Navy to Christen Submarine Indiana — The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS Indiana (SSN 789), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, April 29, at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. Vice President Mike Pence, who previously served as the 50th governor of Indiana, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Diane Donald, wife of retired Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion from 2004 to 2012, is serving as the ship's sponsor.
Crew Safely Recovered After Helo Crash Near Guam — The entire crew, including two pilots and one aircrewman, were safely recovered by USS Dewey (DDG 105) after their MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter crashed in waters near Guam on April 26. The incident occurred as the MH-60R helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, currently embarked aboard Dewey, was conducting routine flight operations.
HST Wins CNO Afloat Safety Award — USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Afloat Safety Award from Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, April 24. The award recognizes the ship's commitment to fleet readiness, maximum efficiency and economical use of resources, with the recognition going to commands that have committed themselves to maintaining the highest of safety standards. Selection of a carrier for the CNO Afloat Safety Award is the first step required for further consideration for the SECNAV Safety Excellence Awards.
The Holocaust: Evil Does Not Need Your Help, Only Your Indifference — Service members and civilian teammates attached to Military Sealift Command gathered for a special observance, "Holocaust Days of Remembrance 2017," onboard Naval Station Norfolk, April 25. The event, hosted by MSC's Special Emphasis Program, was held to honor the memory of Jewish victims and survivors of Nazi Germany's genocide during World War II.
Hampton Roads Submariners Celebrate 117 Years of Submarine Heritage — On April 22, more than 950 veterans, active duty and friends gathered for the U.S. Navy’s submarine force's 117th birthday. Though only starting out with a single 64-ton submarine manned by a crew of six, it has grown to become the premier undersea force in the world.
US, UK, France Complete Exercise Alligator Dagger 17 — Forces from the U.S., U.K. and France completed Exercise Alligator Dagger 17, a two-week multilateral amphibious exercise in international waters off the coast of Djibouti and in the vicinity of Djibouti and Arta Beach, April 20. Exercise Alligator Dagger 17, led by U.S. Naval Amphibious Forces, Task Force 51/5th Marine and Expeditionary Brigade (51/5), brought together elements of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) with forces from the Royal Navy and French Marines.
Nimitz Strike Group Successfully Completes COMPTUEX — The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 successfully completed its final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), April 21, marking the completion of its condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX is an exercise that tests a strike group's ability to work and operate as one cohesive unit in a simulated real-world-scenario based training environment.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during April 24-28, 2017. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.