Saturday, November 16, 2013

RIA Novosti: Baltic Shipyard Starts Work on New Frigate for Russian Navy

RIA NovostiCeremony celebrating the start of The Admiral Istomin frigare constructionBaltic Shipyard Starts Work on New Frigate for Russian Navy
21:55 15/11/2013 Construction of a new frigate for the Russian navy began Friday at the Yantar shipyard in the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad.>>

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

STRAITS OF SINGAPORE (June 14, 2013) Gunner's Mate 1st Class Thomas Culbertson sits in a rigid hull inflatable during a visit, board, search and seizure drill aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). Freedom is underway to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013. CARAT is a series of bilateral naval exercises between the armed forces of the United States and nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera/Released)

Harris Presents Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy to VP- 9

Harris Presents Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy to VP- 9

By Patrol Squadron 9 Public Affairs
KANEOHE, Hawaii (NNS) -- Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, presented the "Golden Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy during a ceremony at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Nov. 15.

The trophy is awarded annually to the ship or aircraft squadron achieving the greatest improvement during the preceding year in operational readiness, inspections, retention and improvement in the Battle Efficiency Award program. One trophy is awarded each year in the Pacific Fleet and one in the Atlantic.

"Congratulations to each of you for your efforts in earning this prestigious award," Harris told squadron members. "As a fellow P-3 aviator, I know how important this award is and how difficult it is to earn. This is recognition of your impactful work while deployed in support of Operation Active Endeavor. I'm proud that you are part of the Pacific Fleet team."

And Harris wished them fair winds and best of luck on their upcoming deployment back to the Sixth Fleet area.

During the period of the award, VP-9 was deployed to the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility where the Golden Eagles flew hundreds of missions from multiple detachment sites while maintaining their 35-year record of mishap-free flying.

Cmdr. Brian Weiss, VP-9 commanding officer, was proud to share the Arleigh Burke trophy with his squadron and attributed their cooperation and work ethic as important factors.

"Our success is a product of our teamwork," said Weiss. "No one person is more important than any other. This award belongs to everyone from our maintenance professionals to those who operate our aircraft to those who provide administrative and intelligence support."

Enlisted Sailors and officers of VP-9 were honored to receive the trophy and glad to see their efforts acknowledged.

"It makes it especially satisfying because you don't really think of the award as a P-3 award. You think of it as a surface award," Aircrewman Operator 1st Class Beau Brian said. "It's great to have all of our hard work recognized so high up."

Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Kitzmiller, the squadron's former maintenance officer, couldn't agree more.

"Earning the Arleigh Burke was a great honor and testament to the hard work of our outstanding Sailors," Kitzmiller said. "Every Sailor should feel great pride knowing their long hours and continuous level of excellence earned the squadron as well as themselves such an exceptional honor."

VP-9 was established on March 15, 1951, and is assigned to Patrol Reconnaissance Wing Two, providing maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare services to its fleet and wing commanders. The squadron consists of 71 officers and 276 enlisted personnel who maintain and operate eight Lockheed P-3C "Orion" aircraft.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

New big-deck amphib AMERICA (LHA 6) takes to the sea for the first time

New big-deck amphib AMERICA (LHA 6) takes to the sea for the first time

Japanese Soldiers Train with U.S. Navy Seabees

Japanese Soldiers Train with U.S. Navy Seabees

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Devenberg, Naval Air Facility Misawa Public Affairs
MISAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Air Facility Misawa Seabees conducted bilateral training with soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force's 2nd Sergeant Unit from Camp Sendai, Nov 14, 2013.

During the training, Misawa Seabees explained and demonstrated the operational tactics they utilize in the field for their Japanese counterparts. The training also provided the Japanese soldiers an opportunity to interact with U.S. Sailors, while practicing their English-language skills.

"One of the things they will learn today is the basics of operating a High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)," said Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Nathan Breen, a Los Angeles native. "It's one of the most commonly used vehicles in our operational locations, so it's important for them to understand how to use one in the event that they are deployed with us."

Besides tactics, the students were shown the different uniforms, medals and regalia worn by Navy Sailors.

"They are still studying English, but are receptive to learning more about the way the U.S. Navy works," said their instructor, Sergeant First Class Tetsuya Yoshida, from Sendai, Japan. "We have several combined exercises with U.S. military branches, so being able to communicate with them is very important to complete the mission."

These continued exercises are aimed at strengthening mission readiness between the two allied nations.

