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ur annual 2015 USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 Reunion, September 9-14, 2015 is drawing nearer each day and that means the deadline to reserve hotel rooms, at the special Connie rate, is August 7, 2015, no exceptions. You may still make reservations after the deadline at a much higher rate. We are staying at Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA 22204, 800-325-3535 ( Refer to your Starscope Newsletter dated June 2015 and below listed sources for more details.

The USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association Activity Registration Form must be in AFRI hands no later than August 07, 2015 showing your tours, hotel events and disability/dietary choices. Refer to your Starscope Newsletter dated June 2015 and below listed sources for more details.

If you wish to pre order souvenir Connie Tee shirts, fill out the order form found in the Starscope June 2015 Newsletter and mail to Tommy Best, 2005 Meadow Road, Durham, NC 27705. The order form must be in Tommy’s hand by August 01, 2015. Your shirts will be available for pickup at the ships store during the reunion.

We are anticipating a large turnout and encourage you to act quickly making plans to invite everyone to attend this reunion. You do not have to be a member to attend, you can come see what our reunions are like and then make an informed decision to join the USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association while attending the fun week. You must have served on board the “Connie” to join the Association.

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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

Complimentary parking
Complimentary shuttle service to and from Metro
Complimentary shuttle service to and from Reagan National
Tours have not been set up yet


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NNS150824-16. Secretary of the Navy Announces Innovation Awards Program

From the Office of the Chief of Information

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Across the Department of the Navy our talented Sailors, Marines and civilians are continually creating innovative solutions to our most complex problems. Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, wants to recognize the top naval innovators in our workforce today and inspire future innovators to continue developing their bold ideas for the future.

The SECNAV Innovation Awards Program seeks to recognize top DON individuals or teams who made significant innovative achievements in Calendar Year 2015. The institution of the Innovation Awards Program is part of a larger effort to incentivize contributors and leaders of innovation across the DON. These efforts include empowering and rewarding innovators by incorporating innovation into performance reviews and providing cash rewards.

The Innovation Awards Program will recognize innovators in the following areas:

* Robotics/Autonomous Systems: To distinguish advances to these emergent and vital fields, this award recognizes contributions in robotics and autonomous systems. Contributions may have occurred within the science and technology community or within the operational forces.

* Data Analytics: This award seeks to identify members of the data savvy workforce that implemented new approaches to using data analytics to improve performance, support decision making or provide meaningful insight to existing processes.

* Additive Manufacturing: This award seeks to highlight DON achievements in the field of additive manufacturing. Submissions should focus on those efforts that result in direct benefit to the operational forces through cost savings, improved readiness, expanded fleet or fleet support capabilities or led to innovative warfighter solutions.

* Innovation Leadership: This award seeks to recognize top naval leaders (military or civilian) who inspire innovation within their organization. This can be done by creating an environment that fosters innovation or by removing unnecessary barriers that prevent innovation from occurring.

* Innovation Scholarship: This award seeks to recognize top academic achievements by naval officers in professional military education programs and future naval officers currently in commissioning programs. Academic faculty should nominate top academic papers focused on the future operating environment and emerging operational concepts and capabilities.

* Enlisted Innovator: Award seeks to identify top ideas from our enlisted Sailors or Marines. It is widely known that those closest to the problems often have the best solutions. However, because of the demanding workload placed upon our enlisted force, they do not have the resources to implement their good ideas. Not only will the originators of these bold ideas be recognized, their ideas will be evaluated by top experts.

* Innovation Catalyst: An effective support network is essential for innovation to succeed. This award seeks to identify the contributions of an individual who has made a significant contribution to an organization by inspiring others to innovate or directly supporting the innovative work of others.

* Outside the Box: The award seeks to identify contributions that are cross-cutting and do not neatly align to any particular field.

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NNS150824-04. "Motor City" Hosts America's Navy

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jamal McNeill, Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO)

DETROIT (NNS) -- Detroit, also known as the "Motor City" for its role in the pioneering of the automotive industry, will host the U.S. Navy during Detroit Navy Week, Aug. 24-29.

The events and special programs to be held throughout the "Motor City" are the culmination of planning and preparation over many months by the Navy Office of Community Outreach, multiple Navy assets, and city leaders.

"Planning for Detroit Navy week has been exciting," said Genna Young, in-city planner for Detroit Navy Week. "It has also proved to be a bit overwhelming at times, simply because the Navy has so many great stories, people and assets to share with the people of Detroit."

Navy Weeks focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single area for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects.

Detroit native Rear Adm. John E. Jolliffe, deputy commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, will receive a proclamation declaring Navy Week from the Mayor's office at Campus Martius Park, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. This free, public event will also feature a patriotic musical performance by U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes.

"I am most excited for the kickoff event in the heart of Detroit at Campus Martius Park," said Young. "We'll have all hands on deck to celebrate the launch of Detroit Navy Week, and introduce the public to Navy Band Great Lakes, Navy divers, explosive ordnance disposal technicians and the crew of PCU Detroit."

Sailors from Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 103, the "Rough Riders," who will be one of the crews of the future USS Detroit when it is commissioned in 2016, will also be a part of Detroit Navy Week.

"I think it's important for the wonderful people of Detroit to meet some of the officers and crew who will eventually sail USS Detroit," said Cmdr. Mike Desmond, prospective commanding officer of LCS Crew 103. "We are honored to be the ones who will bring Detroit's namesake ship to life. Their support means a great deal to us."

Littoral combat ships are the Navy's newest class of ship, designed to operate in hostile near-shore environments, yet capable of open-ocean operations.

"All littoral combat ship crews have uniquely strong ties with their namesake cities; more than any other ships that I've seen," said Desmond. "This Navy Week is Crew 103's chance to help lay the foundation for just such an enduring relationship."

Crew 103 said they feel honored to be the ones to eventually sail the sixth ship named after the "Motor City," and to have the opportunity to be a part of Detroit Navy Week.

"We look forward to meeting face-to-face with the many community leaders who we've only been able to communicate with by phone or email," said Desmond. "There are so many remarkable supporters of the Navy and of USS Detroit here, and we are eager to get to know them and to interact with the general public as much as possible."

The commander added that Detroit has played a major role in the shaping of America, and it's fitting for this city to have a new ship named after it and to host a Navy Week.

"The city of Detroit has always played an exceptionally important role in keeping America strong, just like USS Detroit will have in building strong international partnerships and in maintaining our Navy's uniquely important role in global stability," said Desmond.

Along with Crew 103, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2, Navy Recruiting District Michigan, Navy Operational Support Center Detroit, and Navy Medicine will all be in attendance, participating in community outreach events throughout the week at the YMCA, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, VA Medical Center and food banks.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 will also conduct demonstrations with Navy robotics systems at the Detroit Zoo and Michigan Science Center, while Navy Medicine will inform citizens about their job, medical opportunities in the Navy, and personal health.

Detroit Navy Week is the ninth of 12 Navy Weeks in 2015, and is expected to increase the bond between the "Motor City" and America's Navy.

"When I first joined the Detroit Navy Week planning team, I didn't know what to expect," said Young. "Now I know that the movie "Top Gun" is based on the Navy and I am starting to master the Navy lingo. The goal is for Detroiters who are unfamiliar with the Navy, much like I was, to get a better understanding of the Navy, its people and everything it does to keep our country safe."

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NNS150824-01. USS Fort Worth Completes 2015 CARAT With Indonesia and Malaysia

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Bishop, USS Fort Worth Public Affairs

SULU SEA (NNS) -- The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) wrapped up its participation in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises with both Indonesia and Malaysia following an Aug. 21 closing ceremony held in Sandakan, Malaysia.

CARAT is a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

In deepening navy-to-navy relationships, Fort Worth visited Surabaya, Indonesia, for the first time in her 16-month rotational deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet. This port visit is particularly significant for Fort Worth, as she was part of the Indonesian-led Air Asia search efforts in the Java Sea.

"It was a pleasure operating at sea with our TNI-AL (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut) naval partners during the sea phase of CARAT Indonesia", said Cmdr. Christopher Brown, commanding officer of Fort Worth. "Fort Worth once again demonstrated its combat capabilities and relevance in the region while fostering long-term personal and professional relationships with our Southeast Asian partners."

CARAT is a model of how the TNI-AL and U.S. Navies can cooperate and work together to enhance interoperability, develop relationships and address shared maritime security priorities, as in the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercises. TNI Sailors conducted their first VBSS boarding of Fort Worth during this year's CARAT.

"During CARAT Indonesia LCS SUW DET FOUR (Surface Warfare Mission Package, Detachment 4) and the Indonesian navy had an outstanding opportunity to interact and exchange VBSS tactics and hold discussions about our different capabilities", said Lt. j.g. Andrew Pena, officer in charge of Detachment 4. "These positive interactions culminated in two successful at-sea VBSS exercises between our Navies."

This year's CARAT Indonesia also provided the opportunity for TNI pilots to practice deck landings on the flight deck of Fort Worth with a Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm BO-105 Indonesian navy helicopter.

CARAT Malaysia 2015 consists of five days of shore-based and at sea training events designed to address shared maritime security concerns, build relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces.

"This marks the 21st year that the U.S. and Malaysian Armed Forces have come together for CARAT and our enhanced military partnership today reflects the maturity of this relationship," said Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, commander, Task Force 73. "Partnerships matter in this region; sustained partnerships matter even more."

The Royal Malaysian Navy for the first time conducted deck landing practice with its Super Lynx helicopter on the flight deck of Fort Worth. The bilateral and multilateral exercises provide a regional venue to develop strong maritime partnerships that contribute to the greater peace and stability of the region.

"CARAT is a practical way for our two navies to address shared maritime security priorities in a realistic training environment," said Capt. H.B. Le, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7.

"The Malaysian Armed Forces have been a part of CARAT since its inception, and our partnership's spanning more than two decades demonstrates a firm mutual commitment to stability and security throughout the region."

U.S. units participating in the exercise include the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), a P-3C Orion, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1, and U.S. Marines assigned to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (III MEB).

The U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet, U.S. 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability and prevent conflict.

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NNS150822-01. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Names Virginia-Class Submarine

By Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

BOISE, Idaho (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today to announce that SSN 799, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Idaho.

The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy. Idaho is home to the former Farragut Naval Training Station, which was the second largest training facility in the world during World War II. From the early 1950s to the mid-1990s, the Naval Reactors Facility (NRF) located within the Idaho National Laboratory, trained nearly 40,000 Navy personnel in surface and submarine nuclear power plant operations with three nuclear propulsion prototypes including the first nuclear-powered submarine prototype, S1W. The facility continues to support the Navy by examining Naval spent nuclear fuel and irradiated test specimens, which are used to develop new technology and to improve the cost-effectiveness of existing designs. And nearby, Lake Pend Oreille, the fifth deepest lake in the United States, continues to conduct tests of large-scale submarine and surface ship prototypes in a setting with acoustic properties similar to that of the ocean.

The future USS Idaho will be the fifth naval vessel to bear the name. The first, commissioned in 1864, was a steam sloop that served as a store and hospital ship; the second, commissioned in 1905, was a battleship that largely supported American Foreign Policy in Central America and conducted operations and exercises in Guantanamo Bay. The third Idaho was a motorboat commissioned in 1917 that patrolled New Jersey and Pennsylvania harbors. The last Idaho was a New Mexico-class battleship launched on June 30, 1917 and saw action in World War II.

Virginia-class attack submarines provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation's undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.

These submarines have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert, long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. They are also designed for special forces delivery and support.

Each Virginia-class submarine is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. They are designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time. The submarine will be built under a unique teaming agreement between General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) and Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) wherein both companies build certain portions of each submarine and then alternate deliveries. Idaho will be delivered by GDEB located in Groton, Connecticut.

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NNS150824-15. NAVSUP WSS Hosts NAE Supply Summit

By Jenae Jackson, NAVSUP WSS Office of Corporate Communications

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- Senior leaders from the aviation community recently gathered in Philadelphia for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) Supply Summit.

More than 150 Naval Aviation Enterprise leaders were in attendance for the first NAE summit organized by NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS).

"This is the first time we had this level of engagement focused on aviation sustainment issues," said NAVSUP WSS Commander, Rear Adm. Paul Verrastro. "It is an honor for us to host this summit in an effort to gain a higher level of understanding of fleet challenges and join forces to solve them."

The summit provided the opportunity to discuss key focus areas such as funding, allowancing and forecasting, partnership solutions/contracts and sustainment. Discussions centered on how the NAE can commit to improve readiness, attack root causes and foster better decisions that benefit naval aviation as a whole.

The summit also served as an opportunity for the fleet to present availability challenges and to develop collaborative approaches to solving pressing sustainment issues.

In addition to Verrastro, key stakeholders in attendance included Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Naval Air Forces, commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Vice Adm. David Dunaway, commander, Naval Air Systems Command; Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps; Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, and 47th Chief of Supply Corps, among other executive leaders.

The summit concluded with confidence in future readiness and decision making, both of which will better produce warfighting readiness in the most cost effective manner.

A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is the U.S. Navy's supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship, and submarine communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. There are more than 2,000 civilian and military personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites. The NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft, while its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and submarines.

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NNS150824-14. Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 Completes Mission in Honduras

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathleen A. Gorby, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

PUERTO CASTILLA, Honduras (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines deployed as an adaptive force package (AFP) from USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) wrapped up their first mission stop in support of Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15) in Puerto Castilla, Honduras, Aug. 24.

USNS Spearhead is deployed in support of SPS-JHSV 15, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored deployment focusing on enhancing cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services, and improving operational readiness for all participating services. In addition, SPS-JHSV 15 provides the opportunity for U.S. and partner nation forces to operate in the multinational environment, refine coordination, improve interoperability, and demonstrate flexibility.

While ashore, the AFP provided training and subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs), conducted community relations projects, and completed multiple construction projects throughout the Colon district.

"We accomplished quite a lot while in Honduras," said Cmdr. Robert Toth, commander of the AFP for SPS-JHSV 2015, and commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6. "Overall, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines exceeded all expectations and have left a lasting impact on the host nation."

According to the exercise participants, the training opportunities proved invaluable.

"Working alongside the Honduran Buzos de Combante unit, the EOD and dive teams conducted SMEEs," said Ensign Adam Pierce, EOD platoon officer-in-charge. "We engaged in demolition operations, diving and underwater sonar techniques, while forging relationships which will benefit both nations in the near future."

The Medical Engagement Team (MET) comprised of various commands across two continents, came together to educate, teach and aid Hondurans and AFP members.

"The MET visited five schools, educating more than 1,100 children about mosquito illness prevention methods," said Lt. Rebekah Sorensen, a physician assistant assigned to Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Maryland. "We trained 30 Honduran tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) instructors, who in turn, taught 150 Honduran military personnel. Additionally, we provided force health protection to U.S. service members in the camp battalion aid station."

U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) combat engineers, assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Navy Seabees, assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 303 in San Diego, worked together on various community construction projects.

Marine water purification specialists, assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, created freshwater by pulling directly from the ocean and running it through a Lightweight Water Purification System.

"During our short time in Honduras, we created 10,000 gallons of freshwater," said USMC Sgt. Matthew Lore, noncommissioned officer-in-charge. "We also created 5,000 gallons for the local community of Puerto Castilla and distributed it in five-gallon jugs to those in need."

The AFP traveled to Honduras and sent a small detachment to Belize. During the next stop in Guatemala, a small contingent will be sent to Colombia. The deployment will continue through mid-October.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet support 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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NNS150824-10. Center for Service Support "Nails" Accreditation Review and Inspection

From Center for Service Support Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- A 5-member team of Council on Occupational Education (COE) inspectors completed their thorough review of the Self-Review for Center for Service Support (CSS) on Aug. 20. This is the final step prior to full COE accreditation.

The council is a nonprofit, voluntary membership organization serving post-secondary education and training institutions to provide quality assurance reviews of their workforce training programs.

The COE determined that CSS was in compliance with all ten of their standards and recommended CSS for re-accreditation without any follow-on recommendations. All five members of the team responded, "no findings, no recommendations," as they debriefed Capt. Derric T. Turner, CSS commanding officer.

"The comments per category were consistent, "No findings, no recommendations, and no suggestions," said Turner in an email to the entire CSS domain. "It doesn't get any better than this exceptional result for our important/significant 5-year accreditation."

"It was especially great to hear from the COE team members that they appreciate working with military organizations," said John Smith, CSS curriculum evaluation and accreditation manager. "They each affirmed the professionalism of CSS personnel and the exceptional services and products we provide our customers."

According to Dan Dull, Ed.D, team leader for the inspection team, COE is a national accrediting agency that conducts in-depth reviews of occupational programs to validate career and workforce training standards and practices. The council evaluates various public and private organizations using the standards and criteria outlined in their charter. There are typically 10 or 11 applicable standards that organizations must meet in order to be accredited through COE.

"The most challenging aspect of our responsibility is deciphering the language of diverse communities we inspect, Dull said. "The military has a lot of jargon and acronyms. Often we have a ask questions to gain a complete understanding of the organization."

COE requires all organizations to conduct a self-study before their team visit. This self-study is compiled into a volume publication that defines and self-reports on the 10-standards. The study becomes a vehicle for an organization's future improvement and development, which usually aligns to or supports the development of a command's strategic planning efforts.

CSS conducted a self-study process during the past nine months to document the qualifications required for COE accreditation. During their assessment, the COE team reviews all self-study documents; interview staff, faculty, administrators and students; visit three of the seven CSS commands and learning sites, review procedures, policies, programs and plans; and seek to secure a comprehensive view of an organization. COE's close observation of an organization's conditions and practices are used to determine compliance with the standards and criteria required for accreditation. CSS's self-study supports the command mission "to provide Sailors in the Naval Administration, Logistics, and Media communities the necessary skills, knowledge, and education to enhance lifelong learning and to support the fleet's warfighting mission."

CSS is comprised of active-duty military, civilian and contractor personnel who direct the training efforts of administration, logistics and media schools for active-duty and commissioned officers. The CSS team ensures curriculum and professional development tools are current.

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NNS150824-09. NMCP Celebrates Service of Dental Corps on 103rd Birthday

By Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Terah L. Bryant, Navy Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) celebrated the Navy Dental Corps' 103rd birthday, Aug. 21, with a ceremony that featured the reading of birthday letters from the Navy surgeon general, each of the Corps chiefs, and the force master chief.

The ceremony was an opportunity to reflect on the dedication of the Dental Corps to the health and readiness of Sailors, Marines and their families. The Corps was established in 1912, and a few years later, had an immediate impact during World War I when 30 dental surgeon assistants first deployed with the Marines.

"Since World War I, the Dental Corps has been a part of every wartime effort, and has grown significantly in strength and numbers," wrote the Navy surgeon general, Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan. "Today, the Dental Corps continues to ensure high operational readiness. They serve on the battlefield and aboard ships, performing medical duties beyond the scope of a typical dental practice. They are truly capable of providing world-class dental care, anytime, anywhere."

In his letter, Rear Adm. Stephen Pachuta, chief of the Dental Corps, recognized the integral role his Corps has had on Navy Medicine and supporting operations around the globe.

"On this special day, let us celebrate the past, present and future members of our Corps and reflect upon our legacy and faithful service to the nation," the admiral wrote. "Your ability to provide unwavering care on land and sea epitomizes what it means to be a Navy Medicine leader and professional. As new missions and opportunities arise for the Navy and Marine Corps, I am confident the Dental Corps will successfully meet any and all challenges."

During his remarks, Capt. Darin K. Via, commanding officer, NMCP, highlighted the capabilities of the more than 100 Dental Corps officers and civilian dental staff at NMCP and its branch health clinics, who support the dental readiness of the fleet.

"We have every dental subspecialty represented here at NMCP and three graduate programs," Via said. "There is nothing in this area of responsibility that the fleet could ask for, that you aren't ready for. Thank you, congratulations, and happy birthday."

The ceremony concluded with the cutting of a cake topped with a cake-filled tooth and dental instruments made with frosting. The most senior and junior dental officers present, Capt. Christopher Cobb and Lt. Melanie Pommer, were selected for the honor of cutting the cake.

The Navy Dental Corps was established Aug. 22, 1912, with an Act of Congress that was later signed by President Howard Taft. The Secretary of the Navy was authorized to appoint no more than 30 acting assistant dental surgeons to the Medical Department. Six years after the Dental Corps was founded, the United States entered World War I, and the Dental Corps expanded from 35 to more than 500 personnel, including 124 dentists commissioned in the regular Navy.

Currently, more than 1,300 active duty and reserve Dental Corps personnel serve and support the Navy and the Marine Corps throughout the world and care for Sailors, Marines and their families.

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NNS150824-08. Navy Medicine Wraps KC Navy Week with STEM High School Visit

By Larry Coffey, NMETC Public Affairs

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (NNS) -- Navy Medicine's education and training director wrapped up Navy Medicine's Navy Week events in Kansas City, Aug. 21, with a visit to nearby Lee's Summit Technology Academy (STA).

Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, commander of Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) and Navy Nurse Corps director, spoke to approximately 200 high school teachers and students during the event.

Summit Technology Academy is a shared campus, praised as a national model by President Barrack Obama, where juniors and seniors spend half a day as an extension of their high school. Students seriously interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers apply to attend the academy.

McCormick-Boyle explained the importance of Navy and Navy Medicine's forward presence. She also discussed the importance of Sailors with a STEM background.

"The United States Navy says we are forward, we are engaged, and we are ready, anytime, anywhere," she said. "Navy Medicine does that as well. Navy Medicine is where it matters, when it matters."

It was a message that resonated with 17-year-old Savannah Pottinger, a senior studying nursing.

"I think it would be really cool to go out into the world and help my country," Savannah said. "It was really cool to see a woman in her position as a nurse in the Navy. That is something that I would definitely consider doing."

The admiral also explained how Navy Medicine supports the Navy mission, by caring for Sailors and Marines.

"Navy Medicine is there to support and take care of the Navy; the Sailors; the fleet," she said. "We are also there to take care of the United States Marine Corps. We take care of people on, above and below the sea, and on the battlefield."

The presentation opened with two brief videos. One showed an aircraft carrier passing with the message that 70 percent of the world is covered by water, 80 percent of the population lives near the water, 90 percent of the world's trade travels by water, and the Navy is on watch 100 percent of the time. The second video highlighted three young women serving as crew members on an anti-submarine warfare helicopter.

"I really liked the first video with the women," said 17-year-old Alexis Hayes, a senior studying engineering. "They can go out and get manicures and go shopping. But once they are on the job, they can do everything the men can do."

McCormick-Boyle explained primary focus areas of Navy Medicine: expeditionary medicine, garrison care, wounded warrior care, biomedical research, education and training, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. She also pointed out how a STEM background applies to those specific areas, something many students said resonated with them.

"I could see the gears moving in their heads, thinking, 'Wow. I didn't realize the Navy had so much to offer in STEM careers,'" said Paul Rutherford, an engineering instructor and former Navy aviation maintenance officer. "The admiral encouraged the kids to consider the Navy as a very viable option after high school or college. She had the students' attention."

Senior Ryan Skahan was one of those captured by the presentation. The 17-year-old nursing student said he was both intrigued and impressed.

"I came in here not knowing what to expect," Ryan added. "My brother was in the Army, so I never knew anything about the Navy. There are so many options and so many ways to help people. I had never considered the Navy or Navy nursing, but after seeing her presentation, it's something I'll look into."

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NNS150824-07. Army Civic Action Team Departs Palau, Air Force Takes on Mission

From Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

KOROR, Republic of Palau (NNS) -- It was a standing ovation as members of the U.S. Army Civic Action Team (CAT) 84-03 were recognized for their efforts during a change of charge ceremony in the Republic of Palau Aug. 21.

The 554th Red Horse Squadron out of Andersen Air Force Base took over the CAT with a mission to continue the U.S. commitment to assist and support the development of the republic and further positive relations with the people of Palau.

"The U.S. and Republic of Palau have had a strong and long relationship," Palau's Minister of State Billy Kuartei said. "They will be here for many more years to come and we will welcome them. Thank you U.S. for your presence here in Palau."

During their six-month deployment to Palau, the outgoing U.S. Army CAT completed 10 construction projects, supported more than 100 community relations activities and provided medical assistance to more than 1,000 patients.

"The success of the CAT team was a result of the collaboration and cooperation with the community," Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, U.S. Defense Representative to Palau, said. "You have done an amazing job and will leave your post with a positive and lasting legacy."

Among those who recognized the dedication of the outgoing CAT was U.S. Ambassador to Palau Amy Hyatt. In front of a crowd of approximately 200 people, she spoke about the Soldiers' desire to leave a positive mark in Palau.

"We can always count on them," Hyatt said. "The CAT has always been there for us, and we are proud of the work they have done."

Palau residents adopted many of the outgoing CAT members and welcomed the Soldiers into their families. For many of the service members, it was bittersweet to say goodbye to a community they have called home.

"I am forever grateful to the people of Palau," 1st Lt. Amy Smith, outgoing CAT officer in charge, said. "It was a blessing to have served here in this pristine paradise."

The incoming CAT team from the U.S. Air Force, which is led by Capt. Naseem Ghandour, is excited to take on the mission. According to Ghandour, the team plans to meet the high standards set by the Army team.

"We want to show the people of Palau what we can do," he said. "We want to start and get this going. We are very happy to be here."

During their deployment, the Air Force team will provide construction support to the host nation, assist and train apprentices with general engineering skills, facilitate an in-camp and outreach medical program and conduct community relations projects.

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NNS150824-05. NMTSC Sailors Present Supplies to Elementary School Students

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacquelyn D. Childs, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- Sailors at Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) on Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston, Texas, distributed supplies gathered throughout the summer to students at Middlepoint Elementary School, Aug. 20.

Efforts began May 18 to gather enough school supplies to present more than 600 children at a local elementary school with a full backpack at the beginning of the school year.

Through donations from service members at Fort Sam Houston and a partnership with local Walmart, Target, and U-haul businesses, they were able to reach that goal.

