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Vinson Carrier Strike Group deploys

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 5, 2017) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) man the rails as the ship departs its homeport of San Diego. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is departing on a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific where it will conduct bilateral exercises in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Sean M. Castellano.

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group begins western Pacific deployment
1/5/2017
From USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Ships and units from the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment to the western Pacific, Jan. 5.
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and embarked Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 1 deployed with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). Read more


DoD announces new outreach efforts to veterans regarding discharges and military records
12/30/2016
From Department of Defense
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense Dec. 30 announced a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed.
Through enhanced public outreach, engagement with Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), Military Service Organizations (MSOs) and other outside groups, as well as direct outreach to individual veterans, the department encourages all veterans who believe they have experienced an error or injustice to request relief from their service's Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) or Discharge Review Board (DRB). read more

Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more

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Navy's enlisted rating modernization plan
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Following the completion of its review earlier this year, the Navy announced Sept. 29, it will modernize all rating titles for Sailors with the establishment of a new classification system that will move towards occupational specialty codes similar to how the other services categorize skill sets. more...

Choice of TRICARE retail pharmacies changes Dec. 1, 2016

On Dec. 1, 2016, Express Scripts will add Walgreens to the TRICARE® retail pharmacy network. CVS and CVS pharmacies in Target stores will no longer be in the network. more...

Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app now available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more

SECNAV announces new administrative separation policy
To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more

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BATH, Maine (Oct. 17, 2016) The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sets sail for the first time to conduct initial at-sea builder's trials off the coast of Maine. U.S. Navy Photo.BATH, Maine (Oct. 17, 2016) The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sets sail for the first time to conduct initial at-sea builder's trials off the coast of Maine. U.S. Navy Photo.

Future USS Rafael Peralta completes acceptance trials
12/28/2016
From Team Ships Public Affairs

BATH, Maine (NNS) -- The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed acceptance trials Dec. 16 after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine.
The U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations while underway. INSURV evaluates the ship's construction and compliance with Navy specifications and is the governing body that recommends the ship be delivered to the Navy.
The trials were conducted both pier-side and underway. Many of the ship's onboard systems tested to validate performance, including navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, communications, and propulsion applications, met or exceeded Navy specifications.
"DDG 115 performed exceedingly well during acceptance trials and throughout the test and trials period," said Capt. Casey Moton, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "This ship is another example of the excellent work performed by our Navy, waterfront, and industry teams. As we continue with serial production of the Arleigh Burke class, I look forward to delivering more of these world-class ships to the fleet."
Rafael Peralta is equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System which includes an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability incorporating Ballistic Missile Defense 5.0 Capability Upgrade and Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air capability. The ship's IAMD radar will provide increased computing power and radar upgrades that improve detection and reaction capabilities against modern air warfare threats. The Aegis Combat System will enable the ship to link radars with other ships and aircraft to provide a composite picture of the battlespace and effectively increase the theater space.
Following delivery, DDG 115 will be the 65th Arleigh Burke class destroyer and the first of the DDG 51 FLT IIA restart ships to be built at Bath Iron Works. The shipyard is currently in production on future destroyers Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) and Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) and under contract for three additional ships awarded as part of the five-ship multi-year procurement for FY13-17.
As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and boats and craft.

