(U.S.NAVY)Navy News Service : U.S. Navy sent this bulletin at 07/17/2013 06:30 AM EDT

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NNS130716-12. Sailors Can Claim a Win Where Synthetic Drugs are Concerned
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75390

DNU — Headlines for Tuesday, July 16, 2013: Retired Vice Admiral Eugene Wilkinson Dies; 9-Digit Zip Codes Mandatory for FPOs
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18657

NNS130716-19. SECNAV Names New Naval Postgraduate School President
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75398

NNS130716-25. Executive Officer of Coastal Riverine Sqauadron 10 Relieved of Duty
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75405

NNS130716-29. Rare Artifact Found on San Clemente Island
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75408

DNU — Mobile Communications Satellite Scheduled to Launch July 19
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18656

NNS130716-17. CVN 77 Completes Another Historic Underway
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75397

NNS130716-15. Breeze 2013 Wraps Up In the Black Sea
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75393

NNS130717-01. VP 47 P-3 Patrols the Black Sea During Sea Breeze 2013
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75406

NNS130717-02. “Save a Life” Tour Visits Naval Station Everett
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75411

DNU — Navy Lays Vietnam Veteran to Rest
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18658

NNS130716-30. Testing Chaplains in the Battlefield during Talisman Saber
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75409

NNS130716-08. Pacific Partnership Nurses Host Educational Workshops in Kiribati
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75386

NNS130716-28. Pacific Partnership Tests Water Quality on Tarawa
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75387

NNS130716-22. USS Houston Departs for Western Pacific Deployment
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75402

NNS130716-06. USS Germantown Launches Fleet Survey Team
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75383

NNS130716-23. NAVSUP WSS and Temple University Partner to Educate Children
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75401

NNS130716-16. NMETC Reserve Practices ‘Jointness’ with Sister Services in Tennessee
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75396

NNS130716-14. Destroyer Squadron 60 Commander Visits USS Gonzales
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75394

DNU — Sailors Mentor at Boy Scouts Jamboree
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18659

NNS130716-11. Rota Hosts Specialized FDNF Sponsorship Training
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75389

NNS130716-26. USS Hartford Receives Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75407

NNS130716-07. USS Monterey Sailors Volunteer at Women’s Shelter
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75385

DNU — A look at naval aviation – past and present.
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18655

NNS130717-04. Current All Hands Update
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=75392

NNS020715-15. This Day in Naval History – July 17
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=2538

Eye on the Fleet – U.S. Navy Photo of The Day
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NNS130716-12. Sailors Can Claim a Win Where Synthetic Drugs are Concerned

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn (NNS) — The number of positive results for synthetic drug in urinalysis tests has decreased significantly since testing began in March 2012, according to data presented to Navy leaders by Navy Alcohol and Drug Prevention (NADAP) office.

For the past year the NADAP office has focused on educating Sailors on the risks to their health, career, and family, of using synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts.

“We consider this a win for all Sailors,” said Dorice Favorite, NADAP director, about the decreased in positive results. “It means they are listening to facts and making responsible choices for themselves and their shipmates.”

“The reasons for the decline are multi-dimensional,” said Favorite. “Sailors understand the Navy has zero tolerance for drug use, including the use of designer and synthetic chemical compounds. Our education efforts sent a clear message that synthetic drugs are not regulated; therefore, they may be up to 200 times more potent than marijuana and much more harmful.”

Educating Sailors on the danger of illegal drug use is a multi-organizational effort. “NADAP partnered with Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and other U.S. military law enforcement agencies to monitor for criminal activity, including possession, use, or distribution of illegal substances,” the director said.

There is also encouraging news in the responsible use of alcohol efforts. “During the past year, driving under the influence and alcohol-related incidents (AI) have continued to drop. The number of these incidents is down by more than 20 percent since 2006,” said Favorite. The NADAP office contributes to this improvement through a comprehensive communication strategy that includes complimentary prevention awareness campaigns that reach out to all audiences, she added.

In April 2013, the Navy launched “Keep What You’ve Earned” campaign to replace the outdated “Right Spirit” campaign. Keep What You’ve Earned encourages responsible alcohol use by celebrating the achievements in the Sailor’s Navy careers and actively engages Sailors as advocates for responsible drinking. This campaign in concert with “The Domino Strategy”, “Who Will Stand Your Watch” and “That Guy” speaks to Sailors about responsible drinking and accountability.

In mid- 2013, the Navy implemented the use of handheld alcohol detection devices. More than 13,000 devices were shipped to commands, both afloat and ashore. These devices are intended as a tool that complements the unit’s campaign against irresponsible alcohol use and promotes Sailor safety, education and training. The ADD also helps leadership identify Sailors who may require positive intervention before a career-ending incident. NADAP plans to publish a report of lessons learned and best practices submitted by commands in January 2014.

NADAP has had a very busy year, developing programs on synthetic drug testing, alcohol detection device distribution and implementation, and prevention awareness campaigns for a prescription drug campaign that is currently under development, Favorite stated. “We feel that every effort we expend on the front end to prevent a Sailor from misusing or abusing a substance improves Sailor resilience and strengthens Navy readiness.”

