This week in U.S. Navy History:
On Dec. 13, 1775, the Continental Congress provided for the construction of five ships of 32 guns, five ships of 28 guns, and three ships of 24 guns at an estimated cost of $866,666. The ships are Hancock, Randolph, Raleigh, Warren, Washington, Congress, Effingham, Providence, Trumbull, Virginia, Boston, Delaware, and Montgomery.
Navy Releases Strategic Readiness Review — In September, the Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, ordered a fleet-wide Strategic Readiness Review (SRR) in light of the recent surface fleet incidents which resulted in significant loss of life and injury. The SRR was an independent review by a team of subject matter experts that examined the systemic conditions influencing and existing within the Navy over the last 30 years. The SRR ran concurrently with the U.S. Fleet Forces-led Comprehensive Review and considered its findings, but the Review's assessments and judgments are independent of the Comprehensive Review findings.
Naval War College Museum Announces New Exhibit — The Naval War College Museum opened a new exhibit titled, "To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the first World War." The exhibit was officially opened on the second floor of the museum by Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and Samuel Cox, a retired rear admiral and the director of Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington D.C., on Dec. 14
ONR Announces Successful Final Helicopter Autonomous Flight Demonstration — Autonomy options for the Marine Corps have taken a major step forward, as ONR officials announced Dec. 13, a successful final helicopter flight demonstration with autonomous capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program. AACUS is a partnership between the Office of Naval Research and technology company Aurora Flight Sciences and will enable the Marine Corps to rapidly resupply forces on the front lines using cutting-edge technology sponsored by ONR.
Naval War College Arctic Expert Discusses Climate Change at Patuxent Defense Forum — Speaking to a packed auditorium of defense leaders at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM), Walter A. Berbrick, director of the Arctic Regional Studies Group at U.S. Naval War College, stressed the need for strong American leadership in a rapidly-thawing multipolar world during a keynote address at the 12th annual Patuxent Defense Forum, Dec. 12. Co-hosted by The Patuxent Partnership and the Center for the Study of Democracy at SMCM, the event brought together academics, senior military officers, and policy analysts in government and business to discuss challenges in the Arctic domain.
Innovation Boot Camp to Tackle Fleet Issues — Applications are being accepted until Jan. 5, 2018, for a four-day innovation boot camp course designed to improve efforts Navy-wide. The course, hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet's (COMPACFLT) The Bridge initiative and Military District 5 (MD5), will be held in San Diego, Feb. 6-9, 2018. The Bridge is a COMPACFLT initiative designed to give all Sailors, regardless of rank or experience, an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas for improving the Navy.
Ike Enters the Void — A flashlight shines into the dark, as the sound of boots hitting the deckplate echo throughout the void. Faint sounds of the ship can be heard above. The smell of rust and stale air fills the nostrils as light flicks from corner to corner checking for damage or rust. Time seems to slow until a voice calls out asking if everything is ok. Another yells back "Everything is ok down here!" Then a realization sets in, they are in a 40-feet-deep, pitch-black abyss. This is just a portion of what the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower's (CVN 69) (Ike) tank and void team experience every day.
Joint Typhoon Warning Center Increases Warnings and Improves Graphics — The first warning on a Southern Hemisphere tropical cyclone was issued Nov. 29, 2017 by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Dahlia (Tropical Storm 01S) was the first Southern Hemisphere system where warnings were issued every six hours without higher authority request. Previously, manpower constraints limited updating warnings to every 12 hours but with the training of two more typhoon duty forecasters and innovative internal business practices, JTWC is now capable of six-hourly warnings regardless of their location in the ocean.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Dec. 11-15, 2017. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.