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Navy, Marine Corps Garner Energy Awards

Seventeen Navy and Marine Corps Energy Teams and an individual energy manager have been singled out for conserving energy, saving money and avoiding pollution in FY2001. The Navy's Shipboard Energy Conservation Team (ENCON) is the winner of a rare Presidential Award. The award winners represent Navy activities, ships and Marine Corps bases. Their efforts avoided the consumption of many thousands of MBtus of electricity, gallons of fuel, and tons of pollution, easing the strain on natural resources and demand for new power plants. Those earning praise for their conservation performance were identified through a worldwide Federal awards program conducted annually by the Department of Energy's Federal Energy and Water Management Program (FEMP) and another by the Secretary of The Navy (SECNAV). The official announcements will be made this week at functions in Washington, DC. DON Secretary Gordon England applauded the work of the energy teams, noting the link between their performance and the fight against terrorism. "It is clear that our enemies would like to see America in disarray. It must vex them that, instead, we have pulled together. Our energy conservation performance is a powerful symbol of that. Our men and women could not have been faulted for setting energy concerns aside in a time of war. Instead, they've focused on the future, saved resources, and made the Navy and Marine Corps-indeed the entire nation-stronger for their work," he said.


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 7

USS Grayback (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 7 1958 - Commissioning of USS Grayback, first submarine built from keel up with guided missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile. 1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) rescues four Russian soldiers from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island, which was drifting several weeks after their engine failed off Kamchatka Peninsula. 1966 - Department of Navy reorganized into present structure under CNO


Navy's First LCS Honors Freedom

Secretary of the Navy Gordon England has selected the name Freedom for the Navy's first new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The future USS Freedom acknowledges the enduring foundation of our nation and honors American communities from coast to coast which bear the name Freedom. States having towns named Freedom range from New York to California, and include Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


Navy Lab Marks 30 years of Environmental Quality

The Environmental Quality Department (EQD) laboratories at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock are celebrating 30 successful years of advancing environmental enhancement for ships and submarines. In that time, EQD scientists and engineers have earned more than 23 patents and have installed waste management systems on nearly every ship in today's Navy. Through many name and location changes, the department has maintained a


Navy Secretary Departs Office

The 74th Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter, resigned his office as planned on March 13. Winter had agreed to remain in office until March 13, to ease the transition of the Department of Defense.   “As I relinquish my duties as Secretary of the Navy, I count myself blessed for having had the opportunity to serve as your Secretary,” Winter said in a message to the Navy and Marine Corps.  “No period in my professional life can compare to the experiences that I


Army Transfers JHSVs to Navy

The Department of Defense announced that the departments of the Navy and Army signed a Memorandum of Agreement May 2 transferring all five of the Army's Joint High Speed Vessels to the Navy.   The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command will own and operate all 10 JHSVs, which will be designated as USNS and crewed by civil service and contract mariners.   Initially, the JHSV program was envisioned to have five of the first 10 JHSVs assigned to the Army and the remainder to the Navy


Gordon England Sworn in as 73rd Secretary of The Navy

The Honorable Gordon R. England, right, receives the oath of office during a short swearing in ceremony as the 73rd Secretary of the Navy. Administering the oath is Mr. John H. La Raia, Assistant for Administration to the Under Secretary of the Navy. Secretary England becomes only the second person in history to serve twice as the leader of the Navy Marine Corps Team and the first to serve in back to back terms. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Craig P. Strawser.


Navy Awards $256.1m in Training and Ed Contracts

The Navy has awarded contracts potentially worth $256.1m to six companies to provide education and training services.  The winners are EG&G Technical Services Inc., General Dynamics Information Technology, Lockheed Martin Corp., Technical Software Services Inc., Raytheon Technical Services Co. and Carley Corp., the Defense Department said Aug. 22.  The companies will provide education and training products and support services for the Navy’s Manpower, Personnel


This Day in U.S. Naval History – January 20

1783 - Hostilities cease between Great Britain and the United States 1903 - Theordore Roosevelt issues Executive Order placing Midway Islands under jurisdiction of the Navy Department. 1914 - School for naval air training opens in Pensacola, FL. 1948 - Establishment of U.S. Persian Gulf Area Command (later changed to Middle East Force in August 1948). (Source: U.S. Navy News Service)


US Navy Releases Report on Yard Shooting

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus released, today, the Department of the Navy's investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic events of Sept. 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard. The investigation team, led by Adm. John Richardson, focused on the prior military and employment history of the shooter, Aaron Alexis; the events of Sept. 16; and post-incident response. The team also assessed how well the Department of the Navy implemented programs and policies designed to


NSPAD Tested, Boon for Navy

At Sea Evaluation

This project was originally proposed to NSRP as the Improved Advanced Watertight Door, with a goal of promoting a successful developmental door design to full commercial availability as an option to use on surface ships in place of the existing Navy Standard Watertight Door (NSWD).


