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NNS170307-10. Navy Reserve Celebrates 102nd Birthday

NNS170307-05. Pacific Partnership 2017 Makes Inaugural Mission Stop in Sri Lanka

NNS170307-07. CRADA between Carderock, Oceana Energy Brings In-Stream Hydrokinetic Device to Marketplace

NNS170307-04. Continuing Promise 2017 Completes Honduras, Tops 12,900 Patient Encounters

NNS170307-03. Bataan ARG Enters US 6th Fleet

NNS170307-01. Navy Damage Control School Utilizing New Curriculum

DNU — US Navy and JMSDF Participate in Multisail 2017, CNO Essay Contest: How Do You Think History Can Help Us Today?

DNU — Transferring to a new command with Fido and Fluffy

DNU — It is important to be aware of the information you share.

NNS170307-06. All Hands Update

NNS011215-08. This Day in Naval History – March 07

Eye on the Fleet – U.S. Navy Photo of The Day


NNS170307-10. Navy Reserve Celebrates 102nd Birthday

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Behnke

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Sailors and guests gathered at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 6 to celebrate the 102nd birthday of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Navy Reserve Force Master Chief CJ Mitchell, spoke to the crowd about his trips to visit Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSC) and how he is continuously impressed with the Sailors he meets.

“I am excited and enthusiastic about the Navy Reserve today,” said Mitchell. “They pride themselves on being ready. They are proud to contribute, proud to serve and they want to do more.”

Vice Adm. Luke M. McCollum, chief of Navy Reserve and commander, Navy Reserve Force, talked about how the Navy Reserve has changed over the years. He said there have been some of the most dramatic changes since 9/11.

“Since 9/11 we have learned to operate much differently,” said McCollum. “There’s an expectation that you [Reservists] will go on active duty and mobilize, and deploy.”

He explained that the key to dealing with changes and the success of the Navy Reserve in the future is obvious.

“Everybody knows that it’s the people and then it’s about what the people deliver,” said McCollum. “Our people make the difference.”


NNS170307-05. Pacific Partnership 2017 Makes Inaugural Mission Stop in Sri Lanka

By Lt. j.g. Emily Wilkin, Pacific Partnership Public Affairs

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (NNS) — Pacific Partnership 2017 made its initial mission stop in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, March 7, with the arrival of Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4).

This marked the first mission to Sri Lanka in the 12-year history of the annual civil-military operation, and the Pacific Partnership mission in Sri Lanka continues through March 18 and will make follow-on mission stops in Malaysia and Vietnam.

Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, and aims to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for man-made and natural disasters.

Participating in this year’s Sri Lanka mission are partner military and non-government personnel from the United States, Australia, and Japan.

While in Hambantota, Pacific Partnership personnel will work side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals, participate in civil engineering projects, conduct HA/DR readiness drills, and partner in community engagements.

Lt. Cmdr. Robert Pipkin, the American officer in charge of the Sri Lanka mission, said he was excited about the inaugural arrival of Pacific Partnership to Sri Lanka.

“This mission stop will include engineering projects, medical subject matter expert exchanges, public band performances, and community relations events,” said Pipkin. “We aim to learn from each other and develop better ways to work together in this mission, which will better prepare everyone to respond in a crisis or natural disaster.”

Pacific Partnership medical personnel will team up with Sri Lankan doctors and nurses to conduct subject matter expert exchanges at Tissamaharama Base Hospital, the General Hospital and Nurse Training School in Hambantota, as well as other local clinics and hospitals. Mission doctors and nurses will also conduct medical clinics in select cities.

“We are excited to be working with our friends in Hambantota and throughout the greater southern region during Pacific Partnership’s first visit to Sri Lanka,” said Capt. Stanfield Chien, Pacific Partnership mission commander. “We will be closely collaborating alongside our Sri Lankan counterparts conducting numerous medical exchanges, engineering projects, and community events. Our time in Sri Lanka is about building relationships and the capability and capacity to work together for the future.”

In addition, local Sri Lankan organizations working together with U.S. Navy civil engineers, will complete renovations of the Divisional Hospital Ambalantota, Wishaka Mahila Preschool, Sri Gunananda Preschool and multiple Maternity and Child Clinic Centers. The U.S. 7th Fleet Band will perform at the Hambantota Beach Park, Galle Fort, Matara, and the Tangalle City Center.

“The United States is ready to help Sri Lanka respond more quickly to humanitarian challenges, and the Sri Lankan people are able to share their valuable lessons learned from past natural disasters,” said U.S Ambassador Atul Keshap. “This is a partnership in the truest sense.”

