Thursday, March 13, 2014

Founding Fathers Quote

If tyranny & oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

James Madison

USS Truxtun Arrives in Varna, Bulgaria

USS Truxtun Arrives in Varna, Bulgaria
From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
VARNA, Bulgaria (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) arrived in Bulgaria for a port visit, March 13.

Truxtun's stay in the Black Sea will allow the ship to host an exercise planning conference with NATO allies March 15. The conference will focus on a multilateral naval exercise in the spirit of reassuring allies.

"We are certainly excited to participate in every joint exercise we are afforded," said Cmdr. Andrew Biehn, Truxtun's commanding officer. "We train for months at home and every opportunity we get to hone these skills with our allies is incredibly valuable."

The exercise will take place in the Black Sea and is designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between the United States and its allies.

Truxtun's presence in the Black Sea also demonstrates the United States' commitment to working closely with allies to enhance maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability. Interoperability at sea is a cornerstone of NATO's military strength and allows U.S. and allied forces the capability to provide the right presence in the right place at the right time.
Truxtun is currently on a scheduled deployment as a component of Carrier Strike Group 2, centered on the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.

USS Green Bay Back in the Water Following Dry Dock Period

USS Green Bay Back in the Water Following Dry Dock Period

From USS Green Bay Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) has water under the keel once again after successfully completing a dry dock period at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego, March 10.

During an extensive eight-hour evolution that took place at night, the dry dock was flooded and Green Bay safely exited the NASSCO facility to begin its next maintenance period at the BAE shipyard also in San Diego.

This evolution marks a major milestone and the completion of eight months of Green Bay's year-long maintenance availability as it moves into the third and final stage of the refurbishment and upgrade process.

"I was the officer of the deck for the evolution and while the tugs pulled us out of the dry dock," said Lt. j.g. Nicholas Schwartz, a native of Harvey's Lake, Pa., and a key member of the bridge team during the undocking. "It was exciting to get back into the water and get one step closer to being operationally ready."

Schwartz said moving the ship out of the dry dock was a complicated process. Green Bay's bridge was filled with personnel and multiple watchstanders ensured the ship moved safely out of the dry dock at NASSCO.

"It's been a long haul," said Schwartz. "I was here for the last deployment and it is impressive to see how the ship is coming back together after such a long yard period."

Sailors and engineers worked together throughout the night to closely monitor the intricate undocking process.

"My job was to oversee the line-handling in the mooring stations," said Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Pamela Pritchard, a native of Choctaw, Okla., who worked as a safety petty officer during the undocking process. "We secured the ship to the pier and ensured there was enough tension and slack in the lines."

Pritchard said that as the water floated the ship all hands roved the ship to check for watertight integrity. Once it was confirmed no water was being taken on board, the evolution continued as planned.

Green Bay was assisted by a series of tugboats during its transit out of the dry dock and to the pier at the BAE facility. The tugs were especially important pulling out of the dry dock because they had to maneuver Green Bay since the ship was not under its own power.

Work on board Green Bay will continue at the BAE facility as the ship prepares to become operationally ready for a scheduled homeport shift to Sasebo, Japan early next year. Green Bay will be the first San Antonio-class LPD to be forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

Sailors aboard the ship said they have seen great progress during the maintenance availability and most divisions only have 25 percent of their workload left to complete.

"We have had upgrades to our 3M program including SKED 3.2, a maintenance management program that helps us organize preventative maintenance," said Chief Hull Technician (SW) Frederick Hernandez, the ship's 3M coordinator. "This program is important as we return to the fleet and train our Sailors on the equipment."

Providing warships ready for combat, developing Sailors, and training crews to fight and win are the subjects of Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet's "Vision for the 2026 Surface Fleet" which consolidates a set of objectives and policies to maximize surface force readiness by concentrating on warfighting ability, sustainable excellence and wholeness over time.

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

Monday, March 10, 2014

Message to libertarian purists: Your reason for hating Rand Paul sucks

Message to libertarian purists: Your reason for hating Rand Paul sucks

Coast Guard News: Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton becomes commissioned

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USS Philippine Sea Arrives in Aksaz, Turkey

Philippine Sea Arrives in Aksaz, Turkey

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abe McNatt , USS Philippine Sea Public Affairs
AKSAZ, Turkey (NNS) -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), attached to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), arrived in Aksaz, Turkey March 9, for a scheduled port call.

The visit is the second port call for the Philippine Sea this deployment.

"I'm very excited to be in Turkey," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Steven Mestres-Junque. "I'm really looking forward trying the local food. I love trying new food, and want to try different things from all around the world."

While in port Philippine Sea will take on fuel and supplies and Sailors will have an opportunity to take liberty. Tours will be provided by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office.

Philippine Sea will also be hosting 10 Turkish officers for a luncheon, and tour of the ship including an SH-60R Seahawk helicopter demonstration.

