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Iiams Receives Elmer A. Sperry Award

Ensign Jeffrey Iiams receives the Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award from Jeff Holloway of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Northrop Grumman Corporation presented the second annual Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award to Ensign Jeffrey Iiams, USNA Class of 2010, in honor of the midshipman who demonstrated outstanding navigation skills and knowledge during the four years of professional development at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award was established by the company to honor Elmer A. Sperry, founder of Sperry Marine (now part of Northrop Grumman) in 1910. Sperry invented the first marine gyrocompass in 1908 and earned over 350 patents during his career in the maritime industry. In ceremonies at the Robert Crown Sailing Center at the Naval Academy on May 21, Jeff Holloway, director of International & U.S. defense business development, marketing and sales for Northrop Grumman's Maritime Systems business unit, presented Ensign Iiams a Weems and Plath brass gimbal clock in a wooden case with his name inscribed as well as a congratulatory letter signed by Northrop Grumman Maritime Systems vice president, William B. Hannon. A number of midshipmen were also recognized for professional achievements during the ceremony which included various veterans, alumni, and the Naval Institute organizations. "Midshipman Iiams was chosen for this prestigious recognition among his very highly competitive classmates after being recommended by the Naval Academy professional development staff and faculty," said Capt


Transas Upgrades Bulgarian Naval Training Center

Photo: Transas

An official opening of the upgraded training complex equipped with the Transas state-of-the-art simulators for N.Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy took place on September, 30. Numerous high-rank officials attended the ceremony, dedicated to the start of a new academic year. Among them was Mr. Rosen Plevenliev, the president of Bulgaria and the supreme commander of the armed forces, Mr. Ivan Ivanov, the deputy minister of defense, and many others


C&G Boat Works Awarded $8.3m Contract Modification

C&G Boat Works, Inc., Mobile, Ala., is being awarded an $8,370,633 firm-fixed price (FFP) modification to exercise an option under previously awarded contract N00024-07-C-2236, to construct one YP Training Craft for the U.S. Naval Academy. Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala., and is expected to be completed by Aug 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C. is the contracting activity.


This Day in Naval History – May 28

1813 - Frigate Essex and prize capture five British whalers 1917 - First underway fueling in U.S. Navy, USS Maumee fuels 6 destroyers in North Atlantic. LCDR Chester W. Nimitz served as Maumee's executive officer and chief engineer. 1957 - 1st of 24 detonations, Operation Plumbbob nuclear test 1980 - 55 women become first women graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy. (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History – June 26

1884 - Congress authorizes commissioning of Naval Academy graduates as ensigns 1918 - Marine brigade captures Belleau Wood 1959 - Twenty-eight Naval vessels sail from Atlantic to Great Lakes, marking the formal opening of Saint Lawrence Seaway to seagoing ships. 1962 - NAVFAC Cape Hatteras makes first Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) detection of a Soviet diesel submarine. 1973 - Navy Task Force 78 completes minesweeping of North Vietnamese ports.


This Day in Naval History – Jan. 26

1911 - 1st hydroaeroplane flight is witnessed by naval aviator 1913 - The body of John Paul Jones is laid in its final resting place in the Chapel of Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 1949 - USS Norton Sound, first guided-missile ship, launches first guided missile, Loon. 1960 - USS John S. McCain rescues the entire 41-man crew of the sinking Japanese freighter, Shinwa Maru, in the East China Sea. (Source: Navy News Service)


Fabrication Begins on Final Gulf

Fabrication of the 28th and last Arleigh Burke Class Aegis Destroyer contracted for Gulf Coast construction began on Oct. 18 at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems - Ingalls Operations shipyard, Pascagoula, Miss. Named for the late Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence, DDG 110 is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010. Lawrence's widow, Diane Wilcox Lawrence, is the ship's sponsor. DDG 110 will be assigned to the Pacific Fleet.


Vice Admiral Ryan Assumes Presidency of SUNY Maritime College

Vice Admiral John R. Ryan assumed the presidency of the State University of New York Maritime College during a ceremony held aboard Empire State VI while it was docked in Dublin, Ireland. Formerly the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Ryan is the College's 32nd president since its founding in 1874. The ceremony was attended by 600 Maritime Cadets aboard the ship as well as business and government leaders from Ireland


TPI Tapped to Build Sail Training Craft

TPI Composites, Inc., Warren R.I., is being awarded a $6,783,216 firm-fixed-price contract, for construction of 16 United States Naval Academy 44 foot sail training craft (STC) used for professional development and training for midshipmen. The STCs will be constructed of fiberglass reinforced plastic. Work will be performed in Warren, R.I., and is expected to be completed by April 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 9