Registration open for the 2017 Naval Future Force S&T Expo
By Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Interested in seeing the future of Navy and Marine Corps technology? Want to discuss research opportunities with some of the brightest minds in the military, federal government, industry and academia? Registration is now open for those wishing to attend the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) biennial 2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) Expo.
Scheduled for July 20-21, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., the Expo is the premier S&T event for the Navy and Marine Corps and is held every two years.
The upcoming Expo will feature remarks by the new Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. David J. Hahn. Attendees will have access to senior Navy and Marine Corps leadership and program officers to learn how to do business with ONR. The Expo also provides a forum for high-level speakers from across the Department of Defense and federal government to convey crucial information, opportunities and important announcements.
As in previous years, there will be one-on-one appointments with program officers, breakout and poster sessions, tech talks, live demos, exhibits and seminars designed to help participants learn about the Naval Research Enterprise and how to support it.
The Expo is co-sponsored by the American Society of Naval Engineers-the leading society for engineers, scientists and other professionals who design, develop, test and maintain naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft, and their associated systems and subsystems.
For further information and to register for the Expo, please visit: http://www.navalengineers.org/Symposia/2017-Naval-Future-Force-Science-and-Technology-Expo.
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What: The Naval Future Force S&T Expo is the Navy's premier event to share information, discuss research opportunities, and build science and technology partnerships between the Navy and Marine Corps, industry and academia. Held every two years, the event draws thousands of attendees from around the world.
When: July 20-21, 2017
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
To register: Visit http://www.navalengineers.org/Symposia/2017-Naval-Future-Force-Science-and-Technology-Expo.

San Diego to be homeport for two new DDG class ships
SAN DIEGO - The Navy announced the future guided-missile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113) and USS RAFAEL PERALTA - DDG 115 are scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following their respective commissionings.
Rafael Peralta is expected to arrive in San Diego in fall of 2016 and John Finn will follow in early 2017.
Rafael Peralta is being built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine and John Finn is being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Both ships are Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
The U.S. Navy continually monitors force readiness and ability to provide the most robust, capable maritime force possible. Stationing destroyers in a West Coast port supports the rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, placing our most advanced capabilities and greater capacity in that vital theater. By 2020, approximately 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft will be based in the region.
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Five things to know about extending your enlistment
1/6/2017
by Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Today, the Navy released NAVADMIN 004/17 that now allows first-term Sailors on sea duty the ability to elect to extend their expiration of active obligated service (EAOS) to complete their sea duty assignment, known as prescribed sea tour (PST).
Here are five things you need to know:
1. Why this is important to the Navy. First-term Sailors make up approximately 60 percent of the Fleet and about half that percentage separate at the end of their first enlistment. This initiative allows first-term Sailors to match their projected rotation date (PRD) with their EAOS and helps alleviate unnecessary gaps at sea. This is designed to help reduce gaps at sea and support Fleet Manning that will be created as the large FY13 enlisted cohort begins to leave sea duty.
2. How this benefits Sailors. First-term Sailors, who elect to extend their enlistments to complete their PST will benefit from additional opportunities to advance and additional opportunities to apply for reenlistment quotas.
3. Eligible Sailors who can apply:
o Are first-term, rating-designated Sailors (PACT Sailors are not eligible).
o Must have an EAOS before Jan. 31, 2020, and prior the completion of their PST.
o Are on Type 2, 3 or 4 Sea Duty as defined in MILPERSMAN 1306-102.
o Passed their most recent Physical Fitness Assessment.
o Have no performance mark below 3.0, or an advancement recommendation of "progressing" or "significant problems" in the most recent competitive evaluation.
o Must be recommended by their Commanding Officer.
o HYT waiver will be favorably endorsed to allow Sailors to complete their prescribed Sea tour.
o Eligible Sailors do not need an approved C-WAY quota to take advantage of this opportunity.
4. How do Sailors apply? Those eligible Sailors need to submit a NAVPERS 1306/7 form endorsed by their commanding officer to Navy Personnel Command. Non-nuclear Sailors send their forms to PERS81@navy.mil and nuclear Sailors send theirs to bullnuke@navy.mil both before Feb. 28, 2017, to take advantage of this opportunity.
5. What's happens next: Sailors' requests will be approved by either Enlisted Community Management (BUPERS-32) or the Nuclear Program Manager (OPNAV N133). After approval, a members' servicing personnel office will prepare a Sailors' enlistment extension.
For more information on this opportunity, please read NAVADMIN 004/17.

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United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at utr@usosandiego.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.

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