"Education is important. It is our mission," said Capt. Denise Smith, NMTSC commanding officer, who helped distribute the supplies at the school's 'Meet the Teacher' night. "It's only fitting that we're here helping the younger generation pursue their education."

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Gregory Jones, a staff member at NMTSC, said he came up with the idea to donate supplies when he was talking to his neighbor, Lisa Schmedthorst, who has worked as a cook at Middlepoint Elementary School for three years.

"During just a casual conversation, she was telling me how some of the kids don't have money for food," said Jones. "I called the school to see if there was anything we could do, and the lady I talked to said they didn't have enough supplies to last the rest of the school year. That's how this whole thing came about."

After hearing Jones' story and idea, several organizations at NMTSC jumped on board to help gather funds and coordinate gathering the supplies. The Chief Petty Officer Association, First Class Petty Officer Association, Petty Officer Association, and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation worked together to set up donation stations and put up fliers. They also received help from local stores and a delivery company.

Schmedthorst said it's a blessing to be able to help the children, and expressed her gratitude toward the Sailors for their support in alleviating some of the need in the community.

"There are so many underprivileged children at this school, and just to see their eyes light up looking at the brand new supplies is priceless," she added. "They don't have to worry about their parents struggling to get them what they need for the start of the school year."

Smith also expressed appreciation for the efforts of her Sailors in planning and coordinating these efforts.

"This is a wonderful opportunity," she said. "It's important for us to be able to build these community relations and act as ambassadors for the Navy here in San Antonio."

NMTSC is an echelon-4 command, reporting to the Navy Medicine Education and Training Command. NMTSC is 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 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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NNS150824-03. EOD Sailors Make a Splash at the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Gold, Navy Office of Community Outreach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Sailors interacted with visitors from the inside of an aquarium tank at the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium, Aug. 20-21.

"When you're in the usual military city nobody thinks twice about it," said Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Roy Vanek, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1. "But, here it's been great, people are extremely friendly and very appreciative of the military."

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 and EODGRU 1, both homeported in Coronado, California, performed six dives over the two-day event.

The special dives were part of events planned during Kansas City Navy Week, which coincides with the performance of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, at the Kansas City Aviation Expo and runs through, Aug. 23.

While in the aquarium the Sailors played tic-tac-toe, wrote messages and interacted with guests.

"It's neat how he interacted with the kids and made it so special," said Dawn Tinklepaugh, from Leavenworth, Kansas. "My son really enjoyed beating him at tic-tac-toe, he was such a good sport."

Besides playing tic-tac-toe, Tinklepaugh and her children wrote a message to Vanek, thanking him for his service and explaining that her husband was currently deployed in Afghanistan.

"She wrote us a big letter, and that's why I saluted her. I'm glad that we could make her day," said Vanek.

Tinklepaugh said it was a touching gesture that she couldn't wait to share with her husband.

"I'm so glad we came," she said. "It's a moment to remember forever."

During the week the EOD Sailors also visited some of the local high schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs.

"Everyone was really interested and loved what we do," said Explosive Ordnance Disposal 3rd Class Mark Ghilici, assigned to EODMU 3. "It was a good time showing everyone what we actually do. Letting everyone know that it's a good time, but also it's hard work."

They gave kids a hands-on experience showing them the capabilities of some of their EOD equipment, including the small unmanned ground vehicle (SUG-V) and the Talon robotic system.

Vanek said there are only 2,000 EOD Sailors in the entire Navy so it was a rare opportunity for them to be able to participate in the Kansas City Navy Week.

"This is not our usual TAD [temporary assigned duty] trip to go dive in the aquarium and talk to kids. Usually it's train, train, and more training and long hours and hard work, but that's why we do the job."

Navy Weeks are designed to educate Americans on the importance of Naval service and help them understand the investment they make in their Navy. They are held in cities that might not otherwise see Navy Sailors at work on a regular basis.

Kansas City is one of 12 cities selected to host a 2015 Navy Week, which is coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO). NAVCO is a unit tasked with enhancing the Navy's brand image in areas with limited exposure to the Navy.

NNS150824-02. U.S. Sailors in Korea Help Children at Historic Home

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs

KOJE ISLAND, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Active duty and reserve Sailors stationed in Korea continued a longstanding community partnership by volunteering at the Aikwangwon Home and School for the Physically and Mentally Disabled, Aug. 22.

Aikwangwon, which means "the garden of love and light," was founded during the Korean War in 1952 and began with seven orphans. It has transformed during the past six decades into a complex that houses 240 resident children and adults of all ages with disabilities, while providing academic courses and learning opportunities.

"Our residents will remember all the joy, happiness and laughter from today," said Woojung Lee, executive director for Aikwangwon. "Even though you may speak a different language, today is special to the children because their Navy friends came to visit."

The visit began with Aikwangwon residents conducting several traditional performances including a drum concert and vocal choir recital. After the introductory event, the volunteers were divided into four groups and paired up with resident partners to play games, perform arts and crafts, dance, and play music.

Operations Specialist 1st Class Gregory Ellzey, a reserve Sailor temporarily in Korea in support of the joint exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, said he was honored to be a guest at Aikwangwon and hopes this visit will have a lasting positive impact for the children and their relationship with the Navy.

"I will remember this place and I hope the kids remember our group, the Navy and know that we are a good people," he added.

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the commanders for the United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.

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NNS150822-05. Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15) Completes Mission in Belize

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathleen A. Gorby

BIG CREEK, Belize (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Diver and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician training teams completed their second stop of the SPS-JHSV 15 mission Aug. 21 in Big Creek, Belize as part of the Adaptive Force Package (AFP) onboard USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), operated by the Military Sealift Command.

USNS Spearhead is deployed in support of SPS-JHSV 15, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored deployment focusing on enhancing cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services and improving operational readiness for all participating services. In addition, SPS-JHSV 15 provides the opportunity for U.S and partner nation forces to operate in the multinational environment, refine coordination, improve interoperability and demonstrate flexibility.

While ashore in Belize, Navy Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 3-1 from EODMU 3 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians from Platoon 642, EODMU6 provided training and conducted subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) with their counterparts to increase partner nation's capabilities to counter illicit trafficking and deal with explosive ordnance disposal.

Ensign Adam Pierce, AFP EOD officer in charge from Platoon 642, EODMU6 said they accomplished an incredible amount of work, fostering shared interests and values in the short period of time there.

"During our two and a half weeks in Belize we were able to conduct five days of demolition operations, including two days of an ordnance disposal operation," said Pierce.

"This operation included the explosive disposal of nine 81-mm mortar rounds, which were no longer serviceable and provided a safety hazard to the ammunition storage point in Hattieville. Additionally, we conducted diving familiarization training which directly improved the maritime safety capabilities of Belize Coast Guard (BCG) and Belize Defense Force (BDF)."

SPS-JHSV 15's mission to the region exemplifies the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command commitment to cooperative partnerships in the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Master Diver and Senior Chief Navy Diver Michael Hunt is the leading Chief Petty Officer of Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 3-1 from EODMU 3, stationed in San Diego.

"The BDF and BCG are both extremely professional military units and we were privileged to work with them," said Hunt. "The culminating event of the engagement was an afternoon luncheon at a local nature preserve, which included an exchange of personalized plaques. We look forward for the opportunity to work with them in the future."

The AFP traveled to Honduras and is heading to Guatemala and Colombia next.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to counter illicit trafficking, 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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NNS150822-04. Pearl Harbor Chief Selectees Put Damage Control Skills to the Test During Challenge

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink,
Submarine Force Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Chief petty officer (CPO) selectees competed in a Damage Control (DC) Challenge on the Pearl Harbor waterfront Aug. 20, sponsored by the Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) Chief Petty Officers Association.

The competition gave CPO selects from local commands a chance to train and test their knowledge and practical skills in a friendly competition.

"This event was set up for the newly selected chief petty officers to inspire teamwork through casualty procedures and make sure everyone is working together properly," said Chief Machinist's Mate Corey Murphy of the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777).

Murphy, a native of Buffalo, New York, judged the teams participating in pipe patching drills. Much of the focus was on safety procedures, proficiency with different types of pipe patching equipment and most importantly the ability to communicate as a team, according to Murphy.

"They need to be able to work as a team, Murphy said. "If they can't work as a team, there is no task they can complete effectively."

Competition involved events such as Emergency Medical Assist Teams, safety and rescue-carrying a 175-pound training mannequin, pipe-patching of ruptured pipes with pressurized water spraying out, setting up and running an electrical submersible pump for dewatering, and numerous other firefighting simulations with real equipment.

"This is about teamwork," said Chief-select Electrician's Mate Greg Rosenthal, a native of Tiverton, Rhode Island, stationed aboard the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717). "We all have different levels of experience and different backgrounds," he said. "We all have to come together and share our experiences and come out on top."

Sailors were outfitted with firefighting gear and donned Scott air bottles in the 90-degree heat to complete more than half of the challenges.

"My favorite part is getting sprayed with the hose because it's really hot out," said Chief-select Culinary Specialist Joe Nicholson, of Palm Bay, Florida, who serves on the COMSUBPAC staff. "I would rather do chief induction season in the winter."

Despite the high temperatures, the DC Challenge provided Sailors with valuable training designed to enhance their skills and abilities in performing their missions at sea and ashore.

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NNS150822-03. Ashland, 31st MEU to Depart Saipan After Disaster Relief Efforts

By Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (NNS) -- Federal and local officials announced that the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked aboard the dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) completed its disaster relief mission in Saipan.

"We are not only pleased with the results and the production of water but also that [the service members] became a part of our community for the last 2-3 weeks," Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Lt. Gov. Ralph Torres said. "We will miss you guys and we would like to extend our sincere appreciation."

Torres and Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Coordinating Officer Steve DeBlasio thanked the Navy-Marine Corps team for its hard work in a joint press conference at the Garapan Fishing Base on Saturday. The Marines have been providing water and conducting debris clearance on Saipan since Aug. 9 following Typhoon Soudelor. Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander Joint Region Marianas, and Lt. Col. Eric Malinowski, 31st MEU Liaison, were in attendance as well.

"Their assistance expedited immediate humanitarian relief," DeBlasio said. "We appreciate the unique capabilities of the Marines."

The 31st MEU produced and distributed more than 300,000 gallons of water combined at five sites and more than 70,000 meals. Marines and Ashland Sailors also helped clear debris at local schools earlier last week. On Saturday evening at the Garapan Fishing Base, they were still filling water jugs as the Marines were preparing to move back aboard Ashland.

The team was part of a larger federal response that included the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, elements of which will remain on Saipan for the longer recovery effort.

"It's been a joint effort," Bolivar said. "We are proud and honored to have assisted our island and to ease the suffering of its people in a time of need. Our hearts go out to the resilient people of Saipan and we thank you for opening your arms to us."

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NNS150822-02. USS Columbus Returns from Southern Command Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762) recently returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a unique deployment to the south.

Columbus returned Aug. 11 to the submarine piers lined with family and friends bidding a warm aloha welcome as she returned from a deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) 4th Fleet area of responsibility.

The crowd cheered and waved signs, banners, and leis as the submarine came into view in the harbor.

Columbus completed two safe and efficient transits of the Panama Canal and made the first-ever Los Angeles-class submarine visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to the submarine's commanding officer, Cmdr. Albert Alarcon. He said the crew was outstanding and productive throughout the deployment.

"I'm very proud of my shipmates," said Alarcon. "It has been a pleasure to watch each of my Sailors grow personally and professionally as they continuously postured the Columbus team to reach a higher level of performance."

Columbus' executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Mewett from Plano, Texas, said the crew was outstanding, maintaining a 96 percent operations tempo over the deployment and successfully completing both national and theater commander tasking.

According to Mewett, submarines bring unmatched covert combat power to the theater commander and are ready to execute a broad set of missions, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; anti-surface warfare; anti-submarine warfare; strike warfare and naval special warfare operations.

"Most Pacific Fleet submarines have extensive experience operating in the Western Pacific," said Mewett, noting that Pacific Submarine Force units have not frequented SOUTHCOM to nearly the same levels.

"We had more to learn and familiarize ourselves as we operated in an unfamiliar area. Also, we deployed for just three months rather than the typical six months of a Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment."

In addition to gaining the experience of operating at sea, the deployment afforded Sailors the opportunity to work on qualifications.

Over the course of the deployment, 19 enlisted Sailors and one officer on the crew became submarine qualified and are now able to wear their respective submarine warfare insignia, also known as "dolphins."

Twenty-two Sailors also qualified on new supervisory watch station positions.

"Our junior crewmembers performed well, aggressively pursuing submarine and watch station qualifications and taking advantage of the opportunity to gain operational experience," said Mewett.

Many Columbus Sailors had favorite moments during the deployment. Some were genuine favorites while others were funny memories.

"Preparing the charts for the first submarine visit to Guantanamo Bay in 21 years," said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Reese Hand of Dallas, Texas.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brandon Heglie from Post Falls, Idaho, said his favorite experience was seeing various crewmembers earn their dolphins.

"Smoking a cigar on the bridge with Oahu in sight on the last day of deployment," was Philadelphia native Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Kurtis Bradley's favorite moment.

USS Columbus is the 51st Los Angeles-class submarine and the 12th improved version of the class, which includes a vertical launch system for Tomahawk cruise missiles and an improved hull design for under-ice operations. In September 1994, the ship conducted an inter-fleet transfer to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and joined the U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force.

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NNS150821-36. USS Boise Holds Changes of Command

By Kevin Copeland, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Chris Osborn relieved Cmdr. Scott Luers as commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) during a ceremony held onboard the submarine at Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 21.

A native of Westminster, Md., Luers earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering from the Naval Academy in 1995, and a Master's Degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2007.

"I am truly proud of all that Boise has accomplished over the past few years," said Luers. However, I can take credit for very little. While much of what you'll hear today centers around Cmdr. Osborn and me, the truth, as any skipper worth his salt will tell you, is that each and every accolade and recognition received by the ship was the result of a stellar, professional, enthusiastic crew of submarine Sailors.

"Steaming over 33,000 miles during our recent Central Command deployment, a distance equivalent to circumnavigating the earth one and a quarter times, these Sailors faced numerous material, psychological and physical challenges and overcame each to return safely home to our loved ones. In doing so they sailed in four different theaters of operation, conducting missions vital to our national security in some of the most heavily transited, shallow waters of the world, and executed numerous port visits and goodwill events. Each of these told friend and foe alike, in no uncertain terms, that the United States was present and accounted for, and knowledge of our professionalism added a high degree of uncertainty to their calculations. All the while we operated, far from friendly ports, these Sailors kept their 23-year-old ship running smoothly."

Luers assumed command of Boise, Feb. 22, 2013, as the submarine's 10th commanding officer. Under his command, the submarine completed a deployment to the Central Command Area of Responsibility, Jan. 16, 2015, where the crew executed four missions vital to national and global security. The submarine was also awarded the 2014 Commander, Submarine Squadron Six Battle Efficiency Award.

"Crew of Boise, I am honored and humbled to have been your commanding officer," said Luers. "I consider you true shipmates, and look forward to our paths crossing again, as they inevitably will. Congratulations on everything you have accomplished. Keep up the great work that I have witnessed every day, defending our nation while serving onboard this amazing submarine as a Bronco. Chris, it is now your turn. You bring an impeccable record to BOISE and, based on my short 30 day observation, are a slam-dunk to take Boise into the next chapter in her history. Congratulations!"

Luers' next duty will be as the operations officer in the Operations and Special Operations Directorate at SUBLANT. Capt. Paul Snodgrass, Commander, Submarine Squadron Six and immediate superior in the chain of command, presented Luers with his second Meritorious Service Medal.

Brian O'Neill, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic's (SUBLANT) deputy operations and special operations officer, and retired U.S. Navy captain who was Luers commanding officer onboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albany (753), was the guest speaker.

"Boise is a superbly designed and constructed submarine," said O'Neill. "It is the finest most sophisticated warship ever built; encompassing the most advanced technologies man has developed. They are a tribute to human ingenuity, genius and craftsmanship. But the key element is really the men who serve aboard this magnificent ship, the fine crew of USS Boise. You joined the world's finest navy and then signed up for one of the most respected fraternal organizations in the history of naval warfare - the United States Submarine Service. You represent the top 4% of the U. S. Navy. Hold your heads high and be proud of your service."

"Submariners work hard and they must be an opportunity for to have fun, but it isn't all fun. The goal is always mission accomplishment and Scott and the entire Boise team have been doing just that. Under Scott's leadership, Boise successfully completed four nationally-tasked missions in four different areas of responsibility. Those missions are the cool ones we can't talk about. The Boise team did a fantastic job, in fact, they were the first boat in the history of the submarine force to accomplish some portions of the mission. Scott is a superb example of patriotism, leadership, sacrifice and dedication to duty.

"Chris, congratulations on being selected to relieve on Boise. You stand on the threshold of an adventure. Please embrace your tour and be sure to share the magic and sense of adventure with your entire crew. I envy you."

Osborn's previous duty assignment was the Submarine Readiness and Military Construction Officer at SUBLANT. A native of Freeland, Mich., he enlisted in the Navy in 1990 as a nuclear-trained Electrician's Mate. Selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program, he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. He received his commission through the Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., in October 1997.

He earned his Masters of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. His thesis on the at-sea effects of an alternate watch standing schedule for U.S. submariners garnered an Excellence in Undersea Warfare Technology award from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

"I would like to thank the mighty crew and exceptional families of the USS Boise," said Osborn. "I cannot express enough how blessed, privileged, and excited I am to be your commanding officer. Your team spirit and esprit-de-corps is unlike any other, and I look forward to continuing with you Boise's long legacy of excellence. I know many of you have worked very hard taking this fine warship thousands of miles from friendly shores on your recent deployment, and through your untiring efforts, have been able to share in many successes. Together, we will prepare Boise to execute a full range of war fighting capability in her next decade of service. Our mission will be challenging, but I know of no better crew who is up to the task. I cannot wait to tackle the challenges that lay ahead for us."

Dignitaries attended the ceremony were former Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Idaho Senator, and Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne; Boise Councilwoman Elaine Clegg; retired Vice Adm. Al Konetzi; and Tom Killingsworth, Chairman of Boise Commissioning Committee.

Fast-attack submarines like USS Boise are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities - sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence. The submarine is designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare - from open ocean anti-submarine warfare to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to projecting power ashore with Special Operation Forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises.

Boise was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and commissioned November 7, 1992. The 360-foot submarine is the second naval ship to be named in honor of the city of Boise.

NNS150821-32. NAVAIR Commander Rallies FRCSE Team

By Kaylee LaRocque, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Systems Command Vice Adm. David Dunaway visited Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), the largest tenant command on Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Aug. 12 to thank depot employees for their dedicated service to the fleet.

Hundreds of FRCSE employees turned out for several all-hands calls to hear the admiral speak about the future of fleet aviation, the important role the military depot plays in keeping aging legacy aircraft flying, budget issues and world affairs.

"We are in a time where we have to recapitalize our equipment and that is where you play a huge role," said Dunaway, while addressing FRCSE workers at Vertical Lift Hangar 124. "We've had an incredible asset [aircraft] utilization rate to complete our military taskings. When you look at how much our aviators are flying the H-60s, trainers, P-3Cs, P-8As and F/A-18s, it's much more than was ever predicted. We are flying aircraft well beyond their service life and that is where you all come in."

The admiral continued, "We are entering an era of sustainment and modernization. I think you will see a lot more of this effort in the future. It's unheard of to take a fighter aircraft built to fly 6,000 hours and increase that capability to 10,000 hours, but you're doing it. It's unheard of to fly a P-3C for 50 years, but you're making this happen. I think you'll see the T-44 and T-6, H-60 for a very long time and what you do is critical to keeping them flying. I'm extremely proud of all your hard work at this facility."

Dunaway echoed his remarks while meeting with FRCSE employees at the Crinkley Engine Facility, engineering and logistics courtyard and F/A-18 production line.

"I have never seen a world in more turmoil than what we are looking at right now and the U.S. is always the first to respond to world events," said Dunaway. "This puts us in a position where we have to manage our assets correctly. We have to keep our squadrons manned with capable aircraft. We have to be much more predictable and precise in the delivery of our aircraft and that is what is driving some of the new processes you are seeing here like CCPM [Critical Chain Project Management.] I encourage you to embrace this process because it really makes a difference on how aircraft are repaired."

The admiral also briefly toured the P-3C, Industrial Manufacturing and the F/A-18 Line. "I think additive manufacturing will greatly impact the mission and FRCSE will be a frontrunner in this area," he said. "As soon as we are capable of creating airworthy metal parts on a 3D printer, we will revolutionize the utilization and sustainment of our platforms."

In front of a large gathering of employees at the F/A-18 line, Dunaway praised the team and encouraged them to keep up the good work. "You are making a difference in keeping these aircraft flying," he said. "The demand for more production at the depot level is going up and you will continue to push out more products. You are a premiere organization and I'm very proud of the work that you've done."

Dunaway also met with FRCSE Sailors to thank them for their service and answer questions. Some topics included detailing issues, rating changes and what he is most proud of during his tenure as NAVAIR's commander.

"I am most proud of implementing integrated warfighting capability which is essential to mission success," he stated. "This new concept modernizes engineering processes by incorporating the design, development, acquisition, test and sustainment of NAVAIR platforms. With increased demands for assets in the fleet and decreasing budgets, this is our future."

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NNS150821-30. Navy Entomologists Visit Keys To Test Mosquito Control Technology

By Jolene Scholl
NAS Key West Public Affairs

KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) -- With the support of the local mosquito control agency, Navy scientists are using a hand-held fogger at the Stock Island fishing docks to test a method of controlling mosquitos that spread disease.

If successful, the technique could be used to protect warfighters detached to subtropical and tropical areas worldwide.

The project's overall purpose is to determine if the fogging method is efficient and effective in controlling the larvae of disease-carrying insects.

This particular experiment is targeting the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is a carrier of dengue fever.
Scientists from the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence in Jacksonville, Florida, chose Key West as its testing site because of an outbreak of dengue fever in 2009; it was the first report of locally acquired cases in 50 years.

Local dengue transmission reoccurred in 2010 and cases are now being reported in Palm Beach, Martin, Hillsborough, Osceola and Seminole counties.

If the experiment proves to be successful, the military could use the hand-held thermal fogger to disperse larvicides in difficult terrain in tropical climates.

The new method would also lower the risks associated with applying pesticides.

The Aedes aegypti seeks clean, fresh water - like rain water - to lay its eggs, preferably in tiny, hard-to-reach sites. The Stock Island fishing docks have a plethora of hidden water pockets; a teaspoon of water is enough for breeding.

"It (the fogging technique) is great for broad areas but still concentrated enough that we don't need aerial application," said Catherine Pruszynski, research biologist with Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is collaborating with NECE. "It gets into the small cracks and crevices where inspectors can't reach," she added.

The fogging technology itself isn't new, noted NECE Medical Entomologist James Cilek, who is leading the experiment.

Foggers were used to spread pesticides in the 1940s, but the fog was petroleum-based and required a lot of fuel, which made it too expensive to use, he said. The process was revived in the 1970s but the fog was still petroleum-based, although it did use far less fuel.

The thermal fogger is primarily used for adult mosquitos, "we're seeing if we can use that same technology for larviciding," Cilek said.

The NECE experiment uses water-based larvicides, creating a fine mist that is safe to people, animals and other insects.

The testing, which was in its third local trial this week, involves three separate days of testing. The first establishes a control and the second and third test the effectiveness of two different larvicides, according to NECE Assistant Department Head Lt. Akiyo Arimoto.

Collection cups are placed in cryptic areas around the docks and collected after the fogging and then taken to the FKMCD lab. A set number of larvae are added, along with water, to the cups. The cups are checked 24 hours later and the number of surviving larvae is counted.

"So far, it's proved to be promising," Cilek said. "We are getting completing control of the larvae."
For future detachments in tropical areas, the hand-held fogger and water-based larvicides could lead to a win on the war with disease-carrying insects.

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NNS150821-27. Surface Line Week 2015 Concludes in San Diego

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phil Ladouceur, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

San Diego (NNS) -- The 34th annual Surface Line Week (SLW) in San Diego came to an end with the presentation of overall awards during closing ceremonies at Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 21.

Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, thanked all the commands who participated before handing out trophies to winners.

"I think it's important from time to time that we just take a step back to take a breath, enjoy each other's company, have some friendly competition and have the opportunity to share some sea stories around the waterfront," said Rowden.

He went on to thank all those involved with organizing the event, and also those who participated, noting that their day-to-day efforts at their commands do not go unnoticed.

"I know that you all work very hard every single day on your ships and at your commands, and I sincerely appreciate it," he said.

SLW is an annual competitive event that allows San Diego military commands and service members the opportunity to showcase their athletic and professional talents in a variety of tournament-style competitions.

This year there were 32 total events and 32 commands that participated. USS San Diego (LPD 22) was the overall first place winner, with USS Comstock (LSD 45) finishing in second place, and USS Cowpens (CG 63) coming in third.

In the large command category, USS San Diego (LPD 22) took first place, USS Comstock (LSD 45) placed second, and USS Makin Island (LHD 8) finished in third place.

In the medium command category, USS Cowpens (CG 63) took first place, USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) placed second, and USS Lake Erie (CG 70) finished in third place.

In the small command category, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 1 captured first place honors, Navy Region Southwest Transient Personnel Unit was awarded second place, and Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1 finished in third place.

This year's athletic events included a 5K run, basketball, billiards, bowling, dodgeball, flag football, softball, golf, push-up/pull-up endurance, functional fitness and soccer. There was also a chili and salsa cook-off on the final day of competition.

SLW professional events for 2015 included a damage control marathon, marksmanship, medical diagnosis/stretcher bearer race, photo competition, rescue swimmer, sailing, seamanship, ship handling, welding/cutting, lathe and visual communication .

"I think SLW was a success," said Lt. Jochelle Schatz, this year's SLW coordinator. "Every year it seems like it's growing in numbers."

Nearly 300 games were played throughout the week, including 38 football games, 39 basketball games, 26 dodgeball games, 27 racquet ball matches, 30 soccer matches, 37 softball games, 27 tennis matches, and 44 volleyball matches. In addition, there were more than 400 rounds of golf.

