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Piracy Map Online

December 14, 2008


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UNOSAT, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Program, released a 3D map of piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden for 2008. This 3D perspective map illustrates the relative spatial density of reported pirate incidents in the Gulf of Aden for 2008.

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USS George Washington (CVN 73)

December 1, 2008

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GW Epitomizes Maritime Strategy During Port Visit to Guam

November 13, 2008
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USS George Washington (CVN 73) made its first port visit to Guam as the nation’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier Oct. 31.

The visiting Nimitz-class carrier and accompanying ships USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USS John S. McCaine (DDG 56), arrived, following participation in the International Fleet Review, which commemorates the foundation of the Korean government and its armed forces.

George Washington replaced USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) earlier this year as the permanently forward-deployed carrier at Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan.

“This is the first visit to Guam for many of our Sailors as the ship was homeported in Norfolk, Va., before transferring to Japan,” said Lt. David Yang, a George Washington chaplain.

The carrier’s position in the Pacific supports the Navy’s role in the U.S. Maritime Strategy, which highlights the sea services’ core capabilities of forward presence, deterrence, sea control and power projection. The strategy includes international cooperation to enhance maritime security and also embraces faster response in humanitarian assistance.

Yang noted that even as George Washington Sailors strive to protect the nation and help allies, they also want to become a part of the Pacific community. To that end, Sailors from George Washington and Cowpens helped clean and paint local schools and facilities.

“Our Sailors consider it an honor to be able to serve others,” Yang said. “At every port we visit, our Sailors demonstrate their genuine willingness to offer themselves to serve and interact with the local residents.”

Sailors spent a scorching Saturday beautifying local schools and village centers in an effort to build a positive relationship between the carrier group and its new host community.

According to P.C. Lujan Elementary School Principal Jeanette Burch, Sailors from George Washington were helping out at the school by painting hallways, painting classrooms and the parking lot. She and the school staff and students were grateful for the support.

“We need their help,” Burch said. “We want the help.”

Sailors said they were more than happy to lend a hand and were eager for any chance to give back to the island.

“We’re here to help paint the school, to beautify it, to make it more perfect for the students,” said Aviation Ordnance Airman Lemar Williams. “It’s a way to establish a bond between the community and our Sailors, to let them know that we’re here to help.”
Robert Clark (NNS)

George Washington Heads to Sea for First Time as a Part of the FDNF

October 8, 2008
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USS George Washington (CVN 73) headed out to sea from Yokosuka, Japan, Oct. 1, for the first time as the Navy’s only permanently forward deployed aircraft carrier to conduct training and to participate in exercises with regional naval partners.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier arrived at Yokosuka Sept. 25, after replacing USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), which has returned to the United States for decommissioning after spending the last 10 years forward-deployed to Japan.

“The hospitality of our new neighbors in Yokosuka is phenomenal. We were home for only five days, but experienced a month’s worth of welcome!” said George Washington’s Commanding Officer, Capt. J. R. Haley.

“Now we are at sea doing what we trained to do. As the Forward Deployed Naval Force’s (FDNF) carrier, we work with our regional partners in our primary mission – maritime security and stability.”

This underway is significant because it is George Washington’s first operational experience in the region, and its first operations with regional naval partners.

“We obviously want to put our best foot forward while working for the first time with regional navies,” said George Washington’s Operations Officer, Cmdr. Anthony Calandra. “GW brings a substantial upgrade to the support of our regional alliances, and we begin building our operational reputation today.”

 

Carlos Gomez (NNS)

George Washington Crew Hosts Hawaii Dignitaries

September 14, 2008
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USS George Washington (CVN 73) hosted Hawaii community leaders and educators Sept. 9, while conducting training operations off the coast of Oahu.

The visit to the GW was part of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s distinguished visitors (DV) embarkation program. The tour gave local leaders the opportunity to experience life firsthand aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

Guests experienced the takeoff and landing of the 1,092-feet runway and toured the working areas of some of the 5,000-plus Sailors.

“The entire ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience is something I will always treasure,” said Kimi-Anne Houston-Sur of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

“Having the opportunity to land and takeoff on a carrier is a fantastic experience and getting to be up close and personal on the flight deck to witness takeoffs and landings is an experience beyond true description.”

The DV embarkation program also helped complete a personal ambition.

“A ‘cat’ and a ‘trap’ have been on my ‘bucket list’ for years. Now I can die a fulfilled man,” said John Bates of the Armed Services YMCA.

