SNA's "Old Salt" Award Passed to Adm. Davidson
Adm. Philip S. Davidson, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), became the Navy’s newest “Old Salt” during an award presentation Oct. 22 at the Pentagon.The “Old Salt” award is given to the active duty officer who has held the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) qualification for the longest amount of time."It is a tremendous honor to receive this award. I have been fortunate to be part of this organization for more than 35 years, serving alongside a number of amazing men and women.
Navy Competes for Resources at Home, against Asymmetric Threats Abroad
The U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. The document presents Richardson’s priorities with four “lines of effort” to strengthen naval power at and from the sea; achieve high velocity learning at every level; strengthen our Navy team for the future’ and expand and strengthen our network of partners. It isn’t an earth-shattering document, and perhaps is most telling for what it doesn’t say, as opposed to what is says. The document makes a strong case for forward presence, which has been the raison d’etre for the U.S. Navy for decades.
Homeland Security May 1 Briefing, Oil Spill Response
The following is a transcript from a May 1, 3:52 p.m. EDT, press briefing by Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan on ongoing response to the oil spill following the Deepwater Horizon incident. ADMIRAL ALLEN: Thank you, Denis. Good afternoon to you all. This afternoon it was announced that I would be the National Incident Commander for this continuing response. I'd like to provide some context at the outset and make a couple of comments about myself personally and some background that I have. And then John Brennan will make some remarks. Regarding this incident, as you all know…
Skelton on Defense Budget Proposal
“Members of the House Armed Services Committee are anxious to examine the details of the President’s defense budget proposal and get to work on the Fiscal Year 2010 defense authorization bill. In the current economic climate, it is more important than ever to ensure that each defense dollar is spent wisely and effectively. While many difficult budget and policy decisions are ahead of us, I believe the $533.8 billion requested for defense is a reasonable level which will allow us to support our troops and keep America safe. “I commend the administration for making service members and their families a priority in this budget. I am especially pleased that this year’s budget proposal does not impose new fees on the TRICARE health benefits our service members and their families need.
Mullen Promises Review of Antipiracy Ops
The U.S. military has initiated a review to look "broadly and widely and deeply" at the overall strategy on piracy off the coast of Somalia, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said April 14. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America," complimented those who carried out the mission that freed Merchant Marine Capt. Kevin Phillips. Somali pirates had held Phillips hostage since his ship, the Maersk-Alabama, was attacked April 8. The Maersk-Alabama's crew managed to regain control of the cargo vessel…
Navy to Christen Guided Missile Destroyer Dewey
The Navy will christen the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Dewey, Saturday, Jan. 26, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss. Designated DDG 105, the new destroyer honors Adm. George Dewey (1837-1917) who commanded the Asiatic Station from the cruiser Olympia. Shortly after the onset of the Spanish-American War, Dewey led his squadron of warships into Manila Bay on April 30, 1898. The next morning, his squadron destroyed the Spanish fleet in only two hours without a single American loss. A widely popular hero of his day, Dewey was commissioned admiral of the Navy, a rank created for him, in March 1903. Two previous ships have proudly carried his name.
Mullen to Relieve Clark as CNO
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Adm. Mike Mullen will relieve Adm. Vern Clark as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy July 22. The ceremony will take place at the academy in Tecumseh Court, beginning at 10 a.m. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of the Navy Gordon England will deliver remarks. The ceremony will be broadcast worldwide via the Internet on www.navy.mil.
Mullen Sworn In
Secretary of the Navy Gordon England administers the Oath of Office to Adm. Mike Mullen. Adm. Mike Mullen relieved Adm. Vern Clark as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) during a late-morning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy. Clark's tenure as CNO began July 21, 2000, making it the longest term served by any CNO since Adm. Arleigh Burke resigned in 1961. Mullen last served as Commander, Joint Forces Command Naples, and had operational responsibility for NATO missions in the Balkans, Iraq, and the Mediterranean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (RELEASED)
Adm. Crowe Laid to Rest
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen eulogies Adm. William J. Crowe, 11th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the memorial service for Crowe, who died Oct. 18 at the age of 82. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Visits Naval Station Pearl Harbor
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael A. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, visited more than 500 military personnel assigned to commands throughout the Pearl Harbor area Aug. 17 for an all hands call at Sharkey Theater on Naval Station Pearl Harbor as part of his tour of military bases on the island of Oahu. The visit was part of Pace’s tour of military bases to thank military personnel for all they have done during his 40-year military career. “I have come a long way to say what is most important – thank you,” said Pace. Through his hour-long speech and response to questions, Pace regularly spoke on his admiration for the men and women who serve the country and their role in how the country operates. “Your job is important.
USS Howard Earns Arleigh Burke Award
By Lt. j.g. Adm. Robert F. Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, presented the crew of USS Howard (DDG 83) the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award for the U.S. Pacific for 2006 on Aug. The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award, named after one of the U.S. Navy's most famous destroyer squadron commanders and the Chief of Naval Operations from 1955 to 1961, is presented annually to the ship or aviation squadron (one in the Pacific Fleet and one in the Atlantic Fleet) that has achieved the greatest improvement during the preceding year in operational readiness, inspections, retention and improvement in the Battle Efficiency Award program. Willard…
Senate Confirms Mullen, Cartwright for Top Military Positions
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen and Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. James E. Cartwright greet Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Sen. Jack Reed and Sen. John Warner prior to their confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee for appointment to Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Hart Senate Office Building. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. The Senate confirmed Adm. Michael G. Mullen and Marine Corps Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, respectively, Aug. Mullen will assume the top U.S. military post, held by Marine Gen. Peter Pace since September 2005. Pace is slated to retire Oct. Cartwright assumes the No. 2 military post held by Navy Adm.
