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

U.S. Navy History and Week in Review
10 events you may have missed this week in the Navy
By Navy News Service - April 25, 2014
50 Years Later the C-2A Greyhound is Still Completing the Navy's Mission — Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 celebrates 50 years of utilizing the C-2A Greyhound, marking a huge milestone for this aircraft platform. VRC-30 transports mail, personnel, aviation and shipboard parts to aircraft carriers throughout the Pacific Fleet, contributing to mission completion.

The City of Norfolk Recognizes Naval Special Warfare. The city of Norfolk honored SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) and SWCC (Special Warfare Combatant Craft) personnel attached to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) who have made the ultimate sacrifice with a memorial plaque dedication, April 23. The plaque is located in the Wisconsin Square, a memorial park in the shadow of the decommissioned U.S.S. Wisconsin (BB 64). The park contains plaques commemorating Navy ships and other commands who have suffered an event that resulted in a significant loss of life since World War II.

A Navy Patent First: Award-winning Automation Goes Commercial — The Navy announced April 24 its award-winning Metrology Bench Top (METBENCH) automation system that helps Sailors perform some 10,000 calibrations each year has been licensed to industry for the first time, marking the Navy's first cross-licensing patent agreement of its type. The historic patent licensing agreement creates a unique, two-way sharing arrangement to bring more capability to the warfighter and allows improvements driven by the system's commercialization to be incorporated by the Navy calibration system for no additional fee(s).

Virginia International Tattoo Kicks off in Norfolk — U.S. Fleet Forces Band, along with other U.S. service members and seven countries are slated to participate in the matinee performance of the 18th annual Virginia International Tattoo at the Norfolk Scope Arena, scheduled for April 24-27. This is the biggest event of the year for the Fleet Forces Band and they have been participating since 1997, the start of the Virginia Arts Festival. The annual performance exhibits military bands and performers from around the world. The focus of the 2014 Virginia International Tattoo is to recognize and honor our Vietnam veterans and their families.

Full Power: Alternative Energy Partnerships Flourish in Asia — As President Barack Obama begins a trip to Asia to coordinate with allies and reconfirm America's strategic pivot to the Pacific, officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) emphasized April 22 the Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP) as an example of strong and growing ties between the United States and its allies in the region. The APTEP program, centered in Hawaii with partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region, supports the development of alternative energy technologies. It takes a three-pronged approach, supporting cutting-edge energy research; educating students and teachers in energy-related fields; and supporting businesses trying to bring alternative energy products to the marketplace.

US 7th Fleet Weather Specialists Contribute to Pacific Humanitarian Assistance Efforts — U.S. 7th Fleet weather specialists, called aerographer's mates (AG), are providing critical support to 7th Fleet's MH370 search and rescue operations March and April 2014. "Our initial mission was to ensure that Seventh Fleet understood the weather conditions that would occur during the search," said Cmdr. Thomas Moneymaker, U.S. 7th Fleet oceanographer. "During the operation we provided search and rescue ships with oceanic models of where the plane could have possibly crashed and debris drifted."

The aerographer's mates also provided meteorological support, to include reporting hazardous weather states and cloud cover, to the P-3c Orion and P-8a Poseidon squadrons deployed from Command Task Force 72. The mission of AGs is to collect, record and analyze oceanographic information throughout the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. U.S. 7th Fleet AGs are essential to mission readiness because they enable U.S. Navy ships operating in the region to plan for potential weather hazards before every operation.

President Awards Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to Naval Academy — The U.S. Naval Academy football team visited the White House today to receive the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy from President Barack Obama. The annual trophy goes to the team that wins the most games in head-to-head football competition among the Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The president noted that the Naval Academy team has some experience in this regard - it's the ninth time Navy has won the trophy in the last 11 years.

