USS Boxer Receives Retention Excellence Award for Second Time

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Boxer For a second consecutive year, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) was named winner of the Retention Excellence Award for outstanding Sailor retention for 2012.The Retention Excellence Award, also known as “Golden Anchor Award,” is awarded annually to commands that meet or exceed the retention criteria set forth by the Chief of Naval Operations. Commands must also score a minimum of 85 on their annual command career information program review to qualify for the award. “The award is a significant accomplishment for the crew and validates the commitment our leaders have to the Sailors onboard,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW/AW) Derek Reynolds from Boxer’s career counselor office. Chief Navy Counselor (AW/SW) Jayne Epaloose, Boxer’s command career counselor, agreed that the award represents a total shipboard effort to have more Boxer Sailors stay Navy. “This award means Boxer leadership cares about its Sailors,” said Epaloose.As a trophy for winning the award, the command will be allowed to keep the ship’s anchors painted gold for another year. “Our anchors are gold and that tells the fleet what Boxer is all about,” added Epaloose.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 11, 2013 View post tag: Second View post tag: Naval View post tag: receives February 11, 2013 View post tag: Excellence Training & Education View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Boxer Receives Retention Excellence Award for Second Time View post tag: award View post tag: Retention View post tag: time Share this article View post tag: USS USS Boxer Receives Retention Excellence Award for Second Timelast_img read more

HMAS Childers Recovers Survivors from Water

first_img March 22, 2013 View post tag: from View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Childers Recovers Survivors from Water HMAS Childers and the crew of Ardent Six (Lieutenant Commander Chris Brough) have been instrumental in recovering 77 survivors from wreckage 60 nautical miles north of Ashmore Island.Responding to a request from the Rescue Coordination Centre Australia via Joint Task Force (JTF) 639, the Armidale Class Patrol Boat recovered all survivors from the broken up vessel in little more than an hour after arriving on scene on 13 March.Commander Northern Command and Deputy Commander, JTF639, Air Commodore Ken Watson said it was a remarkable effort by the patrol boat crew.“The speed and efficiency in which Childers and her crew operated was impressive to say the least and they should feel justifiably proud of their efforts,” he said.“It’s indicative of the hard work and professionalism demonstrated by all patrol boat crews in the conduct of maritime border security operations.”At approximately 3pm AEDT on Wednesday, 13 March 2013, a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 aircraft was conducting routine air surveillance in the area when it sighted what appeared to be a broken up vessel with a number of people adrift in the vicinity.The Rescue Coordination Centre Australia tasked HMAS Childers to provide assistance, and three aircraft and three merchant vessels were also diverted to the scene to assist.A short time later, the crew of HMAS Childers reported to have recovered 77 people from the water.An Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Dornier aircraft continued to conduct an aerial search and confirmed no other people were in the water.Following interviews with survivors, the crew of HMAS Childers were assured all persons had been recovered from the water.Headquarters Northern Command is home to JTF639 and is responsible for coordinating the ADF contribution to Australia’s whole of government maritime border security operation, Operation RESOLUTE. HMAS Childers is home ported at patrol boat base HMAS Cairns.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 22, 2013; Image: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Survivors HMAS Childers Recovers Survivors from Water View post tag: Childerscenter_img View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Recovers View post tag: Naval View post tag: water Share this articlelast_img read more

UK: Royal Navy, Army and RAF on Parade at HMS Raleigh

first_img View post tag: Defence UK: Royal Navy, Army and RAF on Parade at HMS Raleigh View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Army October 22, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy, Army and RAF on Parade at HMS Raleigh Training & Education View post tag: Royal All four elements of the UK’s Armed Forces were represented at HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, for a passing-out-parade held to congratulate the latest group of recruits to complete basic training.While the vast majority of those on parade were wearing the dark blue of the Royal Navy, the VIP inspecting officer for the day and guest of honour was Group Captain Simon Harper, Station Commander at RAF Halton.Taking central spot on the parade ground to provide the musical accompaniment was the Band of the Prince of Wales Division, an Army band based at Lucknow Barracks, who were under the direction of Warrant Officer 1 Claire Milgate.They were deputising for the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth who were fulfilling engagements down under for the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy.As ever HMS Raleigh’s Parade Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer 2 Laird Webster kept a watchful eye over the parade as the representative of the Royal Marines, who are an integral part of the Naval Service.Captain Bob Fancy, the Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh, said:“We often have VIP inspecting officers from other areas of the Armed Forces accept the invitation to join us for the passing-out-parade, but it is somewhat unusual to have all elements of the military on parade here at any one time.“It’s great for the recruits to see as increasingly the Royal Navy work alongside the other services during various operations around the world.”[mappress]Press Release, October 22, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS View post tag: Parade View post tag: Navy View post tag: Raleigh Share this article View post tag: RAFlast_img read more