"The Army 2nd Sergeant Training Unit reached out to the Seabees," said Chief Builder Billy Harger, originally from Pearl City, Hawaii. "They asked for our assistance with training their personnel in familiarizing their troops with the terminology we use in the Seabee world. We now meet periodically and discuss a range of topics that are pertinent to both our services."

And so far, Harger is impressed with the initiative and enthusiasm he's seen from both his Seabees, as well as the JGSDF.

"They are so motivated to just listen, observe, and ask questions," he said. "They are always eager and attentive during our training sessions, which motivates us to continue this in the future, or even travel to Sendai so my Seabees can get a few training events on the Japanese Army side."

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

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ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 9, 2013) A Sailor fires a Mk 48 machine gun on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Harpers Ferry is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark El-Rayes/Released)

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Los Angeles-class Submarine USS Tucson Visits Busan

Los Angeles-class Submarine USS Tucson Visits Busan

By Lt. Arlo Abrahamson, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs
BUSAN, Korea (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, Nov. 12, as part of a scheduled visit to the Korean peninsula.

The submarine, with a crew of more than 130 Sailors, is based out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and is currently on a routine deployment throughout the Western Pacific Ocean.

During the visit to Busan, Tucson Sailors will have the opportunity to engage in training opportunities with their Republic of Korea navy counterparts and participate in cultural exchanges and community outreach events with citizens from the Republic of Korea.

Tucson is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named after the Arizona city. It is the 59th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the 20th of the improved Los Angeles-class attack submarines. Measuring more than 360 feet and weighing more than 6,800 tons when submerged, Tucson is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, naval special warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

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

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US 6th Fleet Flagship Departs Georgia

US 6th Fleet Flagship Departs Georgia

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Collin Turner, USS Mount Whitney Public Affairs
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed Batumi, Georgia, following a three-day port visit, Nov. 13.

"Traveling to the Black Sea is a unique opportunity, and a port visit to Georgia may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some of our crew," said Capt. Craig Clapperton, Mount Whitney's commanding officer.

While in Batumi, Sailors had the opportunity to participate in community engagement projects, give tours of Mount Whitney, participate in numerous sporting events and engage with Georgian coast guard members during joint training evolutions.

"Having the opportunity to meet coast guardsmen from Georgia and share what we know was very exciting," said Yeoman 1st Class Chad White. "I hope that they are able to take some of this knowledge back to their unit and train others."

As part of the training, Mount Whitney Sailors and Military Sealift Command civil service mariners conducted basic hands-on demonstrations of firefighting, maneuvering, signaling and emergency action procedures. Additionally, the Georgian coast guard members participated in a leadership and ethics discussion.

"During port visits like this one, we strengthen our relationship with partner nations in many ways including military-to-military training, facilitating meetings and events between senior level diplomats, learning about one another's culture, and social and sporting events between the crew and our hosts," said Clapperton.

Wrapping up the port visit was a reception hosted by the crew of Mount Whitney as a special thank you and a sign of appreciation for the hospitality the city of Batumi had shown. The guests of honor included Richard Norland, U.S. ambassador to Georgia and the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, David Usupashvili.

Mount Whitney, homeported in Gaeta, Italy, is currently underway in the Black Sea in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rep. Jeff Mursau Press Release: Legislature Approves Mursau Annexation Zoning Bill

November 12, 2013
CONTACT:           Rep. Jeff Mursau (888) 534-0036 http://Mursau.Assembly.Wisconsin.Gov

Madison … Bipartisan majorities in the Wisconsin State Legislature approved Representative Jeff Mursau’s (R – Crivitz) bill to streamline municipal zoning in Wisconsin. The bill will allow cities and villages to have one zoning law instead of a patchwork of zoning laws when they annex land from towns without their own zoning.

“Without this bill, cities and villages have to inspect when each property is annexed and compare it to the county zoning ordinance at the time it was annexed,” Mursau said. “It is ridiculous to expect cities and villages to implement more than one zoning standard in its own territory.”

The legislation also narrows regulations to ensure they apply only to natural water bodies. Current law has required cities and villages to regulate land adjacent to drainage ditches and retention ponds as if they provide the same public benefits as lakes, streams and rivers.
“This bill will help local officials better spend their time and effort improving our environment and build our communities through sensible development.”

Senator Tom Tiffany (R – Hazelhurst) was the lead author in the Wisconsin State Senate. The bill now heads to Governor Scott Walker for his consideration to sign it into law.