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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

US Must Exercise Freedom of Navigation in Asia-Pacific -Navy Commander

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said on Friday the United States must carry out freedom of navigation patrols throughout the Asia Pacific, but declined to say whether it planned go within 12 nautical miles of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.  

Naval War College Contributions Recognized

U.S. Naval War Colleges (NWC) Luce Hall located at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island.

  U.S. Naval War College (NWC) leaders and alumni received a warm welcome on Capitol Hill, Oct. 7 during a congressional breakfast organized by Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed. The event offered a chance for members of Congress and their staff to hear details of how NWC educates and develops

China Crude Cargoes Stranded on VLCCs

About 4 million barrels of crude oil bought by a Chinese state trader for the country's strategic reserves have been stranded in two tankers off an eastern port for nearly two months due to a lack of storage. The delays will cost millions of dollars and indicate how China is struggling to

North Group Increases Projected Free Reserve

Directors of the North P&I Club and Sunderland Marine Insurance Company (North Group) have revised their projection for the group’s year-end free reserve up to $380 million, an increase of 12 percent on last year and $20 million more than estimated at the half-year point.

US Adds Russian Oil Field to Sanctions List

The United States has added a Russian oil and gas field, the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, to its list of energy sector sanctions prompted by Moscow's actions in Ukraine, drawing a prompt rebuke from the Kremlin on Friday.   The federal government said on Thursday the field

USMMA Welcomes Class of 2019

Photo: USMMA

On Saturday, August 8, The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point welcomed 243 “plebe candidates” of the Class of 2019 into the Regiment of Midshipmen as they took USMMA’s Corps of Cadets Oath administrated by Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Ph.D

Can't Touch This: The Climate Case Against Arctic Drilling

Photo: White House

 A new report released today by Oil Change International and Greenpeace USA details a clear case against drilling for oil in the Arctic ocean based on climate science imperatives.    The report, “Untouchable: The Climate Case Against Arctic Drilling,” shows U.S

Tianjin Resumes Commodity Port Ops

Oil, gas and iron ore imports resume after disruptions; Strategic oil reserves in the region not affected. Many operations have resumed at China's Tianjin port, trade sources said, after explosions last week that killed more than 100 people and disrupted business at what is an important oil

India to sell 5% stake in Dredging Corp

Photo: Dredging Corporation of India

 India will sell 5 per cent of its stake in the country's largest dredging company, Dredging Corporation of India (DCI).    The government will sell up to 1.4 million shares of face value of Rs 10 each, representing 5 percent of the total paid up equity share capital of the company

Chinese Ships Spotted off Alaska

Image: Xinhua

 Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska coast, coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to the the U.S. state.   US defence officials have spotted three Chinese combat ships

Swedish Club 1H post $ 6.3 mln Deficit


  In the first six months of the accounting year 2015 the Swedish Club made a deficit of USD 6.3 million. The result was affected by lower returns from both the technical- and non-technical accounts.   Underwriting performance registered a combined ratio of 112% but remains slightly

China’s Crisis Not Impacting Tanker Market

Graph: Gibson Consultancy and Research

 In its latest weekly report, London-based shipbroker Gibson noted on China that “certainly, Chinese manufacturers have lost their appetite for commodities which has impacted heavily on demand for coal, iron ore and copper with an obvious impact on the dry cargo market.   

Burning All Fossil Fuels could Thaw Antarctica, Raise Seas-Study

Antarctica as of Now

  Burning all the world's fossil fuel reserves could thaw the entire Antarctic ice sheet and push up world sea levels by more than 50 metres (160 feet), over thousands of years, an international study said on Friday. Such a melt, also eliminating the far smaller ice sheet on Greenland

USS Cowpens Holds Cruiser Modernization Induction

USS Cowpens

  The guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) was inducted as the first ship to undergo a modernization effort that will significantly upgrade its capabilities in multiple mission areas, Sept. 25, at Naval Base San Diego. The CG Phased Modernization Program is designed to balance the

Qatar – World's Biggest LNG Exporter

Photo:  Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Qatar has retained the crown of the biggest exporters of natural gas and the biggest exporter of liquid gas or LNG in the world, reports The Peninsula.   The country exported nearly 77 million tonnes (MT) of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in 2014 which was approximately one-third of

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