For more information about Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention or the Keep What You’ve Earned campaign, visit http://www.nadap.navy.mil.

For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.
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NNS130716-19. SECNAV Names New Naval Postgraduate School President

From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the new President of the Naval Postgraduate School July 16.

Vice Adm. (retired) Ronald A. Route will replace NPS Interim President Rear Adm. Jan E. Tighe on a date to be determined later this year.

Tighe will return to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington D.C. Mabus said that Tighe’s performance as NPS head was “nothing short of remarkable.”

“Admiral Route is the right leader for the job. His exemplary naval service of 36 years is invaluable to the position and I trust him to expertly guide this institution as they continue to provide the high-quality, relevant and unique advanced education and research opportunities that make our Naval forces the best in the world,” said Mabus.

Route goes to NPS with more than 20 years of leadership at the executive and operational levels. His numerous past leadership positions include tours as Naval Inspector General and commander of the U.S. Navy’s Warfare Development Command.

Route also brings academic experience to lead NPS. He is the former president of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), one of the nation’s premier senior academic institutions. At the NWC, Route led a team of some 300 military and civilian faculty members and oversaw the education of more than 600 resident and 3,000 non-resident graduate students.
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NNS130716-25. Executive Officer of Coastal Riverine Sqauadron 10 Relieved of Duty

From Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) — Commander, Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 2, Capt. James Hamblet, relieved Capt. Adrian Garcia of his duties July 16 as executive officer Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 10 due to a loss of confidence and substandard performance involving a significant event, following an investigation into the grounding of two CRS 10 34-foot patrol boats in April 2013.

As a result of the groundings, CRG 2 convened a command investigation which revealed Garcia, who was the acting commanding officer at the time of the incident demonstrated unsound judgment and poor operational risk management decision-making, failing to take responsible steps to prevent the incident from happening.

Cmdr. Clay Wild, CRS 10 company commander, will assume executive officer duties at CRS 10 until Garcia’s permanent relief is identified.

CRS 10 is a Navy Reserve unit based in Jacksonville, Fla. Coastal Riverine Force Sailors conduct port and harbor security, high value asset protection, offensive combat operations and maritime security operations in rivers, harbors and coastal waterways.

For more news about NECC, visit the NECC official Web site! http://www.necc.navy.mil/

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NNS130716-29. Rare Artifact Found on San Clemente Island

By By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shawnte Bryan

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) — The Navy discovered a significant prehistoric artifact 90 miles west of San Diego on San Clemente Island (SCI) located mid-island at a newly discovered archeological site.

A boat effigy made of submarine volcano lava was spotted at the surface of the site during an archeology survey. The boat effigy represents a type of boat used by the California Indians who occupied the California Channels and adjacent southern California mainland at the time of the Spanish “discovery” in the 1500s.

Dr. Andy Yatsko, Senior Archaeologist and Region Southwest Archaeologist for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego, who has over 40 years experience in prehistoric and historic archaeology finds the boat effigy to be an uncommon find.

“Boat effigies like the one found are exceedingly rare in the archaeological record, with this being my first one recovered during my 30 year tenure with SCI,” said Dr. Andy Yatsko, Senior Archaeologist and Region Southwest Archaeologist for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego. “Finding artifacts on the surface of archaeological sites at the island is not unusual, but a rare one like this is always exciting to come across.”

The effigy was created from submarine volcano lava. This lava differs from the lava that flows on the mainland because the vesicles are smaller, making it more brittle and more difficult to handle.

” The vesicle volcanic material used is hard and brittle but somehow they were able to craft a fine little carving out of it to represent an important part of their culture,” said Yatsko. “This is something someone made representing a high skill level. This guy wasn’t just a technician he was an artist. You can hold it and think about someone from 500 to 1000 years ago.”

As a federal agency, the Navy has responsibilities to understand what it owns, in the way of property; in order to meet their expectations the navy contracts archeologist to survey the land to protect rare gems and parts of history such as the boat effigy.

“Naval Base Coronado (NBC) takes great pride in making this discovery that adds to our knowledge of the Native Americans that once called SCI home,” said Capt. Gary Mayes, commanding officer, NBC. “Our cultural and natural resource programs are such that we continue to excel in protecting the natural and man-made treasures entrusted to our care while allowing our operational forces to train as they fight on SCI.”

“If you were to draw a straight line in any direction on the landscape of SCI you would hit an archaeology site within 100-150 meters,” said Yatsko. “But even with the high density of archaeology sites on the island, it’s increasingly used for training without any real constraints on how that is done.”

SCI has the last remaining shore bombardment range, in and out of the continental U.S., where Navy ships can qualify for naval gunfire support by actually shooting from ships to targets on land. It is also the last place where Marine Corps and Navy fire support forward observers can directly train for naval gunfire support roles making SCI critical because the physical dynamics of high-velocity naval gunfire are significantly different.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/pacensandiego/.
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NNS130716-17. CVN 77 Completes Another Historic Underway

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Samantha Thorpe, USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) — The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) returned to its homeport of Norfolk after a successful completion of yet another historic underway, July 16.

