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NNS151118-14. Oceanographer of the Navy Testifies on Capitol Hill Regarding Arctic Operations

By Brian Leshak, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Oceanographer of the Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet testified regarding Navy Arctic operations to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' (HCFA) Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and the HCFA Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Nov. 17, in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Gallaudet, who testified alongside the State Department's Special Representative for the Arctic Adm. Robert Papp and Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel, was called in his role as director of the Navy's Task Force Climate Change (TFCC) and commander, Meteorology and Oceanography Command to discuss how the Arctic is changing and what the Navy's plans are for the ever-evolving region.

"As a global force, the U.S. Navy must be ready to operate in all the world's oceans, including the Arctic, as we have done for many decades," said Gallaudet. "The Arctic is a major driver of global climate and weather. The diminishing sea ice is gradually opening the region to the potential for increased economic activity including commercial shipping, fishing, oil and mineral extraction, and tourism. These changes will necessitate more accurate, long range forecasts to ensure safe transit in the region."

TFCC was created in 2009 by the Chief of Naval Operations to address naval implications of the changing Arctic and global environment. In addition, TFCC's mission is to make recommendations to Navy leadership regarding policy, investment, research and to lead public discussion on the Arctic region.

"The Navy will continue to sponsor research through the Office of Naval Research focusing research initiatives to include environmental dynamics, acoustic propagation, sea state and boundary layer physics, and ocean stratification and technologies," said Gallaudet. "Improving our understanding of the complex polar environment, and more accurately predicting the dynamic ice-ocean atmosphere dynamics is essential to safe navigation and my primary responsibility as oceanographer and navigator of the Navy."

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NNS151118-13. Ike Changes Command

From USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) welcomed a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 18.

Capt. Paul C. Spedero relieved Capt. Stephen Koehler as Ike's commanding officer in front of the ship's crew, friends and family during a ceremony in the ship's hangar bay.

Rear Adm. Bruce H. Lindsey, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, who presided over the change of command, said Koehler's accomplishments as commanding officer are truly reflected in the ship's exceptional crew, which is more than ready to complete its current workup cycle ahead of a deployment scheduled for summer 2016.

Using one of Captain Koehler's favorite phrases, Lindsey said, "the Eisenhower Sailors are 'fired up' to be operational again."

Lindsey went on to say that "President Eisenhower said 'motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it,' and I know Capt. Koehler's legacy is, despite the tremendous challenges of being the first Optimized Fleet Response Plan carrier, the entire IKE crew is incredibly motivated to once again get this awesome warship forward deployed, prepared to execute any presidential tasking assigned."

A 1990 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Spedero comes to Ike from USS Peleliu (LHA 5), which he decommissioned in March 2015. Spedero is an experienced naval aviator who has previously served as the executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), as well as the executive officer and later the commanding officer of the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86. During his tour with the Sidewinders, he flew combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

"I am humbled to have this remarkable opportunity to lead the Sailors, chiefs and officers of the Navy's finest capital warship," Spedero said. "I am honored to assume command of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower."

Koehler leaves Ike to become the director of fleet/joint training at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. During Koehler's nearly two and a half years at Ike's helm, the command completed an extensive, 23-month docking planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.

Koehler and the ship's crew concluded the availability on Sept. 1, whereupon they returned to the ship's homeport at Naval Station Norfolk. Since then the ship has operated flawlessly through training and flight operations for both pilot carrier qualifications and Joint Strike Fighter test program.

"We've done a lot of work in the last couple of years, and I couldn't be more proud of the pride and professionalism with which you have conducted yourselves while we got this ship ready to once again take the fight to the enemy," Koehler said. "This has been the most gratifying experience of my career; seeing you all rise to the occasion through often difficult and always challenging circumstances."

Koehler told the crew that as they continue to meet upcoming operational commitments, he will be rooting them on every step of the way.

"As much as I hate to part company with all of you, I leave knowing that you all are in good hands," Koehler said. "You're in good hands because you are all part of the most talented and capable crew in the Navy, and you're in good hands with Captain Spedero at the helm. I look forward to watching all of your success in the coming year as you embark on deployment."

In recognition of his efforts, Lindsey awarded Koehler the Legion of Merit.

Guests at the ceremony included members of Koehler's and Spedero's families, several prior Ike commanding officers, distinguished guests and much of the ship's crew.

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NNS151118-07. Navy IT Networks Evolving into Warfighting Platforms

From By Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Tomahawk. MK48. Aegis: These are weapons systems employed by the Navy to achieve decisive effects in locales far and wide.

With the increase of cyber threats across the globe, the Navy is hardening another weapons system essential for effective operations: its information technology networks, both afloat and ashore.

The Navy must "operate the network as a warfighting platform," said Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command-U.S. 10th Fleet earlier this year at the Sea-Air-Space conference. "It's not a service provider. It's not a support capability. We know that our operational network is under fire every day; we have to defend it."

CANES, which stands for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services, represents a key aspect of the Navy's modernization planning. It provides an enhancement to cybersecurity, command and control, communications and intelligence systems afloat by establishing the network as the Navy's cyber platform. CANES brings significant advances in application hosting and system management, as well as reducing the number of network variants by ship class across the fleet.

