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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Rear Adm Richard Byrd News

USCG Commander Relieved of Duty

The U.S. Coast Guard temporarily relieved the commander of Sector North Carolina in Wilmington Monday, due to loss of confidence in his abilities to command. Capt. Sean Murtagh was temporarily removed from command of Sector North Carolina by Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, Coast Guard 5th District commander, in Portsmouth, Va. Metruck appointed Capt. Joseph Dufresne, deputy commander of Sector North Carolina, to assume temporary command of the sector. Murtagh was temporarily reassigned to the 5th District in Portsmouth, until further notice.

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ADM CFO: Supply Chain Can be Managed Through U.S.-China Trade Tensions

Global grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM)feels it can manage its supply chain to adapt to China's threatened tariffs on imports of U.S. soybeans, Chief Financial Officer Ray Young said on Wednesday. The Chicago-based company is confident the world's two largest economies will "get through" the trade dispute, and sees an opportunity for China to import additional ethanol, Young said at the BMO Capital Markets 2018 Farm to Market Conference in New York. Beijing has threatened tariffs on imports of U.S.

Gallaudet Relieves Brown at Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

Rear Adm. Timothy C. Gallaudet relieved Rear Adm. Brian B. Brown  as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM) in a traditional change of command ceremony held June 18 at Stennis Space Center. Gallaudet was promoted to the rank of rear admiral (lower half) just prior to the ceremony. Brown said he felt “blessed and lucky” to have worked with the Navy’s military and civilian oceanography workforce to perform a mission so critical to the warfighting effectiveness and readiness of the fleet and joint force despite personal hardships…

Merchant Marine Reserve Program becomes Strategic Sealift Officer Program

After extensive coordination with several Navy organizations and the U.S. Maritime Administration, the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics approved revisions to the latest CNO Instruction (OPNAVINST 1534.lD) transitioning the Merchant Marine Reserve (MMR) Program into the Strategic Sealift Officer Program (SSOP) on June 10. The SSOP supports national defense sealift requirements and capabilities, which are executed by Military Sealift Command (MSC).

This Day in Navy History - July 13

1863 - USS Wyoming battled Japanese warlord's forces. 1939 - Appointment of Rear Adm. Richard Byrd as commanding officer of 1939-1941 Antarctic Expedition. 1943 - During Battle of Kolombangara in Solomon Islands, U.S. lost USS Gwin (DD 433), while Japanese lost light cruiser Jintsu. For more information on naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil  

USNS Richard E. Byrd in Vietnam. (Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Anh Ho)

MSC Ship: First USN Ship Visit to Vietnam Port in 38 years

Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd left Cam Ranh Bay in southern Vietnam today, marking the end of a historic visit - the first by a U.S. Navy ship to the port in more than three decades. Byrd spent seven days at Cam Ranh Shipyard for routine maintenance and repairs that included underwater hull cleaning, polishing of the ship's propeller, repairing shipboard piping, and overhaul of the salt water cooling system that keeps the ship's engines cool and runs the air conditioning. Cam Ranh Bay is 180 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon.

Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd accepts the "Old Salt" award during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Tidd is the 19th recipient of the "Old Salt" award, presented to the longest serving surface warfare officer on continuous active duty. (US Navy photo by Tyrell K. Morris)

‘Old Salt’ Designation Passed to Vice Adm. Tidd

The “Old Salt” designation, honoring the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) serving on active duty with the earliest Surface Warfare Qualification, passed from Adm. Sam Locklear to Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd at a June 22, 2015 ceremony at Washington, DC. Locklear, the recent Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, retired on June 30, 2015. Tidd is currently the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. Locklear has been the “Old Salt” since May 2014. “In the Navy, we have an expression for a respected, experienced and knowledgeable mariner. We call them ‘Old Salts,’” said Vice Adm.

SUNY Maritime students get an up-close view of the assembly of an 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50 diesel engine during their visit to Trieste, Italy. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä Welcomes Cadets of SUNY Maritime Training Ship

Wärtsilä welcomed cadets from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College to its Trieste factory during the school's summer sea term Italian port stop in June. The students use the summer sea term to gain practical experience on board the SUNY Maritime training ship, the Empire State VI. Upon arrival in Trieste, the Wärtsilä Italy management team welcomed the group of close to 600, which in addition to the cadets, included the crew, faculty from SUNY Maritime College, as well as its president, Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis.