During the underway, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) made its first carrier-based arrested landing on board the ship’s flight deck.

“I am extremely pleased about how this underway went,” said Capt. Andrew J. Loiselle, CVN 77’s commanding officer. “This ship met all objectives and did everything asked of them and the distinguished visitors for the UCAS-D were handled with unbelievable precision.”

This monumental event happened just two months after the UCAS-D’s successful carrier-based catapult and touch-and-go operations on board CVN 77’s flight deck.

“Seeing the UCAS-D accomplish all these historic things was exciting and a key stepping stone to our military’s future,” said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Williams. “It was pretty cool to be on the ship during this and part of our nation’s history.”

Also during the weeklong underway, the ship completed three general quarters drills, including one chemical, biological, radiological attack drill and Sailors were given the opportunity to take part in the American Diversity Heritage Observance Committee (ADHOC) celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage month.

“I think it is important for us to understand a little bit about where everyone comes from and a little bit about their background,” said Lt. Lisseth Calvio, the ship’s ADHOC chair. “I think being able to learn about that can really help us to become a better and stronger crew.”

USS George H.W. Bush is in port conducting training operations in preparation for the upcoming Tailored Ship’s Training Availability/Final Evaluation Phase.

For more information on USS George H.W. Bush follow the ship’s fan page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/USSGeorgeHWBush and http://www.navy.mil/local/cvn77.
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NNS130716-15. Breeze 2013 Wraps Up In the Black Sea

From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

BURGAS, Bulgaria (NNS) — A P-3C maritime patrol aircraft and aircrew assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 concluded their participation in the Bulgarian naval exercise Breeze 2013, July 16.

The annual Black Sea naval exercise involved units from the Bulgarian, Turkish, Italian and Greek navies, a U.S. Navy patrol airplane and ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2.

“This visit and our combined training demonstrates that Bulgaria and the U.S. are committed to building our ability to operate together to maintain regional stability and maritime security,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tim Ewing, U.S. Navy exercise officer in charge.

The exercise focused on air operations, maritime patrol, and search and rescue operations with the multinational participants, while participating in crisis response and counter-piracy scenarios.

The Bulgarian-led naval exercise also focused on enhancing the operational and tactical interoperability at sea between the Bulgarian naval units and regional partners in the Black Sea.

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/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 http://www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.
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NNS130717-01. VP 47 P-3 Patrols the Black Sea During Sea Breeze 2013

By By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Howard, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

ODESSA, Ukraine (NNS) — The Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 flew their first mission July 16 in support of the multinational surface ships operating in the Black Sea on the first day of the underway operations phase of Sea Breeze 2013.

Flying the P-3C Orion aircraft, the crew used their expertise in maritime domain awareness to help provide a clearer surface contact picture to Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U130), Turkish fast attack craft TCG Meltem (P-334), and Romanian frigate Marasesti (F-111).

“Our tasks during Sea Breeze is to work with our partners in training for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tim Ewing, VP-47 mission commander. “We work with our Ukrainian partners and the ships providing surveillance of the area and a common operating picture of what’s going on in the area of responsibility.”

In a true demonstration of cooperation and partnership, the Ukrainian ship Sahaydachniy provided the command and control of the P-3.

“The ship operated as the on-scene commander, using its radar picture to identify contacts of interest, and then had us go make a visual identification,” said Ewing. “Essentially, we helped build the picture for the surface ships in maintaining maritime security.”

The security in Sea Breeze 2013 is necessary to support a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief scenario being executed cooperatively by the multinational exercise participants.

“The exercise is a chance to practice with our partners in case of a real humanitarian assistance situation,” said Lt. Nicole England, tactical coordinator. “We conducted maritime domain awareness operations today. We worked with the surface units to give a better understanding of what was around them.”

Even when the aircraft lands, the work for the crew isn’t complete. The aircraft must remain ready to respond to emergent tasking.

“Our job is to keep the aircraft ready to perform and to be ready to respond to tasking,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Dustin Snider, one of the VP-47 maintainers. “When the aircraft comes in from an operation, we recover it, fix anything that needs fixed, and keep it ready to go back out.”

Additional air support to Sea Breeze 13 is being provided by a Ukrainian Mi-14 and a Ka-27, embarked in Sahaydachniy, and a German C-160, working with Ukrainian paratroopers.

This year’s participants include Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and U.S., along with France, Germany, Libya, Lithuania, Qatar, and UAE, as observers.

Sea Breeze 13, an annual multinational exercise in the Black Sea, is a combined air, land and maritime exercise designed to improve maritime safety, security and stability in the Black Sea by enhancing the capabilities of Partnership for Peace and Black Sea regional maritime security forces.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.
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NNS130717-02. “Save a Life” Tour Visits Naval Station Everett

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry Willadsen, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Everett

EVERETT, Wash. – (NNS) — The “Save a Life” drunk driving awareness tour visited Naval Station Everett (NSE) July 15.

A drunk driving simulator and general information on driving under the influence (DUI) was used to educate Sailors and civilians at NSE on the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Save a Life Tour, operated by Kramer Edutainment and based out of Grand Rapids, Mich., is described on its website as a “National High Impact Alcohol Awareness Program.” The tour visits military bases, schools and other institutions in order to inform and educate on the deadly effects of drinking and driving.

