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Great Lakes, St Lawrence Seaway Coastguard Command Changes

Change of Command Ceremony: Photo courtesy of USCG

The US Coast Guard change-of-command ceremony for its 9th District, which spans the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and parts of the surrounding states; & at the same time a retirement ceremony for its departing commander. Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, presided over the ceremony to transfer command of the 9th District from Rear Adm. Michael Parks to Rear Adm. Fred Midgette. Parks assumed command of the 9th District in April 2010. Following the change-of-command ceremony, Parks will retire after 35 years of Coast Guard service and plans to travel for the summer and spend time with his family. Midgette reports to the 9th District from his position as the military advisor to the secretary of homeland security. He’s returning to Cleveland, having previously served as 9th District chief of staff, or second in command of district operations, from May 2010 to May 2011. Headquartered in Cleveland, 9th District units are responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and parts of the surrounding states including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of shared international border with Canada. The 6,000 active-duty, Reserve, civilian and Auxiliary men and women deliver multi-mission services in search and rescue, maritime safety and security, environmental protection, maritime law enforcement, aids to navigation, and icebreaking.


First SEAL Appointed Navy War College President

Rear Adm. Howe: Official USN photo

Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III relieved Rear Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr., as the 55th president and first Navy SEAL in command of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, during a change of command ceremony with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, informs  U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs. Rear Adm. Howe, a U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School and National War College graduate


U.S. Nuclear Submarine Mississippi Completes First Voyage

The nation’s newest and most-advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, Mississippi (SSN-782), returned to the Electric Boat shipyard following the successful completion of its first voyage in open seas, called alpha sea trials. Mississippi is the ninth ship of the Virginia Class, the most-capable class of attack submarines ever built. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). During the alpha sea trials


US, ROK Navy Strengthen Alliance

ROKN Commander Maritime Task Flotilla 7 Rear Adm. Kim Jongil, right, receives a brief inside an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Lt. Cmdr. Greg Nery assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 (U.S. Navy photo by Kegan E. Kay)

By Paolo Bayas Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70; Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15; and Republic of Korea navy (ROKN) Maritime Task Flotilla (MTF) 7 held a Composite Warfare Committee (CWC) to improve combined warfighting skills and strengthen the U.S. and ROKN alliance, Feb. 17-20. Air defense, ballistic missile defense, antisubmarine warfare (ASW), surface warfare, tactical data links, and communications were discussed during the summit exploring the integration of ROKN's


U.S. Navy Assumes Command of CTF 152

Rear Adm. Allen G. Myers relieved Italian Navy Rear Adm. Emilio Foltzer as Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 commander Dec. 3 during a change of control ceremony aboard ITS Etna (A 5326). CTF 152 is responsible for conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the central and southern Persian Gulf. During the ceremony, Myers stressed the importance of regional maritime partnerships. “Between supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and continuing the mission of maritime security


DA, Coast Guard announce HAL Plea Agreement

Coast Guard 17th District Commander Rear Adm. James Olson, left, and Timothy Burgess, United States Attorney for the District of Alaska announced that HAL Maritime Ltd, an operating company of Holland America Line, agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges arising from the negligent discharge of 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Juneau harbor from the cruise ship Ryndam Aug. 17, 2002. (Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie)


MSC Refit Team Recognized for Outstanding Performance

Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr. (left), commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, congratulates Art Rowe, the fleet liaison officer. (U.S. Navy photo by Bill Cook)

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command, recognized 82 MSC military and civilian employees with commendations for their role in refitting USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) during a ceremony yesterday on Naval Station Norfolk, Va.   Ponce, formerly an amphibious transport dock ship, was refitted by MSC in approximately five months as an interim Afloat Forward Staging Base and deployed June 1 to U.S. Central Command.  


Merchant Marine Reserve Program becomes Strategic Sealift Officer Program

After extensive coordination with several Navy organizations and the U.S. Maritime Administration, the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics approved revisions to the latest CNO Instruction (OPNAVINST 1534.lD) transitioning the Merchant Marine Reserve (MMR) Program into the Strategic Sealift Officer Program (SSOP) on June 10. The SSOP supports national defense sealift requirements and capabilities, which are executed by Military Sealift Command (MSC)


Underwater Technology Company Appoints Advisory Board

Image credit Channel Technologies Group

 Channel Technologies Group inaugurates new Strategic Advisory Board Channel Technologies Group (CTG) has named Ret. Vice Adm. John J. Donnelly, Ret. Rear Adm. Nevin P. Carr and Ret. Rear Adm. Winford (Jerry) Ellis to the company’s first Strategic Advisory Board (Board). The Board will help CTG expand its leadership position in the underwater technology industry through identifying methods to better connect with customers and identifying solutions to current and future challenges.