Schatz was happy to see the level of involvement from commands, from Seaman to Captain.

"It was great seeing commanding officers and leadership from commands, out supporting their teams," said Schatz.

Schatz was happy to see the camaraderie that built between different commands despite all the competition.

"I've seen commands throughout this whole event build friendships with one another, encourage each other throughout the competitions, and cheering each other on. It was a nice surprise to observe that," she said.

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NNS150821-25. Inaugural Issue of Advanced Warfighting Journal Launched

From Navy Warfare Development Command

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy Warfare Development Command announced the launch of the Advanced Warfighting Journal (AWJ). The AWJ is a classified, quarterly theme-based electronic periodical featuring warfighting development articles from subject matter experts from across the Navy.

The AWJ is intended to stimulate tactical warfighting conversations in ready rooms and wardrooms, inform readers about emerging capabilities, and connect them to Navy doctrine and tactics, techniques and procedures.

The inaugural AWJ focuses on a key CNO initiative: Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare. AWJ is posted on the NWDC Navy Warfighting Development Portal ( Individuals can request access by going to the NWDC SIPR SharePoint Portal:

Navy integrated fires is the theme for the Fall 2015 AWJ which will feature articles on efforts enabling our kill chain in the anti-access area denial environment while disrupting adversary capabilities. Submissions are due Sept. 25, 2015 to Content is classified up to secret-noforn.

Contact Grant Sattler, NWDC N3 Outreach, for questions about submissions:;; 757-341-4240.

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NNS150821-24. Underwater Energy Transfer to Expand UUV Capability

By Nicholas Malay, NSWCCD Public Affairs

BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- The Navy is developing ways to recharge underwater unmanned vehicles (UUVs) using undersea wireless technology.

The Navy uses UUVs for many types of missions, including the location and identification of underwater threats such as mines, ocean floor mapping, and optimizing remote sensing platforms. The ability to use wireless technology to charge UUV batteries while underwater may significantly decrease time between missions, improving overall utility.

"Underwater data and energy transfer are expected to multiply the effectiveness of Navy-operated UUVs and other unmanned platforms by providing a vehicle-agnostic method for autonomous underwater energy charging," said Alex Askari, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) technical lead. This technology can be used on many different types of vehicles.

NSWCCD supported Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport (NUWC DIVNPT) in demonstrating this capability during the first-ever Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX), Aug. 10-14 at the Stillwater Basin Test facility in Newport, Rhode Island. ANTX is a weeklong showcase of Undersea Constellation technology from NUWC DIVNPT, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (SSC PAC).

NSWCCD previously executed a successful underwater wireless energy transfer demonstration in a 6,000 gallon tank at its West Bethesda, Maryland facility, June 29-July 3.

These concepts of wireless underwater energy transfer, such as Forward Deployed Energy and Forward Deployed Energy and Communications Outpost (FDECO), were born in NSWCCD's Disruptive Technologies Lab.

"We want to recharge a battery underwater through wireless technology, and we want to know the batteries charge to the highest fidelity," Mayer Nelson, NSWCCD technical project manager said. The NSWCCD demonstration was a collaborative effort as Carderock hosted teams from NUWC DIVNPT and SSC PAC.

"The NUWC team was on-hand to simulate the full capabilities of the NUWC-developed Mid-sized Autonomous Research Vehicle (MARV) UUV, as well as to provide assistance with testing," Joseph Curran, NSWCCD integration lead said.

The MARV is 16.5 feet long and just slightly more than one foot in diameter for testing different UUV programs and technologies.

Carderock Division's developed technology enables power transmission between underwater systems, such as UUVs. During the main demonstration on July 3, the team was successful in transferring power wirelessly from an underwater docking station to a MARV UUV section, and ultimately to the UUV's battery, which was charged at 2 kilowatts while submerged, according to Nelson.

A battery State of Charge (SOC) program developed by Dr. Michael Knauff, a Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES) in Philadelphia electrical engineer was integrated by Crystal Lutkenhouse, a NSWCCD mechanical engineer.

"We tested a Carderock-developed algorithm and pulled in data from the actual battery; then ran voltage, current and temperature data through the data acquisition system," Knauff said.

During underwater energy transfer, this program was run using data that had been transferred wirelessly underwater using SSC PAC's underwater optical communications system and allowed an enhanced estimation of the charge on the battery through the SOC program.

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NNS150821-23. Boot Camp Graduates First to Earn Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon

By Brian Walsh, Recruit Training Command Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill., (August 21, 2015) (NNS) -- The first 15 recruits were awarded the new Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon during their Pass-In-Review (PIR) rehearsal in the Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command (RTC), Aug. 20.

The Honorable Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus approved the award to recognize initial accession enlisted personnel who demonstrate superior performance throughout basic military training in the areas of academics, physical readiness, recruit leadership, and commitment to the Navy Core Values.

"RTC recognizes multiple top performing recruits at graduation, but now the recognition is outwardly visible on an honoree's uniform," said Rear Adm. Stephen Evans, commander of Navy Service Training Command (NSTC), who oversees the Navy's only boot camp. "Wearing the Honor Grad Ribbon will be a visible sign to peers and superiors at the recipient's future duty stations that the member demonstrated extraordinary excellence and leadership potential during basic military training and is capable of accelerated and increased leadership positions within the Fleet."

Honor Recruits earning the ribbon will be authorized to wear it during their PIR graduation ceremony. No more than three percent of graduates from each training group will be designated as Honor Graduates.

"The ribbon is given to recruits who excel in every aspect of their training at RTC," said Chief Navy Counselor Tongela Freeman, a recruit division commander at RTC. "Their commitment and performance motivates their shipmates within the division to succeed. These recruits are typically the ones that will take time from their training to help others and are key in bringing the division together to work as a team."

Seaman Recruit (SR) Joseph Agbingpadua entered boot camp on June 28 and was one of the 15 recruits who were the first recipients of the Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon. According to Agbingpadua, it was an honor to be selected among his shipmates receiving the ribbon.

"It is special to me to think that in the 239 years of the Navy's existence, I'm the first to receive the award out of boot camp," said Agbingpadua. "Through the past eight weeks, my philosophy has been 'Good, better, and best; never rest until your good is better and your better is best.' I wouldn't have received this award if it wasn't for the leadership from my RDCs and the support from my shipmates in my division."

In addition to Agbingpadua, the other new Sailors awarded the ribbon include: SR Jamie Murray, SR Matthew Jones, SR Brittany Walker, SR Renata Choi, SR Carlin Hatcher, SR Richard Cassube III, SR Stephen McGahey, SR Allison Revera-Medina, SR Garrett Firestone, SR Jeremy Cryer, SR Hunter Morrow, SR Bethany Vikowski, SR Timothy Seybold, and SR James Bell III.

RTC is primarily responsible for conducting the initial Navy orientation and training of new recruits. The command is commonly referred to as "boot camp" or "recruit training."

Boot camp is approximately eight weeks, and all enlistees into the United States Navy begin their careers at the command. Training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms familiarization, firefighting and shipboard damage control, lessons in Navy heritage and core values, teamwork and discipline.

RTC Great Lakes is the Navy's only basic training location, and is known as the "Quarterdeck of the Navy." Today, approximately 38,000 recruits graduate annually from RTC and begin their Navy careers.

Rear Adm. Evans and his NSTC staff are headquartered in Building 1; the historic clock tower building on Naval Station Great Lakes. NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy.

NSTC also oversees the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at more than 160 colleges and universities, Officer Training Command at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.

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NNS150821-22. USS Barry CO and CMC Relieved

From Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The commanding officer and command master chief of USS Barry (DDG 52) based at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. were relieved of their duties today by Commander, Destroyer 26, Capt. Brian Fort.

Cmdr. Patrick Foster was relieved of his duties by Fort due to loss of confidence in his ability to command following an on-going investigation into a series of decisions over time reflecting poor judgment, failure to meet and uphold the highest personal and professional standards, and poor program management.

Command Master Chief Torrence Kelly was temporarily reassigned by Fort due to substandard performance over time.

Cmdr. Zoah Scheneman, Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron 26, temporarily assumed command. The new command master chief is in the process of being identified.

Foster assumed command of USS Barry (DDG 52) in April 2014 and has been reassigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic.

Kelly has served as Barry's command master chief since March 2015. He has been temporarily reassigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic.

NNS150821-19. USS Albuquerque Returns from Final Deployment

By Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 Public Affairs

NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) returned to its homeport Aug. 21 following its final regularly-scheduled deployment.

Albuquerque, under the command of Cmdr. Trent Hesslink, returned from the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.

"This crew did an absolutely amazing job," said Hesslink. "We trained well, left at the top of our game, and to close out Albuquerque's service life with such a successful deployment, I couldn't ask for more."

Albuquerque left its homeport of San Diego on Feb. 6 and steamed more than 50,000 nautical miles during the deployment. Port visits were conducted in Stirling, Australia; Duqm, Oman; and Diego Garcia.

For one Albuquerque Sailor, this final deployment was bittersweet.

"I've been aboard for four years and to know this is it, it's tough to imagine this boat no longer being at sea," said Electronics Technician Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Warren. "I have a lot of memories on this boat, and I will certainly miss it."

In its more than 32-year career, Albuquerque deployed more than 15 times, steamed more than 500,000 miles, and visited nearly 20 countries. Albuquerque was also one of the first nuclear submarines to experience combat, gaining the moniker of "Sure Shooter of the Submarine Force."

Albuquerque is scheduled to transit to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, in Bremerton, Washington, later this year for its inactivation and decommissioning.

Albuquerque was commissioned May 21, 1983. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Albuquerque has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Albuquerque is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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NNS020718-36. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 24

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1814 - During the War of 1812, the British invade Md. and burn Washington, D.C. and the Navy Yard.

1862 - During the Civil War, Capt. Raphael Semmes takes command of CSS Alabama at sea off the island of Terceira, Azores, beginning his career of raiding American commerce.

1912 - The collier, USS Jupiter, is launched. The vessel is the first electrically-propelled Navy ship. She is renamed USS Langley in April 1920 with the designation of aircraft carrier CV-1 and a few months later becomes the Navys first aircraft carrier in March 1922 following conversion.

1942 - Task Force 61, commanded by Vice Adm. Frank J. Fletcher, engages the Japanese First Carrier Division, Third Fleet, commanded by Vice Adm. Nagumo Chuchi, during Battle of Eastern Solomons. Planes from Japanese carrier, Ryujo, bomb U.S. positions on Lunga Point but SBDs from VB-3 and TBFs from VT-8 off carrier USS Saratoga (CV 3) sink Ryujo. Additionally, USS Enterprise (CV 6) is damaged by carrier bombers from Japanese carrier, Shokaku. As a result of this battle, the Japanese recall the expedition to recapture Guadalcanal.

1943 - TBF aircraft from USS Core (CVE 13) sinks the German submarine (U 185) southwest of the Azores.

1992 - USS Essex (LHD 2) is commissioned without ceremony from Pascagoula, Miss., in order to take part in an emergency sortie to avoid Hurricane Andrew. After transiting through the Panama Canal, USS Essex is officially commissioned Oct. 17 at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego.

NNS150825-09. Seawolf Completes Six-Month Arctic Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The fast-attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Aug. 21, following a six-month deployment.

During the deployment, Seawolf conducted routine submarine operations, which included scheduled under-ice transits and under-ice operations.

"The crew performed superbly on multiple operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility," said Cmdr. Jeff Bierley, Seawolf's commanding officer, from Birmingham, Alabama. "We conducted two polar transits, including a routine surfacing at the North Pole. Operations under the Arctic are part of the Navy's continued commitment to maintain access to all international seas, and Seawolf was just part of that commitment."

The Navy has been operating in the Arctic for decades and it is expected that presence requirements will likely increase as maritime traffic in the region increases. Ships like Seawolf support the Arctic national strategy by developing capabilities, increasing maritime awareness and preserving freedom.

"Seawolf did an exceptional job; they had an accelerated fleet readiness training period so they were really pushed to get all of their preparations, training and certifications done before deployment, including preparations for the very challenging Arctic transit," said Capt. Douglas Perry, commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5, from Alexandria, Virginia. "Arctic transits are important, not just for us to be able to keep our fleet assets around the globe, but it also give us an opportunity to maintain undersea dominance of the Arctic spaces, an area that is very challenging and is changing dramatically."

This was the first deployment for many of the Sailors aboard Seawolf, awarding them the unique experience of visiting the North Pole.

"It was a very interesting deployment full of mixed emotions and the unexpected," said Yeoman 3rd Class Felipe Aparicio, from Los Angeles. "Surfacing at the North Pole was awesome. As you push through the surface it takes your breath away. You feel the ice hit the hull of the boat and you hear thumping back and forth all around you; then it just stops. It was a memorable experience. We got out of the boat, and the best way to describe the North Pole is that it's a cold, snowy desert."

These polar transits and the surfacing of submarines demonstrate the U.S. Navy's commitment to assure access to all international waters. USS Nautilus (SSN 571) was the first submarine to complete a submerged polar transit.

"We are very happy to be home to the Pacific Northwest, and we are eager to spend time with our family and friends," said Bierley.

Seawolf, commissioned July 19, 1997, is the first of the Navy's three Seawolf-class submarines. The Seawolf is significantly quieter than any Los Angeles-class submarine. It is also faster, has more torpedoes tubes and can carry up to 50 torpedoes or missiles, or 100 mines.

All of the Seawolf-class submarines are homeported in the Pacific Northwest - USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and Seawolf at Bremerton, Washington, and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

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NNS150825-20. NOSC Detroit Sailors Participate in Navy Reserve Centennial 5K Run

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver, NOSC Detroit Public Affairs

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. (NNS) -- Reserve Sailors assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Detroit, family members and local U.S. Navy Sea Cadets participated in a 5K run at Selfridge Air National Guard Base Aug. 23 to commemorate the Navy Reserve Centennial.

"I was very pleased with the amount of participation and happy to see so many people proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Navy Reserves," added Lt. Michael Cullen, executive officer of NOSC Detroit.

The event brought together more than 150 reservists and members of the U.S. Sea Cadet Corps Tomcat Squadron to emphasize the importance of the Navy Reserve Centennial while helping to promote fitness in a fun manner.

"The Navy Centennial 5K run was a great opportunity to boost camaraderie amongst NOSC Detroit Sailors while highlighting the rich tradition of the Navy Reserves," said Senior Chief Yeoman Amy Kelly, NOSC Detroit command senior chief.

It was truly heartwarming to see Sailors support one another throughout the entire event, said Kelly. The cheers and encouragement really showcased the teamwork, dedication and loyalty Sailors at the NOSC have for one another.

To promote some friendly competition, participants with the best finish time in each of the five age categories received a plaque highlighting the achievement. The participants were organized in the following subgroups: children ages 14 and under, male and female ages 15-34, and male and female ages 35 and older.

"I thought it was an awesome event," said Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Alexander Estrada, 5K participant, Operational Support Unit 1301 NOSC Detroit. "It was very well organized and commemorated the history of the Navy Reserves both past and present.

The event also included a roving medical support staff, hydration stations throughout the course, nutritious snacks, and each participant received a personal finish time with the help of volunteers from a local running establishment.

NOSC Detroit is one of 123 Navy Operational Support Centers fleet-wide that will be celebrating 100 years of Navy Reserve service this year.

The mission of NOSC Detroit is to generate mobilization readiness by providing administrative services, training support, and world class customer service to Reserve personnel in support of surge and operational requirements for the Navy and Marine Corps team, and Joint Forces.

The command includes 23 staff members, both officers and civilians, 18 full-time supports and active-duty Sailors as well as approximately 550 selected reserve Sailors assigned to 20 different units.

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NNS150825-19. CPO Selectees Attend WAVES Training

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Maher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Chief petty officers and chief petty officer selectees assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) joined hundreds of other chiefs and selectees from the Hampton Roads area during a heritage event held at the USS Wisconsin (BB 64) and Nauticus museum in Norfolk, Virginia, Aug. 18.

During the event, the selectees discussed many topics, including the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES program, which was established in August 1942. Throughout World War II women contributed to the war effort in various fields of endeavor. Their numerous contributions proved to be a vital asset to winning the war as well as proving that mixed-gender forces could be successful.

The training was led by Jo-Anne Teel, a member of Military Women of Tidewater and April Maletz, assistant director and Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia, who are both Navy veterans.

"I love sharing Navy, WAVES and chief history," Maletz said. "We have to share what we have; our history doesn't do anyone any good rotting away on a shelf."

These two women having been conducting this training for the chief petty officer selectees for the past two years and know how important it is for these soon-to-be chief petty officers.

"I feel it is very important for the selectees to realize the history of women in the Navy," Teel said. "Females have come such a long way since I enlisted in the early 70s, and I feel it will help them in appreciating their Sailors and guiding them on the right path for each one. You can't know where you are going if you don't understand where you came from."

They are not the only ones who recognize the importance of the training; the selectees learned a lot that day as well.

"Events like these are good for us because not only do we get a chance to see how strong the chief's mess is but we learn valuable information," said Chief (Select) Personnel Specialist Derrick Washington, a Sailor assigned to Lincoln. "WAVES is a real important part of the Navy's history. It gave women a chance to serve their country."

At the end of these events, it is important that each selectee walks away with something they didn't know before the event began.

"It is a great honor to know that Sailors of today are interested in knowing where they came from," Teel said. "Congratulations to all the selectees. Take everything you have learned and be the chief to the best of your abilities."

Abraham Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.

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NNS150825-13. NCMS Holds Change of Command

From NCMS Public Affairs

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (NNS) -- Cmdr. James A. LeCounte relieved Cmdr. J. Steve Correia as commanding officer of Naval Communications Security Material System (NCMS) during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Aug. 21.

Correia commented that his greatest accomplishment was "forging a culture of teamwork between the military and civilian personnel at NCMS while accomplishing the mission." He will now transfer to the Pentagon to serve as Cyber Division action officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

LeCounte had served as assistant chief of staff and chief information officer at U.S. Naval Forces Japan in Yokosuka, Japan, since January 2014. His previous tours include USS Osprey (MHC 51), USS Saipan (LHA 2), Navy Personnel Command, Joint Command Information Systems Activity Korea, Destroyer Squadron 28 in Norfolk, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam, and C4I in Strike Group 5 in Yokosuka, Japan.

"Being in command you can make great changes in an organization and its people's lives and careers," said LeCounte. "It's a rare opportunity and I relish the experience I will gain along the way working in a command so representative of the diversity in our Navy."

LeCounte graduated from Savannah State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He received his commission through the Savannah State Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program. In 2003, he received his Master of Science in information systems technology management at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.

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NNS150825-12. NWS Yorktown Serves Up Ordnance and Training for Military

By Mark O. Piggott, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Public Affairs

YORKTOWN, Va (NNS) -- Naval Weapons Station (WPNSTA) Yorktown is known for providing "Ordnance on Target" to the warfighters, but the 15,000-acre facility plays another important role in today's military. With more than 19 training zones, two small arms ranges, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) range, and two helicopter landing pads, WPNSTA Yorktown is prime real estate for training of the armed forces.

In 2014, 55 military units and civilian government agencies conducted more than 67,000 man-hours of training. Jerry Griffin, range training officer at WPNSTA Yorktown, explained that the installation offers unique opportunities for military commands needing specific types of training. "We have training sites that are unique to Hampton Roads and that's bringing people up here," Griffin added.

One of the recent additions to the installation's training capabilities is the renewed level of use at one of two helicopter landing pads, LZ Mason and LZ Pinto, at WPNSTA Yorktown. According to Griffin, helicopter squadrons are always looking for new venues. They operate at the LZ's for "touch and go" training while Marine Corps Security Force Regiment (MCSFR), a tenant command at WPNSTA Yorktown, has increasingly used the helo-pads for "fast rope" and aircraft transition training for the FAST (Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team) companies.

"The Marines utilize our training zones 50% of the year, followed by the Navy at 47%, Army at 2% and all others less than 1%," Griffin said. "However, if you add in the small arms range, those are almost exclusively used by the Navy."

The small arms range at Cheatham Annex (CAX) is used year-round for pistol, rifle, and shotgun qualifications. Its primary purpose is for training the WPNSTA Yorktown Security Force, but when they're not using it, it is booked solid by visiting ships, ships in the Newport News Shipyard, and installation tenant commands on the peninsula.

The two largest training zones on WPNSTA Yorktown belong to two tenant commands under Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC). The Home Station Training Lanes (HSTL) provides counter- improvised explosive device (IED) training to NECC Sailors, as well as Sailors from deploying units and service members from other branches of the armed forces. HSTL Manager, Mike Cobble, told Sailors undergoing counter-IED training that, "the procedures we're teaching you are written in blood."

The other training zone is at CAX and is primarily used by Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) for their "tent city" set up. Tent city gives deploying units the chance to train and live in a self-sufficient, expeditionary environment similar to what they would experience overseas.

"The NAVELSG schoolhouse offers basic and advanced cargo handling, shipboard pedestal cranes, air cargo, expeditionary fuels training at Fort Lee, along with field messing, expeditionary cargo operations, explosive driver and weapons training to three regimental and six battalion reserve component personnel comprising over 2700 members across the United States," said Chief Master-at-Arms Duane Piercy, NAVELSG Training Department School House leading chief.
This is also practiced by Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command (NEMSCOM) for their fleet hospitals. These hospitals can range from 20-200 beds with full medical and dental capabilities to support deployed forces.

"About everything we do crosses both operational commitments and training," Griffin said. "These training sites can be used not only for training but also for equipment testing."

NEMSCOM and NAVELSG combine both operational and training commitments annually during "Exercise Trident Arch" where fleet hospitals, packed into connex boxes, are loaded onto cargo ships to be rotated from staging areas overseas. Additionally, the fleet hospitals were put to the test in 2013 with a collective protection exercise, under the Bureau of Navy Medicine, exercising chemical, biological and radiological capabilities during a mass casualty drill.

"NAVELSG represents the central training point for all mobilizing reserve component personnel in support of expeditionary logistics cargo operations for the Navy and Joint Service Customer," said Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward Kessler, NAVELSG public affairs officer.

Training opportunities at WPNSTA Yorktown have, at times, reached personnel as far away as Chicago, Illinois, and New Orleans, Louisiana. The EOD range has hosted training courses conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in forensic examination. The range was first used to detonate an improvised explosive device (IED), allowing students to study the blast area and separate materials needed to identify the bomb and its components.

"The EOD range is considered a training range for specialized training under EOD," Griffin said.

Overall, the training capabilities of WPNSTA Yorktown have proven to be a vital asset to our Navy and our nation in defense of our country. Though ordnance remains the primary mission for the installation, training is becoming a major factor in its ongoing mission.

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NNS150825-11. Brazil's Top Navy Officer Tours RTC

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

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Adm. Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy, toured U.S. Navy training facilities at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, Aug. 21.

Ferreira was joined on the tour by Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commander, Naval Service Training Command, who hosted Ferreira and his Brazilian contingent during the two-day tour of training facilities on RTC and Training Support Center. Rear Adm. Todd Squire, director for International Engagement for the office of the Chief of Naval Operations also was on hand for the tour that included Battle Stations and a "ship" visit of USS Trayer (BST 21), the U.S. Navy's largest simulator.

"It was an honor to host Adm. Ferreira and his staff officers," said Evans. "I am proud to highlight the various ways our Navy's top Sailors train our Navy's newest Sailors, preparing them for service in our fleet. This was a valuable exchange with our Brazilian counterparts."

The visit began with breakfast with top graduating honor recruits in the USS Arizona ship barracks. The group was able to see how each three-story barracks is set up like a ship, with galleys, messing, classrooms, berthing compartments and offices. They observed how the daily routine for a recruit is similar to the routine on board a ship or submarine in the fleet, that includes quarterdeck and compartment watches.

The tour culminated at USS Trayer, RTC's premiere training facility. Trayer, the 210-foot-long Arleigh Burke-class destroyer simulator, is where recruits go through Battle Stations, a grueling 12-hour culmination of basic training and the last evolution they must accomplish before they graduate.

Ferreira and his staff experienced firsthand the sights, sounds and smells Trayer presents by using the latest in simulation technology with video screens, piped-in smells, large stereo woofer-created vibrations and shipboard sound effects, from helicopters to missile hits.

The group was told how training simulations utilize lessons learned from actual events in recent Navy history and incorporate them into scenarios aboard Trayer, which include firefighting, flooding, and personnel casualties.

Following the tour of Trayer and Battle Stations, the Brazilian officers observed a capping ceremony, in which recruits are congratulated for completing Battle Stations. It's also where recruits replace the recruit ball caps they have worn since arriving at RTC, with a Navy ball cap. This signifies a recruit is now considered a U.S. Navy Sailor.

RTC is primarily responsible for conducting the initial orientation and training of new recruits. The command is commonly is referred to as "boot camp" or "recruit training" and has been in operation at Great Lakes since 1911. Boot camp is approximately eight weeks, and all enlistees into the United States Navy begin their careers at the command. Training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, firefighting, shipboard damage control, and lessons in Navy heritage, core values, teamwork and discipline. Since the closure of RTCs in Orlando and San Diego in 1994, RTC at Naval Station Great Lakes is now the Navy's only basic training location, and is known as "The Quarterdeck of the Navy."

In July 2010 RTC successfully completed a 12-year $770 million recapitalization plan that included the building of the 13 "ship" barracks and other facilities, to meet the mission of training 21st century Sailors. Today, approximately 38,000 recruits graduate annually from RTC and begin their Navy careers.

Evans and his NSTC staff oversee 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes RTC; the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at more than 160 colleges and universities; Officer Training Command on Naval Station Newport, R. I.; and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.

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NNS150825-07. NAS Whiting Field Hosts Commander, Navy Installations Command

By Jay Cope, Naval Air Station Whiting Field Public Affairs

NAS WHITING FIELD, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Air Station Whiting Field and NAS Pensacola, both recipients of the 2015 Installation Excellence award, hosted Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, during his tour across the Gulf Coast this week.

