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Family Members of HMCS Protecteur Arrive Safely in Pearl Harbor
United States Ship (USS) Michael Murphy arrived today alongside Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with family members and civilian contractors transferred off Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur, five days after a fire onboard Protecteur.
Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:25:00 -0400
Australian, U.S. Sailors Trade Places During Pacific Bond 2013
The Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) swapped 10 crewmembers with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney's (FFG 03), in support of Pacific Bond 2013, June 23 to enhance inter-ship operability and foster camaraderie.
Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:55:00 -0400
Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2013 Comes to an End
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) returned to Aksaz Naval Base after completing Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2013, Nov. 14.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:10:00 -0400
2014 Resolutions: Resolve to Protect against Flu
Start off 2014 in a healthful way by resolving to protect you and your family members from the flu.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:44:00 -0400
NAVFAC Announces 2014 Engineers of the Year
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of its 2014 Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year Awards Dec. 9.
Mon, 9 Dec 2013 02:47:00 -0400
NSWC PCD Aviation Search and Rescue Team Saves Distressed Kayaker
Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division's (NSWC PCD) Search and Rescue (SAR) crew responded to an urgent marine alert Oct. 23, from Coast Guard Sector Mobile concerning a kayaker who became adrift in rough seas about four miles offshore from Phillips Inlet in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:05:00 -0400
Employers, Wounded Warriors and Veterans Register Now for Hiring Conference
Whether you're a veteran or wounded warrior looking for a job or an employer looking for qualified candidates, the 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference is the place to be May 28-29 in Raleigh, N.C.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:10:00 -0400
U.S. Fleet Forces Highlights Navy's Environmental Efforts
Personnel from U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) command highlighted the Navy's environmental efforts during Earth Day 2013 events held in the Hampton Roads, Va. area April 20-21.
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:28:00 -0400
Public Health Center Publishes Annual Report on Wounded, Ill and Injured Program
The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced the release of its 2013 Wounded, Ill and Injured (WII) Program annual report, April 17.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:31:00 -0400
Naval Hospital Bremerton E-Prescribing Initiative benefits Providers and Patients
The old yarn about trying to decipher a doctor's scribbled shorthand note for a prescription is coming to an end with a new electronic prescription initiative implemented at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB).
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:53:00 -0400
 
Courage and the Anonymous Officer of the Deck: Stepping up to Prevent Sexual Assault
By Vice Adm. Michelle Howard Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5) The U.S. Navy focuses on sexual assault prevention and awareness all throughout the year, but […]

By Vice Adm. Michelle Howard
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5)

The U.S. Navy focuses on sexual assault prevention and awareness all throughout the year, but April is deemed Sexual Assault Awareness month. This month gives us an opportunity to emphasize what we all can do to prevent sexual assault in our Navy. The following blog highlights how a small act of intervention can have a positive life-changing impact on Sailors.

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I count among my heroes an anonymous Officer of the Deck.  He’s a real person, but I don’t know his name.  In fact, I know very little about him.  I’m fairly sure that he was in the Navy during World War II and that he is (or more likely was) white.  Please bear with me, his race is important to this story.  More importantly is that the anonymous OOF had moral courage to step in when wrong was being done.

Wesley_Brown_1949_photo_by_US_Naval_AcademyYears ago, I met LCDR Wesley Brown, USN, retired.  He was the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949.  We met infrequently at events or sat on history panels together.  He talked to me of his experiences at Annapolis and his years in the Navy.  All I can say is that I wish I had his grace.

We can easily forget how arduous life was in the 1940s.  Our social norms were completely different.  Our country was segregated and states had varying degrees of Jim Crow laws.  In Maryland that included segregated transportation (public conveyance), to interracial marriage, a white person could not marry someone who was of third or less descent from a Negro.  The condition was “forever prohibited”.

Then Midshipman Brown started Annapolis in 1945.  He was the sixth Black man to attempt to get through the school, and the first to endure the hazing and to make it to graduation.  I think how die- hard the Officers and the brigade of midshipmen had to be over the first century of the institution.  West Point’s first African American graduate was in 1877.

Wesley had a room of his own because no one would room with him.  That meant he had no one to rely on for four years.  He told me and others that he thought about quitting every-day. But he also shared a story of hope.  He recalled getting up early one morning to get his room ready for inspection.  He rushed back from class to present his room, and he was stunned.  The room had been trashed.  He felt his world reeling, and did not think he could take any more.  Then the Officer of the Deck, my hero, showed up.

Wesley came to attention.  There was silence.  And Silence.  The Officer of the Deck looked around.  He finally spoke.  “Midshipman Brown, I suspect this room did not look like this this morning.”  Wesley said, “No Sir.”   With a carry on, the Officer of the Deck departed.  Wesley felt shaken with relief.  He went to bed thinking about what had happened, and by the next morning, decided he could make it through at least one more day.

From the first time I heard this story, I have continued to think about the anonymous Officer of the Deck.  Every colleague, every midshipman, except Wesley looked like him.  There had to be pressure or worse still, a presumption of righteousness in conspiring to get Wesley to quit.  In one simple act, the OOD broke ranks.  In doing the right thing, he may have incurred hostility or censorship from his friends and the campus wardroom.  The pressure would not have just been from the school, his workplace, it was probably in the local community.

