Shoemaker addressed the men and women of CNAF for the first time as the Navy's seventh "Air Boss" and described the value of Naval Aviation.

"I am incredibly honored and humbled by the opportunity to 'fleet up' and take over as your new Air Boss," said Shoemaker. "Those in uniform know all too well the constant demand for Naval Forces, Naval Aviation in particular, that we continue to see. Our combatant commanders clearly value the strategic options and flexibility that carrier strike groups and our expeditionary aviation forces bring to their areas of responsibility. The challenge that lies ahead of us is how we continue to sustain the capacity to generate those forces, and ensure they are going forward with the right capabilities to operate where needed ... all in a fiscal environment characterized by ever-increasing uncertainty."

Shoemaker is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and native of St. Petersburg, Florida. As a flag officer, he served as assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management (PERS-4) and Naval Air Force Atlantic. His command tours include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, VFA-106, Carrier Air Wing 17, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 and CSG 3.

CNAF, headquartered at Naval Air Station North Island, effectively mans, trains and equips 10 combat-ready aircraft carriers, 10 carrier air wings, 170 squadrons and more than 100,000 personnel.

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NNS150123-20. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 12 Command Master Chief Relieved

From Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 Public Affairs

Virginia Beach, Va. (NNS) -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 12 Command Master Chief Petty Officer Bryan Bymer was relieved of his duties Jan. 23 as a result of misconduct.

Following an official investigation, Commanding Officer of EODMU-12 Cmdr. Ken Kleinschnittger relieved Bymer due to admitted fraternization that occurred at a previous duty station.

Bymer has been temporarily reassigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2. A new command master chief has yet to be named.

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NNS150123-17. Navy Medicine Announces Sailor of the Year

By Steven Van Der Werff, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) announced Navy Medicine's 2014 Sailor of the Year (SOY) at Defense Health Headquarters, Jan. 23.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF/SW/AW) Jason P. Hildreth, from Naval Medical Center San Diego, was selected by BUMED's panel of senior enlisted leaders as Navy Medicine's SOY.

"Corpsmen represent our nation's finest health care professionals and Navy Medicine's most valuable resource - our people," said Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, BUMED. "As Sailors and leaders, these talented men and women are making a difference around the world every day, ensuring the health, well-being and readiness of Navy and Marine Corps warfighters and their families."

A native of St. Charles, Missouri, Hildreth has served in the Navy for 14 years. His career has taken him to Field Medical Service School (FMSS) in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Surgical Technologist School at Naval School of Health and Science, Portsmouth, Virginia; Naval Hospital Great Lakes, 1st Medical Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California; 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, California; and Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).

As leading petty officer of NMCSD's main operating room (MOR), Hildreth leads a department of almost 200 Navy personnel in more than 12,000 annual surgeries. The MOR includes an 18-room operating suite, including a four room labor and delivery ward, with 50 staff surgeons and residents.

He is also responsible for infection control and sterile processing of more than 20,000 instruments sets used throughout NMCSD, in addition to 15 outlying clinics and almost two dozen naval ships.

"I'm humbled and honored to be selected as BUMED's Sailor of the Year and represent Navy Medicine at the higher level. As a surgical technologist, I have gained the skills and knowledge to positively impact and give back to the Navy," said Hildreth. "My Navy Medicine career has been an eye opening experience while finding my direction and calling in life. There's no other place I'd rather be than here with Navy Medicine."

Force Master Chief Sherman Boss, director of the Hospital Corps, said he couldn't be more proud of the finalists.

"Your deck plate leadership is nothing short of amazing," said Boss." There are close to 5,000 first class petty officers, and you are the top four. It speaks volumes of the type of Sailors and leaders you are. With you leading the way Navy Medicine's future is bright."

The four finalists went before the SOY board where their educational accomplishments, physical fitness standards, test scores and participation in civic and community activities were reviewed by a panel of senior enlisted Sailors.

This year's finalists are Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Don Giuy, Navy Medicine Training Support Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Luis Santana, Navy Entomology Center of Excellence, Jacksonville, Florida; and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Russell Wagenman, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.

In December of 2014, each command selected their SOY who then competed for regional SOY. Those winners moved forward to Navy Medicine's SOY competition. Hildreth will now compete for the Navy-wide Shore SOY competition in March.

