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Coast Guard Reservists Wish Outgoing Commander ‘Fair Winds and Following Seas’

By Lt. Col. G.P. Mirabella, U.S. Transportation Command Public Affairs In a ceremony rich in nautical tradition, Capt. Deborah A. Dombeck, Coast Guard Reserve, relinquished command of U. S. Transportation Command's Coast Guard Reserve Element to Cmdr. Jeffrey G. Anderson here Dec. 1. "Serving here at USTRANSCOM has truly been an incredible experience," said Dombeck, a resident of Kerrville, Texas. "I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to work side by side with so many outstanding individuals from every branch of the armed forces as well as some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable civilians in the Department of Defense workforce." Guests included USTRANSCOM Commander Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Navy Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau, USTRANSCOM deputy commander, Coast Guard Reserve Rear Adm. John C. Acton, deputy commander for U.S. Coast Guard Mobilization and Reserve Affairs - Atlantic Area, and retired Rear Adm. Thomas J. Hill, Navy Reserve, former commander of USTRANSCOM's Joint Transportation Reserve Unit (JTRU). The ceremony, presided over by Air Force Reserve Maj. Gen. Harold L. Mitchell, current commander of the JTRU, symbolized the formal passing of command of the 18 Coast Guard Reserve personnel assigned to the JTRU from Dombeck to Anderson. The JTRU, the first Department of Defense-authorized "joint" reserve unit, provides USTRANSCOM with the highly skilled personnel it needs from the reserve components of all the services


New Destroyer To Be Named For Vadm. Gravely Jr.

The Department of the Navy will name its newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer after the late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr. Chief of Naval Personnel. Vice Adm. John Harvey made the announcement at the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference, saying, "It's fitting that this type of ship be named after a man who was able to set a true course for our nation's Navy, and at the same time transform challenges into accomplishments and lead the way for a


Rear Adm. Masso Takes Over as Head of Personnel Command

Rear Adm. Edward Masso relieved Rear Adm. David A. Gove as commander of Navy Personnel Command (NPC) and deputy chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) in a change of command ceremony May 17. Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education) was principal speaker at the ceremony. Gove leaves NPC after nearly two years of service. Under his authority


Resolve's New Orleans Ops & Director of Regulatory Affairs

Photo courtesy Resolve Marine Group

Resolve Marine Group has opened a New Orleans base of operations at 643 Magazine Street, Suite 304.  The marine salvage, firefighting and emergency response company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and maintains operations in Theodore, Ala., as well as London, UK and in Singapore. The New Orleans location strengthens Resolve’s commitment to the maritime industry in the Gulf states and expands the marine salvor’s reach along the Gulf Coast and into the Mississippi


U.S. Navy Highlights Environmental Efforts

Personnel from U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) command highlighted the Navy's environmental efforts during Earth Day 2013 events held in the Hampton Roads, Va. area April 20-21. Earth Day is observed April 22 each year, and the Navy's theme for 2013 was "Global Reach - Local Action." Navy leaders encouraged commands across the Navy to participate in local events and to spread the word on the Navy's many environmental success stories


SS United States’ Propeller May be Scrapped

Once one of the worlds greatest ships, the SS United States has fallen into a state of disrepair (Photo courtesy of the SS United States Conservancy)

Once a top secret, the 60,000 pound propeller from the nation’s flagship may be scrapped to raise money for the preservation of the historic vessel. On board America’s Flagship the SS United States on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 11-11:30 a.m., the SS United States Conservancy will announce the result of its nationwide search for a donor to save one of the historic ship’s massive five-blade propellers


Five More to Leave MarAd Reserve Fleet

Five ships moored in Virginia, California, and Texas will be headed to recycling yards under contracts announced today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. Two of the ships are from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, Calif.; two are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas; and one is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Newport News, Va. Maritime Administrator Sean T


This Day in Naval History - Oct. 19

1843 - Capt. Robert Stockton on Princeton, the first screw-propelled naval steamer, challenges British merchant ship Great Western to a race off New York, which Princeton won easily. 1915 - Submarine Base at New London, Conn is established. 1944 - Secretary of the Navy orders African-American women accepted into the Naval Reserve. 1987 - Iranian oil-drilling platform used for military purposes is destroyed.