“I think there is kind of a distinction from a prevention program, because it is awareness,” said Andrew Gras, a member of the Save a Life Tour road crew. “Just making people aware of the consequences of [drunk driving], and not just saying don’t do it … making sure that people are thinking about the fact that it doesn’t just affect them.”

Members of the tour brought a coffin, anti-DUI videos, an electronic survey and other educational materials. They also brought a realistic drunk driving simulator for Sailors and civilians to try out.

“It’s an eye opener to realize how impaired you could really be without knowing it,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SCW) Chad Dahlenburg, who participated in the drunk driving simulator.

The multi-million dollar simulator is designed to provide a realistic experience of what it is like to drive a car under the influence of alcohol. It consists of three television screens (to simulate panoramic vision), a car seat, pedals, steering wheel, and other realistic motor vehicle controls.

The simulator runs using advanced software meant to recreate the impaired faculties of a drunk driver. The reactions in the steering and pedals of the car are delayed, which is designed to simulate the slowed reaction time of a drunk driver.

“It gives people a chance to drunk drive from a sober perspective,” said Gras. “We get the car drunk as opposed to getting the people drunk, so it lets them see how much focus and concentration it actually takes to try to control a car, especially when they have these delayed reactions they are fighting.”

The visit to NSE is part of a West Coast tour of military bases, including Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Naval Base Kitsap, Camp Pendleton and other installations.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/nwpacen/.
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NNS130716-30. Testing Chaplains in the Battlefield during Talisman Saber

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Kolmel, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) — Capt. Francis D. Bonadonna, deputy fleet chaplain for U.S. Pacific Fleet, had a rare opportunity to create scenarios for the chaplain corps during the amphibious portion of exercise Talisman Saber 2013, being held off the coast of Australia July 15 through Aug. 6.

Since October of 2012, Bonadonna has been working with Australian chaplains to create scenarios that will function as a learning experience for both countries.

As the first chaplain to write scenarios for the exercise, he faced unique challenges that other members of the planning committee didn’t.

“It was difficult for me because other groups had an idea of what the people did before them. As for me, I was the first person so I had a lot to figure out,” Bonadonna said. “However, a lot of people were willing to help me.”

Talisman Saber is providing chaplains a great chance to learn from their coalition counterparts and to see how religion affects people differently in the diverse Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

“Many times there are strengths and capabilities that are grown inside our own chaplain corps and we discover those strengths and sometimes the gaps that one another has, and we work together to bolster one another’s capabilities,” said Capt. Brent Scott, fleet chaplain for U.S. Pacific Fleet. “If a contingency arises in this area of operation, if Australia and United States are working side-by-side to respond to that contingency then we already know how we work together and what our weaknesses and strengths are.”

Bonadonna couldn’t agree more.

“I think the significance of it is two-fold, by working with another ally it becomes a wonderful opportunity for us to learn from them and for them to learn from us because we don’t do business exactly the same,” he said. “Operationally, it helps us to see how religion operates on more than the interpersonal level. Now we have to start to think about how religion plays a factor in the larger sense. The Indo-Asia-Pacific region is the most diverse and complex region in the world.”

The scenarios that were created were based on real life events and tactical-level chaplains will face situations where commanding officers will use them to determine how religion could affect humanitarian efforts; all designed to give tactical-level chaplains a better understanding of their role and improve the chaplain corps.

“The chaplains working at the operational level are able to put within the scenario injects that will make those tactical level chaplains work and so we’re testing their ability to work in scenarios that are unpredictable,” Scott said.

“Though they may not have the answers this should provide them with the ability to get the answers and develop our chaplains to be better,” Bonadonna said.

Talisman Saber is a U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)-sponsored exercise that trains forces in a mid-intensity, high-end warfighting scenario involving a combined joint task force. Designed to improve U.S./Australian combat training, readiness and interoperability, approximately 18,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate in the exercise.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Pacific Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cpf/.
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NNS130716-08. Pacific Partnership Nurses Host Educational Workshops in Kiribati

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha J. Webb

TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati (NNS) — Pacific Partnership 2013 nurses are providing education and refresher training for nurses in the Republic of Kiribati, July 16, the first day of a five-day series of workshops.

The Pacific Partnership nurses giving the lectures and trainings are representing the Australian navy, the New Zealand army and nongovernmental organizations.

Local nurses worked together with Pacific Partnership nurses to develop a list of topics that would be most beneficial to those attending the workshops with the goal of the workshops being sustainability, said Royal Australian Navy Lt. Tara Muscat.

“We’re trying to empower their nurses to be able to care for their own people,” said Muscat.

The first day of the workshop focused on patients with injuries or symptoms dealing with the head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth or throat.

Other topics to be covered during the week include cardiac assessment, trauma, and CPR training.

Baunana Tekiree, a nurse from Tungaru Hospital who attended the workshop, said she was very happy to gain more knowledge and work together with the nurses from Pacific Partnership.

Tekiree said she was most interested in attending the workshop covering cardiac assessments.