The two air stations served as the final stopping points for Smith before he returned to CNIC. NAS Whiting Field and NAS Pensacola received the recognition in the small and large categories, respectively. Something he alluded to immediately in his comments to the assembled senior staff to kick-off his visit.

"First and foremost, congratulations on receiving the Installation Excellence Award," Smith said. "You ought to be very proud of that accomplishment."

During his travels Smith emphasized the importance of his guiding principles of taking customer service to the next level, being brilliant on the basics, making smart business decisions and living a culture of continuous improvement. Both Sailors and civilians, along with base leadership, were pleased to connect with CNIC during the week.

"I was happy for the opportunity to meet Adm. Smith," said NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer, Capt. Todd Bahlua. "I think his visit gives us a lot of insight to incorporate as we try to improve the way we serve the tenant commands. His comments were positive, and I believe the trip enabled him to see the tremendous caliber of people we have on our team."

Smith, Jackson, and CNIC's Force Master Chief Andrew Thompson, along with the Region's Command Master Chief Michael Jackson toured NAS Whiting Field visiting a variety of locations to see first-hand the work that goes into maintaining fleet readiness and supporting sailors and their families. Stops included visiting a variety of morale, welfare and recreation sites, Fleet and Family Support Center, security department, water treatment facilities, fire house, and Child Development Center, to name a few.

"The quality of services we provide Sailors and their families is so important," said Smith. "I'm pleased to meet and see the people here who make it all go."
Covering 13 states and Cuba, Region Southeast headquarters located in Jacksonville, Florida, is responsible for 17 installations.

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NNS150825-05. CP-15 Veterinarians Treat, Train in the Dominican Republic

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brittney Cannady, Continuing Promise Public Affairs

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (NNS) -- U.S. Army veterinarians, technicians, and volunteers with non-governmental organization (NGO) World Vets, partnered with Dominican Republic (D.R.) military members and veterinarians to perform surgeries, vaccinations, treatment and training, Aug. 15-21, during Continuing Promise 2015.

The veterinary team collaborated with the Ministry of Health and the Humane Society of the Dominican Republic to conduct veterinary civil affairs programs (VETCAPs) for local residents at Hospital Clinico Veterinario and multiple locations throughout Santo Domingo, which were selected based on their need for vaccination assistance.

"Being at the local clinic where we can interact with pet owners and their animals, allows us a chance to get immediate feedback and see how our work impacts the people of the Dominican Republic," said U.S. Army Capt. Emily Corbin, a veterinarian assigned to Public Health Command District Fort Meade, Maryland.

During the VETCAPs, vets worked closely with local NGOs to provide in-depth training on surgical procedures, preventative medicine and vaccinations, helping strengthen working relationships between the U.S. and the D.R.

"The vet team was a tremendous help to our veterinarians," said Patricia Valerio, chief veterinary epidemiologist at the Dominican Republic National Anti-rabies Center. "The skills they shared with us are greatly appreciated by everyone. The staff and students were able get more hands-on training with canine surgeries and examinations."

Medications and supplies were donated to the clinic, and more than 30 surgeries were performed side-by-side with local veterinarian staff, allowing both groups to sharpen their skills while treating animals in the community.

"I enjoyed having the team working alongside us, because every procedure was used as an opportunity to teach each other," said Valerio. "They were willing to help as many animals as they could while here in Santo Domingo."

The team also facilitated behavioral training with D.R. military working dogs at Unidad Canina de Operaciones Especial de la Policia Nacional, and Escuela Regional de Entrenamiento. Lessons on diet, nutrition and first aid were presented to help handlers keep their working dogs in top form; something Corbin said she believes will make a difference even after the mission.

"Seeing how the Dominican handlers operated at their facilities helped us identify what techniques could be adapted to fit their specific environment, and that sense of collaboration is really how we strengthen the working relationship in each country we visit," she added.

Comfort's veterinary team has conducted VETCAPs in Belize, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Dominica and the Dominican Republic. More are planned to take place at the final mission stops in Haiti and Honduras.

Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support, and disaster response to partner nations and to show the United States' continued support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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NNS150825-04. Rushmore Arrives in Abu Dhabi

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Troy Milburn, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 3 Public Affairs

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) arrived in Abu Dhabi for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 25.

The visit, Rushmore's second to Abu Dhabi, will provide Sailors and Marines with the opportunity to go on tours through Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), and the chance to experience the local culture and a different side of Abu Dhabi, compared to their previous visit in July.

Cmdr. Thomas Stephens, Rushmore's commanding officer, explained the significant role his Sailors have during this port visit between the United States and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"This truly is a 'liberty as a mission' port visit, as this visit will help strengthen the United States' relationship with UAE," he said. "My crew remains professional and acts as the goodwill ambassadors the United States expects of its armed forces. Additionally, my Sailors work hard, and this is the perfect opportunity for them to relax and unwind a bit before we hit the daily grind again."

Although, Rushmore has been at-sea 16 days since their 10-day port visit to Bahrain, many Sailors spent most of their time during that port visit conducting in-port repairs and maintenance as part of the ship's mid-deployment voyage repair period.

"This port visit is going to be a lot more enjoyable for us because all of our major maintenance is complete, and we'll be able to spend more time on personal liberty," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Winston Friedly. "I'm excited to get off the ship and have a break after getting all that work done."

Rushmore is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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NNS020718-39. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 25

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1864 - CSS Tallahassee, commanded by Cmdr. John Taylor Wood, returns to Wilmington, N.C. to refuel on coal. During her more than two week raid, CSS Tallahassee destroys 26 vessels and captures seven others.

1927 - USS Los Angeles (ZR 3) rises to a near-vertical position due to the sudden arrival of a cold air front that lifts the airships tail, causing it to rise before she can swing around the mast parallel to the new wind direction. Los Angeles only suffers minor damage but the affair demonstrates the risks involved with high mooring masts.

1943 - Depth charges from USS Patterson (DD 392) sink the Japanese submarine RO-35, 170 miles southeast of San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands.

1944 - USS Picuda (SS 382), in attack on Japanese convoy at the western entrance to the Babuyan Channel, sinks destroyer Yunagi 20 miles north-northeast of Cape Bojeador, Philippines and merchant tanker Kotoku Maru.

1951 - 23 fighters from USS Essex (CV 9) escort Air Force heavy bombers in an attack on Najin, Korea due to the target being beyond range of land-based fighters.

NNS150826-14. Small Acts Can Save Lives - Navy Observes Suicide Prevention Month

From Chief Of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- While September is Suicide Prevention Month, subject matter experts from the 21st Century Sailor Office's Suicide Prevention Office, OPNAV N171, say their goal isn't to prevent suicide on just a single day or month, but every day of the year.

"Every life is precious, and the fight is year-round," said Capt. Mike Fisher, OPNAV N171 director. "We want people engaged with their shipmates every day of the year. We're talking about being there for every Sailor, every day."

This year, Suicide Prevention Month will focus on a new message with its Every Sailor, Every Day campaign, "1 Small ACT." The message promotes simple, everyday actions that can ultimately save lives, using Navy's "ACT" (Ask Care Treat) bystander intervention model.

Last week, the Navy Suicide Prevention office released a toolkit to help Navy commands and Sailors engage in the fight to prevent suicide. This toolkit features educational resources, high-resolution graphics, and ideas for actions to take during September and year-round.

Also in the toolkit are engagement ideas to promote peer support, personal wellness and bystander intervention all year long. One way to get involved as an individual or organization is to participate in the "1 Small ACT" Photo Gallery. Participants can print the "1 Small ACT" sign directly from the toolkit or online, personalize it with their example of a small act that they can perform in a shipmate's life, and then send a photo with the sign to Submissions will also be accepted through the Real Warriors mobile app, which can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

"We want to highlight people across the fleet as they share their ideas for supporting their shipmates and promoting psychological health," Fisher said. "You never know when that everyday action - a kind word, an offer to help - will make the big difference in someone's life."

The "1 Small ACT" Photo Gallery will be displayed on the Navy Suicide Prevention Office's Operational Stress Control Facebook page, building a virtual wall of hope for the entire Navy community. Submissions will be accepted from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2016.

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NNS150825-21. CNO Speaks Via VTC with PLAN Chief

From CNO Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert participated in a video teleconference (VTC) Aug. 25 with his Chinese counterpart, People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Commander Adm. Wu Shengli to discuss the state of relations between the two navies and introduce his replacement as CNO, Adm. John Richardson.

This is the second time Greenert has engaged with Wu over the VTC, the last being in April 2015.

During today's call, Greenert and Wu highlighted the on-going progress between the U.S. Navy and PLA(N), including the continued use of Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), development of the Rules of Behavior for the Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters (RoB) confidence building measure, participation in the next Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), pending port visits, and an upcoming visit by USN prospective commanding officers to China.

Of note, both admirals agreed to share CUES and RoB lessons learned with their respective coast guard counterparts, in the hope of expanding communication and further reducing the likelihood of maritime accidents.

The next VTC is tentatively scheduled for later this fall.

NNS150826-16. TR Celebrates Women's Equality Day

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephane Belcher, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines celebrated Women's Equality Day on the mess decks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Aug. 26.

The celebration marked 95 years since passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Cmdr. Kim Donahue, the command chaplain, spoke at the event to reflect on her experience with the progress of women in the military.

"Since I've been in [the military], women's equality has been a given," said Donahue. "When it comes to equality, if you're really equal, you should be capable of pursuing an exciting demanding career. Then you should be able to continue on to take on more and more responsibility. And that's been my experience."

In 2000, Donahue was the first female chaplain onboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the same year Capt. Kathleen McGrath became the first woman to command a U.S. warship while deployed in the Arabian Gulf.

"I was very proud, and yet it didn't matter. I had a job to do. It really doesn't matter what gender I am. It's my calling, my job, my profession. I was just thrilled to be on a carrier, period," said Donahue.

After 17 years of service, Donahue said she was honored to have the opportunity to speak to the younger generation of military women.

"Women have a lot of determination to join into something that is a predominantly male profession, which is warfighting," said Donahue. "I think this is the case for most women in the military, myself included, that I never looked at myself as a pioneer. I just thought it was my right. It's open to me, I want to do it and so I'm going to do it."

Some of Donahue's experiences throughout her civilian and naval career, as woman of many firsts, left an impact on the Sailors.

"I really liked the chaplain's story," said Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Reshae Davenport, from Cleveland. "I thought it was very personal and impactful. I also liked the song that the choir did. It was really emotional and overall, it got me feeling spirited about the whole movement. It made me feel really proud about the history of women in the military."

Following Donahue's speech, an all-female group from TR's choir took to the stage, along with a cake cutting and video presentation.

Theodore Roosevelt is the flagship of the TRCSG, which is composed of Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG 90) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).

Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.

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NNS150826-15. MARMC Divers Perform USS Anzio Blade Change Outs

By Shelby West, MARMC Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) Dive Team Charlie completed a five-blade change out on USS Anzio's (CG 68) port side propeller, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Aug. 20.

Upon initial inspection during a cleaning by Seaward Marine Services, only three blades were visibly damaged; however, all five blades had to be changed out in order to keep Anzio's propeller balanced.

"Divers went down to do a visual and technical inspection of the blades and cracks were found in the prairie air channel of one of the blades," said MARMC Dive Team Charlie Supervisor and Leading Petty Officer Navy Diver 1st Class (Diving Salvage Warfare/Surface Warfare/Expeditionary Warfare) Bryan Edwards. "The prairie air channel is welded onto the blade. The damaged blade looked like it had been cleaned so much that the weld was exposed and that's where the hairline cracks were coming from."

Dive Team Charlie is one of four of MARMC's military dive teams.

"Most of us that have done blade changes on this team have worked on [guided-missile frigates] or [guided-missile destroyers]; this is the first [guided-missile cruiser] we have worked on and this boat hasn't been out of the water in 14 years," said Edwards. "With the exception of cleanings, nothing on the [propeller] has been touched in 14 years. After removing the first blade, we discovered that the first center post sleeve was cracked. It's probably been cracked for years."

Divers started work Aug. 10, working in 12-hour shifts and over the weekend to ensure the job was completed on time.

"Although we had a slow start, we got down there and were able to figure out what needed replacing, got the tools and parts to fix it and got things moving," said MARMC Dive Team Charlie Navy Diver 3rd Class Ryan Blacklaw.

Divers worked the job in pairs; a senior diver and a junior diver worked together, in order for the junior diver to gain more experience and learn how to make repairs from the senior diver.

"My guys are doing awesome," said Edwards. "Over the weekend, they worked from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. one night; just because we work 12 hours, doesn't mean we stop at 12. We have a lot of guys that this is their first locker; they have picked up quick from previous jobs and now they are the ones in the water being the lead diver. They are doing really good. Even through the hiccups we had on this job, we still planned to be done ahead of schedule."

Anzio's blade change out was a joint effort between MARMC divers; Naval Sea Systems Command Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (NAVSEA 00C); Emergency Ship Salvage Material (ESSM) technical experts, who oversaw all components of the work package; and Phoenix International Holdings, Inc.

"We had a civilian presence here and they showed us some of the tools we could use for this job," said Blacklaw. "We helped [ESSM technical experts] put the tools in the water and they taught us how to trouble shoot them. They gave us a lot of information on counterbalancing and the work package; why we had to change all the blades out, the size of them, and the A-frames - how we were going to set them up. It was a lot of numbers and a lot of information, but we went step by step and got the job done."

"This was a good experience for all hands," said NAVSEA 00C ESSM Journeyman Mechanic Dennis Miller. "I've worked with a lot of divers and saw it from different aspects, the civilian side and the Navy side, and I've learned a lot. I definitely wanted to be able to teach the divers all the knowledge I could on this job, so they could learn how to do it the correct way and have the proper knowledge throughout their careers."

NAVSEA 00C Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Theodorou oversaw the Anzio blade change outs and even dove with MARMC's divers.

"A steadfast technical expert who was on the job site representing [NAVSEA] 00C and ensuring the job went as planned, [Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Theodorou] provided deck plate leadership and is truly a person for all of our dive locker Sailors and civilians to emulate," said MARMC Production Officer Capt. Jeffrey Sheets. "He is a great communicator and made a difficult job seem easy; I'd welcome his professionalism on any task."

Dive Team Charlie finished the job four days ahead of schedule.

"The job went really well," said USS Anzio Chief Engineer Lt. Cdr. Justin Neff. "The divers have been awesome in communicating with us. They had a couple of hiccups here and there, which is to be expected on such a major job, but they really worked hard to finish ahead of schedule and keep us mission ready."

Anzio will be deploying in early September.
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NNS150826-13. NSWC Commander Inspires Innovators

By John Joyce, NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Burnett envisioned his career after retiring from the U.S. Army last year - start up a company to rapidly deploy life-saving ideas, solutions and technologies to warfighters.

Like many small business owners and entrepreneurs, however, he encountered a daunting Department of Defense acquisition process that could delay or prevent his vision from becoming reality.

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Commander Rear Adm. Lorin Selby listened to Burnett, who was among DoD technologists, business executives, and educators who came to share their ideas, technology solutions, and concerns at NSWC Dahlgren Division's second annual Unmanned Systems Integration Workshop and Technical Exchange Meeting, Aug. 19.

"What is the best way to get the technologies that are ready to go into the hands of the warfighter," Burnett asked the admiral. "We have game changing technology now and I'll do it at cost to get the technology into the hands of the warfighter. I've been in their shoes and know what they're going through. We have toolsets that can help them win."

In his keynote speech, Selby inspired 160 scientists, engineers and technologists in DoD, industry, and academia to overcome the challenges they face - including certification, accreditation and acquisition processes - to obtain funding for new technologies that can quickly become a program of record and deployed to the warfighter.

"The idea of coming up with ideas and then transferring those ideas is a huge part of the future, and as a nation, I think we can do it faster and better than anyone else," said Selby. "We need to establish more collaborative partnerships. We will never solve these problems in stovepipes, so we've got to be more collaborative and more team oriented. Collaboration is what it's all about."

The technical exchange, which included panel discussions, harnessed the power of intensive collaboration among the joint services, industry and academia.

"Our society is very open and sharing," said Selby. "We're very willing in our society to put ideas out there and that's very powerful. Some are going to shoot holes in them while others will say, 'that's a good idea, I will use it'. That's powerful."

In all, 25 unmanned systems experts from the public and private sector presented 20 briefs and two panel discussions. Robotics teams from two local high schools also demonstrated their science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects.

"Integration of unmanned systems continues to be a challenge for the Navy, and judging by the cross-organizational participation at this workshop, it seems to be a challenge for everyone else as well," said Ajoy 'AJ' Muralidhar, NSWCDD Human Systems Integration engineer and the event's lead organizer. "New technology and capabilities are introduced every day and we constantly have to evolve and adapt our approaches in order to ensure that we are able to provide the best options for the warfighting community."

The briefing titles - speaking volumes about new approaches and options - included: Autonomous Weapons and Proportionality; Perception for Unmanned Systems; Multinational Capability Development Campaign; Situation Awareness and Decision Support within Unmanned Systems; Simulation Methods for Unmanned Surface Vehicles for Software Development and Sensor Simulation; Marine Corps Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate; and Mechanisms for Lifelong Learning in Autonomous Systems: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

"The workshop was a unique collaboration for unmanned and autonomous technology development," said Harry Dreany, technical direction agent for the U.S. Marine Corps Maneuver Science and Technology Program, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. "Nowhere else in the Navy are these types of discussions being held with as much depth and breadth across the DoD, industry and academia. The large number of Ph.D.s and experts in attendance made a considerable contribution to technical interchange that occurred with the presenters and panel members during and after the presentations. This allowed researchers like myself to see other possible approaches to technical problems that we might not have thought of within our own organizations."

Dreany joined four unmanned systems experts from the Navy and the Army to discuss, "Weaponization of Tactical Unmanned Surface and Ground Platforms - an Integration Perspective".

As a presenter, the NSWCDD scientist briefed his research findings on, "Safety Engineering of Computational Cognitive Architecture within Unmanned Systems."

The objective of his research is to build a dynamic changing model to evaluate a cognitive architecture's ability to ensure safe performance of an autonomous safety-critical system. Results will provide cognitive science researchers with a comparison of safety engineering among multiple cognitive research paradigms.

"The workshop was a great opportunity for me to share and discuss my research with experts in the field of autonomy and unmanned technology," said Dreany. "Cognitive development within artificial intelligence is a difficult and complex problem. Safety engineering is a large part of my research and I had directional changing discussions with other engineers on the development of safety measurements, mechanisms and methodologies for cognitive development. These conversations would not have happened without this workshop."

The unmanned systems integration workshop - one of several ongoing NSWCDD initiatives to foster collaboration and cooperation between government, industry and academia - was sponsored by NSWCDD Chief Technology Office and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (Tactical Warfare Systems, Land Warfare and Munitions, Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise).

"It was a true workforce development opportunity," said Muralidhar. "The volunteers, session chairs and coordinators, as well as the organizing committee were all junior engineers who impacted the event with fresh ideas and perspectives on unmanned systems integration."

NSWCDD, a Naval Sea Systems Command warfare center division, is a premier research and development center that serves as a specialty site for weapon system integration. The command's unique ability to rapidly introduce new technology into complex warfighting systems is based on its longstanding competencies in science and technology, research and development, and test and evaluation.

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NNS150826-12. Aviation Training Expands Corrosion Control Course to Four Sites

From Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's single point of accountability for developing, delivering and supporting aviation technical training recently implemented the final phase of a five-year effort to streamline aircraft corrosion control courses.

The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), after several business case analysis studies at CNATT units, began offering corrosion control training in August at CNATT Unit Detachment Atsugi, the last of five sites offering courses in what is a naval aviation mainstay.

According to Joe Meehan, Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Center (NATEC) liaison to CNATT, the additional teaching sites will result in decreased training times and provide a significant improvement in corrosion control practices throughout the fleet.

"The increased training of Navy and Marine Corps technicians will improve aircraft material condition and ultimately increase fleet readiness," he said. "CNATT courses will continue evolving to address valid fleet training requirements."

A corrosion control course was pioneered in the 1970s. In 1998, Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Group Detachment Norfolk, Virginia, was asked to teach the corrosion and paint final finish courses in the Norfolk region. The two courses were eventually transitioned to proper format, assigned course numbers and ultimately taught.

With the expansion of fleet corrosion training requirements, courses were taught through CNATTU Norfolk, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and remotely by NATEC representatives. A significant backlog - sometimes approaching nine months - was noticed for service members needing the course. To address this issue, in 2010, NAVAIR and CNATT leadership investigated the possibilities of expanding the CNATTU Norfolk corrosion course to CNATTUs in Lemoore and Ocean. CNATT approved the proposal in 2012 after a business case analysis reflected a major cost savings.

Meehan added that with the success of those two initiatives, CNATT approved the expansion of the course to CNATTU Whidbey Island, Washington, and the CNATT Detachment in Atsugi, Japan.

A decade ago, less than 150 students completed aircraft corrosion control courses in a calendar year. Today, almost 1,000 students finish the requisite coursework each year, a number Meehan said is ensuring that the best trained and best qualified service members are working corrosion control issues throughout naval aviation.

CNATT is a technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities. The center and its many units provide operational and maintenance training that supports ashore and afloat operations. This includes specialized skills training for enlisted ratings and officer designators, supporting all facets of aviation maintenance and support.

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NNS150826-09. NAVFAC Announces Industry Day Meetings in Three Cities

By Don Rochon, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced, Aug. 26, that it will hold five public Industry Day meetings in three cities during the month of September.

The goal of the meetings is to foster the exchange of information between the Navy and industry. The meetings will cover energy storage solutions, extending the life of airfield pavement, improving lighting technologies, cybersecurity of industrial control systems, and innovative construction methods.

"The five NAVFAC Industry Day events are an excellent opportunity for industry leaders and NAVFAC subject matter experts to exchange ideas on important topics within the built environment," said Joseph Gott, NAVFAC chief engineer and director of Capital Improvements. "The exchange of information between NAVFAC and industry will help inform criteria and improve the effectiveness of our facilities for the Department of the Navy and other supported federal agencies."

The meetings will be held in San Diego (for energy storage and innovative construction), Virginia Beach, Virginia, (for extending airfield pavement life and improving lighting technologies), and Washington D.C. (for cybersecurity of industrial control systems).

The meetings in San Diego will be held Sept. 14 and 15 at the Admiral Baker Clubhouse.

In Virginia Beach, the meetings will be held Sept. 15 and 17 at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library Auditorium.

And in Washington D.C., the meeting will be held Sept. 22 at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library.

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NNS150826-07. Rota Utilizes Navy's Newest Campaign Element to Prevent Suicide

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Dietrick, Naval Station Rota, Spain Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Naval Station Rota plans to use this time to encourage Sailors to talk about the topic and take a more proactive approach to prevent suicide with the Navy's new "One Small ACT" message.

According to the Navy Suicide Prevention Branch, "One Small ACT" encourages simple yet meaningful interactions between peers, leaders and family members to promote cohesion, intervene and save a life, based on the Navy's Ask Care Treat (ACT) model. This message is part of the broader "Every Sailor, Every Day" campaign.

"The goal of the annual suicide prevention observances is not to prevent suicide on a singular day, week or month," said Capt. Michael Fisher, director, Navy Suicide Prevention Branch. "Rather, efforts aim to encourage the widest participation in educational activities, focusing on the prevalence of suicide as a call-to-action to change the way the public discusses, perceives and reacts to psychological health concerns and seeking help. For too long, psychological health has been a topic that we rarely discuss openly, until we experience the tragic loss of a shipmate or family member to suicide. Starting now, I am asking you to break down the barriers to speaking up and seeking help."

Sailors aboard Naval Station Rota who may be contemplating suicide, can seek help through chaplains, medical personnel and suicide prevention coordinators. Those people know that talking about feelings and asking the question, "Are you going to kill yourself?" can be tough, but is essential to help save the lives of their shipmates.

"A lot of people might be scared to ask the tough questions because they're afraid it will trigger something in the individual to actually go through with hurting themselves," said Chief Hospital Corpsman Javier Cortes, suicide prevention and awareness coordinator for Naval Hospital Rota. "That is a huge misconception. Asking them, 'Are you going to kill yourself?' will actually make them reconsider doing any bodily harm."

Suicide is defined as "death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with any intent to die as a result of the behavior," and according to Navy Suicide Prevention Branch's website, for every one suicide, there are at least 30 suicide attempts. Last year, 68 active duty and reserve Sailors took their own lives. So far this year, 31 active-duty and reserve Sailors have committed suicide.

Lt. Reginald Jones, one of Rota's chaplains, said he believes that talking about suicide and getting the topic out in the open is one of the best measures to prevent further suicides from happening in the future.

"The best thing Sailors can do to possibly prevent a suicide from actually being carried out, is being a good friend; a good shipmate," he added. "Be a person that your friends can come and talk to about anything. If a problem does arise in their life, they know they can come talk to you about anything, and that might prevent something tragic happening in the future."

Jones said he is a firm believer that anyone can be a suicide prevention specialist. It doesn't take a superhero to save a life or lend a helping hand.

"It takes a lot for someone to open up and talk about their feelings," Jones explained. "Everyone has them, but they're hard to talk about. You don't have to talk to a chaplain or a medical representative, but it's imperative that you talk to somebody to mitigate suicidal thoughts from turning into something more."

Rota has many events planned to bring suicide awareness and prevention to the forefront and hopefully make it an easier topic to discuss. These include a 5K run, hanging posters and providing training,

"We are trying to bring prevention and awareness to the forefront," said Chief Hospital Corpsman Michael Stanley, assistant suicide prevention and awareness coordinator for Naval Hospital Rota. "We want to intervene before someone goes too far down that road. If you see some changes in a person's behavior, it's OK to ask them the tough questions. You could be saving someone's life."

If a Sailor is having suicidal thoughts or showcasing suicidal behaviors, there are many avenues for assistance.

Sailors can call the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK, which connects active-duty service members and veterans in crisis with qualified and caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline.

There are also command chaplains, medical personnel and other shipmates. Cortes added that if a Sailor aboard Naval Station Rota dials 118 on a Defense Switched Network phone, it will immediately connect them to a crisis hotline in the U.S.

