Friday, August 26, 2016

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos Commission in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard Sector San Juan Color Guard presents the colors during the commissioning ceremony August 26, 2016. (Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall)

Walt Slater, U.S. Navy Retired Motor Machinist's Mate 3rd Class, presents the ship's long glass to Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Stous, crewmember and plankowner, during the commissioning ceremony August 26, 2016. (Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall)

Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos crew mans the rail during the commissioning ceremony August 26, 2016. (Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall)

Rear Admiral Scott Buschman, Commander of the Coast Guard 7th District, presents Walt Slater, U.S. Navy Retired Motor Machinist's Mate 3rd Class, with a coin after the commissioning ceremony. (Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall) 

Joseph Tezanos conducts sea trials off the coast of Key West, Florida on July 19, 2016. (Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall)

August 26, 2016 - The Coast Guard commissioned into service the latest Fast Response Cutter, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos (WPC-1118), during a ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan Friday morning.
The Joseph Tezanos is the sixth fast response cutter to be homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the 18th to be commissioned into the Coast Guard fleet, all of which serve within the Coast Guard 7th District.
Prior to her formal commissioning ceremony, the cutter Tezanos responded to the Caribbean Fantasy incident Aug. 17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  With 511 passengers and crew rescued, the case of the ferry Caribbean Fantasy stands as the largest maritime evacuation in US waters in recent history.
“I am very excited about the commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter Tezanos,” said Rear Adm. Scott A. Buschman, commander of the Coast Guard 7th District.  “Our Fast Response Cutters have proven to be an invaluable asset for the Coast Guard and the cutter Tezanos will undoubtedly be a vital instrument in supporting critical Coast Guard missions.”
“The crew and I are humbled and honored for the tremendous opportunity to be plankowners of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos,” said Lt. Nicholas Herndon, Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos commanding officer.  “We will continually strive to emulate our namesake's legacy as we work together with our local, federal and international partners to strengthen the Eastern Caribbean’s regional security and protect our citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
“As the daughter of Joseph Tezanos I am honored to have the privilege to serve as the ship’s sponsor,” said Susanne Tezanos Landis.  “I feel a tremendous sense of pride and respect for the crew who serve to ensure the maritime safety and security of our great Nation.  The whole Tezanos family is deeply touched by this incredible honor.”
The FRC’s belong to the Sentinel-class of cutters named after an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This cutter is named after Ensign Joseph Tezanos, who initially served as an enlisted Coast Guardsman and later became one of the first Hispanic American officers to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Tezanos was highly decorated for his bravery and leadership during War World II.
Ensign Tezanos fought bravely in amphibious assaults throughout the Pacific and Alaskan Theater.  While serving as an enlisted gunner’s mate second class, Tezanos was recognized for distinguished heroism for his actions on a volunteer boat crew engaged in rescue operations during a major accident in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  His courage and quick thinking assisted in saving approximately 42 injured and exhausted survivors from the water and burning ships.
Born in 1920 in Santander, Spain, Tezanos immigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in upstate New York.
Tezanos began his Coast Guard career on LST 20, a tank landing ship that supported the war effort in the Alaskan Theater.  He held the especially dangerous position of gunner’s mate.  Tezanos participated in bloody amphibious assaults on enemy-held islands in Kiska, Alaska; at Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands; and at Kinajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.  At Tarawa, the Marines encountered some of the fiercest fighting of the Pacific campaign, and support from vessels like LST 20 was critical to the American victory.
LST 20 was moored in West Loch, Pearl Harbor, in 1944, when one of the deadliest accidents of War World II occurred.  Another LST exploded, causing a chain reaction of fire and explosions throughout the vessels in port.  The disaster left more than 600 sailors dead or injured.  Tezanos suffered multiple burns leading a crew of volunteers in a search and rescue mission that recovered injured sailors.
"For his bravery and leadership, Tezanos received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, accompanied by a citation signed for the President, by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, along with a Coast Guard commendation letter from Commandant Russell Waesche." Following the incident, Tezanos received orders to undertake reserve officer training at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Upon earning his commission in 1945, he became one of the first Hispanic-American officers in the Coast Guard.  He died in 1985 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The 154-foot long Joseph Tezanos has a beam of 25 feet and a maximum sustained speed of more than 28 knots.  It is armed with a stabilized 25mm machine-gun mount and four crew-served .50-caliber machine guns and is equipped with a highly capable small boat and advanced communications suite.
The FRCs are designed to conduct maritime drug interdiction, alien migrant interdiction, search and rescue, national defense, homeland security, living marine resource protection and other Coast Guard missions. This class of patrol boat is capable of deploying independently to execute Coast Guard missions and prevent potential threats from approaching our shores.  The FRC is part of the Coast Guard’s layered approach to maritime security that includes the National Security Cutter and the future Offshore Patrol Cutter.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Book by Saab: A Journey of Change in The Aircraft Industry