The Navy's Hospital Corps consists of more than 25,480 active duty and reserve Navy hospital corpsmen that deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, in both wartime and peacetime. The rating is the largest, most professionally diverse and highly decorated in the Navy.

U.S. Navy Medicine is a global health care network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

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NNS150123-15. Religious Program Specialists Celebrate 36 Years

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW/EXW) Stacy D. Laseter, Commander, Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Navy Region Southeast celebrated the 36th birthday of the religious program specialist (RP) rating during a luncheon at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Jan. 22.

RPs provide support to Navy chaplains in programs to meet the needs of the Navy and Marine Corps, at sea and ashore. They became an official Navy rating Jan. 15, 1979, but enlisted personnel have been assisting chaplains since 1878, when a committee of chaplains endorsed to the Department of the Navy, the establishment of a chaplain's assistant who could play music and lead prayers. Today's RPs do much more than that.

"The RP is that Sailor who is taking a bullet for the chaplain. We are basically a body guard," said Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Abraham Dukuly, Chaplain's Religious Enrichment Development Operations (CREDO) Southeast leading petty officer. "At the same time, we are facilitating the delivery of religious ministry, providing logistic support, and we're doing administrative work. On board ships, we have the library where we have to make sure the computers are working; we have the chapel too, and we have to make sure services are set up and the chaplain has everything he needs for his sermon. All of this is happening while the ship is at sea."

On shore, there may only be one RP paired with the chaplain, and he or she must accommodate any and all religious needs.

"An RP and the chaplain are viewed as a team, and what one does reflects on the other," said Chief Religious Program Specialist Michael Hawthorne, CREDO Southeast leading chief petty officer. "If a Muslim, or a Jewish person, or a person of any faith comes in, it's my responsibility as an RP to get them the services they are seeking, regardless of their faith background."

During the celebration, the attendees watched a video celebrating their 36th birthday featuring Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben explaining why she valued RPs.

"You offer unique insight into the needs of fellow Sailors and Marines so that together we can strengthen their spiritual well-being and individual resiliency," Kibben said. "You deepen the understanding of the word 'faith;' faith not just in God, but also in your fellow shipmates, Marines and families, and in a calling to serve those who serve."

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NNS150123-12. Reservist Responds to Emergency, Gives Father Crucial Moments with Newborn

By Ens. Richard Parker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- (NNS) -- The morning of Jan. 6 may have started out like any other, but for Hull Technician 2nd Class Kasey Cornwell it wouldn't end that way.

That morning, Cornwell, who is a member of the Navy Reserve and a Master Trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, was called to the scene of an accident just outside of Gastonia, N.C. In the aftermath of a vehicle collision, an unconscious female passenger was in serious need of help. She was also more than eight months pregnant and not breathing.

Thanks to CPR training received in the Navy during his Combat First Aid course at Expeditionary Combat School in Gulfport, Miss., Cornwell, another North Carolina State Trooper and a nurse's aide were able to keep the mother alive long enough to be transported to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia where her son was delivered by caesarian section. The mother, 24 year-old Rebecca Williams, died shortly thereafter. The infant survived long enough for his father to hold him briefly before succumbing to injuries received in the crash.

Despite the tragic loss of both mother and newborn, Cornwell has received high praise in the community for his actions which many say made a difference, if only for a few moments.

"Petty Officer Cornwell is a shining example of how each of us can make a difference, no matter how brief. I am extremely proud of him and the fact that he is part of our NOSC team," said Cmdr. Jared Jacobs, commanding officer at Navy Operational Support Center Charlotte, while addressing the command.

Cornwell joined the Navy Reserve in 2010 and served previously with the United States Coast Guard as a Gunner's Mate and Coast Guard Police Officer. He has been with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol since 2006.

"My Navy training has been crucial in helping me deal with high paced situations," said Cornwell. "When things get really intense out there, I know that I can fall back on what I've learned serving in the Navy Reserve," Cornwell said.

Master Chief Damage Controlman David Esposito, Senior Enlisted Leader of Operational Support Unit 0612, Cornwell's unit at NOSC Charlotte also praised the sailor's actions. "HT2 Cornwell showed everyone out there that as Sailors our professionalism and our pride in what we do, translate between our lives in the Navy and our lives in the civilian world."