While the takeoff and landing are more obvious sources of excitement, for some DVs the opportunity to meet the Sailors was an eye-opening experience.

“These are kids that are making a difference in the job that they are doing, so that things are running safely,” said Derrick Kang, director of college counseling for the Mid-Pacific Institute. “As a high school counselor, it was helpful for me to hear and see this. I came off the ship with a greater respect for the military. While I suggest the academies to many students, I won’t be so hesitant to suggest the military.”

For some, the experience left them with a strengthened sense of patriotism.

“I left your program feeling proud to be a U.S. citizen and proud of what our military is doing. I walked away feeling that I should not only encourage students to apply for the academies, but that enlisting wouldn’t be a bad thing,” said Kang.

George Washington departed San Diego Aug. 21 to begin the journey to Yokosuka, Japan, where it will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the United States’ only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.
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USS George Washington Returns to Fleet

September 7, 2008
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The US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is replacing the USS Kitty Hawk as the only US Navy aircraft carrier forward deployed with the 7th Fleet in the western Pacific. Find the USS George Washington framed art print, the USS George Washington poster, or the CVN 73 twelve month calendar at The PatriArt Gallery.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) repair work will enable USS George Washington (CVN 73) to assume its role in Yokosuka, Japan, as our nation’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in September.

Working as “One Shipyard,” skilled personnel from two NAVSEA field activities — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) and Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) provided most of the craftsmen and skills required to complete the effort on Aug. 21, after only 91 days of repair work. The efforts of “One Shipyard” enabled a six-week reduction of USS George Washington’s repair schedule from initial forecasts.

“NAVSEA’s One Shipyard concept provides the fleet customer with a more capable and more flexible maintenance resource,” said Capt. Mark Whitney, PSNS & IMF commander.

The ship’s arrival was delayed due to a May 22 fire in an unmanned Auxiliary Boiler Exhaust and Supply space. NAVSEA shipyards, with PSNS & IMF being assigned lead maintenance authority (LMA), assumed the responsibility of coordinating all maintenance activities assigned to the recovery effort including Ship’s Force, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Northrup Grumman Shipbuilding and their associated Master Ship Repair contractors and more than 15 alteration installation teams.

“This Herculean effort was the largest and most complex emergent repair ever executed on a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier,” said Vice Adm. Thomas Kilcline, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Project, engineering and production personnel from PSNS & IMF and NNSY responded quickly to the repair challenge. The fire recovery effort required more than 55,000 man-days of work and cost approximately $70 million. More than 4,630 jobs were tasked to PSNS & IMF. NNSY also provided 85 tradesmen for the repair efforts.

“This is when you really see a ‘One Shipyard’ response. Everyone pitches in to help in something like this. We all work for the U.S. Navy,” said Glenn Edwards, NNSY’s carrier program manager.

NAVSEA’s four public shipyards — Puget Sound, Norfolk, Pearl Harbor and Portsmouth — play a major role in maintaining America’s Navy and providing a wartime surge capability to keep the nation’s ships ready for combat.

USS George Washington Departs for Japan

August 22, 2008
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The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) with her crew of approximately 5,500 Sailors departed San Diego Aug. 21, to begin her journey to Yokosuka, Japan to replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the United States’ only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

Commanded by Capt. John R. Haley, GW became the flagship for the Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70), Rear Adm. Richard B. Wren last week after he and his staff moved to GW from Kitty Hawk.

“The transition had been tremendously smooth and it’s clear that we’re passing an enormous milestone towards reaching USS George Washington’s ultimate forward deployment assignment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans,” said Wren. “We are particularly excited to foster a new era in our long-standing relationship with our host nation of Japan and the city of Yokosuka.”

This will be the first time GW gets underway with CTF 70, Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW 5) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. GW will be the permanent flagship for CTF 70 while GW is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

Task Force 70 is the Carrier Strike Group component of Battle Force Seventh Fleet, also led by Wren. In the past, the task force has been centered on USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), which will soon head to Bremerton, Wash. to decommission from naval service next year after 48 years on active duty.

The security environment in the Western Pacific region requires the United States to station the most capable ships forward for deterrence and the best possible response times for maritime and joint force operations. The forward deployment of GW ensures the ability of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, to fulfill the U.S. Government’s commitment to the defense of Japan, and the maintenance of international peace and security in the Far East in support of mutual cooperation and security. This posture also brings our most capable ships with the greatest amount of striking power and operational capability in the timeliest manner.

