Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Royal Navy Foils Drugs Smugglers

HMS Gloucester

London August 31, 2010 - The Royal Navy has intercepted a yacht smuggling cocaine with a UK street value of at least £4 million.

In the early hours of Friday 27th August HMS Gloucester, with an embarked Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDet) from Cape Verde, boarded a suspect yacht believed to be carrying cocaine in the mid-Atlantic. The vessel “TORTUGA”, registered in Florida, was taken to Cape Verde where authorities discovered cocaine hidden within the rudder.{

The operation was coordinated by the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) (MAOC(N)) based in Lisbon, acting on intelligence from a French Central Office against Illegal Narcotics Trafficking (OCRTIS) investigation.

The Royal Navy was asked for assistance and HMS Gloucester, on route south to the Falklands where she will spend the next 7 months guarding UK Overseas Territories, was diverted to embark the Cape Verde LEDet and intercept the suspect yacht.

HMS Gloucester’s Commanding Officer, Commander David George, said:

“The last thing a drug smuggler wants to be seeing as the sun comes up is a Royal Navy warship bearing down on him. He can’t run and he can’t fight. HMS Gloucester provided the ideal launching pad for the Cape Verde law enforcement team to intercept these drugs. It’s fast, has long-range detection radar, and one of the fastest helicopters in the world, the Lynx Mk 8. There was no argument. Thanks to close co-operation between the Cape Verde authorities, international counter-narcotics agencies and the Royal Navy, millions of pounds’ worth of cocaine has been stopped from reaching our streets.”

This is the first maritime operation of this nature undertaken by the UK with the Cape Verde authorities but comes after concerted efforts by the Royal Navy and Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) to develop the counter narcotics capability of the area. Just weeks ago Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE, Royal Navy Commander in Chief Fleet, paid a visit to the headquarters of the MAOC (N) in Lisbon, underlining the crucial role the Royal Navy and SOCA have in combating the effects of drugs on the UK’s and our allies streets.

Conor Shields, a SOCA officer seconded to MAOC(N) as Head of the Joint Operations Coordination Centre, said:

“MAOC (N) is extremely grateful for the continued support of the Royal Navy and pleased at the fruition of the capacity building efforts. The professionalism of the Cape Verde authorities was paramount in discovering the purpose built concealment. This is a perfect example of operational success underlined by the scale of multinational and multi agency cooperation. It is with these collaborative, concerted efforts against common objectives we continue to target the organised crime groups which cause so much harm to our communities”.

Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said:

"This is another example of the great work the men and women of the Royal Navy carry out around the which helps protect us at home. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in intercepting drugs that could be destined for Britain's streets. I am very proud of their efforts."

HMS Gloucester is a Batch 3 Type 42 destroyer with a lengthened hull for better sea keeping qualities and greater endurance. The ship was built by Vosper Thorneycroft at Woolston, Southampton and launched on 2nd November 1982 by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester. The ship retains links with the Rifles Regiment and the City of Gloucester.

MAOC (N) is an international agency set up to coordinate counter drug operations targeting Trans-Atlantic cocaine traffic by air and sea. The participating states are France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. The USA has permanent representation and Cape Verde recently became observers. Other observers include the Europol, European Commission, UNODC, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and Canada. The Centre has been operational since 1st April 2007 and in that time has coordinated the seizure of over 45 tons of cocaine destined for the European market as well as over 30 tons of hashish. Specialists from all the partner countries work side by side sharing and fusing intelligence before planning and coordinating the interdictions by air or sea. Its area of operations is the eastern Atlantic, from the Cape of Good Hope in Southern Africa to the Norwegian Sea.

The Royal Navy detected shadowing Russian sub – Daily Telegraph

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Coast Guard urges caution as Earl approaches

BOSTON - With Hurricane Earl expected to pass along the Atlantic Coast this weekend, the Coast Guard is stressing the importance of safety for boaters and swimmers during the hurricane season.

Hurricanes can create dangers in the water, such as rip currents and large waves.

Rip currents and undertows can drag swimmers away from their boat or the beach and lead to death by drowning when they attempt to fight the current and become exhausted. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents cause approximately 100 deaths annually in the United States - more than all other natural hazards except heat and floods. More than 80 percent of rescues by beach lifeguards are due to rip currents, totaling 18,000 lifeguard rescues a year.

As Earl approaches, the Coast Guard urges people to be mindful of the following safety tips:

Stay informed - The public should monitor the progress and strength of Earl through local television, radio and internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF channel 16. Information on small craft advisories and warnings can also be found on VHF channel 16.

Evacuate as necessary - If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public is urged to heed evacuation orders. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate those in danger during the storm.

Secure your belongings - Vessel owners are urged to double-check their mooring lines and secure life rings, life jackets and other loose items, preventing their vessel and equipment from breaking free and causing damage.

Be cautious of hazardous materials - If you have hazardous materials on or near the water, you are responsible for any spills that may occur. Take the necessary precautions to secure them prior to any heavy weather.

Mariners are reminded that drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures prior to a storm. They are generally authorized to remain closed up to eight hours prior to the approach of gale-force winds of 34 knots or greater, and whenever an evacuation is ordered.

Tips for swimmers on how to avoid and survive rip currents:

Never swim alone.

Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don't go out!

Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard-protected beach.

If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.

Don't fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim toward shore or a boat.

If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim toward shore or a boat.

If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by facing the shore or boat, waving your arms, and yelling for help.

If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 911. Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s 2009 recreational boating statistics show:

736 fatalities, 3358 injuries, 4730 accidents and $36 million in property damage.

90 percent of drowning victims - 459 of 510 - were not wearing life jackets.

Only 10 percent of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.

Compared to 2008, the number of accidents decreased 1.23%, the number of deaths increased 3.81% and the number of injuries increased 0.81%.



Coast Guard to decommission 35-year old Long Range Navigation Station Caribou

CARIBOU, Maine – The Coast Guard is holding a decommissioning ceremony for its Long Range Aids to Navigation (LORAN) Station in Caribou, Maine, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010.

