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Transas Marine Upgrades Training Complex

Transas Marine has upgraded training complex at the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (Varna, Bulgaria), including full mission bridge simulator upgrade to the latest Transas NTPRO 5000 software and new version of the GMDSS simulator TGS 5000. The Transas – Naval Academy partnership started in 2002 when Transas Marine supplied its Navigational, later Engine Room and GMDSS simulators to the Academy. In July 2012, Transas Marine has signed a contract with the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy for the extension and upgrade of the Transas Navigational and GMDSS simulators, and a long-term update/upgrade, service, support and maintenance program for the next 3 years.

Bulgarian Naval Academy Installs VSTEP Simulators

Image courtesy of VSTEP

The Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna purchased a 360° Class A Full Mission Bridge simulator and an Incident Management Simulator for training of its Naval and Merchant marine students. The simulators were officially opened by the IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and the Dutch Ambassador in Bulgaria Tom van Oorschot during a ceremony at the academy on September 14. The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from the Bulgarian and Romanian Navy, as well as the…

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.

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 Rempt’s accomplishments during his four years at the Naval Academy, commending his focus on developing midshipmen as combat leaders of character. “As 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,” 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. “I am eternally indebted to the finest faculty in the country,” said Rempt.

Voyager Co-Founder Receives Award From Naval Academy Alumni Association

Voyager Expanded Learning co-founder Admiral Thomas B. Hayward and three other Naval Academy graduates will be honored with the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association's Distinguished Graduate Award on March 30, 2007. The award honors living graduates of the Naval Academy who have provided a lifetime of service to the nation or U.S. Armed Forces, have made significant distinguished contributions to the nation via their public service, and have demonstrated a strong interest in supporting the Navy, Marine Corps and the United States Naval Academy. Admiral Hayward co-founded Voyager Expanded Learning in 1994 and was the catalyst to building Voyager into a mission-driven company dedicated to making a difference for millions of children in reading.

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) software to the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation for midshipmen training use at the Naval Academy. The VMS software incorporates the Electronic Chart Display and Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N) which was selected by the navigator of the Navy and is now a fleet standard.

Uruguay Navy Selects Transas

The Naval Academy of the Uruguay Navy has successfully completed the acquisition and installation of a simulator complex by Transas including navigation and maneuvering simulator NTPRO 5000, GMDSS Communications simulator TGS 5000 and Engine Room simulator ERS 5000 SOLO. The project acquired through international bidding, with the participation of five world leading manufacturers culminated in the award of the contract to Transas USA and its local representative Arnaldo C. Castro SA. The new simulators replace the previous Transas simulators installed in 2000.

Northrop Grumman Donates Latest VMS to US Naval Academy Foundation

U.S. Naval Academy Foundation receives plus US$1-million In voyage management software from Northrop Grumman's Maritime Systems Business Unit. Northrop Grumman is donating the newest version of its VMS, which incorporates the Electronic Chart Display Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N) technology that has been selected by the Navigator of the Navy and is now the fleet standard. This version is currently installed, or under contract and scheduled for installation, on more than 200 U.S. Navy ships and submarines. Jeff Holloway, site director of Northrop Grumman Maritime Systems in Charlottesville, as well as a retired career naval officer, former Naval Academy instructor and graduate of the class of 1977, spearheaded the gift-in-kind donation.

U.S. Naval Academy: New Superintendent

Change of Command ceremony: Photo USNA

The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) has held a change of command ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, where Vice Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr. relieved Vice Adm. Michael Miller, becoming the 62nd academy superintendent, informs  U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs. Carter, a native of Burrillville, Rhode Island, served as president of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, before he was nominated in June as the next superintendent. A career naval aviator, he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1981.

HII CEO Petters Named to USNA Foundation Board

Mike Petters, president and chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that Mike Petters, its president and chief executive officer, was recently elected to the board of directors for the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. He will serve a four-year term. The mission of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation is "to support, promote and advance the mission of the Naval Academy by working in conjunction with Academy leadership to identify strategic institutional priorities, and by raising, managing and disbursing private…

USS Annapolis Visits Namesake City

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) visited its namesake city from Aug. 30 to Sept. The crew of Annapolis hosted tours for both midshipmen and Naval Academy faculty and staff over the holiday weekend. “We actually came to Annapolis for two reasons,” said Annapolis Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Dennis J. McKelvey, “one being to visit the city we were named for and the other to give midshipmen exposure. Four Annapolis officers, including McKelvey, are Naval Academy graduates. While ashore, Annapolis Sailors participated in a variety of activities, including an Academy pep rally and football game. Representatives from the crew also attended a reception with the U.S. Naval Academy Dolphin Club, the academy’s society of midshipmen who intend to go into the submarine community.

Indian Navy 'Coast to Coast' Rally Team Arrives at Indian Naval Academy

Indian Navy 'Coast to Coast' rally team arrives at Indian Naval Academy. Photo: Indian Navy

A 5-car rally team of Indian Navy’s Social Outreach Programme “Coast to Coast”, arrived at Indian Naval Academy on 21 March 2017. The rally is part of celebrations to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of INS Valsura. The team was formally received by Captain Sumeet Kapoor, NM, Training Captain (Coord), Indian Naval Academy. INS Valsura is a 75 year old establishment of the Indian Navy located at Jamnagar, Gujarat. The establishment is a premier training institute for the Electrical Engineers of the Indian Navy.