“I’m really impressed by the professionalism of the nurses and their knowledge level,” said Muscat. “I’ll be learning just as much of them and about how they do things as I think they will learn from me.”

Pacific Partnership is a collaborative effort of military members and civilians from ten partner nations including Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand and the United States that improves maritime security through disaster preparedness.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.
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NNS130716-28. Pacific Partnership Tests Water Quality on Tarawa

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee

TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati (NNS) — Pacific Partnership 2013 environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army are testing the quality of water from a number of rainwater catchment systems throughout Tarawa atoll in the Republic of Kiribati, July 16.

The systems are being assessed for prospective maintenance projects for future engineering projects, and to make suggestions to the people of Tarawa about what each systems water would be best used for, said New Zealand Army Staff Sgt. Nick Bunker.

Ruateki Taato, a manager of one of the catchment systems tested, said that the water provided by the catchment systems is crucial to the communities well being and many people’s only source of water. He himself uses the water every day.

“Testing the quality is important to the people of my community because water is a large part of our health,” said Taato. “Without clean water we can’t be healthy.”

The catchment systems were donated by the New Zealand Agency for International Development in 2012, but must be maintained in order to operate properly and provide clean water.

“We are providing infrastructure to the people of Tarawa, but it’s also important that we ensure that they can maintain it by providing them with tools and knowledge,” said Bunker. “There is a lot of equipment to these systems, but instructions on how to maintain them are not always clear. We’re trying to ensure that the aid that is being given here has a legacy.”

Conducted annually since 2006, Pacific Partnership is the largest disaster response-preparedness mission in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Working at the invitation of each host nation, Pacific Partnership is joined by partner nations that include Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Malaysia Singapore, South Korea and New Zealand.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/pacensandiego/.
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NNS130716-22. USS Houston Departs for Western Pacific Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) — Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 15 for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific region.

Houston’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Paul Davis, said the submarine and her crew are ready to deploy to the 7th Fleet area of operations where they will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in order to promote conditions for regional stability.

“Although she is one of the older submarines in the fleet, she is fully modernized, benefitted from quality maintenance while at Pearl Harbor, and is fully ready to conduct sustained operations at sea,” said Davis.

Davis said of the 139 Sailors who will be deploying, 59 of the Sailors will be on their first deployment.

Davis said the goal is to ensure safe operation while providing a highly effective asset to the 7th Fleet commander. At the same time, the crew wants to take advantage of the operational time underway to improve both their team skills and individual qualifications as well as visit some ports to engage with the regional partners.

Davis added that being from Guam and relocating to Hawaii in 2012, the crew is excited and is looking forward to the challenges of deployment and sustained underway operations.

For Culinary Specialist Seaman Randon Booth, a first deployment brings much emotion.

“I’m excited. I’m looking forward to learning my rate, I want to get better at what I’m doing, as well as seeing some places I’ve never seen before,” said Booth.

Houston is the fourth United States Navy vessel named in honor of the city of Houston, Texas. She is Los Angeles-class submarine that is 360 feet long and displaces 6,900 tons. She can be fitted with Mk-48 torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/subpac/.
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NNS130716-06. USS Germantown Launches Fleet Survey Team

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Lindahl, Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Norfolk

SHOALWATER BAY, Australia (NNS) — A Fleet Survey Team (FST) from John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., embarked on dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), took to the waters of Shoalwater Bay to conduct hydrographic surveys prior to Germantown’s planned amphibious operations, July 15 – 16.

Hydrographic surveys provide mission critical information about water depth levels and help chart a map of the seafloor to better optimize shore landings during amphibious operations.

“We survey the beach and we find the best possible landing zone for any amphibious assault vehicle,” said Aerographer’s Mate 3rd Class Jacob Tutor. “We give them a safe entry and exit route to the beach.”

While it is more common to fly a survey team ahead of the ship, Commander Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, Germantown’s parent command, prefers to embark an FST on the ship, where they would have more flexibility to perform surveys from the sea.

“Embarking a survey team with us is a highly effective way of getting the information we need without having to actually be in-country prior to our arrival,” said Lt. Dwayne Scott, the ship’s boatswain.

Due to the constant change of waters and topographic features caused by weather conditions, surveys require periodic updates to maintain the most up-to-date information.

“It’s been a while since we’ve surveyed here, so conducting this survey is extremely critical to the safety of our crew and security of our equipment,” said Scott.

The information from the survey will provide data for PHIBRON 11, the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, forward deployed in Okinawa, Japan, and the Australian navy during exercise Talisman Saber 2013 – a comprehensive, complex training evolution that combines the U.S. and Australian maritime and sea-to-shore capabilities, aimed to improve combat readiness and interoperability.

Germantown is on patrol with the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and is currently participating in exercise Talisman Saber 2013 in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

The Bonhomme Richard ARG is commanded by Capt. Cathal O’Connor, commodore, PHIBRON 11 and reports to the Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.