Before Naval Station Rota can provide the necessary support to base personnel and the forward-deployed naval force destroyers, the installation must ensure the Sailors are operational, both mentally and physically. Talking about suicide will not end a Sailor's career, but keeping it bottled up could end a life.

The 2015 Navy Suicide Prevention Month resources are available on the Navy's Suicide Prevention website, .

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NNS150826-06. Program Executive Officer Visits Aviation Maintenance Training

From Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The program executive officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs spoke with students during a visit to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Detachment at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida, Aug. 24.

Rear Adm. Cindy "CJ" Jaynes, who maintains oversight responsibility for 10 program offices and seven acquisition category major acquisition programs, visited the detachment as part of familiarization tour.

Jaynes spoke with 25 students in the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP) Indoctrination course, stressing the importance of maintaining professionalism despite adversity, as well as continuing to improve as an officer in the United States Navy.

"Never stop learning," she said. "Education will help you out along the way. Don't be afraid to keep learning. It's not the job, but it's what you do with the job."

The NAMP Indoctrination Course is the entry level maintenance course that teaches the basics principles of the aviation maintenance community.

CNATT Detachment Whiting Field Officer-in-Charge Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Bittle said the visit afforded the aviation maintenance officer students a unique opportunity to speak and ask questions with a community leader.

"It is an honor to have a senior leader take time to re-emphasize the importance of what we teach here," he added. "Hearing it from the top shows students that the naval aviation enterprise is not only concerned about the big picture, but also what is going on in the trenches."

CNATT, one of 13 learning centers under the Naval Education and Training Command, provides single site management for Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training. With a staff of more than 3,000, CNATT is responsible for the training of more than 110,000 students annually.

CNATT provides formal technical training in the maintenance of aircraft, aircraft systems and associated equipment, and is also the primary advisor to Commander, Naval Air Systems Command for the design and acquisition of aviation maintenance training systems.

CNATT is the technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under Naval Education and Training Command.

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NNS150826-05. NAVCENT Commander Awarded Bahrain Medal of the First Class

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Zahn, COMUSNAVCENT Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Vice Adm. John Miller, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and the Combined Maritime Forces, received the Bahrain Medal of the First Class from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Aug. 24, during a visit to the kingdom's Al-Sakhir Palace.

"It is an honor to receive this award from His Majesty, the King," said Miller. "While it may be me standing there, I'm really standing in for the women and men of our Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard who built the foundation for our long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationship with Bahrain over the years. This award represents all their hard work and sacrifices to maintain security and stability in this region."

The presentation came when His Majesty received U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain William Roebuck, accompanied by Vice Adm. Miller, to mark the completion of the admiral's tenure in Bahrain, and the arrival of his successor, Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan.

The king praised the strong friendship between the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain, which increased mutual understanding and strengthened defense cooperation. He also lauded Miller for his efforts during his time in command to maintaining stability in the region.

Miller said such cooperation is a two-way street.

"His Majesty, the King, has been an integral part of building upon the close friendship between our two nations," the admiral added. "The result has been long-lasting ties between the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain, which I know will pay dividends, both now and into the future."

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NNS150826-03. Don't Wait - Communicate!

From Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The time to prepare for an emergency is before the first raindrop falls, the first crack of lightning splinters the sky, or the first media report of a storm warning elevates your fear factor.

The time to make a plan is now-don't wait! This urgent theme of action is the focus of September's National Preparedness Month: Don't wait. Communicate! Make an emergency plan today that includes how you'll communicate with your family if disaster strikes.

"We may not know when a wildfire will break out or a flood will occur, but with a communication plan, your family will know who and how to contact someone so you'll know if our loved ones are safe in any emergency," said Jeff Sanford, Navy Installations Command emergency management specialist. "Having a documented and well-thought-out plan can be the difference between calm and panic in a storm or other disastrous event."

Your communications plan should include how to advise your family members on your status, location, next steps, and a place to go where you'll be safe and can be found.

All Sailors, civilian personnel, and families are urged to assess their readiness at home and abroad and act during the month-long campaign culminating with America's PrepareAthon! (AP!) National Day of Action on September 30.

There are several other ways to participate in National Preparedness Month and AP!:
* Follow @ReadyNavy, @Readygov, and @PrepareAthon and share the conversation with #NatlPrep and #PrepareAthon.
* Conduct an emergency drill at home to practice your escape routes, such fire, or tornado exercise.
* Register to receive Wide Area Alert Network and local emergency alerts.
* Purchase flood insurance, which can take 30-days to go into effect.
* Collect and safeguard important documents (e.g. insurance policies and birth records).
* Assemble or update emergency supply kits.

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NNS150826-02. US Sailors, Marines Enhance Regional Cooperation During CARAT Thailand 2015

From Task Force 73 Public Affairs

SATTAHIP NAVAL BASE, Thailand (NNS) -- The 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Royal Thai Armed Forces began Aug. 27 in the vicinity of Sattahip Naval Base.

The Thailand phase of CARAT 2015 consists of eight days of shore-based and at-sea training events, through Sept. 3, designed to address shared maritime security concerns, build relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces.

"CARAT Thailand continues to be a great venue to promote regional security cooperation," said Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, commander, Task Force 73. "Twenty-one years of CARAT brings complexity and sophistication to this exercise, which allows our navies to refine tactics and enhance readiness to meet emerging maritime challenges."

CARAT is a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

More than 1,000 U.S. military members will participate in CARAT Thailand alongside their counterparts from the Royal Thai Armed Services. The exercise will feature amphibious landings, surface warfare drills, visit, board, search and seizure demonstrations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, coastal riverine training, diving and salvage operations, and community outreach engagements by U.S. Navy Seabees and the U.S. 7th Fleet Band.

While CARAT Thailand focuses on legacy maritime security training, this year's exercise will have increased emphasis on Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA-DR), search and rescue, and community outreach activities.

After more than two decades of annual CARAT training engagements between U.S. and Thai armed forces, the exercise reflects the maturity of regional defense cooperation between the two nations.

"CARAT 2015 will allow our forces to continue enhancing our interoperability while addressing shared maritime security priorities," said Capt. H.B. Le, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7. "The exercise demonstrates our commitment to our regional partnerships and stability and security in the Asia-Pacific."

American units participating in the exercise include the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), a P-3C Orion, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, Coastal Riverine Group 1, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 5 and U.S. Marines assigned to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Commander, Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7 staff conduct advanced planning, organize resources and directly support the execution of maritime exercises such as the bilateral CARAT series, the Naval Engagement Activity with Vietnam, and the multilateral Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

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NNS150826-01. USS Frank Cable Holds Change of Command

From USS Frank Cable Public Affairs

POLARIS POINT, Guam (NNS) -- The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) held a change of command ceremony pierside on Polaris Point, Aug. 26.

In front of Frank Cable crew, dignitaries, commanding officers, family and friends, Capt. Andrew St. John relieved Capt. Mark Benjamin as Frank Cable's commanding officer during a change of command ceremony held on the pier.

Rear Adm. Phillip Sawyer, commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, was the guest speaker at the ceremony where he congratulated Benjamin and the crew of Frank Cable on a job well done.

"Mark, you and your team, which is a hybrid crew of civilian mariners and Sailors, can be justifiably proud of all they have accomplished together," said Sawyer. "To all of the men and women of Frank Cable, please accept my profound gratitude for everything you do day in and day out. Everything you do matters and helps form the most formidable Navy in the world."

Sawyer presented the Legion of Merit award to Benjamin for his accomplishments during his time as commanding officer.

During Benjamin's tenure as commanding officer, the ship completed more than 522 thousand man-days in support of submarines and surface vessels in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and earned numerous awards including the Battle Efficiency Award.

"I am so proud of this crew. When I took command, I tasked them with making tenders more relevant while increasing our repair capacity," said Benjamin. "They have done exactly that. Frank Cable has restored capabilities onboard that were lost and we have become more relevant to the Navy. We are doing things now that haven't been done since our fathers and grandfathers were on these ships."

Benjamin will report to Commander, Submarine Group 7 as chief of staff in Yokosuka, Japan.

St. John, a native of Texas, received his commission in 1991 after graduating from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He most recently served as the chief of staff for Joint Interagency Task Force West, the executive agent for DoD counter-narcotic efforts within U.S. Pacific Command.

St. John said he is excited to command Frank Cable, and hopes to exemplify the significance of the Navy's submarine tender force during his time aboard.

"Across these decks, have walked some of the giants in the United States Navy and the crew assembled before us today is no less impressive, added St. John. "The future of Frank Cable is bright and you, her crew, should be proud of all your accomplishments in making Frank Cable a true warship that fixes warships."

Frank Cable, forward-deployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

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NNS020626-13. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 26

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1839 - The brig USS Washington seizes the Spanish slaver Amistad, near Montauk Point, N.Y. The Africans are held on murder charges due to their prior seizure of the ship in July. The case goes to the Supreme Court in Jan. 1841, and former President John Quincy Adams successfully argues the defendants' case.

1843 - The day after the steam frigate, USS Missouri, becomes the first steam-powered ship to complete a Trans-Atlantic crossing, she accidently catches on fire, explodes and sinks at Gibraltar, without loss of life.

1912 - A detachment of Marines from USS Rainbow lands at Camp Nicholson, near Shanghai, China, to protect American interests from local revolutionaries.

1944 - Motor torpedo boats PT-511, PT-514, and PT-520 take part in a night engagement that turns back the last German attempt to reinforce the besieged garrison at La Havre. The PTs sink Germany artillery ferries AFP-98 and AFP-108.

1949 - While operating in stormy seas off northern Norway, USS Cochino (SS 345) suffers a series of serious battery explosions that result in her loss. Though Cochino's crew is successfully rescued by USS Tusk (SS 426), the submarine loses seven of her own men during this difficult effort.

NNS150827-04. Navy's First Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award Recipients Announced

By Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced recipients of the 2015 Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award August 25. While formally recognizing four notably outstanding individuals, the award honors the dedication and the contributions of all ombudsmen.

The ombudsman awardees, who were nominated by their commanding officers for serving their command and families with extraordinary, selfless dedication and commitment to family readiness, are:

* Ms. Karina Dickinson, Ombudsman for USS New York (LPD 21), representing the U.S. Fleet Forces Command

* Mrs. Cheryl Trujillo, Ombudsman for USS Hopper (DDG 70), representing the U.S. Pacific Fleet

* Mrs. Ronye McCarthy, Naval Station Rota Ombudsman Assembly Chair and Ombudsman for Commander, Task Force (CTF) 68, representing Navy shore activities

* Mrs. Colleen G. Weaver, Ombudsman for Navy Operational Support Center Sacramento, representing the Navy Reserve Force

Named in honor of Mrs. Sybil Stockdale the award memorializes her steadfast support to families of prisoners of war (POW) throughout her husband's, Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale, seven-year internment in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. She became a co-founder and national coordinator of the National League of Families, a nonprofit organization that worked on behalf of American Vietnam-era Missing in Action and POW Families, serving as their liaison to the White House and the Department of Defense.

"This award recognizes Sybil Stockdale who selflessly helped others and has continued to serve as an inspiration to all military families, including our amazing ombudsmen who go above and beyond for the Navy family," said Vice Adm. Dixon R. Smith, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).

The recipients will be formally recognized at a ceremony at the San Diego Town and Country Resort Sept. 24 hosted by the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, USO San Diego, the San Diego Navy League and the Fleet & Family Support Center.

The Navy Family Ombudsman Program was created in 1970 by Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Jr., then chief of naval operations (CNO), to improve communication between commands and the families of Sailors who served in them.

Additional information about the 2015 Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award and the Navy's ombudsman program can be found here.

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NNS150827-18. Air Training Center Offers New Inspection Course

From Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Instructors at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) began teaching a revised course in August which incorporates new technology and maintains Aviation Structural Mechanics' (AM) readiness throughout the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE).

Instructors at NATTC's Mechanical Department redesigned the curriculum for the Navy and Marine Corps Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) 'C' School, a three-month course encompassing the five methods of NDI used in naval aviation. According to Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class (AW/SW) James Bowers, an NDI instructor, the course should have a positive impact throughout the fleet.

"What these students are getting, what we're able to teach them about NDI techniques, is something they'll bring to their shops, whether with a squadron, aboard a carrier or at a (maintenance) facility," he said. "These engineers are learning to use some of the newest technology available to ensure we keep our aircraft flying. Our job is to train students to inspect critical aircraft structures, components and aircraft related equipment for damage prior to component or equipment failure."

Nondestructive inspection, also called nondestructive testing (NDT) and nondestructive examination (NDE), is the examination of an object or material with technology that does not damage a product or material or affect its future usefulness. A wide range of nondestructive testing methods are available to help an engineer examine problems and various defects in an assortment of materials under varying circumstances.

Bowers said they updated the course curriculum by incorporating new equipment to align with equipment used in the fleet, including the addition of the Computed Radiography (CR) system, a nearly two-month portion of the course which is at the forefront of NDI skills.

"This is a completely new piece of equipment and this has changed how radiography is performed and x-ray images are processed," he said. "We've eliminated the need for expensive one-time use x-ray film, which can typically cost $300-$700 for a box of fifty sheets. The CR system uses an image plate to capture an image and store it for processing."

Bowers added that the image plate can be used several thousand times, a number resulting in a significant reduction to training costs.

During their service lives, industrial components need regular nondestructive tests to detect damage that may be difficult or expensive to find using other methods, Bowers said. Aircraft skins can develop cracks, components might develop corrosion, pipes and tubing components are subject to erosion, corrosion and cracking, and wire ropes and cables can suffer from weather, vibration and high loads, developing breaks and other damage.

"Components associated with the skin of the aircraft are under enormous amounts of stress," he said. "These NDI technicians are the first-line defense for the overall health of an aircraft - what they see when using the techniques we're teaching here at NATTC is saving lives and ensuring the readiness of aircraft throughout the fleet."

Bowers also said the NATTC Mechanical Department received a new magnetic particle inspection bench, replacing a twenty-year-old version, as well as a replacement for the department's 15-year-old ultrasonic scanner.

"We're training the next generation of aviation structural mechanics in technologies used around the world," he said. "What we're doing here will ultimately keep our pilots safe, our aircraft in the air and our Navy ready."

For more than 70 years, the Naval Air Technical Training Center has been providing training and increasing readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). The facility graduates approximately 15,000 Navy, Marine and international students annually and is part of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), which provides single site management for Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training.

CNATT is the technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under the Naval Education and Training Command.

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NNS150827-17. AEODRS Tactical EOD Robotic Program Approved for Engineering and Manufacturing Development Phase

From NAVSEA Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command approved Milestone B for the Advance Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) Tactical Operations variant (Increment 2) Aug. 18.

The AEODRS program is developing a new family of interoperable EOD robotic systems. Rear Adm. Thomas Kearney, director for Acquisition and Commonality at NAVSEA approved the Increment 2 for Milestone B which allows the Tactical Operations variant to proceed to the engineering and manufacturing development phase.

The AEODRS' interoperable approach is based on a Government-owned common architecture that utilizes common physical, electrical, and logical interfaces. This enables the creation of a family of unmanned ground vehicle systems with a high degree interoperability and interchangeability to enable rapid integration of new technologies across the three AEODRS EOD robots.

The Dismounted Operations system (Increment 1) is the smallest variant and must be light enough to be transported via a backpack. The primary mission focus of this system is on reconnaissance.

The Tactical Operations variant (Increment 2), which received Milestone B approval, is a medium-sized system that must be transportable via an EOD response vehicle and capable of being carried by two technicians over a moderate distance. The primary mission focus of this variant is on in-depth reconnaissance and wide-range item prosecution. The Increment 2 robot will replace the EOD Man Transportable Robotic System that first went into full rate production in 2005.

The Base/Infrastructure Operations system (Increment 3) is the largest variant and requires transportation via a large response vehicle/trailer. Increment 3's primary mission includes maximum load/lift capabilities and the widest-range of EOD neutralization, render-safe, and other special capabilities.

"Through the adoption of this modular, open architecture approach across all three Increments we will be better able to integrate emergent technologies and improve overall capability of EOD warfighters," said Capt. Aaron Peters, program manager, NAVSEA Expeditionary Missions Program Office.

The Milestone B Approval comes one month after the program conducted a successful Prime System Integrator Industry Awareness day to exchange AEODRS Increment 2 technical specifications, industry access to system test bed, the draft solicitation and program schedule.

The AEODRS program is managed by PMS408 Expeditionary Missions Program Office as part of the Naval Sea Systems Command's Directorate for Acquisition and Commonality. The directorate brings together personnel dedicated to bridging communication gaps between government and industry, in order to enable cost and variance reductions throughout the acquisition lifecycle. The directorate also provides leadership support to expeditionary missions, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and special warfare communities.

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NNS150827-16. Chief of Chaplains Visits NRC

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Martin, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) hosted Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben, chief of Navy chaplains, in a visit to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South Aug. 25.

During her visit, Kibben met with several members of NRC including eight Chaplain Corps program officers to discuss the status of recruiting, the chaplain candidate program, and the new program authorizations for chaplain applicants.

"Visits like this ensure we're on the same page when it comes to recruiting highly qualified religious ministry professionals to help us meet the diverse religious and spiritual needs of our people," Kibben said. "Our new program qualifications have clearly raised the bar in terms of the leadership skills and education we're after in our applicants."

The Chaplain Corps' program officers are spread across the U.S. currently looking for workforce clergy from various faith groups and traditions who are interested in diverse and unique opportunities for ministry.
Prospective chaplains must be ready to serve in a religiously diverse and institutional environment and to minister outside of conventional settings.

"As chaplains, we provide religious support to service members and families of our own faith group, and we also facilitate religious support to service members and families of other faith groups," said Capt. Fred McGuffin, senior Chaplain Corps recruiter and command chaplain for NRC.

"The more diverse we are as a Chaplain Corps, the better positioned we are to meet the diverse religious and spiritual needs of our people. When a service member connects with a chaplain, whether it's from their particular faith tradition or not, it helps affirm that one can be a person of faith serving God while serving in the Navy," he added.

The Chief of Chaplains expressed how thankful she was for the opportunity to meet with the chaplain program officers and discuss chaplain recruiting.

"These chaplains play a key role in helping the Chaplain Corps meet our mission, and we must celebrate their successful recruiting efforts over the past year," said Kibben.

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NNS150827-15. Tin Can Sailors Reunion Group Visits NAVSTA Newport

By Bob Krekorian, NAVSTA Newport Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- More than 100 destroyermen, members of the National Association of Destroyer Veterans/Tin Can Sailors, and their spouses and guests, concluded their 2015 reunion visit to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport, Aug. 27.

The visit included an orientation at the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) and a presentation by the Naval War College Museum on the history of the Navy in Narragansett Bay.

Joining the association reunion that gathered in Warwick, Rhode Island, were the USS Ammen (DD 527), USS Borie (DD 704), USS Philip (DD/DDE 498), and USS Wiltsie (DD 716) reunion groups. The association headquarters is located in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Amongst the destroyermen group were World War II veterans Byron Seales, 93, of Mason, Ohio; and Hazard Benedict, 92, of Boston, Massachusetts.

Both served in the South Pacific aboard destroyers that came to be known as Tin Cans because the ships were designed with thin steel hulls.

Seales served aboard the destroyer USS Philip (DD/DDE 498) and the destroyer USS Orleck (DD 886) as a fire controlman 2nd Class. Enlisting at age 23, he served from December 1941 to December 1945 and saw action when Japanese bombers attacked LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank) carrying cargo and personnel to the captured Pacific islands.

"The main fleet of battleships, carriers, cruisers and troop ships could not go out to sea without the destroyer escorts," Seales said. "Enemy submarines were always a dangerous threat."

"The Tin Can thin hulls allowed them to be more maneuverable in order to chase the Japanese submarines," Seales said.

Benedict served aboard the Philip as a radarman 2nd class. Enlisting at 17, he served in the South Pacific from January 1941 to June 1946. His most memorable experience was seeing the Japanese suicide bombers attack U.S. Naval forces. He attended recruit training at Naval Training Station, Newport.

Other Tin Can Sailors who attended the 2015 reunion with spouses and family served during the Korean War and during the Vietnam era.

One hundred and sixty-five group members visited Memorial Hall, SWOS, for orientations in the Full Mission Bridge I and II ship handling simulators, littoral combat ship (LCS) I and II bridge simulators, and the gas turbine engineering trainer.

The SWOS training simulators are used to train surface warfare officers on the fundamentals of ship handling and surface warfare tactics.

During the SWOS visit, group members also had an opportunity to view the Pentagon 911 Memorial located in Memorial Hall. Shortly after 911, Memorial Hall was named and dedicated to honor the six Naval officers from the surface warfare community who died 911 in the Pentagon terrorist attack.

Capt. David Welch, commanding officer, SWOS, was the guest speaker, Aug. 26, at the group's dinner. He presented an overview of SWOS training programs and training initiatives.

"The challenge is how to deliver cost effective training in a demanding and fiscally constrained environment," Welch said. He told group members that an Enlisted Engineering Program has been added.

He said the Navy is looking to recruit a more educated Sailor with a good moral track record.

Life aboard one of the early Tin Cans is described in Living in a Tin Can: The USS Bainbridge (DD 246), published in 1996 by retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Howard E. Lyon. The author compiled the collective stories of the Sailors who served aboard the third Bainbridge following her re-commissioning in 1921.

Most of the stories were provided by Sailors who served in the Atlantic when Bainbridge was a convoy escort during the German submarine offensive of 1942.

With headquarters at NAVSTA Newport, SWOS oversees 10 learning sites, which provide more than 1,000 courses a year to 78,000 Sailors fleet wide. The command also provides training to many international students.

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NNS150827-14. First of Class Research Vessel Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) Completes Acceptance Trials

From PEO Ships Public Affairs

ANACORTES, Wash. (NNS) -- The first-of-class oceanographic research vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), successfully completed acceptance trials Aug. 7 the Navy reported Aug. 27.

Neil Armstrong is a modern mono-hull research vessel based on commercial design, capable of integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas.

The Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) found the ship to be well-built and inspection-ready. The trials evaluated the ship's major systems and equipment to include demonstrations of the ship's main propulsion system, dynamic positioning system, navigation, cranes and winches, and communication systems.

"These trials are the final major milestone prior to delivering Neil Armstrong," said Mike Kosar, program manager for the Support Ships, Boats and Craft office within the Program Executive Office, Ships. "Neil Armstrong performed very well during these trials, especially for a first of class vessel. The results of these tests and the outstanding fit, finish and quality of the vessel, stand as a testament to the preparation and effort of our entire shipbuilding team. It reflects the exceptionalism of AGOR 27's namesake, Neil Armstrong."

Acceptance trials represent the cumulative efforts following a series of in-port and underway inspections conducted jointly by the AGOR Program Office, SUPSHIP, and builder Dakota Creek Industries throughout the construction, test and trials process. The trials are the last significant shipbuilding milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, expected to occur this fall.

Neil Armstrong Class AGORS are 238 feet long and incorporate the latest technologies, including high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls for stack gasses, and new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with the world. These ships will provide scientists with the tools and capabilities to support ongoing research including in the Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions across a wide variety of missions.

Neil Armstrong will be capable of assisting with integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas. The ship will be operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution under a charter party agreement with Office of Naval Research (ONR). The vessel will operate with a crew of 20 with accommodations for 24 scientists.

As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality war fighting assets - while balancing affordability and capability - is key to supporting the Navy's maritime strategy.

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NNS150827-12. NECC Deputy Commander Visits STEM Students, Veterans in Phoenix

By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

PHOENIX (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Sandy Adams, deputy commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) participated in a Navy executive engagement visit, Aug. 24-25 in Phoenix.

During her visit Adams met with Sailors assigned to Navy Recruiting District Phoenix, local government officials and members of the Chamber of Commerce.

Adams emphasized the importance of participating in the outreach program to help inform the capabilities of America's Navy.

"I'm honored to participate in the Navy's Executive Outreach program because I believe it provides an ideal opportunity to share what America's Navy does to protect and defend all of our freedoms," said Adams. "When it comes to protecting and defending America, being there matters and America's Navy is already there. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times."

One of the highlights of her visit while informing citizens of Phoenix about America's Navy was watching Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Sea Perch demonstrations at Greenway High School, which serves to encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

"Within the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force our men and women have accomplished missions in over 40 countries on seven continents in support of six geographic and three functional combatant commands over the past 10 years," said Adams, who added that the missions our force engages in require the use of systems developed through advances made in science, technology, engineering and math.

The trip also included meetings with the Arizona Director of Veterans' Service, MANA House veterans, and leadership at Arizona State University's Pat Tillman Veterans' Center.

Adams' two-day visit was part of a Navy Executive Outreach program to inform, educate and increase America's understanding of the Navy, its people and its importance to national security, global trade and prosperity.

NECC is an enduring warfighting force providing expeditionary capabilities across the full range of military operations in sea-to-shore and inland operating environments focused on delivering combat support and combat service support ready for worldwide operations now and into the future.

NNS150827-11. SPAWAR Reserve Unit 406 Sailor Receives NDIA "Twice A Citizen Award"

By Tina C. Stillions, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Reserve Unit 406 Chief Yeoman Diana Anderson was selected as one of four winners of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) 2015 "Twice a Citizen" Award Aug. 26.

Each awardee received a check for $1,500. The check and the award certificate were presented at the Navy Gold Coast NDIA awards luncheon in San Diego.

During her career, Anderson spent time at Camp Eggers in Afghanistan and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa where she taught school-age children the English language.

"If the children know how to speak English, they have an advantage," said Anderson. "It sets them up to be successful."

Following her mobilization, Anderson returned to her job as a human resource specialist for Fleet and Family Readiness, Navy Region Southwest. She said she is currently aspiring to be a Big Sister mentor.

"The rewards of volunteering are not tangible; you feel it inside. When you see the results, it is invaluable," she said. "You have to go out and get that, experience it because it's indescribable and there are so many organizations that need help."

