Saturday, March 08, 2014

Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second - Washington Times

Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second - Washington Times

Photo Update On The USS Milwaukee (LCS 5)

Yesterday I stopped by the future USS Milwaukee and grabbed some updated photos.  With the LCS program in the news lately I would like to point out that this is not some abstract decision.  It will have a devastating affect on the local economies where the ships are built should the cuts stay in place.

It is obvious the LCS class vessels need improvements to their weapons systems.  This can be accomplished within the existing designs and does not require years of further research and untold billions of dollars to be spent by the Navy to start from scratch; as some are calling for.





U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 27, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) operates in the Pacific Ocean during exercise Koa Kai 14-1. Koa Kai is a semiannual exercise in the waters around Hawaii designed to prepare independent deployers in multiple warfare areas and provide training in a multi-ship environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Kolmel/Released)

U.S. Navy Ships visit Republic of Korea Ahead of Foal Eagle Exercises

U.S. Navy Ships visit Republic of Korea Ahead of Foal Eagle Exercises
By Lt. Arlo Abrahamson, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs
SEOUL, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- U.S. Navy ships arrived in ports across the Republic of Korea (ROK) March 8 in preparation for the upcoming Foal Eagle exercises with the ROK navy.

Members of the ROK navy welcomed the guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and USS Lassen (DDG 82) to Pyeongtaek, while the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) visited the city of Mokpo. In addition, the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) arrived in the city of Donghae. The port visits provided members of both the U.S. and ROK navies the opportunity to engage in community outreach activities and rehearse training scenarios ahead of the Foal Eagle exercises, which are scheduled to run from March to April this year.

"We welcome the crews of these ships to the Republic of Korea," said Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea. "These port visits and the follow-on exercises provide our Sailors with an outstanding opportunity to build teamwork and conduct valuable training with our partners in the Republic of Korea navy."

Exercise Foal Eagle in an umbrella of regularly-scheduled, annual exercises that are the culmination of many months of planning and based on realistic training scenarios. The naval portion of the Foal Eagle exercises take place in international waters around South Korea and feature a full spectrum of maritime operations. The training incorporates scenarios such as gunnery exercises, communication drills, dynamic ship maneuvers, logistical rehearsals, and liaison officer exchanges with the ROK navy.

"As navies, we achieve readiness and enhance teamwork by spending time at sea together," said Franchetti. "That is why we are active year around in conducting routine exercises together like Foal Eagle with our Republic of Korea navy counterparts."



For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnfk/.

Blue Ridge Departs Busan

Blue Ridge Departs Busan
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobby Northnagle, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff departed Busan, Republic of Korea after a five-day port visit March 8.

"Our Sailors benefit tremendously from the personal interaction between our two navies," said Blue Ridge Operations Officer Lt. Rory Schneider. "Over time, these bonds between services only serve to increase our shared war-fighting readiness."

During the visit, Sailors took advantage of several opportunities to discover Busan through tours sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation which included visits to temples and the International Market. Additionally, service members competed in friendly basketball and soccer games with their Republic of Korea Navy counterparts.

"It was a great chance to connect with people from a different culture," said Logistics Specialist Seaman Raul Vargasestrada, a Blue Ridge soccer player. "It reminded me of how much sports and friendly competition can bring people together."

Blue Ridge has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan for 34 years. As the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas, Blue Ridge is vital in maintaining partnerships in the 7th Fleet area of operations.


For more news from Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c7f/.

Friday, March 07, 2014

The New USA? Secession Movement Gains Steam - US - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

The New USA? Secession Movement Gains Steam - US - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

Court: National Security Agency can't keep metadata past 5 years

Court: National Security Agency can't keep metadata past 5 years

CPAC 2014: Rand Paul urges conservatives to fight for liberty - Washington Times

CPAC 2014: Rand Paul urges conservatives to fight for liberty - Washington Times

Navy Starts Study to Re-Examine LCS Mission | DoD Buzz

Navy Starts Study to Re-Examine LCS Mission | DoD Buzz

Senator Rand Paul At CPAC 2014

USS Taylor Departs Samsun

USS Taylor Departs Samsun

Official U.S. Navy file photo.
From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
SAMSUN, Turkey (NNS) -- USS Taylor (FFG 50) departed the Turkish port of Samsun, March 7, for Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, for repairs following the Feb. 12 grounding incident. The ship was moved with the assistance of a tug from Donjon Towing Company.

