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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

Reservists Rush Aid to Utah Mine; Navy Begins Diving at Minnesota Bridge

By American Forces Press Service Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules aircraft are rushing equipment needed to rescue six miners trapped in a cave-in in Huntington, Utah, and Navy divers are ready to begin work at the site of the collapsed bridge in Minneapolis. The Department of Labor asked for the aircraft to move a seismic vehicle, a shelter, an auxiliary truck and a small number of people to Utah. In Minneapolis

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.

This Day in Naval History - April 30

From the Navy News Service 1798 - Congress establishes Department of the Navy. 1975 - falls to North Vietnamese forces.

This Day in Naval News Service – Jan. 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: Navy News Service)

New Facility for Virginia-Class Submarine Sailors at Newport News Shipbuilding

Vice Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander of Submarine Forces, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Allied Submarine Command, meets with the crew of the future Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) during a tour of Newport News Shipbuildings new Pre-Commissioning Unit facility on Monday. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has opened a new facility that provides workspace for the crews of Virginia-class submarine (VCS) pre-commissioning units (PCUs) while their submarines are under construction.  

Los Angeles to Host Annual 'Fleet Week'

Credit Fleet Week

  Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market for the U.S. Navy, beginning in 2016. LA Fleet Week will run through Labor Day, with active military ships beginning to arrive in the days preceding the

Fincantieri Launches Nuclear Waste Vessel for Russia

Photo: Fincantieri

New semisubmersible floating platform will be used to transport special material decommissioned by the Russian Navy    Itarus, the new semisubmersible floating platform built to transport Russia’s nuclear materials, was launched at a ceremony on November 19 at Fincantieri’s

Russian Navy Trying Hard for Facelift

Image: Center for International Maritime Security

 Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns, says a report in Center for International Maritime Security.  

IDF's First-Ever Submarine Rescue Exercise

Photo: IDF spokesperson

 Israeli navy (IDF) holds special exercises with their Italian counterparts in order to perfect joint methods for rescuing the crew of a sunken submarine, reports Ynet.   This type of exercise is rare among navies, and the first of its kind in Israel

BMT – DoT Partnership Extended

BMT JFA Consultants has completed number of projects  courtesy BMT JFA

  BMT JFA Consultants, together with sister company BMT Oceanica, subsidiaries of BMT Group (BMT), have announced that the Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT) has taken up the Contract option to extend its current contract for a further two years.  

Chinese Naval Ships Dock in US

People welcome the Chinese naval fleet at the United States Naval Station Mayport. Photo: Xinhua

 Three Chinese naval vessels have arrived at a US Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville,  in the US state of Florida, reports Xinhua.   The "goodwill" visit will help build trust and increase understanding, according to the Mayport Public Affairs Office

Sydney farewells Namesake RAN Ship

Farewell to HMAS Sydney

  Australia has farewelled a Royal Australian Navy ship that has served the country for over three decades in a ceremony today on Sydney Harbour.   The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK MC (Retd), together with the Minister for Defence

SSN 798 Submarine Named USS Massachusetts

Attack Submarines - SSN

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that SSN 798, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Massachusetts during a taped video message at Gillette Stadium. The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy

Djibouti Maritime Contingency Planning Exercise

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national table top exercise on maritime contingency planning was conducted in Djibouti (9-10 November), as part of a series of events leading up to the official opening of the Djibouti Regional Training Centre on Thursday (12 November).   

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

Artists impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”.   The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction

U.S., Korea Conclude Exercise Clear Horizon

Exercise Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies that focus on increasing capabilities and coordination between ships, and aircraft in mine countermeasures in international waters surrounding the Korean peninsula Photo USN

   Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, Detachment 1, and Mine Countermeasure Squadron (MCMRON) 7, completed the bilateral mine countermeasures exercise Clear Horizon with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, Nov. 13.  Exercise Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral

New RIB Delivered to Vermont State Police


The Vermont State Police Department Marine Division has taken delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 RIB built by RIBCRAFT, a U.S. manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats for safety professionals, law enforcement and military agencies.  

U.S. Joins Lawsuit Alleging ISS Overbilling

The government has announced  that it has joined a lawsuit alleging that Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, Inchcape) violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the U.S

Manslaughter Charges Filed in 2012 Oil Platform Blast

Two companies involved in the deadly 2012 explosion of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico have been indicted on federal charges of involuntary manslaughter, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday. Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC and Grand Isle Shipyards Inc

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