A Day in the Navy July 20, 2011 (LINKS ARE TO ASSOCIATED PHOTOS OR ARTICLES)• On July 20, 328,744 active duty officers, Sailors and midshipmen; 65,112 selected Reserve Sailors, with 4,961 mobilized Reserves; and 204,271 civilians are serving in the Department of the Navy.• There are 284 active ships in service; 139 (49 percent) ships, including five aircraft carriers and three large-deck amphibious ships, and 30 (56 percent) submarines are underway away from homeport.• There are 8,134 individual augmentees, 3,477 of whom are mobilized Reserves, deployed on the ground around the world in support of overseas contingency operations.• Unmanned surface vehicles and two riverine patrol boats perform a high-speed "fly by" off the coast of Fort Monroe in support of the Trident Warrior 2011 (TW11) experiment, a fleet-wide opportunity to evaluate potential technology for the Navy. Sailors from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s Riverine Squadron 3, Detachment 1; Maritime Civil Affairs Security Training (MCAST) Command; Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 4; Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6; EOD Expeditionary Support Unit (EODESU) 2; Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2; and Construction Battalion Mobile Unit 202 participate in the experiment.• The Navy announces the successful completion of shore-based and at-sea integrated system tests on the prototype Unmanned Influence Sweep System designed for the littoral combat ship (LCS) as part of its mine countermeasures mission package. The system, consisting of an unmanned surface craft that carries and tows the minesweeping payload, provides an unmanned mine sweeping capability that keeps warfighters out of the minefield.• While operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), completes 24 sorties for 148 hours in support of U.S. and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan as part of operation Enduring Freedom.• USS Comstock (LSD 45), USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and elements of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in exercise Eager Mace 11, a bilateral amphibious engagement between the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army and the Kuwaiti Armed Forces.• The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, comprised of USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), Destroyer Squadron 7 and embarked CVW 14, supports maritime security operations while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.• Eight U.S. 7th Fleet ships and submarines, 135 U.S. aircraft and approximately 14,000 U.S. service members participate in exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations.• USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USS Preble (DDG 88), USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), Sailors from Commander Task Force 73 - Logistics Group Western Pacific and Mobile Dive and Salvage Unit 1, Company 1-2 participate in Naval Exchange Activity Vietnam 2011, a weeklong series of humanitarian and professional events designed to build friendships between the U.S. Navy, the Vietnamese Peoples Navy and the people of Vietnam.
• USS Defender (MCM 5) participates in a bilateral, mine-hunting exercise with Japan Maritime Self- Defense Force ship JS Amagiri (DD 154) off the coast of Ominato, Japan.• USS Ford (FFG 54) visits Maizuru, Japan; USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) visits Hong Kong; USS Barry (DDG 52) visits Rhodes, Greece; and USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) visits Souda Bay, Greece.• Bataan Amphibious Ready Group ships USS Bataan (LHD 5) and USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) conduct flight operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.• Rear Adm. John E. Jolliffe, vice commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command; Vincent Tilford, executive director for Detroit Habitat for Humanity; and Sailors from Navy Recruiting District Michigan and Navy Operational Support Center Detroit kick-off Habitat for Humanitys "Blitz Build" during Detroit Navy Week.• USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51), MDSU 2 and Navy archeologists, scientists and historians search the North Sea seafloor off the coast of Flamborough Head, England, in hopes of locating and verifying the shipwreck of John Paul Jones’ historic flagship USS Bonhomme Richard.• USS Carr (FFG 52), independently deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, is underway in the Baltic Sea conducting theater security cooperation engagements and maritime domain awareness operations.• Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) leads four workshops during the Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives National Conference in Lexington, Ky. Topics included counter- narcotics, counter-piracy, domestic violence, weapons proliferation and trafficking in persons. NCIS hosted senior law enforcement representatives from Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and St. Kitts.• Sailors from MCAST conduct self-defense training with members of the Congolese military during a boarding team operations course aboard Military Sealift Command’s High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) in Pointe-Noire, Congo, as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2011.• The commanding officer of USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) visits Provincial Commissioner Ernest Mwinyi and Mayor of Mombasa Ahmed Abubakar Mondhar while in port Mombasa, Kenya, as part of APS Easts 2011 Kenyan hub.• Naval Air Training Command flies 891 sorties for 1,250 hours throughout five training wings in three states training the next generation of naval aviators and naval flight officers.• U.S. Naval Research Vessel Sea Fighter (FSF-1), operated by the Office of Naval Research, undergoes final preparations for an aviation certification at Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla., to enable the vessel to support at-sea advanced technology demonstrations for various surface, air and undersea initiatives.• Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Corona, the LCS program assessment agent, leads performance analysis with sister divisions NSWC Dahlgren and Port Hueneme at the Joint Warfare Assessment Laboratory for a developmental test aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1), bringing together for the first time the Navys technical authorities for gun weapons systems and force-level assessment for surface ships.
• Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) visits Acajutla, El Salvador, the ship’s seventh stop in support of the humanitarian civic assistance mission Continuing Promise 2011. Naval Reservists from various units provide medical and dental care to patients on board Comfort and at three medical sites near Acajutla, and Reserve Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 renovate Canton Miravalle School.• USS Frank Cable (AS 40) transits the San Bernardino Strait in preparation for a port visit to the Philippines.• MDSU 2, Company 23 divers and divers from Jamaica, Bahamas, Canada and Guatemala participate in an opening ceremony for a joint subject matter exchange in Port Royal, Jamaica, as part of Navy Diver Southern Partnership Station.• Civilian surveyors from the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office collect ocean measurements, which will as part of an oceanographic survey being conducted off the coast of Korea aboard USNS Henson (T-AGS 63). The data collected will be used to update models of oceanographic currents.• Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk - Groton Fuels Division delivers 600 gallons of fuel to USS Alexandria (SSN 757) at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn.• Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarines USS Scranton (SSN 756) and USS Newport News (SSN 750) conduct maritime security operations in the European Command area of responsibility.• Submarine force leaders around the fleet introduce the new Design for Undersea Warfare, a yearlong collaboration that outlines the submarine communitys primary objectives and provides a road map for aligning efforts to achieve them.• The Virginia-class, pre-commissioning unit PCU California (SSN 781) conducts in-service trials in the Virginia Capes operating area.• USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) transfers Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps midshipmen during a routine personnel transfer-at-sea.• More than 175 participants from the maritime services and joint community examine the U.S. Navys ability to gain and maintain sea control to support joint ground combat operations ashore during Global 11, the Navys weeklong Title 10 War Game Series conducted annually by the Naval War College.• Navy Operational Support Center Kitsap in Bremerton, Wash., musters 1,756 civilian, active duty and Reserve service members and their families in support of exercise Citadel Rumble 2011, an earthquake drill that tests the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System and recall process that would be used to locate and account for Navy personnel and their families in a real disaster or emergency situation.• Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) hosted Capt. Matt Feely, commanding officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, Japan, who spoke about observations he learned from operation Tomodachi. Feely’s brief provided insight on managing personnel in a radiologically contaminated environment.
• Five Naval Air Systems Command Reserve Program officers serve as officers-in-charge and assistant officers-in-charge of the Tiger Shark/Copperhead Unmanned Aircraft System team supporting operation New Dawn in Iraq.• The Navys only P-8A Integrated Training Center for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., consisting of 165,665 square feet and 12 trainers, is 92 percent complete.• Following a successful six-month deployment supporting the Enterprise Strike Group, USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) docks at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., while undergoing ordnance offload.• Dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) conducts replenishment-at-sea evolutions with German frigate FGS Niedersachsen (F208) and Australian frigate HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156) in the Gulf of Aden.• Fuels Division personnel from Naval Supply Systems Fleet Logistics Center in Sigonella, Italy, service 31 U.S. and NATO aircraft, providing 105,000 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.• Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 77 conducts maintenance and training during a no- fly day in support of Colombia’s Independence Day. VAW 77 is conducting a first-ever deployment to Barranquilla, Colombia, in support of counter-illicit trafficking operations within the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.• Forty-three Sailors from EODMU 11 and EODESU 1 prepare for a six-month deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet.• Vice Adm. John M. Richardson, commander, Submarine Forces, posted his first blog post, “Pride Runs Deep,” on the Submarine Forces blog.• The U.S. Navy Facebook page shares a link to a video of one chief test pilot’s “Day in the Navy” and asks fans to post comments about their day. Tom Trig writes, “My old skipper became CO of VX-4 – Cmdr. Rick Ludwig, he was great!” Enid Gayl Hogrobrooks added, “Waiting to hear from my granddaughter to see if she got her ship billet – crossing fingers!”• Naval Sea Systems Command and its field activities reach 92 percent of their goal to hire 365 Wounded Warrior in fiscal year 2011.• Recruiters help 65 people join Americas Navy.