The LORAN-C station was commissioned in November of 1974, marking 35-years of service.

The Station transmitted the American northeast 9960 and Canadian East Coast 5930 navigation and timing signals. It has a crew of four active duty Coast Guard members.

Termination of the LORAN-C program was supported through the enactment of the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Transimission of the American signal ended on February 8, 2010, and the Canadian signal was terminated on August 3, 2010.

LORAN Station Caribou has the distinction of being the last station to transmit an American Loran signal, thus ending the 67-year LORAN-C program.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Kearsarge Group, Marines to Provide Pakistan Relief

Norfolk August 30, 2010 - The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployed Aug. 27 from Norfolk to support U.S. humanitarian assistance in Pakistan.

The Kearsarge group is made up of Amphibious Squadron 4, 26th MEU, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and the amphibious platform dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15). The deployment of the Kearsarge ARG was moved up; it originally was scheduled to deploy in late September 2010.

"USS Kearsarge, USS Carter Hall and USS Ponce have exceeded my expectations in every aspect and are fully able to accomplish any mission that we might be assigned," said Capt. Larry Grippin, Kearsarge ARG's commander. "We are all grateful for the opportunity to flex the disaster relief capability of this Navy/Marine Corps team. This mission shows that the U.S. military is truly a global force for good."

The Kearsarge group will work with the Pakistan government to provide logistical support, emergency transportation and supplies to aid flood relief efforts.

"The crew enthusiastically accelerated their deployment preparations," said Capt. Baxter Goodly, the commanding officer of Kearsarge. "Even though we're deploying early, the crew is eager and proud to be heading over to help the people of Pakistan."

After their humanitarian mission to Pakistan is complete, the Kearsarge ARG and the 26th MEU will continue with their original mission.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

DOD Identifies Navy Casualty

Washington August 28, 2010 - The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Petty Officer 3rd Class James M. Swink, 20, of Yucca Valley, Calif., died Aug. 27 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Swink was a hospital corpsman assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Forces.


Chinese navy escort warships make port call in Myanmar

Chinese naval soldiers and officers of destroyer Guangzhou stand in formation on board upon their arrival at Myanmar Yangon's Thilawa Port, Aug. 29, 2010. The 5th Escort Task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)-Navy, made up of two warships -- "Guanhzhou" and "Chaohu" made a friendly call at Myanmar Yangon's Thilawa Port Sunday afternoon. (Xinhua/Jin Fei)

Beijing August 30, 2010 The 5th Escort Task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)- Navy, made up of two warships -- "Guanhzhou" and "Caohu" made a friendly call at Myanmar Yangon's Thilawa Port Sunday afternoon.
It was also the first time for Chinese naval warship to have called at Myanmar port.
The five-day mission is aimed at promoting friendly relationships between the two armed forces of the two countries and exchange between the two navies.
A grand ceremony was launched to welcome the Chinese warships amid rain, attended by Major Han Sein, Commander of Myanmar Navy Dockyard Base, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Ye Dabo and other embassy officials as well as representatives of Chinese companies, teachers and students based in Myanmar and local Chinese residents totaling about 200.
After the ceremony, the warships were open to the visitors for viewing.
During the call, the Chinese PLA escort task group will launch a series of exchange with the Myanmar navy.
Myanmar is the fourth country that the 5th Chinese PLA escort task group called on after completing its escort missions in gulf of Aden and the waters off Somali coast.
Prior to Myanmar, the escort task group had called on Egypt, Italy and Greece.

Source: Xinhua

Friday, August 27, 2010

Modernization: Supporting our underway fleet | Coast Guard Compass

Modernization: Supporting our underway fleet Coast Guard Compass

Department of National Defence to Proceed With Disposal of Former HMCS Fraser

Halifax August 27, 2010 - The Department of National Defence (DND) is proceeding with the disposal of the former HMCS Fraser, a decommissioned St. Laurent-class destroyer, through dismantlement this fall in Port Colborne, Ontario.
Fraser will be towed from the Shearwater Jetty in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to the Marine Recycling Corporation's (MRC) facility in Port Colborne, Ontario, in late August, contingent on weather conditions and space availability in the canal system.
The disposal work will be done under an existing contract between DND and SNC Lavalin, adhering to all municipal, provincial, and federal environmental regulations. MRC is the subcontractor competitively selected by SNC Lavalin for the dismantling and disposal of Fraser.
In 1997, the Minister of National Defence donated Fraser to the Artificial Reef Society of Nova Scotia (ARSNS). Fraser had been a floating museum in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, since 1997 until a formal agreement between DND and ARSNS was reached in December 2008 to transfer Fraser back to DND. Both parties recognized that, despite the best intentions and best efforts of the ARSNS, the significant scope of maintaining Fraser proved to be beyond the capacity of the Society's resources.
After exploring various disposal options for Fraser, including preserving it for heritage purposes or sinking it to create an artificial reef, DND decided that Fraser will be dismantled for its final disposal.
Fraser was one of the first warships to be completely designed and built in Canada, and its historical value has been protected through the removal and preservation of important artefacts.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

USS Enterprise Braces for Hurricane Danielle

USS Enterprise at Sea August 26, 2010 - The crew of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is preparing for high winds and heavy seas Aug. 26 as Hurricane Danielle makes her way up the Atlantic coast while the ship conducts work-ups.