August 25, 2016 - Defence and security company Saab is proudly presenting “A Journey of Change in the Aircraft Industry”, a book focusing on military aviation, the Gripen fighter aircraft system, and the operations of Saab business area Aeronautics.
During the years 2000 to 2015, Saab systematically and increasingly utilized change management to adapt the company to rapid and fundamental changes. At the same time, the company also worked to ensure its survival in an increasingly globalized and competitive market. Today, Saab is a world-leading manufacturer of advanced fighter aircraft systems and the new book aims to illustrate some important keys to success.
“With the Gripen program Saab has developed a unique capacity to develop, produce and export highly competitive fighter aircraft at the very forefront of technology. With this book we wish to inspire others to initiate and conduct change management, regardless of organizational type,” says Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

The new book was launched at a press event in Linköping on Thursday 25 August. Please click here to access the book, which is available digitally in both English and Swedish.

Emphasis on Information a Boost for Aviators

725 Squadron's MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter conducts a DIPEX serial in the Jervis Bay area. (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)
While it might not be considered a headline-grabbing topic, Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, has reinforced the need to prioritize information management within his force command.
“Since April 2016 the Fleet Air Arm has been in the process of moving towards a 21st-century information management environment, which will equal the best in Australia,” Commodore Smallhorn said.
He said while many would be familiar with the 'Objective' document and record management system, fewer would be aware of 'Objective Workflows'. These were developed as part of the Navy Information Management Strategy 2012-16 and provide a standardized approach to common business processes.
The adoption of 'eDocument correspondence' and 'Task Tracker' workflows have provided the Fleet Air Arm with a standard way of dealing with correspondence, which has coincided with the acceptance of electronic signatures.
The result has been a significant time-saving giving the Fleet Air Arm Executive complete visibility of the status of all correspondence and tasks.
"In an organization where safety is of prime concern this level of confidence that all safety-related material is addressed in a timely manner is invaluable," Commodore Smallhorn said.
A secondary activity has been the development of a reporting capability. This monitors the volume of workflows which inform management decisions as to the allocation of sometimes scarce resources.
The Fleet Air Arm has been shepherded on this journey by Navy Information Management project manager Joseph Stablum and his team.
Commodore Smallhorn thanked Mr Stablum for his efforts.
“Due to Joseph and his team’s efforts, the Fleet Air Arm is now at the point where we are in full compliance with information management policy and legislation, and are at an Australian best-practice level and we will continue to lever improvements,” he said.

“Importantly we know what we have, who’s dealing with it, and when it must be dealt with. All are critical to the assurance of safety and airworthiness and ultimately contribute to the only game in town: the delivery of effective maritime aviation warfare to the Fleet and achievement of the Navy Warfighting Strategy 2018.”

US Naval Aviators Hone Skills in the Pacific Northwest

August 23, 2016  · The mission of the United States Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. One aspect of this mission, unique to the Pacific Northwest, is the training of Navy aircrew in electronic warfare.
The Navy has been flying electronic warfare missions from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island using various aircraft for more than 40 years. Electronic warfare involves the control of electromagnetic energy. People experience various forms of electromagnetic energy each day in their homes. The energy can come from radios, TV remote controls, cell phones, and even the microwave oven.
During combat, electronic warfare operators save U.S. and allied forces lives by eliminating threats such as search and track radars, surface to air missiles, and anti-aircraft artillery batteries. These are known collectively as an integrated air defense system.

EA-18G Growler, VAQ-138 from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. US Navy photo.

During Operation Odyssey Dawn in March 2011, EA-18G Growler aircraft located and disabled Libyan radar and anti-aircraft sites, which effectively eliminated air and missile defense systems.
The Navy is enhancing electronic warfare training in the Pacific Northwest by adding one land transmitter station and three mobile transmitter vans. The mobile transmitter vans pose no danger to the public, as maximum power output is very similar to the output of microwave-antenna vans used by television news and sports stations.
There is no public health risk from the Navy’s proposed electronic warfare training to humans or wildlife. This type of training has been conducted across the nation for decades with no adverse effects on people, animals or the environment. The public is not exposed to electromagnetic energy from the transmitters because the signals are pointed skyward toward the aircraft in flight.
The mobile transmitters send a narrowly focused electronic directly skyward to Navy aircraft in flight. These mobile transmitters send out transmissions that mimic threat signals, providing a dynamic training environment for more-realistic signal intercept and identification practice.

