A Day in the Navy October 13, 2011 (LINKS ARE TO ASSOCIATED PHOTOS OR ARTICLES)• On Oct. 13, 325,087 active duty officers, Sailors and midshipmen; 65,117 selected Reserve Sailors, with 4,719 mobilized Reserves; and 203,952 civilians are serving in the Department of the Navy.• There are 284 active ships in service; 154 (54 percent) ships, including five aircraft carriers and five large-deck amphibious ships, and 27 (50 percent) submarines are underway away from homeport.• There are 7,436 individual augmentees, 3,235 of whom are mobilized Reserves, deployed on the ground around the world in support of overseas contingency operations.• There are 64,776 Full Time Support and Selected Reserve Sailors in the Navy and 4,519 mobilized Reserve Sailors providing overseas contingency operation support.• Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert celebrate the Navy’s 236th birthday at the Pentagon with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony.• The third annual Naval Energy Forum takes place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, and other energy leaders from the military, government, and industry gather at the forum to identify opportunities for a new energy future that will provide strategic and operational advantages and serve as a model of energy security for the nation.• Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ships, Allison Stiller, attends PCU Mississippi’s (SSN 782) float-off as it floats for the first time at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn.• Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, Vice Adm. Gerald Beaman, and the Third Fleet staff celebrate the Navy’s 236th birthday at the command’s headquarters in San Diego with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony.• While operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, John C. Stennis Strike Group, through the combined efforts of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Destroyer Squadron 21 and Carrier Air Wing 9, complete 67 sorties totaling 144 hours in support of U.S. and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.• Sailors unload cargo during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
• An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to NAVAIR’s PMA-266 Det. Alpha flies three sorties and provides 12 hours of full-motion video to operators in Afghanistan.• USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103) conduct live-fire exercises and damage control training while conducting maritime security operations and support missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.• USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) while supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Gulf of Aden.• USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) replenishes fuel after pulling into Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, while supporting counter-piracy operations in the western Indian Ocean.• Fuels Division personnel from NAVSUPs Fleet Logistics Center - Sigonella service 29 U.S. and NATO aircraft providing 116,911 gallons of JP-5 aviation fuel for use in the U.S. 6th Fleet region in support of daily operations and NATO Operation Unified Protector.• USS Miami (SSN 755) completes a port visit to Haakonsvern, Norway, while conducting maritime security operations in the European Command area of responsibility.• The commanding officer of USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) hosts an onboard reception for Turkish civil and military leaders during their port visit in Istanbul, Turkey, as part of a deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.• USS Higgins (DDG 76) participates in the North American Maritime Security Initiative quick-draw exercise with U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750), Canadian destroyer HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283), and Mexican navy frigate ARM Bravo (F 201).• Sailors from U.S. Naval Forces Africa and military services from the Kingdom of Morocco participate in a Command and Control Interoperability Board in Marrakech, Morocco.• Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 build a school in Djibouti and drill water wells in Ethiopia as part of their deployment supporting humanitarian civil assistance projects.• Sailors from USS Frank Cable (AS 40) participate in Guams Red Ribbon Month by telling students from Henry B. Price Elementary School in Magnilao about the importance of being drug free. Red Ribbon Month takes its name from the red campaign ribbons that honor Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was kidnapped and killed in Mexico City while investigating drug traffickers in 1985.• Officers, Sailors and civilian scientists from the Fleet Survey Team, based at Stennis Space Center, Miss., perform hydrographic surveys of a port along with their Albanian counterparts in Durres, Albania.
• Naval Hospital Jacksonville, located on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., receives the World Health Organization/UNICEF Baby Friendly designation. Along with being the first hospital in northeast Florida to receive the designation, it is also only the third military facility in the U.S. to receive it.• Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWSE) hosts joint training on tactical building entries for NWSE security personnel and local, state and federal police. NWSE also hosts Sparky the Firedog and McGruff the Crimefighter at the commanding officer’s weekly staff meeting to remind all in attendance that it is Fire Prevention Week and that this year’s theme is “Protect Your Family From Fire.”• Commander, Navy Region Southeast participates in a major economic development forum hosted by Florida’s Great Northwest, the Florida Panhandle’s regional economic development organization.• Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness Department, along with the Fleet and Family Support Center, host the second annual Zumba Fitness Party in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.• Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at the Bay Club. Presented by the Diversity Committee, the event features food, dance, and entertainment to showcase this important mixture of local and Latino cultures.• Seabees from the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss., provide volunteer support at the 6th annual Renew Our Rivers environmental stewardship program in Hancock County, Miss.• Across the globe, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support processes 98,138 pieces of official mail, delivers 37,546 pounds of fleet mail to USS and USNS units, monitors the movement of 801,255 pounds of mail to (inbound) and from (outbound) the U.S. on board commercial and contract airlines and AMC flights, and generates $44,969 in money orders and postage meter and stamp sales at 32 OCONUS military post offices supporting 173,255 customers assigned to 789 unique FPO ZIP codes.• Office of Naval Research scientist Dr. Roshdy Barsoum receives the 2011 R&D 100 Award at an award ceremony in Orlando, Fla., for his major contribution in the development of a revolutionary coating material that is used in the protection of ships, vehicles, and Sailors against explosive shocks and blasts.• Naval Oceanographic Office Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Oosterling and surveyors aboard USNS Pathfinder (TAGS 60) host visitors in Norfolk, Va., for the second day of a two-day presentation of the oceanographic survey ships capabilities.
• Five officers assigned to the Navy Reserve Fleet Synthetic Training Event Augmentation unit provide operational support to Tactical Training Group Atlantic. Members evaluate and train at the operational and tactical level for Carrier Strike Group 12 and the Enterprise Strike Group.• Seabee Mobile Utilities Support Equipment technicians from Port Hueneme, Calif., add uninterrupted power supply (UPS) capability to their skill set, giving them the ability to power Navy and Department of Defense facilities during emergencies and the ability to prevent loss of power continuity, data, and work during a switch to emergency power.• Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona telecommunications engineers partner with U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to kick off a network-improvement initiative at the Camp Pendleton data center that provides networking services for operating forces and supporting establishments, comprising two-thirds of the Marine Corps.• Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaiis Energy Team assists military and civilian personnel throughout Commander, Navy Region Hawaii by holding a Building Energy Manager Energy Awareness Fair and Annual Training at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.• Eighteen Sailors graduate from the Culinary Specialist "A" School at the Center for Service Support Learning Site located at Fort Lee, Va. They completed 25 instructional days of classroom and hands-on training, 10 of which were spent in joint training with the Army and Marine Corps. The course is accredited through the American Council on Education for four semester hours in food preparation in the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category.• Recruiters help 10 people join Americas Navy.