This week in U.S. Navy History:
On Aug. 21, 1883, the installation of the first electric lighting on board a U.S. Navy ship was completed on board USS Trenton.
Women’s Equality Day: Honoring the women who fought for their right to vote — The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women's suffrage, and was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest.
U.S. 2nd Fleet Releases New Crest and Motto — Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) revealed a new crest and motto, designed to represent the fleet’s new mission, Aug. 22, prior to the establishment ceremony on Aug. 24 in Norfolk, Virginia. The symbolism is rich and reflective of the purpose of C2F. The logo’s centerpiece is a shield divided into two points. The top of the shield, the chief, is blue and signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice, while the bottom of the shield, the base, is divided into red and white pales. The red signifies military strength and courage, while white signifies integrity and peace.
Navy Establishes U.S. 2nd Fleet, Vice Adm. Lewis Assumes Command — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson presided over a ceremony establishing U.S. 2nd Fleet and naming Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis as the commander during a ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Aug. 24, at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
Lethal, Capable, Ready: CNO visits Surface Community's Warfighting Development Center — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visited Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) onboard Naval Base San Diego, August 22. During his visit, Richardson received an update on the command’s development along its four lines of operation since its stand up in 2015; advanced tactical training, doctrine and TTP development, operational support, and requirements, analysis, and experimentation. The briefing also included a discussion about what SMWDC is bringing to the high-end fight in collaboration with the other WDCs, and the larger Navy Enterprise.
Naval Oceanography Partnering with NUWC in ANTX 18 — The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) is continuing to advance its unmanned underwater systems operational expertise during the annual Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Advanced Naval Technical Exercise (ANTX) this month. Newport, Rhode Island-based NUWC, which sponsors an annual event in Newport, is partnering with NMOC this year on the Mississippi Coast to do operational testing of promising new unmanned underwater and surface technologies in a series of events designed around actual operational scenarios. NUWC invites representatives of academia, industry and the military to Newport to observe new unmanned underwater vehicle technology – hardware, vehicles and software.
NMRC Researchers Seek Ways to Improve the Safety, Comfort and Survivability of the Warfighter — Researchers from Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) presented their work: Enhancing Human Performance & Survivability in Extreme Environments during a breakout session at the Military Health System Research Symposium Aug. 21. Led by Dr. Aaron Hall, research physiologist, Undersea Medicine Department, a team of scientists in discussed their work to improve the safety, comfort and survivability of the warfighter.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during the week of Aug. 20-24, 2018. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.