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USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) Commissioning

USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) Commissioning

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the Jan. 26 commissioning of the Navy’s newest destroyer, USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001).

Live video from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California, where the ship will be homeported is scheduled to begin 1 p.m. (EST) / 10 a.m. (PST).

The second ship in the Zumwalt-class of destroyers, DDG-1001 is named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Ramadi, Iraq, Sept. 29, 2006.

Read more about Monsoor’s action on All Hands Magazine.

“USS Michael Monsoor is one of the most capable warfighting assets our nation has to offer. This ship will provide independent forward presence and deterrence for decades to come and I am confident the crew will operate this vessel with the level of expertise, courage and strength needed to overcome any challenge.”
– Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

Scott Peters, U.S. representative from California’s 52nd District, will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Sally Monsoor, Petty Officer Monsoor’s mother, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when she will give the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

SAN DIEGO (Dec. 7, 2018) The guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) transits San Diego Bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jasen Moreno-Garcia/Released
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 7, 2018) The guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) transits San Diego Bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jasen Moreno-Garcia/Released

 

The future USS Michael Monsoor includes new technologies and will serve as a multi-mission platform capable of operating as an integral part of naval, joint or combined maritime forces.

The Zumwalt-class fields a considerably larger flight deck and has capacity for two MH-60R and three VTUAVs to execute a wider array of surface,

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Digital upgrades, new cockpit latest in Black Hawk improvements | Article

Digital upgrades, new cockpit latest in Black Hawk improvements | Article

Lt. Col. Andrew Duus, product manager, Program Executive Office, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, speaks to Col. Gail Atkins (left), commander, CCAD, and CCAD employees about the importance of modifying the UH-60L (Lima model) Black Hawk helicopter to a Victor (V) model during the CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony, here, January 9, 2019. The modification will provide a new digital, glass cockpit configuration to the Black Hawk's current analog dial instrumentation. CCAD is scheduled to produce more than 700 Victor models in the next decade.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Col. Andrew Duus, product manager, Program Executive Office, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, speaks to Col. Gail Atkins (left), commander, CCAD, and CCAD employees about the importance of modifying the UH-60L (Lima model) Black Hawk helicopter to a Victor (V) model during the CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony, here, January 9, 2019. The modification will provide a new digital, glass cockpit configuration to the Black Hawk’s current analog dial instrumentation. CCAD is scheduled to produce more than 700 Victor models in the next decade. (Photo Credit: Quentin Johnson) VIEW ORIGINAL
Col. Gail Atkins, commander, CCAD, speaks to Lt. Col. Andrew Duus (right), product manager, Program Executive Office, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and depot employees about the significance of CCAD having the opportunity to be selected to lead the UH-60V (Victor model) Black Hawk helicopter project during the CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony, here, January 9, 2019. The project is a modification of the UH-60L (Lima model) to a Victor model that will provide a new digital, glass cockpit configuration to the Black Hawk's current analog dial instrumentation. CCAD is scheduled to produce more than 700 Victor models in the next decade.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Gail Atkins, commander, CCAD, speaks to Lt. Col. Andrew Duus (right), product manager, Program Executive Office, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and depot employees about the significance of CCAD having the opportunity to be selected to lead the UH-60V (Victor model) Black Hawk helicopter project during the CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony, here, January 9, 2019. The project is a modification of the UH-60L (Lima model) to a Victor model that will provide a new digital, glass cockpit configuration to the Black Hawk’s current analog dial instrumentation. CCAD is scheduled to produce more than 700 Victor models in the next decade. (Photo Credit: Quentin Johnson) VIEW ORIGINAL
CCAD leaders, employees and visitors pose for a photo in front of a UH-60L (Lima model) Black Hawk helicopter immediately following the CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony, here, January 9, 2019. The Black Hawk shown will be the first one scheduled for induction into the UH-60V (Victor model) project, which is a modification of the UH-60L to UH-60V providing a new digital, glass cockpit configuration to the Black Hawk's current analog dial instrumentation. The depot is scheduled to produce more than 700 Victor models in the next decade.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CCAD leaders, employees and visitors pose for a photo in front of a UH-60L (Lima model) Black Hawk helicopter immediately following the CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony, here, January 9, 2019. The Black Hawk shown will be the first one scheduled for induction into the UH-60V (Victor model) project, which is a modification of the UH-60L to UH-60V providing a new digital, glass cockpit configuration to the Black Hawk’s current analog dial instrumentation. The depot is scheduled to produce
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New Strategy Encourages Innovation, Better Intel Sharing > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article