Now in its 12th year, Pacific Partnership continues to enhance regional partnerships and host nation relationships through civil-military cooperation, medical exchanges, and intergovernment agency coordination.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Commander, Task Force 73, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/ctf73/.

NNS170307-07. CRADA between Carderock, Oceana Energy Brings In-Stream Hydrokinetic Device to Marketplace

By Daniel Daglis, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Public Affairs

WEST BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) — The old adage that collaboration breeds innovation holds true time and time again at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Maryland.

As leaders in innovation for the U.S. Navy, Carderock often brings together its workforce of scientists and engineers and partners with other government agencies, private companies and universities under Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).

Through a CRADA, both parties involved contribute and share ideas to make a bigger and better product which is mutually beneficial to the industry. According to Carderock’s Director of Technology Transfer Dr. Joseph Teter, Carderock has the most cumulative CRADAs from fiscal year 1989 to fiscal year 2016 than any of the Naval Surface Warfare Center activities.

In a CRADA effort started July 2006, Carderock teamed with Oceana Energy Company to develop and test an in-stream hydrokinetic device to be used in coastal communities to harvest ocean currents, tides, or river flows. Their effort led them to concentrate on this technology’s usefulness in remote communities in Alaska. According to a report released by Oceana, the remote nature of many of the communities in Alaska make energy a critical challenge with costs that can be 5-10 percent higher than grid-connected locations. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, diesel fuel and heating costs in remote Alaskan villages such as Nenana and Kivalina can cost as much as $10 per gallon. With many of these communities close to a river, Oceana recognized the potential for river-based, hydrokinetic power generation to provide a renewable source of power.

“This project is a true testament to the benefit of CRADAs for domestic industrial development,” Teter said. “With this product especially, it also shows that it honestly takes approximately 10 years to get a technology from concept to the marketplace. If you’re writing Google apps, obviously it’s only months, but to get a real-world physical device constructed and to market — especially in the difficult environment of putting something at sea — that’s a serious effort.”

Carderock played an integral role in the testing and design of the device. The first phase of the Oceana device evaluation was testing the turbine in Carderock’s David Taylor Model Basin tow tank. The basin is among the largest of its kind in the world, containing a shallow-water basin, a deep-water basin, and a high-speed basin. Using its sophisticated combination of towing carriages, wave-makers and measuring equipment, engineers are able to determine the sea-keeping qualities and propulsion characteristics of ship and craft models up to 40 feet in length.

According to the Oceana report, the basin provided the perfect location for initial testing because the objective was to obtain performance data in a clean environment free of sediment and other contaminants before proceeding to river conditions in Alaska.

Steve Ebner, division head of Carderock’s Marine and Aviation Division, led a small team of Carderock engineers and worked in collaboration with Oceana and Carderock’s Propulsors Branch to design and test the device. Matthew Madalis, a mechanical engineer in Carderock’s Maritime System Hydromechanics Branch, coordinated testing in the basin.

“The rim itself is actually moving around so there’s a series of magnets in the rim that’s moving and coils in the stationary section, and that’s what creates the electrical power,” Ebner said while discussing the design. “It is simple magnetics — simple electrical generations technologies.”

The Oceana device includes fins both radially outward and radially inward of the rotating duct. The goal was to build the next-generation hydrokinetic device which included an integral electrical generator, magnetic axial bearings and hydrofoils specifically designed for river environments. According to Ebner, by including blades on both the inside and outside, the reaction loads on the ring tend to be balanced and generate more power. The device can then leverage the force exerted on it by the natural water flow in a river, thus allowing the turbine to generate energy.

During the three days of testing in the model basin, the device was able to generate up to 8.15 kilowatts of power. The device’s rotational rate was calculated by placing a single black fin on the device which could be tracked while viewing video playback.

In the Oceana report, the company considers Carderock to be an integral part of their team and future success. It notes the testing facilities are unparalleled and the staff was professional and knowledgeable. Overall, the tow tank testing provided critical data to determining the performance of the device and giving engineers an idea of the device’s behavior in river conditions before proceeding to the actual river testing. By thoroughly testing the device in Carderock’s basin, engineers ultimately determined the turbine’s potential to provide an alternative energy source for Alaskan communities.

“Working with CRADAs, the engineers in my division like to collaborate for two very important reasons: first, the goals are always different which gives them an opportunity to think outside of the box; and secondly, the technology we learn from doing this kind of work is always fresh and it aids in their professional development,” Ebner said. “It is especially beneficial when these opportunities to work with leaders in the industry lead to the use of the technology in some programs that are going on right now within the Navy.”

Madalis said CRADAS are also beneficial to engineers because they allow the engineer to optimize resources and work together with another party to come up with solutions and conduct expanded research.

