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EU NAVFOR New Deputy Ops Commander

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 13 January 2011, Rear Admiral Thomas J. Ernst (German Navy) handed over the responsibility of Deputy Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia, Operation ATALANTA to Rear Admiral Guido Rando (Italian Navy). The handover was conducted in the Operation Headquarters in Northwood, near London. Rear Admiral Ernst, who joined the operation in June 2010, has played an important part in the continued success of EU NAVFOR and the execution of the Operation ATALANTA mission.

Rear Admiral Hereth to Lead Rita Effort

President George W. Bush has declared under the Stafford Act that an emergency exists in the State of Texas and the State of Louisiana, and ordered federal aid to supplement State and local response and recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Rita. That declaration effectively characterizes Hurricane Rita as an Incident of National Significance under the National Response Plan (NRP). In accordance with the guidance provided in the NRP, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has designated Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, U.S. Coast Guard, as Principal Federal Official (PFO) for incident management purposes during the response and recovery operations for Hurricane Rita in Texas.

New EU NAVFOR Deputy Operation Commander

Rear Admiral Christian Canova (French Navy) hands over the responsibility of Deputy Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia, Operation ATALANTA to Rear Admiral Rainer Endres (German Navy) on 12 January 2012 at the Operational Headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood, near London. Rear Admiral Canova added this duty to an impressive career including three commands at sea and three operational duties in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. His comprehensive knowledge of NATO and EU policy was beneficial to the overall mission.

This Day in Naval History – July 16

1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral 1912 - Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin transit Panama Canal. 1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, NM. (Source: Navy News Service)  

This Day in Naval History – July 16

1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral 1912 - Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin transit Panama Canal. 1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, NM. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – July 16, 2009

1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral 1912 - Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin transit Panama Canal. 1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, NM. (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: July 16

USS Missouri in the Panama canal, Miraflores Locks. (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 16 1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral 1912 - Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin transit Panama Canal. 1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, N.M. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Bauzá Takes Command at EU NAVFOR

Outgoing DCOM Rear Admiral Martens shakes hands with incoming DCOM Rear Admiral Bauzá as the Operational HQ staff applaud (Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR)

On 17 January 2014, Rear Admiral Jean Martens (German Navy) handed over the role of Deputy Operation Commander (DCOM) of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta to Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá (Spanish Navy). The handover took place at the Operation Headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood, London. Rear Admiral Martens joined the Operation in July 2013. On leaving the OHQ he was applauded by the staff of EU NAVFOR for his hard work and efforts. He returns to Germany to resume his command of the German Flotilla 1.

France, Belgium Take Command of EU NAVFOR FHQ

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

At a ceremony in Djibouti on board the EU NAVFOR Swedish warship, HSwMS Carlkrona, Force Commander Rear Admiral (LH) Jan Thörnqvist who has been the Force Commander of EU NAVFOR Operation ATALANTA for the last four months, handed over to Rear Admiral Philippe Coindreau of France. He will lead the multinational Force Headquarters onboard the EU NAVFOR French warship De Grasse for the next four months. On Saturday 14 August the hand over took place on board HSwMS Carlskrona and the Commanders exchanged information regarding Operation ATALANTA.

Greene Superintendent U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

From left to right: U.S. DOT Deputy Secretary John Porcari, MARAD Administrator David Matsuda, Secretary Ray LaHood, Photo courtesy MARAD, Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr., Deputy MARAD Administrator Orlando Gotay. (Photo courtesy MARAD)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Rear Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr. will become the new Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Admiral Greene holds a Merchant Marine Master’s license and is a 1978 Academy graduate. “Rear Admiral Greene will bring strong leadership to the Academy,” said Secretary LaHood. “His commitment to the midshipmen, his experience as an Academy graduate, and his distinguished naval career have given him the perspective and organizational strengths needed to move the U.S. Rear Admiral Greene came to the U.S.

Austal USA Appoints New Board Member

John “Dugan” Shipway now Austal USA Outside Director. Austal USA is pleased to announce the appointment of Rear Admiral USN (Retired) John “Dugan” Shipway as an Outside Director on Austal USA’s Board of Directors. Rear Admiral Shipway retired in March 2009 as President of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a position that he held for 6 years. That same year, he was honored by the Navy League of the United States with the 2009 Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz award for exemplary leadership in the maritime defense industry. While President of Bath Iron Works, Rear Admiral Shipway oversaw management reforms that resulted in eliminating more than 1.5 million labor hours from the cost of building an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and improving labor relations.

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., Superintendent of USMMA, during the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade. They were then sworn in as midshipmen in the U.S. Navy Reserve by Rear Admiral Mark R, Whitney, Deputy Commander, Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations Naval Sea Systems Command.

SecDef Announces Flag Officer Assignments

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced March 13 that the President has made the following nominations: Navy Reserve Rear Adm. (lower half) Albert Garcia III has been nominated for appointment to the grade of rear admiral while serving as deputy commander, First Naval Construction Division, Norfolk. Navy Reserve Rear Adm. (lower half) Gregory A. Timberlake has been nominated for appointment to the grade of rear admiral while serving as deputy fleet surgeon, U. S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk. Source: NavNews

This Day in Naval History - July 16

From the Navy News Service 1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral. 1912 - Rear Adm. Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane, or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships USS Ohio (BB 12), USS Missouri (BB 11), and USS Wisconsin (BB 9) transit Panama Canal. 1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, N.M.

