Friday, November 22, 2013

PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard Cutter Block Island releases turtles


News Release

PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard Cutter Block Island releases turtles

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island assisted the North Carolina Wildlife Commission to return more than 50 endangered sea turtles to the ocean 40-miles east of Beaufort Inlet, N.C., Friday.

The crew released 17 juvenile loggerhead and green turtles and 39 loggerhead hatchlings into the waters of the Gulf Stream.

The largest turtle released was a juvenile loggerhead that weight approximately 130 pounds.  Several of the sea turtles were tagged with transmitters that will allow aquariums to monitor them in the wild.

The safe release of these turtles is part of the Coast Guard’s broader effort to protect living marine resources.

The Block Island is a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C.
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U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 11, 2013) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) stand by a during high-speed turn following an underway replenishment. Bulkeley is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting 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 Shane A. Jackson/Released)

U S Navy Week In Review Nov.16-22, 2013

USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) Combines Crews

USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) Combines Crews

130606-N-LP168-002 BANGOR, Wash. (June 6, 2013) The ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) returns to homeport at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes/Released)

By By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs
BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) combined its Blue and Gold crews during a crew combination change-of-command ceremony Nov. 21 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

Capt. Jeffrey Joseph, Gold Crew commanding officer, assumed full command of Nebraska's combined Green crew from Cmdr. Jason Wartell, who had led Nebraska's Blue Crew since May 2011, as Nebraska is preparing for an upcoming refueling and overhaul period.

"While the physical strength of the ship depends on the keel, and the capabilities of the ship depend of the installed equipment and systems, the performance of the ship depends primarily on the leadership of the chief's quarters - they are the backbone of the ship," Wartell said. "Combined with a talented wardroom and a hard working crew, Nebraska performed at a high level over a long period of time."

During Wartell's tenure, Nebraska Blue completed three strategic-deterrent patrols. In addition, Nebraska's Blue and Gold Crews captured two major awards for operational excellence; the Battle Efficiency Award, or Battle "E" in 2011, and the 2012 Navy League's Trident Submarine Outstanding Performance Award.

The successes Wartell specifically mentioned were the Gold crew completing a 105-day patrol this year and the many advancements in Blue crew's chief's quarters.

"This promotion cycle alone, Nebraska Blue crew generated three master chiefs, three senior chiefs, and six new chiefs. These are disproportionate numbers for a crew this size (approx. 155). Nebraska didn't just get lucky and get the best new Sailors. This level of success was ultimately due to the mentorship of [my chiefs of the boat and Engineering department master chiefs]," said Wartell.

Nebraska will next prepare for its trip to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, where it will begin an engineered refueling overhaul. The overhaul, which will include a refueling of the submarine's reactor, is expected to extend Nebraska's service for 20 more years.

"The coming three years will be every bit as demanding as the last and will require all of us to pull together. Blue or gold are irrelevant. There is only Big Red!" said Joseph. "It is for us, who continue the proud tradition of this ship, to remain dedicated to the unfinished work which Cmdr. Wartell and all those who have served before us so nobly advanced."

Wartell's next assignment will be to Commander, Submarine Squadron 17 in Bangor, Wash.


For more news from Commander, Submarine Group 9, visit www.navy.mil/local/csg9/.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Senate Democrats Go “Nuclear,” Vote Down Party Lines to Change Senate Rules

Senate Democrats Go “Nuclear,” Vote Down Party Lines to Change Senate Rules

PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5)

I stopped by the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and took a couple of photos.  I plan to be at the launching ceremony and will upload photos afterwards.  
 


Ashland and Germantown Arrive to Support Operation Damayan

Ashland and Germantown Arrive to Support Operation Damayan


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony DeFilippo
LEYTE GULF, The Republic of the Philippines (NNS) -- USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Germantown (LSD 42), with embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7 and Commander Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, arrived in Leyte Gulf off the Philippines coast Nov. 20 in support of Operation Damayan.

The ships will be joining the U.S. Navy's ongoing cooperation with The Republic of the Philippines' humanitarian assistance relief efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

The ships and 31st MEU brought with them equipment capable of clearing debris from roads and creating and transporting potable water. They also brough food and other supplies to remote areas still in need of assistance.