Navy Develops Prototype for Diver Life Support

U.S. Navy photo by Anthony Powers

Scientists at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PC) have developed a prototype for a new life support system for divers, the U.S. Navy announced.    According to the Navy, the goal of the new system is to accelerate the deployment of Navy divers


RIBCRAFT Delivers Boat to Decatur Police Department

 The Decatur Polices new RIBCRAFT Vessel (photo courtesy of RIBCRAFT)

  RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for safety professionals, law enforcement, and military agencies, announced the delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 to the City of Decatur, Alabama for patrol and enforcement operations.  


USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Completes Acceptance Trials

The USNS Trenton in action (photo courtesy of Austal)

  Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) successfully completed Acceptance Trials (AT) on March 13, 2015 in the Gulf of Mexico. Austal, the Trenton's shipbuilder, today announced the completion of the trials, which are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship. 


US Navy: One Year Delay in Zumwalt Class Destroyers

General Dynamics Corp will deliver two Zumwalt-class destroyers a year later than planned, U.S. Navy officials said, blaming complications related to new technology. The Navy is adjusting its official baseline for the $22 billion DDG 1000 ship program to reflect the new delivery dates but the


Indonesian Navy gives 10 ships to Maritime Security Board

Picture: Indonesian Navy

 The Indonesian Navy has planned to hand over 10 Navy Patrol ships (KAL) to the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) by the end of this year, reports Jakarta Post.   According to Navy chief of staff, Adm. Ade Supandi, said the 10 ships would require alterations before they could be used


Maritime Security Experts Meet in Jacksonville

One of the MARSEC East 205 boat demonstrations featured a pursuit and arrest of noncompliant boaters in an exclusion area.  (Photo by William Lusk)

Maritime security experts are gathering this week at Maritime Security 2015 East in Jacksonville, Florida, to exchange information and ideas, as well as learn about and see emerging technologies and operational concepts in action.  Presentations were made by speakers from the Navy and Coast


Navy Names Next Destroyer Delbert D. Black

The U.S. Navy’s first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Delbert D. Black.

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today during a ceremony held at the Navy Memorial that the next Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG-119, will be named Delbert D. Black. The future USS Delbert D. Black was named in honor of the first master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON)


Inside The New US Maritime Strategy

Photo: United States Navy

  The US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have revised America's maritime strategy to add "all domain access" to its traditional sea-based defense functions, a Navy report says.    "This [all domain access] function assures appropriate freedom of action in any


Singapore, Malaysia Conduct Maritime Exercise

Image: Republic of Singapore Navy

 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) conducted a bilateral maritime exercise, reports Channel News Asia.   The 12-day Exercise Malapura involved about 600 personnel from Singapore Navy and Malaysia


Myanmar Ferry Sinking Kills About 50

Myanmar Map: Operation World

 About 50 people have died in the sinking of an overloaded ferry off the coast of western Myanmar police say. Rescuers have been frantically searching for survivors   The boat had 209 people on board when it ran into high seas late on Friday on a voyage from the coastal town of


Iranian Navy Claims as Forerunner of Fight against Maritime Terrorism

Irans New Home-Made Destroyer Damavand (Photo by Iranian Navy)

 Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iranian Navy is a “symbol of fight against maritime terrorism and establishing security”   He underscored his forces' high level of preparedness to push back any possible threat to the nation


Navy Announces SAAPM 2015 Theme

Courtesy USN

  Navy leaders announced March 16 the Department of Defense 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) theme of "Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know your part. Do your part." The effort will focus on raising awareness and highlighting prevention of sexual violence with


US Urges Asia for a Joint Move in South China Sea

South China Sea Tensions:  Council on Foreign Relations

 The commander of the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet Vice Admiral Robert Thomas urged Southeast Asian nations to form a combined maritime force to patrol areas of the South China Sea where territorial tensions flare with China, reports Bloomberg.  


Sen. Wicker Calls for Larger Navy

      Sen. Roger Wicker, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower

  U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower, today called for increased shipbuilding and warned about readiness shortfalls  while delivering the opening statement for the subcommittee's review of Navy shipbuilding programs.  






 
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