With CANES, the network is firmly part of the Navy's combat capability.

In addition to a planned technology refresh cycle to pace emerging cyber threats, CANES' integrated voice, video, data and system-management functions optimizes and streamlines network system administrator workload. Reduced hardware requirements also decrease system vulnerabilities and threat attack surface area.

The network serves as the cyber platform for more than 200 applications and connected systems, including data, transport, systems management and voice and video services.

To date, the Navy has completed installation of CANES on 25 ships with 153 remaining and due to be complete by 2024. Installed systems are performing operational missions and have supported information dominance missions across the globe.

Equally essential for Navy is the reliability of its ashore networks: Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-Net.)

NMCI is the Navy's shore-based enterprise network in the continental United States and Hawaii, providing a single integrated, secure information technology environment for reliable, stable information transfer. NMCI serves 700,000 users in 2,500 locations that send more than 33 million weekly email messages.

ONE-Net delivers comprehensive, end-to-end information and telecommunication services to OCONUS Navy shore commands by using a common computing environment for both the Non-secure IP Router Network (NIPRNet) and Secure IP Router Network (SIPRNet). Together, these systems serve as not only IT assets, but as information weapons systems in and of themselves.

To this end, both NMCI and ONE-Net operators are vigilant about cybersecurity and defending the Navy's systems against attacks to ensure user access and to protect the Navy's data and applications.

NMCI alone relies on 10 classified and 25 unclassified server farms, and 30 microserver farms to deliver enterprise network IT services to its more than 700,000 users. NMCI blocks 231 million unauthorized intrusion attempts, detects 26 million threats and blocks 3.5 million spam messages per month.

In the not too distant past, Navy networks were viewed as delivery systems for email and administrative actions. With the evolution of cyberspace capabilities and vulnerabilities, Navy networks can be viewed as cyber platforms that deliver decisive effects from seabed to space.

NNS151118-05. COMNAVSURFLANT Prepares to Welcome USS Thomas Hudner

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jamie Cosby

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The keel of the Arleigh Burke-class USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) was laid, Nov. 16, in Bath, Maine, signifying the beginning of the destroyer's construction.

Expected to be commissioned in Boston in fall 2018, the ship is named for retired Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., a naval aviator who received the Medal of Honor for displaying uncommon valor during the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Hudner was honored for actions taken after his wingman, Ens. Jesse L. Brown, the first African American naval aviator to fly in combat, was shot down. Under extremely adverse conditions, Hudner purposefully crashed his own aircraft in an attempt to save Brown. Then he and a rescue pilot unsuccessfully attempted to free Brown from the wreckage.

"I couldn't bear the thought that he was down there and there was no way to get him out," said Hudner, a native of Fall River, Mass. He added that he couldn't get over having the ship named after him, but that it provided him "a great sense of responsibility and recognition.

His story was chronicled in the recently-released "Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice."

Hudner will be the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to join the Navy, with Cmdr. Nathan Scherry as its first commanding officer.

"I am extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity to command a new construction ship, and I'm especially proud of being selected to take command of a ship named after one of our nation's heroes" said Scherry. "As the ship's first commanding officer, my primary responsibility will be to build the crew and get everybody ready for operational tasking."

Scherry said Hudner will be one of the nation's most technologically advanced and capable warships. It will be the first of the "technology insertion" destroyers, which means it will gain elements of a next generation of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers known as Flight III. The improvements will include better on board power-generation systems, increased automation, and next generation weapons, sensors and electronics.

"With the improvements and a well-trained, seasoned crew, Hudner will be able to carry out our nation's tasking with unsurpassed honor, courage and commitment," said Scherry.

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NNS151118-04. Navy Honors Gold Star Survivor After 40 Years

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins, Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Throughout the history of the United States Navy, many Sailors have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. Those heroes leave behind family members, such as parents and spouses, who carry their memory with them in their hearts.

They do not carry this weight alone.

The U.S. Navy established the Navy Gold Star (NGS) Program, Oct. 1, 2014, to provide continuing support for surviving family members of Sailors who lost their lives while serving in an active duty status.

Cheryl Caleca is one of those family members. She is the surviving spouse of Petty Officer 2nd Class Curtis Griggry, who served aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS George Washington (SSBN 598) and lost his life in a motor vehicle accident, Nov. 1, 1975, while on active duty.

Lt. Cmdr. Juan Cometa, a Navy chaplain, presented a Navy Gold Star next of kin of deceased personnel lapel button and an American flag to Caleca on behalf of the Navy, during an NGS-coordinated ceremony aboard the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767).

"I think the Gold Star program is fantastic," said Caleca. "I didn't even know this existed before. Then all of a sudden I'm on a submarine, getting a flag and a pin. I am really humbled by all of it. 40 years ago, we didn't have anything like this program. Things have really come a long way."