For more news about Amphibious Squadron 11 or USS Germantown (LSD 42), visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/PHIBRON11,
http://www.cpr11.navy.mil, http://www.dvidshub.net/unit/PHIBRON11, http://www.cpf.navy.mil or
http://www.c7f.navy.mil.
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NNS130716-23. NAVSUP WSS and Temple University Partner to Educate Children

By Margaret Kenyon-Ely, NAVSUP Public Affairs

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) — Educationally underrepresented students in four U.S. cities are taking the opportunity starting this month to participate in the first Logistics, Acquisition & Supply System Operations Summer Camps developed via a partnership between the Navy and Temple University.

In 2011, Philadelphia’s Temple University launched the Pennsylvania Math, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) initiative as part of the MESA USA national consortium. Program support came from local Philadelphia agencies in partnership with the Navy. Navy funding for the MESA program began with NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) sponsorship in 2012.

Assuming a leadership role to champion former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead’s STEM-related vision, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Commander and 46th Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich made the commitment that NAVSUP WSS, one of NAVSUP’s field activities, would “own the M” in STEM.

“STEM proficient students are essential to fueling the workforce of tomorrow. Kids who can answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real-world problems are the kids who will become the best and brightest military and industry leaders of tomorrow,” said Heinrich.

“It will be two years ago this August that I cut the ribbon at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in order to mark the new relationship between Temple University and my organization, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support,” stated Rear Adm. John G. King, commander of NAVSUP WSS during remarks at the LASSO Summer Kick Off event at Temple University July 8.

“If you told me then that that ribbon would come to symbolize nationwide academic enrichment funneled into a two-week summer camp for educationally disadvantaged students, I would probably have looked at you in disbelief,” King said, adding that the LASSO Summer Camps are just one of the latest and most exciting of the STEM initiatives that have a proven track record.

Session one of the Summer Camps for the middle and high school students will run from now through July 19 in Baltimore and Philadelphia, and from July 29 through August 9 in Chicago. and Newark, N.J. Philadelphia will also offer a second session from July 22 through August 2.

The first week of the camp focuses on LASSO, a 10-module, 40-hour multi-media course designed to introduce middle and high school students to logistics, acquisition and supply systems. The course is a “vocational exploration” into logistics that emphasizes mathematics using logistics based scenarios that require leadership, teamwork, creative problem solving and applied mathematics. Math content includes algebra, statistics, and functions as well as exercises. There will also be an introduction to information technology and the use of databases to interpret and manage data. LASSO sessions are to be delivered by MESA club directors (teachers), in partnership with Navy officer volunteers from local Navy/NAVSUP commands.

Week two emphasizes “Bootstrap,” which teaches students to program their own videogames in an algebraic programming language, exposing them to key concepts aligned to National Common Core Algebraic Standards. In this workshop students will explore solving word problems as well as functions and variables in addition to actually building a videogame, using pure algebra.

A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is the U.S. Navy’s supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship, and submarine communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. There are more than 2,000 civilian and military personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites. The NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft, while its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and submarines.

For more news from Naval Supply Systems Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/navsup/.
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NNS130716-16. NMETC Reserve Practices ‘Jointness’ with Sister Services in Tennessee

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Bruce Cummins and Larry Coffey, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command Public Affairs

MARTIN, Tenn. (NNS) — Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) Reserve Sailors have been practicing “jointness,” honing their military and medical skills, and providing health care services in west Tennessee since July 8 during one of Navy Medicine’s largest community outreach efforts in the Midwest.

They will be working through July 19 with more than 100 of their Navy Reserve, Air Force, Air National Guard and Army Reserve counterparts from 30-plus states during Hope of Martin 2013, an Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)-sponsored Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) mission designed to train reserve medical personnel and provide assistance to under-serviced communities.

NMETC Reserve Sailors and their sister service counterparts are providing medical, dental, pharmaceutical and ophthalmology services to several thousand Martin and surrounding area residents.

“Navy Medicine professionals are always willing to provide the best care possible,” said Capt. Gail Hathaway, MSC, NMETC commander. “This joint effort with Air National Guard and Army personnel is helping solidify the relationship between our men and women in uniform and those they have chosen to protect. Going into an area with limited medical facilities and providing care helps those on our own soil and helps better prepare our Reserve medical forces fulfill their mission of saving lives on the battlefield. I’ve very happy our NMETC reserve team is involved in what I describe as a true community outreach effort.”

The tri-service medical personnel are providing multiple services, including nursing evaluations, cholesterol screening, blood glucose monitoring and Hemoglobin A1C testing. Dental services include assessments, extractions, fillings and cleanings. Eye exams and spectacle manufacturing are offered, and a pharmacy is dispensing prescriptions once the patient has been seen and assessed by the medical team.

Capt. Michael Radiou, a Navy optometrist, is one of the Navy Medicine professionals serving the local community while training to ensure he’s ready to deploy.

“I’ve done a lot of these missions overseas, and it’s kind of nice to bring it back home,” Radiou said. “This mission is very important, not only to me personally but to the unit. We are operating with the other services.”

Radiou said that since the terrorist attacks of 9-11, military medicine has had to work closely with all the services to successfully complete their lifesaving mission.

“We’re all medical professionals,” Radiou said. “That’s the commonality. But, we really need to know each other’s subcultures. Here we’re working with the Air Guard as well as with the Army Reserves. In the event of another deployment, if we’re operating jointly, we’ll be seamless in our activities.”

