Friday, June 28, 2013

Keel Authenticated for Ninth LCS

Keel Authenticated for Ninth LCS

From PEO LCS Public Affairs
MARINETTE, Wis. (NNS) -- The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., held a keel-laying ceremony for the future USS Little Rock, the Navy's ninth littoral combat ship (LCS), June 27, in Marinette, Wis.

The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship's components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, keel laying represents the formal beginning of a ship.

Ship sponsor Janee Bonner, wife of U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, authenticated the keel by having her initials welded into a sheet of the ship's hull.

LCS is a high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface warship designed for operations in the littoral, or coastal, environment (within 300 nautical miles of land), yet fully capable of open ocean operations.

Little Rock is one of four Freedom-variant LCS currently under construction at Marinette Marine. The ship is expected to deliver to the fleet in 2017.

"This ship exemplifies our commitment to stable, serial production of this valuable ship class," said Cmdr. Nate Schneider, LCS program management representative, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath, Detachment Marinette.

Schneider also noted the shipyard's tremendous investment in facilities and acknowledged the talented, skilled and dedicated workforce that is enabling continued delivery of high quality ships to the fleet.

LCS 9 is the second ship to be named after the city of Little Rock, Ark. The first USS Little Rock was a Cleveland-class light cruiser commissioned in 1945 that, until her decommissioning in 1976, served primarily in the Mediterranean following her conversion to a guided missile cruiser in the late 1950s. She is now a museum ship in Buffalo, New York.

The Navy is committed to the LCS program and is leveraging competition, fixed-price contracting and ongoing production to reduce construction time and costs. Lessons learned from the lead ships have been incorporated in the follow on ships.

"It is an exciting time in the program, as the shipyards hit their stride in serial production of LCS," said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager.

PEO LCS is responsible for delivering and sustaining credible littoral mission capabilities to the fleet and is working with industry to achieve steady production to increase production efficiencies and leverage cost savings. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the nation's maritime strategy.

For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.

USS Fort Worth Completes Camouflage Painting

USS Fort Worth Completes Camouflage Painting

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 27, 2013) Workers put the finishing touches on the camouflage paint for the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) as the ship prepares to leave dry dock during its selected restricted availability. Fort Worth was painted with a pattern intended to meet two principal objectives: to conceal hull exhaust ports, to reduce detection and exterior maintenance of the ship when compared to a uniform haze gray paint job. The paint scheme utilizes gradient paints and contrasting angles to match the maritime environment and to make detection more difficult. Fort Worth is the second of the Freedom-variant of Littoral Combat Ship and is expected to deploy next year. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Kurt Draper/Released)


From Commander, Naval Surface Force Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The camouflage painting of USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) was completed at Naval Base San Diego graving dock June 28.

Workers applied a paint scheme that differs from that used on Fort Worth's sister ship USS Freedom (LCS 1).

Freedom was painted earlier this year using a pattern based on a World War II-era design prior to her current deployment to Singapore.

"For a commanding officer of the Navy's newest class ship, seeing Fort Worth with her new paint scheme is gratifying and exciting," said Cmdr. Hank Kim, commanding officer of Fort Worth. "Fort Worth is proud to be part of those evolutionary - and revolutionary - concepts that bring LCS closer to full fleet integration. The crew is ready to return to sea and put the paint design to the test."

The paints used are currently within the Navy's supply system. Fort Worth's paint job cost an estimated $1.41 million, compared to the cost for painting Freedom, which was $1.64 million.

The paint design for Fort Worth includes dark shaded paints nearer the waterline of the ship to contrast against the sea surface, and gets progressively lighter further up the ship and above the water's surface to contrast against the area of sky just above horizon. The camouflage paint also uses contrasting angles and slopes to make the ship more difficult to detect visually. Additionally, this paint scheme is designed to be simpler in construct than the paint scheme used on Freedom, easier to apply, and visually appealing.

To learn more about USS Fort Worth, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lcs3 or https://www.facebook.com/pages/USS-Fort-Worth-LCS-3/162361777117758.

Cartoon: Historic days



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Senator Glenn Grothman: E-Update

Hello Friends of the 20th Senate District,
 
As many of you may know, the legislature’s work on the budget has finished and it has been sent to the Governor.  Please find below my budget veto letters that I sent to Governor Walker this week.  These issues are of great importance to me and I hope that Governor Walker responds accordingly.  Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns.
 