The Navy Gold Star next of kin lapel button depicts a gold star in a circle, commemorating honorable service. Four sprigs of oak surround the circle and represent the branches of the armed forces, a decoration introduced by the military in 1977 as a symbol of honor for survivors of deceased service members. While this decoration is normally presented to surviving family members during military funerals, it may also be presented retroactively for service members who lost their lives at any time after March 29, 1973.

"Petty Officer Griggry is not forgotten," said Cometa, who officiated the ceremony. "One thing I love about America is that we never forget those who have served their country."

Cmdr. Theron Davis, Hampton's commanding officer, presented Caleca with a command coin following the ceremony.

"It doesn't matter if it was five years ago, 20 years ago or 40 years ago," said Davis. "We are still one force and always together. We showed that today."

Caleca reached out to Sabrina Griffin, an NGS coordinator, who learned Caleca had not received a ceremonial flag or button following the death of her husband in 1975. Griffin contacted Submarine Squadron 11 to create an opportunity to honor Griggry's service on board a submarine.

"I was happy, shocked, surprised and elated that the Navy would do this after so many years," said Caleca.

Griffin and 17 other NGS coordinators are located at Navy installations across the United States. They work with Fleet and Family Support Centers to assist surviving family members in receiving benefits and resources for which they are eligible.

"The flag and pin was something we wanted to make sure she had," said Griffin. "We've been really influential in getting Ms. Caleca the support that she needs."

According to Caleca, the support of the Navy and NGS holds a special meaning for her.

"To me, NGS sends a message that the Navy still cares about all of its families," said Caleca. "It doesn't matter how many years ago a Sailor may have passed away, we're still remembered."

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NNS151117-22. Alaska Sea Service Scholarships Announced

By Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

Pensacola, Fla (NNS) -- The Navy League and Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced Nov. 16, eligibility requirements for the Alaska Sea Services Scholarships for academic year 2016-2017.

The program awards up to six $1000 scholarships annually for undergraduate education to dependent children or spouse of personnel serving in the U.S Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard active duty, reserve or retired personnel. It includes those who were serving at the time of death or missing-in-action status and are legal residences of Alaska. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be ranked according to academic proficiency, character, leadership ability, community involvement and financial need.

The scholarships are made possible by funds raised as a war bond during World War II by Alaska citizens as a gift to honor the Sailors of the USS Juneau (CL 52). Following the war, the governor of the territory of Alaska and the secretary of the Navy agreed that the bond monies would remain on deposit until an appropriate application could be found. In 1986, the Navy established the Alaska Sea Services Scholarships Fund.

The application deadline is February 26, 2016 for the FY-16 selection board, which convenes in April 2016.
A selection panel will be appointed by the Navy League Foundation and the nominee packages will be forwarded to NETC for final approval and selection of the winners. Recipients will be notified and scholarships funds disbursed to the appropriate academic institution.

Applicants must show acceptance at an accredited college or university for full-time under graduate study toward a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science Degree. No more than two scholarships awards many be given to any individual during pursuit of the four-year degree.

For additional information and a link to apply for the Alaska Sea Services Scholarship, visit or refer to NAVADMIN 256/15.

Interested students and families may contact Mrs. Stacy McFarland at (703) 232-5595/ (800) 356-5760; email: or Dr. Cheral Cook at (850) 452-3671 (DSN 459 3671); email:
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NNS151117-20. NRL Researchers Recruit Luminescent Nanoparticles to Image Brain Function

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

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Research biologists, chemists and theoreticians at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), are on pace to develop the next generation of functional materials that could enable the mapping of the complex neural connections in the brain.

The ultimate goal is to better understand how the billions of neurons in the brain communicate with one another during normal brain function, or dysfunction, as a result of injury or disease.

"There is tremendous interest in mapping all the neuron connections in the human brain," said Dr. James Delehanty, research biologist, Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering. "To do that we need new tools or materials that allow us to see how large groups of neurons communicate with one another while, at the same time, being able to focus in on a single neuron's activity. Our most recent work potentially opens the integration of voltage-sensitive nanomaterials into live cells and tissues in a variety of configurations to achieve real-time imaging capabilities not currently possible."

The basis of neuron communication is the time-dependent modulation of the strength of the electric field that is maintained across the cell's plasma membrane. This is called an action potential. Among the nanomaterials under consideration for application in neuronal action potential imaging are quantum dots (QDs) - crystalline semiconductor nanomaterials possessing a number of advantageous photophysical attributes.

"QDs are very bright and photostable so you can look at them for long times and they allow for tissue imaging configurations that are not compatible with current materials, for example, organic dyes," Delehanty added. "Equally important, we've shown here that QD brightness tracks, with very high fidelity, the time-resolved electric field strength changes that occur when a neuron undergoes an action potential. Their nanoscale size make them ideal nanoscale voltage sensing materials for interfacing with neurons and other electrically active cells for voltage sensing."

QDs are small, bright, photo-stable materials that possess nanosecond fluorescence lifetimes. They can be localized within or on cellular plasma membranes and have low cytotoxicity when interfaced with experimental brain systems. Additionally, QDs possess two-photon action cross-section orders of magnitude larger than organic dyes or fluorescent proteins. Two-photon imaging is the preferred imaging modality for imaging deep (millimeters) into the brain and other tissues of the body.