Information gathered from the Naval Maritime Forecast Center's website predicts Danielle's path will stay well off the Eastern Seaboard. However, with Enterprise conducting flight operations off the Atlantic coast, Danielle could create complications for the thousands of Sailors aboard.
According to Enterprise's Meteorology and Oceanography Center (METOC), the aircraft carrier should not get directly hit by the storm, but the crew will likely feel the effects due to the ship's proximity.
As the ship moves away from the hurricane, the crew is implementing safeguards to protect personnel and vital equipment from damage. While aircraft carriers do not rock as much as smaller ships, heavy sea states can cause damage.
"We should start seeing the effects from Danielle this weekend," said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick J. Havel, Enterprise's METOC officer. "We can expect 20-knot winds from the north and 10-foot swells."
Sailors aboard Enterprise are tying down all loose objects on board to ensure they don't damage personnel or equipment in the event of heavy rolls. The Navy trains to make stowing for sea, as this process is called, second nature to Sailors.
Stowing for sea is important to protect equipment, but the safety of each Sailor and Marine is the top priority.
"Depending upon how rough the seas are, the damage costs could run into thousands of dollars, and we run the risk of serious injury," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class David B. Hall.
Anything not secured to an immobile object, bulkhead, overhead or deck must be tied down before the ship can be considered stowed for sea.
In an announcement over the ship's loudspeaker system, the ship's commanding officer, Capt. O. P. Honors Jr., informed the crew of the situation and ordered all hands to take the necessary actions to ensure the ship is prepared for the storm.
Hurricane Danielle is the fourth named storm this hurricane season.
Enterprise is conducting work-ups and flight deck operations in preparation for its upcoming deployment.

HMS Quorn in Dartmouth for Regatta

Royal Navy photo
HMS Quorn will visit Dartmouth this weekend (August 27-30) in support of the town’s annual regatta.
The 750-tonne Hunt Class minehunter will moor at a buoy in the harbour for the duration of her three-day visit and all on board are looking forward to enjoying the spectacle of the yacht racing, as well as other more official engagements.
Quorn’s busy programme of events kicks off on the Friday evening with a reception for invited local guests, after the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Tim Neild, has made an official call on the Mayor of Dartmouth.
But the high point of the weekend will come on both Saturday and Sunday when the ship is open to visitors from 12noon until 4pm. Access to HMS Quorn, via boat transfers and ship’s ladders – will be subject to weather conditions and at the discretion of the bosun.
Lieutenant Commander Neild is looking forward to bringing his ship to Dartmouth and said: "We always receive a warm welcome in Dartmouth as a town with exceptional naval heritage, which, in Britannia Royal Naval College, continues to this day. I hope as many local people as possible will come and see their ship for themselves."
HMS Quorn is a Hunt class Mine Countermeasures Vessel, 60m long with a beam of 10m and a displacement of 750 tonnes. The largest warships ever constructed from glass reinforced plastic, the Hunt Class ships perform the dual role of sweeping and hunting in one hull.
The ship carries a crew of 45, many of them clearance divers whose job it is to swim to mines in order to place explosives. However, the ship also has a mine disposal system consisting of a remote controlled submersible. Two general purpose machine guns, along with a 30mm and two 20mm guns mean that HMS Quorn can also function as a patrol craft.


Oceanographic survey ship USNS John McDonnell is deactivated

Washington August 26, 2010 - Military Sealift Command oceanographic survey ship USNS John McDonnell was delivered to the Navy Inactive Ships Program in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for deactivation Aug. 25.

Following the deactivation, MSC retains six Pathfinder-class oceanographic survey ships capable of surveying coastal regions and performing full ocean surveys. Construction of a new, more-capable survey ship, T-AGS 66, will start in October.
McDonnell's deactivation comes as part of the effort to streamline survey operations. Unlike the Pathfinder class, which is capable of conducting both deep- and shallow-water scans, McDonnell was only equipped with the sensors to conduct shallow-water surveys.
"McDonnell carried two 34-foot hydrographic survey launches fitted with sensors operating on frequencies best suited for mapping the seabed in shallow waters," said Rusty Bishop, technical director of MSC's Special Mission Program, which operates the ships. "Pathfinder-class ships can be reconfigured to perform a variety of survey missions, including the ability to launch and recover the hydrographic survey launches.
McDonnell's launches will be added to the available pool."
Since late 1991, the 208-foot McDonnell has traveled the world in support of the Naval Oceanographic Office with a complement of about 23 civilian mariners and 14 NAVOCEANO surveyors. It has surveyed the territorial waters of 10 countries, in addition to other large bodies of water including the shallow areas of the Yellow Sea, East China Sea and Caribbean Sea. The ship has also been host to numerous dignitaries and international partners.
During its years of service, McDonnell has collected hundreds of thousands of nautical miles worth of data, and has charted and verified thousands of navigation hazards.
McDonnell has also risen to emergent tasking on several occasions. Using its side scan sonar, it located two downed F-16s in the Northern Arabian Gulf in 1993 and the wreckage of a Navy helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz in 1994. Two years later, it located a crashed F-14 in the Central Arabian Gulf.
NAVOCEANO will host the family of the late Capt. John McDonnell, the ship's namesake, for a reception Sept. 23 at the Maury Oceanographic Library at Stennis Space Center, Miss.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

NATO-Japan cooperation thwarts pirate attack in Gulf of Aden

London August 25, 2010 - NATO warship HNLMS DE ZEVEN PROVINCÏEN, working in conjunction with a Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) helicopter disrupted a single skiff pirate attack on MV ANANGAL INNOVATION this morning. MV ANANGAL INNOVATION, a Greek-flagged ship, reported being approached by a small skiff while transiting eastbound in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden.
Commodore Christian Rune, Royal Danish Navy, Commander, Task Force 508, stated: "The helo and ship crews from JMSDF MURASAME and HNLMS DE ZEVEN PROVINCÏEN responded magnificently in disrupting another piracy attack in the IRTC. The cooperation between Japanese Maritime Self Defence Forces and NATO is proof of the commitment by the international community to establish a secure maritime environment in the Horn of Africa region".
The helicopter from Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ship MURASAME quickly responded to the call from the merchant ship. As the JMSDF helicopter approached the skiff, the suspected pirates broke off the attack and the crew of the helicopter observed the suspected pirates throwing their weapons and other pirate related paraphernalia overboard.
NATO warship HNLMS DE ZEVEN PROVINCÏEN was dispatched by Commander, Task Force 508 to intercept skiff. After relieving the JMSDF helicopter following the skiff, a helicopter from the HNLMS DE ZEVEN PROVINCÏEN unsuccessfully attempted to stop the skiff. The skiff refused to stop even after warning shots were fired from the helicopter. The skiff was finally stopped after warning shots were fired from DE ZEVEN PROVINCÏEN upon arriving on scene. A team from DE ZEVEN PROVINCÏEN boarded the skiff revealing that the suspected pirates had thrown, not only their weapons, but also ladders and other pirating materials overboard.

