A Day in the Navy April 6, 2013 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) man the rails and bring the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony. Arlington was named for Arlington County, Va., and honors first responders and the 184 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. A wreath floats in the Piscataqua River off the Memorial Bridge to honor the 129 men lost aboard the U.S. Navy submarine USS Thresher (SSN 593), which sank off the coast of Cape Cod on Apr. 10, 1963 during sea trials. More than 700 Thresher family members and former crew members attended the service. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) completed carrier qualifications for Carrier Air Wing 11 during a sustainment exercise (SUSTEX). This exercise is a recertification designed to ensure the readiness of a strike group to deploy. An F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) transits the Pacific Ocean to reach its new homeport of San Diego. Cowpens has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan since 2000. “Mighty Moo” recently participated in the widely-lauded Operation Tomodachi, assisting Japan following the devastating earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in 2011. Navy ship and personnel assigned to Military Sealift Command operates in the Philippines providing cargo support during exercises Freedom Banner and Balikitan 2013. Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 and Philippine Seabees build a footbridge at San Pascual. The footbridge will allow farmers to transport produce across the river to the village center. The footbridge is one of eight engineering civic action projects in support of exercise Balikatan 2013. Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 and Philippine military members work at the Looc Elementary School. The project is one of eight engineering civic action projects in support of exercise Balikatan 2013. High-Speed Vessel HSV 2 operates in Puerto Castilla, Honduras, supporting Southern Partnership Station 2013.
Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS Dahl operates in Agadir, Morocco, in support of Exercise African Lion, a U.S. Africa Command exercise involving more than 1,400 U.S. service members and 900 members of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces. Capt. Anthony Calandra, commander of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, delivers remarks during the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival at Kastles Stadium. The festival is held every year as the signature event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and is highlighted with performances by the U.S. Navy Band. Capt. Rex Curtin, commodore of Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 4, gets a hug from Tina Garza, a Special Olympian from the Shining Stars of Victoria, Texas, during the opening ceremonies of the 30th annual South Texas Special Olympics Spring Games. TRAWING 4, which includes Training Squadrons 27, 28, 31, and 35; Marine Aviation Training Support Group 22; and the base Medical Clinic volunteer as part of their service to the community. More than 3,000 military and community members run past the USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship USS Missouri Memorial as they cross the Adm. Bernard Clarey Bridge during the 16th annual Ford Island 10k Bridge Run at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Ford Island Bridge Run is the largest 10k run in the state of Hawaii. In conjunction with Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Naval Support Facility Kamiseya hosts an annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival features Taiko drumming and traditional dance performances from local high school groups, food and merchandise booths, and live entertainment from the Air Force Band of the Pacific. The U.S. Naval Academy’s special War of 1812 exhibit “Seas, Lakes and Bay” opened for its first weekend in Annapolis. On the same day, the men’s and women’s track teams both beat Army. Navys 2012-13 overall record versus Army is 15-10-1 (.596), and Navy is now 16-0-1 against Army over the last 17 years in the “Star series” and 30-3-2 over the last 35 years. Also, USNA’s community service volunteer group, The Midshipmen Action Group, join the Severn River Association for a Luce Creek environmental clean- up project. A five-day combined U.S.-Cameroon medical outreach concludes at the Cameroon Battalion Intervention Rapide (BIR) forward operating base near the village of Manoka. Medical personnel with the U.S. Navy and Air Force teamed with the Cameroon Military Health Services, BIR, and the Ministry of Health to provide care to over 1,300 people providing healthcare in pediatrics, primary care, optometry, and maternal healthcare education, while the Ministry of Health provids immunizations for vaccine-preventable diseases. Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 construct a maternity ward in the village of Kontali in Djibouti.