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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 27, 2018
This week in U.S. Navy History:

On April 23, 1915 Lt. Patrick N. L. Bellinger, established a United States altitude record for seaplanes by ascending to 10,000 feet over Pensacola, Florida.

On April 26, 1869, the Good Conduct Medal, then called Good Conduct Badge, was authorized by Secretary of the Navy Adolphus E. Borie in a push for post-Civil War re-enlistments.

NSWC Philadelphia Hosts Puerto Rican Co-Op Students While University Rebuilds — When Tony Morales watched Hurricane Maria devastate his hometown of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, last September, he knew he had to help. Morales, a 35-year employee of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)in Philadelphia, helped launch a special co-op initiative for students affected by the hurricane.

NRL Researchers Push Nanoscience Boundaries to Lighten, Strengthen Warfighter Armor — A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) pushed grain size engineering to the limit and recently discovered previously unseen behaviors in nanocrystalline ceramics that could lead to the design of better performing ceramic armor. The discovery, a continuation of NRL research published in 2014, was made possible by a cutting-edge nanosintering technique, which is the process of essentially bonding nano-sized particles together.

ANZAC Day: A day to remember the fallen Australian and New Zealand troops — Members of the Royal Australian air force and Australian army hosted an Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) Day Ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves in Trincomalee during Pacific Partnership 2018's (PP18) Sri Lanka mission stop, April 25. The ceremony consisted of multinational service members, assigned to Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for PP18, and distinguished guests in Trincomalee who celebrated ANZAC Day with the singing of the Sri Lankan and Australian National Anthems, a wreath laying ceremony and a trumpet player performing the song "Last Post," while all guests saluted the memory of all the ANZAC troops who have fallen during a war.

USS Firebolt (PC10): Remembering Heroic Coastal Patrol Ship Sailors and Looking Forward to Our Future — A remembrance of the three brave Sailors who lost their lives in the line of duty April 24, 2004, while serving aboard USS Firebolt (PC 10) in Iraq.

Laying the Keel: Developing the Backbone of Our Navy — Building trust, developing leaders, and driving high performance teams are never ending tasks. For the enlisted force, “Laying the Keel – Developing the Backbone of Our Navy” sets the structure and continuous learning conditions towards those ends, MCPON Steven Giordano writes.

MCPON's Executive Leadership Symposium Makes First Stop in Yokosuka — U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief led command master chiefs from units across the forward deployed naval forces in the first overseas MCPON Executive Leadership Symposium, April 18-20, on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Fleet Master Chief James Honea, U.S. Pacific Fleet's top enlisted, took the MCPON's Executive Leadership Symposium on the road overseas for the first time in the training's history. This was the first time a symposium was held outside the fleet locations like San Diego or Norfolk.

SSC Atlantic Performs First CANES Refresh — Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic Fleet Readiness Directorate Installation Office Atlantic (FIO) reached the last milestone of the production phase for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) refresh on USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) at General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia April 17.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during April 23-27, 2018. For more Navy news, go to:

Dr. Heonjune Ryou, a postdoctoral fellow in the US Naval Research Laboratory's Chemistry Division, operates machinery used in nanocrystalline ceramics research. Photo courtesy of NRL.
TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (April 25, 2018) Lt. Col. Karen Such (left), commander of Australian Contingent, currently deployed in support of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18), welcomes PP18 leadership and distinguished guests to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in Tincomalee. PP18s mission is to work collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships across the Indo-Pacific Region. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Feb. 27, 2018) Data center racks and equipment are removed from USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) as part of a Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) refresh performed by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic Fleet Readiness Directorate Installation Office Atlantic (FIO) at General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk shipyard. The production phase, which started in January 2018, required a combination of shipboard installs and the removal and replacement of existing hardware for upgrades. The installation and testing phase is on track to be completed by August. A leading edge Navy engineering center, SSC Atlantic designs, builds, tests, fields and supports many of the finest frontline C4ISR systems in use today, and those being planned for the future. U.S. Navy photo by Jerry Sekerak.
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