In their most recent work, the NRL researchers showed that an electric field typical of those found in neuronal membranes results in suppression of the QD photoluminescence (PL) and, for the first time, that QD PL is able to track the action potential profile of a firing neuron with millisecond time resolution. This effect is shown to be connected with electric-field-driven QD ionization and consequent QD PL quenching, in contradiction with conventional wisdom that suppression of the QD PL is attributable to the quantum confined Stark effect - the shifting and splitting of spectral lines of atoms and molecules due to presence of an external electric field.

"The inherent superior photostability properties of QDs coupled with their voltage sensitivity could prove advantageous to long-term imaging capabilities that are not currently attainable using traditional organic voltage sensitive dyes," Delehanty said. "We anticipate that continued research will facilitate the rational design and synthesis of voltage-sensitive QD probes that can be integrated in a variety of imaging configurations for the robust functional imaging and sensing of electrically active cells."

Additional contributors to this study included the Optical Sciences Division, and the Materials Science and Technology Division at NRL, Washington, D.C. A full report of the team's findings, entitled "Electric Field Modulation of Semiconductor Quantum Dot Photoluminescence: Insights Into the Design of Robust Voltage-Sensitive Cellular Imaging Probes," was published September 28, in the American Chemical Society publication, NANO Letters. This groundbreaking work was funded by the NRL Nanoscience Institute.

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NNS151117-19. Rushmore Returns to Indonesia

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

BALI, Indonesia (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Bali Nov. 16, for a scheduled port visit.

From integrated amphibious operations with the Indonesian navy during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, to several interactions during Rushmore's current deployment, building the relationship between the United States and Indonesia is a theme Rushmore Sailors are excited to continue.

"During RIMPAC 2014, Rushmore integrated with the Indonesian landing platform dock ship KRI Banda Aceh (LPD 593)," said Cmdr. Thomas Stephens, Rushmore's commanding officer. "During the exercise, crews of Rushmore and Banda Aceh conducted successful integrated amphibious operations, including the recovery of Banda Aceh amphibious assault vehicles into Rushmore's well deck."

Rushmore has carried its tradition of working with the Indonesians into their current deployment in port and at sea, starting with their port visit to Manado.

"During this Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment, Rushmore was the first U.S. military ship to visit Manado, Indonesia, since 2012," said Stephens. "After leaving Manado, Rushmore rescued and rendered assistance to 65 Indonesians adrift in the Makassar Strait. The cooperation and compassion demonstrated by Sailors and Marines unquestionably assisted in a maturing bilateral relationship between the United States and Indonesia."

Even Sailors on their first Western Pacific Deployment have been impacted by experiences shared with the people of Indonesia.

"I'll always remember the visit to Manado," said Cryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Ivan Pedraza. "You could tell the people weren't really exposed to international visitors by how excited they were to greet us. It was a really unique experience in a growing city, and it makes me wonder what it was like a few years ago for the last Sailors who visited."

While visiting Manado was an eye-opening experience for Sailors and Marines as they were received with handshakes from excited locals, many are anticipating blending into the tourist-oriented atmosphere of Bali.

"Bali seems like it has a little bit of everything," said Information Technology Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Laxa. "There are temples, themed restaurants, beautiful resorts and pretty much anything you could hope for as a tourist. I'm really looking forward to getting out and exploring."

"Manado was a great port visit to start deployment and Bali is a great port visit to end it," said Stephens. "With Manado as our first port visit and Bali as the last, Indonesia has become a significant part of our experience deployed and provided a positive bookend to Rushmore's WESTPAC 2015 for Sailors and Marines who have worked extremely hard these past six months."

Rushmore, part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

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NNS020724-46. This Day in Naval History - Nov. 18

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1889 - The battleship Maine launches at the New York Navy Yard.

1922 - In a PT seaplane, Cmdr. Kenneth Whiting makes the first catapult launching from an aircraft carrier at anchor, USS Langley (CV 1), in the York River.

1943 - USS Bluefish (SS 222) sinks the Japanese destroyer Sanae and damages the oiler Ondo 90 miles south of Basilan Island.

1944 - USS Blackfin (SS 322) diverts from her war patrol and picks up captured Japanese cryptographic and technical equipment, along with other secret documents, west of Camurong River on the north coast of Mindoro, Philippines.

1944 - USS Peto (SS 265), USS Spadefish (SS 411), and USS Sunfish (SS 281) attack the same Japanese convoy in the East China. Peto sinks army cargo ships Aisakasan Maru and Chinkai Maru. Spadefish sinks auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 156 and Sunfish sinks army transport Seisho Maru.

1962 - USS Currituck (AV 7) rescues 13 Japanese fishermen from their disabled fishing boat Seiyu Maru, which was damaged in Typhoon Karen.

