Friday, November 01, 2013

USS Thach Decommissioned After 29 Years of Service

USS Thach Decommissioned After 29 Years of Service

Official U.S. Navy file photo.


By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Donnie W. Ryan, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) was decommissioned after more than 29 years of naval service during a ceremony on board Naval Base San Diego, Nov. 1.

The ship was named for Naval aviator Adm. John S. Thatch, the developer of the "Thach Weave" dogfighting tactic in World War II and former Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe from 1965-1967. He died in 1981 and the ship was commissioned into service March 17, 1984.

Several of the ship's plankowners and dozens of former crew members, as well as many members of the Thach family, attended the ceremony alongside current crew members.

"Congratulations to all the of current crew and the wardroom for the fine work and Thach's success; I understand you just got back from deployment," said retired Navy Capt. Dale H. Moore, Thach's first commanding officer who served as guest speaker for the ceremony. "I must say, lookingto my memory and the pictures I have from 30 years ago, the ship today looks as sparkly and new as it did then."

Moore honored the plankowners that took part in the commissioning ceremony more than 29 years ago by having them stand and be recognized during the decommissioning ceremony. He also spoke about the technology aboard Thach nearly 30 years ago, including the limited number and use of computers at the time.

"To all of you, fair winds and following seas," said Moore. "To Thach, wherever you may be, may you also have fair winds and following seas."

During Thach's final deployment earlier this year, the crew of 220 Sailors and Coast Guardsmen performed counter-illicit trafficking operations off the coasts of South and Central America. The ship disrupted shipments of more than 379 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana totaling in excess of $10 million.

"From conducting counter-narcotics operations to maintaining freedom on the high seas, the ship has been through a lot in its 29 years of extraordinary service to our country's Navy," said Cmdr. Hans E. Lynch, Thach's commanding officer.

Lynch said his tour as commanding officer has been very rewarding, especially during the ship's final deployment conducting counter-narcotics operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

"I am grateful for the crew's dedication to the mission," said Lynch. "It is an honor to be the decommissioning commanding officer of a wonderful ship."

Thach participated in a number of maritime security exercises and operations both independently and as part of carrier strike groups in U.S. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility during nearly three decades of service.

Thach is the seventh U.S. Navy frigate to be decommissioned in CY-2013 following USS Underwood (FFG 36), USS Curts (FFG 38), USS Carr (FFG 52), USS Klakring (FFG 42), USS Reuben James (FFG 57) and USS Ford (FFG 54).

The ship will be officially transferred to inactive reserve status Nov. 15.

For more news from Naval Surface Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnsp/.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

USS Princeton Returns to San Diego

USS Princeton Returns to San Diego

From Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

130918-N-KE148-098 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 18, 2013) The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) transits the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Princeton is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
  
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) returned to San Diego Oct. 29 following the completion of an extended deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).

Deployed since April 3, the ship and her crew of more than 325 Sailors conducted operations with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group and took part in a number of exercises, theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations.

"Throughout this extended deployment Princeton's crew has performed superbly maintaining an incredible work ethic, total commitment to our mission and pride in our ship." said Capt. Charles P. Good, Princeton's commanding officer. "We're all glad to be safe at home and are looking forward to rejoining the San Diego waterfront and once again being part of this great community."

Princeton conducted naval surface fire support with U.S. Marine Corps aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and the ship's Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team provided assistance to five distressed Yemeni fisherman who were stranded at sea with no food or water in the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb.

Commissioned in 1989 in Pascagoula, Miss., Princeton is the sixth U.S. Navy ship to carry its name. The name pays honor to battles in and around the city of Princeton, N.J. in 1777 as part of the Revolutionary War.

The ship's motto of "Honor and Glory" is derived from a letter written by Gen. George Washington to the Marquis de Lafayette on Nov. 15, 1781 in which he wrote, "It follows then as certain as night succeeds day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and that with it everything honorable and glorious."

Princeton will conduct operations and training within 3rd Fleet's 50-million square mile AOR.

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

For more information about USS Princeton, visit
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/CG59 or https://www.facebook.com/ussprinceton.

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

E-Update: Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Anti-Gun Judge for Nation's Second-Highest Court

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Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Anti-Gun Judge for Nation's Second-Highest Court
 
Ask your Senator to oppose the gun-hating nominee, Robert Wilkins
 
The Senate Judiciary Committee will soon begin the first step in taking anti-gun judges and “court-packing” them into what is widely regarded as the nation’s second-most-important court -- the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
And, unlike anti-gun judges with no “paper trail,” the nominee, Robert Wilkins, has a particularly virulent anti-gun record.

Wilkins was the D.C. District Court judge who decided, last year, that non-resident U.S. citizens do not have the Second Amendment right to purchase a firearm [Dearth v. Holder, 893 F.Supp. 59 (2012)].

Dearth had contended that federal firearms laws and regulations made it effectively impossible for a U.S. citizen residing in Canada to purchase a firearm in the United States.

Wilkins responded, in his opinion on “Second Amendment Claims,” that it didn’t matter if a U.S. citizen was legally barred from purchasing a firearm in the United States, because he already owned a gun in Canada and was free to bring it into the country.

What?  So if you already own a gun, the Second Amendment doesn’t prohibit the government from preventing you from purchasing another one?  This comes perilously close to saying that the Second Amendment protects only possession of firearms, and not sales.  Hence, this “pre-existing gun argument” could just as easily be used to ban all purchases and sales of firearms by U.S. citizens in the U.S.

This is made even worse by the context in which Wilkins’ nomination is being pushed. Currently, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is not exactly a conservative bastion. Although it overturned the District of Columbia’s “Banana Republic” anti-gun laws in the Heller case -- as did the Supreme Court on appeal -- it upheld ObamaCare and perhaps provided momentum for the Supreme Court to do the same.

Nevertheless, the Obama administration would like to turn the critical D.C. circuit into a liberal stronghold like California’s Ninth Circuit -- and it is threatening to blow up the Senate rules in order to do so.

ACTION: Please Click here to contact your Senators and demand that they oppose the nomination of anti-gun zealot Robert Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Please note that the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee is JUST THE FIRST STEP.  If Wilkins is voted out of the committee, then the full Senate will vote on him soon afterwards.  The committee vote is expected on Thursday.

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