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NNS150123-11. Naval War College Professor Honored for Legal Writing

By Daniel L. Kuester, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Coast Guard Capt. Andrew Norris, judge advocate at U.S. Naval War College (NWC), has been honored for exemplary legal writing by the quarterly law journal Green Bag Almanac and Reader.

The Almanac & Reader was published by George Mason University School of Law and cites Norris' account of the U.S.-flagged merchant ship S.S. City of Flint's odyssey, as she sailed for England from New York City in 1939. The ship was taken by German forces prior to the U.S. entering World War II.

When Norris wrote the article, he was only hoping to compile a complete account of the incident which gathered worldwide attention at the time, but is now fading from memory.

"I wanted to write the definitive article on the City of Flint and hoped it would be the one place for information on the subject for those who want to study the incident," said Norris.

Norris presented the facts in the form of an easily readable story, rather than in the typical legal style that can be difficult to understand for those without legal training.

"Many law review articles you read are really pretty painful to get through. They are by scholarly people writing about weighty stuff," said Norris. "What this tale brings is that it has got maritime, legal and diplomatic elements. It is a good story and maybe that's what caught the eye of the Green Bag people."

Green Bag positions itself as "An Entertaining Journal of Law" and reprints legal articles that are selected as examples of good legal writing, in categories such as: opinions of courts, books, long articles, news and editorial.

Norris did not submit his article to Green Bag directly. Originally, it ran in the American Journal of Legal History, published by Temple University Beasley College of Law.

The article was nominated for the award without Norris' knowledge.

"I got an email in November telling me I was nominated, and that was the first I had heard of the journal or the award," said Norris. "While I thought it was a good article and got some good feedback on it and I put a lot of work into it, I was really surprised that it got recognized as it did."

In January, Norris was notified that his article was one of two winners in the long articles category.

"I was surprised, because most of the past winners have been law professors at high-powered universities, federal judges, and the like," said Norris.

The article, titled "A Maelstrom of International Law and Intrigue: The Remarkable Voyage of the S.S. City of Flint," can be read in its entirety at .

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NNS150123-08. USS Gary- Coast Guard Team Seize Contraband

By Ensign Michael Singer, USS GARY (FFG 51) Public Affairs Officer

EASTERN PACIFIC (At Sea) (NNS) -- USS Gary (FFG 51), her embarked helicopter squadron and a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET)operating in support of Operation Martillo seized more than 1644 kilograms of cocaine and rescued four people adrift at sea in December in international waters off the coast of Central America.

This marks Gary's sixth successful interception in recent months, disrupting an approximated total of 4,100 kilograms of cocaine shipments in the region.

While conducting routine flight operations, one of Gary's SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 Detachment 4 was tasked to detect a "Go Fast" vessel traveling in the area.

As Gary's SH-60B helicopter crew searched for the vessel they discovered a debris field floating in the water which Gary maneuvered to investigate.

Once in the vicinity, Gary identified the debris as floating contraband. Gary slowed to deploy her rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) with a joint Coast Guard LEDET and Navy boat crew as lookouts on the ship continued to scan the water for further debris.

One of those lookouts spotted four people floating in the water holding onto a makeshift raft. Responding, Gary's crew transitioned from contraband recovery to search and rescue (SAR) operations.

The four individuals in the water were recovered and brought aboard the frigate. Following SAR operations, Gary's RHIB again moved to recover the contraband as lookouts and her SH-60B helicopter continued to scan the area for any other illicit activity.

Gary's Commanding Officer Cmdr. Steven McDowell, said, "The crew takes pride in knowing their efforts are making a difference."

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Gary is currently deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Martillo, which began in January 2012.

Operation Martillo, a joint, international law enforcement and military operation involving the U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner nations, targets illicit trafficking routes in the waters off Central America.

U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) leads the U.S. military involvement in the Joint Operation Task Force.
Overall coordination of counter-drug patrols and surveillance in the Eastern Pacific is done by a joint interagency task force headquartered in Key West, Florida.