NMETC is the sole point of accountability for formal Navy Medicine education and training services, and is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

For more news from Navy Medicine Education and Training Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/nmsc/.
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NNS130716-14. Destroyer Squadron 60 Commander Visits USS Gonzales

By Paul Farley, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

SOUDA BAY, Greece (NNS) — Commander, Destroyer Squadron 60 (DESRON 60), Capt. John Esposito, and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Fleet Master Chief JoAnn Ortloff, visited guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), July 16, while the ship made a scheduled port call to Souda Bay, Greece.

During the visit, Capt. Esposito spoke with Gonzalez leadership, Wardroom and Chiefs’ Mess and met with Sailors on the ship’s forecastle for an all-hands call.

“I am very proud to have had Gonzalez deployed as part of DESRON 60. For the last seven months you have done a superb job and have made a significant impact on the AFRICOM mission,” said Esposito.

Ortloff spoke with the First Class Petty Officers and the Chief Petty Officers and complimented the Norfolk, Va., based crew during the all-hands call.

“You have done a marvelous job representing your Navy and a phenomenal job completing your mission during operations in Africa,” said Ortloff.

Sailors were also commended by the ship’s leadership for the hard work performed on their deployment.

“The crew performed flawlessly during this deployment,” said Cmdr. Christopher H. Inskeep, Gonzalez’s commanding officer. “Anything we asked them to do, they ‘rogered up’ and did it.”

Gonzalez, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Area of Responsibility.

Commander, DESRON 60, headquartered in Naples, Italy, provides commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander, U.S. 6th Fleet with a permanently assigned destroyer squadron, increasing the Fleet’s options when undertaking national and theater level surface operations.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.
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NNS130716-11. Rota Hosts Specialized FDNF Sponsorship Training

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Mikel Bookwalter, Naval Station Rota, Spain Public Affairs Office

ROTA, Spain (NNS) — Naval Station Rota, Spain conducted its first specialized sponsorship training, July 11, for the sponsors of the first ship shifting its homeport to Rota as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) while sponsorship recruitment is ongoing.

More than 100 Naval Station Rota, Spain community members attended the training held in the base chapel that focused on quality of life topics for the inbound FDNF Sailors and families.

Event organizers said FDNF-specific sponsorship training was necessary to prepare sponsors to overcome the additional permanent change of station (PCS) challenges presented because the ships, Sailors and families are shifting homeports and homes simultaneously.

“The FDNF situation is different, because the sponsor is going to travel via their command, the ship, but the family will be traveling separately,” said John Hughes, NAVSTA Rota, Spain relocation assistance program manager. “If we do not get this right, it has the potential of reducing operational readiness for the ship. It could also cost the Sailor and family lots of unneeded stress, time and money, that they do not have or need.”

The FDNF-tailored sponsorship training was built off of NAVSTA Rota’s normal sponsorship training, but addressed FDNF-specific differences, like more limited on-base housing, and general in-processing procedures as some of the family members will be checking in without the sponsor Sailor due to the ships’ operational schedule.

Chief Hospital Corpsman Justin Pearce said being a sponsor offers rewards beyond helping inbound Sailors and families.

“It’s an awesome opportunity to get more information about the base that you’re on and also experience, again with new eyes before your sponsoree arrives, the experience of being here in Rota and in Spain, so that you can show them all the things that you first saw new and experienced,” said Pearce. “Being able to change the potential experience they could have, from one of difficulty and disgust at the challenges faced, to one of optimism and opportunity about the amazing things they can see here in a foreign country.”

“For the overall morale of the Sailor and their family, this program puts to rest any apprehension that might have been lingering without an answer,” said Barbie Peters, FDNF sponsorship trainer and school liaison officer. “It also lessens the run-around process when getting things done because they have a sponsor who has been provided streamlined guidance on how to accomplish all the necessary tasks prior to the Sailor or family arriving.”

Naval Station Rota’s primary FDNF sponsorship goal is to match each Sailor and family from the first ship to make the homeport shift to Rota, guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), to a Team Rota member, and family if appropriate, here in Rota.

“It’s a chance to give back, especially if you’ve had good sponsors in the past. It’s also a chance to reach out and meet new people, and just do something good for someone else,” said Senior Chief Utilitiesman Sean Stewart. “Everyone in the Navy, especially here in Rota, we’re a big happy family, and that’s how we have to treat each other.”

Naval Station Rota, Spain is strategically located just north of the Strait of Gibraltar and is at the halfway point between the United States and Southwest Asia. Situated upon a Spanish navy base, Naval Station Rota provides support for U.S. and NATO ships, supports the safe and efficient movement of U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force flights and passengers and provides cargo, fuel, and ammunition to units in the region.

For more news from Naval Station Rota, Spain, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/rota/.
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NNS130716-26. USS Hartford Receives Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/EXW) Jason J. Perry, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) — The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) received the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London, July 16, for being Atlantic Fleet’s most improved Navy vessel in 2012.

