Navy household goods peak season underway: Make move plans now 5/13/2016
by Suzanna Brugler, NAVSUP GLS, Office of Corporate Communications
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) encourages Sailors to start planning now to navigate through the peak season household goods (HHG) moving rush as tens of thousands of Navy Sailors receive orders to new assignments across the nation and worldwide.
Peak season for household goods moves runs from May 15 to August 15. During this time, almost 65 percent of all Department of Defense household goods moves for the year will be executed......read more
Sailors pitch ideas 'Shark Tank' style
At Athena DC 1.0, a challenge styled in the fashion of the "Shark Tank" TV show, five Sailors pitched their ideas for improving the Navy to a panel of experts and an audience of representatives from academia, industry, the military, and government agencies. Each Sailor had five minutes to pitch an idea, followed by questions from the judges and audience. Participants were graded on idea quality, feasibility and presentation......read more
1,000th trap for CVW9 commander
Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 completed his 1,000th career carrier-arrested landing, or trap, aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) May 11, flying a F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14.
To Capt. Rich "Snap" Brophy, of Carmel, Ca., becoming a part of the "Grand Club" is a great accomplishment. "This milestone could not be reached without the hard work of the Sailors providing an aircraft ready to fly and a catapult and arresting gear team qualified and ready to launch and recover aircraft," he said......read more
Navy expands tattoo options, command ball cap wear
This policy update is being made in response to the increased popularity of tattoos for those currently serving and in the population from which the Navy draws its recruits. It is also meant to ensure the Navy does not miss opportunities to bring in talented young men and women who are willing to serve......... 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
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 21, 2016) The future guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) transits the Atlantic Ocean to conduct acceptance trials with the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Acceptance Trials are the last significant shipbuilding milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for next month. While underway, many of the ship's key systems and technologies including navigation, propulsion readiness, auxiliary systems, habitability, fire protection and damage control capabilities will be demonstrated to ensure they meet the Navy's requirements. Future USS Zumwalt to homeport in SD 5/20/2016
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy announced the future next-generation guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following its commissioning in fall 2016. Zumwalt is scheduled to arrive in San Diego in late 2016.
Construction of Zumwalt commenced February 2009 and the ship was launched Oct. 29, 2013. Currently, the ship is conducting hull, mechanical, and electrical tests and trials with a subsequent period to follow for combat and mission system equipment installation, activation, and testing.
The ship is commanded by Capt. James A. Kirk.
DDG 1000 is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multimission surface combatants tailored for land attack and littoral dominance with capabilities to defeat current and projected threats. Zumwalt will triple naval surface fire coverage, add an improved sonar system to track deep and shallow water threats, as well as pace current anti-ship cruise missile threats. For today's warfighter, DDG 1000 fills an immediate and critical naval warfare gap, meeting validated Marine Corps fire support requirements.
The multimission DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. Its multimission design and littoral capabilities make it a 100 percent globally deployable asset to the fleet.
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 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.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of the future amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John P. Murtha (LPD 26). Navy accepts delivery of future USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) 5/16/2016
From Team Ships Public Affairs
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future John P. Murtha (LPD 26) during a ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard, May 13.
The delivery of John P. Murtha serves as the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy and is a major milestone in the ship's transition to operational status.
"This is the 10th San Antonio-class ship we've delivered, and our Sailors and Marine Corps will be receiving another highly capable platform in John P. Murtha," said Capt. Darren Plath, LPD 17 class program manager. "This ship has performed exceedingly well to date, which is a testament to our Navy and industry team and the production efficiencies realized on this class."
Following crew move aboard and certification, the ship will transit to Philadelphia for commissioning, planned for fall 2016. Upon commissioning the ship will transit to her homeport of San Diego.
The principal mission of LPD 17 class amphibious transport dock ships is to transport and deploy the necessary combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades. The ship will carry 699 troops -- with a surge capacity to 800 -- and have the capability to transport and debark air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (MV-22). These ships will support amphibious assault, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st century.
HII is currently in production on the future USS Portland (LPD 27) and was awarded a contract in December 2015 for long lead time material to support detail design and construction of the future LPD 28.
As one of the Department of Defense'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 special warfare craft.
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (May 10, 2016) Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) deliver bicycles and sports equipment to children at a local school at a community relations project during a scheduled port visit. The port visit is being conducted to enhance maritime partnerships and theater cooperation within the Asia-Pacific region. Spruance, along with the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Decatur (DDG 73), and embarked "Devil Fish" and "Warbirds" detachments of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, are deployed as part of a U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) under Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 31. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Will Gaskill. USS Spruance finishes historic port call in Tonga 5/16/2016
by MC2 Will Gaskill
NUKUALOFA, Tonga (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) completed a four-day port call in the northern port of the Kingdom of Tonga, May 10.
The ship's visit marks the first time a U.S. warship has come pierside in Tonga. In 2011, USS Cleveland (LPD 7) anchored offshore, as did USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) in 2013.
During their time in port, members of the crew attended several meetings with Tongan Defense leaders, conducted community relations projects, and held a reception on their flight deck for local dignitaries.
Spruance's Commanding Officer Cmdr. Manuel Hernandez took an opportunity to visit Tonga's Chief of Defense Staff Brig. Gen. Lord Fielakepa, and Navy Component Commander Cmdr. Heiss Fonohema, to discuss maritime security and stability, reinforcing the strong naval partnership between the U.S. and Tonga.