An EA-18G Growler assigned to VAQ 129 lands at NAS Whidbey Island’s Ault Field. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)

Aircrew must also be able to differentiate between specific electronic signals and other sources of electronic signals like radio-wave towers and radar sites. The Navy requested to place the mobile transmitter vans on established U.S. Forest Service roads in remote locations under designated military airspace.
Currently, EA-18G squadrons assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island fly more than 400 miles each way to a training range near Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to experience live-signal training. Transit flight hours put unwanted wear and tear on assigned EA-18G Growler aircraft. Eliminating long transit times by hosting localized training promotes training efficiency and reduces fuel costs. Local Electronic Warfare training enhancements are estimated to save U.S. taxpayers $5 million annually.

Scorpene Submarines – Update on Documents Leak

August 25, 2016 - The Government of India is seized of the reported leak of documents related to the ongoing Indian Scorpene submarine program as reported in sections of the media. The documents that have been posted on the website by an Australian news agency have been examined and do not pose any security compromise as the vital parameters have been blacked out.
The Indian Navy has taken up the matter with Director General of Armament of the French Government expressing concern over this incident and has requested the French Government to investigate this incident with urgency and share their findings with the Indian side. An internal audit of procedures to rule out any security compromise is also being undertaken. The matter is being taken up with concerned foreign governments through diplomatic channels to verify the authenticity of the reports.

The Government of India, as a matter of abundant precaution, is also examining the impact if the information contained in the documents claimed to be available with the Australian sources is compromised. The detailed assessment of potential impact is being undertaken by a high level committee constituted by the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Navy is taking all necessary steps to mitigate any probable security compromise.    

SPAWAR Looks to ViaSat to Support and Modernize the U.S. Navy's Proven UHF Satellite Communications Network

August 22, 2016 - Earlier this month, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), awarded ViaSat Inc., a global broadband services and technology company, a sole source contract for engineering, technical services and hardware/software products in support of the U.S. Navy's joint Ultra High Frequency (UHF) military satellite communications (SatCom) system. This award highlights the U.S. Government's commitment to maintaining the long-term viability of proven UHF systems; ensuring Navy warfighters have ongoing support and access to proven communications technology when in the battlespace.
Under this particular SPAWAR contract, ViaSat will help support the sustainment and modernization of the joint UHF military SatCom network integrated control system, UHF SatCom channel controllers and user terminals. In addition, ViaSat will provide a path to a modern crypto design for next-generation UHF terminals.
"UHF military SatCom has a long history enabling beyond line-of-sight communication across the battlespace, and provides a solid, 'always available' communications solution," said Ken Peterman, senior vice president and general manager, Government Systems Division, ViaSat. "This award reflects the Navy's commitment to using proven UHF radios and channel controllers already deployed worldwide, mitigating risk with non-fielded communications systems in order to ensure continued and enhanced capabilities for the warfighter many years into the future."

ViaSat is a world leader in UHF satellite communications for defense organizations, providing everything from single-user terminals to complete UHF sovereign channel control systems. The Company provides UHF Military SatCom terminals, modems, embeddable modules, simulators, RF infrastructure, and over-all network management. The ViaSat terminals are Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and NSA certified to ensure compliance with Legacy Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) Military Standards and provide interoperability with internationally-fielded UHF SatCom terminals. ViaSat enables the transition to Integrated Waveform (IW), the next generation of UHF. IW allows doubling current UHF capacity and enables cell phone-like calling with low latency and enhanced voice quality while retaining legacy interoperability.

USMC Receives 50th KC-130J Super Hercules Aerial Refueler

Lockheed Martin
August 25, 2016 - The U.S. Marine Corps accepted delivery of its 50th KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refueler at the Lockheed Martin facility here on Aug. 18. This KC-130J is assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. The Marine Corps has the distinction of operating the largest KC-130J fleet in the world.
As a member of the proven C-130J Super Hercules family, the KC-130J is battle-tested and delivers unmatched tanking capabilities -- delivering fuel to a multitude of platforms, from helicopters to the F-35B Lightning II, the world's most advanced 5th generation multirole fighter.
"The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the most visible KC-130J operators in the world, providing vital support where it's needed most," said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. "We value our partnership with the Marine Corps and know that much of the success of the KC-130J platform is due to the multiple missions carried out by Marine crews on this aircraft. Congratulations to the U.S. Marine Corps on delivery of this milestone KC-130J!"
The KC-130J aerial refueling tanker is the latest in a long lineage of combat proven KC-130 Hercules aerial refueler technologies. The new KC-130J builds on proven aerial refueler designs while taking full advantage of tremendous technological and performance improvements inherent in the basic C-130J aircraft. Several international operators also fly the KC-130J.

The C-130J Super Hercules is the proven standard in tactical airlift, providing a unique mix of versatility and performance to complete any mission, anytime, anywhere. The Super Hercules worldwide fleet has more than 1.3 million flight hours to its credit and is flown by 19 different operators.