Adm. Mike Mullen Testifies Before the Senate
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing for appointment to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Hart Senate Office Building. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.
U.S. Pacific Fleet Receives Meritorious Unit Commendation
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shane Tuck, Commander, U.S. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Robert F. Willard presented a Meritorious Unit Commendation to his staff during a morning colors ceremony held July 27 at the Makalapa Compound here. On behalf of the Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen, the commendation awarded was presented to all personnel permanently assigned to the Pacific Fleet headquarters staff and detachments from July 8, 2005 to May 7, 2007. "This award is a testimony of the outstanding work by my predecessor Adm. Gary Roughead and everyone here on the Pacific Fleet staff," Willard said.
Bulkeley Recognized as Top in Combat Readiness
Official U.S. Navy file photo of the guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84). Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen announced the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) as the winner of the calendar year 2005 and 2006 USS Arizona Memorial Trophy Winner in a message delivered to the fleet July 12. Established in 1995, the award is presented to the ship demonstrating the greatest combat readiness in strike warfare, surface-fire support, anti-terrorism and force protection, and anti-surface warfare during a two-year competitive cycle. “The Arizona Trophy is a real source of pride for us, especially when viewed against the overall level of incredible readiness throughout the fleet,” said Cmdr. John Beaver, Bulkeley’s commanding officer.
CNO's Vision of '1,000-Ship Navy' Tested by CARAT Exercise
A crew member of the Royal Thai Navy Ship HTMS Similan (187) renders a bugle salute to the guided-missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG 33) as it arrives in port for the Thailand phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. CARAT is a regularly scheduled series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asia nations designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea services. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Thomas J. By Lt. When Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen put forth the bold concept of a '1,000-ship navy,' he envisioned the U.S. and other navies worldwide joining in regional partnerships to improve maritime security and the sharing of information.
CNO Speaks on Leadership, Future, FDNF
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry R. Hirayama, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Det. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen conducted an all hands call for forward-deployed Sailors aboard Fleet Activities Yokosuka on June 19. Hundreds of Sailors from the region came to the base’s Fleet Theater to hear CNO talk about today’s Navy and the importance of developing strong leadership for the future. Mullen spoke about his recent attendance at the Naval Academy’s graduation and said that somewhere in that crowd or somewhere in an ROTC unit is the future CNO. “We’ve got to get the base right,” Mullen emphasized. “How can you reach in and lead, so we can continue to be a very robust system?” Mullen asked.
Old Salt Designation Passes to CNO
The ”Old Salt” designation, honoring the Surface Warfare Officer serving on active duty with the earliest Officer of the Deck, Fleet, Qualification, has passed from Vice Adm. Rod Rempt to Adm. Mike Mullen at a May 21st ceremony at Annapolis, Md. “We rely on those who have gone before us to pass down our lore, customs and tradition,” said Vice Adm. Kevin Green, U.S. Navy (Retired), president of the Surface Navy Association. “Some of us have been around a long time, and in the Navy, we have an expression for an experienced and knowledgeable mariner. “The ‘Old Salt’ award originated in 1988, when the Surface Navy Association wanted to honor the Surface Warfare Officer possessing the coveted qualification…
Fowler Assumes Command of U.S. Naval Academy
Vice Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler relieved Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy during a change of command ceremony held in Alumni Hall on June 8. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen praised Remptâ€™s accomplishments during his four years at the Naval Academy, commending his focus on developing midshipmen as combat leaders of character. â€œAs a Naval Academy grad, I want to thank you for all that you have done for my alma mater, the naval services, and the nation,â€ Mullen said. Rempt, a surface warfare officer and a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, became the 59th superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in August 2003. â€œI am eternally indebted to the finest faculty in the country,â€ said Rempt.
Gates Recommends Mullen to Replace Pace as Chairman
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced June 8 that he will recommend that President Bush nominate Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen to replace Marine Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In a Pentagon news conference, Gates said he also will recommend Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright for the position of vice chairman. Cartwright is the commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., the current vice chairman, announced his decision to retire last week. â€œI have become well acquainted with Admiral Mullen over the last six months and believe he has the strategic insight, experience and integrity to lead Americaâ€™s armed forces,â€ Gates said.
Willard Assumes Command of U.S. Pacific Fleet
Adm. Robert F. Willard, former Vice Chief of Naval Operations, salutes as heâ€™s piped through the sideboys during a change of command ceremony for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Willard assumed command of U.S. Pacific Fleet from Adm. Gary Roughead during the ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. From U.S. Adm. Robert F. Willard relieved Adm. Gary Roughead as commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony held May 8 at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen presided over the ceremony, which overlooked the historic memorials of USS Arizona and USS Missouri.
CNO Visits USS Monterey
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen visits with side boys after being piped aboard USS Monterey (CG 61) at Naval Station Norfolk. Mullen was joined by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. Together, they visited USS Wasp (LHD 1) and held two all hands calls at the base theater. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Michael G. Mullen, accompanied by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr., addressed approximately 350 Sailors aboard USS Monterey (CG 61) on May 1. Monterey recently returned to Norfolk after six months of operating in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea.
Adm. Mullen Speaks with Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Commander-in-Chief
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen speaks with Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Wu Shengli, after a Full Honors Ceremony at the Naval Museum in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley