This week in U.S. Navy History:
On January 18, 1911, the first aircraft landing onboard a ship takes place when pilot Eugene Ely lands onboard the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania.
On January 19, 1840, USS Vincennes, commanded by Lt. Charles Wilkes, becomes the first U.S. Navy ship to reach the Antarctic Continent during the Exploring Expedition.
Overcoming Hurdles — The Legacy of Master Chief Carl Brashear — Throughout mankind’s history, there have been stories of individuals who have overcome extremely difficult odds in order to showcase the true strength of the human spirit with amazing results. Carl Maxie Brashear is one of those individuals who demonstrated unyielding tenacity to overcome his circumstances only to achieve his ultimate goal of becoming a United States Navy Master Diver.
Navy Installations and Commands Exercise Force Protection — Navy installations within the continental United States (CONUS) will conduct Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 Jan. 29 - Feb. 9. Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 is a two-part anti-terrorism force protection exercise conducted by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) in conjunction with Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) on all CONUS Navy installations.
John C. Stennis Observes MLK Day — USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Sailors observed Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day aboard the ship while underway, Jan. 18. MLK was instrumental in America's civil rights movement, and is still celebrated today for his approach to embracing peace and togetherness in American society nearly 50 years after his assassination.
USS Anchorage Departs for NASA's Orion Mission — San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) departed from Naval Base San Diego to conduct an Underway Recovery Test (URT) in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California, Jan. 17. URT-6 is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely practice and evaluate recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in an open ocean environment that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft upon its return to Earth. This will mark the fourth time Anchorage will conduct a URT mission with NASA.
Mission Ready: ONR, Orlando Science Center Partner for Flight — The Orlando Science Center, in partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), last week held a ribbon-cutting for its new Flight Lab. This permanent exhibit will provide visitors with a virtual, hands-on experience where they can learn how to pilot an F-35B-the Marine Corps variant of the most advanced aircraft on Earth.
Navy COOL and VOLED are Coming to You — Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) and Voluntary Education (VOLED) representatives plan to share important information about their respective programs with Sailors over the next upcoming weeks. The Navy COOL and VOLED offices regularly send representatives to specific geographic locations to brief their Navy programs to area Sailors at no cost to the hosting command. These briefs are normally one hour in length and the COOL representatives discuss and demonstrate the importance of credentialing and licensing during and after a Sailors Navy career.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Jan. 14-19, 2018. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.