New Strategy Encourages Innovation, Better Intel Sharing > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article


The latest iteration of the National Intelligence Strategy aims at encouraging innovation and sharing information and intelligence among like-minded nations, the director of national intelligence said.























Daniel R. Coats released the quadrennial strategy yesterday, calling it “our guide for the next four years to better serve the needs of our customers, to help them make informed decisions on national security issues, and to ultimately keep our nation safe.”

The strategy is built upon President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Strategy and is comparable to the National Defense Strategy released last year. The intelligence strategy will help the agencies that make up America’s intelligence community align resources – money, equipment and people – where they are most needed.

“We face significant changes in the domestic and global environment; we must be ready to meet 21st century challenges and to recognize emerging threats and opportunities,” Coats said in the foreword to the strategy.

Overall, the strategy calls on the U.S. intelligence agencies to increase integration and coordination inside the community and search for new ways to accomplish their missions. The strategy also calls on agencies to “better leverage strong, unique and valuable partnerships to support and enable national security outcomes.” Finally, the strategy calls on the intelligence community to be more transparent while safeguarding information and personal accountability.

Return of Near-Peer Competition

Like the National Defense Strategy, the intelligence strategy focuses on the return of near-peer competition with Russia and China. “Russian efforts to increase its influence and authority are likely to continue and may conflict with U.S. goals and priorities in multiple regions,” the report says. “Chinese military modernization and continued pursuit of economic

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Sailors, Marines Visit India Aboard USS Rushmore > U.S. Indo-Pacific Command > 2015

Sailors, Marines Visit India Aboard USS Rushmore > U.S. Indo-Pacific Command > 2015

CHENNAI, India — Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Chennai, India, Jan 23.

While in port, Rushmore will refuel and host Indian Navy personnel, while its embarked Sailors and Marines will have opportunities to tour the local area.

“Rushmore Sailors and Marines are excited to visit Chennai and we appreciate the very warm welcome,” said Cmdr. Robert Tryon, commanding officer of Rushmore. “Though this is a brief logistics and refueling port visit for Rushmore, everyone onboard is looking forward to touring Chennai and enjoying some well-deserved liberty.”

Following USS Anchorage’s (LPD 23) visit to Visakhapatnam in December, this is the second time Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) personnel visited India in recent weeks and reflects a growing relationship between the U.S. and Indian navies.

The ESXARG is comprised of Rushmore, Anchorage and USS Essex (LHD 2) and the 13th MEU. The ESXARGMEU is currently deployed to the 7th fleet area of operations to support regional stability, reassure partners and allies and maintain a presence postured to respond to any crisis ranging from humanitarian assistance to contingency operations.

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Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue pilot at Chickaloon Flats > U.S. Air Force > Article Display

Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue pilot at Chickaloon Flats > U.S. Air Force > Article Display

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a Piper PA-22 Pacer pilot after the plane he was piloting crashed Jan. 22 at Chickaloon Flats.

According to Alaska Air National Guard Capt. Wesley Ladd, from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the alert notification came from activation of the PA-22’s 406 emergency locator transmitter.

Ladd dispatched an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th RQS at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, based on the location provided from the emergency locator transmitter and communication with Anchorage Approach Control. A few minutes later, the pilot contacted the Alaska RCC on his cell phone reporting minor injuries.

