This week in U.S. Navy History:
On Feb. 6, 1800, USS Essex became the first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the Equator.
CORs are Due for Everyone March 1st – Have You Started Writing Yours? — Command Operations Reports (CORs) are among the most important records commands create. These reports have many different types of information and can be used to help a variety of people. Submitting them to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) with the right information means they can be used by Sailors, their families, and national and international scholars to understand and improve our Navy. Good news: NHHC is making the experience more user-friendly. An update to the instruction is in its final approval stages and will be available soon.
Breaking Barriers, Part 1: The Raye Montague Story — The first part of the story of the incredible Raye Montague, the Navy's first female program manager of ships and highest ranking African-American woman in her department, as featured in All Hands Magazine.
NAVSEA to Offer Navy Civilian Job Opportunities at BEYA STEM Conference — Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals will gather for the 32nd annual 2018 Black Engineer Stem Conference Feb. 8-10, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Featured during the conference is a career fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10. Navy Civilian Careers staff in booth #201 will include representatives from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC); and Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP).
Surface Warfare Tactics Instructor Selected for Prestigious Award — Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) Lt. Andrew Blanco was honored with the Prestigious Copernicus Award Feb. 6, at AFCEA West 2018. The name for the award came from the Copernicus Architecture used as the blueprint for the future C4I structure of the Navy. The award is presented annually to Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and civilians who excel in command, control, communications and computers and information technology jobs.
CNO to San Diego Surface Force - "Earn it Everyday" — During a visit to Southern California, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson held an all-hands call with Surface Warfare Sailors at Naval Base San Diego, Feb. 7, to discuss today's security environment and what the Navy needs to do to remain the preeminent maritime force. The CNO gathered with approximately 1,000 Sailors for over an hour where he answered more than 25 questions and asked for feedback on the changes being made to the surface Navy.
Navy Community Service Environmental Stewardship Flagship Award Winners Announced — On Feb. 5, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4), announced the winners and honorable mentions in the 2017 Navy Community Service Environmental Stewardship Flagship Awards. The awards program highlights commands and ships that exhibit strong commitment to environmental stewardship via volunteer service projects.
Fire Pilots: Abraham Lincoln's Flying Squad — Abraham Lincoln's flying squad is the ship's first response to any emergency at sea. They have roughly 40 members that are qualified and trained to react accordingly to casualties such as fires, floods, toxic gas, structural damage and hazardous material (HAZMAT) spills.
Future USS Michael Monsoor Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials — The Navy's next generation destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), successfully completed acceptance trials on Feb. 1. The U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations both pier side and underway, evaluating the ship's construction and compliance with Navy specifications. Many of the ship's onboard systems including navigation, damage control, mechanical, electrical, combat, communications, and propulsion systems were tested to validate performance met or exceeded Navy specifications.
NNSY's Technology and Innovation Lab Leverages Tools and Ideas to Improve Shipyard Production and Safety — Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) employees clad in exoskeletons laboring in the drydock. Workers surveying an augmented reality 3-D model in advance of a shipcheck. Shipyarders using laser ablators that can zap rust from a bulkhead in a matter of seconds. These are all examples of the vision of a vital future at the shipyard, and they are in the process of becoming a reality thanks to the Technology and Innovation Lab. The lab provides a multipurpose area that can be used for brainstorming between innovation leads and testing employee ideas. These ideas can range from increasing production to improving safety.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Feb. 5-9, 2018. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.