This week in U.S. Navy History:
On July 30, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the act establishing WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). During World War II, more than 80,000 officers and enlisted women served in the WAVES.
On July 31, 1874, USS Intrepid, the first U.S. warship to be equipped with torpedoes, was commissioned.
Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 Concludes — The world's largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year's RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years.
CNO Strengthens Naval Partnerships in Chile — Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited Chile, July 28, to meet with Chilean navy leadership, recognize the country's contribution to Pacific maritime security and discuss ways in which the U.S. and Chilean navies can continue to grow their partnership. During the visit, Richardson toured Chile's National Tsunami Early Warning Center, presented awards to Chilean naval officers and met with his Chilean counterpart, Adm. Julio Leiva Molina.
Blue Angels Announce 2019 Officers — U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced officers selected for the 2019 air show season, Aug. 1. The squadron selected three F/A-18 demonstration pilots, an events coordinator, flight surgeon, and supply officer to replace outgoing team members. Each officer was recommended for selection by Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Gregory Harris, and ultimately approved by Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, for final selection to the 2019 Blue Angels team.
Keep clam and carry on: Teamwork and thousands of mollusc shells improve wildlife and wetlands — Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic's Environmental Restoration Program representatives and community leaders recently toured St. Juliens Creek Annex (SJCA) to evaluate how the environment has been changing across the installation. The visit focused on what changes have occurred over the past year, and what still needs to be improved. The SJCA installation hasn't always been mindful of plants, clean waters, and the homes of animals, birds, insects, and sea life. With the help of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), local communities, and the shared goal to continue to clean, protect, and restore SJCA, things continue to improve and grow.
The Naval History of Rhode Island — Rhode Island may be small, but it is historically mighty. As a colony, Rhode Island was the first of thirteen to renounce allegiance to the British. And, while Rhode Island is less than 50 miles long and 37 miles wide, its 400 miles of coastline have ensured a rich naval past. The U.S. Navy cemented its presence in Rhode Island during the Civil War when the U.S. Naval Academy was relocated to Newport from Annapolis, Maryland to avoid the dangers to the south. USS Constitution and other training ships including Santee and John Adams docked at Newport Harbor during the war and served as training ships for midshipmen in the Union Navy. These ships, and the capable instructors at the naval academy, helped develop several Rhode Island natives into pioneers and leaders in the U.S. Navy.
Twins earn 'wings of gold' at NAS Meridian — Identical twin brothers completed almost two years of training in the T-45C "Goshawk" with Training Squadron Seven on board Naval Air Station Meridian, July 27. U.S. Marine aviators, 1st Lt. Andrea "Andy" Occhipinti and his brother, Capt. Matteo Occhipinti were joined by four other aviators during the ceremony when they all earned their "Wings of Gold" applauded by family, friends and staff.
After 50 Years, Vietnam Veteran Receives Distinguished Flying Cross — After 50 years of waiting, Ret. Lt. Col. John Jennings received the Distinguished Flying Cross July 27 for his actions back in 1966. The award was presented at Naval Support Activity Mid-South's Marine detachment, where Capt. Caleb Miller and his company stood proudly to honor their fellow Marine. The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent to November 11, 1918.
NRL Expertise Helps Smithsonian Educate Nation's Brightest Teachers — The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory was invited by the Smithsonian Science Education Center to share cutting-edge research with the Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers 2018 summer cohort at the National Museum of Natural History in July. NRL's Matthew Yates, who holds a doctorate in Environmental Engineering, gave an educational lecture to 17 hand-selected teachers on how to create and demonstrate microbial fuel cells to their students.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during the week of July 30 – Aug. 3, 2018. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.