The Twice A Citizen Award goes back to 2002 when the NDIA San Diego Chapter initiated a cash recognition program for National Guard and Reserve Component members. In the early years, there were seven awards made with a single award going to a single selectee from each Reserve Component. By the fourth year, the program criteria for selection morphed into a "best of the best" award, regardless of branch of service. In 2006, the award recognized those individuals who put their careers on hold to deploy during the Global War on Terror, counter narcotics and contingency operations around the globe.

"Diana continues a long-tradition of SPAWAR Reserve Sailors," said Capt. Craig Schorr, director SPAWAR Reserve Program. "These are the Sailors who go above and beyond to support our Navy, our Sailors and the fleet."

As the Navy's Information Dominance systems command, SPAWAR designs, develops and deploys advanced communications and information capabilities. With more than 8,900 active duty military and civil service professionals located around the world and close to the fleet, SPAWAR is at the forefront of research, engineering, acquisition and support services that provide vital decision superiority to our forces at the right time and for the right cost.

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NNS150827-10. Pearl Harbor Survivor Meets with CPO Selectees, Chief's Mess

By Zach Mott, Training Support Center Great Lakes Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- As one of the last living Pearl Harbor survivors, retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Joe Triolo has spoken many times in many places but he recently had the chance to speak about another side of his Navy career while visiting Training Support Center Great Lakes, Aug. 26.

Triolo met with chief petty officer (CPO) selectees and members of the Chief's Mess from various commands across Naval Station Great Lakes to talk about how he earned chief and the impact it had on his career and life.

Triolo became a chief in 1945 during the final months of the war in the Pacific. While aboard a carrier in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, Japan, the yeoman stopped him and said, "Triolo, you're chief now. And that was it," Triolo, now 95, said.

Triolo retired from the Navy in 1958 after serving in World War II, the Korean War and at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. He then went on to be a teacher and counselor with the North Chicago School District.

Today, 70 years after he was first called 'chief,' there is more ceremony for the most recent CPO selectees. However, the sentiment and composition of a chief remains constant through Triolo's eyes.

"I think the basic reason for making chief is the same reason I made chief," he said. "They're devoted people, they'll put their life on the line and they will do their duty. There's no doubt about it. They're just as committed as we were and we were at war."

Current CPO selectees said they were honored to listen to Triolo speak and humbled by his service and sacrifices.

"A lot of the traditions (of being a chief petty officer) hold true today," said Chief (Select) Fire Controlman (SW) Shod Williams, an instructor for FC 'A' School, Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit (CSCSU). "The role of the chief petty officer is still the backbone of the Navy."

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NNS150827-09. NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Holds Change of Command

From NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Office of Corporate Communications

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Capt. Kurt Waymire was relieved by Capt. Patrick J. O'Connor as commanding officer of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk Aug. 26.

Waymire assumed command of NAVSUP FLC Norfolk on April 11, 2013. His previous assignment was as Naval Supply Systems Command chief of staff. He will report next to Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic as the force supply officer.

During his time as commanding officer, his accomplishments included leading NAVSUP FLC Norfolk in the execution of more than 40 thousand contract actions worth $20 billion in contract value and overseeing changes in global husbanding procedures for ship's port visits, improving service to the fleet.

"I've been the beneficiary of a lot of great leaders here," said Waymire. "The entire team has just been incredible; it has been a treat for me to serve as your commanding officer."

Rear Admiral (Select) Peter Stamatopoulos, U.S. Fleet Forces Command fleet supply officer, served as the guest speaker. In his remarks he spoke about the size and the importance of the NAVSUP FLC Norfolk mission and how Waymire's leadership has benefitted the fleet during his tour.

"Every commander on the waterfront and every strike group commander absolutely understands what you are all about and what logistics support you bring to the fight," he added.

In his remarks, O'Connor thanked the Sailors and civilians who make up the NAVSUP FLC Norfolk team and closed with a quote from President Harry S. Truman, "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

NAVSUP FLC Norfolk, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), provides operational logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands with 37 separate locations in three Navy regions.

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NNS150827-07. NRL Scientist Receives Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award

By Daniel Parry, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Peter Wilhelm, retired director, Naval Center for Space Technology, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), was awarded the Dr. Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science, Aug. 26, during a ceremony at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

The Saalfeld Award is the highest scientific award that can be bestowed upon a naval research scientist by the ONR. Wilhelm was conferred the award for contributions to the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, and the nation over the span of his career in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, science, design engineering, navigation, and tactical communications.

"Mr. Wilhelm's extraordinary leadership and inspirational vision have contributed substantially to ensuring the nation's continued leadership in space," said Dr. Bhakta Rath, associate director of research for Materials Science and Component Technology at NRL. "His innovative concepts in the areas of satellite launch, orbit insertion, transfer, and maneuvering systems have benefited American taxpayers by making major national space systems affordable, while also permitting their development and operational deployment in service of the warfighter."

Since the advent of the Space Age in the late 1950s, Wilhelm has provided technical expertise and managerial leadership for some 100 scientific and support satellites launched by NRL. He personally oversaw the design, development and deployment of 48 of these spacecraft, making him one of the most experienced space system engineers in the world today. His technical achievements in high-performance, long-life satellites, multiple satellite launching systems, passive and active gravity gradient stabilization systems, low power-low weight electronics, station-keeping micro-thrusters, and solid-state memory systems have been critical to maintaining the United States' superiority in space.

Among his many contributions are his work on the world's first reconnaissance satellite during the Cold War; the design of the experimental and early satellites that led to the world-changing global positioning system (GPS); the design of the Clementine Satellite, which photographed the entirety of the moon's surface and discovered water at its poles; and the design of WindSat, which measures wind speed and direction over the oceans at a resolution that is directly relevant to naval operations.

Wilhelm's overall contributions over the past 55 years perhaps will never be surpassed when it comes to space systems. They include 26 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance satellites, which provide tactical and strategic support to the military, security and intelligence services and national decision makers; four satellites that proved out the ultrahigh precision clock technology that underlies GPS; 28 satellites hosting a variety of one-of-a-kind scientific experiments to study, among other things, solar radiation, radiofrequency propagation, and new advanced materials for communications, computational and other technologies; seven satellites to provide unprecedented tactical communications abilities; and 35 satellites to space qualify many new technologies, such as gravity gradient stabilization, attitude control, solid state electronics, and laser communications and spacecraft tracking.

"All of this belies what perhaps is his greatest accomplishment of all: the creation and maintenance of a culture of innovation at NRL that has earned it a prominent spot in the entire and ongoing history of the U.S. space program," said Rath.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Fred E. Saalfeld, the ONR executive and technical director from 1993 - 2002.

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NNS150827-06. DHA Focus Group Hosted at Naval Hospital Bremerton

By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- A Tri-Service Defense Health Agency (DHA) Focus Group visited Naval Hospital Bremerton on Aug. 25, to assess Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), identify best practices and obtain feedback from staff and patients regarding access, care, coordination, patient satisfaction, and quality.

NHB was highlighted due to having several processes identified as "best practices" such as the coordination between the Urgent Care Clinic and Family Practice to providing timely patient-centered care.

"The DHA came to assess our implementation of the medical home concept. In regard to the best practices, we have some good ideas that are still being implemented. DHA has been watching the Puget Sound area and NHB in particular and have heard good things on what we're doing," said Cmdr. David V. Thomas, NHB deputy director for Medical Services, Ambulatory Care Nursing Specialty leader and coordinator for the visit.

PCMH - more commonly known as Medical Home Port - is NHB's standardized primary care team model designed to provide better access, continuity, wellness, and disease management for patients.

The best way to find out if the program is effective is to simply approach those providing healthcare as well as those receiving it, which is exactly what happened in the focus groups.

"We have heard wonderful things about Naval Hospital Bremerton. We're not here for an inspection, but to learn and have one conversation lead into another. We know that we need to talk to those on the staff doing the work and also hear from the patients so we can make the best decisions based on the best practices," said Regina M. Julian, DHA PCMH Primary Care chief, who lead the visiting team of Tri-Service team of Army, Navy, and Air Force experts on primary care standardization, optimization and collaboration.

"What's working? What doesn't work? What needs to be changed? What recommendations do you have? Going over challenges and opportunities are all things that we can take and present back in Washington, D.C. on your behalf," Julian said.

According to Julian, NHB is one of 15 'listening tours' the DHA Tri-Service team is visiting to focus on subjects as better continuity, better access to care, especially for acute needs, and reducing costs.

Emphasis was also placed on understanding what staff consider access to care with Medical Home Port might very well be different with what patients think.

"Negative comments always get more attention than good comments. That's what we have to deal with and access to care remains a priority," explained Julian.

An afternoon session had the DHA team meet with patients so they could voice their likes and dislikes on receiving their medical care with NHB's Medical Home Port teams.

"How easy is it to get access to care here? We hear about cool stuff from the staff on what they're doing, but we need to hear from patients also," added Lt. Col. Del Lofton, U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps, and Access Improvement Working Group chair.

One beneficiary explained that the main reason she came to the focus group session was to share her opinion about the overall management of her care and experiences by Cmdr. Lucelina Badura, Navy Nurse Corps officer on one of NHB's Medical Home Port teams.

"I thought I had a cold, which she quickly diagnosed as pneumonia. That was important to catch because I have had chemotherapy treatment. She knew my background, and surprised me by mentioning my white count. She looked at me and not just at her computer when I was being seen. I liked that. She also checked up on me so I felt like I was in good hands," the patient said.

Another patient explained that a visit to the eye doctor went from cataract treatment into immediate handling of a skin condition by the Dermatology clinic.

That instant same-day referral from one clinic to another was a theme echoed by more than one patient in the forum.

Another patient shared that her care has been excellent all through her pregnancy and knows she can schedule a timely appointment and ask anyone in the OB/GYN department or Northwest Beginnings Family Birth Center any question. But...

"Once here, parking isn't always ideal. There's not always a good spot so I'm searching for one. It can be a gamble. It is what it is," she said.

"Parking is a prime example of access to care. More convenient parking is important to patients," Julian added.

"When I approach a staff member in a clinic, I really don't want them to tell me immediately what they can't do. I need to hear what they can," commented one patient.

"We realize that customer service can be an issue. Just a smile and being nice to someone can go a long ways. We are working on it. We are putting together a program to have ideally the same approach to treat patients with appropriate focus," said Lofton.

Medical Home Port goal was initially implemented in stages starting in 2011 to improve the partnership between the patient, his/her primary care provider and their primary care team, and where appropriate, the patient's family. The partnership focuses on sustaining and enhancing wellness in patients as well as efficient delivery of comprehensive health care services, based on every patient's needs.

Patients have an entire team responsible for their healthcare. In addition to a primary care manager (PCM), there will be a registered nurse (RN), along with a hospital corpsman and/or medical assistant as part of the healthcare team. Additional physicians/providers are also part of the team to fill in during absences. This team will partner with each patient to fulfill administrative requests and provide additional medical services.

Patients already enrolled in TRICARE Prime at NHB are automatically assigned and can contact the TRICARE Regional Appointment Center (TRAC) at 1-800-404-4506 to schedule an appointment. Beneficiary with a question can contact the clinic directly to speak with their Medical Home Port Team. A representative from their team will contact them within two business days for non-urgent issues.

"We also need to make sure we have multiple ways in place so patients can get in touch with their nurse or provider, where it's by secure messaging with RelayHealth, on the phone or face-to-face," Julian stated.

NHB continues to stress with all patients on enrolling in RelayHealth, a secure messaging system. RelayHealth allows two-way communication between patients and their primary care manager and Medical Home Port Team to answer questions, refill medications, receive test results and more.

Patients can request appointments, renew prescriptions, ask non-urgent questions, and receive lab results, all from their home computer. This can reduce phone calls, waiting-room time, and the time it takes to travel to their doctor's office. Patients can use to consult with their doctors about non-urgent medical care needs.

The Nurse Advice Line (NAL) available at NHB is staffed by a team of registered nurses who answer healthcare questions and provide live advice 24/7. NHB beneficiaries have the option to contact the NAL for professional medical advice to help decide whether self-care is the best option, or wait for an appointment with their primary care manager, or seek urg

NNS150827-05. Pensacola-Area CPO Selectees Present NWUs to WWII-Era Retired CPO

From CNATT Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- More than 100 Pensacola-area chief petty officers and Class 122 chief petty officer selects attended an Aug. 25 ceremony dedicated to an 89-year-old World War II-era retired chief petty officer.

The ceremony, a presentation of the Navy Working Uniform (NWUs) to retired Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate William Spear, served not only to reinforce the concept of brotherhood in one of the most unique ranks that the United States Navy boasts, but also to showcase the history and heritage of the chief petty officer rank, according to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Michael Knowles.

"Chief Spear represents a living link to history," he said. "This is a Sailor - a chief petty officer - who bore witness to some of the historic naval battles of 70 years ago. Being here today and meeting this new generation of chiefs is something I know all of us wearing the anchor can appreciate."

Spear, who retired in December 1963, had a chance meeting with a Class 122 CPO selectee that initiated the presentation ceremony. While at the NAS Pensacola Navy Exchange (NEX) shopping for her port and starboard anchors, Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Launching and Recovery) 1st Class (AW/SW) Susie Hursey noticed Spear shopping for NWUs. She began talking with the retired Sailor, and discovered he was buying the uniform to wear at his funeral.

Touched by the dedication to the Navy that Spear showed, Hursey approached other Class 122 CPO selects with the story, and they collectively passed the hat and purchased the complete uniform for him, presenting Spear with the blue camouflage uniform during the ceremony.

"Seeing a retired chief picking out a uniform he never wore on active duty reinforced what we as Sailors, as future chief petty officers, should embody," she said. "Chief Spear has been out of the Navy for more than 50 years, and to know that he wanted to be buried with the anchors he earned means so much to us (Class 122 CPO selects) that we felt it imperative to help one of ours, to show this chief petty officer that the traditions he remembers are still with us."

The United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard are distinct among the U.S. armed forces in that promotion to the paygrade of E-7 traditionally has involved a season of specialized activities known collectively as CPO 365-Phase II. The "induction season," as the six-week process was previously called, is currently ongoing, with Pensacola-area chief petty officer selects scheduled to be "pinned" during an upcoming ceremony.

"Part of being in the Navy is recognizing and understanding the core values we as Sailors all know," Knowles said. "These chief selects are epitomizing these by working together and ensuring their roles in the Navy we have all chosen to serve remain intact."

Spear spent time with Class 122 CPO selects discussing some of the differences and similarities during the past five decades of one of the most respected ranks in the United States armed forces.

He said he was surprised and touched by the generosity shown by his fellow chief petty officers.

"I'm completely flabbergasted," he said.

Spear joined the Navy in May 1944 in Pensacola at age 17. He served the last 14 months of World War II aboard the USS Pittsburgh (CA 72).

After he retired, he returned to Pensacola, attended college and built a general contracting business. He also worked with the Department of Defense and spent three years in Vietnam as a helicopter specialist.

Spear suffers from a condition that affects his nervous system and he cannot walk without help. Because of his age, he decided it would be wise to make funeral plans so that his family members would not have to be responsible.

"I have my funeral expenses all paid for," he said.

And now his uniform is ready for when the time comes.

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NNS150827-03. Fleet Master Chief Beldo Visits FCC/C10F

From U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet Public Affairs

FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) hosted the Fleet Master Chief of Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) for a visit Aug. 21.

During her visit, Fleet Master Chief (AW/SW) April Beldo received a command brief and toured FCC/C10F spaces at the National Business Park.

"I know there are a lot of outstanding Sailors operating at the tip of the spear," said Beldo. "They need to know Navy leadership appreciates everything they do."

As part of the visit, she met with members from FCC/C10F's Chief Mess and this year's chief selectees.

FCC/C10F selectees include: Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Thomas Irwin, Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Tyler Rubin, Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 1st Class Carlos Shelmire, Information Systems Technician 1st Class Megan Gill, Information Systems Technician 1st Cortney Grover and Yeoman 1st Class Marcus Blackstock, Navy Reserve.

U.S. Fleet Cyber Command serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. Fleet Cyber Command also reports directly to the Chief of Naval Operations as an Echelon II command.

U.S. 10th Fleet is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure.

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NNS150827-02. New Military Postal System Installation Aids Global Trade Compliance

By Sky M. Laron, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of Corporate Communications

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka and Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) personnel teamed together Aug. 8-26 to provide training on a recent mail processing system installation, which aids in meeting new federal global trade compliance requirements.

The United States Post Office and MPSA announced these new requirements, effective Oct. 1, which will impact all packages mailed at Navy Fleet Post Offices (FPO).

The new Global Trade Compliance program requires the data on all customs forms for packages mailed to and from Navy FPOs to be entered into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) database, similar to the way U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post offices are currently conducting business for international and military packages with customs forms.

In order to meet these new requirements a new system, which better interfaces with USPS and USCBP, was installed and postal clerks were trained on how to run it.

"We are updating the USPS dispatching system and procedures using a military system, which provides more transparency of U.S. mail for our customers worldwide," said Larry Robinson, chief, Internal Management Division, MPSA.

Postal clerks from the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force as well as the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo were trained on Automated Military Postal System (AMPS), the newest military system for the tracking and accountability of military mail.

"The benefit of the initiative to our valued communities is greater visibility of mailed items as each mailed piece will now be nested to a receptacle at the local Military Post Office," said Otilio Santos, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Regional Postal Manager. "This means that we now have awareness and visibility of exactly where each mailed item is even when turned over to the air carrier for transport to/from CONUS [continental United States]."

The MPSA has been the single point of contact between DoD and the USPS since 1980, said Robinson.

"The MPSA training team has been fantastic, providing onsite and classroom training as well as equipment setup," said Santos, adding that the FPOs have what they need but it would save customers valuable time at the post office if they came in with their printed customs forms since USPS no longer accepts the handwritten format.

"We humbly request that our valued customers have patience through this major transition and highly encourage them to complete their customs form online at," said Santos.

NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka personnel and many other DoD personnel across the region now have the updated skills and technology enabling them to continue providing around-the-clock postal services, ensuring timely delivery of mail across the Asia Pacific region.

NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), is the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command, headquartered just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the enterprise networks more than 20 sites from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam with a mission to serve the Asia Pacific Region's forward deployed maritime warfighter with around-the-clock logistics support.

The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team as a whole shares one mission -- to deliver sustained global logistics and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps' diverse team of more than 25,000 civilian and military personnel oversee a diverse portfolio including supply chain management for material support to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and coalition partners, supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance, and quality-of-life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods. The NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps team forms a vast network of professionals who deliver unparalleled products and services to customers in the fleet and across the world.

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NNS150827-01. MCPON Visits NAS Fallon.

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent, Naval Air Station Fallon Public Affairs

FALLON, Nev. (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens conducted an all-hands call for Sailors at Naval Air Station Fallon (NASF), Nevada, Aug. 24.

This was the first stop of a two-week visit to various duty stations in Nevada and California.

During the visit, Stevens addressed NASF and tenant command Sailors during an all-hands call in the Warrior Fitness Center. He fielded questions on a variety of topics including pay and benefits, morale, and quality of life initiatives, to include possible changes to the military retirement system.

"It's always great to visit our hard working Sailors in Fallon," said Stevens. "I've been out here on several occasions; twice as the MCPON. I believe it's critical that we recognize the great work that each of you are doing out here to ensure mission readiness."

Following the all-hands call, Stevens took time for a photo opportunity with the Sailors.

"It was nice that the MCPON took time out of his day for photos with us," said Yeoman 3rd Class Kadijah Jones. "It made me feel like he genuinely cares for us and knows what it's like to be in our shoes."

During his visit to NASF, Stevens also met with the chief's mess, and conducted several office calls with the commanding officer and tenant command leadership.

While wrapping up both the chief's and all-hands call, Stevens detailed what he described as his most important career advice for Sailors at all levels.

"I want you all to remember my Foundations to Success," said Stevens. "Work hard every single day, stay out of trouble, and, be a good and decent person."

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NNS150826-17. Sea Service Leaders Discuss Importance of Chaplains' Spiritual Leadership on Readiness

By Christianne M. Witten, Chief of Navy Chaplains Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Over 100 senior chaplains and religious program specialists (RP) gathered for the Chaplain Corps' 2015 Strategic Leadership Symposium at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Aug. 18-20.

The annual, three-day Strategic Leadership Symposium provides an opportunity for senior chaplains and RPs to come together and hear from Chaplain Corps leadership on "where we've been and where we're going as a Chaplain Corps community as well as where we are today in the strategic context in which we operate," said Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben.

Vice Adm. Ted Carter, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, was among several sea service leaders who addressed the audience at this year's symposium.

Carter discussed the importance of chaplains' spiritual leadership and moral and ethical advisement in the command to help calibrate one's moral compass. "When we talk about moral, ethical and spiritual grounding, it's about personal choices and decisions," and "our people hunger for direction," he said.

Carter shared Lord Moulton's three domains for ethical decision making: positive law, absolute freedom and the obedience to the unenforceable. He went on to discuss how a chaplain is uniquely positioned to build and maintain trust with Sailors and to help them make sound decisions.

Carter was also joined by keynote speakers: Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green.

Zukunft expressed his appreciation for his 40 Navy chaplains serving in the Coast Guard who are fulfilling his commitment of duty to people. Across Coast Guard stations, sectors, training commands, and deployed on cutters, "chaplains know their people, the command climate and provide a spiritual outlet for the crew," he said.

Zukunft went on to stress the importance of a chaplain's embedded presence in the command and confidential pastoral counseling "to open the door to the conversation for Coast Guardsmen who may be hurting, in a dark place, or contemplating suicide."

Chaplains bring the power of empathy and a listening ear to the most difficult of situations, like a loss in the unit or a casualty notification to families who've lost loved ones at sea, said Zukunft.

MCPON's brief, entitled "Leading Today's Sailor," focused on the importance of leading by example in the Fleet and embodying quiet, humble, servant leadership. After all, "the more senior you become, the more people you serve," he said. "You can't talk to others about doing the right thing and not do it yourself," he added.

MCPON also discussed several key initiatives to improve morale and promote a command climate of dignity and respect. For the senior RPs in the room, MCPON underscored the power of the Chief's Mess to influence the enlisted population and model the standards of conduct expected of junior Sailors.

Whether it's sexual assault prevention, suicide prevention or alcohol abuse, "chaplains and RPs have a role to play in helping mitigate these destructive behaviors by engaging with and staying on the pulse of every sailor, every day," he added.

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green followed MCPON with a brief on "Leading Today's Marine," with a specific focus on spiritual fitness. Throughout his remarks, Green empowered the chaplains and RPs to engage warriors on the spiritual pillar of readiness, "the pillar you own and the one that is least talked about." Green used the analogy of a compass bezel ring to describe the role and value of chaplains' counsel to help Marines, commanders, and families get back to true North.

When discussing the moral and ethical grounding of the current generation of warriors, Green noted, "Young people are looking for leadership in this area from us. We owe it to them to help them make smart decisions," he said. "When chaplains are actively advising their people, they help them come back to true north, morally and ethically," Green added.

At the close of the symposium, Kibben encouraged the participants to think about what it means to bring "what matters" to the Fleet in the coming year, with a particular emphasis on advisement and spiritual leadership.

This was the first Strategic Leadership Symposium for Capt. William J. Muhm, 2nd Marine Logistics Group Chaplain.

"I enjoyed Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps' talk. He encouraged chaplains to speak up in our commands about spirituality and spiritual fitness," Muhm said. "It was a good reminder that we don't have to get into the specifics of religion in order to talk about spirituality," he added.

"I also appreciated the Supe's message on how commanders need to consider and apply ethical principles as they carry out the mission, and how we, as their chaplains, need to speak to these ethical issues in our advisement," Muhm said.

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NNS020718-38. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 27

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1942 - USS Iowa (BB 61) is launched at the New York Navy Yard. Commissioned in Feb. 1943, Iowa serves in both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean during World War II and now serves as a museum battleship at Los Angeles, Calif.

1944 - USS Stingray (SS 186), after being depth charged and lightly worked over while reconnoitering the designated spot lands a party of one Filipino officer, 14 men and 60 percent of the supplies earmarked for delivery to guerilla forces at Saddle Rock, Mayaira Point, on northwest shore of Luzon. Heavy Japanese shipping in the vicinity compels Stingrays departure before all stores land.

1944 - PV Ventura aircraft sink Japanese vessel, Tensho Maru, between Odomari, southwest of Sakhalin and Onnekotan Island, Kuril Islands.

1945 - Units of the Pacific Fleet enter Japanese waters for the first time during World War II, to prepare for the formal Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945.

1959 - While off Cape Canaveral, Fla., USS Observation Island (EAG 154) makes the first shipboard launch of a Polaris missile.

2007 - Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., becomes the first African-American to be appointed as Surgeon General of the US Navy.

NNS150828-21. Counting Down: Navy's Latest Communication Satellite Ready for Launch

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

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy's fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite is awaiting countdown - and the whims of Tropical Storm Erika - for launch Aug. 31. The launch window is between 6:07 and 6:51 a.m. ET.

A live launch broadcast will begin at 5:47 a.m. ET and will be viewable as an online webcast at

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

"There are three critical points for the MUOS program today," explained Navy Capt. Joe Kan, program manager for the Communications Satellite Program Office. "First is that it's operational, supporting the warfighter every day. Second, it brings enhanced capabilities over the legacy system. Third, it is critical for the tactical warfighter."

MUOS is already providing legacy communications to combatant commanders via active satellites on-orbit. MUOS' new Wideband Code Division Multiple Access capability has been demonstrated in various environments, platforms and applications such as integration testing with the newest submarine antennas, Navy special operations scenario exercises and Air Force C-17 in-flight tests.

"MUOS will be used by all services. For example, the Army will extend satellite communication to their individual soldiers. The special operations forces will use MUOS for all their missions. And the Navy uses MUOS in particular for submarine communications," said Kan.

MUOS provides satellite communications in the narrowband spectrum. Although narrowband communication is less than 2 percent of total Department of Defense 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.

Two MUOS satellites, launched in 2012 and 2013, are already providing legacy communications capability from their geosynchronous orbits over the Pacific Ocean and the United States.

