PCNO Opening Statement — The Prospective Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John M. Richardson, gave his opening statement at the confirmation hearing in Washington, July 30.
Surface to Surface Missile Test For LCS Successful — Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships (LCS) were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30. Integration of the Longbow Hellfire missile system, designated the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), will increase the lethality of the Navy's fleet of littoral combat ships. The SSMM is expected to be fully integrated and ready to deploy on LCS missions in late 2017.
Powerful Patents: Navy Outranks All Government Agencies in Yearly Report — Predicting the risk of pirate attacks on vital shipping lanes could soon be easier, thanks to a data system that's just one of 364 technologies patented by the Department of the Navy (DoN) in 2014, officials said, July 29. DoN leads the government category in an annual ranking of patent portfolios recently published by the Intellectual Property Owners Association. Titled the IP Record's "Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2014," the report compiles rankings based on patent data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Navy Chaplains Offer Support at Memorial — In Chattanooga, U.S. Navy chaplains offer support and comfort to a community in mourning following the loss of Petty Officer Randall Smith, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt.
Abraham Lincoln's Engineering Department Continues to Attain Early Shipyard Milestones — USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Engineering Department, completed the certification process to enable a portion of the ship's collection, holding, and transfer (CHT) system operational this July at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia.
National Naval Aviation Museum Ensures USS Forrestal "Trial by Fire" Accident is Forever Remembered — Two naval aviators were on hand Tuesday at the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola to examine a section of their historic ship that was recently added to the museum's collection. The USS Forrestal (CVA 59) suffered a devastating fire and resulting explosions resulting from a rocket accident on July 29, 1967 which killed 134 Sailors and injured 161.
USS America Officers Train With Surface Warfare Navy's 'Top Gun' — Officers from the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) received training from Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), July 28. The hour-long training focused on the new generation of surface warfare tactical experts known as warfare tactics instructors (WTIs). SMWDC stood up on June 9 in an effort to develop junior surface warfare officers (SWOs) with enhanced skillsets critical for today's fleet. Surface WTIs will specialize in warfare areas such as amphibious operations, integrated air and missile defense, or a combination of anti-submarine and surface warfare.
International Internship Strengthens Naval Bonds — U.S. and Japanese naval supply leaders gathered together July 28 at the Officer's Club on board Yokosuka Naval Base to recognize a recent graduate from their joint training program, which dates back to 1952. U.S. Sailors from Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistic Center (FLC) Yokosuka and members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) have been gathering several times a year for more than six decades to honor the young Japanese supply officers that complete their joint internship program as a member of one of the U.S. Navy's elite supply commands.
Navy Announces Command Senior Chief Rating — NAVADMIN 177/15, released July 29, establishes the Command Senior Chief (CMDCS) rating to provide earlier leadership opportunity for senior enlisted. Initial eligibility for conversion to the CMDCS Rating will be those active duty Sailors assigned the 9578 Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC). All future conversions to the CMDCS rating will be through the annual CMDCS administrative selection board.
PP15 Women, Peace and Security — A Night with the Woman of RFMF — Pacific Partnership 2015 led to opportunities to meet with the Fijian people — including Major Amelia Tadu, a remarkable woman and RFMF military officer.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during July 27-31, 2015. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.