NNS151119-09. USS Kearsarge Harriers Join Fight Against ISIL

By USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group public affairs

ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Naval Aviation rejoined the fight against ISIL Nov. 19 when AV-8B Harriers from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM)162(Reinforced)launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct their first missions over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

The last Naval Aviation missions in support of OIR were Oct. 17, from USS Essex (LHD 2).

"We will continue to work with our coalition partners to drive ISIL out of Iraq and Syria," said Lt. Col. Brian T. Koch, commanding officer of VMM-162(REIN). "We operate around the clock to defend America, and to keep our families at home safe."

VMM-162(REIN) is the aviation combat element of the 26th MEU, currently embarked with the Kearsarge ARG.

Capt. Augustus P. Bennett, commander, Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), said the Sailors and Marines under his charge are prepared for what lies ahead.

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 26th MEU along with our coalition partners are here to degrade and destroy ISIL's current operations under OIR," Bennett said. "The combined ARG-MEU team is an expeditionary Navy/Marine Corps force that stands ready and has been trained for these types of operations. We're here to assure our allies, deter any adversaries and provide a persistent U.S. presence here in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations."

In addition to Naval Aviation missions against ISIL in support of OIR, the Marines and Sailors of the ARG-MEU team are deployed throughout the region conducting various missions including theater security cooperation and maritime security operations.

The Kearsarge ARG arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet Nov. 1. The U.S. 5th Fleet's area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of the Middle East's maritime reaches and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

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NNS151119-16. Naval Academy Class of 2016 Receives Service Assignments

By Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Nathan Wilkes, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

Annapolis, Md. (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 received their service assignments Nov. 19, informing them of the warfare communities in which they will serve as commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps.

A major milestone in their career at the academy, 1,077 first-class midshipmen opened letters containing the information that will define their lives in the fleet. This year, more than 98 percent of the midshipmen received either their first or second choice of assignments.

Midshipman 1st Class Sarah Howard, of 22nd Company, chose surface warfare officer (SWO). Howard is the first of her family to serve in the Armed Forces.

"I am really excited that I got what I wanted," said Howard. "I really wanted SWO because it gives me the opportunity, when I go out into the fleet, to have a division and lead Sailors and help them grow."

Howard will join 248 other midshipmen entering the surface warfare community from the academy. Joining her is Midshipman 1st Class Amanda Jackson, of 6th Company, who selected nuclear surface warfare officer.

"Coming into USNA, I had no clue what I wanted to do," said Jackson. "I changed my mind a few times, decided I wanted to be a surface warfare officer, and later decided to go nuclear."

Also taking the nuclear option is Midshipman 1st Class Riley Miller. Coming from a long line of Army veterans, she will join a growing population of female officers and enlisted aboard submarines.

"I had the opportunity to go on several different submarines, and the people were incredible," said Miller. "I wanted a technical challenge and to be surrounded by hard-working people. Seeing their technical expertise made me want to learn the material and get better so I can have that same influence on someone else."

Of the 269 midshipmen selected to become Marines, 170 will serve as ground officers and 99 will serve as pilots or flight officers.

From 3rd Company, Midshipman 1st Class Marco Defournoy made the decision to become a Marine in his final year after learning the roles and responsibilities of a Marine Corps officer.

A native of Haiti, Defourney enlisted as a damage controlman after graduating high school in Florida. Defourney accepted an appointment to attend the Naval Academy after a year at the Naval Academy Preparatory School. For him, service selection marks a turning point in his naval career.

"I originally planned to go SWO when I first got here, but I had some great Marine mentorship that convinced me to train with them over the summer, and it grew on me," said Defournoy. "I still love surface, and it will always have a place in my heart, but I'm ready for a new adventure. That is why the Marine Corps was my first choice."

For Midshipman 1st Class Erin Devivies, of 3rd Company, selecting information warfare marked a departure from a Marine Corps family tradition.

"Even though my parents are both retired Marines, they are excited for me to blaze my own trail in the Navy," said Devivies. "Information warfare is really new and on the cutting edge so I'm very excited to be a part of that."

Midshipman 1st Class Esteban Salazar will also be joining the ranks of the naval intelligence community.

"During my first-class midshipman cruise, I met Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Joshua Lawson," said Salazar. "It was incredible seeing some of the things he was able to do. I wanted to see what the enlisted side does in that community, and he really mentored me in a way I didn't expect. If an indication of the intelligence community was exemplified through IS1 Lawson, I figured it was the right choice for me."

The Naval Academy endeavors to match personal preferences with aptitude and ability, placing midshipmen in the community best suited to their strengths so as to set them up for successful careers in naval service.

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NNS151119-15. Navy Medicine Force Master Chief to Host First Virtual Live Chat

By Mariah Felipe, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery public affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- Force Master Chief Terry J. Prince, Hospital Corps director, will host his first virtual live chat, Nov. 23, at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Navy Medicine will facilitate the virtual chat using Facebook: and Twitter:

Prince will discuss the mission and future of the Hospital Corps - the Navy's most decorated Corps. The live chat also serves as an opportunity for Sailors, Marines, their families, and all other Navy Medicine beneficiaries to get to know one of Navy Medicine's leaders and ask any questions they might have about the Hospital Corps and the role corpsmen have in delivering their health care.