NSA Souda Bay was chosen as the closest location with the most robust U.S. Navy support and logistics infrastructure.

Repairs to Taylor will include replacement of the propeller blades and propeller hub. Repairs are expected to take several weeks. Following completion of repairs, Taylor will continue its scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operations.

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USS Germantown Commanding Officer Relieved

USS Germantown Commanding Officer Relieved
By CTF 76 Public Affairs
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- The Commanding Officer of USS Germantown (LSD 42) was relieved March 7 by Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet.

Cmdr. Jason Leach was relieved due to loss of confidence in his ability to command. The relief was not related to a single incident but was the result of a poor command climate onboard the ship and the Commanding Officer's failure to use the good judgment expected of leaders in the Navy and uphold standards

There are no plans for disciplinary action against Cmdr. Leach.

Cmdr. Leach has been reassigned to the staff of Expeditionary Strike Group Seven in Sasebo.

The current Deputy Commodore of Amphibious Squadron Eleven, Capt. Marvin E. Thompson, will assume duties as the Commanding Officer until a relief can be identified. Capt. Thompson is a former Commanding Officer of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and former CTF 76 Deputy Chief of Staff.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 28, 2013) The George Washington Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships participate in tactical maneuver training during Annual Exercise (AnnualEx) 13. AE13 is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and U.S. naval forces through training in air and sea operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/Released)

U.S. 6th Fleet: Exercise Saharan Express 2014 Commences


DAKAR, Senegal – Naval forces from the United States along with African and European maritime partners commenced the fourth annual multinational exercise Saharan Express 2014, March 6.

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DAKAR, Senegal (March 6, 2014) Participants of Exercise Saharan Express 2014 gather during a pre-sail conference at the commencement of the exercise. Saharan Express is an international maritime security cooperation exercise designed to improve maritime safety and security in west Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum/ Released) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebookand while you're at it check us out on Google+

Exercise Saharan Express 2014, being held in waters off West Africa, is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation, tactical expertise and information sharing practices among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the region.

The week-long exercise will take place in two areas near the coasts of Cabo Verde and Senegal. There will be an in port preparatory phase and then the 11 participating ships will go to sea to test maritime security skills.

“Over the course of the next two weeks, we will work on interoperability, communications, coordination and familiarization. More than that, though, we will work to come together more closely as a team linked by the common purpose of ensuring regional maritime security,” said Capt. John Tokarewich, Saharan Express 2014 exercise director, in remarks during an opening ceremony in Dakar. “Through cooperation on events like Saharan Express, we are able to provide a more robust and unified team to ensure regional maritime security.”

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USS Simpson Arrives in Casablanca, Morocco

USS Simpson Arrives in Casablanca, Morocco

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee

CASABLANCA, Morocco - The guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) arrived in Casablanca for a scheduled port visit, March 6.

Simpson's visit serves to strengthen the existing partnership between Morocco and the U.S., and provide each other with opportunities for cultural exchanges.

"I am excited Simpson has been given another opportunity to visit Casablanca and operate with the Royal Moroccan Navy," said Cmdr Christopher Follin, Simpson's commanding officer. "It's not very often that one of our ships has the opportunity to re-visit friends we made on a previous deployment. We are looking forward to building upon the cooperative efforts and interoperability in training that both of our Navies strengthened during our last visit. When we share ideas and learn to operate together, we become twice as strong a force to improve maritime safety and security for all nations in the region."  

USS Truxtun Departs Souda Bay for Black Sea