"We value our partnership with the Tongan government and are committed to strengthening our cooperative maritime relationships as the basis for maritime security and prosperity," said Hernandez. "Security and stability at sea serve as the foundation for economic prosperity in the region. Together with our partners, we are committed to keeping the sea lanes open for the benefit of all."
During their time in Tonga, Spruance Sailors also participated in several community relations (COMREL) projects, including assisting with a modernization project at a local hospital and delivering bicycles and various sports equipment to nearby schools, while also working with the local Peace Corps chapter.
"I have always wanted to be involved in a COMREL because I enjoy helping other people," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Dean Dibble. "This experience was rewarding because we actually got to do something that made a difference."
During the evening of May 10, Spruance's crew hosted a reception on board for distinguished visitors from Tonga, including the guest of honor Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Siaosi Sovaleni, the U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission Doug Sonnek, members of the royal family, diplomatic corps, and representatives of several foreign embassies.
Following the port visit, Spruance will conduct Oceania Maritime Security Initiative missions. OMSI missions are a Department of Defense initiative, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, to provide enforcement against illegal fishing and poaching in economic exclusive zones (EEZ). Many of the EEZs are in waters with close proximity to the Pacific partner nations of the U.S.
Along with guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Momsen (DDG 92), Spruance is part of the Pacific Surface Action Group deployment to the Western Pacific. Spruance departed San Diego, April 19.
Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, the PAC SAG is scheduled to conduct routine patrols, maritime security operations, and theater cooperation activities to enhance regional security.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.
USS Decatur, USS Momsen visit Busan, Republic of Korea 5/16/2016
From Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Momsen (DDG 92) are scheduled to arrive in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a mission planning conference, May 17.
The conference will finalize details for a bilateral exercise with the ROK Navy to be held May 19-24 in the waters around the Korean peninsula.
The exercise is a defense-oriented, naval training evolution designed to conduct maritime maneuvers, strengthen the U.S.-ROK alliance, and improve regional security.
Decatur and Momsen are part of a Pacific Surface Action Group, operating under Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31.
According to Capt. Charles Johnson, commodore of CDS 31, the purpose of the exercise is to ensure the presence of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and to demonstrate the strength of the alliance and partnership between the U.S. and ROK, while maintaining the highest level of readiness.
The port visit will also provide an opportunity for the crews to promote friendship and goodwill with the people of the Republic of Korea.
"The primary focus of our port visit will be to plan our upcoming exercise at sea," said Johnson. "However, I also want our Sailors to get a chance to foster strong relationships with our allies, not just in our planning meetings, but while exploring the local culture."
The U.S. Navy maintains a presence in the Indo Asia-Pacific region to help preserve peace and security and to further partnerships with friends and allies. Its forward presence contributes to freedom of navigation and lawful use of the sea, furthers operational training, and enables an exchange of culture, skills and tactical knowledge.
Guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) and embarked "Devil Fish" and "Warbirds" detachments of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49 are also part of the PAC SAG. Spruance is underway conducting Oceania Maritime Security Initiative operations. OMSI is a Department of Defense initiative, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, to provide enforcement against illegal fishing and poaching in economic exclusive zones.
Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, the PAC SAG is scheduled to conduct routine patrols, maritime security operations, and theater cooperation activities to enhance regional security and stability.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.
San Diego to be homeport for two new DDG class ships
SAN DIEGO - The Navy announced today 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.
Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW). The destroyer's armament has greatly expanded the role of the ship in strike warfare utilizing the MK-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS).
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National military news What's in the Thrift Savings Plan? 5/14/2016
by MC3 David A. Cox
SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- Sailors have many investment options when it comes to retirement; one of those is the Department of Defense's Thrift Savings Plan.
Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Rhoda Rothwell, USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) lead command financial specialist, has spent the last year ensuring Sailors understand the various options for investing, including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
"TSP is not like a regular savings plan where it's just sitting in an account with very little [return on investment]," said Rothwell. "You can keep track of where your money is going and how much return on investment it's accruing. It's a better way to get more for your money."
TSP is the equivalent of a civilian 401(k) retirement plan. Service members can contribute dollars from their paycheck before taxes are taken out. The service member then decides where to allocate the money based on six different mutual fund options.
The safest fund in the TSP is the G fund, which invests in government bonds. The S, I and C funds are riskier, because they invest in shares of stocks of publicly traded companies. Higher risk means that the funds have the potential for higher investment returns. The F fund is a mix of bonds and stocks, and the L fund invests in all of the funds previously mentioned. Which fund the service member decides to invest in depends on their own personal retirement goals.
"If you put it all into the G fund you won't be getting the most bang for your buck, but if allocated well to all the funds, you could be making a decent return on investment in a few years," said Rothwell. "Six percent each paycheck could very well turn into a million dollars by the age of retirement."
Rothwell said that the L fund is probably the best fund for a young Sailor just joining.
Investing in the TSP also has several other advantages including: being able to borrow against the amount available in your account for personal loans or home loans and being able to roll the amount over into a private 401(k) or individual retirement account (IRA).
If a service member decides to withdraw all of their TSP before the age of 59 1/2, the amount will be subject to a 20 percent federal income tax in addition to a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty. When an individual separates from the military they are allowed to keep their investment in TSP however they must withdraw the full amount or roll it into a different account by age 70 1/2.
Rothwell said Sailors should put money in the TSP, because it is an account you do not see every day, like your savings account.
"Your first thought when you look for money for an emergency isn't to take your money out of your TSP, it's to take it out your savings," said Rothwell. "A good quote by Warren Buffet is 'Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after savings,' which is easy when you have a TSP, if you budget and finance correctly you won't have a problem," said Rothwell.
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 email@example.com to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.