Sincerely,
 
Glenn Grothman
20th Senate District
 
RE:  Support for increase in financial eligibility for married parents in the voucher program
 
Dear Governor Walker:
 
The purpose of this letter is to encourage you not to veto the provision adding $7,000 to the financial eligibility amount for married couples interested in school choice.
 
There are too many government programs that penalize parents (usually mothers) if they get married.  This is true of FoodShare, day care assistance, low income housing, college grants and energy assistance.  We must do what we can to avoid penalizing married families by allowing them to be eligible for vouchers.
 
In the original substitute amendment in which choice eligibility was set at 185% of the federal poverty level, a single woman with two children would be eligible for vouchers if she made up to $36,137 per year.  If she got married she and her husband combined could make $43,567 a year.  Obviously this would take vouchers away from any working woman who marries a man with even a moderate salary.  By increasing the married couple amount by $7,000 at least some women who choose to raise their children in a married household will not be penalized.
 
Do not add to the penalties of married couples – please don’t veto this provision.
 
 
RE:  Veto of bail bondsmen budget provision
 
Dear Governor Walker:
 
I join the Senators who are listed on the attached letter in asking for veto of the bail bondsmen provision in the state budget. You will recall that I asked for a similar veto last budget.
 
Thank you for your consideration.
 
RE:  Veto of DNA collection provision
 
Dear Governor Walker:
 
I would like to request a veto of the language in the budget regarding the collection of DNA.  This provision is very concerning not only to me, but also to many of my constituents.  DNA collection at arrest takes away the personal freedoms of citizens throughout Wisconsin.
 
We have a justice system that presumes that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty.  This budget provision is an affront to this standard.
 
This DNA collection is not just the new fingerprint.  I have spoken to law enforcement officers and sheriffs who are very worried that DNA will be misplaced, misused, and be ripe for fraud in the system.  I am also very concerned that someone’s DNA record cannot be permanently removed from the FBI system.  FBI officials have confirmed that once the DNA is in their system, they do not have a mechanism to remove it.
 
Please stand up for personal liberty and veto this provision from the budget.
 
RE:  Veto of expansion of the Public Finance Authority
 
Dear Governor Walker:
 
I would like to request a veto of the language in the budget regarding the expansion of the Public Finance Authority (PFA).  Many individuals have expressed concern with this organization and its goals.  The Public Finance Authority often approves controversial deals that are not approved by state or local governments.
 
Many states have raised concerns about Wisconsin’s PFA, questioning PFA’s authority to override their decisions.  In fact, Illinois and Washington have even passed legislation to discourage PFA from issuing bonds for projects in their states.
 
With the amount of controversy and ill feelings from other states, I know that it is in the best interest of Wisconsin for you to veto this provision.
 
RE:  Veto of the repeal of local residency requirements
 
Dear Governor Walker:
 
I would like to request a veto of the language in the budget regarding the repeal of local residency requirements.  This is an issue that I have been very vocal about for many years.
 
We know that this provision is aimed at Milwaukee and has been heavily lobbied on by many organizations.  I would be remiss if I did not one more time bring up the negative effect that this provision will have on Milwaukee.  There may not be problems right away, but in ten years we will have declining property values and increasingly crime ridden neighborhoods.  Lifting residency requirements will only exacerbate the problems that we currently have in Milwaukee.  We will see increasing state aid shifted to Milwaukee and its schools.
 
Looking beyond Milwaukee this provision is breach of contract between a local government and its workers.  Employees that take jobs with residency requirements know there is a requirement when they take the job and will have to take that into consideration if they decide they no longer want to live in that area.
 
I am sure your decision has been made in this area, but I wanted to try one last time to show you my side of the argument.  Please veto the repeal of local residency requirements.
 
RE:  Veto of student data system collaboration
 
Dear Governor Walker:
 
The purpose of this letter is to request a veto of the student data system collaboration.  While I realize this was part of your original budget I strongly wish you would reconsider this position.
 
These are too many government files on people – I don’t even like the statewide data system currently. To add information on behavior in preschool, whether or not you were eligible for free and reduced lunch as a child, whether or not you received unemployment at some time in your life to the government database is something more appropriate for another form of government.
 
I realize this information is to be kept confidential and people are given a number instead of a name, but any educational institution will have the key.  It has always amazed me how government employees in several departments, even before I was in the legislature, cannot help gossiping about things that are supposed to be confidential.  For a conservative administration to add significant amounts to a lifelong file of Wisconsin citizens is scandalous.  The student information system is something you would more likely see from Barack Obama.  Come to think of it, Barack Obama is for the student information system.
 