The Pave Hawk was able to land near the crash site allowing the pararescuemen to assess and treat the pilot’s injuries. The crew then transported him to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage where he was released to medical personnel.

Ladd credited the pilot’s accurate registration of the plane’s 406 ELT, which included contact information for the pilot and his family, for the timely rescue.

“He affected his own rescue by having accurate information,” said Ladd. “I called his cell phone and left a message after the ELT activated.

“He called right back and gave us his exact location and nature of injury,” Ladd continued. “I was able to call his wife and let her know what was going on and that we were launching to rescue him.”

For the mission, the 210th RQS, 212th RQS and the AK RCC were awarded one save.

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Exercise Sea Dragon Concludes

Exercise Sea Dragon Concludes

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (NNS) — Three U.S. and one Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8A Poseidons from three squadrons along with one Los Angeles-class attack submarine completed operations from 2019 Exercise Sea Dragon Jan. 22.

Exercise Sea Dragon is an annual, multilateral exercise that stresses anti-submarine warfare (ASW) prosecution. This year’s exercise was conducted out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Participating U.S. units were Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, VP-16, both operating under Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72, and Commander, Submarine Squadron (CSS) 15, operating under CTF-74. CTF-72 lead and oversaw the exercise. Squadron 11 from RAAF as well as servicemembers from the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) joined U.S. units throughout the exercise.

“Sea Dragon 2019 was a huge success” said Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Roberts, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72 Exercise Sea Dragon Officer in Charge. “The exercise allowed participants to refine their ASW skills while exposing them to unique differences between each squadron.”

Respectively, four U.S. aircrews and one RAAF aircrew, along with ROKN servicemembers observing operations as passengers, executed over 20 sorties and 80 operational hours, advancing through multiple levels of ASW proficiency, with support from Mobile Tactical Operations Center (MTOC) 1, over the eight days of the exercise.

“It was an invaluable opportunity for our junior operators to train on a live submarine,” said Roberts. “You cannot always replicate this type of training in a simulator.”

During the exercise, U.S. and RAAF aircrew coordinated ASW prosecution against both simulated and live targets to include a Los Angeles-class attack submarine assigned to CSS-15.

“This exercise provides our Los Angeles-class submarines the opportunity to work and train with the Marine Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft of the RAAF in an effort to increase our readiness and lethality in the region,” said Capt. Timothy Poe, CSS-15.

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CONUS Sailors Have New Leave Scheduling Tool

CONUS Sailors Have New Leave Scheduling Tool

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy launched an “eLeave” self-service tool capability within MyNavy Portal (MNP) Jan. 17, which allows CONUS-based Sailors to manage their ordinary leave using MNP.

“Allowing Sailors to easily manage their ordinary leave through MyNavy Portal’s eLeave self-service tool is the latest example of transforming how we deliver human resources – personnel, pay and training – services to Sailors,” said Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel (CNP).

The new MNP eLeave feature does not replace the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) leave function, but provides Sailors another option to manage their ordinary leave.  All other forms of leave must still be completed in NSIPS.  Future updates of the eLeave self-service tool will incorporate OCONUS Sailors and provide additional leave options.

“When it comes to managing their careers, Sailors are asking for more control and more simplicity,” said David Driegert, program manager for the Navy’s Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240). “The eLeave self-service tool does this by letting CONUS based Sailors route their ordinary leave through their chain of command, request an extension or cancel their leave through an interactive dashboard.”

Sailors will also be able to check-in and check-out of leave, and view their leave balance.

“We are keeping our promise to Sailors to continuously deliver more options within MyNavy Portal that are interactive and user-friendly,” said Burke. “When fully developed, MyNavy Portal will be the single point of entry for Sailors to manage their career using accurate data from a single, reliable source within an intuitive, self-service environment.”

For more information about MyNavy Portal, Navy’s Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education (MPT&E) Transformation and Sailor 2025 initiatives, visit the CNP website at https://www.navy.mil/cnp/index.asp, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/usnpeople/ or Twitter at https://twitter.com/usnpeople.    

