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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Us Fleet Forces Command News

U.S Secretary of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao administers the Oath of Office to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret. as Maritime Administrator (L to R: Admiral Mark H. Buzby,  Gina Buzby and Secretary Elaine L. Chao) (Photo: MARAD)

Buzby Sworn in as Maritime Administrator

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret. has been sworn in as the Administrator of the Maritime Administration by U.S Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. As Maritime Administrator, Buzby will lead the agency tasked with promoting the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system; and the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced U.S. merchant marine, sufficient to carry a substantial portion of the Nation’s waterborne commerce, and capable of service in time of war or national emergency.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate First Class Tinisha Franklin, stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) speaks following her announcement as the Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year during a ceremony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jonathan Donnelly/Released)

2015 USFFC Fleet Sea, Shore Sailors of the Year

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Phil Davidson announced the 2015 USFFC Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year during a ceremony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League at the Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk, March 24. Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class (AW/SW) Tinisha Franklin, a native of Brooklyn, New York, stationed aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was announced as the 2015 Sea Sailor of the Year and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class (AW/SW) Brian McGarrigle…

The official party renders honors as U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Color Guard parades colors during the Commander, Task Force 64 (CTF 64) command establishment ceremony at U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples Photo USN

Commander, Task Force 64 Established

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa established Commander, Task Force 64, a command focused on Ballistic Missile Defense in Europe, in ceremony held in Naples Italy. Commodore Jeffrey Wolstenholme assumed command of the newly established Commander, Task Force 64 (CTF 64) during a ceremony held on U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino, in Naples, Italy March 24, 2016. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) and U.S. Fleet Forces Command established CTF 64 to create a command focused on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) in Europe. Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm.

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Adm. Mark Ferguson and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNECNA) Fleet Master Chief Steven Giordano recognize CNE-CNA Shore Sailor of the Year, Legalman 1st Class Stephani Pavoni, CNE-CNA Junior Sailor of the Year, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Dawn Weston, and CNE-CNA Sea Sailor of the Year, Operations Specialist 1st Class Amparo Balderas in a ceremony at U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino, Jan. 29, 2016. Pavoni will advance to c

Europe-Africa Sailors of the Year

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson announced the 2015 CNE-CNA Shore Sailor, Sea Sailor and Junior Sailor of the Year in a ceremony held at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Capodichino, Jan 29, 2016. Operations Specialist 1st Class Amparo Balderas, from Commander, Task Force 68 in Rota, Spain was named Sea Sailor of the Year. Legalman 1st Class Stephani Pavoni, from CNE-CNA in Naples, Italy was named Shore Sailor of the Year. Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Dawn Weston, from Commander, Task Force 69 in Naples, Italy was named Junior Sailor of the Year.

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, assumes command of U.S. 3rd Fleet from Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet change of command and retirement ceremony

U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson relieved Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd as commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command and retirement ceremony held on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while pierside at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego July 24. During the ceremony, Floyd retired from active duty after 35 years of honorable naval service. He assumed command of U.S. 3rd Fleet in May 2013. Under Floyd's strategic vision, 3rd Fleet expanded its influence and contributions across all maritime lines of operations…

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MSC Consolidates HQ in Norfolk

Military Sealift Command (MSC) received approval Oct. 30 to officially begin geographically consolidating at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia, a single headquarters that since 2012 has been physically split between the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., and NS Norfolk. The consolidation is scheduled to be complete by the end of Fiscal Year 2019. Consolidating MSC headquarters staff in Norfolk helps streamline processes, maximize customer service with our Navy, and cut costs associated with maintaining two geographic headquarters' locations. Additionally, it collocates MSC with the other 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…

Rear Adm. Brian Brown, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, (right) presents  Capt. Van Gurley with a certificate of retirement commemorating 26 years of naval service during a ceremony held July 12 at Stennis Space Center, Miss.  (U.S. Navy photo by Jenni Ervin)

