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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 past week in the Navy
By Navy News Service - July 2, 2015
MCPON's 4th of July Message — Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens shares his Independence Day message.

All Clear at Washington D.C. Navy Yard — At 12:03 p.m. the all clear was given at the Washington Navy Yard after a 7:29 a.m. call was placed from a building inside the yard July 2 to report possible gun shots. Navy Yard officials called partner law enforcement agencies for assistance. NCIS agents and other law enforcement have completed their inspection of the Humphreys Building (Bldg. 197). All personnel are safe and accounted for. There are no signs of a shooting, a shooter, or victims.

US Naval Academy Welcomes Class of 2019 — The U.S. Naval Academy welcomed the incoming Class of 2019 in Annapolis July 1.The 1,192 men and women arrived at the academy for Induction Day, more commonly known as I-Day, the beginning of the arduous six-week indoctrination period called Plebe Summer. The new class includes 325 women — 27 percent of the incoming class. This represents the largest number of women to be inducted into the Naval Academy. Among the new plebes are 12 international students from 10 countries: Albania, Cambodia, Georgia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. Sixty-one new plebes are prior-enlisted, including 50 Navy Sailors and 11 Marines.

Remains of Revolutionary War Schooner Presented to Navy — The city of Harrisburg formally presented the remains of Continental Navy schooner Royal Savage to the U.S. Navy during a press briefing at City Hall July 1. Mayor Eric Papenfuse presided over the event in which Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Director Sam Cox accepted the artifacts on behalf of the Navy.

A Prowler Retires Following 45 Years of Naval Service — Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CVWP), hosted a three-day Sunset Celebration commemorating the retirement of the Navy EA-6B Prowler, June 25-27. The celebration, marking the end of an era for the Electronic Attack community, included a history hall in CVWP's Havilland Hangar with a Prowler on display, a farewell ceremony and concluded with the last Navy Prowler flying off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's (NASWI) Ault Field. More than 1,000 registered guests attended the event.

Team Navy Brings Home 43 Medals from Warrior Games 2015 — The 39 seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen who competed on behalf of Team Navy won 43 medals — including 12 gold medals — at the sixth annual Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games June 19 - 28 in Quantico, Virginia.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Makes-A-Wish Come True — Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138, with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, helped to make a boy's dream come true with a hands-on experience inside an EA-18G Growler at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, commemorating the retirement of the EA-6B Prowler June 27. Jonathan Lo was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia after a normal visit to a pediatrician when his family noticed bruising on his body, but the diagnosis hasn't slowed down his love of life or jet aircraft.

Gettysburg Sailors to Fire Civil War Cannons, Return Artifacts to Namesake National Park — Highlighting a trip to their namesake battlefield, USS Gettysburg (CG 64) Sailors will lead the Cemetery Ridge cannon barrage and hold a ceremony to return Civil War artifacts during the 152nd anniversary festivities in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-4.

Kearsarge Navigation Plots Course for Success — It's a multi-billion dollar warship, outfitted with some of the world's most advanced technology. Radar, sonar and global positioning systems (GPS) screens fill the navigation bridge. Many of the tools of the trade have changed through time, but today's Sailor relies heavily on yesterday's concepts to get the ship from one location to another.

Students Take on Navy Missions and Prepare for Future Careers with STEM — Teams of middle school students deployed robots they built and programmed to complete fictitious Navy missions at the Virginia Demonstration Project (VDP) Summer Academy from June 22-26. The students — and their parents, teachers, and mentors — believe that the same science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills applied to the complex scenarios will give them control over their careers, income, and potential to make a positive impact for the United States and the Department of Defense.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during June 29 - July 2, 2015. For more Navy news, go to:

CHINHAE, Republic of Korea, (June 24, 2015) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens speaks with Sailors during an all-hands call as part of a visit to Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher.
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 17, 2014) An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Garudas of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens.
MANASSAS, Va. (June 27, 2015) Retired Petty Officer 3rd Class Redmond Ramos Redmond Ramos finishes his lap as retired Navy Airman Brett Parks begins his during the men's relay in the swimming competition at Freedom Aquatics Center. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Rob Kunzig.
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (June 27, 2015) Jonathan Lo peers out of the cockpit of an EA-18G Growler during a tour of the flight-line at Naval Air Station (NSA) Whidbey Island. Jonathan and his family are at NSA Whidbey Island as a part of the Make-a-Wish program, which provides wishes for children with severe health problems. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter.
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