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Your Navy Operating Forward – Dardanelles Strait, Bosphorus Strait, Strait of Hormuz

Your Navy Operating Forward – Dardanelles Strait, Bosphorus Strait, Strait of Hormuz


U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS: The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) transits in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaitlyn E. Eads/Released)



Right now your Navy is 100 percent on watch around the globe helping to preserve the American way of life. Whether it be operating and training off the coast of Spain or forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the flexibility and presence provided by our U.S. naval forces provides national leaders with great options for protecting and maintaining our national security and interests around the world. The imagery below highlights the Navy’s ability to provide those options by operating forward.

ARABIAN GULF: U.S. Sailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) conduct small boat operations in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nick Bauer/Released)
BOSPHORUS STRAIT: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Bosphorus Strait, en route to the Black Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams/Released)
ARABIAN GULF: An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf, during exercise Intrepid Sentinel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant G. Grady/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Strait of Hormuz. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Miller/Released)
STRAIT OF HORMUZ: The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Strait of Hormuz,
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Soldier Center partners with industry experts to advance exoskeleton technologies | Article

Soldier Center partners with industry experts to advance exoskeleton technologies | Article

Soldiers from Army's 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, were able to get hands on and try two of the current human augmentation technologies (pictured here) being pursued by the RDECOM Soldier Center. The Soldier on the left is wearing the ONYX and the Soldier on the right is wearing the ExoBoot.
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, were able to get hands on and try two of the current human augmentation technologies (pictured here) being pursued by the RDECOM Soldier Center. The Soldier on the left is wearing the ONYX and the Soldier on the right is wearing the ExoBoot. (Photo Credit: RDECOM Soldier Center) VIEW ORIGINAL

NATICK, Mass. — David Audet, chief of the Mission Equipment and Systems Branch in the Soldier Performance Optimization Directorate, at the Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Soldier Center, is gearing up his team for the next User Touch Point activities to explore exoskeleton options later this month.

“As we explore the more mature exoskeleton options available to us and engage users, the more we learn about where the possible value of these systems is to Army operations,” said Audet.

“Before the Army can consider investing in any development above what industry has done on their own, we need to make sure that users are on board with human augmentation concepts and that the systems are worth investing in. The Army is not ready yet to commit. NSRDEC [RDECOM Soldier Center] has a lead role in working with PEO-Soldier and the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, to determine whether or not a longer-term investment in fielding new technologies is justifiable. But this is what we do best. We find the options and create the partnerships to help us figure it out.”

Recent media has brought a lot of attention to the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Controls, or LMMFC, ONYX, a Popular Science award recipient for 2018.

As innovative as it is, and with all the attention on the Soldier Center’s $6.9 million Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) award, it’s easy

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Exercise Forest Light 19.2 Begins Early February > U.S. Indo-Pacific Command > 2015

Exercise Forest Light 19.2 Begins Early February > U.S. Indo-Pacific Command > 2015

OKINAWA, Japan — Approximately 400 Okinawa-based U.S. Marines will partner with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to conduct the semiannual bilateral exercise Forest Light 19.2 from Feb. 4 -15, 2019 in the Aibano Maneuver Area.

Marines from 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, forward-deployed to 3rd Marine Division as part of the Unit Deployment Program, and elements from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit including a platoon from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines and a detachment from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced) will join their JGSDF counterparts from the 7th Infantry Regiment, Middle Army, during the exercise in February.

“Forest Light 19.2 has been a bilateral and collaborative effort between the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marine Corps forces from planning through execution,” Col. Perry, the commander for 4th Marine Regiment, explains. “We look forward to continuing our relationship of working and learning alongside the JGSDF, increasing our interoperability and becoming more effective partners.”

Forest Light 19.2 is a tactical example of the U.S. and Japan alliance that has been the foundation of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific for more than 60 years. The strength of our relationship and our shared commitment to the region is critical to our capability to respond to regional and global events including peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief.

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