“In terms of the benefits for Carderock, this Oceana device was on the front page of the business section for the Washington Post about a year ago; it was right when they started testing up in Alaska,” Madalis said. “It’s refreshing to get recognized for your work as an engineer because a lot of what we do — especially with some of the technologies that are exclusively designed for the Navy — isn’t available for public release. CRADAs allow for more open research.”

An analysis released by Oceana Energy stated the size and location of Alaska makes it the leading potential of hydrokinetic energy in the U.S. It is estimated Alaska has approximately 40 percent of the total river energy, 90 percent of the total tidal energy and approximately 60 percent of the total wave energy in the U.S. With this new technology, the state’s geographic location and abundance of flowing water, Alaska has the potential for being the hub for hydrokinetic power generation. Through the humble start of a CRADA between Carderock and Oceana Energy, this potential is on its way to realization.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, a part of Naval Sea Systems Command, leads the Navy in hull, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Headquartered in West Bethesda, Maryland, Carderock Division employs approximately 2,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel and includes detachments in Norfolk (Little Creek); Port Canaveral, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; Bangor, Washington; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Bayview, Idaho.

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NNS170307-04. Continuing Promise 2017 Completes Honduras, Tops 12,900 Patient Encounters

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brittney Cannady, Expeditionary Combat Camera

TRUJILLO, Honduras (NNS) — U.S. military personnel departed Trujillo, Honduras, after completing a 10-day mission stop in support of Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17).

As part of the visit, a team of 169 Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps service members worked with local military counterparts, medical professionals, and volunteers to provide medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary services Feb. 21-March 2.

During closing ceremonies at Puerto Castilla Naval Base, Capt. Errin Armstrong reflected on how CP-17’s time in Trujillo will enhance the team’s upcoming visit to Mayapo, Colombia.

“As we prepare to leave Honduras, I know that we can build off our experiences here to enjoy the same successes at our next stop,” said Armstrong, CP-17 mission commander.

CP-17 is headed to its final scheduled stop, where it looks to continue participating in knowledge exchange and training (KET) events while providing medical services with its host nation partners.

Since departing Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Jan. 26, the humanitarian mission has conducted a combined 12,909 patient encounters in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, and Trujillo. This includes 3,657 dental, 3,417 adult medicine, 2,013 pediatric, 1,625 optometric, 669 gynecological, 519 dermatological, and 435 physical therapy visits.

Additionally, veterinarians treated 1,493 animals, environmental health and medical professionals participated in 135 KETs, musicians from the U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Band performed 36 concerts, and service members were involved in 15 community relation projects.

“In both of our mission stops we exceeded our patient encounter goal by over 125 percent,” said Armstrong. “However, the importance that people and partnerships play in this mission’s success cannot be solely measured in numbers.”

For Dermatologist Lt. Cmdr. Lesley Hawley, treating patients during CP-17 is a chance to give back and help others.

Consuela Mirandez was referred to Hawley with a pyogenic granuloma on her nose. The benign tumor made of blood vessels would continue to grow unless removed.

Hawley said the girl was scared of going to school because the two-centimeter growth was causing her to be bullied and have no friends.

After consulting with her mother, Hawley removed the tumor in a procedure which took 20 minutes from start to finish.

“It was rewarding and an honor to have the opportunity to change a life, which leaves a lasting impact on the patient and me,” said Hawley, who is attached to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. “After the surgery, we pulled out a phone and set it on selfie-mode so she could see herself. That smile was worth the whole trip.”

The trip to Trujillo was also worth it for Bessy Medina, who took a 40-minute bus ride from her hometown of Bonito Oriental, Honduras, to receive care at the medical site.

Once there, using ultrasound-guided drainage, doctors were able to treat a cyst on her wrist which caused her pain in the performance of everyday tasks.

“I’m excited and super thankful for the treatment and the doctors for relieving my pain,” Medina said.

“It was great that we were able to treat her; by having radiology work closely with primary care, we were able to offer top-quality service without a lengthy referral process,” said CP-17’s Medical Officer in Charge, Lt. Cmdr. Robert Lennon.

Lennon said the encounter is just one example of how work during CP-17 both helps local residents while giving the 80-member medical team opportunities to increase their professional knowledge and skill sets.

CP-17 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements, and medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

NNS170307-03. Bataan ARG Enters US 6th Fleet

From U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) — The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, March 7, as part of a routine deployment in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe, NATO allies, and European and African partner nations.