I am sure various big government bureaucrats can think of all sorts of good things we do if we had all the data the government collects on us in our lifetimes in one handy place.  You should be repelled by such people.  We do not need any information that DCF and DWD have in the course of a lifetime added to everyone’s file.  Please veto this provision.
 
 
RE:  Veto of tobacco user surcharge for state employee health insurance
 
Dear Governor Walker:
 
I would like to request a veto of the language in the budget regarding the tobacco user surcharge for state employees in the state of Wisconsin.   While tobacco usage remains prevalent in today’s society, adding a surcharge to state employees’ health insurance premiums tramples on an individual’s liberty to use a perfectly legal substance and certainly will not diminish its use.
 
In general I oppose surcharges since those directly impacted by it simply choose not to pay them, but in this particular case they will undoubtedly encourage patients to lie to both the government and their doctors, risking improper future diagnoses and therefore even higher health care costs.  In addition, this fee will open the floodgates for future implementation of other silly charges for decisions deemed unhealthy by the government.  Consuming too much sugar, maintaining an unhealthy weight, and failing to exercise on a regular basis are also predictors of serious health issues and it is only a matter of time before we begin regulating these behaviors as well.
 
Furthermore, this provision fails to outline who will be in charge of monitoring state employees’ tobacco use and will be virtually impossible to enforce.  Please veto the tobacco user surcharge for state employees.
 
 
RE:  Veto of transfer of unclaimed property program administration to Department of Revenue
 
Dear Governor Walker,
 
I would like to request that you veto the provision in the budget regarding transferring unclaimed property from the Office of the State Treasurer (OST) to the Department of Revenue (DOR).    The administration of the Unclaimed Property Program under OST is a model for the nation returning in excess of $100 million in the past three years.   This is money that is put back into Wisconsin’s economy.
 
OST has 4 claims processors that handled 29,000 claims in 2012.  Those 4 individuals returned $35.9 million to Wisconsin residents and businesses in 2012.  This program is fully supported by program revenues operating at no cost to the taxpayers.  I have a hard time believing that DOR can manage this program more efficiently than the treasurer currently does.   Unclaimed Property will become an afterthought taking a back seat to the crusade of all the newly created state auditors.
 
Please allow efficiency in government to continue and veto this provision from the budget.
 
 
RE:  Support for non-mandatory fees for inter-institutional student government organizations
 
Dear Governor Walker:
 
I would like to request that you do not veto the provision in the budget regarding inter-institutional student government organizations.  This organization is a thinly veiled progressive group grabbing money from University of Wisconsin System students.
 
This bloated organization takes almost $1,000,000 each year out of the pockets of our state’s young people.  With the average student loan debt at graduation currently at $27,000, students in Wisconsin cannot afford to have another fee added to their tuition bills.
 
Students throughout the state, especially students supportive of you, have continually asked legislators to relieve them of the costs of this deceptive organization and help them with the oppressive weight of student expenses.

 

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Ben Swann - Full Disclosure: What the Media Isn't Telling You About War in Syria



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USS George Washington Returns to Sea

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Complete Successful Dawn Blitz

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Complete Successful Dawn Blitz

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (June 24, 2013) Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Bryan Dingess, assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1, signals to a landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) on Red Beach at Camp Pendleton during a Dawn Blitz 2013 amphibious exercise. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force that will test the planning and execution of amphibious operations of the United States, New Zealand, Canadian, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)


By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Molly Evans, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs and

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- U.S. 3rd Fleet's Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG 3) and I Marine Expeditionary Force's (IMEF) 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) along with coalition partners from Canada, New Zealand and Japan completed the multilateral amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz (DB13), June 28.

The two-week exercise, held off the coast of Southern California, provided a vigorous training environment for U.S. Sailors and Marines to increase core amphibious capabilities while strengthening international partnerships.

The culminating training event of Dawn Blitz occurred June 24, when U.S. Navy's Assault Craft Unit 5, Beach Master Unit 1, U.S. Marine Corps' 2nd Battalion 5th Marines and foreign military counterparts led an assault on Camp Pendelton's Red Beach where nearly 70 amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) and six landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vehicles landed on the beach and moved inland for additional training ashore.

"This was important training for our Navy-Marine Corps team as the capability to conduct amphibious operations is essential to our warfighting and disaster response core functions," said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander."Working together in multi-lateral exercises like Dawn Blitz not only provides great training to collectively respond to crises, but it also preserves peace and enhances regional stability in the vital Indo-Asia-Pacific."