"I'm excited to engage in a conversation with Sailors, Marines and their families through social media," said Prince. "I encourage participants to ask me questions about the critical role of the Hospital Corps."

Questions may be submitted to Prince during the live chat using the hashtag #AskTheFORCM. Personnel submitting questions should include their name, rank, rate and command.

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NNS151119-13. Adm. James Caldwell Visits Newport News Sailors

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aaron T. Kiser, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Adm. James Caldwell, Jr., director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, visited the Newport News Shipyard (NNS), Nov. 16, to speak to Sailors assigned to ships and submarines in construction or maintenance periods at NNS.

This was the first time Caldwell visited NNS since being appointed director of the program. As part of his visit, he addressed Sailors and shipbuilders in the Virginia Class Submarine Consolidated Facility. During his speech, Caldwell mentioned the importance of getting warships out into the fleet and the significant impact they have on international security.

"Having an increased naval presence is important to the world," Caldwell said. "We can help calm conflicting nations by having ships in areas they're needed in."

Caldwell touched on the fact that, historically, having a strong Navy was crucial during the early year's of our country, and highlighted that today's modern fighting force comes from proud traditions of naval service.

"Water served as protection for our budding nation," Caldwell said. "It helped protect our trade and invested interest in commerce when our nation started."

While the admiral spoke, Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Krystal Clark, assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), listened along with many other Sailors, and shared the impression his words had on her.

"I've always felt that the U.S. has had a long history of excellence, and hearing the admiral talk about it makes me proud to be a Sailor," Clark said. "By talking to us about the importance of our jobs, it helps me realize the gravity of the position we're all in. I keep in mind ship, shipmate, self."

After speaking to the Sailors, Caldwell and employees of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) toured USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Lincoln is undergoing Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va.

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

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NNS151119-12. Truman 1st Carrier to Install Navy's Afloat Fab Lab

By Chris Wyatt, Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center Public Affairs Specialist

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) and Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) installed the Navy's first afloat mini Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) aboard the carrier, Nov. 13.

Truman Maintenance Officer Cmdr. Al Palmer and MARMC Commanding Officer Capt. Steven Stancy met for the delivery and installation of the mini Fab Lab.

"Ten years from now, these 3D printers may be standard equipment on ships," said Palmer. "We look forward to seeing how our Sailors respond to this new capability."

The mini fab lab consists of two additive manufacturing (3D) printers along with a desktop Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) mill. A large flat screen monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse are also included. The 3D printer has the ability to build many sizes and shapes out of polymers. The CNC mini mill uses subtractive manufacturing processes to create circuit boards.

Truman Sailors have been training in the MARMC Fab Lab since Nov. 10 as an introduction to digital manufacturing and innovation. They trained in 3D rendering programs, soldering basics, and electronic component instruction. The goal of the training is to give them the basic instruction needed to operate a mini Fab Lab while underway.

"A couple of weeks ago we did the same thing with the Kearsarge's Sailors," said MARMC Fab Lab Project Officer Lt. Todd Coursey. "We are choosing bigger ships because they have a more robust personnel pool and more capabilities. This program is all about focusing on education and work force development. We are giving Sailors training and an understanding of what the capabilities are, and we are letting them use these capabilities to help either fix problems in their work spaces or create improvements."

The mini fab lab will be used as a place for Sailors to innovate. Truman Machinery Repairman 2nd Class Raymond Lee said he already sees how this mini Fab Lab can make a difference on his ship.

"I think this mini Fab Lab opens up a lot of doors for quality of life issues and productivity," said Lee. "The equipment that we mostly use, we don't allow people outside of our shop to use due to safety. With the addition of this mini Fab Lab people can come be creative, improve their work life, and thus be more productive."

Stancy is excited about seeing the Fab Lab go onto its first carrier. He said that the Fab Lab is where creativity meets reality.

"This is what the Fab Lab is all about," he said. "The Fab Lab is designed to empower the warfighter to use creative thought to solve an issue in his or her workspace. We appreciate the support from the Truman team and we look forward to working with them as we both move forward with additive manufacturing and innovation."

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NNS151119-07. PMW 240 Receives ASN(RDA) Award for Acquisition Excellence

From PMW 240 Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) was honored, Nov. 17, at the Department of Navy Acquisition Excellence Awards, as part of a ceremony that took place at the Pentagon.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN(RDA)) The Honorable Sean Stackley presented the program office with the Dr. Al Somoroff Acquisition Award, recognizing it for outstanding acquisition achievement in the accomplishment of its mission.

On hand to accept the award from the program were Program Manager Laura Knight, Deputy Program Manager Patrick Fitzgerald and Technical Director Ken Johnson, along with several other members of the PMW 240 leadership team.

"I was extremely happy to accept this award on behalf of all of our members of the PMW 240 program office," said Knight. "Having been selected to receive an award for acquisition excellence is a testament to all of the employees who exemplifies our core mission of enabling the Navy's business systems."