Personnel and equipment will be moved from ship to shore using amphibious vehicles embarked on board the two ships from NBU 7, which include Landing Craft Utilities (LCUs) and Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCACs).

"We are glad to finally be here so we can pitch in," said Cmdr. Jason Leach, commanding officer of USS Germantown. "We are just one part of Operation Damayan, but I believe that working as a team with the Filipino government and their armed forces - along with our Marines and other agencies - will allow us to make significant contributions to the efforts here." 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

VCNO Returns from China Visit

VCNO Returns from China Visit

131113-N-WU238-001 ZHOUSHAN, China (Nov. 13, 2013) Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson receives a tour of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy guided-missile destroyer Changchun (DDG-150) from the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Wang Sheqiang. The VCNO is visiting China to foster better understanding between the two navies and promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)


By Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson returned Nov. 15 from an official visit to the People's Republic of China.

During the four-day visit, Adm. Ferguson held discussions with senior leaders of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)) and visited several PLA(N) ships, including the 7,500-ton, newly commissioned guided-missile destroyer Changchun (DDG 150); a Song-class diesel-electric attack submarine; and the Jiangdao-class missile corvette Shangrao (PF 583).

Adm. Ferguson also met with PLA(N) Commander Adm. Wu Shengli and Deputy Commander Vice Adm. Xu Hongmeng, and visited with Sailors of the East Sea Fleet, headquartered in Zoushan.

"The purpose of my trip was to foster a better understanding between the PLA(N) and the U.S. Navy," Adm. Ferguson said. "During meetings with Adm. Wu and Vice Adm. Xu, I had a chance to explain our enduring interests in the Asia-Pacific region and gain a better understanding of the PLA (Navy)."

The visit was in reciprocation for the visit by Vice Adm. Zhang to the U.S. in December 2012 and follows Adm. Wu's visit to the U.S. in September. During that visit, Adm. Wu was hosted by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert during visits to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) in port before embarking USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) at sea.

Reciprocal visits allow senior U.S. Navy and PLA(N) leaders to plan for future interactions and discuss operations in a region of vital importance to the world economy.

"After hours of discussions, briefings and tours, I came away with a better understanding of the PLA(N) as an institution," Adm. Ferguson said. "I was also impressed with the PLA(N)'s stated commitment to improved navy-to-navy engagement."

The visit offered an opportunity for U.S. Navy and the PLA(N) to increase communication and interaction, and look for opportunities to work together in future exercises, such as RIMPAC 2014.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

RIA Novosti: Russia, India to Hold Joint Naval Drills in Sea of Japan

RIA NovostiRussia's Pacific fleet shipsRussia, India to Hold Joint Naval Drills in Sea of Japan
22:55 18/11/2013 Russia and India agreed Monday to hold joint naval exercises next year in the Sea of Japan.>>

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Judge Napolitano: 'It's Time for Congress to Clip the NSA's Wings'



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RIA Novosti: US Senate Calls for Tymoshenko’s Release in Ukraine

RIA NovostiTymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011 for abuse of power over a gas contract with RussiaUS Senate Calls for Tymoshenko’s Release in Ukraine
22:52 19/11/2013 The US Senate has passed a unanimous resolution calling on Ukraine to release jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko as Kiev hopes to sign an association agreement with the European Union.>>

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2013) Marines board a landing craft air cushion inside the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Sailors from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are participating in ARGMEU exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chase Hawley/Released)

Endless Afghanistan? US-Afghan agreement would keep troops in place and funds flowing, perhaps indefinitely

Endless Afghanistan? US-Afghan agreement would keep troops in place and funds flowing, perhaps indefinitely

Democrats Plan Meeting to Take Over St. Louis County – Make St. Louis a ‘Little Detroit’

Democrats Plan Meeting to Take Over St. Louis County – Make St. Louis a ‘Little Detroit’

Student Records Easily Hacked: Security Breach Triggers Common Core Rebellion from Teachers and Parents

Student Records Easily Hacked: Security Breach Triggers Common Core Rebellion from Teachers and Parents

USS Rentz Coordinates Successful Transfer of Rescued Fishermen with Canadian Warship, HMCS Edmonton.

USS Rentz Coordinates Successful Transfer of Rescued Fishermen with Canadian Warship, HMCS Edmonton.