Joe Tofalo to Lead US Submarine Force

Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo in 2012. US Navy Photo

 Rear Adm. Joe Tofalo will take command of Submarine Forces, a post that comes with a third star and oversees the submarine force's manning, gear and training.   Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the president has made the following nomination: "Navy Rear Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo, for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as commander, Naval Submarine Forces; commander, Submarine Force, U.S


This Day In Naval History: July 28

USNS Watkins (T-AKR-315) (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1861 - During the Civil War, the frigate, USS St. Lawrence, spots a schooner flying English colors and gave chase. Some four hours later, as she is overhauling the schooner, the fleeing vessel runs up the Confederate flag and fires three shots. Firing with her forecastle battery, St


Biden Visits Stennis

Vice President Joe Biden with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, the worlds largest international maritime exercise. RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the worlds oceans. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luke MoyerReleased)

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) July 14, while the ship and John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) were participating in the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. The visit, which occurred just one day before the six-month mark of their current


This Day In Naval History: July 13

Richard Byrd (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

1812 - The frigate, USS Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, captures the merchant brig, Lamprey, in the Atlantic.    1854 - The sloop of war, USS Cyane, bombards San Juan del Norte (Greytown), Nicaragua, in retaliation for ill-treatment of U.S. citizens


This Day In Naval History: July 1

Rear Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr. (U.S. Navy photo)

1801 - Commodore Richard Dale's squadron arrives at Gibraltar for the protection of American interests and to strike at the Barbary Pirates in the Mediterranean. Squadron ships were USS President, USS Philadelphia, USS Essex, and USS Enterprise.


U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduates 229

Hat Toss1s Courtesy USMMA

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point graduated 229 new Merchant Marine and Military Officers as part of its Class of 2016 commencement ceremony today. The keynote speaker, Gen. Darren W. McDew, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)


Wärtsilä Welcomes Cadets of SUNY Maritime Training Ship

SUNY Maritime students get an up-close view of the assembly of an 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50 diesel engine during their visit to Trieste, Italy. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä welcomed cadets from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College to its Trieste factory during the school's summer sea term Italian port stop in June. The students use the summer sea term to gain practical experience on board the SUNY Maritime training ship


This Day In Naval History: June 10

USS Firebolt (PC 10) (U.S. Navy photo by Randall Damm)

1854 - The first formal graduation exercises are held at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Previous classes graduated without a ceremony. Rear Adm. Thomas O. Selfridge and Rear Adm. Joseph N. Miller are two of the six graduates that year.


This Day In Naval History: June 9

Mrs. R. Anderson christens the George Washington (SSBN-598) at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics on June 9, 1959 (Photo: Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)

1813 - During the War of 1812, the frigate, President, commanded by John Rodgers, is en route between the Azores and England when it begins a series of captures of British vessels that include the brig Kitty, the packet brig Duke of Montrose, the brig Maria, and the schooner Falcon.  


US Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Zumwalt

The future guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) transits the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials April 21, 2016 with the Navys Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy's next-generation of multimission surface combatants, May 20.   DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack


This Day In Naval History - May 20

USS Russell (DDG 59) (U.S. Navy photo by Melinda Larson)

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur sails with his flagship USS Guerriere and a squadron of nine ships for the Mediterranean to suppress piracy. Under strict negotiations, Decatur is able to secure a treaty with the Day of Algiers, His Highness Omar Bashaw, on July 3.


Hundreds Show Support for SUNY Maritime

More than 500 people attended SUNY Maritime College’s annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner to honor Tom Higgins, chief administrative officer of First Data, and astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly.   “Both of these men have achieved extraordinary heights,” said Rear Adm


This Day In Naval History - May 11

1862 - CSS Virginia is destroyed by Confederates off Craney Island to prevent capture.   1898 - During the Spanish-American War, Marines and Sailors from USS Marblehead (C 11) and USS Nashville (PG 7) cut the trans-oceanic cable near Cienfuegos, Cuba, isolating Cuba from Spain


This Day In Naval History: May 6

USNS Laramie (T-AO 203). (U.S. Navy photo)

1860 - The sloop-of-war Portsmouth, commanded by John Calhoun, captures the slaver brig Falmouth off Porto Praya. 1908 - The Great White Fleet anchors in San Francisco Bay, Calif. The fleet is delayed from its round-the-world cruise after both Rear Adm. Robley D. Evans and Rear Adm. Charles M


ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses SUNY Maritime Grads

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki addresses SUNY Maritime College graduates, awarded honorary Doctor of Science   Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College graduates, their families


This Day In Naval History: April 21

Cover of the Commissioning program, April 21 2001 at Tampa, Fla.

1861 - Sloop-of-War Saratoga, commanded by Alfred Taylor, captures Nightingale, a clipper slaver, at the mouth of the Congo River at Cabinda, Angola, with 961 slaves on board. 1898 - President William McKinley orders the Navy to begin a blockade of Cuba and Spain






 
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