The Officer of the Deck demonstrated our core value of courage and in a few words set a wrong right.  I believe that was at some cost.  We do not have his side of the story, so we don’t know if there was more that he did.  We do know that his one act made a difference in Wesley’s life.  I know that meeting and talking with LCDR Wesley Brown, made a difference in my life.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.  We should consider the Officer of the Deck and his taking on a wrong.  Let us remember him and the gift of example that he gives us.  Should the opportunity to act come our way, we must have the courage to do the right thing.


Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:34:42 +0000
 
EAST CHINA SEA (April 17, 2014)

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after conducting search and rescue operations. Sailors and Marines onboard Bonhomme Richard are conducting search and rescue operations as requested by the Republic of Korea navy near the scene of the sunken ferry Sewol in the vicinity of the island of Jindo. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam D. Wainwright (Released) 140417-N-LM312-002
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (April 14, 2014)

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Cedric Williams, leading chief petty officer in the Air Operations Department at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, inspects the uniform of Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) 3rd Class Kellie Cox during a dress white inspection. The inspection was conducted in preparation for Naval Air Facility Atsugi's transition to Navy dress white uniforms on May 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kegan E. Kay (Released) 140414-N-OX321-015
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (April 16, 2014)

A student from a local Bahraini school heaves a line from the coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC-6) during Navy Day at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Navy Day is part of American-Bahraini Friendship Week. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stephen Murphy (Released) 140416-N-VY489-406
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 15, 2014)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Michael Gable, from Peachtree City, Ga., directs an MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter off the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays (Released) 140415-N-JX484-124
 
USNS Spearhead Delivers Project Handclasp Material in Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria (NNS) -- Sailors and civil service mariners aboard joint, high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) delivered 46 pallets of humanitarian items donated by private companies to nongovernmental organizations as part of Project Handclasp in Lagos, Nigeria, April 15.
Exercise Obangame Express 2014 Commences
LAGOS, Nigeria (NNS) -- Naval forces from the United States, Europe, South America and Africa commenced the multinational maritime exercise Obangame Express, April 16.
USS Donald Cook Welcomes President of Romania
CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) welcomed aboard Romanian President Traian Basescu while the ship was in port in Constanta, April 14.
USS Donald Cook to Arrive in Romania for Port Visit
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) is scheduled to arrive in Constanta, Romania to enhance multinational interoperability with NATO allies in region, April 14.
USS Cole Arrives in Plymouth for Port Visit
PLYMOUTH, England (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) arrived in Plymouth, England for a scheduled port visit, April 12.
Ghana, US Maritime Forces Complete Combined Maritime Law Enforcement Operation
SEKONDI, Ghana (NNS) -- Ghanaian and U.S. maritime forces completed a three-week combined maritime law enforcement operation as part of African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), April 11.
Ramage Sailors Participate in Community Relations Project
HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) participated in a community relations (COMREL) project, April 7, during a port visit to Haifa, Israel.
US, Hellenic, Israeli Navies Conclude Exercise Noble Dina
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The U.S Navy concluded the active portion of the regularly-scheduled multinational exercise, Noble Dina, along with Greece and Israel in the Mediterranean Sea, April 10.
USS Donald Cook to Enter Black Sea
SEA OF CRETE (NNS) -- The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) will enter the Black Sea to promote peace and stability in the region, April 10.
Exercise Noble Dina Commences
MEDITERANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The U.S Navy began the active portion of the regularly-scheduled multinational exercise Noble Dina, along with Greece and Israel in the Mediterranean Sea, March 26.
 
USS Somerset to Arrive in San Diego
The amphibious transport dock ship, which was commissioned March 1 in Philadelphia, is scheduled to arrive at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, April 21.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:35:43 GMT
Crews to test submersible's limits in push to find MH370 (Channel NewsAsia)

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:11:31 GMT
USS Bonhomme Richard Assists in Search and Rescue of Sunken Korean Ferry

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:43:42 GMT
VIDEO: Supply ship keeps MH370 search going (CNN)

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:24:15 GMT
Navy chopper rescues lost mother, daughter lost in Guam jungle (Stars and Stripes)

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:49:22 GMT
USS Bonhomme Richard Assists in Search and Rescue of Sunken Korean Ferry
The amphibious assault ship is is now engaged in search and rescue operations near the site of Korean passenger ship Sewol that sank April 16 off the Republic of Korea's southwestern coast.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:14:39 GMT
Naval Aviation Vision: A Preeminent Warfighting Force, Today and in the Future (Navy Live Blog)

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:21:05 GMT
3rd Fleet, TTGP Host RIMPAC Staff Exercise

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:34:32 GMT
USS Howard Concludes Visit to Manila

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:55:18 GMT
Frank Cable Sailors Host QA Seminar with Royal Malaysian Navy

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:08:20 GMT
Experienced Lawyers in Defense Base Compensation Claims

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