Monday, November 30, 2009

FC-7 conducts ribbon cutting ceremony

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Timothy Sullivan, deputy commander of Forcecom and Defense Force West, and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Matthew Cutts, division chief for the FC-7 division of Forcecom, prepare to cut a ribbon during the FC-7 ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Coast Guard Island Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. FC-7 conducts consolidated operational assessments, analyzes and communicates emergent force capability shortfalls, and measures and monitors readiness. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa Leake)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dragon Gets Her Gun

It was a crisp and clear November morning in Glasgow when Dragon received her 4.5” medium calibre gun. The guns primary role is to provide Naval Fire Support, bombarding shore targets, firing 23 rounds per minute over a maximum range of over 14 miles. The barrel and breech mechanism are housed in a GRP gun shield shaped to give a small radar cross section. This shape has given rise to the turret being affectionately known as ‘Kryten’, after the character in BBC2’s sci-fi series Red Dwarf.

With the turret now fitted, installation of the gun system can continue apace so that all inspections and trials can be completed before the ships’ first period at sea next year where the gun will conduct her test firings off the north coast of Scotland.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Navy Announces Availability of ex-John F. Kennedy for Donation

Washington November 23, 2009 - In a Federal Register notice published on Nov. 23, 2009, the Department of the Navy advertised the availability of ex-John F. Kennedy (CV 67), located at the Navy's Inactive Ships Maintenance Office, Philadelphia, Pa. for donation as a museum/memorial under the authority of Title 10 U.S.C. Section § 7306.

Eligible recipients may include any State, Commonwealth, or possession of the United States or any municipal corporation or political subdivision thereof; the District of Columbia; or any organization incorporated as a nonprofit entity (under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code).

According to the Federal Register notice, the deadline for submission of Phase I documentation, a Letter of Intent and an Executive Summary, is Jan. 22, 2010.

For organizations meeting the minimum requirements of Phase I, a letter will be sent notifying each organization to proceed to Phase II of the application process. Responses to Phase II of the process will be due one year from the date of the notification letter to proceed to Phase II. Should Navy receive no interest within two years for donation of the ship, the Navy may remove the vessel from donation consideration and proceed with disposal.

Ex-John F. Kennedy was the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier built by the Navy. Originally scheduled to become the fourth Kitty Hawk-class carrier, Kennedy received so many modifications during construction that she formed her own class.

In late 2006, the decision was made to retire Kennedy and she made her final voyage up the East Coast for a final port visit to Boston, Mass. in early March 2007. Kennedy was removed from service on August 1, 2007, after almost 40 years of service, and is currently located in Philadelphia, Pa.

The warship, namesake of the 35th president of the United States, saw 18 deployments and 30 commanding officers in its 38 years of service.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

2009 Dubai International Air Show

091117-N-0363B-001 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Nov. 17, 2009) Two Aviators assigned to the Top Hatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 wait near an F/A-18E Super Hornet static display at the 2009 Dubai International Air Show. VFA-14 is part of Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW) 11 and is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a routine deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PMA Marks Pilot Visit to AFP-Independent PCG for Environmental Defense

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) marks its historic first visit to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) last November 14, 2009 ever since the official separation of the PCG from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) towards the stewardship of the Department of Transportation and Communications. Eighty PMA Second Class Cadets enrolled in the three-unit course Environmental Science, covering principles and issues of environmental concerns, underwent PCG introductory modules on environmental safeguard. The learning experience included a brief on the PCG role in environmental protection, lecture cum demonstration on oil spill management and a field observation tour of the Pasig River.

PMA Natural Science Department Head Lieutenant Colonel Hector Tagata intended his curriculum design to orient PMA cadets not only of national defense but also environmental defense in the light of the aftermath of two freak typhoons that crippled the country due to environmental degradation. The PCG is one of the premier government frontlines in maritime environmental protection

Monday, November 16, 2009

Independence (LCS 2) Acceptance Trials

091116-N-3594V-092 MOBILE, Ala. (Nov. 16, 2009) The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Independence (LCS 2) pulls away from the pier for her acceptance trials at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Vlahos/Released)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Coast Guard medevacs 43-year-old male near Galveston

Honoring a Proud Guardian Tradition of Service and Sacrifice During Wartime: World War I 1917-1919

After the merger of the Revenue-Cutter Service and the Life Saving Service, the newly formed United States Coast Guard consisted of just 5,200 officers and men. In 1917, the tiny service was transferred to the United States Navy for World War I. These experienced mariners became the backbone of the U.S. Navy that expanded from 69,000 men at the beginning of the war to over half a million at its close.

On September 26, 1918, the cruising cutter USS Tampa was sunk by a German U-boat in the English Channel, causing the loss of all 131 officers, crew and passengers including 111 Coast Guardsmen. With this loss, the Coast Guard had suffered the highest percentage of casualties of all the American armed services during the war.