Rear Adm. Robert Burke, right, is relieved by Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle as Commander, Submarine Group EIGHT (CSG 8) during a change of command on U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino July 29, 2015.

CSG8 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Rear Adm. Robert  Burke turned over command of Submarine Group EIGHT (CSG8) to Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle, during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, July 29, 2015. Presiding at the change of command ceremony were Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson, and Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. James Foggo III. In his remarks, Ferguson praised Burke’s leadership within CSG8. Burke served as CSG8′s Commander from June 21, 2013 to July 2015. He also served as deputy commander for U.S. 6th Fleet Director of Operations (N3).

Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr. (left), commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, congratulates Art Rowe, the fleet liaison officer. (U.S. Navy photo by Bill Cook)

MSC Refit Team Recognized for Outstanding Performance

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command, recognized 82 MSC military and civilian employees with commendations for their role in refitting USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) during a ceremony yesterday on Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Ponce, formerly an amphibious transport dock ship, was refitted by MSC in approximately five months as an interim Afloat Forward Staging Base and deployed June 1 to U.S. Central Command. Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr., commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and Rear Adm. David M.

This Day in Naval History - July 03

From the Navy News Service:   1898 - At Battle of Santiago, Cuba, Rear Adm. Sampson's squadron destroys Spanish fleet. 1950 - USS Valley Forge (CV 45) and HMS Triumph participate in first carrier action of Korean Conflict. VF-51 aircraft (Valley Forge) shoot down two North Korean aircraft. The action is first combat test of F9F Panther and AD Skyraider.

This Day in Naval History - July 13

From the Navy News Service:   1863 - USS Wyoming battled Japanese warlord's forces. 1939 - Appointment of Rear Adm. Richard Byrd as commanding officer of 1939-1941 Antarctic Expedition. 1943 - During Battle of Kolombangara in Solomon Islands, U.S. lost USS Gwin (DD 433), while Japanese lost light cruiser Jintsu.

Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, USCG (Ret.)

Parks Joins Chamber of Marine Commerce

The Chamber of Marine Commerce announced that Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, USCG (Ret.), has joined the Chamber as Special Advisor. In his new role, Rear Adm. Parks will be working with the chamber to promote the distinct economic, environmental and safety advantages of the binational Great Lakes – St. Lawrence shipping industry, in addition to increasing awareness and advising on the industry’s maritime-related policy and issues. Before his retirement in 2013, Parks was the Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, which spans the five Great Lakes, St.

Sentinel-class FRC: Photo credit USCG

Coast Guard Commissions Fast Response Cutter at Port Everglades

The US Coast Guard has commissioned its second Sentinel-class cutter during a traditional ceremony at Port Everglades. The 154-foot Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge is a Fast Response Cutter and will be able to deploy independently to conduct missions such as ports, waterways, and coastal security, fishery patrols, drug and illegal migrant law enforcement, search and rescue, and national defense operations along the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean. The Etheridge is capable of speeds of 28-plus knots…

Brown Relieves White at Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

Rear Adm.(lower half) Brian B. Brown relieved Rear Adm. Jonathan W. White as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM) in a traditional Navy change of command ceremony on Aug. 3 at Stennis Space Center. "I am blessed to once again be part of the Navy's operational oceanography team and humbled to have been selected among so many talented officers to lead this command," Brown said to Naval Oceanography employees at the ceremony. For the past year…

This Day in Naval History – Sept. 11

1814 - In Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeats a British Squadron. 1939 - Bear (AG-29) is commissioned by the U.S. Navy for Antarctic operations under command of RADM Richard Byrd, USN (Ret.). 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces order to the Navy to "shoot on sight" vessels threatening U.S. shipping or ships under U.S. escort. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Wheeler B. Lipes, USN, performs emergency appendectomy on Seaman First Class Darrell D. Rector, USNR, on board USS Seadragon on patrol in South China Sea.

MSC ships Deliver Humanitarian Relief to Indonesia

Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl delivered urgently needed supplies, equipment and fuel off the coast of Indonesia Oct. 10 - 14, in response to the deadly earthquakes that struck the region Sept. 30. At the request of the government of Indonesia and the U.S. Department of State, the Navy - including MSC - joined other branches of the U.S. military, international relief organizations and Indonesia's military to deliver food, fresh water and medical supplies to remote mountain villages. The U.S.

Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research development and acquisition, joins Rear Adm. Mathias Winter's daughter as they replace his one-star shoulder boards with two-star shoulder boards during a promo

Full Steam Ahead for Navy's Science

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has begun a new era, as Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter-a decorated aviator with advanced degrees in both computer science and national resource strategy-was sworn in as the chief of naval research (CNR). Winter officially took the helm of ONR, the organization that leads Navy and Marine Corps research efforts, during a change-of-command held on Dec. 30. The ceremony was held at the Pentagon and officiated by the Honorable Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy (research, development and acquisition).

Byrd Appointed SVP Operations, Grand Bahama

Reuben Byrd, a 28 year maritime industry veteran has been appointed Senior Vice President Operations of the Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd., effective September 14, 2009. Byrd joined the team at the yard in time for the start of this year’s cruise season. In his capacity as SVP Operations, Byrd will report to the Chairman and CEO, Calle Rotkirch, oversee the day to day operations of the shipyard and develop the yard for future expansion. Before assuming his role at Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd.…

USS Montpelier (SSN 765): Photo credit USN

Recent Warship Collision Investigators Named

US Fleet Forces Command (USFF) names Rear Adm. Ann Phillips, & Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo to enquire into 'San Jacinto/Montpelier' collision. U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) assigned a flag officer to lead an administrative investigation and established a safety board to review the facts and circumstances Oct. 15 that led to the collision between the Navy submarine USS Montpelier and Aegis cruiser USS San Jacinto off the coast of Florida Oct. 13. Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, deputy commander of USFF, appointed Rear Adm.

Rear-Adm. Charles W. Ray: USCG photo

Coast Guard Pacific Area Command Changeover

The US Coast Guard informs that Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray will relieve Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft  (US Coast Guard Commander designate) as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West, in a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Island in Alameda. Zukunft has served as the Pacific Area Commander since April 2012, and is leaving to assume the duties as the Coast Guard Commandant in Washington, D.C., upon Senate confirmation. “It has been a pleasure serving as the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander for the past two years…

Coast Guard Photo: Deepwater Horizon Response

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen meets with Rear Adm. Mary Landry, the federal on-scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon response, and other local, state and federal members participating in the unified command to discuss leveraging every available resource to respond to the BP oil spill and minimize the associated environmental risks, Saturday, May 1, 2010. Allen will serve as the national incident commander for the Department of Homeland Security's continued, coordinated response. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse)

Check presentation: Photo USCG

US Coast Guard Foundation Presents US$400,000 Check

Anne Brengle, president of the Coast Guard Foundation, presented the check to Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard 9th District at a ceremony in Cleveland. The presentation of the check was held at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, April 28, 2014. The money will be used to build a community center at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Rear Adm. Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard 9th District based in Cleveland, expressed his appreciation for the donation. Pictured: US Coast Guard Foundation president Anne Brengle passes the check to Rear Adm.

Furling sails barque 'Eagle': USCG photo

Coast Guard to Appoint New Ancient Mariners

The Ancient Mariner title established in 1978 recognizes the officer and enlisted person with the earliest designation as a permanent cutterman and requires a minimum of ten years of sea time. A change-of-watch ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard Gold and Silver Ancient Mariners is scheduled to take place aboard Barque'Eagle at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014. The Gold (Officer) Ancient Mariner designation will pass from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp to Rear Adm. Fred Midgette…

US Navy Censures Three Senior Officers

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has issued Secretarial Letters of Censure to three senior officers following a thorough review into their interactions with Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) in the 2006-2007 timeframe. GDMA is the subject of a federal fraud and bribery investigation which was initiated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Mabus directed the appointment of a Consolidated Disposition Authority in March 2014 to act as an independent authority to review GDMA cases forwarded by the Department of Justice to the Navy for administrative action.

 Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd addresses Sailors: Photo USN

China to Participate in RIMPAC for First Time

U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs informs that 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and altogether 25,000 personnel from 23 nations, will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 26 to Aug. 1, 2014 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Two nations, Brunei and the People's Republic of China, will participate in RIMPAC for the first time in 2014. Also new at RIMPAC this year are two hospital ships, USNS Mercy and PLA (N) Peace Ark.