The new Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) was introduced during a Sept 28 ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. Fleet Master Chief (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens was named the 13th MCPON, following the retirement of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick West as top enlisted leader. In his farewell message, [...]
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are looking into the potential of seawater to produce jet fuel by a gas-to-liquid process. According to the NRL news release, the research lab has successfully developed and demonstrated technologies that would extract carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce hydrogen gas (H2) from seawater using an electrochemical acidification cell, [...]
Sailors aboard USS Tortuga and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit completed on Sept. 24 a two-week certification exercise (CERTEX) while deployed in the Western Pacific. CERTEX focuses on Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 31st MEU’s ability to complete humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations or non-combatant evacuation missions. It gives [...]
Sailors aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) may now start donating money to charity as the ship kicks off its annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) fund drive.
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman left Naval Station Norfolk on Sept. 24 to conduct combat systems ship qualification trials (CSSQT) this week. The operational tests will assess the carrier’s close-in weapons system (CIWS), rolling airframe missile (RAM), and NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System (NSSMS). According to Fire Controlman 3rd Class Ronda Johnson, one [...]
NAVADMIN 292/12 was released on Sept. 24 which declares that low-income service members with dependents may be eligible to receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA). The program is designed to bring eligible service member’s gross household income to 130 percent of the federal poverty line as established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Qualified [...]