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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 past week in the Navy
By Navy News Service - February 6, 2015
HSC-25 Assists in Rescue of Stranded Boaters Near Guam — Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam and rescue crews from Rota, Northern Mariana Islands, 40 nautical miles north-northeast of the U.S. territory of Guam, recovered three stranded boaters a mile offshore near the village of Songsong Feb. 3.

ONR Hosts Naval Future Force Science & Technology Expo — The Office of Naval Research held a Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, Feb. 4 and 5. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivered the opening remarks, focusing on his three goals for the science and technology community: reduce reliance on gunpowder; increase stamina for underwater unmanned vehicles' power and propulsion systems; and increase focus on cybersecurity.

Five Years of Innovation and Operational Excellence — The Command Master Chief of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet talks about the excellence of the FCC/C10F Sailors as they carry out the mission and goals of the organization. The winner of the FCC Sailor of the Year competition is expected to be announced today, Feb. 6.

Abraham Lincoln Sailors Celebrate African American/Black History Month — USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) diversity council organized an African American/Black History month commemoration ceremony on board the Floating Accommodation Facility on Feb. 4 to recognize the rich contributions and accomplishments of African Americans to the Navy and the nation as a whole.

Navy Knowledge Advances; Arctic Ocean Ice Retreats — Scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) revealed today the latest findings from a study on Arctic sea ice — with one expert noting that summer sea ice levels could potentially fall to zero before the end of this century. Speaking at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO, scientists presented initial findings from ONR’s Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) experiment that took place last year in the Arctic Ocean — the largest research effort ever using robotic technologies to investigate ice conditions where the frozen ocean meets the open ocean.

Navy Recruiting Command Cryptology & Technology Facebook Page Launches New Challenge — After the success of Project Architeuthis, the cryptology game that engaged fans in problem solving challenges, the Navy Recruiting Command Cryptology & Technology Facebook page is launching the sequel: Operation Sleeper Shark. The game will once again challenge followers on the social media site with puzzles to help stop a fictitious opposition group. The game is designed to increase social media traffic and raise awareness of the tasks U.S. Navy cryptologists perform on a daily basis.

CNO: Here's What We Need for the Future Force — Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert outlined his thoughts Feb. 4 on three science and technology objectives for the Navy and Marine Corps of the future, at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C. Speaking before nearly 3,000 attendees from across government, academia and industry, Greenert charged his audience to reduce reliance on gunpowder; increase stamina for underwater unmanned vehicles' power and propulsion systems; and increase focus on cybersecurity.

Making Sailors 'SAFFiR' - Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype at Naval Tech EXPO — Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), walked across uneven floors, used thermal imaging to identify overheated equipment, and used a hose to extinguish a small fire in a series of experiments Nov. 3-5, 2014 aboard the USS Shadwell, a decommissioned Navy vessel. Developed by researchers at Virginia Tech, the two-legged, or bipedal, humanoid robot is helping ONR evaluate the applications of unmanned systems in damage control and inspections aboard naval vessels, supporting the autonomy and unmanned systems focus area in the Navy's Science and Technology Strategy.

NAVSEA Employees Return to Navy Yard Home — Forty-three million seconds, 725,000 minutes, 12,000 hours, 504 days, 72 weeks or one year, four months and seventeen days. However the time is interpreted, it is a long time to be away from home, but that is how long employees from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) have spent away from theirs, since the tragic shootings of Sept. 16, 2013 at the Washington Navy Yard (WNY). NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. William Hilarides officially opened the doors to the command's newly renovated workplace during a christening ceremony held Feb. 2 on the steps of the Humphreys Building, Building 197.

Department of the Navy Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal — The Department of the Navy released its proposed $161.0 billion budget Feb. 2 for fiscal year 2016. This budget is part of the $534.3 billion defense budget President Barack Obama submitted to Congress on the same day. Rear Adm. William Lescher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget, briefed media at the Department of Defense budget press conference about the Navy and Marine Corps portion of the budget.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Feb. 2-6, 2015. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.

SONGSONG, Rota (Feb. 5, 2015) Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam and rescue crews from Rota recovered three stranded boaters a mile offshore near the village of Songsong. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
SONGSONG, Rota (Feb. 5, 2015) Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam and rescue crews from Rota recovered three stranded boaters a mile offshore near the village of Songsong. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

U.S. Fleet CyberComm Sailor of Year Awards & Navy Unit commendation Award to 10th Fleet VADM Tighe. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
U.S. Fleet CyberComm Sailor of Year Awards & Navy Unit commendation Award to 10th Fleet VADM Tighe. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 4, 2015) Dr. Reginald Beach, Office of Naval Research (ONR) program officer for littoral geosciences and optics, discusses ONR-sponsored research on the changing sea ice, ocean and atmosphere, with Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, during a tour of the exhibit hall at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO. Joining the CNO are Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research, left and Dr. Frank Herr, right, head, ONR Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 4, 2015) Dr. Reginald Beach, Office of Naval Research (ONR) program officer for littoral geosciences and optics, discusses ONR-sponsored research on the changing sea ice, ocean and atmosphere, with Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, during a tour of the exhibit hall at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO. Joining the CNO are Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research, left and Dr. Frank Herr, right, head, ONR Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams.

MOBILE, Ala. (Nov. 6, 2014) The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) undergoes testing aboard the Naval Research Laboratory's ex-USS Shadwell in Mobile, Ala. SAFFiR is a bipedal humanoid robot being developed to assist Sailors with damage control and inspection operations aboard naval vessels. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams.
MOBILE, Ala. (Nov. 6, 2014) The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) undergoes testing aboard the Naval Research Laboratory's ex-USS Shadwell in Mobile, Ala. SAFFiR is a bipedal humanoid robot being developed to assist Sailors with damage control and inspection operations aboard naval vessels. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams.

WASHINGTON (Feb. 2, 2015) Beverly Hilarides, in the time-honored tradition of Navy shipbuilders, christens the Humphreys Building, Building 197, during a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. The event marks the first time employees are returning to work in the building nearly 17 months since the tragic events of Sept. 16, 2013. Looking on are her husband, Vice Adm. Willy Hilarides, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command; Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory, commander of Naval Facilities Command; and Bill Deligne, executive director of Naval Sea Systems Command. The renovated building is named in honor of 19th century American frigate designer Joshua Humphreys,the architect of the original six U.S. Navy frigates, including USS Constitution. U.S. Navy photo by Scott Adam Webb.
WASHINGTON (Feb. 2, 2015) Beverly Hilarides, in the time-honored tradition of Navy shipbuilders, christens the Humphreys Building, Building 197, during a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. The event marks the first time employees are returning to work in the building nearly 17 months since the tragic events of Sept. 16, 2013. Looking on are her husband, Vice Adm. Willy Hilarides, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command; Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory, commander of Naval Facilities Command; and Bill Deligne, executive director of Naval Sea Systems Command. The renovated building is named in honor of 19th century American frigate designer Joshua Humphreys,the architect of the original six U.S. Navy frigates, including USS Constitution. U.S. Navy photo by Scott Adam Webb.
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