This week in U.S. Navy History:
On Nov. 30, 1912, Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, the first U.S. Navy officer to qualify as an airplane pilot, tests the Navy's first C-1 flying boat at Hammondsport, New York.
On Dec. 1, 1921, the first flight of an airship filled with helium, the C-7, leaves Norfolk, Virginia, and arrives later that day in Washington, D.C. The airship is commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Lansdowne and piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Ralph F. Wood.
On Dec. 1, 1945, Capt. Sue S. Dauser, Navy Nurse Corps, receives the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a nurse for her leadership of Navy nurses during World War II.
This week in U.S. Navy News:
Robots Can Swim Too: Students Gain STEM Skills with SeaPerch — Students from W.T. Sampson School's Integrated Science III and Physics Applications classes built their own submersible robots and tested them in the Windjammer Pool at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Nov. 22. The students are participating in a program called SeaPerch, a K-12 educational outreach program that is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and is managed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation (AUVSIF).
My Navy Portal Receives Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO) Award — The Navy Sea Warrior Program Office (PEO EIS PMW 240) received the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO) Award Nov. 30, for its My Navy Portal program in a ceremony at the Pentagon. The DoD CIO Annual Awards program recognizes the achievements of the DoD Information Technology (IT) community. The My Navy Portal (MNP) team won the award for successfully implementing the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy's first Information Level 4 system to be hosted by a commercial cloud provider.
US Navy Doctors Bring Medical Care to Amazon — U.S. Navy doctors recently embarked aboard the Brazilian Navy hospital ship NAsH Soares de Meirelles (U-21) and began a month-long humanitarian mission that will take them deep into the Amazon. These doctors will be working closely with the Brazilian Navy to deliver healthcare to some of the isolated peoples in the world.
NAVAIR Putting Virtual Reality in New Flight Trainers — Naval Air Systems Command is looking to leverage virtual reality technology to build flight simulation trainers that are deployable, improve fidelity, make better use of actual training flights and save money. The Naval Aviation Training Systems program office is currently developing new trainers for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopter and T-45 Goshawk jet trainer.
Navy Chaplains Celebrate Guiding Navy Since Its Inception — On Nov. 28, the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps celebrated its 242nd birthday as humbly and selflessly as they have stood their post since their creation, just 46 days after the Navy's inception. From the earliest battles waged by the Continental Navy to the current conflicts faced by our Sailors and Marines around the World, U.S. Navy chaplains have put themselves in harm's way to minister to our service members and their families. These exceptionally-devoted men and women have provided them with the moral strength, compassionate care, inspirational leadership, and deep faith to maintain constant readiness and accomplish any mission.
World War II Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday — Retired Chief Warrant 2 and World War II veteran, Arthur "Art" Roemmich, celebrated his 100th birthday at a ceremony held at Admiral Baker Clubhouse Nov. 27. During Roemmich's 22 years in the Navy, he was stationed in five different locations and served on seven different ships, his first being USS Northampton, which played a role during the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the war in the Pacific.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2017. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.