USS Mesa Verde Completes INSURV

first_img View post tag: INSURV View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Mesa Verde Completes INSURV View post tag: Verde View post tag: completes January 21, 2014 The INSURV was established 130 years ago to inspect US Navy’s ships and to report on their readiness. The ship’s inspection comes after the ship completed both ARGMUEX and COMPUTEX exercises and is getting ready for the upcoming deployment as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).She also assisted in recovery of the US Navy’s MH-53E helicopter that crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. on 8 January.Crewmembers of USS Mesa Verde have been preparing for the ship’s deployment for a few months. The preparation included extensive and exhaustive checks, equipment testing and cleaning.USS Mesa Verde is the third San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the US Navy, designed to deliver a fully equipped battalion of up to 800 marines.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 21, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Mesa Industry news View post tag: USS USS Mesa Verde Completes INSURV USS MESA VERDE (LPD-19)USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) returned to Norfolk, V.A on 17 January 2014, having finished her brief underway within the ship’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Share this articlelast_img read more

NROTC Midshipmen Train aboard USS Anchorage

first_img August 6, 2014 View post tag: USS Anchorage View post tag: News by topic NROTC Midshipmen Train aboard USS Anchorage Eight Navy Reserves Officer Training Corps (NROTC) midshipmen joined the crew of amphibious platform dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) to learn and to experience firsthand shipboard life July 16 – Aug. 14. Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today NROTC Midshipmen Train aboard USS Anchorage View post tag: NROTC View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas View post tag: Midshipmen Share this article View post tag: train The annual summer training program is held between academic school years and is applicable to both NROTC and U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) midshipmen. The program is designed to get the midshipmen experienced with day-to-day experiences and operations aboard Navy ships.From the ending of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) to the second underway recovery test (URT-2) for the NASA Orion Program, the midshipmen were actively engaged as they sailed with Anchorage on the Pacific Ocean.Each midshipman is paired up with a crew member, called a running mate, to work with them and teach them how to assimilate smoothly into ship life.Anchorage was built at the Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding site in Avondale, Louisiana, and is the seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. Delivered to the Navy on Sept. 17, 2012, the ship was commissioned on May 4, 2013, in the namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska.[mappress]Press Release, August 06, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navallast_img read more

METOC Officers Tour USS America in Chile

first_img Authorities View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today METOC Officers Tour USS America in Chile View post tag: Officers Share this article October 8, 2014 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: metoc View post tag: Chile View post tag: Tour Follow @navaltoday The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) hosted five meteorology and oceanography (METOC) officers while in port Valparaiso, Chile, Aug. 26. METOC Officers Tour USS America in Chile View post tag: Navy The five METOC officers, all from various navies across the globe, are currently attending the Category A Hydrography program at the Servicio Hidrografico Oceanografico de la Armada de Chile.The navies represented during the visit included Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and the United States.America’s METOC officer, Lt. Kyle Franklin, gave the students a tour of the ship and explained the ship’s METOC equipment and capabilities.According to Franklin, hydrographers contribute to anti-submarine warfare, mine warfare, Naval special warfare, safe navigation and fleet operations. For the amphibious fleet, the support provided by hydrographers is essential.America completed her maiden transit “America Visits the Americas” through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility on Sep. 15. America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships.[mappress]Press Release, October 08, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS America View post tag: Navallast_img read more