MUOS-3, launched in January, was accepted by the Navy in June after on-orbit testing. The third satellite is awaiting final testing before being accepted for operational use.

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.

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NNS150828-06. 'Underway! Shift Colors!' Ike Concludes Availability with Triumphant Return to Sea

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Osborne, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The crew of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) returned to sea, Aug. 28, following a 23-month dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).

With 14 deployments to its credit, Ike commenced the availability period in Sept. 2013, to receive upgrades and maintenance required to sustain operational readiness for the next decade.

The ship's force integrated with NNSY maintenance workers and contractors to complete more than 1.2 million man-days of work. The work forces collaborated to complete a workload, encompassed 50 percent growth from the original work package on ship systems, such as the shafts, rudders and distilling units that required more maintenance than anticipated.

The revitalization of the ship comprised of more than 117,000 square feet of spaces with 25 crew living compartments and 774 racks rehabilitated; 150,000 square feet of non-skid surface on the flight deck removed and replaced; and all four catapults overhauled.
Despite the extended yard period and lack of crew proficiency at sea, Capt. Steve Koehler, Ike's commanding officer since July 2013, is certain everyone will rise to the occasion as they have during the shipyard period.

"We just completed the most extensive DPIA for any CVN, and I promise it was not always easy," Koehler said. "Every department had their share of long days and nights, but through it all, the work was completed and our Sailors still managed to garner several awards along the way."

Since entering the DPIA, Ike earned the 2013 Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Yellow E Award; the 2013 and 2014 Ramage Awards; and the 2014 Retention Excellence Award which the crew proudly displays with its golden anchor. Additionally, Medical department earned consecutive "Blue M" awards and two consecutive CNO Health Promotion and Wellness "Blue H" awards with Gold Stars.

Koehler said as he has watched the turnover of the ship's crew, one thing has remained constant. "I never cease to be impressed by the incredible dedication and pride every crew member has demonstrated with the hard work they all put in day in and day out," Koehler said. "We're at sea today because of them."

As the first ship to implement the optimized fleet readiness plan (OFRP), Ike begins the basic phase with sea trials off the coast of Virginia.

"We're back and we're more than ready to begin putting this great warship through its paces," said Koehler. "The crew will test a broad range of the ship's capabilities, from basic surface operations and deck seamanship to adjusting to an underway schedule and running flight deck and damage control drills."

Upon completion of sea trials, Ike will return to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk and begin a full work-up schedule to certify the flight deck and return to underway flight operations. This training cycle will culminate in a deployment next summer.

"The pace for this crew will be fast, but they have proven time and again that they are up for the challenge," Koehler said. "We are returning this ship to service, and with this crew on watch, I have no doubt that Ike is more than ready to conduct the necessary qualifications and training to once again take the fight to the enemy and make our families and our nation proud."

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NNS150828-26. USS Michigan Gold Crew Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- The Gold crew of the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) conducted a change of ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Aug. 28.

Capt. Gustavo Gutierrez, from Miami, Florida, relieved Capt. Benjamin Pearson III, from Gig Harbor, Washington, and assumed the duties and responsibilities of the Michigan Gold crew commanding officer during the ceremony at Deterrent Park.

Pearson assumed command of Michigan Gold crew Dec. 16, 2013, following an extended maintenance and modernization period (MMP) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. During his tour, the crew completed multiple crew swaps in the Western Pacific, while the boat was forward-deployed to Guam.

"We have done a lot as a team over the past 21 months. We integrated female officers into the crew and we are on the way to being the first submarine to integrate female enlisted Sailors into the submarine force. We deployed for nine of 12 months, completed multiple inspections, conducted five exchange of commands, numerous long flights to and from Guam, steamed thousands of miles, and finally our 'tip of the spear' deployment in Guam, all while maintaining great crew morale and a great family atmosphere on Michigan," said Pearson.

Highlights from the deployment include exercises involving Special Operations Forces, a port visit in Singapore and coordination with foreign countries. Gold crew earned the Navy Expeditionary Medal, two Sea Service Medals, and the Commander, Submarine Squadron 19 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award.

As his final act as commanding officer, Pearson pinned the submarine warfare insignia "dolphins" onto Michigan Gold's supply officer, Lt. Jennifer Charlton, from Uniondale, New York.

"Of course everybody says they have the best crew on the waterfront, but based on our recent accomplishments, I feel that I have the best crew a captain could ask for. These Sailors breathe life into Michigan," said Pearson. "I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for their hard work and dedication. My major goal when taking command was to instill a sense of pride and determination into the crew, and allow them to do their job as best they could. They are the reason for all of our successes while I've been in command."

Pearson's next assignment is deputy commander, Submarine Squadron 19, located at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

Gutierrez comes to Michigan Gold from Chief of Naval Operations staff, where he served as the section head in the Joint Requirements and Acquisition Branch of the Assessment Division.

"I'm truly humbled and honored as I take command of USS Michigan," said Gutierrez. "I expect the crew will continue to perform with honor, courage and commitment. I especially look forward to the ship and the crew's return to sea at the pointy end of the spear, conducting missions of vital importance to national security."

Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, Michigan has the ability to conduct large-volume short-notice strike missions and covertly deploy Special Operations Forces.

Michigan and its sister ship, USS Ohio (SSGN 726), are both homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

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NNS150828-25. USS Albuquerque Holds Change of Command

From Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Cmdr. Don Tenney relieved Cmdr. Trent Hesslink as commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) during a ceremony on Naval Base Point Loma, Aug. 28.

Retired Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, a former commander of Submarine Squadron (CSS) 11, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. He congratulated Hesslink and the crew of Albuquerque on a job well done.

"To the crew, [Cmdr. Hesslink] will receive some sort of award and recognition for the success of the ship over the past two years, but he and I both know that has something to do with his leadership and everything to do with your hard work and dedication," said McLaughlin. "In the commercial nuclear world, we say success has everything to do with how well your organization performs five years after you're gone. Looking at this crew and listening to your accomplishments, I am confident [his] and your legacies are safe."

Albuquerque recently completed its final deployment, a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operations' maritime strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations. In its more than 32-year career, Albuquerque deployed more than 15 times, steamed more than 500,000 miles, and visited nearly 20 countries. Albuquerque was also one of the first nuclear submarines to experience combat, gaining the moniker of "Sure Shooter of the Submarine Force."

Capt. Gene Doyle, commander, CSS-11, presented Hesslink with a Meritorious Service Medal.

"During the tour, the ship has done things I would have never thought I would have done," said Hesslink. "There is an 'it' on this ship, an 'it' where the crew feels a togetherness like no ship I have been a part of before. The feeling is part coworker, part teammate, part family. It's difficult to put into words, but it is most certainly the engine of this ship. It's what makes this crew the best crew in the Fleet. This togetherness is what makes this ship so successful, and this ship has been extremely successful over the past 19 deployments and 32 years."

Hesslink is scheduled to report to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in D.C.

Albuquerque is scheduled to transit to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, in Bremerton, Washington, later this year for its inactivation and decommissioning.

"I am truly honored and humbled by the responsibility the Navy has entrusted me with," said Tenney. "I am incredibly excited about serving as your commanding officer. I look forward to working with you as we bring Albuquerque's distinguished service to the United States to a close."

Tenney enlisted in the Navy in 1989, and following Nuclear Power training, graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering, earning his commission through the enlisted commissioning program. He reported from CSS-11, where he served as the deputy commander for readiness.

Albuquerque was commissioned May 21, 1983. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Albuquerque has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Albuquerque is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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NNS150828-23. NAWCAD Innovation Challenge Teams Develop Creative Solutions to Warfighter Needs

By Bill Couch, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Public Affairs

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- Three teams of developmental engineers and scientists from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) demonstrated their proof-of-concept technology projects Aug. 19, wrapping up the command's participation in Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) inaugural Innovation Challenge.

Following six months of focused research and development, the teams presented their findings, recommendations and lessons learned to NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Dunaway, NAWCAD Commander Rear Adm. Dean Peters, Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers Rear Adm. David Sohl and other senior leaders.

"There is one constant in this business, and it's that things are changing," said Dunaway to the teams in his opening remarks. "Our goal was to get you to think about that change, giving you a chance to develop unique solutions to specific technical challenges, and you came through with flying colors."

"This has really been an experiment to foster innovation," said Anthony Cifone, NAVAIR deputy assistant director for research and engineering. "We want to solve problems for the Navy and the command, but we also want to show our folks -- especially our young folks -- that we value innovation."

In fall 2014, 26 NAWCAD teams submitted proposals. Three were ultimately selected.

Team NOID (No-Oil Innovation Demonstration) examined technologies and innovative materials that could potentially allow gearboxes to run without oil lubrication. Its results showed promise in extending the time that a gearbox could operate in a loss-of-lubrication situation, potentially saving lives.

Team NOISE-HD (NOvel Innovative Sound Energy Harvesting Device) successfully harnessed sound energy from jet engines in a field environment and demonstrated that it could be stored via battery. With future development, an optimized device could collect and store acoustic energy on board ships, reducing dependence on energy transported across long distances.

Team SEAM (Sensor Embedding for Additive Manufacturing) demonstrated that it is possible to get reliable, accurate data for structural health monitoring of metallic "3-D printed" parts. In fact, during testing, the team's embedded sensors outlasted the conventional strain gauges that they used as benchmarks.

"This showed me that there are tremendously good ideas out there that our young folks have," said Cifone, who first conceived the Innovation Challenge together with then-NAWCAD commander Rear Adm. Mark Darrah. "Ultimately, what we got out of this were great ideas with some results behind them."

In addition to addressing military technical issues, the Innovation Challenge provided a unique professional development opportunity for 14 NAWCAD employees who are part of NAVAIR's Engineer and Scientist Development Program or the Navy Acquisition Development Program.

"I've learned a lot about how NAVAIR as a whole works, and also the process of forming a project," said Denise Orthner of Team SEAM. "It was kind of surprising getting so much responsibility when I had only been here a couple of months. It was, 'You have a great idea. Okay, here you go. We're handing over the reins to you.' But really, we've been able to get everything that we have accomplished done because we've received so much support from everyone here."

"It gives me a lot of respect for the engineers on this base and on other bases who work to make the Navy systems that we have today," said Jazmin Myres of Team NOISE-HD. "To think about all of the effort and all of the work that has gone into an aircraft -- or any system -- it's incredible to see."

NAWCAD leaders were pleased with the results of the challenge, both in what the teams developed and in how they developed as teams.

"I'm so proud of our team members," said Antonella Thompson, Innovation Challenge Program manager, who coordinated and mentored all three teams, ensuring they had the facilities, materials, and staff support they needed throughout the Challenge. "These young men and women have grown professionally and personally, and they've really come together in a focused way to hopefully benefit our men and women who serve."

"Innovation starts with a solid foundation in the mission and in the technical aspects of the mission," said Peters. "With limited resources, there is always pressure to attack problems in a traditional manner instead of pursuing ideas that may or may not come to fruition. The Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity to attack problems in creative ways. In essence, the Innovation Challenge is not only about launching teams to work on promising ideas, it's also about developing a workforce that thinks a certain way. I'm proud of the teams for their creative approaches, and I thank the experts from across the command who provided guidance and encouragement throughout the project."

"I think it has been a tremendous success," said Cifone. "It really points to the skills and capabilities of our young folks. It's a reflection on the great people we have. I'm highly encouraged, and I'm very excited looking forward to the next Innovation Challenge round."

NAWCAD is now preparing to evaluate submissions for the next Innovation Challenge. As with the first challenge, teams of developmental employees can submit white papers to Thompson for evaluation by a selection board. White papers are due Oct. 15.
Team members from the first round encouraged others to consider applying for future Innovation Challenges.

"It's definitely a good opportunity," said Ian Gallagher of Team SEAM. "You get the chance to work on one thing for six months straight, which is pretty rare. You really get to see it through from beginning to end."

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NNS150828-22. MCPON Visits California's Master Jet Base

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin L. Carey, Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

LEMOORE, Calif. (NNS) -- LEMOORE, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2015) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens visited Sailors, chiefs, and command leadership, assigned to the master jet base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore as part of his two-week trip to Navy Region Southwest.

MCPON started his visit with a series of all-hands calls at the base theatre where he spoke about the importance of face-to-face communication.

"As a chief petty officer, as a Sailor, it's important to see your people and speak with them in order to know what's going in their lives," said Stevens. "And that's why I'm here, to have a conversation with you, hear your concerns and recommendations."

MCPON fielded questions ranging from changes to the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) program to potential changes to dual-military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) pay.

Regarding changes to the PFA, Stevens said, "It's not about lowering standards: it's about ensuring total-Sailor fitness 365 days a year." He continued, "It's about establishing a culture of fitness, ensuring Sailors are physically and mentally, fit so we can always be mission ready."

MCPON also queried the crowd of approximately 600 Sailors to get an understanding of how many of them would be affected by the proposed cuts to dual-military BAH.

"This show of hands helps me to understand how much these changes could impact the fleet," said Stevens. "I want you to know that myself and the other senior enlisted leaders want to take an in depth look at this before any changes are approved."

After the call, MCPON met with a group of nearly 50 chief petty officer (CPO) selectees to talk about leadership development.

"The level of training that you will receive over the next few weeks is at a level never seen before in the history of our mess," said Stevens. "CPO 365 is a process that allows for year-round leadership development and mentorship in order to help prepare you to lead at the next higher level."

Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (Sel.) Kasey Prather, from Talari California, assigned to Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, said. "It was pretty awesome to have MCPON come out here to speak with us. To be there as a selectee and have the MCPON pass on some knowledge is truly incredible."

Before wrapping up his visit, MCPON toured the base hospital where he visited with Naval doctors and hospital corpsman.

"MCPON's a great guy, he's very personable and seems to really care about his Sailors," said Hospital Corpsman Kevin Rayford, from Huntington Beach, California. "When senior people come out to these areas it really lets us know that they care about us and are thinking about our well-being."

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NNS150828-20. Higgins Renders Aid to Distressed Mariners

By Ensign Joe Barone, USS Higgins Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) rendered assistance to the crew of a burning fishing vessel on Aug. 28.

Higgins spotted the vessel on the horizon and proceeded to its location to render assistance.

Upon arrival, Higgins found the fishing vessel engulfed in flames. As the ship proceeded closer to investigate, lookouts spotted the vessel's crew in the water clinging to debris. Higgins launched one of her rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIB) and rescued the four-person crew. After the crew was delivered to the ship, hospital corpsmen examined them while the ship's Rescue and Assistance Team provided them with food and water. None of the crewmen were injured.

"This was a terrific demonstration of the Navy's ability to render assistance to those in need," said Chief Hospital Corpsman Frank Gonzalez, a San Diego native. "It gave me a deep sense of accomplishment knowing I could help (others) while being deployed."

Higgins delivered the four crewmen to local authorities so they could be returned ashore.

"Higgins is fully capable to perform a full spectrum of operations," said Cmdr. Allen P. Johnson, Higgins' commanding officer. "It is the duty of any professional maritime force to render assistance when needed and we were upholding that responsibility."

Higgins is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation effort in the region. The ship is homeported in San Diego.

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NNS150828-19. Class of 2017 Commits to Serve

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Caswell, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- During the first two years at the U.S. Naval Academy, midshipmen have the option to choose a different path for their education and career. They can leave the academy, free and clear of any obligation to serve on active duty.

Upon entering their third year, however, 2nd class midshipmen are greeted with a serious long-term decision: to continue their studies as midshipmen for two more years and commit to at least five years of active duty service.

The 1,132 midshipmen of the Class of 2017 signed their "2 for 7" agreements Aug. 21. The term "2 for 7" indicates their decision, after two years of academy training, to devote the next seven years to the Navy or Marine Corps.

"As a company officer you see that they go from the hopeful young enthusiastic plebe to the mature, serious second class who realizes the gravity of the situation," said Marine Maj. Richard Ruiz, 3rd Company officer. "They realize that all they have worked hard to achieve over the course of two years has amounted to this one moment that will change their life forever. The choice to dedicate their life to the Navy of Marine Corps becomes real."

Through professional training, studying, athletics and extracurricular activities, the transformation starts to take hold and the midshipmen inevitably look forward to their futures.

"One of the largest changes I see is a sense of purpose derived from both maturity and the decision to commit to something much larger than oneself," said Midshipman 2nd Class Chosnel J. Raymond, 2017 class president. "As plebes, yes, service was at the forefront of our minds, but the reality of commitment and all that it entails was not there."

The academy celebrated the "2 for 7" signing at a commitment dinner Aug. 25. The mids presented the massive scroll, signed by each midshipman, to Commandant of Midshipmen Col. Stephen Liszewski.

"The commitment you have made for a life of honor is important for many reasons, but mostly because of what you will do after you graduate," said Liszewski, addressing the mids. "You will most likely operate in a realm of the harshest circumstances known to man. In order to be followed in that environment, you have to be men and women of honor and leaders with character. By vowing to live by those principles here at USNA, you are preparing yourselves for what lies ahead."

Members of the Class of 1967 - the "Link in the Chain" class that graduated 50 years ahead of the Class of 2017 - attended the dinner, including keynote speaker retired Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr.

"The decision and commitment you have made to be a leader in an all-volunteer force will give you tremendous opportunities in your careers, but will also give great satisfaction and sense of purpose," said Ryan. "This is just the beginning, and looking out at you all in uniform reminds me personally of why I served and why this country is great."

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NNS150828-18. FEP Sailors Learn New Fitness Moves

By Dan Smithyman, Southeast Regional Maintenance Center Public Affairs

MAYPORT Fla. (NNS) -- Mia Kuhn offers a little-known fitness regimen at the Mayport Fitness Center intended to help individual Sailors discover their inner strength while developing physical strength and fitness.

As a fitness specialist, she is helping Sailors stationed at the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) who are enrolled in the Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP) with some new exercises that dramatically depart from traditional workouts.

Kuhn facilitates segments of the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS). NOFFS provides physical fitness and nutrition information for Sailors, going so far as to tailor workouts to various ship platforms. They have specific training for the tight spaces of a submarine, or the open spaces of a big deck ship, for instance. NOFFS introduces several series of workouts too, such as the Strength or Endurance Series. The Regeneration Series helps facilitate recovery, which is also a critical component to any training program.

"Lack of awareness prevents our Sailors from achieving mental and physical strength," Kuhn said. "They don't know how to take care of themselves."

According to a NOFFS website, rather than focusing specifically on the physical readiness test (PRT), NOFFS emphasizes how to specifically improve the functional performance of a Sailor during daily operations including: lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, aerobic/anaerobic demands, body movement skills with balance, agility, and coordination.

"Core strength is essential. If our core is weak, everything is going to be a tired, uphill battle and at a higher risk of injury," Kuhn said.

The NOFFS workouts are deceptively demanding, most involving little more than one's own body weight for resistance and can be performed nearly anywhere. The effort to maintain balance and breathing is surprisingly difficult. The repetition of exercise is what develops strength. Kuhn said being mindful of your body and what you do with it - or to it - will make the difference in achieving fitness goals. It's a balance of mind and body that helps you become truly strong, she said.

"If you have a Ferrari, or a Porche, and put in a lawn mower engine, you always struggle, and it's like that with us," she said.

"I've done the yoga, the cycling and NOFFS," Machinist's Mate 1st Class (SW) Ernest Young, one of SERMC's FEP participants said. "Yoga was kind of surprising; it takes a lot of strength and muscle coordination. Stretching is really important, and with yoga it helps a lot of people stretch so we're not sore."

Stress management is hugely important, too. The Navy teaches how to exercise. It's equally important to learn how to relax, and recover from a workout.

"It's a process, a transformation through fitness that helps to balance your life; how to exercise, eat, relax and become the 'pilot' of your body," Kuhn said. "You will learn to trust yourself, and your energy. We need to have mental fitness to achieve these goals. You cannot be all you should be without mental fitness."

Kuhn said nutrition is major part of the balance. She said many FEP participants believe they have to starve themselves [to lose weight]; it's not true."

Nutrition is simply the process of nourishing the body, giving it what it needs to perform. Giving it too much of something negative may lead to obesity and poor health. Good choices must be made in this area.

"I've learned to feed myself better food, and I eat more often," said Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical)(SW) Georgina Bennett, another FEP participant. "I have breakfast, then a healthy snack, lunch, a healthy snack, dinner, and healthy snack."

Bennett's philosophy is to keep the body's metabolism at work instead of eating just three big meals and then starving the body between meals when the body is likely to store food as fat. By eating healthy and more often, her metabolism is always working, burning calories, but the key is healthy eating. Processed food offers little nutritional value and ultimately slows the metabolism and creates fat.

There's a lot of responsibility, and personal accountability in making choices and living with the consequences of those choices - this is part of that mental fitness, part of the journey to inner/outer strength.

"A person who knows how to achieve these goals can grow on more levels; they can be a better parent or spouse, better people. There's a lot of power in that," Kuhn said.

Kuhn said the transformation truly begins when there is that "Aha" moment and the commitment decision occurs. Sometimes it's a dramatic event, sometimes it's an environmental influence. It's different for different people.

"The energy makes us buoyant. It brings you up," said Kuhn.

She said having consistency and strictness to your people, or yourself, will ultimately deliver this buoyancy. That doesn't mean we become fitness tyrants. It means plotting a path to making healthy choices and following that path.

"You have to find something that sustains you through the jungle of life," Kuhn said. "The most powerful body-fat-cutting, muscle-toning, anti-aging substance known in science is the human growth hormone, which is naturally produced by the body through exercise."

"I did NOFFS before I was a CFL, and I saw it was much more than pushups, sit-ups and the run," said Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW/AW) Jose Espinal, one of SERMC's command fitness leaders. "I started using NOFFS, and then cycling to try to mix up the workouts."

NOFFS workouts routine with photos and videos, nutrition information and other fitness tools is available as a smartphone application, and it's free. Just go to your app store and search "NOFFS."

While there are endless options to exercise, one philosophy remains constant, and that is no weight can be lost, no fitness can be achieved by ignoring your health. The two primary tenets permeate all workout options: diet and exercise.

"Whatever your normal exercise routine may be, add short intervals to fight off aging and acquire never before levels of fitness," said Kuhn.

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NNS150828-17. Africa Alumni Return to NWC for Regional Symposium

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

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Eighty-two representatives, many graduates of U.S. Naval War College (NWC), from 25 nations and the African Union attended the 12th Regional Alumni Symposium - Africa at NWC, Aug. 25-27, as part of the school's continuing education program.

Over three days, the group discussed defense, maritime domain, migration, humanitarian assistance and other topics important to the African continent.

The event, titled "Enhancing Regional Maritime Security," was co-hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and the U.S. 6th Fleet, and sponsored by U.S. Africa Command.

Thomas Mangold, dean of international programs at the school and organizer of the event, says the symposium was both a continuing education effort for graduates and a way to build relationships for the nations involved.

"This is an effort to continue the professional military education long after they leave here," said Mangold. "This was a way to reach out to make sure our international alumni are getting current information. The second thing the symposium does is help network and build relationships. And not just with the U.S., although that is very important, but also with each other so they can work together and start building relationships, friendships and eventually trust between their countries."

Keynote speaker for the symposium, Amanda Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs, gave an address titled "Africa's Strategic Importance; a U.S. Department of Defense Perspective."

"In terms of African security," Dory said after her presentation, "the maritime domain is fundamental to economic prosperity for Africa. Whether it is getting products or innovation out and in [Africa], it is important to have all these leaders here in Newport renewing their acquaintance with one another and with the U.S."

The subjects addressed at the symposium are relevant to this vital area, according to Mangold.

"Topics are chosen because they are important in the region and also to the world," he said. "Migration, for instance, is one of the most important topics in the world. We have top experts here to help understand the issue. We also had a session focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster response with the doctor who arranged the American relief effort during the Ebola crisis.

Vice Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Rear Adm. Thomas Reck noted that in the long term, the NWC affiliation also benefits international relations.

"You can see the importance that these individual nations place on the education they receive here," said Reck. "And then to actually gain those friendships and incubate those partnerships over the years until it gets to the point that these graduates are now heads of navy for their countries."

Reck, a NWC graduate himself, pointed out that these relationships are vital to what he called "the global network of navies."

"It is always important to anchor back on those relationships, and keep that trust built so it will be strong when the next generation of leadership comes along," he added.

Mangold said the global network of high-ranking navy officers is something NWC takes seriously.

"It's important for the Naval War College because we have over 40 heads of navies from around the world who have graduated from here," said Mangold. "We are a leading educator. We have this event here because we are one of the few institutions who could do it."

One of the attendees, Cmdr. Abdellah Benhamou, director of the Royal Moroccan Naval Academy, said that NWC is the best place and the right environment for this symposium.

"It is the kind of environment [at NWC] that you know beforehand that it is going to be productive," said Benhamou. "[The conversation] is going be free from political constraints that keep you from discussing matters frankly and asking the right questions."

"What this symposium does is offer attendees a chance to meet, talk about issues that are important, offer shared experience and perspective. That all makes them more trustful of each other," Mangold added. "All navies need to work together. One of the best outcomes from this event is that our graduates call their other alumni when they have issues."

As host of the event, Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president, NWC, stressed that building and maintaining relationships is vitally important in an increasingly unstable world.

"The operational environment is more volatile, more uncertain, more ambiguous and more dynamic than ever before," said Howe. "How are we, as military professionals, to deal with such an environment? I would offer that the answer lies in a commitment to continuing professional education and by nurturing meaningful relationships with friends and allies."

NWC is a one-year resident program that graduates about 600 students and about 1,000 distance learning students a year carrying out four missions: educate and develop leaders, help define the future of the Navy, support combat readiness, and strengthen maritime partnerships. Students earn Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit and either a diploma or a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Established in 1884, U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of nine students in 1885 and about 300 of today's active duty admirals, generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.

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NNS150828-16. Hospital Corps School Sees Success in Smoke-Free Campus

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacquelyn D. Childs, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- After becoming one of the first Navy commands to go 100 percent smoke-free in January, Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) located at Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston reported Aug. 28 success and promising trends for future and current Sailors.