Captain Van Gurley Retires from Naval Oceanography Command

Capt. John "Van" Gurley retired from the U.S. Navy on July 12 in a traditional Navy ceremony at Stennis Space Center after 26 years of active duty service. A native of Orlando, Fla., and Mississippi Coast resident for nearly the past decade, Gurley most recently commanded the Naval Oceanography Operations Command (NOOC) at Stennis Space Center until a change of command immediately prior to his retirement ceremony. During the change of command, Rear Adm. Retired Rear Adm. David Titley…

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ASSA Host Roundtable with RADM Berkey

The American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) hosted a roundtable discussion between 29 representatives from member companies and Rear Admiral Richard Berkey, Deputy Chief of Staff, Fleet Maintenance U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Member companies raised concerns related to timely issues such as FY13 and FY14 budgets, foreign competition, batch procurement, fleet size outlook, loss of critical skilled resources, liquated damages, Multi-Ship Multi-Option (MSMO) outlook, counterfeit components…

Rear Admiral Richard D. Berkey (Photo: U.S. Navy)

ASSA to Host Roundtable with RADM Berkey

On June 26, 2013, the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) will host a roundtable discussion between member companies and Rear Admiral Richard D. Berkey, Deputy Chief of Staff, Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. ASSA will discuss major issues affecting the entire shipbuilding supplier industry with RADM Berkey. This member’s only meeting is collocated (but unaffiliated) with the American Society of Naval Engineers Mega Rust 2013: Naval Corrosion Conference at the Newport News Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Virginia.

Navy League Honors Prominent Leaders

America's Navy League to honor prominent industry, navy, city and financial leaders at their 111th New York City annual dinner. The following individuals are to be honored by the Navy League  formed 111 years ago in New York City with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt). Daniel F. Admiral William E. Gortney , U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Honorable Raymond W. Joan E. "We are extremely pleased to recognize these individuals," stated Rear Admiral J. Robert Lunney , NYNM (Ret.) president of the New York Council.

Amphibious Warship 'Arlington': Photo credit USN

Navy to Commission LPD 24 'Arlington'

The Navy set to commission the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, 'Arlington'. The ship is named for the county of Arlington and honors the first responders and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. "This ship and her proud name symbolize what is exceptional about the United States," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "For the next several decades, Arlington will take Marines and their equipment wherever they are needed, whether to provide humanitarian assistance or lethal combat capability. Gen. James F.

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.

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.

Gary Roughead, former USN CNO, joins Nortrop Grumman Board.

Former CNO Roughead Joins Northrop Grumman Board

Northrop Grumman Corporation  elected retired U.S. Navy Admiral Gary Roughead to its board of directors. Roughead served as the 29th Chief of Naval Operations for the Navy prior to his retirement from the service in 2011. The addition of Roughead increases Northrop Grumman's board of directors to 13 members, 12 of whom are nonemployee directors. "Gary Roughead brings to our board a deep understanding of the global security challenges our nation and its allies are facing," said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president. Roughead was appointed the U.

USNI Appoints VAdm Daly Chief Executive Officer

On July 27, 2011, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) begins an important new chapter with the appointment of Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, U.S. Navy (Ret.) as the professional society’s Chief Executive Officer. Daly served from August 2008 until June 2011 as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He brings more than 30 years experience as a commissioned naval officer, to include command of the destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59); Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31; and Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11.

New Navy Contract

Atlantic Marine Philadelphia, LLC, Philadelphia, Pa., is being awarded a $12,771,174 firm-fixed-price contract for a 70-calendar day regular overhaul of Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys. The ship's primary mission is to provide fuel to Navy ships at sea and jet fuel to aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers. Humphreys, which deactivated and joined the Navy's Inactive Ships program in 1996, is being reactivated this summer by the direction of U.S. Fleet Forces Command to support counter-piracy and global war on terrorism operations in the U.S.

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Buzby 25th Commander of Military Sealift

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby became the 25th commander of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. The global command, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the ocean transportation provider for the Department of Defense - responsible for the operation of more than 110 civilian-crewed, noncombatant ships, which support military and humanitarian missions worldwide. Buzby, a 30-year Navy veteran, assumed command during a ceremony aboard Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort in Baltimore.