SECNAV Discusses Presence and the Global Economy — On Sept. 25, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited the University of Pennsylvania where he gave a talk about maritime security and the global economy, focusing on the impact of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps' presence on the security and stability of the global economy.
Team Navy Begins Warrior Games Training — The fifth annual Warrior Games begins next week on Sept. 28. In preparation for the games, thirty-nine seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors from across the United States are participating in a week-long training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado which began Sept. 22. In addition to building camaraderie amongst team mates, the training will aid the participants in acclimating to the 7,000 feet altitude.
Unique Shock Machine Saves Navy Testing Costs — Equipment evaluations of the Navy's new Deck Simulator Shock Machine (DSSM) began Sept. 15 in Philadelphia. DSSM improves shipboard electronics reliability while reducing testing costs, saving the Navy an impressive $75,000 per test.
First of Class Destroyer Completes Generator Light — The Zumwalt class (DDG 1000) destroyer program completed its ship generator light-off on Sept. 23. The lead ship, DDG 1000, is 92 percent complete. The ship is currentlyin the test and activation phase.
Sailing into History - Sailors of USS Constitution Part 1 —Boatswain's Mate 1st Class William Sanchez, sailing master for the 216-year-old USS Constitution, discusses his assignment aboard America’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.
Pentagon’s Acting CIO Provides Cloud Computing Update — DoD’s Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen announced Sept. 23 that a memorandum set to be released in October will highlight changes to the Defense Department’s approach to using third-party remote server computing services. Defense Information Systems Agency will remain as DoD’s cloud broker, which “ideally will expedite and broaden cloud pilot programs by allowing military departments to execute their own acquisitions of commercial cloud services.”
Future USS Ralph Johnson Keel Authenticated — A keel-laying ceremony was held for the future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Sept. 23. The keel was authenticated by ship sponsor and military wife Georgeanne McRaven, along with 41-year veteran shipbuilder, Robert Boegner, Jr.
George Washington Carrier Strike Group Re-supplies Under Simulated Threat — As part of Valiant Shield 2014, surface combatants from Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 and Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet logistics ships from CTF 73 participated in an opposed replenishment-at-sea Sept. 20 to mitigate the vulnerability that accompanies the act of RAS when operating in “contested maritime areas.”
ONR Features Technology for Marines of the Future — Office of Naval Research (ONR) showcased a wide variety of at the Modern Day Marine exposition held Sept. 23-25 at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The cutting-edge technologies, which include virtual training and laser weapons, will help to prepare Marines as they continue to face an “increasingly complex security landscape.”
Strike Group Hones Anti-Submarine Warfare Skills During Valiant Shield Torpedo Exercise — From Sept. 17-18, ships assigned to the George Washington Carrier Strike Group conducted a “complex, live-fire anti-submarine torpedo training evolution” as part of exercise Valiant Shield 2014. During the exercise, several Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, and embarked helicopter detachments participated, firing ordnance at simulated targets.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Sept. 22-26, 2014. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.