HMAS Diamantina Trains Timor Naval Officers

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Diamantina Trains Timor Naval Officers Share this article View post tag: Navy HMAS Diamantina Trains Timor Naval Officers View post tag: Timor View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: HMAS Diamantinacenter_img April 13, 2015 Authorities Australian Navy’s HMAS Diamantina recently had a successful six day port visit to Dili, East Timor, to provide training to the local Naval component.Two Falantil-Forcas Defensa Timor Leste officers, Sub Lieutenants Santos and Nascimento, embarked on a two day sea ride for the transit back to Darwin where Diamantina resumed her duties in support of Operation RESOLUTE.The aim of the sea-ride was to give the two officers exposure to the command and control of a warship at sea and on operations, exposing them to multiple exercises including man overboard and damage control exercises, launching and recovering ship’s boats and engineering casualty control drills.The visitors also experienced the day-to-day and around the clock operations of a Navy vessel undertaking Border Protection duties.Both officers relished the opportunity to observe all operations from different positions in the ship.Both officers have completed their initial training with either the Royal Australian Navy or Royal New Zealand Navy and progressed on those exchanges to their phase three Maritime Warfare Officer training.Since returning to Timor, they have passed on that valuable experience to their counterparts.[mappress mapid=”15643″]Image: Australian DoD View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Russian deep-water search and rescue vessel joins fleet

first_img View post tag: Bester-1 View post tag: Russian Navy The Russian Navy has put their newest deep-water search and rescue vehicle Bester-1 into the service of their Pacific Fleet.The vehicle completed state trials in November 2015 and is now waiting for the search and rescue ship Igor Belousov to arrive at the Pacific Fleet base in Vladivostok, Russia.Until it embarks on Igor Belousov, Bester-1 will be performing tasks onboard Alagez, a submarine search and rescue vehicle, and other vessels of the fleet.According to the Russian Navy, Bester-1 deep can be submerged to a depth of 700 meters and is fitted with newest automated control systems.The crew of the rescue ship Igor Belousov will make the transition to Vladivostok later this year after passing ashore and at-sea trials.[mappress mapid=”17655″] View post tag: Igor Belousov Authorities Russian deep-water search and rescue vessel joins fleet February 1, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian deep-water search and rescue vessel joins fleet Share this articlelast_img read more

NATO ASW drill Dynamic Manta kicks off in Italy

first_img View post tag: Dynamic Manta NATO’s major Mediterranean Sea anti-submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Manta is getting underway at the Italian port of Catania on Monday, March 5.The two-week drill will take place in the Ionian Sea and will be joined by navies from 10 allied countries.Dynamic Manta is an annual NATO exercise in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at providing complex and challenging scenarios for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills development.Last year’s edition of the exercise saw the participation of nine submarines, 10 surface ships and nine maritime patrol aircraft.Submarines so far confirmed to be taking part in Dynamic Manta 2018 include Royal Canadian Navy submarine HMCS Windsor, Hellenic Navy submarine HS Matrozos, Turkish submarine TCG Preveze and Spanish Navy’s ESPS Mistral.According to a NATO infographic, the exercise will host ten nations, six submarines and nine surface ships for the evolutions. Authorities March 5, 2018 Share this article View post tag: NATO NATO ASW drill Dynamic Manta kicks off in Italy Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO ASW drill Dynamic Manta kicks off in Italy View post tag: ASWlast_img read more

US Navy sorties Hawaii-based ships ahead of Hurricane Lane

first_img View post tag: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham US Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii are getting underway from Pearl Harbor as Hurricane Lane travels toward the Hawaiian Islands.This was announced by Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, who said that ships and submarines not currently undergoing maintenance availabilities have begun to sortie and will be positioned to help respond after the storm, if needed.“Based on the current track of the storm, we made the decision to begin to sortie the Pearl Harbor-based ships,” Fort said. “This allows the ships enough time to transit safely out of the path of the storm.”Units will remain at sea until the threat from the storm subsides and Hawaii-based Navy aircraft will be secured in hangars or flown to other airfields to avoid the effects of the hurricane.The Navy orders a sortie during potentially extreme weather conditions to reduce the risk of significant damage to ships and piers during high winds and seas. Some ships will not get underway, due to various maintenance availabilities, and are taking extra precautions to avoid potential damage. Commanding officers have a number of options when staying in port, depending on the severity of the weather. Some of these options include adding additional mooring and storm lines, dropping the anchor, and disconnecting shore power cables. View post tag: US Navy Photo: Illustration. Photo: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more