Saving Lives through Vaccination— National Infant Immunization Week is April 26 - May 3. This annual observance promotes the importance of protecting infants and toddlers from vaccine-preventable diseases. Myths and misinformation about vaccine safety often confuse parents. The bottom line: vaccines save lives. By law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration conducts years of testing before a vaccine is licensed, and once licensed the vaccine is continually monitored for safety and effectiveness. Vaccines can protect infants and children from 14 diseases. And thanks to vaccines, some diseases are almost gone in the U.S. The elimination of polio and smallpox in the U.S. are powerful examples of why we vaccinate.

Navy Earth Day 2014 Tour — Navy commands across the globe celebrated Earth Day April 22 and will continue throughout the month of April by participating in local activities that showcase their ongoing commitment to the environment as they support the Navy’s national security mission. Earth Day, which was first celebrated in April of 1970, began as a grassroots movement that raised public awareness of the fragility of natural ecosystems and encouraged people to make individual commitments to protect the planet. The Navy’s 2014 theme for Earth Day, “Global Reach—>Local Action,” reminds Sailors, civilians, and family members that as a result of the Navy’s global presence, they have many opportunities to make positive changes for the environment and for energy use in their communities.

US, Romanian Ships Conduct NATO Underway Engagements in Black Sea — The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with ships from the Romanian Navy in the Black Sea, April 23. The exercise was aimed at improving maritime capabilities and reassuring our NATO allies and partners of our commitment to the alliance and to their security.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during April 20-25, 2014. For more Navy news go to: www.navy.mil/.

NORFOLK (April 23, 2014) A plaque honoring Naval Special Warfare personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice is dedicated at the National Maritime Center. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Les Long.
NORFOLK (April 23, 2014) A plaque honoring Naval Special Warfare personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice is dedicated at the National Maritime Center. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Les Long.

NORCO, Calif. (April 16, 2014) Capt. Eric Ver Hage, left, commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert, and Dr. William Luebke, technical director of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, sign a patent licensing agreement. The agreement allows American Technical Services, Inc, to pursue commercial applications for the U.S. Navy's Metrology Bench Top automated calibration system in a public-private partnership. U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko.
NORCO, Calif. (April 16, 2014) Capt. Eric Ver Hage, left, commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert, and Dr. William Luebke, technical director of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, sign a patent licensing agreement. The agreement allows American Technical Services, Inc, to pursue commercial applications for the U.S. Navy's Metrology Bench Top automated calibration system in a public-private partnership. U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko.

NORFOLK (April 23, 2014) The U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band performs as Kimo Williams of the Lt. Dan Band plays "Purple Haze" in the 2014 Virginia International Tattoo at the Norfolk Scope Arena. The Virginia International Tattoo is an annual performance exhibiting military bands and performers from around the world. The 2014 Tattoo honors Vietnam veterans and their families. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam Austin.
NORFOLK (April 23, 2014) The U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band performs as Kimo Williams of the Lt. Dan Band plays "Purple Haze" in the 2014 Virginia International Tattoo at the Norfolk Scope Arena. The Virginia International Tattoo is an annual performance exhibiting military bands and performers from around the world. The 2014 Tattoo honors Vietnam veterans and their families. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam Austin.

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2014) President Barack Obama, center, stands with the U.S. Naval Academy football team members Cody Peterson, left, and Matt Aiken, after being presented with a customized team jersey at the White House. The president presented the Navy Midshipmen with the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which goes to the Department of Defense academy team with the most victories against its service rivals. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Niegel.
WASHINGTON (April 18, 2014) President Barack Obama, center, stands with the U.S. Naval Academy football team members Cody Peterson, left, and Matt Aiken, after being presented with a customized team jersey at the White House. The president presented the Navy Midshipmen with the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which goes to the Department of Defense academy team with the most victories against its service rivals. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Niegel.

BLACK SEA (April 23, 2014) Quartermaster 1st Class Lucas Gibson acts as a mock suspect during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise conducted with the Romanian navy aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the president's European phased adaptive approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.
BLACK SEA (April 23, 2014) Quartermaster 1st Class Lucas Gibson acts as a mock suspect during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise conducted with the Romanian navy aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the president's European phased adaptive approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.
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