During Dawn Blitz, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team was also able to accomplish the first MV-22 Osprey landing on a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship and a Maritime Prepositioning Force event that enabled the movement of U.S. Marine Corps equipment from the Military Sealift Command ships, USNS Lummus and USNS Curtiss, to train for disaster response/humanitarian assistance.

"The U.S. Navy has six ships, about 25 aircraft and 2,500 personnel participating in a variety of operations that are wrapped under the umbrella of Dawn Blitz," said Rear Adm. Gerard P. Hueber, commander, ESG 3. "It is an opportunity for the U.S. Navy to work with coalition partners and exercise on these training regions in Southern California to our operational readiness."

Australia, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Mexico, Peru and Singapore sent operational observers who were able to witness firsthand realistic, relevant training practices that were executed during DB13 and share them with their militaries.

"We live in a world today where we need our coalition partners operating in a joint environment, and that's what this training is all about," said Rear Adm. John E. Jolliffe, deputy commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Joint interagency and international relationships strengthen U.S. 3rd Fleet's ability to respond to crises and protect the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners.

For more news from Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c3f/.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Italy’s F-35 stealth fighter purchase review signals more cuts ahead.

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Son's Surgery A Success

Our two year old son had successful hernia surgery today. We appreciate continued prayers for a speedy recovery. The doctor said he was born with it, but it became apparent only within the past month. It was on the same side he is missing a kidney. It is so hard as a parent to see your child in pain or for them to have to have surgery at such a young age. He is a giant, for a two-year-old. Built like a linebacker, but for whatever reason his little body has had these challenges.

Praise the Lord, my wife did not listen to the idiot ER doctor at the local hospital who told her it was no big deal and that she should not have brought him in. Instead she took him to our family doctor who sent him to Green Bay where we were informed he would need surgery and that it is a very serious issue.

A word of advice to any parent, listen to your own instinct and not what some quack doctor tells you. You always know your children better than they do.

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Congress Killed Our Privacy and Empowered the NSA

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PRESS RELEASE: Representative Massie Introduces Bill to Block Unauthorized U.S. Military Aid to Syrian Rebels

For Immediate Release Contact:

Wednesday June 26, 2013 (202) 225-3465

 
Representative Massie Introduces Bill to Block Unauthorized U.S. Military Aid to Syrian Rebels
Massie joined by Reps. Amash, Jones, Yoho, Roe, Brooks, Pitts, Meadows, DesJarlais, and Gohmert
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Massie and nine other House members introduced legislation to block unauthorized U.S. military aid to Syrian rebels. 
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress—not the President—the power to declare war. But the President recently announced his intention to send arms to the rebels in Syria fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. H.R. 2507, the War Powers Protection Act of 2013, prohibits any military assistance to Syrian opposition forces unless Congress issues a formal declaration of war pursuant to Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.
“Since our national security interests in Syria are unclear, we risk giving money and military assistance to our enemies,” said Rep. Massie.  “Additionally, all military action must be authorized by Congress. The American people deserve open debate by their elected officials.”

“America can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman, particularly where our sacrifices of American lives and treasury are not properly appreciated.  America should not have intervened in Libya’s civil war and should not intervene in Syria’s civil war.  America’s involvement in Middle Eastern civil wars creates fertile recruiting grounds for terrorists who seek to kill Americans.  At least four Americans are dead in Libya, in part, because of America’s intervention in their internal strife.  The unanswered question is how many Americans will die because of terrorist enemies we create or empower in Syria,” said Rep. Brooks (AL-05).
“The Constitution empowers Congress—and only Congress—to declare war.  Congress has not declared war against Syria or otherwise authorized force in that country, yet the President unilaterally has decided to arm the Syrian rebels.  His action is unconstitutional and must be stopped,” said Rep. Amash (MI-03).
“I am deeply concerned over President Obama’s unilateral decision to arm the Syrian rebels. While Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s actions are nothing short of reprehensible, we simply do not know enough about the goals and objectives of the rebel factions to justify intervention by the United States. We could very well be jeopardizing our national security interests by sending weapons to a group with reported ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda. History has shown us too often that when we arm extremist groups in the Middle East, we can expect to have those weapons used against us or our allies at a later date,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04). 
“If we had acted earlier, it may have been different, but now there is a tyrant on one side and al-Qaeda backed rebels on the other, which is a no-win situation. Neither our troops nor funding nor weapons should be wedged into the middle of a no-win situation,” said Rep. Gohmert (TX-01).
“We cannot continue to spend American money overseas without a vote of approval from Congress,” said Rep. Jones (NC-03).  “For too long, the legislature’s responsibility to authorize military force has been overlooked.  It is time that we uphold the Constitution, which makes it clear in Article 1, Section 8 that Congress alone holds the power to declare war.”
“To think we can guarantee any assistance we provide won't come to the aid of the groups that mean us harm is naïve at best and fatal at worst. Solidifying Congress’s War Powers authority will force transparency and accountability in the president's Syria policy,” said Rep. Yoho (FL-03).

