Saturday, March 19, 2016
Sent from my iPad
Friday, March 18, 2016
Sent from my iPad
After 237 years, a treasured feather helmet and cloak are returning home to Hawaii.
In 1779, a Hawaii Island chief, Kalaniopuu, greeted Capt. James Cook after his ship made port in Kealakekua Bay.
“These two particular pieces are garments that were worn by High Chief Kalaniopuu, who took it off of his own person and presented it to Captain Cook,” explained Marques Hanalei Marzan, Bishop Museum cultural research specialist, “making it even more significant that we know that these are things that he actually had a very close, intimate relationship with.”
Cook took the pieces back with him to England. They passed through the hands of various museum owners and collectors, and eventually made their way to New Zealand.
A ceremony at Bishop Museum Thursday welcomed them home.
“They were owned by Kalaniopuu and given to Cook on his third voyage. Ten days later, he was killed by Native Hawaiians during that time, so it’s an incredible moment in Hawaii’s history, about post-contact and what the influences of the Western world meant to and was encroaching on Native Hawaiian people,” said Blair Collis, Bishop Museum president and CEO. “The opportunity to talk about a variety of subjects — sovereignty, history, both material culture and what it will mean to all live together going forward — is a really important metaphor for what these pieces represent.”
The artifacts are on loan from the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for 10 years, though Collis said “we are talking about the potential for them to stay for good.”
A public opening and program will be held on Saturday, March 19. The pieces will be on display on the ground floor of Hawaiian Hall.
“This is a momentous occasion for all of Hawaii, for the opportunity to experience something from so long ago and reconnect to that time period,” Marzan said. “It’s something that generations have been waiting for and it’s just mind-boggling that it’s happening right now, at this moment.”
BUENOS AIRES, March 15 (Reuters) – Argentina’s coast guard has sunk a Chinese trawler that was fishing illegally within its territorial waters, the coast guard said on Tuesday, marking a first test for relations between President Mauricio Macri and Beijing. A coast guard vessel pursued the fishing vessel Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 toward international […]
The post Argentina Coast Guard Chases, Sinks Chinese Fishing Vessel appeared first on gCaptain.
Read in browser »
KINGS BAY, Ga. (March 15, 2016) The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) prepares to get underway for routine operations from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. (U.S. Navy photo by Mark Turney/Released)
SEATTLE — Sixty-six years after being quietly buried, Medal of Honor recipient and former Keyport resident Emil Fredreksen will receive full military honors at a graveside service next week.
Fredreksen died in 1950 at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Seattle. With no known next of kin, he was buried without ceremony and a headstone at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park.
The Danish immigrant was forgotten until January when Ray Johnston, who as a member of the Medal of Honor Historical Society finds lost recipients, tracked him down.
Cemetery workers followed a plot map to where Fredreksen was recorded to rest. They dug down about 4 inches and uncovered a temporary marker. It read "E. Fredreksen, 1867-1950."
Fredreksen and his gravesite will be recognized and honored at 2 p.m. March 25 in the same way as the cemetery's six other Medal of Honor recipients were. Ronald Roberts, casualty/funeral honors program manager for Navy Region Northwest, will oversee the honors, which will include a rifle detail, flag pole team, bugler and chaplain.
Johnston, after several dead ends, found Fredreksen through his pension records. His organization's next step normally is to purchase a marker, but that won't be necessary.
"In this case the cemetery went nutso and they're going to get a marker and have a ceremony and a dedication," the Ohio man said.
Fredreksen received a rare peacetime Medal of Honor. On July 21, 1905, he was aboard the gunboat USS Bennington in San Diego when one of its boilers exploded. Of the 179 men aboard, 66 died and 46 were seriously wounded in the Navy's worst peacetime disaster. Eleven were awarded the Medal of Honor, including watertender Fredreksen, for "extraordinary heroism displayed in the line of duty."
Jennifer Truelove of Evergreen Washelli pieced together Fredreksen's life.
He was born in Copenhagen in 1867, immigrated to the United States when he was 17 and began a lifelong career as a sailor. He enlisted in the Navy in 1897. He served on more than 20 ships, in roles as boilermaker, fireman and quartermaster. His highest rank was chief watertender, which was responsible for tending to fires and boilers in a ship's engine room.
When Fredreksen was released from active duty in 1925, he moved to Keyport and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until 1930. At 75, he was working for Bremerton construction company Howard S. Wright & Co. In 1944, he bought a small home in Seattle and lived the last years of his life there, dying of natural causes in 1950.
The whereabouts of 376 of 3,471 Medal of Honor recipients remain unknown, but one more in now off the list.
"My job's done, I located him," Johnston said of Fredreksen. "The kudos go to the community for holding a ceremony to honor the gent who really deserves it."
Navy Region Northwest, which provided Navy funeral honors to almost 5,000 veterans last year, is honored to participate.