By Ensign John Baldwin, USS RENTZ (FFG-46) Public Affairs Officer
USS RENTZ, at sea (NNS) -- What began as an isolated Safety-of-Life-at-Sea (SOLAS) operation quickly turned into a coordinated effort between the Canadian ship Edmonton (MM 703), a Kingston Class Mine Countermeasure Ship, and the USS RENTZ (FFG 46) in the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR)

During routine Counter Transnational Organized Crime (C-TOC) operations, Rentz and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) performed yet another rescue mission for a small vessel stranded off the coast of Guatemala.

The event, which marks the Rentz' third successful SOLAS operation in recent months, resulted in the rescue of three South American fishermen. The three men, fatigued and disoriented, were brought onboard and provided with food, water and temporary living arrangements. Their abandoned vessel, deemed a safety and navigation hazard, was destroyed.

Later in the week, HMCS Edmonton (MM 703) and Rentz coordinated the transfer of three more South American nationals rescued in a non-related SOLAS operation. The two ships rendezvoused outside Guatemalan territorial waters to offload three Ecuadorian fishermen to Rentz in an effort to consolidate rescue operations to the frigate.

"It was a pleasure to work with our Canadian partners", said Ensign Matt Trout, a Rentz watch stander that evening. "They were extremely professional and very familiar with U.S. Navy procedures."

The coordination highlights the continued efforts between partner nations operating in the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility to render assistance to vessels in distress on the high seas. Both ships are currently conducting C-TOC operations in the 4th Fleet AOR as part of Operation Martillo, which began in January of 2012.

Operation Martillo - Spanish for "hammer"- is a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. U.S. military participation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force South.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.


For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.

Seabee Commander Visits Detachments in Africa

Seabee Commander Visits Detachments in Africa

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael


Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 Public Affairs

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11's Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief visited some of the battalion's detachments on the continent of Africa earlier this month.

Cmdr. Steven J. Stasick and Command Master Chief Moses E. Sampson traveled from the battalion's current deployment headquarters in Rota, Spain to see the level of progress made on projects and to get some face time with Seabees throughout two of NMCB-11's detachments.

Sampson, a 25-year veteran of the Navy is very pleased with the battalion's performance. "I get excited when I see the Seabees getting a chance to do what they do. They seem to be happy doing their job which makes me happy. Our Seabees are learning. We're doing good quality work, and most importantly, we're doing safe work."

During their visits, Stasick and Sampson took time out to hold all-hands calls in which they addressed questions from the Seabees. Questions ranged from the wear of hard-hats to homeport and stand-down schedules.

"Seabees should continue to remain focused on safety, quality and accountability," Stasick said. "Don't get complacent. We've done great so far. We've got to finish strong."

The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. They offer deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.

With its home-port in Gulfport, Miss., NMCB-11 is currently deployed to multiple locations in support of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Pacific Command areas of responsibility.

For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcb11/.

Monday, November 18, 2013

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

GULF OF OMAN (Nov. 13, 2013) Sailors attach a cable to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a replenishment-at-sea. Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karl Anderson/Released)

U.S. Navy To Seek Independent LCS Cost Estimates

U.S. Navy To Seek Independent LCS Cost Estimates

USS Fort Worth Launches First UAV Naval Today

USS Fort Worth Launches First UAV Naval Today

USS Freedom Visits Brunei, Prepares for Operation Damayan

USS Freedom Visits Brunei, Prepares for Operation Damayan

From Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific Public Affairs
MUARA, Brunei (NNS) -- USS Freedom (LCS 1) arrived at Brunei's port of Muara Nov. 18 to take on fuel and supplies in preparation to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.

The port visit occurs during the annual bilateral exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. The exercise commenced Nov. 13 and continues through Nov. 19.

Though Freedom's participation in CARAT Brunei was delayed, planning continues to conduct a brief passing exercise with a Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) offshore patrol vessel while en route to the Philippines.

"It's truly a pleasure to visit Brunei and have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of this beautiful country and experience its warm hospitality," said Freedom's commanding officer, Cmdr. Pat Thien. "While I know the crew would appreciate more time ashore to explore the area, and to work with our RBN partners, we're looking forward to getting underway to support Operation Damayan and potentially train together at sea on the way to the Philippines."