View the War Powers Protection Act of 2013 in its entirety here.
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USS Bonhomme Richard Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

USS Bonhomme Richard Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

OKINAWA, Japan (June 24, 2013) Service members assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) prepare to embark aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/Released)


By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling
WHITE BEACH, Okinawa (NNS) -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in support of joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, June 25.

During the onload, Bonhomme Richard's combat cargo department loaded more than 100 vehicles and 300 pieces of equipment from the MEU's ground combat element, aviation combat element (ACE), logistics combat element and command element.

"It was a lot of hard work," said Gunnery Sgt. Raymond Gaddy, combat cargo's upper vehicle stowage supervisor. "Seeing the end result gives me and many of the other combat cargo Marines a sense of accomplishment."

Preparations to embark the MEU began weeks before Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo, Japan. Flight deck forklift and safety qualifications were updated and new personnel were trained to perform in a fast-paced environment.

"We trained and we put into action all the skills necessary to load all of this equipment efficiently," said Gaddy. "Now that everything is onboard, we can move onto the patrol itself and the exercises."

For some Marines, this might be 'just another patrol', but for others, it will be their first experience aboard a Navy ship.

"This is exciting," said Lance Cpl. Trace Walker, 31st MEU Marine embarking for his first deployment. "I can't wait to get underway and put my training to work."

The 31st MEU consists of a reinforced infantry battalion, a reinforced tiltrotor squadron, a combat logistics battalion, and a command element that allow the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) to conduct amphibious operations from the sea and project power ashore.

This patrol will also feature MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, embarked as part of the ACE for its first forward-deployed patrol with Bonhomme Richard.

Bonhomme Richard ARG reports to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley and is currently conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) hovers past the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after offloading equipment. Bonhomme Richard is conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church (Released) 130624-N-UE577-034

WH Climate Adviser: 'A War on Coal Is Exactly What’s Needed'

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USS Paul Hamilton Returns Home to Pearl Harbor

USS Paul Hamilton Returns Home to Pearl Harbor

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) returned to its homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 24 following a nine-month deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility.

"We have been gone 277 days and we are just thrilled to be home to the Navy's best homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii," said Cmdr. Luke Frost, USS Paul Hamilton, commanding officer. "We couldn't be prouder of the ship, but we always said this ship is not the 505 feet of steel but it's the 298 Sailors that bring that to life and we are just absolutely proud of every Sailor today, great day for the ship and the families and we are proud to be home."

USS Paul Hamilton departed Pearl Harbor Sept. 21, 2012 and has operated in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility conducting operations supporting regional security and counter-terrorism as well as combating criminal maritime operations.

"This was my first deployment; it was longer than a normal deployment for a first one," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Anthony Augudelo. "It was different, I've been to places I have never been to before, traveled the world and that's what I wanted to do when I joined the Navy."

The deployment also included port visits in Malaysia, Thailand, Bahrain and the Philippines, where more than 20 Filipino-American Sailors were able to spend time with their families and friends who live there.

Rear Adm. Fernandez "Frank" Ponds, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, gave a "Bravo Zulu" message to the crew of USS Paul Hamilton. In the message Ponds commended them on their overall pride and professionalism, operational excellence, and exemplary conduct while representing the U.S. Navy and the nation in the completion of their deployment.

While returning to Pearl Harbor USS Paul Hamilton flew a 242-foot homeward bound Pennant along with the national ensign. The pennant is traditionally flown after a ship has spent 270 or more uninterrupted days underway, with each foot representing the number of Sailors aboard during that time.

Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare combatants that operate independently for the support of carriers and expeditionary and surface strike groups.

USS Paul Hamilton is one of 11 surface combatants assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Destroyer Squadron 31.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

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