GW’s replacement of Kitty Hawk is part of the Navy’s long range effort to routinely replace older ships assigned to the Navy’s forward-deployed forces with newer or more capable platforms.

CNO Visits USS George Washington (VNV 73)

August 21, 2008

Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Gary Roughead, visited USS George Washington (CVN 73) at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Aug. 19, to address the crew and take questions as the ship prepares to get underway for Yokosuka, Japan.

Upon deployment to the 7th Fleet area of operations in the Western Pacific, George Washington will become the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, replacing USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), the Navy’s last diesel-powered aircraft carrier.

“Now you really are the ambassadors of the United States Navy and ambassadors of the United States,” said Roughead, a former George Washington Carrier Strike Group commander. “I know this ship. I know the crew. And you are going to do an absolutely superb job.”

More than 500 Kitty Hawk Sailors and 1,800 Carrier Air Wing 5 Sailors have moved aboard George Washington since Kitty Hawk returned to San Diego Aug. 8. Kitty Hawk, the Navy’s oldest active-duty warship, will decommission early next year after 47 years of service, 10 of which have been in Japan.

The CNO commended the George Washington crew on their firefighting efforts during a fire May 22, and the subsequent 55,000 man days of repairs performed by crew and the civilian workforce at North Island since the ship arrived here May 27.

“You have done an absolutely incredible job,” Roughead said to George Washington’s crew during an all-hands call in the ship’s hangar bay. “This ship was tested, but you fought valiantly and effectively.”

Before leaving, Roughead and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr. answered questions from the crew ranging from sea-shore rotations to recent world current events.

Campa fielded a number of questions including one related to a recent newspaper article about the use of shipmate in an unflattering way.

“I think that the term ‘shipmate’ is something honorable and it’s something that each one of you earns. It should be something to be very proud of,” Campa said.

The visit is the last stop in CNO and MCPON’s 10-day tour world tour, which included stops in Bahrain, Iraq, Afghanistan, Singapore and Hawaii.

Carlos Gomez (NNS)

GW Welcomes Nearly 600 New Shipmates From Kitty Hawk

August 20, 2008

USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors welcomed nearly 600 new shipmates Aug. 12 as former USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Sailors reported to their new ship.

Representatives from nearly every shipboard department manned tables in the ship’s hangar bay, streamlining what could have been a very time-consuming check-in process. GW sponsors were on hand to meet the new Sailors and guide them through the line, also helping to fill out necessary paperwork.

Between 150-200 Sailors were able to check in each day, thanks to the “assembly line,” as Senior Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Daniel Sanchez, GW’s administrative department’s leading chief petty officer, called it.

“It’s geared towards getting Sailors properly checked in as quickly as possible,” Sanchez said.

He said that Sailors were able to complete about 90 percent of the check-in process, as well as meet members of the GW chain of command and some new shipmates, in less than an hour.

“Each department, especially those that gained Sailors, played a huge role in making this successful,” Sanchez said. “However, [our] admin department plays the lead. Sailors have to come through us to ensure that all their paperwork is in line and to get them entered into the ship’s [administrative] system.”

Sanchez said that coordination was the biggest challenge.

“You have so many moving pieces that need to fit together just for one single event,” he said. “You could compare it to planning a concert — you have to book the band, print the tickets, rent a venue and set up chairs. There are a lot of different things to plan for.”

Administrative Department Sailors had a chance to prepare soon after the ship arrived in San Diego in late May. More than 70 new Sailors checked in May 31.

“It did wonders as far as planning,” Sanchez said. “It was definitely a good learning experience for us. We were able to take some information and use it toward this actual cross-deck. There were lessons learned and we got a very good idea of how to make this bigger transition run smoother.”

With a complete crew on board, GW is getting ready to head to Japan as the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

Dave Reynolds (NNS)

USS George Washington “Ahead of Schedule” for Japan Homeport

July 14, 2008
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Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Bob Willard hinted Friday that the USS George Washington would be in Yokosuka by the end of September, reports the newspaper Stars and Stripes.

At a news conference Friday, Willard said he wanted to have the aircraft carrier in Yokosuka “getting acclimated to her new homeport” a couple of weeks before the International Fleet Review in South Korea in October.

While “exact details have yet to be finalized,” the ship’s repair work is “ahead of schedule,” Willard said, adding that his goal is to have the ship “back at sea” by the end of August. It will then complete all of the necessary sea trials and certifications before the ship reaches Yokosuka to assume its role as the Forward Deployed Naval Forces carrier.