"Eleven men earned the Navy Medal of Honor for actions on July 21, 1905, and Chief Fredreksen was one of those men, so we are fortunate to tell a story about the Navy's history, as well as a day in the life of a Navy hero," Navy Region Northwest spokeswoman Sheila Murray said.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Mānoa: Bronze bell recovered from World War II aircraft-carrying submarine off Oahu coast | University of Hawaii News
Sent from my iPad
The post Maersk Unit, Subcontractor Fined for Falsifying Records Under U.S. Defense Contract appeared first on gCaptain.
Read in browser »
The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General (OIG), conducted extensive work related to allegations of wait time manipulation after the allegations at the Phoenix VA Health Care System in April 2014. Since that event and through fiscal year 2015, we have received numerous allegations related to wait time manipulation at VA facilities nationwide from veterans, VA employees, and Members of Congress that were investigated by OIG criminal investigators.
As we stated at Congressional hearings, at this time the OIG has completed 77 criminal investigations related to wait times and provided information to VA’s Office of Accountability Review for appropriate action. It has always been our intention to release information regarding the findings of these investigations at a time when doing so would not impede any planned prosecutive or administrative action. OIG will begin a rolling publication of these administrative summaries of investigation by state so that veterans and Congress have a complete picture of the work completed in their state. As other reviews are completed, we intend to post them to our website.
You may view and download these administrative summaries of investigation by clicking on the link to our webpage at www.va.gov/oig/publications/administrative-summaries-of-investigation.asp and selecting the appropriate state. The individual summary may also be accessed by selecting the weblink below.
VA OIG Administrative Summary of Investigation at the Little Rock AR VA Medical Center (14-02890-197)
Please use either Adobe Acrobat Reader version 8 or equivalent PDF reader software to open and view our reports. Adobe Acrobat Reader may be obtained free of charge from Adobe's website. Vision-impaired customers and those with text-only browsers may want to try Access Adobe for converting PDF documents into text. (Our disclaimer for these software products).
Download High Resolution
Sent from my iPad
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
France has sent its largest business delegation in nearly two decades to Australia, stressing the economic benefits of its bid for the $38 billion contract to build a fleet of 12 stealth submarines for the Australian armyExecutives from French corporate giants Airbus, BNP Paribas, Thales and dozens more arrive in Canberra yesterday for meetings with top Australian government and business figures. France is up against Japan and Germany in bidding for one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts. A decision is expected within months, ahead of an Australian national election in which the deal and the jobs it will create is expected to be a key issue for the conservative government. The French visit, which includes top officials from France's state-controlled naval contractor DCNS, is part of a process of growing strategic and economic ties with Australia, said French Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier, and not limited to submarines.
"We're not just offering a submarine design, but also a broader alliance between our business communities, between our governments, to face some of the most tricky challenges of this century," he told Reuters.
Reuters reported last month that the competition was narrowing to a race between Japan and France, with Tokyo playing up its strategic support from Washington and Paris pushing the subs deal more on its merits for Australia's slowing economy.
Germany's TKMS is proposing to scale up its 2,000-ton Type 214 class submarine, while Japan is offering a variant of its 4,000-tonne Soryu boats made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
Tokyo was initially seen as the frontrunner, due to close ties between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was ousted in a party coup by Malcolm Turnbull last September, and perceived support from Washington to build closer ties between two key Asian allies.
An Australian political source with decades of experience in the global arms industry said that the French visit reflects a desire to blunt Japan's perceived strategic advantage by flexing their economic muscles.
"My view is that the French aren't very confident against the Japanese from a strategic perspective," he told Reuters.
"The trick now is that you're not lobbying Defence, you're lobbying the various members of the NSC," he said, referring to the National Security Committee of Cabinet, which will make the final decision. TKMS Australia CEO John White poured cold water on the strategy, saying that if anything, it gave Germany more confidence in its position.
"We have a very strong German government and company presence in Australia with Siemens and MTU and Rheinmetal, so really ... we don't need to make those shows of visible sudden presence," White told Reuters.
"So it, if anything, gives us in the German camp a bit of comfort."
The Indonesian Navy and Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries on Monday proudly blew up the illegal fishing vessel Viking in the waters off Pangandaran in West Java. The fishing vessel is the last of the so-called “Bandit 6” toothfish poaching vessels, which have been plundering the Southern Ocean of antarctic toothfish for over a decade. On […]
The post PHOTOS: Indonesia Blows Up Notorious Fishing Poaching Vessel ‘Victory’ appeared first on gCaptain.
Read in browser »
Ice Exercise (ICEX). ICEX 2016 - USS Hampton (SSN 767) surfaces through the ice in the Arctic Circle during Ice Exercise (ICEX).
ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 14, 2016) USS Hampton (SSN 767) surfaces through the ice in the Arctic Circle during Ice Exercise (ICEX). ICEX 2016 is a five-week exercise designed to research, test, and evaluate operational capabilities in the region. ICEX 2016 allows the U.S. Navy to assess operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and develop partnerships and collaborative efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson)