Saturday, March 19, 2016

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Mishap Aboard Ike Injures Sailors

151209-N-FI568-098 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Screwtops of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 performs an arrested recovery on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower and embarked Carrier Air Wing 3 are underway preparing for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson/Released)


Story Number: NNS160318-18Release Date: 3/18/2016 7:31:00 PM

From Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Eight Sailors aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) were injured this afternoon when an arresting gear parted during a routine landing by an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft.

There were no fatalities and the Sailors are listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

The injured Sailors were working on the flight deck at the time of the mishap. Six have been transported to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital for treatment. Two remain aboard IKE.

The names of the injured personnel will not be released. Their families are being (have been) notified.

The aircraft regained flight and returned safely to its base at Norfolk Naval Station Chambers Field. Initial reports are the aircraft was not damaged and no aircrew members were injured.

The ship is off the Virginia coast conducting carrier qualifications for Composite Training Unit and Joint Task Force Exercises (COMPTUEX/JTFEX) in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause.


Remember the MAINE



Apprentice First Class Ambrose Ham was signal boy of the watch when the USS MAINE arrived at the Spanish-owned island of Cuba on 25 January 1898. Tensions were high in the battleship as she slowly steamed into Havana Harbor, and though Ham remembered that "every-thing looked peaceful," he heard another sailor tell two friends, "We’ll never get out of here alive."

Cuban revolutionaries had long been trying to overthrow their Spanish masters, and the MAINE had been sent to protect American citizens then in Havana.

Because of the high state of tension, the crew was not allowed to go ashore, and Ham noted that "time was beginning to drag." For more than two weeks, the 358-man crew went about their routines, aware of their part in a tense international situation, yet unable to do anything other than show their flag.

On the evening of 15 February, the boredom was about to end, but not in a way that Ham would have wanted. Just a little after 2130, he engaged another sailor in conversation as a way of getting his mind off the creeping pace of time. When the talk had dwindled, Ham was about to turn in, but suddenly a great flame shot up, engulfing the forward part of the ship. A piece of flying debris struck Ham in the face, knocking him senseless.

In that instant, many of Ham’s shipmates perished, as a huge explosion up forward on the port side ripped open the ship and curled her main deck back on itself. Debris rained down into the harbor for hundreds of yards around the stricken vessel.

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Once he recovered his senses, Ham began helping others lower the captain’s gig and noted with dismay how quickly the boat had reached the water, a clear indication that the MAINE was sinking. Positioning himself in the boat’s bow, Ham began pulling men from the water.

As the gig pulled up alongside the ship’s stern, Ham saw the commanding officer, Captain Charles Sigsbee, standing on the poop deck, loudly declaring, "I won’t leave until I’m sure everybody is off." The poop deck was the Maine’s highest remaining deck, and it was now at the same level as the gig’s gunwale. When Ham overheard the ship’s executive officer whisper to Captain Sigsbee that the raging fire was very close to the forward magazine and that it might blow at any moment, the young sailor felt a great urge to shout, "Let’s get out of here!" But he sat quietly in the bow, holding tightly to the bowline that tethered the small boat to the sinking, burning ship.

At last, Sigsbee was convinced that no one else remained on board, so he stepped into the gig and ordered the crew to shove off. Ham gratefully took in the bowline, aware that his hands ached from the tight grip he had used to hold it during those tense moments. Oars struck the water, and the gig moved across the harbor toward a nearby American merchant vessel as the MAINE, burning furiously, slowly disappeared into Havana Harbor.

Ambrose Ham was one of the fortunate ones; 266 of his shipmates were lost in the great disaster. The cause of the explosion is still a subject of debate, but the incident was one of the factors leading to the Spanish-American War.

Friday, March 18, 2016

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Centuries-old artifacts from Hawaiian monarch on display at Bishop Museum


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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.”