Russian, French warships to hold exercises Sept. 3-6

Moscow August 25, 2010 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser will take part in a joint exercise with French warships on September 3-6, a Russian Navy spokesman said on Wednesday.
The warships will practice joint maneuvers at sea, replenishment of supplies, ship-to-ship transfer of goods, and helicopter landings.
The Pyotr Veliky is on its way to the Northern Fleet's base in Severomorsk after the Vostok 2010 exercises in Russia's Far East.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

USS Texas Returns from U.S. 4th Fleet Deployment

Pearl Harbor August 24, 2010 - Virginia-class submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 23 after completing a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
This is Texas' first deployment since changing homeports to Pearl Harbor in November 2009. She successfully completed her maiden deployment to the Eastern Pacific and operated under the tactical control of Joint Inter-Agency Task Force, South from May to August 2010. During the deployment, Texas successfully conducted joint operations enhancing national security.
"I am extremely proud of my crew's tenacious can do attitude which resulted in a very successful deployment," said Cmdr. Bob Roncska, Texas commanding officer. "Our ability to rapidly respond to a myriad of tasking over an extended period of time is a testament to the ships' remarkable design and capabilities."
While away from homeport, the crew earned a sea service ribbon, which was the first for 76 Texas Sailors. Additionally, 23 Sailors achieved a significant career milestone by receiving the enlisted submarine warfare qualification also known as "dolphins".
Fire Control Technician 2nd Class Kevin Miller from Jacksonville, Fla., became qualified during the deployment.
"Earning my dolphins has been a goal of mine since I joined the Navy," said Miller. "I am extremely proud to be a submariner assigned to USS Texas and would not have it any other way."
Commissioned Sept. 9, 2006, Texas was the second Virginia-class attack submarine constructed and the first submarine to be named after the Lone Star state.
The state-of-the-art submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare.

Former Castle Class OPVs Leaving Tyne

Ex-HMS Dumbarton Castle. RN photo.

The fromer HMS Leeds Castle and HMS Dumbarton Castle (pictured), which have been sold to Bangladesh, are schedule to leave A & P's yard on the Tyne August 29th.

Indictment in 1980 Ore. death of Navy man | KDRV

Indictment in 1980 Ore. death of Navy man KDRV

Monday, August 23, 2010

Captain John Moore - Telegraph

Captain John Moore - Telegraph

Naval War College Museum: Rededication of Kempenaar Park, Home to Constellation Anchor

Naval War College Museum: Rededication of Kempenaar Park, Home to Constellation Anchor

The Canadian Naval Centennial Roadshow Schedule

The aim of the Canadian Naval Centennial is to build and strengthen in Canadians an appreciation for their navy and to promote the role of the navy within the Canadian Forces in a maritime nation like Canada. The theme is to “Bring the Navy to Canadians” and events will be focused to honour the past, to showcase the current navy and to reinforce the requirement for the future navy.
An activity that promotes the underlying centennial theme is to develop a traveling road show, consisting of a small musical revue with naval band, an exhibition of naval artefacts and naval art. This troupe would, over the course of the centennial year, perform in many cities and towns across the country. Another initiative being explored is for the navy to have a prominent role at major sporting events, exhibitions and other national cultural events during 2010.

The Canadian Naval Centennial Roadshow Schedule

16-Sep 7:30 PM Port Theatre Nanaimo, BC

17-Sep 7:30 PM Sid Williams Theatre Courtenay, BC

18-Sep 7:30 PM Evergreen Theatre Powell River, BC

19-Sep 7:30 PM Sechelt Ravenscry Theatre Sechelt, BC

20-Sep 8:00 PM Gateway Theatre Vancouver, BC

21-Sep 7:30 PM First Avenue Christian Assembly Chilliwack, BC

1-Oct 8:00 PM Rossland Secondary School Rossland, BC

2-Oct 7:30 PM Grand Forks Secondary School Grand Forks, BC

4-Oct 7:30 PM Delta Lakeside Resort Penticton, BC

5-Oct 7:00 PM Kelowna Community Theatre Kelowna, BC

7-Oct 7:30 PM Sagebrush Theatre Kamloops, BC

Coast Guard repatriates 8 Cuban illegal immigrants

MIAMI - US Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish repatriated eight Cuban illegal immigrants interdicted during two separate cases since Wednesday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday.
A Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Fla., smallboat crew located a rustic vessel with three Cuban illegal immigrants and one legal permanent resident approximately 11 miles east of Islamorada Thursday. The three Cuban illegal immigrants  were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island and the one legal permanent resident was brought ashore.
A C-130 from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., located an orange raft with an unknown number of persons aboard approximately 40 miles south of Key West, Fla., Wednesday. Pea Island was diverted, and once on scene, embarked the five Cuban migrants.
Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, all illegal immigrants are provided food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

Estonian Navy Locates Three Royal Navy Wrecks

HMS Cassandra

Minehunter Ugandi found last week near the end of the island of Saaremaa during the operation carried out in the War of Independence died in British warships HMS ( Her Majesty's Ships ) Cassandra , HMS Gentiana and HMS Myrtle  Wrecks .