The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy is awarded annually to the most-improved ships or aviation squadrons in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. The Hartford crew was presented a brass plaque that will be mounted on a bulkhead inside the sub.

“Everyone worked their tails off, but looking back and seeing how far we have come is really impressive,” said Machinist’s Mate (Weapons) 2nd Class Aidan Walsh. “We started at a point where we knew what needed to be done to get the ship ready for missions.”

Hartford returned to Groton in November following a deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command commended the crew for its dedication.

“You all are the recipient of this terrific, highly prestigious award,” said Gortney.

He said to Hartford Commanding Officer Cmdr. Steve Wilkinson, “You earned it, your Chief’s Mess earned it, and your Sailors earned it for doing what you do during the workup cycle and your phenomenal last deployment. Congratulations on a job really well done.”

Hartford crew members are proud that they earned the newly awarded distinction through teamwork.

“When I checked aboard I could really sense the potential in our crew,” said Machinist’s Mate (Auxiliary) 2nd Class (SS) Mitch Williams. “We came together as a team in order to get the job done and I think we are better for it.”

Hartford families are part of the team as well, a point Gortney acknowledged.

“Would this have happened without your families? No way,” said Gortney. “You all are the away team, but you’re only successful because of the home team. We want to thank the home team who allow this to happen.”

Following the ceremony, Sailors and their families enjoyed a command picnic at North Lake recreational area.

USS Hartford was commissioned Dec. 10, 1994 and is the second U.S. naval vessel named in honor of Connecticut’s capital city.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Commander Submarine Group 2, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/Subgru2/.
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NNS130716-07. USS Monterey Sailors Volunteer at Women’s Shelter

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — Sailors from guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) volunteered at the Philippine Embassy Women’s Shelter during a port visit to Manama, Bahrain, July 6.

More than half a dozen crewmembers visited, prepared food and socialized with women at the shelter.

“This was an opportunity for USS Monterey Sailors to interact with the local community,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Shaun Tiffany, the ship’s community service coordinator. “It showed the support that we, the United States Navy, are willing and interested in providing.”
Both before and during the visit, Sailors spent several hours preparing food for the shelter’s residents.

“We prepared all the basic ingredients the day before,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Nelsita Celestin. “All the food was made from scratch. I enjoyed cooking for them, and most importantly, I wanted to give them a little taste of America.”

After the meal, Sailors had a chance to talk and exchange information about their respective cultures with the Filipino women. The three-hour visit concluded with a gift exchange and group photos.

“Today, I learned something new about the Philippine culture,” said Celestin. “I felt joy when I saw the smiles on their faces. This was a good opportunity for me to serve the community.”

Monterey is deployed with Carrier Strike Group 11 in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

For more news from USS Nimitz (CVN 68), visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cvn68/.

NNS130717-04. Current All Hands Update

From Defense Media Activity – Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) — All Hands Update features four newscasts today – one two-minute newscast and three one-minute newscast.

Two-minute newscast-
– Mobile Communications Satellite Scheduled to Launch July 19
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18656

First One-minute newscast-
– Headlines for Tuesday, July 16, 2013: Retired Vice Admiral Eugene Wilkinson Dies; 9-Digit Zip Codes Mandatory for FPOs
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18657

Second one-minute newscast-
– Navy Lays Vietnam Veteran to Rest
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18658

Third one-minute newscast-
– Sailors Mentor at Boy Scouts Jamboree
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18659

Defense Media Activity – Navy usually produces four All Hands Update (AHU)newscasts each day – one two-minute newscast and three one-minute newscasts. AHU can be seen throughout the day and evening on the Direct-to-Sailor (DTS)satellite television service available aboard 160 ships of the fleet and via the Navy Web site at http://www.navy.mil. Check your local DTS program schedule for air times. AHU can also be seen throughout the world on the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).

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NNS020715-15. This Day in Naval History – July 17

From the Navy News Service

1812 – USS Constitution escapes from British squadron after 3 day chase off New Jersey
1858 – U.S. sloop Niagara departs Queenstown, Ireland, to assist in laying first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.
1898 – Santiago, Cuba surrenders to U.S. Naval forces.
1927 – First organized dive bombing attack in combat by Marine Corps pilots against Nicaraguan bandits who were surrounding U.S. Marine garrison at Ocotal, Nicaraguan.
1944 – Ammunition explosion at Naval Magazine, Port Chicago, Calif.
1975 – Docking in space of the U.S. Apollo (Apollo 18) and Soviet Soyuz (Soyuz 19) space craft. This was the first manned space flight conducted jointly by the 2 nations. Former naval aviator Vance D. Brand was the Apollo Command Module Pilot. The Apollo craft was in space for 9 days and 7.5 hours. Recovery was by USS New Orleans (LPH-11).
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Navy News Service is the official news wire service of the U.S. Navy, containing stories recently posted to the Navy Web site at http://www.navy.mil. It is a product of the Defense Media Navy – 6700 Taylor Rd., Fort Meade, MD 20755. Reprints should be credited to the Navy News Service (NNS).

For the latest in Navy news from around the fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil.

For all Navy-related questions, review the FAQs posted at http://www.navy.mil or visit http://www.history.navy.mil.

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