By The Numbers: The Navy’s Missing in Action — September 18, 2015 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, more than 83,000 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts. Out of the 83,000 missing, 75 percent of the losses are located in the Asia-Pacific, and over 41,000 of the missing are presumed lost at sea.
A New Defense for Navy Ships: Protection from Cyber Attacks — The U.S. Navy is developing the Resilient Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical Security (RHIMES) system, a cyber protection system designed to make its shipboard mechanical and electrical control systems resilient to cyber attacks, officials announced Sept. 17.
ONR S&T Demonstration Prepares to Showcase AUVs — Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division personnel are making final preparations for a two-week demonstration of the U.S. Navy's emerging autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), to be held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS PAX) Sept. 12-25. The event, PAX River 2015, is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and will bring together 150 participants, 26 technology teams and unmanned systems to jointly explore Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) technologies in common, at-sea environments along Maryland's shoreline.
Anchor Up! New Chiefs Pinned at US Navy Memorial — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert delivered remarks to family, friends and chief petty officers as 44 new chief petty officers were pinned at an official pinning ceremony held at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16.
US and Republic of Korea Celebrate Alliance During Incheon Landing Commemoration — The U.S. and Republic of Korea alliance took center stage as more than 3,000 guests joined both the U.S. and ROK Navy and Marine Corps forces in the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Incheon Amphibious Landing Operation Sept. 15. The landing, codenamed Operation Chromite, occurred Sept. 15, 1950, when General Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of United Nations forces, led more than 40,000 troops in the surprise amphibious landing.
USS Kauffman to be decommissioned — After nearly 28 years of Naval service, friends, family members, former and present crewmembers will gather at Naval Station Norfolk to decommission USS Kauffman (FFG 59), Norfolk's last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, Sept. 18. The ship was commissioned Feb. 28, 1987, and was named for Vice Adm. James L. Kauffman, a veteran of World War I and World War II, and his son, Rear Adm. Draper Kauffman, a veteran of World War II.
SECNAV Names the Next Joint High Speed Vessel — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the next joint high speed vessel will be named USNS City of Bismarck (JHSV 9) during a ceremony at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck today. Mabus named the ship in honor of North Dakota's capital city; this will be the first ship in naval history to bear the name.
USS Carney Tests Improved Flame-Resistant Variant Coveralls — The guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) is the first of three ships to wear test the Navy's Improved Flame-Resistant Variant (IFRV) coveralls, beginning this week. The intent of the deployment-length wear test, which includes Carney, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750), is to address concerns from Sailors in the fleet about current FRV coveralls' endurance and fit.
Gettysburg Wins SECDEF Maintenance Award — The crew of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) was named as a winner of a Defense Department-wide Maintenance Excellence Award, Sept. 9. The annual Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Program recognizes the Department of Defense's most outstanding field-level and depot-level military maintenance units from a competitive field of candidates. Gettysburg was one of just two Navy commands selected for the award, capturing the field-level medium category for the 2014 fiscal year competitive cycle.
Surface Warfare Officer Chair Established at NPS —The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in Monterey, California, announced the establishment of a permanent chair professorship for surface warfare, Sept. 11. Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, was at the school delivering the NPS Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture when he announced the creation of the chair. The chair is to be a resource across campus, and will contribute equally to the surface warfare related activities of every school, center, group, and institute.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Sept. 14-18, 2015. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.