Wrecks are located within 60-100 meters in depth and in accordance with international practice, the United Kingdom. otsimisoperatsioon vessels were carried out in cooperation with the Estonian Meremuuseumiga .
"We are confident that this is just the War of Independence died in the UK to start with , " said Navy Chief kaptenmajor Ivo stuff. " Ugandi then sought British vessel Admiral Alexander- Sinclair the latest coordinates , which were given at that time , navigation aids and facilities , a surprisingly accurate. "
Villu Klesmanni vanemleitnant Ugandi commanders said some years ago, finding the wrecks would have been much more difficult , because today's naval vessels are used in many modern techniques . " Sonaripildi with the ability to be pretty confident that this is just Cassandra , and Gentiana Myrtle'ga , "said vanemleitnant Klesmann .
HMS Cassandra Kergristleja sank near the island of Saaremaa miiniplahvatuses night against sixth December , the 1918th In the British fleet was on his way to support young people in Tallinn Estonia. An explosion killed ten men , with the remaining 400 crew members were evacuated . 1917th HMS Cassandra was completed at that time was one of the British fleet of new ships.
Minesweepers HMS and HMS Myrtle Gentiana mine went to the 1919th 15 miinitraalimistööde during July . Marine killed nine men, three of them are buried in the Military Cemetery in Tallinn.
HMS Myrtle ahtriosa found in the 1937th year . His death on the movie " Her Majesty's warships . 2000th A memorial plaque was placed on board the ship . HMS Cassandra , HMS Gentiana and HMS Myrtle  bow location was unknown . All three ships in the Maritime Museum is located on the wall plaque . British navy lost one kergristleja Estonian waters , two destroyers , one submarine , two trawlers and eight torpeedokaatrit .
British arrival in Tallinn eskaadri significantly affected the course of the War of Independence . Fleet 's support was important both politically, economically and militarily. Estonia received at the 1918th The five cruisers , nine destroyers , and one of the seven miinitraalerit transport vessel . In addition to military cooperation led to the co- weaponry and ammunition ships rahvaväele Estonia . Their presence has helped to eliminate the Baltic Fleet Punalipulise activity and expressed political support for the newly established Republic of Estonia.

Friday, August 20, 2010

DOD Identifies Navy Casualty

Washington August 20, 2010 - The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Collin Thomas, 33, of Morehead, Ky., died Aug. 18 during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan. Thomas was assigned to an east coast-based SEAL team.

USS New Orleans Arrives in Panama as Final Stop of A-SPS 2010

Panama City August 20, 2010 - USS New Orleans (LPD 18), Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5 and other embarked units arrived in Balboa, Panama, Aug. 20 as the final stop in support of Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station (A-SPS) 2010.
A-SPS is the amphibious portion of Southern Partnership Station, which is a deployment of various specialty platforms to the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility in Latin America and the Caribbean.
A-SPS's primary goal is mission-focused information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region in order to enhance regional maritime capabilities and security.
The port visit to Panama marks the end of a three-month deployment in support of USSOUTHCOM's goals of ensuring theater security, enhancing regional stability and strengthening relationships among regional partners. The ship and embarked units visited Manzanillo, Mexico; Lima, Peru; and Bahia Malaga, Colombia.
The visit is scheduled as a liberty port, and the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation team has scheduled tours including scuba diving, deep sea fishing, cultural outings and an opportunity to transit a small part of the Panama Canal.
PHIBRON 5 Commodore, Capt. Peter J. Brennan, A-SPS mission commander, will fly home to San Diego for a change of command ceremony Aug. 22. Brennan will be relieved by Capt. Humberto L. Quintanilla at the ceremony.
"This deployment has been very rewarding," said Brennan. "We've worked closely with Sailors and Marines from Mexico, Central America and South America, and we've learned a lot from each other. This interaction through subject matter exchanges, community relations projects and social functions, have provided the opportunity to strengthen our relationships and in turn, strengthen the stability of the region. I am very happy to be ending my tour of duty with PHIBRON 5 on such a positive note."
Throughout the deployment, New Orleans has been conducting exercises and multinational exchanges with Mexico, Peru and Colombia to build on relationships built through previous Southern Partnership Station deployments. In addition to subject matter exchanges, the ship conducted humanitarian and civic assistance through community relations projects and Project Handclasp deliveries throughout the region.
Service members from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay deployed with New Orleans in order to facilitate interaction between their navies and the U.S. Navy through subject matter exchanges and interaction. This has been accomplished through presentations, personal interaction and hands-on, joint exercises. They boarded the ship in San Diego June 10, with most departing in Peru. Those from Colombia remained on board until after the ship departed its recent port visit to Bahia Malaga, Colombia.
"I think this is one of the best ideas our commanders have had," said Colombian navy Lt. Cmdr. Luis Pulgarin. "It is so important that the U.S. and South American navies work together because it is one region...America...and we need to be able to share experiences and work together, because it will help us all to stay secure. At this moment, the United States and Colombia are both combating terrorism, and we need to work together. It is very important."
During the final two weeks in Colombia, New Orleans conducted counter illicit-trafficking operations. The ship and embarked units patrolled off the coast with a Colombian liaison naval officer on board. The ship was prepared to work in concert with Colombian and Panamanian forces in the event any illegal traffickers were found.
Subject matter exchanges, including damage control, firefighting, engineering and medical processes, took place aboard New Orleans and on shore in each country. In addition, New Orleans, along with partner nations and Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 24 participated in both Partnership of the Americas 2010 and Southern Exchange 2010 in support of A-SPS, conducting joint amphibious operations in Salinas and Ancon, Peru.
USS New Orleans will return to its homeport of San Diego after leaving Panama.