Stephen Decatur, USN. 19th Century engraving by D. Edwin, after a Gilbert Stuart portrait. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 9 1815 - Capt. Stephen Decatur concludes treaty for U.S. with Tripoli 1842 - Signing of Webster-Ashburton Treaty under which U.S. and Great Britain agreed to cooperate in suppressing the slave trade. 1865 - Return of Naval Academy to Annapolis after four years at Newport, R.I. 1919 - Construction of rigid airship ZR-1 (Shenandoah) authorized 1941 - Atlantic Charter Conference is first meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston


Navy League Past National President Daniel B. Branch Dies at 75

Daniel B. Branch

The Navy League of the United States mourns the death of its past national president, Capt. Daniel B. Branch Jr., USN retired. He died on Oct. 21, 2013, of complications from mesothelioma cancer at the age of 75. Memorial services will be held Thursday Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at St


Carnival Appoint First Chief Maritime Officer

William Burke: Photo courtesy of US Naval Academy

Carnival Corporation & plc has appointed US Navy retired Vice Admiral William Burke to the newly created position of Chief Maritime Officer, effective December 9, 2013. Burke will report directly to Chief Operations Officer Alan Buckelew and will have oversight of the company's


Top Brass Due at Upcoming SNA Symposium

SNA Symbols

The first big naval professional development event of the year, the Surface Navy Association’s 2014 Symposium,  kicks off in Crystal City, Virginia, with the theme, “Surface Warfare…Warfighting First.”  Leaders in the Navy


Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2014 Board

Clockwise from top left: Judith Roos, Duncan Smith, Nicki Candies and Michael Carthew

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced its 2014 board of trustees. Consisting of 117members, the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees and Directors oversees management of the


US Navy Academy Graduates Class of 2013

Annapolis Class of 2013 Graduation: Photo credit USN

1,047 men and women, including 603 Navy ensigns and 223 Marine Corps second lieutenants graduated in the presence of President Obama. An estimated 30,000 people filled the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md., May 24 to witness the swearing in of the U.S. military's newest officers.


Today in U.S. Naval History: May 28

Today in U.S. Naval History: May 28 1813 - Frigate Essex and prize capture five British whalers 1917 - First underway fueling in U.S. Navy, USS Maumee fuels 6 destroyers in North Atlantic. LCDR Chester W. Nimitz served as Maumee's executive officer and chief engineer.


Today in U.S. Naval history: June 10

Today in U.S. Naval history - June 10 1854 - U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, holds first formal graduation exercises. Previous classes graduated without ceremony. 1896 - Authorization of first experimental ship model tank For more information about naval history


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 26

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 26 1884 - Congress authorizes commissioning of Naval Academy graduates as ensigns 1918 - Marine brigade captures Belleau Wood 1959 - Twenty-eight Naval vessels sail from Atlantic to Great Lakes, marking the formal opening of Saint Lawrence Seaway to


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 1

USS Covington. Fine screen halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in 1918. This ship was torpedoed and sunk in July of that year. (Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 1 1797 - Naval Regulations passed by Congress 1800 - First convoy duty; USS Essex escorts convoy of merchant ships from East Indies to U.S. 1801 - U.S. squadron under Commodore Dale enters Mediterranean to strike Barbary Pirates


Northrop Donate Naval Software, Present Midshipman Navigation Prize

Presentation of Navigation Award: Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently donated $3 million worth of training software to the U.S. Naval Academy, and also presented the Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award to Midshipman First Class Tyler Ledoux. The company donated 100 licenses of its Voyage Management System (VMS)


Navy Midshipman Sues Academy, Superintendent

The female midshipman who has accused three former US Naval Academy football players of sexually assaulting her is now suing the academy and its superintendent, arguing that he must remove himself from the case, reports NBC News. Citing Susan Burke, the attorney representing Midshipman 'Doe'


Jaenichen Nominated to be Permanent Marad Chief

Captain Paul Nathan Jaenichen, Sr., USN (Ret)

This week, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Captain Paul Nathan Jaenichen, Sr., USN (Ret) as Administrator of the Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. Jaenichen has been Acting Administrator since David Matsuda’s departure


ASA Names New 2013-2015 Officers

Paul Hankins: Photo credit ASA

The American Salvage Association (ASA) elected a new slate of officers at its fall meeting on September 9 in Arlington, Virginia, as follows: Paul Hankins, Vice President for Salvage Operations at Donjon Marine Co., Inc., was elected President, succeeding Tim Beaver


Navy's 2013 Stockdale Leadership Awards Decided

Cmdr. Rich Massie berthing USS Maine: Photo credit USN

Cmdr. Richard N. Massie and Cmdr. Leif E. Mollo are the 2013 recipients of the Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award which is presented annually to two commissioned officers on active duty in the grade of commander or below who are serving in command of a single unit and who serve as


URS Appoint Retired Rear Admiral Vice-President

Rear Admiral Nevin Carr: Photo credit URS

Retired Rear Admiral Nevin Carr has been named Vice President for Surface Readiness & Future Capability at URS Corporation. In his new position, Mr. Carr will be responsible for expanding URS’ capabilities and solutions to meet the evolving needs of the surface warfare community


 
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