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CHIPS Articles: U.S. Navy History and Week in Review

U.S. Navy History and Week in Review
News you may have missed in America’s Navy this past week
By Navy News Service - April 28, 2017
Navy to Christen Submarine Indiana — The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS Indiana (SSN 789), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, April 29, at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. Vice President Mike Pence, who previously served as the 50th governor of Indiana, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Diane Donald, wife of retired Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion from 2004 to 2012, is serving as the ship's sponsor.

Crew Safely Recovered After Helo Crash Near Guam — The entire crew, including two pilots and one aircrewman, were safely recovered by USS Dewey (DDG 105) after their MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter crashed in waters near Guam on April 26. The incident occurred as the MH-60R helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, currently embarked aboard Dewey, was conducting routine flight operations.

HST Wins CNO Afloat Safety Award — USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Afloat Safety Award from Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, April 24. The award recognizes the ship's commitment to fleet readiness, maximum efficiency and economical use of resources, with the recognition going to commands that have committed themselves to maintaining the highest of safety standards. Selection of a carrier for the CNO Afloat Safety Award is the first step required for further consideration for the SECNAV Safety Excellence Awards.

The Holocaust: Evil Does Not Need Your Help, Only Your Indifference — Service members and civilian teammates attached to Military Sealift Command gathered for a special observance, "Holocaust Days of Remembrance 2017," onboard Naval Station Norfolk, April 25. The event, hosted by MSC's Special Emphasis Program, was held to honor the memory of Jewish victims and survivors of Nazi Germany's genocide during World War II.

Hampton Roads Submariners Celebrate 117 Years of Submarine Heritage — On April 22, more than 950 veterans, active duty and friends gathered for the U.S. Navy’s submarine force's 117th birthday. Though only starting out with a single 64-ton submarine manned by a crew of six, it has grown to become the premier undersea force in the world.

US, UK, France Complete Exercise Alligator Dagger 17 — Forces from the U.S., U.K. and France completed Exercise Alligator Dagger 17, a two-week multilateral amphibious exercise in international waters off the coast of Djibouti and in the vicinity of Djibouti and Arta Beach, April 20. Exercise Alligator Dagger 17, led by U.S. Naval Amphibious Forces, Task Force 51/5th Marine and Expeditionary Brigade (51/5), brought together elements of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) with forces from the Royal Navy and French Marines.

Nimitz Strike Group Successfully Completes COMPTUEX — The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 successfully completed its final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), April 21, marking the completion of its condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX is an exercise that tests a strike group's ability to work and operate as one cohesive unit in a simulated real-world-scenario based training environment.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (April 29, 2017) Ship's Sponsor Diane Donald christens the Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789), witnessed by (from left) Vice President Mike Pence, Indiana's Commanding Officer, Cdr. Jesse Zimbauer and Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin. U.S. Navy photo courtesy Huntington Ingalls Industries by Ashley Major.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Aug. 25, 2016) Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Elizabeth river from its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk to Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Truman is currently undergoing a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for maintenance and refurbishment of shipboard systems to prepare for future operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Victoria Granado.
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (April. 1, 2017) Vice Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander, Submarine Forces, speaks at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay's 117th Submarine Birthday Ball at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Lopez.
NORFOLK (April 25, 2017) Arlene Kessel, a repesentative from the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, presents relics to Military Sealift Command service members and civilian teammates during a special observance ceremony for Holocaust Days of Remembrance. U.S. Navy photo by Bill Mesta.
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