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CHIPS Articles: U.S. Navy History and Week in Review

U.S. Navy History and Week in Review
News you may have missed in America’s Navy this past week
By Navy News Service - August 31, 2018
In Memoriam: Sen. John McCain

U.S. Navy Statements on Passing of Sen. John McCain — Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and the commanding officer of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), Cmdr. Micah Murphy, released statements Aug. 25 on the death of Senator and Navy veteran John S. McCain III who died Aug. 25 at age 81.

This week in U.S. Navy History:

On Aug. 30, 1923, USS Colorado (BB 45) was commissioned. Notable during her pre-World War II service, she helped in the search for missing aviator, Amelia Earhart, in 1937.

On Aug. 31, 1962, the last flight of a Navy airship was made at Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Navy awards Boeing $805.3 million contract to design, build MQ-25A Stingray — The Navy awarded a contract to The Boeing Co. Aug. 30 for the MQ-25A Stingray, the first operational carrier-based unmanned refueling aircraft. This fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract with a ceiling price of $805.3 million provides for the design, development, fabrication, test, delivery, and support of four MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles, including integration into the carrier air wing for an initial operational capability by 2024.

CNO Selects Fleet Master Chief Smith as 15th MCPON — Following a comprehensive review of potential candidates, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson selected Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith to be the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Aug. 29.

Information Warfare Training Command Monterey Hosts Women's Equal Opportunity Observance — Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Monterey hosted a women’s equality equal opportunity (EO) observance at the Presidio of Monterey, California, Aug. 23. The base-wide event, organized by Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Wesley Fuller, differed from the typical EO observance, which usually centers on a guest speaker. Each person entering the event received a number between 1 and 12, which corresponded to an interactive learning station.

Naval Test Pilot School's Newest Flying Classroom Takes First Flight — The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) conducted its first flight of Airborne Systems Training and Research Support (ASTARS) III, Tuesday, Aug. 21. The first flight objective validated the aircraft’s Naval subsystems ahead of its addition to the USNTPS’ class 155 syllabus which began last month. Class 155 will be the first class leveraging ASTARS III for all systems flight test events. ASTARS III, the third generation of flying classroom supporting the USNTPS curriculum, is a custom tailored C-26A Metroliner equipped with military equipment and subsystems. A custom tailored simulation lab was also built in conjunction with the aircraft to have matching crew stations. ASTARS allows students to familiarize themselves with the aircraft and its systems in a simulation lab before flying airborne for the first time increasing the efficiency of flight time spent with instructors in the air.

USS Abner Read: Team Uncovers a Legacy of Perseverance and Valor — On August 18, 1943, USS Abner Read (DD 526) was on patrol off Kiska Island, Alaska. Although the Japanese had already evacuated Kiska, they left behind sea mines. Abner Read struck one such mine in the dead of night, and the force of the explosion blew the stern off the ship. The stern quickly sank, taking the lives of 71 of her crew and leaving another 47 wounded. Despite the surprise, shock, and loss of so many of their shipmates, the surviving crewmen of Abner Read displayed extraordinary valor and determination in saving their ship from the catastrophic damage that by all rights should have sunk their entire ship.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during the week of Aug. 25-31, 2018. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.

CAM RANH, Vietnam (June 2, 2017) Sen. John S. McCain III is piped aboard during a visit to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in Cam Ranh, Vietnam. McCain is a senator from Arizona and former Vietnam War POW. The ship is named after his his father and grandfather, both former Navy Admirals. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen.
CAM RANH, Vietnam (June 2, 2017) Sen. John S. McCain III is piped aboard during a visit to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in Cam Ranh, Vietnam. McCain is a senator from Arizona and former Vietnam War POW. The ship is named after his his father and grandfather, both former Navy Admirals. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen.

USS Abner Read (DD 526). Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa April 1943, showing the ship as first completed. This image was retouched by wartime censors to eliminate radar antennas atop the foremast and Mark 37 gun director. It was also published reversed, so the bow points right instead of left. U.S. Navy photo from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
USS Abner Read (DD 526). Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa April 1943, showing the ship as first completed. This image was retouched by wartime censors to eliminate radar antennas atop the foremast and Mark 37 gun director. It was also published reversed, so the bow points right instead of left. U.S. Navy photo from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

MONTEREY, Calif. (August 23, 2018) Seaman Kloie Hiemstra, a student assigned to Information Warfare Training Command Monterey, delivers a 3-minute monologue about Master Chief Yeoman Anna Der-Vartanian, the first female E-9 in the military. Hiemstra, along with 11 other Sailors, volunteered to role play as important women from history at interactive learning stations during a womens equality equal opportunity observance at the Presidio of Monterey. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Jill Patterson.
MONTEREY, Calif. (August 23, 2018) Seaman Kloie Hiemstra, a student assigned to Information Warfare Training Command Monterey, delivers a 3-minute monologue about Master Chief Yeoman Anna Der-Vartanian, the first female E-9 in the military. Hiemstra, along with 11 other Sailors, volunteered to role play as important women from history at interactive learning stations during a womens equality equal opportunity observance at the Presidio of Monterey. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Jill Patterson.

The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School conducts a preflight check ahead of its first flight testing the airframe, avionics and mission system to verify the aircraft and its subsystems are safe for flight operations at the United States Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Md. on August 21. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School conducts a preflight check ahead of its first flight testing the airframe, avionics and mission system to verify the aircraft and its subsystems are safe for flight operations at the United States Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Md. on August 21. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
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