CHIPS Articles: Editor's Notebook, April-June 2006
Editor's Notebook, April-June 2006
Naval technology is cutting edge, lethal and agile — just like our fighting forces. You will find high-tech operations everywhere the Navy and Marine Corps answer the nation's call to service — sea, air and land. Places you would expect — and some places that you wouldn't — like in the Navy and NASCAR partnership, which you can read about in this issue.
Agility is the watchword for expeditionary naval forces who respond to diverse missions whether engaged in major combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Leyte, Republic of Philippines, or search and rescue operations in the Red Sea.
But the Chief of Naval Operations reports that the Navy is tackling new missions every day in ways that don't involve ships. More than 10,000 Sailors are currently on the ground in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, 4,000 of whom are in Iraq. Recently, the Navy took command of the detainee mission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and a new high-security prison in Iraq. In April, a Navy admiral will take command of the Joint Task Force Horn of Africa in Djibouti.
The CNO has discussed the increasing demand for Special Operations Forces and the creation of a Foreign Area Officer Community. Soon, the Navy will have a riverine capability that will extend the reach of the newly established Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Expeditionary Security Force into the world's shallow waterways.
Training and working with U.S. allies and coalition nations will be instrumental in securing the Navy's success in these new mission areas.
Whether assisting our friends and allies worldwide at sea or on shore, projecting a forward presence or combating terrorism, the limits of Sea Power seemingly know no bounds.
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Jan. 21, 2006 - Crew members assemble on deck with small boats in tow aboard a dhow suspected of piracy, after being intercepted by the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). Upon receiving a report of an attempted act of piracy from the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur on the morning of Jan. 20, Churchill and other U.S. naval forces in the area located this vessel controlled by suspected pirates and reported its position in the Indian Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Information Systems Technician Kenneth Anderson.
Feb. 4, 2006 - Infrared image taken from U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, assisting in search and rescue operations for survivors of the Egyptian ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Red Sea, shows a rescue vessel alongside a life raft. The aircraft, assigned to the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron (VP-47), flew for almost 15 hours during the mission to assist local authorities in the search efforts. VP-47 is homeported at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, and is currently supporting missions in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. U.S. Navy photo.
Norfolk, Va. (March 29, 2006) – With his ship in port, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Edgar Friedrichs, stands watch in the Combat Information Center (CIC), during the Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint Exercise (FST-J) aboard the USS McFaul (DDG 74). FST-J replicates at sea war conditions without participating units needing to deploy from their homeport. A combination of U.S. Navy units, joint and coalition forces participated in FST-J. Joint forces included Air Force Control and Reporting Center, Eglin AFB, Fla., and AWACS Distributed Mission Operations Center Kirtland AFB, N.M. Army units included 108th ADA, 31st ADA, and U.S. Army RTOS Trainer Fort Bliss, Texas. Coalition forces included the British Maritime Warfare School in Portsmouth, U.K., and PJHQ, Northwood, U.K. For the first time German units from Command and Control Systems Command Wilhelmshaven, Germany participated. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Lolita M. Lewis.