Makin Island and 11th MEU Crew Members Volunteer at Singapore Soup Kitchen — Several members from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in a community relations project (COMREL) by volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen during a scheduled port visit to Singapore, Jan. 19.
U.S. Navy Scientist Wins NATO Scientific Achievement Award — A U.S. Navy scientist received the 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award, the Navy announced Jan. 22. NATO Chief Scientist Major Gen. Albert Husniaux, conferred the award to Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) principal scientist Steve Anderson for his impact on the MSG-088 Task Group's work on data farming in support of NATO.
CNP to Hold Worldwide All-Hands Call — The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) is scheduled to speak with Sailors around the world in an all-hands call broadcasting and streaming online live Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. EST. Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Bill Moran and Fleet Master Chief for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) April Beldo will update Sailors on the issues that affect them and their families and open the floor to live questions from the fleet via satellite and social media.
SECNAV Establishes Task Force Innovation — Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced the establishment of Task Force Innovation (TFI) within the Department of the Navy Jan. 22. Consisting of subject matter experts from across the department, TFI has been charged with developing a comprehensive innovation agenda for the Navy and Marine Corps. Specific tasking for TFI includes the creation of the Department of the Navy's innovation vision, the development of bold short and long-term innovation goals and metrics, oversight of coordination across the department and the removal of bureaucratic roadblocks preventing the achievement of these goals.
Navy Debuts Newest Ad — Navy's latest recruiting commercial "Pin Map" will debut Jan. 23 to TV and web audiences worldwide. The 30 second commercial will air during ESPN's coverage of the Aspen 2015 X Games, beginning Friday at 10:30 p.m. EST. A 60 second version will be added to the America's Navy You Tube channel as well as other social media sites. "Pin Map" highlights the service's unique ability to operate around the world — on, above and below the sea.
Adaptive Sports Clinic Inspires New Wounded Warrior Athletes — Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) - Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warrior support program, kicked off its 2015 adaptive sports program with an introductory clinic Jan. 16-18 at Naval Base Ventura County, California. Twenty-nine seriously wounded, ill and injured service members from across the country took part in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball during the three-day event.
Sustaining the World’s Most Capable Submarine Force — Rear Admiral Charles A. “Chas” Richard, commander, Submarine Group 10, Enlisted Women in Submarines Task Force Commander, talks about the historical integration of enlisted women into the submarine service.
Laboon Completes Live Fire Exercise — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) conducted a live-fire exercise as part of composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, Jan. 19.
Lift-off, Signal Acquired for Navy Communications Satellite — The Navy's third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was launched today at 8:04 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41. This communications satellite will significantly improve capability for Navy and Department of Defense tactical operators. Over the next several days, the satellite will transition to its geosynchronous orbit location 22,000 miles above Earth. Its solar arrays and mesh antennas will then be deployed and on-orbit testing will begin for eventual commissioning into service.
Google Launches Virtual USS Constitution Tour Experience — Google Maps published a complete 360-degree virtual experience of USS Constitution on Tuesday, Jan 20. Using Street View technology, Google Maps photographed the ship in fall 2014 to create an online 360-degree virtual experience of touring Constitution in preparation for the ship's scheduled dry dock restoration period, which begins in March 2015.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Jan. 20-23, 2015. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.