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. International representatives of Italian and USA Navies also took part in the ceremony.

Midshipman Named Northrop Grumman Navigator of the Year

Northrop Grumman Corporation presented the 2014 Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award to Midshipman Robert Francisco Yerkes-Medina in ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy. The award was presented by Jeff Holloway (right), director of the company's Charlottesville, Virginia, campus and an academy graduate. (Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently presented the 2014 Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award for 2014 to Midshipman Robert Francisco Yerkes-Medina in ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy. The award recognizes a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated outstanding navigation skills and knowledge during his or her four years at the academy and is part of a naval support tradition at Northrop Grumman. This is the fifth year the company has sponsored the award.

US Naval Academy Class of 2014 Graduation

ADM Greenert at march-past: Photo USN

The Naval Academy says that an estimated 30,000 people filled the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, to witness the swearing in of the U.S. military's newest officers. The Naval Academy Class of 2014 graduated 1,068 men and women, including 784 Navy ensigns and 265 Marine Corps second lieutenants. Graduating first in the class is Marine 2nd Lt. David F. Williams, of Roanoke, Virginia, a political science and economics major who will serve as a Marine ground officer after finishing a master's degree in Latin American studies at the University of Cambridge, England.

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. The class also included three graduates commissioned as Air Force second lieutenants and 16 foreign exchange students. Eighty percent of the graduating class are men and 20 percent are women, 13 of whom will serve on submarines.

Cadets of "Nikola Vaptsarov" Plant a Tree

Cadets from Vietnam of Class of 2015 Naval Academy Nikola Vaptsarov planted a tree in the park of the school

In the courtyard of the Naval Academy "N. Vaptsarov" cadets from Vietnam to "Class 201 5" of the school in "Navigation for the Navy," planted a tree today as tradition dictates. Ten young people from Vietnam successfully completed five years of their training and will receive their diplomas in June this year. All will return to their homeland to serve in their fleet. Present at the ceremony of planting a juniper tree near the monument N.Vaptzarov were graduates from Asian countries. The invitees included some of the leadering personalities of the Naval Academy "N.

Naval Academy Honors Distinguished Alumni

The U.S. Naval Academy paid tribute to four of its alumni March 30 and 31 through the 2007 Naval Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Award program. Retired Rear Adm. Maurice H. Rindskopf, retired Adm. Thomas B. Hayward, Ralph W. Hooper, and retired Adm. Leighton W. Smith Jr. received the Distinguished Graduate Award in a ceremony March 30, and participated in a leadership conference with more than 500 Midshipmen March 31. During the ceremony, the Midshipmen learned about Rindskopf’s exploits as a submariner in the Pacific during World War II; Hayward’s experiences as Chief of Naval Operations; Hooper’s business, sailing and philanthropic interests…

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', NBC News said that Vice Admiral Michael Miller, superintendent of the academy, personally intervened in the case out of concern for his self-interest. The attorney added that Miller was actively intending to retaliate against her client for that fact that she had harmed the Naval Academy and him. An Article 32 hearing ended Tuesday after eight days of testimony to determine whether or not a court-martial should be convened against the three accused midshipmen.

Georgia Delegation visit Naval Academy "NYVaptsarov"

Georgia Delegation

From 15 to 17oktomvri 2014. Naval Academy "N. Vaptzarov "hosted a delegation from Georgia led by prof. Sharabidze Irakli - Rector of the State Maritime Academy, city. Batumi, Georgia. Between the two schools of 20.09.2014g. in the city of Batumi was signed "Contract for International Cooperation" in science and education related to the exchange of teachers and students, development of joint educational materials and publications. During the visit of the Georgian delegation in the meeting room of the school was shown a presentation on the history…

Patrol Ships, Naval Academy Conduct Boarding Training

A Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Sailor assigned to coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC 3) conducts an initial security sweep aboard Yard Patrol Craft 681 (YP 681) while his shipmates board the vessel. YP 681 acted as a non-compliant vessel as part of Hurricane's Advanced Phase Training Exercise, designed to prepare the crew for upcoming deployments. U.S. Sailors and assets from the U.S. Naval Academy provided a unique training opportunity Jan. 10 and 17 for the crews of USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) and USS Hurricane (PC 3) in the Chesapeake Bay. The exercises were part of Thunderbolt and Hurricane's theater-tailored Advanced Phase Training Exercise, designed to prepare the crews for upcoming deployments.

Kissinger Addresses Brigade of Midshipmen

Former Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger addressed the Brigade of Midshipmen on April 11 in the U.S. Naval Academy’s Alumni Hall. Kissinger served as the keynote speaker for the 47th annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC). In his address to the Navy and Marine Corps’ future officers, Kissinger compared his experiences as a college professor and a policy maker. He explained that professors can choose their subjects and spend as much time studying those subjects as they wish, while policy makers must deal with the subjects they are dealt, with no control over the timing. “Politicians, unlike professors, are responsible for not only the best that can happen but for the worst that can happen,” said Kissinger.

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. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 South Boulder Road, Boulder, Colo. Burial services will be held at a future date at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Dan was born in Greenbelt, Md., in 1937, and graduated in 1959 from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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