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CHIPS Articles: U.S. Navy History and Week in Review

U.S. Navy History and Week in Review
10 events you may have missed this week in the Navy
By Navy News Service - September 5, 2014

Navy's Spokeswoman Promoted to Rear Admiral — Dawn E. Cutler was promoted to the rank of rear admiral lower half during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery; SECNAV Ray Mabus and CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert spoke at the Sept. 3 event. As the U.S. Navy's Chief of Information, Cutler is the principal spokeswoman for the Department of the Navy, provides strategic counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations, and leads the Navy's public affairs.

V38 Blog: RAND Military Workplace Study — Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard discusses the importance of the RAND Military Workplace Study, a confidential survey which is designed with individual workplace conditions in mind.

Setting her sights on the skies, NAVAIR engineer receives unique recognition — Samantha Pappas, one of NAVAIR’s senior flight test engineers and air vehicle test lead for the Triton Unmanned Air System (UAS) program, is set to receive Women in Aerospace’s (WIA)’s 2014 Initiative, Inspiration, Impact award in October for “being an impeccable leader, inspiring mentor, and exceptional engineer whose technical expertise and unwavering dedication were paramount to the advancement of Naval Aviation.”

Navy Accepts Delivery of First MK VI Patrol Boat — On Aug. 27, the Navy accepted the first delivery of the MK VI patrol boat. The first of 10 patrol boats currently under contract with Safe Boats International in Tacoma, Washington, the MK VI is an 85-foot craft arranged with an ergonomically designed pilothouse, covered fly bridge, re-configurable main deck cabin and below-deck accommodations. The patrol boats will be transitioned to NECC for operational deployment in 2015.

When the Navy Operated in the Arctic — Sept. 4 marked the 60th anniversary of the voyage of U.S. Navy icebreaker USS Burton Island (AGB 1) and U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Northwinds (WAGB 282) through the Northwest Passage via the treacherous M’Clure Strait. Rear Adm. Jonathan White, oceanographer of the Navy and director Task Force Climate Change, discusses the icebreakers’ journey as well as past and future endeavors in the Arctic.

Submarine Group 7 Sailors and Organizations Around the World Participate in SMASHEX — From Aug. 27-28, Sailors from Submarine Group 7 and organizations from countries including Australia and the Republic of Korea took part in a training and response for Simulated Submarine Casualty Exercise (SMASHEX) at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. The purpose of the exercise was to test procedures and practices required in the event of a submarine search, escape and rescue.

Navy to Christen Submarine John Warner — A christening ceremony will be held for John Warner, the Navy’s newest Virginia-class attack submarine, at the Newport News Shipyard in Newport News, Virginia Sept. 6. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Former U.S. Sen. John Warner will deliver the principal address, and his wife, Jeanne Warner, will have the honor of breaking a bottle of sparkling wine against a plate welded to the hull to mark the official christening of the submarine.

Navy Energy Connects on milSuite — MilSuite, created in 2009 to connect people and knowledge increasing awareness of military programs, products, teams, and policies, is a Common Access Card (CAC) enabled tool that allows DoD personnel to create virtual communities, share ideas, and participate in a collaborative work environment.

NAVFAC Proudly Building on 172 Year Navy Heritage — In 1842, Secretary of the Navy Abel P. Upshur officially established Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s predecessor, the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks. Aug. 31 marked NAVFAC’s 172nd anniversary of providing facilities engineering expertise to support the mission readiness of Navy and Marine Corps commanders.

America Visits Peru for final stop of Maiden Transit — The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) reached Callao, Peru Aug. 31 for her final scheduled port visit of “America Visits the Americas.” During the visit, America’s Sailors and Marines and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South conducted bilateral exercises with the Peruvian Navy, hosted a reception for Peruvian guests and distinguished officials, and participated in local community relations projects.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Sept. 2-5, 2014. For more Navy news, go to:

ARLINGTON (Sept. 3, 2014) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus promotes Capt. Dawn Cutler to the rank of rear admiral (lower half) before family and friends at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Cutler was promoted upon her appointment as the Navy chief of information. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor.
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 19, 2014) Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard address Sailors attached to Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 during an all-hands call at Naval Air Station North Island. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
Samantha Pappas, air vehicle test lead for the Navy. Photo courtesy of NAVAIR.
USS Burton Island using explosives to break ice in Antarctica 1964. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
NWP Transit of USS Burton Island. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
CALLAO, Peru (Aug. 31, 2014) Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, center, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, speaks with Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gonzalo Gutierrez, right, during a tour of the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility on her maiden transit. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Huey D. Younger Jr.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Aug. 31, 2014) Shipbuilders at Newport News Shipbuilding pull the bow flag tight on the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) in preparation for the boat's Sept. 6 christening. The bow flag is about 30 feet in diameter and will be the centerpiece of the christening ceremony. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by John Whalen.
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