U.S. maritime law enforcement and the interdiction phase of operations in the region occurs under the tactical control of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered in Alameda, California.

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

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NNS150123-07. Master-at-Arms 'A' School Changes on the Horizon

By Darryl Orrell, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) is scheduled to pilot a new series of self-paced computer-based training modules to be used in support of the Navy's Master-at-Arms (MA) Apprentice or 'A' School training, Feb. 9.

The newly developed self-paced learning portion of the course will encompass a week of the existing seven-week course. It will cover topics such as apprehension, military jurisdiction, use of force and more. Additional topics that may be developed in the future could be longer and spread throughout the course.

"Unlike computer-based training of the past, these new modules totally immerse students in the action," said Robert Burgett. Burgett is a retired Master Chief Master-at-Arms who currently serves as the curriculum model manager for MA 'A' School at the center.

"We have broken down the training into what we call mini-capstone events," said Burgett. "The first capstone event covers military law and that will serve as the baseline for other topics to build on. For example, some of those topics include military jurisdiction, authority to search, rights advisement, and apprehension. A student progresses through the learning portion of training to the point where he or she actually makes an apprehension in a practical field exercise."

"Once students perform a successful apprehension, they must complete the necessary reports as they would in the field. Students will access and use a replica of the Consolidated Law Enforcement Operations Center (CLEOC) that is used currently by the Department of Defense like they will in the real world," Burgett added.

Burgett also alluded that the use of real-world simulation brings valuable on-the-job-training to the schoolhouse. Hands-on training that today's security force personnel need in order to hit the ground running from day one at their new command.

The upcoming pilot will introduce the first phase in a series of proposed changes to the curriculum. Both the planned and proposed changes to the course curriculum are based on the updated training requirements provided by the fleet.

"The training requirements from the fleet have reached such [a] level that should everything currently on the table be approved and funded, we are going to see a very different course from the one we see today," said Burgett.

According to Burgett, MA 'A' school is presently set up where only military personnel go though the training. Those who successfully complete the training become security reaction force - basic equivalent and go on to serve in various billets throughout the fleet.

"The way these new requirements are shaping up, there is the possibility of having both civilian and military Navy Security Force personnel attending the same training at the same career stage," said Burgett. "Everyone would attend the 'basic' course and then the journeyman-level or 'C' school applicable to their next assignment, but that scenario is still only at the theoretical stage for now."

An example might be a Department of the Navy Police Officer and a military Master-at-Arms that are both assigned to an installation's command billet. Both might attend the journeyman level or 'C' school for law enforcement following 'A' school to best prepare them for that specific assignment.

The center began working the model for revamping MA 'A' school nearly two years ago and some of the proposed training solutions are still pending approval by the community and resource sponsors. If fully approved, the outcome would be a model that aligns well to the vision recently shared by the Chief of Naval Personnel regarding the future structure of Navy 'A' and 'C' schools according to Burgett.

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NNS150123-05. Makin Island and 11th MEU Crew Members Volunteer at Singapore Soup Kitchen

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ronald Gutridge, USS Makin Island Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Several members from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in a community relations project (COMREL) by volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen during a scheduled port visit to Singapore, Jan. 19.

Lt. Mathew Drayton, the chaplain assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, and COMREL organizer, said volunteering is more than just simply helping out.

"True volunteerism is a beautiful thing no matter where you see it, and I saw it with our personnel, and I saw it at Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen," said Drayton. "To volunteer means you give your time for the sake of another. Willing Hearts worked with a skip in their step, with precision, and welcomed our partnership with open arms. What was wonderful was the diversity in the people, which in many ways is a reflection of Singapore."

Willing Hearts is a 100 percent volunteer-based non-profit organization located in the Chai Chee Community Hub, Singapore, and has been registered as a society since Feb. 2005. They provide daily meals and support services to those in need.

Volunteers prepare the food by washing and then cutting vegetables and meat products. Some, with the appropriate skill sets, would cook the prepared ingredients while others would package the cooked food in plastic foam boxes. These meals are then packed into baskets or plastic carrier bags for delivery to the various distribution centers located across the Singapore Island.

