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…
CNO Speaks About Shipbuilding at 20th SNA National Symposium
Delivering the keynote address at the Surface Navy Association's 20th National Symposium Jan. 15, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead spoke on the importance of providing the fleet with the right number of ships, submarines and aircraft to achieve the objectives of the Maritime Strategy. "Our job, as the nation's leaders, is to ensure Sailors have the ships, the aircraft and the submarines that will enable them to accomplish the mission," said Roughead. Roughead discussed the need to increase the number of ships in the Navy. Although 313 is commonly referred to as the "floor" of what the Navy needs, he emphasized that more ships are needed and that we require a combination of balance and quantity to build the Navy for the future.
McCullough Takes Helm of Surface Navy Association
Retired Vice Adm. Barry McCullough has been named to succeed retired Vice Adm. Ron Route as president of the Surface Navy Association. Route will become the president of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in early October. McCullough retired from the U.S. Navy in 2011 where he was Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet. He also served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities (OPNAV N8) and Director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86).
SNA West Coast Symposium 2014
The Surface Navy Association will hold its annual West Coast Symposium at Naval Station San Diego on August 21. The event will be held on the waterfront at Pier 2. Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command Rear Adm. Jim Loeblein will describe the dynamic maritime operational picture in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of responsibility. Closer to home, Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd will share his views on the recently completed RIMPAC exercises around Hawaii and the west coast. Rear Adm. Jim Kilby, who recently took command of the newly established Naval Surface Warfare Development Center, will provide the Navy’s vision of tactics for the future. Capt. John Fuller, will provide an update on the littoral combat ship (LCS) mission modules.
Navy Needs More Ships, Balanced Fleet
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead answers questions during the 20th annual Surface Navy Association symposium. Roughead spoke on the important role that ships, submarines and aircraft play in the maritime strategy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Attendees at the 20th annual Surface Navy Association Symposium heard the message loud and clear: The Navy needs more ships. The Surface Navy Association, founded in 1985 to "promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military…
SNA West Coast Symposium Set for San Diego
The Surface Navy Association's annual West Coast Symposium is scheduled for August 28 at Naval Station San Diego. The presenters are expected to discuss how surface warriors are making a difference around the globe. CAPT R. VADM Derwood C. RDML Nevin P. Carr, Jr. RDML Philip H. Greene, Jr. RADM Charles W. RDML Scott H. CAPT Jeffrey L. FORCM(SW/AW) Michael D. VADM Bernard J.
US Navy Renaming LCS Ships as 'Frigates'
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as "frigates," given their enhanced capabilities. "One of the requirements of the Small Surface Combatant Task Force was to have a ship with frigate-like capabilities. Well, if it's like a frigate, why don't we call it a frigate?" Mabus told the annual conference of the Surface Navy Association. Mabus said the changed designation would apply primarily to the next 20 ships to be built…
'A Sea Change in Standing Watch' Wins SNS Literary Prize
The Surface Navy Association (SNA) has presented its Literary Award for articles that address areas within Surface Navy or Surface Warfare and in 2013 it came to Capt. John Cordle, USN (Ret) and co-author Dr. Nita Shattuck for their article on watchkeeping and circadian-based alternatives. 'A Sea Change in Standing Watch,' published in the January 2013 issue of Proceedings, addresses the challenges and benefits of implementing a circadian-based watch schedule to improve the work-to-rest ratios of Sailors onboard Navy ships through two lenses…
“Old Tar” Impressed with New Leaders
Commander Master Chief Mark Davidson becomes the U.S. Navy's “Old Tar,” symbolic of the senior Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. The award was presented by Surface navy Association executive director, Capt. Bill Erickson, USN (Ret.), at the USS Constitution in Boston. For Master Chief Mark Davidson, becoming the “Old Tar” doesn’t mean he’s old, it signifies he’s a seasoned and experienced Surface Warrior, just like the USS Constitution. Davidson, the command master chief at Navy Recruiting District St. Louis, recently was presented with the “Old Tar” award from the Surface Navy Association (SNA), signifying that he has the earliest qualification date as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) among all Sailors in the U.S.
Merriman Enters New Role at Fairbanks Morse
Fairbanks Morse Engine, an EnPro Industries company, has named Rhett Merriman sales manager for marine power systems. Merriman, a veteran Fairbanks Morse manager, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role. Throughout his 36-year career he has been involved with bringing large, complex power system projects from the proposal, bidding and contract development phase through project management to successful completion. Most recently he was manager of application engineering and earlier, he served as manager of government engine sales.
SNA Seeks to Raise Funds for Wounded Warrior Project
For the past two years, the Greater Washington Chapter of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) has conducted a campaign to assist our wounded shipmates recovering at the in More than 800 DVDs for the Sailors and marines were collected to enjoy during their recuperation. The following year SNA collected funds and donated 155 portable DVD players. This year the organization want to do something meaningful for those of our shipmates limited in their ability to get out and around the Washington area during their convalescence. The organization determined that Operation Second Chance provides many valuable services to military men and women, and would greatly benefit from a conversion van equipped to transport wheelchair patients in and around the D.C.
New Navy O-FRP Emphasizes Training
The U.S. Navy's new Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP) was unveiled in a keynote address delivered at the 26th Annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium in Crystal City, Va., Jan. 15. Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Bill Gortney explained the changes to the new O-FRP, addressing Quality of Service and blending both Quality of Work and Quality of Life efforts by providing stability and predictability to deployment schedules over a 36 month O-FRP cycle. One of the highlights from his address was the Navy's efforts to lock in eight month deployment schedules for Sailors.
