This week in U.S. Navy History:
On May 17, 1973, Capt. Robin Lindsay Catherine Quigley became the first woman to hold a major Navy command when she assumed command of U.S. Navy Service School in San Diego, California.
US, French Navy Complete Historic 'Chesapeake 2018' Combined Exercise — As the Rafale Marine launched into the distant skyline becoming the last French aircraft to depart from aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Sailors on the deck celebrated a successful training operation and a job well done, concluding the historic combined exercise Chesapeake 2018. Chesapeake 2018 began in April at Naval Air Station Oceana and continued at sea, resulting in a full integration of the French navy air wing into a single, unified carrier air wing. The at-sea portion of the training lasted from May 7-18 and included the French Carrier Air Wing, Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW) 8, and embarked staff from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2.
US Pacific Fleet Conducts Change of Command — Adm. John C. Aquilino relieved Adm. Scott Swift as commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 17. During his remarks, Swift reflected on his time in the Navy and thanked the Sailors and civilians at Pacific Fleet for their hard work at the command.
Navy Recruiters Worldwide Receive Top Recognition — The top Navy recruiters of 2017 were recognized for Navy Recruiting Command's (NRC) Recruiter of the Year (ROY) ceremony held at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C., May 17. Selection for this award is a testament to all the Sailors for their talent acquisition expertise and positive impact in their local communities.
CNO, Chief of French Navy Visit GHWB at Sea — The U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, and the Chief of French navy Adm. Christophe Prazuck visited the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Atlantic Ocean, May 14. While aboard, Richardson and Prazuck, toured the ship and spoke with crew members from both the U.S. Navy and crew members from the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (R-91) about interoperability and relations between both navies.
Large-Scale Exercise Tests Norfolk Naval Shipyard's Ability to Prepare for, Respond to Major Hurricane — Could a Category IV hurricane hit Hampton Roads? That was the question posed by Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale (HURREX) 2018, April 24-May 11. This exercise tested the abilities of local Navy commands — including Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) — to adequately prepare for and respond to a major hurricane.
Why Doesn't the Navy Have Battle Cruisers? — If the battle cruiser has all the best elements of a battleship and a cruiser, why doesn't the Navy have a fleet of them? James Harrison, division director for the Expeditionary Warfare Ships Division at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 05D3), set out to explain why some ships just didn't make it in to the Navy fleet during his May 9th history presentation at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Maryland.
NPS Physics Professor's Patent Could Have Significant Applications in Treatment of Cancer — A Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) applied physics associate professor has just been awarded a patent that could potentially revolutionize the treatment of cancer. Dr. Emil Kartalov received the patent, March 20, for work he did at the University of Southern California (USC) to use a biochemical method — microfluidics — to mark the DNA of mutated cancer cells.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during May 14-18, 2018. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.