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Argentina Coast Guard Chases, Sinks Chinese Fishing Vessel

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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 […]

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Kings Bay GA - USS Maryland (SSBN738)


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)


Medal of Honor recipient will have his day - Gunboat USS Bnnington ( PG4)

By Ed Friedrich of the Kitsap Sun

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.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Jutland parade and ceremony to honour Portsmouth’s fallen in titanic naval clash


More than 100 sailors will march through the town – led by the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood – to the naval memorial on Southsea Common where a 45-minute ceremony and service will take place on May 31.

The crew of battleship HMS Malaya commit their shipmates to the deep the day after Jutland

SAILORS will parade through Southsea ahead of the most solemn day in the Navy’s WW1 centenary commemorations: the 100th anniversary of Jutland.

More than 100 sailors will march through the town – led by the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood – to the naval memorial on Southsea Common where a 45-minute ceremony and service will take place on May 31.

Around 50 veterans of later conflicts (the last Jutland veteran, Henry Allingham, died in 2009 at the age of 113) from the Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association will also join the parade.

Members of the public are being encouraged to line the route from Palmerston Road, along Avenue De Caen and the Esplanade. The parade starts outside Knight and Lee, Palmerston Road, at 1.30pm.

A contemporary 'death card' honouring 16-year-old Jack Cornwell, subsequently awarded the VC for his bravery manning a gun on HMS Chester

Half an hour later, the service of thanksgiving will begin, focused around a drumhead ceremony – drums piled in a pyramid to create a makeshift altar.

Four schoolchildren involved in the WWI schools’ project Never Such Innocence will give readings about the conflict.

No city mourned more than Portsmouth in the aftermath of Jutland, the only all-out clash between the British and German Fleets between 1914 and 1918.

More than 6,000 Royal Navy sailors – nearly 1,900 of them from the Portsmouth area – were killed in the action, which involved 250 warships and in excess of 100,000 men on both sides.

Part of HMS Malaya's deck torn through by a German shell

The Germans lost fewer men and ships, but fled the field of battle; their Fleet never seriously challenged the Royal Navy again.

The 100th anniversary of the largest naval battle ever fought in European waters is prompted national, international and local commemorations.

The RN is supporting events in the Orkneys and Scapa Flow, over the site of the battle itself in the North Sea, and smaller scale ceremonies at the naval memorials in Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham.

Cdr Andy Green, who is organising commemorations in Portsmouth, said relatives of sailors who fought or died at Jutland were especially welcome to attend and should contact him at

"We are hoping that the people of Portsmouth turn out in their numbers to line the route or attend the service and ceremony," he said.

"There have been many commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of World War 1 battles, but this is the one key date that allows a singular focus on the Royal Navy."

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The Battles of Wilmington, N.C. — in World War II, That Is - The New York Times

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Royal Navy's secrets before the Battle of Jutland found in cardboard box | Daily Mail Online

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Maersk Unit, Subcontractor Fined for Falsifying Records Under U.S. Defense Contract

Photo credit: Farrell LinesFarrell Lines, a subsidiary of the Maersk Line, Limited, and a subcontractor have paid about $3.66 million in civil fines for submitting “recreated” weight tickets in billing invoices. According to the U.S. Justice Deptartment, under Farrell’s contract with the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), it was required to perform international door-to-door and/or port-to-port transportation services to move Department of […]

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Administrative Summary of Investigation Regarding Wait Times - Arkansas

Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) sent this bulletin at 03/16/2016 10:47 AM EDT

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 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)

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USS Lassen (DDG 82) - PACIFIC OCEAN (March 10, 2016)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 10, 2016) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) patrols the eastern Pacific Ocean. Lassen is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Released)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

French business eyes $38B submarine deal with Australia


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 army

Executives 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."


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PHOTOS: Indonesia Blows Up Notorious Fishing Poaching Vessel ‘Victory’ By Mike Schuler


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 […]

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Ice Exercise (ICEX). ICEX 2016 - USS Hampton (SSN 767) surfaces through the ice in the Arctic Circle during Ice Exercise (ICEX).

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)


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