"We look forward to meeting our Turkish counterparts and sharing a meal with good conversation," said Lt. Cmdr. Randolph Chestang, the ship's executive officer. "The luncheon will serve as an opportunity to strengthen partnerships and build camaraderie."

Philippine Sea and other ships of the GHWBSCSG are on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet area of responsibility.


For more news from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn77/.

Executive Officer of USS Connecticut Relieved

Executive Officer of USS Connecticut Relieved
From Submarine Force Pacific Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The executive officer of the Bremerton, Wash.-based fast attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) was relieved of his duties March 8 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to serve as executive officer.

Lt. Cmdr. Brett J. Sterneckert was removed from his position by Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

An NCIS investigation into the circumstances leading to Lt. Cmdr. Sterneckert's relief is ongoing.

Sterneckert, who had served aboard Connecticut since June 2012, has been administratively reassigned to Submarine Group 9 in Bangor, Wash.

For more news from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/subpac/.

USS Coronado Arrives in San Diego

USS Coronado Arrives in San Diego

The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico.
GULF OF MEXICO (Aug. 23, 2013) The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for later this fall. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA/Released)
By Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego March 10, a few weeks ahead of her commissioning ceremony scheduled for April 5 at Naval Air Station North Island.

Following construction and acceptance trials at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Coronado set sail in January for Mayport, Fla., conducting equipment checks, system tests and crew certification training along the way.

Upon departing Mayport, the ship continued its testing and training and made port visits to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Colombia, Panama, and Mexico before its arrival to San Diego.

"I couldn't be more proud of my crew as they've conquered every obstacle in their way and thrived," said Cmdr. John Kochendorfer, Coronado Crew 203 commanding officer. "From day one when we departed Mobile, the crew has performed superbly and sailed Coronado with expert seamanship. They've proven that they can accomplish anything."

Coronado is the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of the "Crown City" and is the second littoral combat ship of the Independence variant which features an innovative, trimaran hull. The unique hull design offers unparalleled stability for marine and aviation operations in severe sea states.

"The commissioning of any ship is a special experience for every Sailor. It builds a bond, a unique relationship between the ship and Sailor," said Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Anthony Corey, Crew 203 senior enlisted leader. "Each and every Sailor is looking forward to participating in that time-honored Navy tradition."

LCS vessels were designed to be high-speed, shallow draft, multi-mission ships capable of operating independently or with an associated strike group. They are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters.

A fast, maneuverable, and networked surface combatant, LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.

After the formal commissioning ceremony scheduled April 5 at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado will become part of the U.S. 3rd Fleet.

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 on USS Coronado visit:
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lcs4/Pages/default.aspx

File photo of USS Coronado:
http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=160438

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

Iowa GOP chair leaves for Rand Paul's PAC | TheHill

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Founding Fathers Quote

Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure...are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.


Charles Carroll

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MiG working on a new interceptor, capable of Mach 4

MiG working on a new interceptor, capable of Mach 4

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Rome Reports: Saint Peter's Colonnede shines again: restauration works completed

Abortion’s Forgotten Victims: Siblings of Brothers and Sisters Killed in Abortion

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USS George H.W. Bush Arrives in Turkey

USS George H.W. Bush Arrives in Turkey

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) drops anchor in Antalya, Turkey.
ANTALYA, Turkey (March 9, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) drops anchor in Antalya, Turkey. George H. W. Bush is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
By MC3 Jeffrey Madlangbayan, USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs
ANTALYA, Turkey (NNS) -- The newest Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived in Antalya, Turkey for a scheduled port visit, Mar. 9.

This port visit is designed to strengthen maritime security working with our Turkish partners. The port visit will also give Sailors a chance to visit and explore Antalya with tours, including an evening banquet complete with Turkish musical instruments, a typical folk orchestra and a dance extravaganza focusing on traditional Turkish and Antalya folklore, a trip to the spring waters at Pamukkale, known for its therapeutic qualities and a visit to a Turkish bath.

"I really look forward to going on the Antalya City Tour to see all the sights and learn the rich history of the country," said Religious Programs Specialist 1st Class Celeste Shield, from Lafayette, La.

George H.W. Bush will also host a reception for dignitaries and regional partners on board in order to foster international relations.

This is the second port visit for George H.W. Bush since leaving Norfolk in February. It will provide the crew a long lasting, once in a lifetime experience. A shopping venture into Antalya provides Sailors with a look into the rich history and culture of the Turkish Nation. Sailors will have the opportunity to shop for many handmade products from local vendors such as scarves, clothes, ceramics, leather jackets, jewelry, carpets and handmade lamps.

George H.W. Bush is on scheduled deployment as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet areas of operations.

For more news from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn77/.

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Founding Fathers Quote

Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence. So shall the life into which you have entered be the portal to one of eternal and ineffable bliss.

Thomas Jefferson

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USS Pinckney (DDG 91) enters Pearl Harbor