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SAN DIEGO (Aug. 11, 2015) Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Ware looks over the aft galley aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) before taking over as the new food services officer. Ronald Reagan is homeported at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ryan McFarlane

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 11, 2015) Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Ware looks over the aft galley aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) before taking over as the new food services officer. Ronald Reagan is homeported at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ryan McFarlane

Three presidents hull swap begins: USS George Washington arrives San Diego
8/10/2015
by MC2 Paolo Bayas, USS George Washington Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived in San Diego to conduct a 10-day hull swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as part of a force structure change, Aug. 10.
Ronald Reagan (RR) will relieve George Washington (GW) as the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan, and GW will return to Newport News, Virginia, for a mid-life refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) following a deployment around South America.
"I would like to thank our Sailors and their families," said Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, GW's commanding officer. "To ensure the success of this historic hull swap, the Sailors aboard the three ships and their families have had to remain flexible to ensure the Navy's carrier fleet is manned effectively. Key personnel, especially those related to unique systems, will remain with their ships. For training of new crews, each ship will go through a tailored syllabus following the crew swap."
RR was one of the first responders during Operation Tomodachi in 2011 after the earthquake and tsunami, establishing a strong tie between the ship and the community of Japan. In addition, RR recently completed a maintenance period where it had many of its systems upgraded.
"Our relationship with Japan is vital to U.S. national security interests abroad," said Kuehhas. "Providing USS Ronald Reagan forward in Japan ensures the United States is best positioned to honor our security commitment to Japan. Our forward-deployed naval forces in U.S. 7th Fleet, along with their counterparts in the Japan Self-Defense Forces, comprise the core capabilities needed by the alliance to meet our common strategic objectives."
Following the turnover and personnel swap between RR and GW, RR will conduct a flight deck certification and tailor the ship's training availability before departing the Southern California operating area to proceed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS George Washington has been forward deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility since August 2008, and is returning to Newport News to undergo its RCOH. Maintenance efforts will include: refueling the ship's two nuclear reactors, modernization and repairs to the propulsion plant, restoring ship service life margins, and system/equipment repair and/or replacement, as well as war-fighting modernization.

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 11, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Eric Brown moves his belongings from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 76) to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is homeported on Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ryan McFarlane

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 11, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Eric Brown moves his belongings from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 76) to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is homeported on Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ryan McFarlane

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 11, 2015) A bronze statue of Ronald Reagan greets Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as they walk aboard their new duty station, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is homeported at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ryan McFarlane

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 11, 2015) A bronze statue of Ronald Reagan greets Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as they walk aboard their new duty station, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is homeported at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ryan McFarlane

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WASHINGTON (Aug. 5, 2015) An undated file photo of Adm. John M. Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Richardson was confirmed Aug. 5 by the Senate as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). U.S. Navy photo WASHINGTON (Aug. 5, 2015) An undated file photo of Adm. John M. Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Richardson was confirmed Aug. 5 by the Senate as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). U.S. Navy photo

Richardson confirmed as next CNO
8/5/2015
by MC1 Elliott Fabrizio, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affiars

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Adm. John M. Richardson, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, was confirmed by the Senate as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aug. 5.
Richardson will replace Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert who has been CNO since September 2011. Vice Adm. Frank Caldwell, who was also confirmed by the Senate today, will succeed Richardson later this month as the director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
"I am honored and humbled to have been nominated and confirmed to succeed Adm. Greenert as our Navy's next chief of naval operations," said Richardson. "Adm. Greenert and his wife Darleen have been tireless and superb advocates for our Sailors and their families. I am deeply grateful for their service to our Navy and nation. I am excited to lead the extraordinary men and women in the world's greatest Navy."
The change of office ceremony will be held in September at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Richardson, 55, hails from Petersburg, Virginia. He graduated with a degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982. Richardson also holds master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the National War College.
As one of the Navy's top leaders, Richardson has a broad-based record as an operational commander. Richardson commanded the nuclear attack submarine USS Honolulu (SSN 718), served as a naval aide to the president of the United States, as well as numerous other assignments through his career. Richardson received the prestigious Vice Adm. James Stockdale for inspirational leadership award in 2001, among a long list of personal and unit awards.

Navy seeks Sailors' opinion on alcohol use and responsible drinking
8/12/2015
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Do you have go-to advice for your fellow shipmates on responsible drinking? Have you noticed a shift in drinking behavior over the last year? This summer, the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Office launched the third annual Keep What You've Earned survey to gain insight on how alcohol use and abuse is perceived in the Navy.
The anonymous survey takes five minutes to complete and is available at https://survey.max.gov/167456.
As a result of last year's survey, completed by more than 1,400 Navy personnel and their families, NADAP gained valuable insights about changes in Sailors' drinking behavior and awareness of alcohol abuse prevention efforts like the Keep What You've Earned campaign. This year, NADAP hopes to build on those insights to further improve the effectiveness of the campaign.
"The Keep What You've Earned campaign has been shaped by feedback from Sailors and its efforts would not be successful without their input," said Dorice Favorite, director, NADAP Office. "The annual survey allows our office to determine how well alcohol abuse prevention efforts and messages are being delivered across the fleet and shape the following year's plan to improve those efforts."
The anonymous survey asks about your reasons for drinking, the likelihood that you or your fellow Sailors would seek help for alcohol abuse, and any recommendations you have for the campaign. Feedback from this survey will help the campaign continue to develop materials to encourage responsible drinking and remind Sailors to keep what they've earned.
"Understanding Sailors' opinions and attitudes towards alcohol use in the Navy is a critical component to the success of the Keep What You've Earned campaign," said Favorite. "This survey gives us a pulse check on how those attitudes and behaviors have changed in the past year, and how we can continue to develop an innovative strategy to promote responsible drinking."
The survey is being released in conjunction with the campaign's summer poster contest and the Play to Live pledge to drink responsibly this summer.
For more information about how to encourage responsible drinking among Sailors, visit www.nadap.navy.mil.

