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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 - October 24, 2014

China Lake conservation leads to big savings — An energy reduction program today returns nearly 30 percent in savings for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division compared to 2003. The command will reach the 2015 Navy energy and conservation goal by applying new ideas, implementing common sense and monitoring to optimize saving.

US and Republic of Korea Navies Increase Combined Capabilities During Clear Horizon 2014 — The U.S. and Republic of Korea navies completed a successful mine countermeasures exercise Oct. 24, in waters south of the Korean peninsula. The annual Clear Horizon exercise ran from Oct. 20-24 and was designed to increase interoperability in mine countermeasures operations between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies.

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Joins Yorktown Day Celebration — Naval Weapons Station Yorktown (WPNSTA Yorktown) joined other military installations to celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the 1781 Victory at Yorktown, Oct. 19. The Colonial National Historical Park and the Yorktown Day Association also participated in the celebration, which included a parade through downtown Yorktown, Virginia, patriotic exercises and a memorial wreath laying at the Yorktown Victory Monument.

Navy and Marine Corps Honored with Popular Mechanics' Breakthrough Award for Innovation — A Navy civilian engineer and two of his Marine Austere Patrolling System (MAPS) colleagues received a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award at a New York ceremony, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) announced Oct. 22. Popular Mechanics honored Eric South — the NSWCDD lead electrical engineer for MAPS — for his role in developing the system as an individual, wearable power management and distribution system, enabling Marines to patrol longer without resupply.

Ike's Computer Techs Installing Faster, More Reliable Network — Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower's (CVN 69) Combat Systems' CS-3 division pressed forward with the install of a new shipwide computer network, Oct. 19, as offices on the ship continue to come online. The Ike began a docking planned incremental availability period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard more than a year ago, and all departments are now transitioning away from the old computer network and hardware on a barge adjacent to the ship. Most of those shops have begun the return to shipboard work centers.

Retired Navy T-39 Training Jet Continues Service — Like many retired Navy veterans that have served decades on active duty only to return to serving their country in another role, one of the last T-39 Sabreliner jets to fly at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola will help instruct students at George Stone Technical Center (GSTC). Instead of being flown to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base 'boneyard' and languishing in the Arizona desert in lay-up, the aircraft will become an integral part of the new Aviation Maintenance Program at GSTC.

Reflecting on San Francisco Fleet Week — Capt. Tom Spink shares his thoughts on San Francisco’s Fleet Week.

Constitution Celebrates 217 Years — As the Navy wished a Happy 217th birthday to the USS Constitution, the ship embarked on its fifth and final Boston Harbor Underway demonstration until 2018.

Exercise Clear Horizon 2014 to Hone Mine Countermeasures, Enhance Cooperation — The U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies will participate in Exercise Clear Horizon, October 20-24, in waters south of the Korean peninsula. Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and ROK navies designed to enhance cooperation and improve capabilities in mine countermeasure operations.

Students Push Ocean Robotics Envelope in New Global Game — College students from around the world will have a hand in shaping the future of ocean robotics as they compete in the first Maritime RobotX Challenge, which takes place Oct. 24-26 in Singapore. Fifteen teams from five countries and three continents have journeyed to Marina Bay for the event, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation, the National University of Singapore Faculty of Engineering, and Science Centre Singapore.

Gerald Harper, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Energy Compliance Program lead, stands in front of one of the China Lake, California aircraft hangars. Large hangar doors release huge amounts of heating and air conditioning with each opening. A new automated release switch shuts off heating and air conditioning while the door is open. NAWCWD’s conservation team is implementing many other weapons division conservation ideas to reach Navy conservation goals. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
Gerald Harper, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Energy Compliance Program lead, stands in front of one of the China Lake, California aircraft hangars. Large hangar doors release huge amounts of heating and air conditioning with each opening. A new automated release switch shuts off heating and air conditioning while the door is open. NAWCWD’s conservation team is implementing many other weapons division conservation ideas to reach Navy conservation goals. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

WATERS SOUTH OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 21, 2014) Mineman 1st Class Douglas Reynolds gives commands to the crane operator during the deployment of an AN/SLQ-48 mine neutralization vehicle aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship USS Chief (MCM 14) as part of exercise Clear Horizon 2014. The annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies is designed to enhance cooperation and improve capabilities in mine countermeasure operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews.
WATERS SOUTH OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 21, 2014) Mineman 1st Class Douglas Reynolds gives commands to the crane operator during the deployment of an AN/SLQ-48 mine neutralization vehicle aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship USS Chief (MCM 14) as part of exercise Clear Horizon 2014. The annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies is designed to enhance cooperation and improve capabilities in mine countermeasure operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews.

YORKTOWN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2014) Capt. Paul Haebler, commanding officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, is joined by Brenda Duda, Vice President of the Alliance Francaise, Chapitre de Grasse, to lay one of six wreaths at the French Memorial on the Yorktown Battlefield, as part of the Yorktown Day celebration. Yorktown Day marks the anniversary of the American-French victory in 1781 over the British, effectively securing independence for the American colonies. U.S. Navy photo by Mark O. Piggott.
YORKTOWN, Va. (Oct. 19, 2014) Capt. Paul Haebler, commanding officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, is joined by Brenda Duda, Vice President of the Alliance Francaise, Chapitre de Grasse, to lay one of six wreaths at the French Memorial on the Yorktown Battlefield, as part of the Yorktown Day celebration. Yorktown Day marks the anniversary of the American-French victory in 1781 over the British, effectively securing independence for the American colonies. U.S. Navy photo by Mark O. Piggott.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Aug. 26, 2014)  Tugboats relocate the caisson damming the Elizabeth River from Dry Dock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard before moving the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) to a nearby pier following a scheduled dock flooding earlier in the morning. Dwight D. Eisenhower is undergoing docking planned incremental availability at the shipyard. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael R. Gendron.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Aug. 26, 2014) Tugboats relocate the caisson damming the Elizabeth River from Dry Dock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard before moving the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) to a nearby pier following a scheduled dock flooding earlier in the morning. Dwight D. Eisenhower is undergoing docking planned incremental availability at the shipyard. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael R. Gendron.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2014) A retired T-39 Sabreliner training jet fuselage is lowered onto its wing at George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola, Fla., following the move for the aircraft from the Naval Air Station to the school. The T-39 will be used by the school as part of their new aviation maintenance program for students seeking a FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification. The aircraft was donated to the school by the U.S. Navy following the retirement of all T-39 aircraft from the training fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Ed Barker.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2014) A retired T-39 Sabreliner training jet fuselage is lowered onto its wing at George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola, Fla., following the move for the aircraft from the Naval Air Station to the school. The T-39 will be used by the school as part of their new aviation maintenance program for students seeking a FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification. The aircraft was donated to the school by the U.S. Navy following the retirement of all T-39 aircraft from the training fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Ed Barker.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) transits past the Golden Gate Bridge during the parade of ships at San Francisco Fleet Week 2014, Oct. 10. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse L. Gonzalez.
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) transits past the Golden Gate Bridge during the parade of ships at San Francisco Fleet Week 2014, Oct. 10. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse L. Gonzalez.

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (July 11, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Walter Boyd, from Omaha, Neb., signals an MH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as it prepares to land on the flight deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during routine flight operations. Mesa Verde is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Phylicia A. Hanson.
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (July 11, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Walter Boyd, from Omaha, Neb., signals an MH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as it prepares to land on the flight deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during routine flight operations. Mesa Verde is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Phylicia A. Hanson.
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