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Injured Teen

100818-N-5123P-001 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Aug. 18, 2010) Seattle KING 5 TV News (NBC) reporter Gary Chittum interviews Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Richmond "Keith" Roy, left, and helicopter aircraft commander, Lt. Brandon Sheets, aboard a U.S. Navy (MH-60S) Sea Hawk search and rescue (SAR) helicopter. Lt. Sheets and Petty Officer Roy are responsible for rescuing a young girl from a ravine on the Skokomish River, in Mason County, Wash., Aug. 17. (U.S. Navy photo by Tony Popp/Released)

By Kimberly Martin, NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs

HOODSPORT, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Air Station Whidbey Island search and rescue (SAR) personnel responded to a call for assistance from the Mason County Sheriff's Office Aug. 17.
A 15-year old girl had fallen off a cliff and into the river in Skokomish River Canyon while hiking with her family.
SAR launched an MH-60S Knighthawk with a crew of six personnel. Ground rescue teams reached the injured hiker and rendered first aid.
Once on location, the SAR crew analyzed the situation and began conducting basic operational risk management, taking everything into consideration in order to embark on a safe and successful extraction mission. The biggest obstacle was the 450-foot High Steel Bridge spanning the canyon.
Lt. Brandon Sheets, SAR pilot and mission commander, said the crew conducted power checks, determined wind levels and direction, checked the clearances under the bridge and ran through the scenario.
"When we showed up we took a deep breath, surveyed everything and formulated a plan," said Sheets. "Once we had a good plan we knew we could do it safely."
The pilots flew the aircraft into position and held it in a steady hover so SAR crew member Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Richmond Roy, could rappel down to the river with the litter.
Due to the river's current and the wind kicked up by the rotor blades, Roy stayed on the line. He said thanks in part to the ground rescue crew the patient was ready for transfer. She was placed in a litter, carried to the line and then hooked for a lift up into the helicopter with Roy.
"The rotors caused a funnel of wind in the canyon and that's what made us spin more than usual," said Roy. "I was able to slow it down some (with arm motions)."
The entire time the aircraft was under the bridge, the crew had eyes on the rotors and was calling out distances to ensure they maintained adequate clearances on both sides. Sheets said he estimates they were actually on scene no more than 11 minutes, even though it felt longer.
"Lt. Zenner did an awesome job holding the bird rock solid," said Roy. "That made it possible to get the patient hooked up and in the aircraft so quickly."
Once in the aircraft, the pilots maneuvered the helicopter back out from under the bridge, gained elevation out of the canyon and headed east for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
NAS Whidbey Island's SAR crews have successfully conducted 17 missions this year.

HMS Gloucester sets sail for South Atlantic

HMS Gloucester sails past the Spinnaker Tower, leaving Portsmouth for a seven-month deployment to the South Atlantic. [Picture: LA(Phot) Terry Boughton, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]
London August 20, 2010 - HMS Gloucester set sail for the South Atlantic this morning where for the next seven months she will take part in maritime security patrols and exercise with South American navies.

The Type 42 destroyer, based at Portsmouth, will take over from Devonport-based HMS Portland, and is to spend the majority of her deployment patrolling the waters around the British South Atlantic islands including the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

She will also make official visits to various South American countries, including Brazil and Chile.

A highlight of the deployment will be the chance to represent the UK at an exhibition of defence technology in Chile in November called the Expo Naval. But HMS Gloucester's main concern will be providing security and assurance to the people of the various South Atlantic islands.

250 miles (400km) away from mainland South America at their nearest point, the islands are dominated by the surrounding seas, and dependent on them for their livelihood. HMS Gloucester's presence in policing and protecting those waters will give the islanders continuing confidence.

Gloucester's Commanding Officer, Commander David George, said:

"Gloucester will be providing British citizens in the South Atlantic with the reassurance of knowing that the Royal Navy is looking out for their interests.

"But while we are down there, we are also policing the seas and ensuring that they are safe for all to use and pass through."

With the ship away until March next year many families are making alternative arrangements for celebrations such as birthdays and Christmas. Some have even celebrated Christmas already.

Commander George added:

"Once we leave, our focus has to be on operations but the support that we get from our families is so important to helping us carry on.

"We have all been making the most of precious time with them in the last few weeks. As much as they are thinking of us, we'll be hoping that they keep safe and sound too, and we'll continue to stay in touch though letters, phone calls and emails."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Keeping social networks free-speech friendly

Posted 8/19/2010 Updated 8/19/2010 by Senior Airman Cristobal Ibarra 17th Training Wing Legal Office

Goodfellow AFB - So, you think Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are just for fun and games? Think again.
Since Department of Defense officials authorized military personnel to use these sites, social networking has become serious business. With every new freedom comes new boundaries and more opportunities to get into trouble, and the law is increasingly being called on to deal with interactions in these new arenas.
First, every DOD user must recognize that the rules for Internet use haven't changed. All government employees should know the distinction between official use, limited personal use and unauthorized use of these Internet-based capabilities. Airmen are required to abide by Directive-Type Memorandum 09-026 Responsible Effective Use of Internet-Based Capabilities and Air Force Guidance Memorandum to Air Force Instruction 33-129 Web Management and Internet Use. Failure to follow these directives could result in administrative or punitive action against military and civilian members.
Second, Air Force officials view social media positively and respects the right of Airmen to use it as a medium of self-expression. However, the First Amendment is not a blanket right for military members to do and say what they want at all times, especially in a global forum like the Internet. The Supreme Court has long recognized that military members' First Amendment rights are limited because there is a substantial and important need to preserve good order and discipline and to protect operational security.
Airmen must have supervisor approval before using these sites for personal use during the duty day and it cannot interfere with their military duties, jeopardize the network or reflect negatively on the Air Force.
Airmen must be cautious of what they say on these sites and think before clicking "post." Ask questions like, will this get me in trouble? Will this affect the mission in a negative light? Do I want my supervisor reading this? Could someone use this information to hurt the Air Force?
Airmen also need to be wary of rules concerning unprofessional relationships and fraternization. Socializing with subordinates and friending them on social network sites may seem harmless, but it can create a perception of favoritism, influence or an unprofessional relationship.
Remember, social networking sites on the World Wide Web are just that, "social" and "worldwide." With knowledge of the rules and practicing proper operational security and professionalism, Airmen still can express themselves and stay out of trouble.

( 2nd Lt. Caroline Ojerio and Cindy Middleton contributed to this article)

Coast Guard Academy named top college | Coast Guard Compass

Coast Guard Academy named top college Coast Guard Compass

The Arrival of Korean Destroyer ROKS WANG GEON

One of the first clear views of ROKS WANG GEON in Simon's Town waters
The Korean Destroyer ROKS WANG GEON visited the Fleet on 8 August 2010.