NMTSC provides administrative and operational control over Navy staff and students assigned to Hospital Corps "A" and "C" schools at the Medical Education & Training Campus (METC) and other medical training programs in the San Antonio area.
"We implemented this policy Jan. 1, and I believe this has significant impact to the health and welfare to our newest healthcare providers," said Capt. Denise Smith, NMTSC commanding officer.
The command's newest tobacco-use policy is one of the strictest command smoking policies in the Navy.
"Before we did this, the only internal instruction was for students not to use tobacco on the actual campus itself," said Chief Hospital Corpsman James Pell, NMTSC command fitness leader and smoking cessation program coordinator. "Under the new program, students and staff are not allowed to use any tobacco products on base at all."

Leadership at the command including Smith and Pell believe the training environment for future healthcare providers should promote the healthiest lifestyle possible.

"We're the epitome of healthcare," said Pell. "You should be physically fit. You should be able to answer the questions and lead by example. If you're out there standing on the smoke deck next to your fellow Marine or Sailor, who are they going to turn to if they want to quit? It's not going to be you."

Through the program, Pell and a small team of Sailors inform incoming staff and students during their command indoctrination about the policy and smoking cessation class offered to them during their time at NMTSC. The class encourages Sailors to quit smoking and provides them with resources and support they might need.

Students who finish the class can go to the troop medical clinic to receive extra help in the form of prescription patches and medication to help them stay off nicotine.

"Overall the program has been more of a success," said Pell, who said 13 Sailors have gone through the class already with a 100 percent success rate. "It's hard to get students into a smoking cessation class. The nice thing is that boot camp has the same no-smoking policy, so typically they're showing up here after already withholding their tobacco use."

Aside from the class, Sailors can attend monthly support meetings, and a display booth is set up quarterly to continue raising awareness about the program and its many benefits.

"I encourage those who want to quit to come to the course," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Matthew Koepp, the assistant command fitness leader. "You can't force someone to quit. But if someone is interested, I tell them to come out and get the resources you need and the medications if you decide to take that route. I highly recommend it."

Their time at NMTSC is the perfect opportunity for Sailors to kick any tobacco addictions. Between boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, followed by the Basic Medical Training Course "A" School, graduating hospital corpsmen are now entering the fleet after more than 22 weeks of strictly enforced no-smoking policies.

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NNS150828-14. USS Jason Dunham Returns to Homeport

From USS Jason Dunham Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) returned to Naval Station Norfolk Aug. 28, following a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations.

Jason Dunham deployed to the Caribbean on Jan. 27. With an embarked U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment, Jason Dunham conducted operations in support of Operation Martillo, a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in waters along the Central American isthmus.

After transiting the Atlantic Ocean and entering U.S. 6th Fleet, Jason Dunham conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, North Sea and Baltic Sea; which demonstrated U.S. commitment toward strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities among U.S., NATO and regional partners.

Under the leadership of Cmdr. Darren T. Dugan, the Jason Dunham officers and crew conducted a variety of operations and exercises with multinational allies and partners, including Exercise Shark Hunt 2015, in the North Sea; and conducted operations in the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. While in theater, Jason Dunham also participated in multiple passing exercises with Montenegrin, Albanian, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian, Turkish, Finnish, Latvian, and Polish maritime forces, which to provided individual training opportunities and increased interoperability across the maritime domain.

"Jason Dunham strengthened key partnerships and with allies and regional partners throughout the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and in the Baltic," said Dugan. "Jason Dunham Sailors demonstrated United States' lasting commitment to ensuring safety and security across Europe. This has truly been a once in a lifetime deployment. We were afforded the opportunity to represent the United States while working alongside our overseas maritime partners, at sea and ashore, and build lasting, positive relationships. It was a true honor to lead the exceptional crew in Jason Dunham through deployment; their energy, professionalism, and fighting spirit never ceases to amaze me."

With visits to 16 different countries across Europe, Jason Dunham served a critical role in U.S. partnership building missions ashore. Hosting U.S. and foreign dignitaries, including the President of the Republic of Poland, four Chiefs of Navy, three U.S. Ambassadors and hundreds of allied and partner nation civil and military leaders, Jason Dunham strengthened ties with key regional partners. Jason Dunham's crew also acted as goodwill ambassadors, dedicating more than 100 hours to the completion of community relations projects in Bulgaria, Spain, Latvia and Lithuania.

"One of the greatest parts of this deployment was having the opportunity to volunteer all over the world," said Yeoman Seaman Immanuel Granillo. "Having the chance to visit and help children from the countries we visited was awesome. The children, having never met U.S. Sailors before, beamed with joy just from having us there. From painting to repairs, even something as simple as playing soccer with the kids, we helped the local communities. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget."

While working to accomplish national and fleet objectives, Sailors worked on individual accomplishments as well. Ninety-two Sailors earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin while seven officers earned their Surface Warfare Officer qualification, and one Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer qualification.

"This deployment was especially rewarding for me, my Sailors and fellow crew members across the command," said Operations Specialist 1st Class James Weber. "Not only did we strengthen relations with multiple allied nations, but, as a crew, we were able to complete the mission and come home safe to our friends and family. For my fourth deployment, this has been one of the best; it was definitely exciting, challenging, and rewarding."

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NNS150828-13. Navy Announces Bowen Award Winners

By Jay Pinsky, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Public Affairs

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter presented the 2014 Vice Adm. Harold G. Bowen Award for Patented Inventions to two U.S. Navy researchers in a ceremony at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Wednesday, Aug. 26.

The two researchers, Philip Dudt, a scientist at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in West Bethesda, Maryland, and Dr. Roshdy Barsoum, a scientist assigned to ONR, received the award, which recognizes the patented inventions of present or past Navy employees, civilian and military, that are of greatest benefit to the Navy.

Both men contributed as inventors to the patent "Armor Including a Strain Rate Hardening Elastomer," a lightweight alternative to armor for ships and ground vehicles and are officially named as inventors on the final patent, U.S. 7,300,893 B2, granted Nov. 27, 2007, while the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy, is the final patent holder. The award marks the eighth time NSWCCD has earned the Bowen award.

According to the Office of Naval Research, the men were recognized for their contributions by leading the effort to expeditiously identify, test and exploit an explosive resistant coating that provided a lightweight alternative to armor for ships and vehicles.

According to ONR, the increased platform survivability and personnel protection associated with this class of materials provided the operational commander with the potential to reduce personnel casualties and expanded the operational envelope available during combat and peacekeeping operations.

"Without Phil and Roshdy's vision in elastomeric armor, we would not have these solutions available to our military," said Dr. Joseph Teter, NSWCCD's director of technology transfer.

The idea for the patent came during the review of underwater explosion experimental test results and ballistic test results of the explosion resistant coating created at NSWCCD to mitigate future damages similar to those suffered during the Oct. 12, 2000, USS Cole (DDG 67) disaster.

"The underwater shock performance of explosion resistant coating was found to be highly capable in suppressing damage to close-in underwater threats," said Barsoum.

Dudt thought if the coating from these tests could work underwater it could work well in other applications. "I'm always willing to try things, you never know where a good idea will come from," he said.

Dudt's creativity is no surprise to Alyssa Littlestone, deputy director of technology transfer at NSWCCD, who was mentored by Dudt earlier in her career. "I learned a great deal working with Phil," she said. "Not only technically, but also in terms of creativity and approach. As a mentor, Phil was supportive of out-of-the-box thinking and accepting of failure, a combination which fosters innovation. I believe his combination of technical knowledge and forward-thinking creativity is what has enabled Phil to become a successful and prolific inventor."

Dudt shared his idea of applying the elastomer polyurea on metallic surfaces for bulk explosive and ballistic protection with Barsoum, his co-inventor on the patent, who developed the concept to sandwich front and back applications of the elastomer to the armor for blast and ballistic protection.

"The amazing property of the explosive resistant coating material is, as the threat increases in severity, the efficiency of the material to resist assault increases," said Barsoum.

Dudt and Barsoum continued to explore the idea, sponsored by ONR, taking the elastomer to the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds for ballistic testing which showed promise. According to Barsoum, based on these successful, initial tests, a spray up armor was rapidly deployed for the Iraq theater for U.S. Marine Corps vehicles.

Research with the elastomer continues today with global participation inspired by the patent. "This patent was one of the first stepping stones for other people to take this technology further," said Dudt.

According to Teter, the use of the elastomer led to significant cost savings estimated at $7.8 million in the first year of up-armor production. Additionally, Teter noted the elastomeric up-armor was lighter than the equivalent amount of steel add-on armor, saving 2,000 pounds per vehicle, which put less stress on the vehicle power plant and drivetrain increasing vehicle service life.

"While this invention helped the military to save cost and increase our military capability in terms of vehicle life, and operational envelopes, this innovation most critically helped to increase the protection of America's warfighters in theater ultimately mitigating and preventing their injuries," said Teter.

NSWCCD, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, leads the Navy in hull, mechanical and electrical engineering. Headquartered in West Bethesda, Maryland, NSWCCD employs approximately 3,600 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel and includes the Ship Systems Engineering Station located in Philadelphia, as well as detachments in Norfolk, Virginia; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; Bangor, Washington; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Bayview, Idaho.

NNS150828-12. Ashland Arrives in Okinawa and Offloads 31st MEU

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David A. Cox, Amphibious Squadron Eleven Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Okinawa, Japan Aug. 27 to offload the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

Ashland completed an array of exercises throughout her patrol, which began June 3, that culminated in the bi-annual, joint-force exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 in addition to providing aide to Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor made landfall.

Ashland's final mission will be to offload the embarked 31st MEU's Amphibious Assault Platoon and Command Logistics Battalion (CLB) 7 in Okinawa.

Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Martinez, the amphibious assault platoon sergeant, says the mission will consists of several moving parts.

"We will be landing at Camp Schwab, we'll stage our vehicles on the AAV ramp, get our gear together and turn our weapons into the armory," said Martinez. "We will also have three AAVs that will be towed to our staging area, the gear that we will be loading into the AAVs include; rucksacks, seabags, communications gear, rifles, pistols, M-16s and .50-caliber weapons."

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666 will be working hand-in-hand with the 31st MEU to tow three AAV's to the staging area in addition to ferrying equipment and vehicles from CLB.

"We will be conducting stern gate marriages and well deck operations for our disembarking 31st MEU, which will include the off-load of amphibious assault vehicles, 7-Ton trucks, tractors and trams," said Chief Boatswain's Mate Gerren Alexander, the LCU's craft master. "I think this was a successful deployment by both Navy and Marine Corps, we also had a helping hand with the humanitarian relief in Saipan by local civilians. Overall it was a successful deployment, a successful mission and a successful exercise."

Cmdr. Daniel P. Duhan, the ship's commanding officer, said all aspects of Ashland's Sailors and the embarked 31st MEU, Navy Beach Unit (NBU) 7's Beach Party Team (BPT) and LCU 1666 were the definition of teamwork.

"As always there is a lot of turnover before, during, and after a deployment. The pace of operations during this patrol has given Ashland a nucleus of experienced operators that will bridge future turnover within Ashland. The embarked NBU 7 and 31st MEU elements and Team 48, whom all worked completely in sync during this patrol, and just like this one they will not miss a beat during the next patrol in 2016," said Duhan.

Duhan said the mission was a major success and the conclusion of the patrol in Okinawa sets another milestone in Ashland's ongoing operations.

"It's good to be back in Okinawa," said Duhan. "Coming here is always a momentous event as we commence and conclude our operations and are so warmly welcomed home."

Ashland and its embarked 31st MEU and NBU 7 are a part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG). BHRARG is assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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NNS150828-11. USS Chafee Completes OMSI in Support of Maritime Security

From USS Chafee Public Affairs

WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) conducted an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) with U.S. Coast Guard's 14th District, Aug. 5 - 21, in the Western Pacific Ocean.

OMSI is a maritime security operation designed to enhance maritime domain awareness, increase law enforcement presence, and expand at-sea law enforcement capabilities throughout Oceania.

"We were there to provide key presence in the region and build partner nation capacity for a critical oceanic partner," said Cmdr. Shea Thompson, Chafee's commanding officer. "Our presence with the Coast Guard and our partner nation set a new tone of deterrence in the region and will prevent future violations."

The Navy-Coast Guard team, including the two embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, conducted a total of 19 external visual inspections and nine boardings to internally inspect fishing vessels across three separate jurisdictional areas - high seas, Marshall Islands and Nauru exclusive economic zones (EEZ). The boarding inspection resulted in some documented violations and, more importantly, demonstrated U.S. commitment to regulating these fishing areas in partnership with our friends in the region.

"Working side by side with Coast Guard in support of District 14's initiative was a unique and beneficial mission for Chafee Sailors," said Lt. Robert Eidson, Chafee's weapons officer. "Not only were we able to experience, first hand, the great efforts required for law enforcement at sea, we also had the privilege of working side by side with an elite Coast Guard Law Enforcement team. The team provided invaluable training to Chafee's Visual Board Search and Seizure team to include tactical team movements, tactical combat casualty care, and safe boarding techniques. Cognizant of the level of expertise that comes with a Coast Guard Law Enforcement team, we welcomed this training with enthusiasm."

OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program which leverages Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the U.S. Coast Guard's maritime domain awareness (MDA), ultimately supporting its maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania.

The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for patrolling the waters around the numerous islands associated with the United States throughout the region. Each of these islands have territorial waters stretching out to 12 miles from shore. Beyond that, stretching out to 200 nautical miles is an exclusive economic zone (EEZ), an area defined by international law that allows each nation exclusive rights to the exploration and use of marine resources. Oceania contains 43 percent, or approximately 1.3 million square miles, of United States' EEZs.

Chafee was deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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NNS150828-10. Detroit Zoo Welcomes US Navy

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Stephen D. Doyle II, Navy Office of Community Outreach

DETROIT (NNS) -- Detroit Navy Week came out to the city's zoo, Aug. 25. U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes, the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2, and the Navy STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) tour showed visitors something they may not have been expecting at the zoo.

"I like to come out to events like this because we get to show people what we do and explain some of our gear that they've never seen before", said Navy Diver 3rd Class Jonathan Grygus, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit (EODESU) 2.

The Navy Week program is designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas that traditionally do not have a naval presence and include community relation projects, speaking engagements and media interviews with flag hosts and area Sailors.

The soundtrack for the day, played by the U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes, was as much of a draw and some of the hands-on activities.

"It's been pretty fun, the people passing by seem to enjoy it and there have been some little kids dancing," said Musician 2nd Class Daniel Bonnin, assigned to Navy Band Great Lakes. "Its really special for us to be in Detroit, it's nice to get to a new place and to show them what the Navy and Navy music is all about."

The zoo is known as a place for animals of all types, but some of the kids visiting seemed to be equally as excited by the Sailors that were out.

"Well, I liked meeting the wolf," said Jakob Quillen, a Clarkston, Michigan, native. "But the band is really cool, and I like dancing, and I liked the polar bears, but they weren't out today."

The Detroit Navy Week is part of an ongoing effort by the Navy Office of Community Outreach designed to provide area residents an opportunity to learn about their Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity.

"Doing these interesting and fun exhibits for the kids is great," said Paul Good, director of community and government relations for the Detroit Zoological Society. "You can tell by the voices of the kids, the yelling and the screaming, they love it. I think it's a good lesson for everyone. We're happy to be a part of this and happy to support, it's a great honor."

The Navy STEM tour was present, teaching people the important roles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which are major factors of today's changing Navy.

Manned by area recruiters, the tour was not about bringing people into the Navy but bringing the Navy to people.

"Its cool, interacting with the community," said Construction Electrician 2nd Class Sparkle Smith, assigned to Navy Recruiting District Michigan. "You're not looking for people that want to join the Navy, it's more about the awareness of the Navy. A lot of people have no idea that there is Navy around here, but here we are. The kids are excited, and they want to know about the ships and how long you've been in. The kids are cool."

NNS150828-09. Maritime Preposition Ships Squadron 3 Joins Typhoon Relief in Saipan

By Ensign Andy Wang, Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (NNS) -- A small fleet of ships with Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron (MPSRON) 3, recently played a different role assisting the people of Saipan recover from the destruction of Typhoon Soudelor, a Category 2 typhoon that devastated the island on Aug. 2.

MPSRON 3, which typically anchors four or five ships off Saipan and provides heavy equipment and supplies for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force supporting contingencies and operations in the Pacific, provided a different type of support during Soudelor-they supported delivery of much needed water and ice to the citizens of Saipan when all public services on the island were inoperable.

"It's heartbreaking. I survived Hurricane Iniki on Kauai (Hawaii) many years ago," said Karen A. Reyes, captain of USNS Charlton (T-AKR 314), which is anchored off Saipan. "The devastation reminds of me what we went through on that island."

Reyes has sailed around the Pacific for more than two decades and has spent the past two years sailing off the waters near Saipan. As soon as news of Typhoon Soudelor's destruction spread, her priority was to provide as much assistance as possible.

"I am an island girl at heart. I do love Saipan like a second home," said Reyes. "We have been supplying ice and the potable water since the first launches started running after Typhoon Soudelor."

Throughout the decades of MPSRON 3 presence, the mariners have developed a friendship and a sense of community with the people of Saipan. For many of the mariners, Saipan is not just another port of call, it's their home. When Typhoon Soudelor hit, members throughout Military Sealift Command felt the pain.

The crews of USNS Charlton, USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) and USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312) spent countless hours supplying residents of Saipan with fresh water and ice, which was desperately needed following the storm. Ships in the squadron have the capability to create upwards of 20,000 gallons of potable water per ship per day.

Additionally, a working party from the USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams (T-AK 3009) went ashore to help the Brilliant Star Montessori School on Navy Hill here. Fourteen crew members participated including the ship's captain and various mariners. They repaired the electrical conduit connections on two buildings where fallen trees had pulled the connection down breaking the conduit support and wire connections. The crew also assisted in repairs to the potable water connections to three buildings. The school was able to open its doors on Aug. 19 due to the assistance of USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams' crew.

"I couldn't be more proud of the mariners who worked side-by-side with our Saipan brothers and sisters to help in the delivery of those needed supplies and support," said U.S. Navy Capt. Robert "Rocky" Rochford, commodore of MPSRON 3. "I believe their actions on those subsequent days really eased some of the hardship that was apparent island-wide."

For added support, MV MAJ Bernard F. Fisher (T-AK 4396) left Guam on Aug. 21 carrying a group of U.S. Army divers who will assist the U.S. Coast Guard in ensuring the approach channel and harbor are clear of any hazards that may have sunk during the storm.

Through his time as commodore, Rochford has developed a relationship with the community of Saipan. To him and his staff, the small Pacific island was more than just an anchorage, it was their second home. Rochford immediately called upon the service members at Guam Naval Base for help. With the help of U.S. Navy Lt. Andrew Forester, chaplain, MPSRON 3 led a typhoon relief drive for a battered women shelter in Saipan that was severely crippled by Soudelor.

The supplies were transported from Guam to Saipan on the USNS Dahl. The rebuilding of Saipan is going to take some time and MPSRON 3 ships and crews will continue to support those efforts.

MPSRON 3, operating in the western Pacific, maintains tactical control of the 12 ships carrying afloat prepositioned U.S. military cargo for the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force. The squadron's mission is to enable force from the sea by providing swift and effective transportation of vital equipment and supplies for designated operations.

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NNS150828-07. Sexual Assault Reports: Week of July August 17-23, 2015

From the Office of the Chief of Information

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- This week's overview of alleged sexual assaults is compiled based on seven initial reports across the Navy from Aug. 17-23. This timeframe reflects only the receipt of the initial reports; four of the reported incidents occurred during this period, one occurred outside of the report period and two occurred at an unknown time. Each report will be fully investigated. Looking at this snapshot in time, we see the following:

* Five reports are from events that occurred on-base, one is from an event that occurred off-base and one event occurred at an unknown location.

* Of the seven alleged offenders, one was a chief petty officer, three were E-3 and below and three were unknown.

* Six of the alleged offenders were male and one was unknown.

* Three of the reported incidents were alleged to be service member on service member, two were non-service member on service member and two were service member on non-service member.

* Among the seven alleged victims, one was a midshipman, three were petty officers, two were E-3 and below and one was a civilian. Five of the alleged victims were female and two were male.

To contact a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at the Department of Defense Safe Help Line, call (877) 995-5247.

To learn more about Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program, visit

NNS150828-04. Detroit Sailors Support Habitat for Humanity Project

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) David Wyscaver, NOSC Detroit Public Affairs

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. (NNS) -- More than 30 Sailors assigned to Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Detroit and Littoral Combat Ship Crew 103 Pre-Commissioning Unit Detroit, participated in a Habitat for Humanity community relations project in Macomb County, Michigan, Aug. 26 as part of Detroit Navy Week.

The project included Sailors laying and securing foundation, setting steel plates for basement floor joists, painting as well as cutting and installing insulation.

"We're out here helping the Habitat for Humanity organization as much as we can," said Machinist's Mate Seaman Devon Williams, operational support unit, NOSC Detroit. "I personally have been helping set the support beams and platforms in the basement while assisting in handing out tools and other supplies."

Detroit native Rear Adm. John E. Jolliffe, deputy commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, stopped by the work site to show his appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication put forth by the Sailors.

Several NOSC Detroit Sailors expressed their personal feelings on why it's important to give back to the local community and helping those in need.

"I'm from northern Michigan myself and anytime the Navy can help the community, not only does it strengthen the relationship between the Navy and surrounding areas but I take an extra sense of pride knowing I'm helping a fellow Michigander," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Nathan Orr, medical department at NOSC Detroit.

"There's a lot of Sailors from Detroit and the surrounding communities and we're all doing our part to support and give back to the community while making it known the Navy wants and enjoys helping," said Builder 1st Class (SCW) Dan Burks, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, NOSC Detroit.

The community relations project also provided an opportunity for Sailors to come together and continue to build a lasting bond that will continue to grow in an operational environment.

"I've really enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the local community and doing my part to make a difference," said Williams. I feel a sense of pride seeing every Sailor out here today, regardless of rank, coming together to achieve a common goal."

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing ministry that provides low-income, working families the opportunity to purchase safe, decent, affordable housing in which to raise their families. Habitat was founded in the belief that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, affordable place to live, where they may dwell in dignity and safety.
Navy Weeks focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single area for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects.

Detroit Navy Week is the ninth of 12 Navy Weeks in 2015, and helps to increase the bond between the "Motor City" and America's Navy.

NNS150828-01. PACFLT Commander Reaffirms Close Ties with Singapore, Thanks Sailors During Southeast Asia Visit

From Task Force 73 Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, made his inaugural visit to the Republic of Singapore Aug. 26-28 to reaffirm the U.S. Navy's strong partnership and ties with the Singapore Armed Forces. The visit followed two days of leadership engagements in Kuala Lumpur, where Swift met with Malaysian defense officials and discussed the Navy's commitment to peace and stability in the region.

During his Singapore visit, Swift met with the Republic of Singapore Chief of Defense Major-General Perry Lim and Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, after inspecting a Guard of Honor at the Ministry of Defense headquarters.

"Our long-standing partnership with the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces reflects our shared commitment to security in Southeast Asia," said Swift. "We're grateful for our strong ties with partners like Singapore that help our Navy remain forward deployed and ready to contribute to the greater stability of the region."

Swift also made time to visit with U.S. Sailors and their families during a town hall at Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC).
During a question and answer session, Swift discussed the rotational deployments of littoral combat ships (LCS) to Southeast Asia, including USS Fort Worth's (LCS 3) current 16-month deployment, and the planned rotational deployment of four LCS to the region by 2018 as part of the U.S. Navy's support for the Pacific rebalance. Swift also highlighted the 21st anniversary of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), a series of bilateral exercises held annually to enhance interoperability with nine regional navies.

"CARAT remains a critical venue for increasing maritime security cooperation throughout South and Southeast Asia," said Swift. "Your hard work and critical engagement during these exercises is one of the reasons why the United States remains the partner of choice for many nations in this region."

Swift also responded to a wide range of personnel topics, including uniforms, the fiscal budget, and future manning initiatives. He emphasized the importance of the Navy's forward presence and thanked Sailors for operating forward in a critical and relevant area of the world.

"I greatly appreciate what you do; day in, and day out," said Swift. "I'm also very thankful for our families who have chosen to serve alongside our Sailors and civilian personnel far away from home and away from your extended families. Your support makes all the difference."

COMLOG WESTPAC is the U.S. 7th Fleet's provider of combat-ready logistics, operating government-owned and contracted ships to keep units throughout 7th Fleet armed, fueled, and fed.

Additionally, Task Force 73 conducts advanced planning, organizes resources and directly supports the execution of maritime exercises such as the bilateral CARAT series, the Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) with Vietnam, and the multilateral Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

For more news from Commander, Task Force 73, visit

NNS020718-41. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 28

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1867 - Capt. William Reynolds of the screw sloop-of-war, USS Lackawanna, raises the U.S. flag over Midway Islands and takes formal possession of these islands for the United States.

1891 - During a period of political unrest at Valparaiso, Chile, Marines form boarding parties from cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Baltimore to protect American lives and guard the U.S. Consulate.

1942 - One hundred twenty women are commissioned as ensigns or lieutenant junior grades as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and report to "USS Northampton," Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

1942 - PBY Catalinas from VP-92 and Canadian corvette HMCS Oakville sink German submarine U-94. USS Lea (DD 118) and Oakville pick up the survivors. Previously, U-94 had sunk 26 Allied vessels while also damaging one Allied vessel, although none from the United States.

1952 - USS Boxer (CV 21) launches an explosive-filled drone which explodes against a railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. This mission marks the first guided missile launched from a ship during the Korean War.

1991 - A helicopter from USS America (CVA 66) rescues three civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Cape May, N.J., after their sailboat capsizes.

2004 - USS Momsen (DDG 92) is commissioned at Panama City, Fla., before sailing to its homeport of Everett, Wash. The 42nd of the Arleigh Burke-class of guided-missile destroyers is the first to carry the remote minehunting system and the first ship named after Vice Adm. Charles B. Momsen, the designer of the submarine escape breathing apparatus now known as the Momsen Lung.

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