Since arriving in Southeast Asia in April, Freedom has worked with many regional navies that operate comparable-sized ships during a series of port visits, exercises, and exchanges. These engagements directly support the Asia-Pacific rebalance and further reinforced cooperation and interoperability among the Navy's partners and allies throughout Southeast Asia.

Brunei is also supporting Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HA/DR) efforts in the Philippines and dispatched the RBN ship, KDB Darussalam, to provide relief supplies Nov. 15. In September, Freedom worked extensively with Darussalam and her boarding teams during the multilateral maritime security exercise, Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT).

Freedom deployed to Southeast Asia with a Surface Warfare Mission Package to conduct maritime security operations with allies, partners and other 7th Fleet units, and as such, is not configured specifically for HA/DR missions. Like other U.S. Navy ships supporting Operation Damayan, Freedom's MH-60R helicopter is one of her most important HA/DR assets. Freedom also carries ten pallets of HA/DR supplies, including five pallets of hygienic supplies and five pallets of medical supplies.

"It's a tremendous opportunity to join our ships and those from other navies that are already in the Philippines providing relief. We are prepared to help out in any way possible," said Freedom's independent duty corpsman, Chief Hospital Corpsman Blair Taylor.

As many senior Navy officials noted recently, the maritime crossroads and vital waterways that connect Southeast Asia to the global economy are exactly where the Navy needs to be present, now and well into the future. Rotational deployments of littoral combat ships will help the Navy sustain presence, expand access to vital waterways and interact with littoral regions in unprecedented ways.

USS Freedom's first rotational deployment to Southeast Asia began March 1, when the ship departed San Diego and commenced a Pacific Ocean transit that included port visits in Hawaii, Guam and Manila. Freedom used Singapore as a logistics and maintenance hub between April 18 and Nov. 16, during which she participated in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition, two phases of the bilateral naval exercise CARAT with Malaysia and Singapore, and the multinational exercise SEACAT. During port visits, Freedom hosted thousands of dignitaries and visitors from throughout Southeast Asia.

Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare.

For more news from Pacific Fleet, visit www.cpf.navy.mil.

Ospreys Make First Descent aboard George Washington in Support of Operation Damayan

Ospreys Make First Descent aboard George Washington in Support of Operation Damayan

131117-N-XN177-012 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 17, 2013) A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey lands on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to conduct refueling operations in support of Operation Damayan. The George Washington Strike Group in coordination with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade is assisting the Philippine government in ongoing relief efforts in response to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Republic of the Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter 

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- Two U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 and one from VMM 265 landed for the first time on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Nov. 17.

The unique aircraft capable of vertical short takeoff and landing (VSTOL), similar to that of the Marine AV-8B Harrier jump jet, landed on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to refuel to continue the delivery of relief supplies and transport of personnel in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

"This is the first time in my 10-year career that I have been able to fuel [an Osprey]," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 1st Class Joshua Hinck, from Springfield, Mo. "This was a rare event that allowed me to teach my junior Sailors most can only read about."

According to the aircrew of VMM 265, the Osprey can quickly deliver a significant amount of cargo where it is needed.

"The dual rotors, downward exhaust on the Osprey is very different from anything I have worked on before," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fueling) Airman Casey Fields, from Glenpool, Okla. "You can already tell its power just from the rotor wash when it is idling."

Super Typhoon Haiyan reached speeds up to 195 miles per hour (mph), gusts up to 235 mph and landfall waves of 50 feet. According to the Philippine government's national disaster risk reduction management council, the super typhoon impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines.

George Washington Carrier Strike Group supports the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade to assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Republic of the Philippines.

For more news from USS George Washington (CVN 73), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn73/.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rand Paul And James Comer: Returning Cash To Taxpayers

Obamacare Debacle Derails President’s Credibility

Obamacare Debacle Derails President’s Credibility

Aerial Target Drone Damages USS Chancellorsville during Exercise

Aerial Target Drone Damages USS Chancellorsville during Exercise

By U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- An aerial target drone malfunctioned and struck guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) off the coast of Southern California at approximately 1:25 pm local time today, Nov. 16, while the ship was conducting a radar tracking exercise during routine training at sea.

No Sailors were seriously injured, but two Sailors were treated for minor burns. The ship remains capable of operations, however it did sustain some damage and will return to its homeport of San Diego to have the damage assessed. The Navy is investigating the cause of the malfunction.

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