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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 19, 2014

Navy's Triton Unmanned Aircraft Completes First Cross-country Flight — Sept. 18 marked the successful completion of MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System’s (UAS) first ever cross-country flight. The historic flight, which took around 11-hours and racked up a total of 3,290 nautical miles, departed from Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, California facility and landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland at 7:53 a.m.

Sept. 17, 1787: The Continental Convention signs the Constitution of the United States at Philadelphia, Pa., replacing the Articles of the Confederation. Named in honor of the Constitution, USS Constitution was launched in 1797 and to date is the world's oldest commissioned U.S. Navy ship in service.

Interactive Map: CNIC Monitoring Energy Consumption — The Navy has designed a new tool to increase energy awareness and improve energy efficiency at Navy installations. NSGEM will enable the Navy to track the energy consumption of every U.S. Navy installation by providing data accuracy, centralized information, transparency and visibility of information in energy and translating information into visual cues to allow for ease of data interpretation.

CNO Charts A Course for A Successful ISS — On Sept. 17, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert gave his opening remarks at the 21st International Seapower Symposium (ISS-21). Greenert discussed his vision for the symposium, emphasizing the need for open sharing, mutual respect, and focus on commonalities to enable the symposium to be most productive. The ISS is being held at the U.S. Naval War College, where more than 170 senior officers and civilians from 113 countries, including many of the senior-most officers from those countries' navies and coast guards, have gathered for this year's event.

Washington Navy Yard Remembers Shooting One Year Later —Washington Navy Yard employees came together for a ceremony to remember the lives of co-workers, friends and loved ones who lost their lives during the tragic events of Sept. 16, 2013. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert spoke at the “purposely low-key” event, which was attended by more than 2,000 Navy Yard employees.

The Future USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) Delivered — The delivery of the future USNS Fall River, the Navy's fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), was accepted by the Navy Sept. 15, marking a major milestone — the official transfer of the vessel from the shipbuilder to the Navy. The ship, which is designed to support a variety of missions, has a core crew of 22 civilian mariners who operate and navigate the ship as part of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command.

America Arrives to Homeport After Maiden Transit — After two months in transit for her maiden voyage, the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived in San Diego Sept. 15, marking the first time the ship has been in her homeport. USS America’s commissioning is scheduled to take place Oct. 11 in San Francisco.

Valiant Shield: Working Together to Maintain a Unified Joint Force — Rear Adm. Robert P. Girrier, deputy commander and chief of staff for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, discusses the benefits of the joint warfighting exercise Valiant Shield.

New App Showcases Sailors, Projects That Can Disrupt the Future of Energy — Energy Warrior, an app which “highlights the efforts of Sailors and other naval personnel who are taking innovative steps to conserve energy, lead behavioral change, and get the maximum warfighting punch out of every gallon,” was released Sept. 15 and is available free of charge for both Mac and Android tablets.

Don't Go in the Water, Unless You Take Your Underwater Archaeology Gear — A walk on the beach yielded an unexpected find: a Navy cannon from a pre-Civil War era schooner, the USS Shark.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Sept. 15-18, 2014. For more Navy news, go to:

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Sept. 18, 2014) The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its inaugural cross-country ferry flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Triton took off from the Northrop Grumman Palmdale, Calif. facility Sept. 17. U.S. Navy photo by Erik Hildebrandt.
USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, fires its starboard guns while underway in Massachusetts Bay on July 21, 1997. This was the first time in 116 years the ship was underway under sail. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Chief John E. Gay.
NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 16, 2014) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert makes brief introductory remarks during a special Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security Dialogue hosted by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus at the 21st International Seapower Symposium (ISS-21). U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor.
WASHINGTON (Sept. 16, 2014) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus speaks to co-workers, friends and loved ones during a ceremony dedicated to remembering those who lost their lives one year ago Sept. 16, 2013 during the Navy yard shooting. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Gregory A. Pickett II.
GULF OF MEXICO (July 25, 2014) The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 3, 2014) The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), front, and ships from the Peruvian navy are underway in formation during a passing exercise in the Pacific Ocean. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Riley.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 20, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), are underway after exercise Valiant Shield 2012 (VS12). Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
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