“We are ready to put all our training to the test; we are flexible and capable for any mission that should come our way.” – Capt. Larry LeGree, commander, Bataan ARG

“The Marines and Sailors of 24th MEU and Bataan ARG are ready and look forward to working with our allies and partners in the 6th Fleet area of operations.” – Col. Ryan S. Rideout, commander, 24th MEU

Quick Facts:

While in theater, more than 4,000 Sailors and Marines of the ARG and MEU will train to share information, experiences, and work together for regional stability.

ARGs are capable of a variety of operations including amphibious combat operations, anti-piracy, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The Bataan ARG is comprised of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8, the 24th MEU, amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Also embarked as part of the Bataan ARG are Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, Fleet Surgical Team 6, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, Assault Craft Unit 4, and Beachmaster Unit 2.

The 24th MEU consists of more than 2,200 Marines, including a Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), and Combat Logistics Battalion 24 and the MEU command element. The 24th MEU spent 26 weeks training in mission areas such as security operations, humanitarian relief, and amphibious raids.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.

NNS170307-01. Navy Damage Control School Utilizing New Curriculum

By Brian Walsh, Training Support Center Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES (NNS) — Surface Warfare Officers School Unit (SWOSU) Great Lakes Damage Control (DC) Apprentice School recently began utilizing a new online training curriculum.

The class expands instruction from five to 15 days and utilizes Interactive Multi-Media Instruction (IMI) — a tool which allows Sailors to interact with a variety of DC equipment and scenarios they could potentially encounter at sea.

“The revision of added training days and course material to the damage control “A” school course is a great example of our (SWOS and SWOSU) commitment to getting engineering training right,” said Cmdr. Eric Williams, command officer of SWOSU Great Lakes. “As commanding officer, I’m very proud of the dedication, motivation, and skill of my professional staff for their internal workings of the course revision and delivery, but also for their collaboration and fleet engagement in analyzing feedback from fleet subject matter experts, Afloat Training teams and Board of Inspection and Survey.”

Instructors at the DC school worked with contractors to design and optimize the training provided to Sailors who will be rated as damage controlmen. Each student will have his or her own IMI workstation which includes a double-screen monitor, and will work with the system every day through every module of the curriculum.

“The best thing about the new curriculum is the IMI,” said Damage Controlman 1st Class Michael Muskett, DC course supervisor. “It will let students experience things here in school, that we would have never been able to show them before. For example, the proctors can use IMI to show them animations of fire-main systems on all kinds of ships.”

SWOSU’s Damage Control School Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, Senior Chief Damage Controlman Eric Sanders, added, “With the coupling of hands-on training with the technology provided by the IMI, the training provided in the damage controlman “A” school has been taken to another level. The detail and time that was put into this course by both uniformed members and the design team is nothing short of amazing.”

At the front of the classroom, facilitators have large, interactive smart boards where students follow along covering subjects pertaining to fixed damage control systems; portable damage control equipment; advance damage control tactics and techniques; chemical, biological, and radiological defense; and fittings and maintenance.

“The class proctors can tap the smart board to zoom into anything we are discussing, or to research other systems and use examples for students to better comprehend the material,” said Muskett. “So if I’m talking to the class about a [Naval Infrared Thermal Imager], I can zoom in to every area of the equipment to explain how each part works.”

Students have training guides to utilize for study outside of the classroom. With the expanding class time, the information students receive also increases. A training guide which was a couple hundred pages long has grown to 831. The guides are also used in conjunction with the IMI during the class. Proctors also reinforce what the Sailors learn through IMI with hands-on practice on static displays in the school house.

“They will continue to go through the confidence chamber, decontamination stations, and participate in firefighting evolutions,” said Muskett, “but the IMI is such an excellent way for them to learn about so many more things without actually having these items available in the building.”

Following each lesson is a computer-based simulation test covering scenarios could occur aboard a ship. Upon completion of the test, a score is generated.

Carried over from the prior curriculum, students continue training in the DC repair station inventory lab; protective clothing and equipment lab which includes chemical survey, MCU-2P gas mask training, and The Joint Lightwieght Integrated Suit Technology (JLIST) dress out; and live gas confidence chamber lab.

The modernized curriculum and classroom structure is just part of an initiative to increase the efficiency of the DC school house and provide the best possible training for new Sailors.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Training Support Center, Great Lakes, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/tscgl/.

NNS170307-06. All Hands Update

From DMA Team Gray – Navy Media

WASHINGTON (NNS) — All Hands Update features three one-minute newscasts.

First one-minute newscast

  • US Navy and JMSDF Participate in Multisail 2017, CNO Essay Contest: How Do You Think History Can Help Us Today?


Second one-minute newscast

  • Transferring to a new command with Fido and Fluffy


Third one-minute newscast

  • It is important to be aware of the information you share.


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