Vicksburg sailors practice firearms safety

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Scott Navy News USS VICKSBURG — U.S. Navy Sailors, assigned to the 'Grandmasters' of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, and the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) conducted training in firearms safety and familiarization, Sept. 21. Vicksburg and HSL-46 Sailors trained with Sig Sauer M11 semi-automatic pistols for the purposes of familiarization and safety. "It keeps S ... More

MSRON 11 'adopts' Porter sailors following collision

By Lt. Mahdi A. Cocci Navy News ARABIAN GULF — Reserve Sailors from Seal Beach, Calif. based Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 11 have been working to assist the crew of guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) since the ship's collision with a Japanese vessel near the Strait of Hormuz, Aug. 12. Immediately following the collision, the ship was required to pull into port for emergency repairs. Capt. Darren Hanson, MSRON 11 commanding officer, quickly got his crew ready to support Po ... More

Medical Officer awarded Latina Distinguished Service Award

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kayla Jo Finley Navy News  NORFOLK, Va. — The deputy surgeon medical officer from Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) received the 2012 Latina Style Distinguished Service Award, Sept. 6 at the Latina Style Magazine 9th Annual National Symposium in Washington, D.C. The award is for personnel, who, through their service have enhanced the role of Latinas in their organization. One active duty service member from each branch and Department of Defe ... More

Navy successfully tests NIFC-CA with Army Airborne Sensor

Navy News WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — The Navy and Army successfully executed a joint live-fire test to demonstrate Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) capability at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Sept. 21. NIFC-CA provides the Navy with extended over-land and over-water engagement ranges, and extends the over the radar horizon of the firing surface ship. "NIFC-CA's ability to extend battlespace by providing engagement opportunities beyond the horizon is integral to the Na ... More

Navy Engineers develop smart water systems for improved irrigation

By Darrell E. Walle Navy News  PORT HUENEME, Calif. — Engineers at the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) are demonstrating a new water irrigation system, with the first installation at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Sept. 27. The system is intended for use at Dept. of Defense (DoD) installations worldwide. The "Smart Water" conservation system project will demonstrate and validate the new technology, making more efficient use of potable water supp ... More

Thermal Management Control System to test aboard USS Kidd

Navy News PHILADELPHIA — Engineers at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division - Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES) are installing a demonstrational Thermal Management Control System (TMCS) aboard USS Kidd (DDG 100) to regulate ship temperatures in a more efficient manner. Traditionally, temperatures in various compartments of a ship are controlled manually, similar to the concept of using window units or space heaters in an older home. Radar rooms, weapons systems, crew quarters and dat ... More

Laser weapons hone in on military utility EDINBURGH, United Kingdom — The Joint High-Power Solid-State Laser (JHPSSL) system developed by Northrop Grumman is to be tested by the US Army within the next two weeks, in a further sign that high-energy lasers are maturing as a future weapons technology. And that future may arrive sooner than may realize. Mark Neice, director of the Albuquerque-based High-Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO), told delegates at SPIE Europe's Defence + Security symposium in Edinburgh, UK, that s ... More

USNH Yokosuk's bio-med sailors cure sick equipment

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Josh Curtis Navy News YOKOSUKA, Japan — Roaming through the hallways of U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka one would see what you might expect in a modern medical facility: exam rooms, patients waiting to be seen and doctors in bright, white lab coats decked out with typical diagnostic tools. These might include a stethoscope, tongue depressor and a pen. All of these items are ready to use out of the box. No assembly required. No calibration needed. But what ab ... More

Marines charged in desecration incident face trial

By Armed Forces Press Service , Headquarters Marine Corps Marines News MARINE COPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.  — Charges against two Marines were referred to trial by courts-martial Sept. 21 for their alleged involvement in urinating on deceased Taliban fighters and for posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties in Afghanistan. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development command, referred the charges. The incident allegedly took place during a ... More