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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 - July 18, 2014

Pacific Partnership Completes Philippines Mission — Pacific Partnership, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region, saw this year’s event draw to a close amid Typhoon Rammasun’s winds and rains at a ceremony held in Tacloban, Philippines. Philippine Army's Maj. Gen. Lysander Suerte, deputy chief of staff for civil-military operations; Brig. Gen. Rolando Malinao, assistant division of the 8th Infantry Division; and Alfred Romualdez, Tacloban's mayor participated as speakers at the July 15 ceremony.

Miles of Pulled Cables Help Ike Prepare for Return to Sea — A team of 30 Sailors from Combat Systems, Air and Engineering departments of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) removed 48.4 miles of dead end cables throughout the ship. The removal, which was completed on June 16, took place as part of the docking planned incremental availability period (DPIA) projects. The current DPIA shipyard period for Dwight D. Eisenhower (also known as Ike) is expected to wrap up later this year.

101st Birthday of CVN 78 Namesake Recognized — The 101st birthday of President Gerald R. Ford takes place this week; President Ford served as the namesake of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). Christened last November, Gerald R. Ford is scheduled to join the fleet in 2016.

U.S. Navy Catapult Anniversary Highlights Strides in Carrier Aviation — On July 12, 1916, the first catapult designed for shipboard use successfully completed calibration when it launched a Curtiss AB-3 from the deck of the armored cruiser North Carolina. Now, the Navy’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), which is the newest carrier catapult technology in 60 years, is expanding the operational capability of the Navy’s future carriers.

Southern Partnership Station 2014 — Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 are currently working with Belize Coast Guard Service divers as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014, which focuses on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The exercise places emphasis on “naval-focused training exercises, military-to-military engagements and community relations projects in an effort to enhance partnerships with regional maritime activities and improve the operational readiness of participant.”

Sailing America: Beginning of newest amphibious assault ship’s legacy on sea — Chad Lunsford, command master chief of the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, the soon to be USS America (LHA 6), discusses what it means to be part of a pre-commissioning unit.

Naval Medical Research Center Provide 52 Walk-In Clinics for Bone Marrow Donations — The Naval Medical Research Center's (NMRC) Bone Marrow Research Directorate plays a significant role in support of Defense Department bone marrow drives and identifying potential bone marrow donors. One such method of support is via 52 walk-in clinics throughout 25 states and four foreign countries, which are managed by on-call volunteers in various locations including blood banks, hospitals, clinics and military bases.

F-35 Returns to Limited Flight, Officials Rule Out Farnborough — Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby announced on July 15 that the F-35 fleet will not be appearing at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom. As a result of a June 23 engine fire on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the F-35 fleet was grounded earlier this month.

VP-16 Departs 7th Fleet After Historic Deployment — Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 had a historic deployment as the first to participate in an operational deployment of the P-8A Poseidon. During the seven month deployment, VP-16’s War Eagles also took part in the multinational search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, supplying two aircraft for the search and rescue efforts and providing multiple aircrews to support daily flight operations.

NPC Customer Service Center Helping Sailors — Navy Personnel Command's (NPC) Customer Service Center (CSC) provides information and support regarding a “wide variety of career-related concerns” to Sailors and families globally. The NPC Customer Service Center can be contacted in several ways, including e-mail, DSN, toll-free telephone, and Facebook.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during July 11-17, 2014. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.

TACLOBAN, Philippines (July 7, 2014) Builder 3rd Class Matthew Spence and Philippine navy Equipment Operator Seaman 2nd Class Johnson Ramales shovel sand onto a sifter during a Pacific Partnership 2014 community service project for a Tacloban City Hospital outpatient maternity clinic. Pacific Partnership is in its ninth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Greg Badger.
TACLOBAN, Philippines (July 7, 2014) Builder 3rd Class Matthew Spence and Philippine navy Equipment Operator Seaman 2nd Class Johnson Ramales shovel sand onto a sifter during a Pacific Partnership 2014 community service project for a Tacloban City Hospital outpatient maternity clinic. Pacific Partnership is in its ninth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Greg Badger.

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) sits pier side at Newport News Shipbuilding, April 9, 2014. CVN 78 is the first of a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding for the U. S. Navy. The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is undergoing inactivation in the background. Photo courtesy of Ricky Thompson, Newport News Shipbuilding.
The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) sits pier side at Newport News Shipbuilding, April 9, 2014. CVN 78 is the first of a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding for the U. S. Navy. The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is undergoing inactivation in the background. Photo courtesy of Ricky Thompson, Newport News Shipbuilding.

On Jul. 12, 1916, the first catapult designed for shipboard use successfully completed calibration launching a Curtiss AB-3 from the deck of the armored cruiser North Carolina, making the ship the first to be equipped to carry aircraft. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
On Jul. 12, 1916, the first catapult designed for shipboard use successfully completed calibration launching a Curtiss AB-3 from the deck of the armored cruiser North Carolina, making the ship the first to be equipped to carry aircraft. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet was the first aircraft to be launched from the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Lakehurst, N.J. Dec. 18, 2010. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet was the first aircraft to be launched from the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Lakehurst, N.J. Dec. 18, 2010. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

Navy Diver 2nd Class Zoe Young, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2), Company 2-1, descends on a buoy line to begin a joint training dive with Belize Coast Guard divers off the coast of Belize. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote.
Navy Diver 2nd Class Zoe Young, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2), Company 2-1, descends on a buoy line to begin a joint training dive with Belize Coast Guard divers off the coast of Belize. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote.

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Jan. 31, 2014) The amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard from acceptance trials, where the ship's main propulsion, communications, steering, navigation and radar systems were tested. America will be the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships. The ship was christened on Oct. 20, 2012 and is undergoing construction in Pascagoula, Miss. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lewis Hunsaker.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Jan. 31, 2014) The amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard from acceptance trials, where the ship's main propulsion, communications, steering, navigation and radar systems were tested. America will be the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships. The ship was christened on Oct. 20, 2012 and is undergoing construction in Pascagoula, Miss. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lewis Hunsaker.

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (April 10, 2014) More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships and is scheduled to be commissioned in late 2014 in San Francisco. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (April 10, 2014) More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships and is scheduled to be commissioned in late 2014 in San Francisco. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos.
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