Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016 Concludes — The world's largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 4, after more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific 2016, more countries and personnel than in any previous years. This year's RIMPAC marked the 25th in the series, which began in 1971 and is now held every two years.
Milestones reached for Enlisted Women on Submarines — One of the first enlisted women to serve aboard a Navy submarine earned her submarine qualification, or "dolphins," on August 2nd and is preparing to deploy aboard USS Michigan (SSGN 727). Chief Culinary Specialist Dominique Saavedra, a native of Los Angeles, became the first female enlisted Sailor to earn her silver dolphins in a pinning ceremony held at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Tuesday.
Navy Reserve Security Promotes First LDO Captain — Capt. David Garlinghouse has made Navy history by becoming the first Navy Reserve security limited duty officer (LDO) to achieve the rank of captain. Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander, Navy Installations Command (NIC), presided over the promotion ceremony, held Aug. 2 at Washington Navy Yard.
Department of the Navy Celebrates Virginia Solar Deals — The Department of the Navy (DON), the Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) celebrated an agreement today to construct a 21 megawatt (MW) direct current (DC) solar energy facility at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana. The facility will supply renewable energy to the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as a 2015 power purchase agreement between the DON and Dominion for 25 MW DC of renewable energy to benefit Naval Station (NS) Norfolk.
Nautical Terms and Naval Expressions – Uniform Edition — Sailors have terms and expressions for just about anything, so it comes as no surprise that there’s a whole set of nautical terms and naval expressions that are related to parts of their uniforms.
Navy Conducts Fleet Battle Experiment with V-22 Osprey — In preparation for replacing the Navy's C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) platform with the future Navy variant CMV-22B Osprey, Naval Air Forces is conducting a Fleet Battle Experiment, July 22 through Aug. 4. The experiment will explore, analyze, and document the characteristics of operating a detachment of MV-22s as the COD platform for the carrier strike group.
MUOS-5 Anomaly Identified, Satellite Remains in Safe, Intermediate Orbit — Evaluation of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite determined that the satellite experienced a failure of the orbit raising propulsion system during a transfer maneuver on June 29. The transfer maneuver was designed to take the satellite from its initial elliptical launch orbit to its final circular geosynchronous orbit. This anomaly resulted in the transfer maneuver being halted. The MUOS 5 satellite is currently stable, safe and under positive control.
Commemorating 70 Years of the Office of Naval Research — Nearly a year after the end of World War II, and only a few months after Winston Churchill had first used the term “iron curtain” to describe the new Soviet-dominated regimes of Eastern Europe, President Harry S. Truman established the Office of Naval Research (ONR). On Aug. 1, 1946, he signed Public Law 588, which created the first U.S. government agency that would fund and manage peacetime scientific research conducted mostly outside of the government for the purpose of military aims. The event was not just a milestone in the development of the Navy and Marines Corps, but also in the history of science and technology and how research is conducted in this country.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Aug. 1-5, 2016. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.