The PMW 240 team was recognized for embracing new technologies and information management, which is increasing the proficiency of Sailors and capability of the fleet. The team is fresh off of several highly successful deliveries to the fleet including the highly popular eDIVO mobile app, as well as a modernized recruiting system for the Navy. They are responsible for delivering the systems that implemented electronic leave, modernizing an eLearning platform that is one of the largest in the world, delivering the Navy's 3-1-1 global distance support capability, and running the largest portal in the Navy. In addition, the program exceeded their defense and Navy small business inclusion goals.

"This award is a great honor, recognizing the significant hard work and sustained excellent performance of PMW 240," said Fitzgerald. "We are continuously improving our processes, pioneering new approaches, [and] delivering exciting new technologies and capabilities to our Sailors and the Navy."

PMW 240 manages a complex portfolio of information technology systems to support Navy human resource management, criminal justice, fleet support, afloat business applications, Navy and Department of Defense portfolio management, Department of the Navy administration, and joint aviation aircraft scheduling. The Sea Warrior portfolio includes support or development of 30 systems, 30 initiatives, and 13 applications, and their systems are deployed on 169 ships and 70 submarines.

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NNS151119-05. NAVSUP WSS Host DASN (Acquisition and Procurement)

By Jenae Jackson, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support Office of Corporate Communications

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- Mr. Elliott B. Branch, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Acquisition and Procurement (DASN (AP)) recently visited NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) Philadelphia.

"We are honored to host Mr. Elliott Branch," said Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro, commander, NAVSUP WSS. "This is a terrific opportunity for the NAVSUP WSS workforce to hear directly from Mr. Branch and share their acquisition initiatives and successes."

During the visit, DASN (AP) received a comprehensive brief on NAVSUP WSS' maritime and aviation contracting accomplishments, innovative successes and current acquisition initiatives. DASN (AP) also took the opportunity to walk through the workspaces and personally meet some of NAVSUP WSS' contracting and supply professionals.

Later in the day, DASN (AP) took the time to address the NAVSUP FLC and NAVSUP WSS workforces, including Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Norfolk employees who participated via video teleconferencing.

DASN (AP) discussed the significance of both workforce's role in Navy acquisitions and his perspective on the challenges and opportunities that he foresees on the horizon, as the Navy's senior civilian responsible for acquisition and contract policy.

"NAVSUP WSS is an intricate part of our business and I'm amazed and impressed by your organization," said DASN (AP) in his closing remarks. "I just wanted to come here and personally say thank you, to each and every one of you, for all the great things you do in support of the warfighter."

The visit concluded with DASN (AP) opening up the floor for questions and giving NAVSUP WSS employees the opportunities to discuss peer reviews, negotiation techniques, and small business initiatives, among other topics.

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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NNS151119-04. BHR Hosts Commander, 7th Fleet All Hands Call

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ty C. Connors, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6) hosted an all hands call by Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin, Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet (C7F), 18 November, 2015.

Sailors and Marines from Bonhomme Richard (LHD6), Commander, Fleet Activities, Sasebo (CFAS) and all tenant commands in the Sasebo area attended the event.

Aucoin assumed command of 7th Fleet in September 2015 and this was his first opportunity to introduce himself to his forces in the Sasebo Area.

"I wanted to say thank you for the work you have done this year," said Aucoin. "The Western Pacific is a maritime area of responsibility (AOR) and our amphibious capability is needed by so many countries here. What you did in Talisman Sabre and in the humanitarian response for Saipan and Tinian, showed our allies and partners the capability we have to support stability and security in this region. Job well done."

The Admiral also spoke about the importance our partnership with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

"Working with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is so important," said Aucoin. "I personally believe that the security and stability that we have in this region right now, is primarily due to the great relationship shared by the United States Navy and the JMSDF."

The Admiral also took questions from Sailors and Marines and discussed topics like Sailors looking out for one another, current affairs, future naval fleet development, and the 7th Fleet liberty policy.

"It is really a pleasure to be on board this magnificent ship," said Aucoin. "I really appreciate what you are doing out here."

Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is forward-deployed out of Sasebo, Japan in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of Operations.

NNS151119-03. USS Ohio Hosts Royal Malaysian Navy

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary A. Kreitzer, USS Emory S. Land Public Affairs

SEPANGGAR, Malaysia (NNS) -- Sailors from the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) gave a tour to Sailors of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), while in Sepanggar, Malaysia, Nov. 17.

The purpose of the tour was to give Malaysian sailors a look into how U.S. submariners live and work aboard one of the largest submarines in the U.S. Navy.

"We wanted to know how the U.S. submarines operate," said Sub Lt. Syehmi Rohani of the MMEA. "We were very interested to know how you guys operate and live inside the submarine."

While aboard, the Malaysian Sailors were shown the torpedo room, battle management center, main control center, missile control center, diesel generator, dry dock shelters, medical and crew's mess.

"The U.S. has sub capabilities that no other country has in the world," said Master Chief Fire Control Technician William Greene, Ohio's chief of the boat. "To let them get a glimpse of what that looks like and what we have to bring to the table as a partner, I think is important. This breaks the ground for more working together in the future."

USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and Ohio's visit to Malaysia continues the U.S. Navy's ongoing commitment to theater security, cooperation and friendship with local partner navies.

Emory S. Land is a forward deployed expeditionary submarine tender on an extended deployment conducting coordinated tended moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.

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NNS151119-02. SWOS Names 2015 Instructors of the Year

By Lt. Andrew Bartholomeaux, Surface Warfare Officers School Command Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The commanding officer of Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) announced the 2015 SWOS Instructors of the Year (IOY), Nov 17.

Chief Engineman Todd Hosselkus, Damage Controlman 1st Class Nicholas Kulik, and Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Joseph Sanchez were selected as SWOS Senior Instructor of the Year (SIOY), Instructor of the Year (IOY), and Junior Instructor of the Year (JIOY), respectively.

"These Sailors' contributions to SWOS are at the core of our mission," said Capt. David Welch, SWOS commanding officer. "We are in the business of educating Sailors and officers, and preparing them for the demanding duties at sea. These leaders in the classroom embody the core tenants of effective instruction, and they impact every Sailor from accession to commanding officer assignments at sea. The surface community entrusts only its finest enlisted Sailors with these roles, and these three individuals are shining examples of experienced fleet Sailors whose expertise and professionalism add greatly to the learning experience."

Hosselkus serves as an instructor in the Officer Engineering Training (N74) Directorate. He is the leading LCS-2 engineering instructor.

"It's a great accomplishment to be a part of such a great collection of instructors, and I am honored to even be mentioned in this group, let alone selected to represent them," commented Hosselkus in regards to his recognition. "All the instructors at SWOS do so much in training surface Sailors and I am truly humbled to be recognized."

Kulik is assigned to the Damage Control/Fire Fighting (N79) Directorate in Pearl Harbor as an instructor. He has trained more than 1,500 students, including 8,500 man-hours of mishap-free high-risk training for Sailors and Marines.

"Everything I do as an instructor is not for me, it is for the benefit of the Sailors and to make this Navy even better than it already is," said Kulik. "Should the time come when knowledge and skill are tested, we will be ready. Don't give up the ship."

Sanchez is assigned to SWOS Unit Great Lakes (N78) Directorate as the lead instructor for Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 'C' School. Sanchez trained and mentored 56 fleet returnees through 16 hands-on laboratories and four Advanced Training classroom instructions.

"SWOS instructors are the best of the best," said Peter Dyksterhouse, SWOS command master chief. "They take pride in being the focal point for training the officers and enlisted sailors who man and fight our ships and ensure students are prepared to succeed at every level of leadership."

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NNS151119-01. Stethem Sailors Reach Out in Shanghai

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin V. Cunningham, USS Stethem Public Affairs

SHANGHAI, China (NNS) -- Crew members assigned to the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) joined with members of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA N) in visiting the Shanghai School for the Blind, Nov. 18.

"It is an honor to host and share a little of our life with our own nation's Navy, as well as the United States Navy," said the school's principal, Hongmei Xu. "The students are more than happy meeting guests who care to learn what we do here."

The event started with musical pieces performed by the students, followed by those of both navies. Stethem Sailors ended their presentation with the gift of freshly baked cookies from the ship's galley.

Before leaving, Ms. Xu led the participants in a tour of the school grounds, giving a brief history of the 103-year old academy.

"The students' enthusiasm and joy made this a special event," said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Jason Aldez, from Flower Mound, Texas. "The example and dedication of both the students and staff members reminds us of our own dedicated lives as Sailors."

Stethem arrived in Shanghai, Nov. 16, for a scheduled port visit to build relationships with the PLA N, and demonstrate the U.S. Navy's commitment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Stethem, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and a member of Destroyer Squadron 15, plays a vital role in maintaining partnerships in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

Established in 1943, 7th Fleet has been promoting security and stability for more than 70 years. 7th Fleet's area of operation spans from the International Date Line in the east to the India/Pakistan border in the west, and from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south.

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NNS020724-47. This Day in Naval History - Nov. 19

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1813 - Capt. David Porter, commander of the man-of-war Essex, claims the Marquesas Islands for the U.S. In the following weeks, he establishes a base to overhaul Essex and builds a fort.

1943 - USS Nautilus (SS 168) enters Tarawa lagoon for the first submarine photograph reconnaissance mission. It is later damaged by friendly fire from USS Santa Fe (CL 60) and USS Ringgold (DD 500) off Tarawa because due to the mission, Nautilus presence was unknown to the vessels.

1943 - USS Sculpin (SS 191) is damaged by the Japanese and abandoned by her crew. Forty-one Sailors are taken as POWs, 21 of whom are taken on Japanese carrier Chuyo that is later sunk by USS Sailfish (SS 192).

1944 - USS Conklin (DE 439) and USS McCoy Reynolds (DE 440) sink the Japanese submarine I-37 100 miles west of Palaus.

1969 - Navy astronauts Cmdr. Charles Conrad, Jr. and Cmdr. Alan L. Bean become the third and fourth men to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 12 mission

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