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August 2011 Issue

Adm. Greenert Recommended as Successor for Chief of Naval Operations
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recommended in June that Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, vice chief of naval operations, succeed Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, who will retire this fall.

Greenert served as commander of Submarine Squadron 11, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, U.S. 7th Fleet in the Pacific and U.S. Fleet Forces Command before becoming the vice chief of naval operations in 2009.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, said he agreed with the recommendation for Greenert. “He has wonderful operational experience, fleet experience, he’s terrific with people, and he has extensive experience in the money world, which is now facing all of us.”


Navy Lays Keel for Virginia-Class Minnesota
The U.S. Navy laid the keel for precommissioning unit Minnesota (SSN 783) at Newport News Shipbuilding (Newport News, Virginia) on May 20. Minnesota is the tenth Virginia-class submarine.

The Navy plans to begin construction of two submarines of the same class when the unnamed SSN 787 starts construction in September. Additionally, the Virginia-class program will commission the California (SSN 781) in October and will christen the Mississippi (SSN 782) in December.


Submarines Could Extend Operation Intervals From 48 to 72 Months, According to Navy Study
The U.S. Navy can extend the amount of time between major maintenance availability periods, or operational intervals, for certain Los Angeles-class (SSN 688) submarines, according to an engineering study by Submarine Team One. Naval Sea Systems Command said this will increase the amount of time a submarine is able to deploy.

The team concluded that the submarines could transition from a 48- to 72-month operational interval by eliminating 24 dry-docking selected restricted availabilities (DSRAs), one pre-inactivation restricted availability and converting 13 DSRAs into less invasive and less costly continuous maintenance availabilities, Naval Sea Systems Command said.

The team’s findings are expected to give the fleet more than 60 months of additional submarine operational availability and avoid about $529 million in maintenance work between fiscal years 2012 through 2015.


Navy Installs Solar Power System At Pearl Harbor Shipyard
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility installed in June a $1.7 million photovoltaic system. The Navy anticipates the system will cut the facility’s electric bill by $89,000 per year.

Nearly 1,300 solar panels were installed on the rooftop of Building 167, generating more than 455,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The system has a life of more than 25 years and will maintain a minimum of 80 percent of its peak output through its lifespan, the Navy said.


NSWC Demonstrates New Unmanned Systems
Thirteen Office of Naval Research (ONR) mine countermeasures projects went through in-water testing in June at Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Panama City Division (NSWC PCD).

The event, held June 13 to 23, provided the Navy with a single location to demonstrate and evaluate new technology and unmanned vehicles (UVs) that the ONR has been working on over the past five years, said Sam Taylor, product line manager and branch head of automation dynamics and special programs at NSWC PCD.

Many of the demonstrated technologies are designed to be incorporated into the littoral combat ship program, Panama City officials said.

“In the future, UVs will be sent into to neutralize the mines while the ship is sitting 20 to 30 miles over the horizon,” said Robert Gibson, NSWC PCD demonstration manager for the event. “This will allow us to deploy UVs and never have to put a person in harm’s way.”


Pacific Partnership Completes 2011 Mission
Pacific Partnership 2011, an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet initiative to provide assistance to countries through various service projects, completed this year’s mission when it arrived in July at Hawaii’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7).

This year, Pacific Partnership completed mission ports in Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Micronesia. Its team engaged in engineering, dental, medical and veterinary projects, the Pacific Fleet said.


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