The ROKS WANG GEON is Korean Destroyer Experimental (KDX) II class destroyer armed with the latest anti-ship and anti-air missiles. This 4,200 ton stealth destroyer, the fourth KDX-II class destroyer after the ROKS CHUNGMUGONG YI SOON-SHIN, ROKS MUNMUDAEWANG and ROKS DAEJOYEONG, takes its name from the founder of the ancient Korean kingdom of Goryeo.
It's 150 meters long with a beam of 17 meters and height of 9.5 meters, has a top speed of 30 knots and a compliment of 300.

The Destroyer packs a powerful punch with its Harpoon anti-ship missiles with a range of 130 km and Standard SM-II anti-air missiles capable of accurately intercepting aircraft and cruise missiles 100 km away. It also features the 30mm Thales Nederland Goalkeeper close-in weapon system (CIWS) for downing incoming missiles and can carry two Super Lynx anti-submarine helicopters. The ship's hull incorporates stealth technology to frustrate attempts by enemy radar to detect it.

“SAGRES” sail training ship visits Shanghai

“SAGRES” sail training ship visits Shanghai

Bataan Successfully Completes PMA, Sea Trials, Returns to Homeport

Norfolk August 19, 2010 - USS Bataan (LHD 5) returned to Norfolk Aug. 18 following the successful completion of a four-month maintenance availability and sea trials.
Bataan arrived at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair April 12 to complete necessary repairs and new equipment installations.
The three-day sea trials provided the ship with a series of tests and validations on that equipment.
"We pride ourselves in being on time ready for tasking, and after four months in the shipyard, finishing all of our work and departing as scheduled is certainly a step in the right direction," said Capt. Steve Koehler, USS Bataan commanding officer. "After the long shipyard period, it was good to get the ship and crew back out to sea and put them to the test. I couldn't be happier with the way they performed."
Major equipment tested included the aircraft approach radars, the ship's propulsion system and the countermeasure wash down system which is designed to defend the ship against chemical, biological and radiological attack.
"Getting out of the yards shows we did our part and that we finished all our tasks in a timely manner," said Machinist's Mate Fireman Danielle Weyeneth. "This has been a great accomplishment for us, showing that we were capable of doing such a strenuous task."
Weyeneth and her engineering shipmates had plenty of reason to be proud as the crew conducted high speed runs and rudder swing checks to measure how the ship would react under the stressors of steaming at increased speeds for extended periods of time.
"The plant performed outstanding," said Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Ragland, USS Bataan electrical officer. "We completed all testing that we planned to complete, and all tests were satisfactory. We kept the lights on, kept the ship cool, and we provided 400 hertz, which enabled combat systems to complete their required tests."
Throughout the course of the availability more than 1,600 jobs were completed by Sailors and civilian contractors.
The necessary system checks and work by the crew during sea trials made certain Bataan would be ready to rejoin the fleet.
"Last year this was the best LHD on the waterfront, proving it by winning the Battle "E" (Effectiveness)," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Jim Thomas, USS Bataan engineering department, leading chief petty officer. "Beginning with our availability and now sea trials, we are taking the right steps to do it again."
Bataan now begins a scheduled four-week continuous maintenance availability where a series of additional upgrades and repairs will be completed before the ship returns to sea to begin a certification cycle designed to prepare the crew for their next deployment.

Comanche Attending Tacoma Maritime Fest

COMANCHE's last big public event of the year is the Tacoma Maritime Fest Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29 at the Foss Waterway Seaport where Comanche is moored.

Friday, August 27th, beginning about 11 am we will be getting her ready if anyone is available to come lend a hand.
Then on Saturday and Sunday we could use some help hosting visitors aboard COMANCHE from 10 am to early evening.
It will also be a day for the engine room gang to continue work on the starboard main Cleveland V-12.
So, come on down and join us if you can. Come when you can and leave when you want. Bring a lunch and drink... the refridge and microwave be on! Coffee will be ready!
And enjoy the activities at Tacoma's annual Maritime Fest, too!
For further info see http://www.maritimefest.org/
Tug Comanche Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1458731255&ref=name
And remember, COMANCHE is primarily funded by donations from supporters, volunteers and visitors. All donations are tax deductible.
COMANCHE 202 FOUNDATION, 403 GARFIELD ST. S., TACOMA, WA 98444 (253) 227-9678
There will be a couple of work parties in September and October. Hopefully, after the engine room crew is done with the starboard main, we can all go for a cruise! Stand by!
"Red skies at night", Joe for the Comanche 202 Foundation.

Ernest Borgnine Honored With 2010 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

Los Angeles August 18, 2010 - Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild’s most prestigious accolade, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine, who has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances, will be presented the award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT.

In making today’s announcement, Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard said, “Whether portraying brutish villains, sympathetic everymen, complex leaders or hapless heroes, Ernest Borgnine has brought a boundless energy which, at 93, is still a hallmark of his remarkably busy life and career. It is with that same joyous spirit that we salute his impressive body of work and his steadfast generosity.”

Borgnine has been the recipient of industry recognition, critical praise and audience approbation throughout his career. He first drew the public eye in 1953 with his portrayal of the vicious Sergeant “Fatso” Judson, who beat Frank Sinatra’s Maggio to a pulpy death in the Oscar®-winning film “From Here to Eternity.” He was memorable as one of the thugs who threatened a one-armed Spencer Tracy in “Bad Day at Black Rock,” then did a 180-degree turn in 1955, starring for director Delbert Mann and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky as the title character in what was to be the year’s best picture Oscar winner, “Marty.” His touching performance as the lonely butcher won Borgnine an Academy Award®, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe®. He would receive a second Golden Globe nomination some 52 years later for the title role in the telefilm “A Grandpa for Christmas” and an Independent Spirit Award nomination in 1989 for his Mafia boss in “Spike of Bensonhurst.”