"It was a lot of work but I truly enjoyed my time with the many volunteers," said Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Kayla Faust from Madison, Wisconsin, and assigned to Makin Island. "Willing Hearts is full of amazing people and it was a great experience. Times like these are what volunteering is all about."

Willing Hearts relies largely on donations from individuals, food companies and other charitable organizations. The organization operates seven days a week, year-round and serves more than 4,000 meals every day.

Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing security and stability in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

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NNS150123-04. USS Comstock Arrives in Malaysia

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lenny LaCrosse, USS Comstock Public Affairs

SEPANGGAR, Malaysia (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Sepanggar, Malaysia, Jan. 22 for a port visit.

The port visit marks the second stop for Comstock since departing the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) Jan. 9, where Comstock had spent the last four months participating in a number of amphibious and interoperability exercises before transitioning to the U.S. 7th Fleet AOO.

"Our Sailors and Marines have represented Comstock well with supporting the mission at sea as well as in past port visits," said Cmdr. Scott T. Tasin, commanding officer of Comstock. "Everyone is extremely excited to visit Malaysia and experience the many cultural activities, outdoor tours, and execute liberty as a mission."

Sailors and Marines will have many opportunities to experience the sites of Malaysia through a variety of tours made available through the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) committee, including a white water rafting tour.

"This will be my fourth time to Malaysia with the Navy," said Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Chad C. Leno, a native of Sheridan, Oregon. "I'm looking forward to spending some time away from the ship in stage three and stage four rapids on the white water rafting trip."

Malaysia is the second of three port visits Comstock has planned during its transit back to homeport San Diego.

Comstock, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a deployment with the 11th MEU to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing security and stability in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

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NNS150123-02. Corpsman Surgical Tech School Earns Reaccreditation

From Navy Medicine Education and Training Command Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) announced Jan. 23 the reaccreditation of the Surgical Technologist Program at the Tri-Service Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) at Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston.

METC is the largest integrated medical training facility in Department of Defense history, encompassing more than 50 programs of instruction, carrying a daily student load of approximately 6,000, and graduating more than 21,000 Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen annually.

The Surgical Technologist Program is attended by Hospital Corpsmen Surgical Technician "C" School students, and the accreditation inspection was conducted by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

"I could not be more proud of our surgical technician instructors from the Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) and their hard work with their Army and Air Force counterparts," said Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, NMETC commander. "Their efforts contribute daily to the Navy Medicine education and training organization objectives and align directly to the readiness, value and jointness priorities set by Vice Adm. Matt Nathan," the Navy surgeon general.

"The surgical tech team is improving Navy Medicine interoperability by educating and training corpsmen to bring expeditionary and sea-based skills to today's joint battlefield," said McCormick-Boyle, who manages Navy Medicine's formal medical education and training programs. "They are also helping Navy Medicine build a motivated, resilient, adaptable workforce by contributing to career-long growth and development. This helps ensure we have the right people at the right time with the right skills to keep Navy Medicine in the readiness business."

While the reaccreditation supports Navy Medicine priorities, it can also help corpsmen surgical techs who decide to leave the Navy, directly supporting President Obama's stated priority of military veteran employment.
Cmdr. Sherri Santos, NMTSC's Navy service lead for the Surgical Technologist Program, said civilian surgical technicians must graduate from an accredited institution to participate in the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam. Seven states now require CST certification to work as a surgical technician in a civilian hospital, and other states are in the process of implementing that requirement.

Santos said the national CST pass rate is 73.5 percent, and for the year, her students are at approximately 93 percent. This is one of many facts indicating METC's surgical tech program is one of the nation's best.

For Santos and her staff, the Surgical Technologist Program reaccreditation is another way the Navy Medicine Education and Training organization continues to strive to do what's best for Sailors.

"You're not required to have your 'CST' to work as a surgical tech in the military," she said. "However, the accreditation means that our students are eligible to sit for the CST. We hope that all our students will decide to make the Navy a career, but we know that some of them won't. When they leave, we want them to have the opportunity for a quality professional career."

NMTSC and NMETC are part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than 1 million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

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NNS150123-01. U.S. Navy Scientist Wins NATO Scientific Achievement Award

By John Joyce, NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy scientist received the 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award, the Navy announced Jan. 22.