This Day in Naval History – March 19

1898 - USS Oregon departs San Francisco for 14,000 mile trip around South America to join U.S. Squadron off Cuba 1917 - Navy Department authorizes enrollment of women in Naval Reserve with ratings of yeoman, radio electrician, or other essential ratings. 1942 - SecNav gave Civil Engineering Corps command of Seabees 2003 - Operation Iraqi Freedom begins with Tomahawk strikes from Navy ships and submarines. (Source: Navy News


More Ships Depart Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet

Two obsolete vessels, the Reclaimer and Sagamore, are scheduled to be towed from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on Monday, May 16, 2011. The departures mark the 20th and 21st ships to leave the National Defense Reserve Fleet since October 2009, when the Obama Administration announced its commitment to clean up the site and improve the surrounding environment.  As a result, the U.S. Maritime Administration is more than four months ahead of schedule in removing obsolete U.S


UK Defense Club Reports Strengthened Financial Position

The UK Defence Club, the provider of FD&D (legal costs) insurance to the maritime industry, announced its financial results for the year ending February 20, 2015.   According to the club, highlights include 3,700 ships covered, total assets of £56


China to Use Civilian Ships for Military

Photo: China Shipping Line

 The Chinese government has approved a set of technical guidelines that require all civilian shipbuilders to ensure that their new vessels are suitable for military use in an emergency, the China Classification Society has revealed, reports Reuters.  


Sanction Free Iran to Accrue Strong Investment

After 10 years of diplomatic negotiation, the UN P5+1 countries (the U.S., the U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany) reached an agreement to unwind economic sanctions on Iran in return for significant international control and surveillance over its nuclear activities


Senate Transport Bill Eyes Crude Sale from US Petroleum Reserve

The U.S. Senate's new transportation funding bill proposes the sale of 101 million barrels of crude oil from the government's Strategic Petroleum Reserve in the fiscal 2018-2025 period, collecting $9 billion to fund road and rail projects.  


Somali Pirates Shifting Towards India

Pic: Manohar Parrikars Facebook Page

 Somali pirates, after being neutralized by various countries’ navies, are shifting their locations towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats, says Indian Defence minister Manohar Parrikar.   Because their (shipping) lanes are heavily guarded


'Iron Nickel' is Decommissioned

Rear Adm. Marcus A. Hitchcock, director of fleet and joint training for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, offers three cheers during the decommissioning ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio

Hundreds of current and former crew members, 10 previous commanding officers, and their family members crowded onto the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to bid farewell to the "Iron Nickel" during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego


NSTC Launches New Domain SAPR Website

Poster by the U.S. Navy supporting the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program.U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker

  Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) with the launch of a new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) website, April 1. http://www.netc.navy.mil/nstc/SAPR2/s_assault.asp


Indonesia, Norway to Cooperate on Deep Sea Technology

Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (By dfa-deplu)

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg agreed to cooperate on deep sea technology for oil and gas exploration and maritime sector.   Norway has been advanced on deep sea technology and Indonesia thinks it is beneficial to have cooperation in this


"River Cities" Host First Navy Week of 2015

Official U.S. Navy file photo of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs.

  Bossier City-Shreveport Navy Week begins April 27 and will continue through May 3. Navy Weeks focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects


Gazprom Building up Resource Base

Geological exploration in Krasnoyarsk Territory

In 2014 Gazprom Group (excluding Gazprom Neft) performed exploratory drilling of above 125,000 m of rocks, constructed 32 prospecting and exploratory (7 and 25 accordingly) wells. Over six thousand linear kilometers of 2D seismic profiles were processed


Quad Cities Kicks Off Navy Week

Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, during a practice demonstration. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Perez

Quad Cities Navy Week kicked off May 4 with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) presentation by USS Constitution and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 1 Sailors at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa


MCPON, CNO Honor Sailors of the Year

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathon Greenert delivers remarks during the 2014 Sailor of the Year promotion ceremony at the Navy Memorial. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood.

  The Navy's 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer during a ceremony held at the Navy Memorial, May 14. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert served as guest speaker at the pinning ceremony hosted by Master Chief Petty Officer of the


Sea Shepherd Global Launches Operation Siracusa

The Brigitte Bardot sails off the coast of Siracusa during Op. Siracusa 2014.

  Following on from the incredibly successful 2014 campaign, Sea Shepherd Global launches Operation Siracusa 2015. Led by Sea Shepherd Italia, the campaign aims to defend the fragile ecosystem of the Plemmirio Marine Reserve, off the Eastern coast of Siracusa in Sicily


South China Sea Boils Up

Photo: Council on Foreign Relations

 The overlapping territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve China, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam have recently been moving from bad to worse.   Vietnam is seeking to upgrade its air defences by acquiring western fighter jets and drones


Alaska Drilling - Now or Never?

Despite surging production from U.S. shale plays, the scale of long-term production remains uncertain, leading to the question of where will be the next major play? Attention is being focused on Arctic Alaska, where reserves are waiting to be exploited






 
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