Carnival Sets Up Safety & Reliability Review Board

Carnival Triumph: Photo courtesy of Scott Lucht CCL

Carnival Cruise Lines has appointed four esteemed maritime and transportation industry experts – Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Rear Admiral Joseph F. Campbell, Ray Valeika and Dr. John K. Lauber -- to the company's new Safety & Reliability Review Board. As part of Carnival's comprehensive fleetwide technical enhancement program, the review board was created to provide independent third-party perspective and to drive continuous improvement across the line's fleet. The core objectives of the board are to review Carnival Cruise Lines' current policies…

Bauzá New Lead of EU Anti-Piracy Campaign

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 11 Dec 2009, Rear Admiral Thorsten Kaehler (German Navy) handed over the responsibility of Deputy Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia Operation ATALANTA, the EU anti-piracy campaign in the Horn of Africa area, to Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá (Spanish navy). The handover was conducted in the Operational Headquarters in Northwood near London. Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá, prior to his new task, had assignments in Joint HQ, Fleet HQ, and Navy HQ (his last tour as DACOS Plans & Policy and Head of the Strategic Planning Branch).

New EU NAVFOR ATALANTA Ops Commander

The outgoing Operation Commander Rear Admiral Peter Hudson CBE (left) hands over to the new Operation Commander Major General Buster Howes OBE. (Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR)

On 14 June 2010, Rear Admiral Hudson Peter Hudson CBE handed over the responsibility of Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia, Op ATALANTA to Major General Buster Howes OBE. The handover was conducted in the Operational Headquarters in Northwood near London. Rear Admiral Hudson, who joined the operation in June 2009, has been instrumental in the ongoing success of EU NAVFOR and the execution of the Op ATALANTA mission. Rear Admiral Hudson leaves EU NAVFOR to continue his appointment as Commander United Kingdom Maritime Force (COMUKMARFOR) in Portsmouth.

Portuguese Take Command of EU NAVFOR Counter Piracy

On April 14, in a ceremony held at the Commercial Port of Djibouti, Portuguese Commodore Alberto Correia took over the command of Task Force 465 (TF 465) as the new European Union Naval Force Headquarters – Operation ATALANTA Force Commander. Commodore Correia takes over the duty from his predecessor, Spanish Rear Admiral Juan Rodriguez. During the handover, presided over by EU NAVFOR Deputy Commander, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, Commodore Correia congratulated Rear Admiral Rodriguez for the results achieved during his command and thanked him for his outstanding efforts. He emphasized that ”The mission priorities given to TF 465 are absolutely clear to me.

Oman Navy Affirms Counter-Piracy Involvement

EUNAVFOR/Oman Meeting: Photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

During a port visit by EU Naval Force Flag Ship FS MARNE in Salalah (Oman), the EUNAVFOR Force Commander Rear Admiral Dupuis flew to Muscat to meet Omani maritime authorities. Discussions focused on the current positive developments in counter piracy and their possible reasons (30 attacks in early 2012 compared with 111 for the same period in 2011). The Omani authorities have reiterated their interest and involvement in the fight against piracy and more generally in monitoring their territorial waters.

Indian Navy Decommissions INS Nirbhik, INS Nirghat

Photo:  Indian Navy

The Indian Naval Ships Nirbhik and Nirghat have been decommissioned at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, after a glorious 30 and 28 years respectively in the service of the nation. The solemn ceremony involved traditional lowering of the ensign and commissioning pendants with playing of ‘Last Post’. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was Rear Admiral R B Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, who had commanded Nirghat earlier. Cdr V R Naphade, (Retd) and Commodore S Mampully, (Retd), the commissioning Commanding Officers of Nirbhik and Nirghat respectively were the Guests of Honour.

India, Australia Begin First Joint Maritime Exercises

HMAS Arunta sails to India for AUSINDEX 2015. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

India and Australia have commenced the first bilateral maritime exercise, Ausindex15, in Visakhapatnam, India, strengthening defence cooperation between the countries. Building on the personal relationship of Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abbott, the Minister for Defence, the Honourable Kevin Andrews MP, recently visited India to further develop, with his counterpart Minster Manohar Parrikar, the Framework for Security Cooperation. “India is the emerging democratic super power of Asia.

Risk Intelligence Forms Advisory Board

The maritime security intelligence company Risk Intelligence is joined by six maritime industry leaders who will serve as the company’s board of advisors. The board is led by the former fleet commander of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent. The board held its first meeting in London on 11 June 2013. “The six members bring a staggering amount of experience into the board, from navies, shipping companies, offshore, oil and gas, and classification societies,” said Hans Tino Hansen, CEO of Risk Intelligence. Risk Intelligence said it set up the advisory board to strengthen the strategic outlook and develop the company.

Sweden Takes Command of EU NAVFOR Task Force off Somalia

At 1200 GMT, Wednesday April 14, the Italian Rear Admiral Giovanni Gumiero relinquished command of Task Force 465, the EU Naval Force Somalia - Operation Atalanta. The Swedish Rear Admiral Jan Thörnqvist took over command and the multinational Force Headquarters will now operate from the EU NAVFOR HSwMS Carlskrona. "Operation Atalanta is, and will continue to be, a very important operation, foremost from a humanitarian perspective. Our military effort will therefore contribute to generate relief for those who suffer in Somalia and security for seafarers sailing the waters off Somalia," admiral Thörnqvist said.

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