During the 1950s, Borgnine performed frequently on such Golden Age of Television masterworks as “G.E. Theatre” and “Philco Playhouse,” but it was the 1962-66 broad ensemble comedy “McHale’s Navy” that would cement his presence as a household name and earn Borgnine his first Emmy® nomination in 1963. The Television Academy would again nominate Borgnine in 1980 for his portrait of World War I soldier Stanislaus Katczinsky in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of “All Quiet on the Western Front” (again under Delbert Mann’s direction) and just last year for his guest role as a devoted husband coming to terms with his wife’s imminent death in the final episode of “E.R.”

Borgnine was also the recipient in 1999 of a Daytime Emmy nomination for his voice work as Carface in the animated “All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series” and the same year began his continuing run as the voice of semi-retired aquatic superhero Mermaid Man in the Nickelodeon smash-hit “SpongeBob SquarePants,” bringing him a whole new legion of young fans. He’s also played an animated version of himself on “The Simpsons.”

Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on Jan. 24, 1917 in Hamden, Conn., son of Italian immigrants Charles (fka Camillo) and Anna Borgnino and grandson of Count Paolo Boselli, financial advisor to Italian King Victor Emmanuel. When he was 2, his parents separated, and he moved to Italy with his mother until the family reunited in Connecticut when Borgnine was 5. After he graduated high school in 1935, finding factory work and driving a vegetable truck did not suit him, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was discharged in October 1941, but a few months later, when the United States entered World War II, he re-enlisted and served until 1945, rising to the rank of Gunner’s Mate 1st Class. After the war, at his mother’s suggestion and with funds from the GI Bill, he enrolled in the Randall School of Dramatic Arts in Hartford, and then honed his craft at the famed Barter Theatre in Abington, Va.. There where he painted scenery, worked as stagehand and drove a truck yet-again, eventually getting a shot at acting in numerous classics. He even traveled with the company to entertain U.S. servicemen in Germany and Denmark, in the role of Guildenstern in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

Borgnine’s big break came in 1949, when he won the role of the hospital attendant in a Broadway production of “Harvey.” His success in live television prompted a move to Los Angeles, where in 1951, he made his motion picture debut in “The Whistle at Eaton Falls.” The staggering catalog of his 200 motion pictures since includes such classics as “Johnny Guitar,” starring Joan Crawford; “Vera Cruz,” with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster; “The Catered Affair,” opposite Bette Davis; legendary ensemble pieces like Robert Aldrich’s “The Dirty Dozen” and Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch”; and large-scale productions like “The Vikings,” “Torpedo Run,” “Emperor of the North,” “Ice Station Zebra,” “Flight Of The Phoenix,” “Escape from New York” and “The Poseidon Adventure.” He portrayed controversial FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover in the 1983 telefilm “Blood Feud” and again in the feature “Hoover,” which he also executive produced. He also played real-life boxing coach Angelo Dundee opposite Muhammad Ali (as himself) in “The Greatest.” His latest film “Red,” starring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox, opens in October.

Besides “McHale’s Navy,” Borgnine’s television credits include starring as seasoned police office Joe Cleaver in “Future Cop” (1976-77), as veteran aircraft owner Dominic Santini “Airwolf” (1984-86), and as doorman Manny Cordoba in “The Single Guy” (1995-97). Among his telefilms and miniseries are “Jesus of Nazareth”; “The Trail to Hope Rose,” for which, at age 87, he drove a team of horses and was honored with the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame; and this year’s “Wishing Well.” He had a recurring role on “The Commish” and guest starred in numerous series, including “JAG,” “Early Edition,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Touched By An Angel,” “7th Heaven,” “Family Law” and “The District.” He even appeared in the first “Center Square” in the “Hollywood Squares” when the game show premiered in 1965.

Borgnine has received Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Columbia College Hollywood, Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Lakeland College in Mikwaukee and the University of Northern Alabama. Still deeply connected to Navy years, he maintains contacts with old shipmates from his destroyer days. He was recognized for his support of the Navy Memorial Fund with the Lone Sailor award from the Navy Memorial Foundation and was named an Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the Navy Chiefs. Some 20 years ago, he acquired another Naval title: Honorary Flight Leader for the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team: The Blue Angels. In 2000, the Veterans Foundation elected him Veteran of the Year. As he celebrated his 90th birthday, he was honored with the California Commendation Medal for his support of the military by the Commanding Officer of the California National Guard. In 2009, he participated in a special tribute to the Navy at the National Memorial Day Parade presented by the American Veterans Center in Washington, D.C.

In 1985, Borgnine received the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Golden Boot Award for his work in film and television Westerns. In 1990, he was named Honorary Mayor of Universal City, where “McHale’s Navy” was filmed. In 1997, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival honored him with the King Vidor Memorial Award. The National Film Theatre of Great Britain honored him in May 2001 for a lifetime of artistic achievement. In 2009, he received a special tribute at the Almería, Spain International Film Festival and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival, which screened his then-latest feature “Another Harvest Moon,” in which he starred opposite Piper Laurie, Anne Meara and Doris Roberts.

In 2002, Borgnine received a lifetime achievement award from his mother’s birthplace, Carpi, Italy. In honor of his Italian parentage, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. For a quarter century, he marched as the Grand Clown in “The Great Circus Parade” in Milwaukee. A Freemason for 60 years, he is proud to have been honored with the 33rd Degree of the Masonic Order of the Grand Cross. He was honorary chair of the Scottish Rite RiteCare Program, which sponsors 175 childhood language disorders clinics, centers and programs nationwide, and narrated “On the Wings of Words,” a film about the RiteCare Program.

Borgnine’s 2008 autobiography, “Ernie” was a “New York Times” bestseller. He lives in Beverly Hills with his wife of 37 years, Tova, QVC’s on camera spokesperson for Tova cosmetics.

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Scott Bakula, Shelley Fabares and Paul Napier are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production. Rosalind Jarrett is the Executive in Charge of Publicity. Jon Brockett is the Awards Coordinating Producer.