NATO Chief Scientist Major Gen. Albert Husniaux, conferred the award to Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) principal scientist Steve Anderson for his impact on the MSG-088 Task Group's work on data farming in support of NATO.

"It was a great honor to collaborate with some of the most talented people I have ever met," said Anderson regarding the prestigious U.S. and international scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and military personnel in the task group.

The collaboration enabled Anderson and his colleagues to achieve their objective - assess data farming capabilities worldwide to impact the development of improved decision support to NATO forces.

The Scientific Achievement Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the context of activities in aerospace science and technology or aerospace systems applications.

Calling Anderson's contribution to the mission of the NATO Science and Technology Organization, "outstanding," Husniaux recognized the NSWCDD scientist for his "extensive co-operative research in the field of decision support using modeling and simulation and, in particular, data farming."

"The task group combined results of assessments and explorations to not only recommend, but to demonstrate a way forward for implementing data farming methodologies and processes in the NATO modeling and simulation context," according to the citation. "In this way, the task group achieved what no individual nation could achieve alone, a codified process for data farming that is ready and appropriate to support NATO decision making."

Anderson's research specifically applied to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief planning.

For example, he used modeling and simulation to explore the effectiveness of the Future Naval Capability project called the Transformable Craft, or T-Craft, in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

This potential future U.S. and allied Navy air cushion vehicle could serve many purposes, including the transport of equipment and personnel between locations at sea and ashore during humanitarian assistance, disaster recovery, and major combat operations.

Moreover, T-Craft complements U.S. Naval Sea-Basing strategy as a leap-ahead technology. Initial designs propose a fuel-efficient craft capable of self deployment during open ocean transits. T-Craft will enable high speed shallow-water transits while fully loaded with at least four M-1 tanks, good sea-keeping during cargo transfers at sea, and amphibious operations capability.

Anderson briefed findings of his NATO work to myriad groups, from the NATO Technical Review, hosted by the Swedish Defense Research Agency, to the Modeling and Simulation World Conference where his paper won "Best Paper in Defense, Homeland Security and First Responders."

"I would encourage anyone with an opportunity to participate on a NATO panel or working group to do so," he said. "If you go with an open mind and a willingness to listen, it will change you perspectives in so many ways."

MSG-088 participation included members from the eight countries cited in the award - Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States - but also included visitors from France, Holland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.

"I am continuing to do what I can, personally and professionally, to address the grand challenges identified by this NATO technical working group," said Anderson, who co-founded three non-profit research and education organizations to help address these challenges: The International Association for Foresight and Solutions; The Institute for Confronting Global Challenges; and The Foundation for Prediction, Mitigation and Planning (

"MSG-088 focused upon prevention planning and intelligent responses to probable and likely events," said Anderson. "There exists a great deal of data around the world that can be studied to identify trends. Many trends are disturbing, and have the potential to destroy huge investments and potentially cost millions of lives. I am a firm believer that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We need to establish a robust 'data observatory' to support novel interdisciplinary research, and do what we can to make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren."

Under the NATO Science and Technology Organization, Scientific Achievement Award candidates must have made significant contributions to activities sponsored by the organization during the preceding four years.

Formed in 1998 by the merger of the Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development and the Defense Research Group, and stemming from a reorganization of the Research and Technology Organization, the Science and Technology Organization is the largest NATO group for defense science and technology.

Encompassing a network of more than 3,000 scientists and engineers from across the alliance and its partners, the Science and Technology Organization promotes and conducts co-operative research and information exchange across the full spectrum of defense research, develops and maintains a long-term NATO research and technology strategy, and provides advice to all elements of NATO on research and technology issues.

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NNS020108-15. This Day in Naval History - Jan. 23

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1854 - The sloop of war USS Germantown captures the slaver R.P. Brown off Porto Praya.

1943 - Submarine USS Guardfish (SS 217) sinks the Japanese destroyer Hakaze off New Ireland.

1960 - The Bathyscaph "Trieste" descends on a nine hour journey seven miles to the deepest part of the worlds oceans, Challenger Deep, located at the southern end of the Mariana Trench.

1968 - USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is seized by North Korean forces in Sea of Japan. The crew is released on Dec. 23, 1968.

1988 - Guided Missile Cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) is commissioned.

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