SNA West Coast Symposium Highlights Maritime Strategy
Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, kicked off the 10th annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) West Coast 2008 Symposium Aug. 28 at Naval Base San Diego. 'Executing the Maritime Strategy' was the theme of this year's symposium for which Curtis provided opening remarks. The event provided members of the surface warfare community an opportunity to discuss maritime strategy issues critical to the future success of the Navy. Some topics of discussion at the day-long symposium included international programs in support of Maritime Strategy, Maritime Strategy in Africa, Maritime Strategy in the Pacific, Maritime Strategy in the and Resourcing the Maritime Strategy.
Top Brass Due at Upcoming SNA Symposium
The first big naval professional development event of the year, the Surface Navy Association’s 2014 Symposium, kicks off in Crystal City, Virginia, with the theme, “Surface Warfare…Warfighting First.” Leaders in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard will speak at the symposium and associated events starting Tuesday, January 14, 2014. The symposium kicks off with the SNA annual meeting and, focusing on the warfighters of today and the future, there will be a series of roundtables for junior officers, enlisted surface warriors and midshipmen from NROTC units and the Naval Academy.
‘Old Salt’ Designation Passed to Vice Adm. Tidd
The “Old Salt” designation, honoring the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) serving on active duty with the earliest Surface Warfare Qualification, passed from Adm. Sam Locklear to Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd at a June 22, 2015 ceremony at Washington, DC. Locklear, the recent Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, retired on June 30, 2015. Tidd is currently the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. Locklear has been the “Old Salt” since May 2014. “In the Navy, we have an expression for a respected, experienced and knowledgeable mariner. We call them ‘Old Salts,’” said Vice Adm.
Surface Warriors to Meet at Annual Symposium
The Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium will be held January 15-17, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal City, VA. The association was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces. SNA provides for its members support, programs and activities which enable professional growth, personal satisfaction and camaraderie.
Chief of Naval Research Helps Steer New Tech for the Fleet
When discussing the Navy’s top science and technology (S&T) priorities with military, government and industry leaders, Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter reflected on his college days at the University of Notre Dame. “When I graduated from Notre Dame 30 years ago, many of the things that the Navy had in the ‘petri dish’ back then, so to speak, are being used today throughout the fleet,” said Winter. On Jan. 13, Winter gave the keynote address at the Surface Navy Association’s 28th Annual Symposium, held in Crystal City, Virginia.
SNA Meeting Offers China Navy Insights
Though China’s navy is generally a mystery to the west, and its build-up and intentions are often characterized as lacking transparency, a Chinese navy official insists that the country’s intentions are purely defense orientated. In translating an explanation from a superior officer, Liu Hongwei, Senior Captain, Naval Attache at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the U.S., explained: We will not fire the first shot, but when fired upon, the aggressor will not fire a second shot. Liu Hongwei was the featured luncheon speaker at a Surface Navy Association’s (SNA) Greater Washington Chapter luncheon, held July 24, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
U.S. Surface Navy Priorities Updated
The progress we have made in understanding and funding manpower shortages, establishing and funding defendable maintenance requirements, stabilizing procurement accounts, and the successful deployment of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom to the Western Pacific have led me to reassess the N96 Surface Warfare priorities. As President Obama highlighted in his Defense Strategic Guidance, the center of world mass is moving east towards Asia. This new focus brings into sharp relief…
The Search For John Paul Jones' Ship
Official U.S. Navy file photo of father of the U.S. Navy, John Paul Jones' tomb at the U.S. Naval Academy. Jones is forever immortalized by uttering the words, "I have not yet begun to fight", during the battle between his ship Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis, off the coast of England in 1779. The Naval Historical Center and other researchers are planning an expedition to try to find the wreck of Bonhomme Richard in the Summer of 2006. The Naval Historical Center (NHC) announced in October it is joining the Ocean Technology Foundation (OTF) in spearheading an expedition in the summer of 2006 to search for the remains of American Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones’ ship Bonhomme Richard.
SNA Members Visit USS Benfold
USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducted a tour for the Surface Navy Association (SNA) Bahrain Chapter, July 24 highlighting the Navy's ability to search, track, hand-off and intercept ballistic missiles—a core element of our Navy's Ballistic Missile Defense program (BMD). "BMD presents a great opportunity for the surface community to contribute to National Security," said Benfold's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Tom Disy. Benfold's Fire Control Officer, Lt.j.g. Maggie White gave a presentation and guided tour to numerous SNA members, along with U.S. Army Patriot Battalion personnel. "We're at the forefront of BMD technology and capability," she said. Following the tour, SNA members, as well as members of the Benfold wardroom, attended a BMD briefing given to Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S.
US Navy Submarines Surface in the Arctic Circle
A pair of U.S. Navy submarines recently surfaced in the Arctic Circle as part of multinational maritime exercise north of Alaska. Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) and Seawolf-class fast attack submarine, USS Connecticut (SSN 22) surfaced in the Arctic Circle March 10 during the multinational maritime Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018. Both submarines, as well the UK Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant (S91), are participating in the biennial exercise in the Arctic to train and validate the warfighting capabilities of submarines in extreme cold-water conditions.
US Navy Eyes Next LCS Contracts in Q1
The U.S. Navy plans to award contracts before the end of the first quarter to Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal for its next three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as well as money to buy materials for a fourth, Navy officials said Thursday. Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley told reporters the Navy was in talks with both companies and expected to award contracts before the pricing in the current proposals expired at the end of March. Rear Admiral Brian Antonio, program executive officer for the LCS ships…