Commemorating Mobile Bay
8/11/2015
by MC2 Class Ryan J. Batchelder,
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PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The crew of the guided-missile cruiser named after the battle of Mobile Bay is keeping the spirit of Adm. David Farragut alive while underway for composite training unit exercise/joint task force exercise (COMPTUEX/JTFEX).
New chief petty officer selectees aboard USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) hosted a Battle of Mobile Bay presentation and commemoration on the ship's mess deck, Aug. 5.
"My pride as a Sailor, as a chief, [along with] the amazing legacy of this ship and her crew swelled," said Chief Master-at-Arms Jason Jones. "Our selects are top-notch, which is not only a reflection of them, but also of the leadership past and present onboard the mighty Mobile Bay."
The rest of the crew appreciated the display of Farragut's legacy, which culminated by the cutting of a cake commemorating the battle's anniversary.
"I'm proud to say I'm on the Mobile Bay," said Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Andrew Workman. "This is my first ship and I didn't really know what to expect. Our captain is great; he's all about the crew. It's such a good command because everyone knows each other and we take care of one another."
According to many, the crew of the Mobile Bay is what drives the ship and its mission forward. The tight-knit community showcases a unique command that works well together not only because they have to, but because they want to. Their ship's motto, Bearing and Determination, echo Adm. Farragut's famous words during the Battle of Mobile Bay, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
While underway for COMPTUEX/JTFEX, the Sailors of Mobile Bay have conducted many various evolutions. From damage control and aviation team drills, to numerous hours of flight quarters and live-fire exercises, the crew has stepped up and met every challenge the exercise has had to offer.
"I'm already away from my family on the East coast, so being underway is great," said Workman. "I didn't join the Navy to sit in port, I joined to go out to sea and have fun."

Navy accepts delivery of LCS 6
8/11/2015
From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communication
MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Jackson (LCS 6) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, Aug. 11.
Jackson is the fifth littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy, the third of the Independence variant to join the fleet.
Capt. Warren R. Buller II, commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 was on hand to mark the occasion.
"We are pleased to receive the future USS Jackson into the LCS class," Buller said. "Jackson will operate out of Mayport, Florida, while conducting full ship shock trials, prior to joining her sister littoral combat ships in their homeport of San Diego in late 2016."
Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 6 from the shipbuilder, an Austal USA-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for December 2015 in Gulfport, Mississippi.
"Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Jackson, an exceptional ship which will conduct anti-submarine, surface and mine countermeasure operations around the globe with ever increasing mission package capability" said LCS program manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "It also marks a significant milestone for the LCS program, as the first of 20 LCS block buy ships delivers to the Navy. It is exciting to see these capable, yet affordable, ships transitioning from serial production to serial delivery."
Following commissioning and shock trials, Jackson will be homeported in San Diego with her sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), and USS Coronado (LCS 4).
The LCS class is designed to defeat threats in coastal waters where increasingly capable submarines, mines, and swarming small craft operate. To deliver capabilities against these threats, the Navy introduced LCS with innovative concepts, such as modular mission packages, to quickly respond to an evolving threat.
Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships is responsible for delivering and sustaining the fleet's littoral mission capabilities. Consistent delivery of high-quality warfighting assets, while balancing affordability and capability, is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy

Los Angeles hosts 18th annual Navy Days; San Diego ships participate
8/10/2015
From Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

LOS ANGELES (NNS) -- The 18th annual Navy Days Los Angeles concluded Aug. 10 when visiting U.S. Navy ships, the guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71), the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) and nearly 1,000 Sailors departed from the Port of Los Angeles.
The six day fleet week, allowed visitors to tour the ships and meet Sailors, becoming informed about how U.S. Navy ships and crews function.
"This was a great opportunity for Sailors of the visiting ships to showcase the quality of its personnel to local citizens," said Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. Nora W. Tyson. "I want to thank the citizens of Los Angeles for being such gracious hosts and giving us the opportunity to showcase what the Navy has to offer."
The Navy's participation in L.A. Navy Days demonstrated to area leaders and the general public that the Navy remains an essential tool of national defense and a viable career opportunity for young men and women.
The event welcomed thousands of people this weekend for reserved ship tours and a free barbeque pierside in front of the Battleship USS Iowa Museum, as the Al Malaikah Shrine Temple Band played patriotic favorites from the deck of Iowa.
"It's very humbling to get the opportunity to step foot on a Navy ship," said Zina Beshara, a native of Los Angeles. "After receiving a tour of the ship and seeing everything these Sailors do, it gives me a whole new perspective of what these brave men and women sacrifice for our freedom."
In addition to the ship tours, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) expo was held, which was hosted at the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Terminal.
STEM is an initiative and educational program designed to provide students with opportunities to be successful in the various career fields associated with STEM. Its purpose within schools is to help impassion students to pursue careers in these disciplines.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

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