Today, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano are honoring all Guardians lost in service of their country at the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Coast Guard’s World War I monument, also known as the Tampa Memorial, in Arlington National Cemetery.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Past, Present, and Future

Past, Present, and Future The Coast Guards newest plane, the HC144 Ocean Sentry, shares the ramp at the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City with an HU25 Falcon and the Long retired HU16 Albatross.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Over The Bow – Shows 'Em How

Pictures taken from the Flight Deck of RFA Wave Ruler as HMS Daring takes fuel. This ‘over the bow RAS’ is an exceptionally difficult evolution and one that is not practiced very often as ship’s prefer to replenish abreast of each other. In the background HMS Ark Royal currently under-going Operational Sea Training watches carefully having just completed a Thursday War in the South Coast exercises. Daring assumed command as Officer Conducting the Exercise the second Wave Ruler was released from her ‘war duties’ and the two ships proceeded south immediately to conduct the RAS on the 30th October.

The Replenishment streams a buoy at a set distance astern. The distance is determined by the class of ship which is to receive the fuel and uses the buoy as a guide to remain in station throughout the RAS. A further Buoy is then stream indicating the end of the refuelling hose. The hose needs to be brought onboard the ship which is to receive the fuel and this is done by the RAS team on Daring using a grappling hook. It is easier said than done as the hose line can be extremely difficult to see in the wake of the tanker and the heavy grappling hook has to be thrown a good distance if it is to grapple the hose. All this is done at an average speed of 12kts depending on the operational requirement and in the busy waters of the South Coast at the avoidance of fishing vessels and their nets.

The Officer Of the Watch for the Exercise was Lt Paul Rowntree RN: ‘Getting two ships that close to each other in any sea state is a daunting task but the Captain did a great job of keeping us in position and the RAS teams should be proud of their hard work and safety precautions throughout the tough seamanship evolution’

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Coast Guard establishes a webcast address for CG-1705 memorial service

Sacramento, Calif. -- The U.S. Coast Guard has established a webcast address for the CG-1705 memorial service scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at 11 a.m.

The live webcast may be accessed by the public and media at The memorial service is being held at Air Station Sacramento to honor the seven aircrew personnel from CG-1705 who went missing after their C-130 and a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter collied over the pacific ocean near San Clemente Island, Calif.

The webcast will begin in concert with the memorial service, but until that time, nothing will be posted or streaming on the website.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


U.S. Military Veterans Receive Free Admission
November 9-15

In recognition of their service to our country, military veterans wearing their unit jackets, hats, or showing proper identification at the ticket desk will receive complimentary admission to the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda from November 9 to 15, 2009.

Veteran's Day Ceremony on November 11

American veterans will be honored during a public ceremony on the historic aircraft carrier on Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11, beginning at 11:00am. The aircraft carrier USS Hornet is the Bay Area’s largest veteran.

The guest speaker will be Randall J. Ramian, Chief Executive Officer of the USS Hornet Museum. A commander, Supply Corps, in the Naval Reserve, Ramian has held numerous leadership positions in the U.S. Navy including commanding and executive officer. He was recalled to active duty in 2004 – 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and served as deputy commander/chief of staff of a transportation group at a major Kuwaiti port with distribution responsibilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Djibouti.

Music will be provided by the USS Hornet Band. The Color Guard will be provided by Boy Scouts Troop 152 and Adventure Scouts Unit 152 from Oakley who are led by a former crewmember of the USS Hornet.

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About the USS Hornet
The USS Hornet Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to experience naval history, science, and space technology first-hand. Permanent exhibits feature over 15 Navy and Marines aircraft and helicopters from various eras including a TBM Avenger from WWII, an F-14 Tomcat from Desert Storm, and an F-4 Phantom from Vietnam.

Ship compartments open for public touring include Combat Information Center, Captain’s Bridge, Flight Deck Control, Hangar Deck, Pilot Ready Rooms, Ship’s Hospital, Torpedo Shop, Officers’ Quarters, and the newly open Post Office.

A registered State and National Historic Landmark, the historic aircraft carrier is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 at the former Naval Air Station in Alameda. The ship is open to the public every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is $6-$14 for the general public and there is ample free parking across from the pier. For more information, call (510) 521-8448 x 282 or go to

Monday, November 2, 2009

USS Texas

091013-N-0932F-006 ARCTIC OCEAN (Oct. 13, 2009) Machinist Mate 2nd Class Corey Stabenow inspects the deck of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) after surfacing in the vicinity of the North Pole. Texas is the first Virginia-class submarine to conduct operations in the Arctic. Texas is in transit to its new homeport at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo/Released).