Friday, April 24, 2015

Naval Aviation Symposium 2015

Naval Aviation Symposium 2015

May 6 - 8
Make plans to attend the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation’s annual Symposium featuring panels discussing “Air War, Vietnam”, “HA(L)-3 Seawolves; Navy Assault Helicopters in Vietnam” and “Naval Aviation Today and Tomorrow” flag officer panel. Other events include a golf tournament on May 6, an awards luncheon with NASA Astronaut Colonel Ken Cameron and a banquet with guest speaker former Secretary of the Navy and Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Hon. Gordon England on May 7. All Symposium panels and events are open to the public, panels are free admission, luncheon and banquet require ticket purchase.

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‘Journey to Space’ and ‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ Now Showing on the IMAX Giant Screen

“Journey to Space,” presented by K2 Communications and Giant Screen Films, explores the next steps for human space exploration. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart, the film will take audiences on a behind-the-scenes tour of the international effort to send astronauts to Mars within the next 20 years.
Actor and pilot Harrison Ford narrates the National Geographic Studios feature, “Living in the Age of Airplanes.” The film takes audiences around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning all seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever.

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Blue Angels practices

The Blues will conduct practice sessions starting at 11:30 a.m. most Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the 2015 season. The public is invited to view the practices for the Museum Flight Line. Following most Wed. practices, members of the Blue Angels visit the Museum to meet fans and sign autographs.
April practice dates: April 28, 29
May practice dates: May 5, 6, 12, 13, 27

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Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Guitar and Watch Auction.

Own a tribute to the legends of Space - Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Astronauts autographed Fender Strater Caster Guitar. This guitar is one of two designed and built by Fender in honor of America’s Pioneers of Space. This unique guitar is signed by Gene Cernan; Fred Haise, James Lovell, John Glenn, Alan Bean, Walt Cunningham, Joe Engle, Michael Collins, Richard Gordon , Charlie Duke, David Scott, and Thomas Stafford. There is a $5000 reserve on this item.

Limited Edition No. 120 of 1972 - Beautiful OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo XVII 40th Anniversary Watch. There is a $5000 reserve on this item.

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Summer Camp and Education Programs

At the Naval Aviation Museum and National Flight Academy
Register your child or grandchild for an aviation inspired adventure, we have programs for all ages offered all year long.

Flight Adventure Deck summer camp - 5 day sessions for 5th and 6th graders

National Flight Academy Deployments - 6 day sessions for 7th-12th graders

Adventure Saturday at the National Flight Academy-1 day (4 hours) sessions for Kindergarten-6th graders

Thursday, April 23, 2015



Classified (SECRET) Submarine Technology Symposium with speakers that include ADM Jonathan Greenert, The Honorable Sean Stackley,
VADM Mike Connor, RADM Phil Sawyer, RADM Joe Tofalo,
Mr. Jack Evans (OHIO Replacement Program),
Mr. Ron O'Rourke (Congressional Research Service),
 Dr. James Bellingham (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)


MAY 12-14, 2015


For Registration and Symposium Information:

For more information or assistance please contact the 
Naval Submarine League at 703-256-0891


Tim W. Oliver
Captain, U.S. Navy, Retired
Executive Director
703-256-0891 |  Fax: 703-642-5815
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X-47B First to Complete Autonomous Aerial Refueling

US Navy's unmanned X-47B receives fuel from an Omega K-707 tanker April 22 while operating in the Atlantic Test Ranges over the Chesapeake Bay. This test marked the first time an unmanned aircraft refueled in flight. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

NAS Patuxent River April 22, 2015 - The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program.
While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft and received over 4,000 pounds of fuel using the Navy's probe-and-drogue method.
"What we accomplished today demonstrates a significant, groundbreaking step forward for the Navy," said Capt. Beau Duarte, the Navy's Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager. "The ability to autonomously transfer and receive fuel in flight will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, ultimately extending carrier power projection."
During the test, the X-47B exchanged refueling messages with a government-designed Refueling Interface System (RIS) aboard the tanker. The aircraft autonomously maneuvered its fixed refueling probe into the tanker's drogue, also known as the basket, the same way a Navy pilot would refuel a manned aircraft.
"In manned platforms, aerial refueling is a challenging maneuver because of the precision required by the pilot to engage the basket," Duarte said. "Adding an autonomous functionality creates another layer of complexity."
This testing helps solidify the concept that future unmanned aircraft can perform standard missions like aerial refueling and operate seamlessly with manned aircraft as part of the Carrier Air Wing, he said.
"This segment of the X-47B demonstration program allowed us to further mature AAR technologies and evaluate the government tanker RIS," said Barbara Weathers, X-47B deputy program manager. "We used similar command-control and navigation processes previously demonstrated during the X-47B landings aboard the aircraft carrier."
Over the last few years, the Navy accomplished several significant firsts with the X-47B that showcased the Navy's commitment to unmanned carrier aviation. With the completion of this program, the service continues to develop its future unmanned carrier-based platform, known as UCLASS.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bollinger Delivers 13th Fast Response Cutter Richard Dixon

USCGC RICHARD DIXON during builders trials in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Bollinger photo.

Lockport LA April 14, 2015 - Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the RICHARD DIXON, the 13th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.
The announcement was made by Bollinger’s President & C.E.O., Ben Bordelon. "We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by Bollinger, the RICHARD DIXON, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Puerto Rico. We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of Richard Dixon at the vessel’s commissioning.”
The 154 foot patrol craft RICHARD DIXON is the 13th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational "game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials.
The Coast Guard took delivery on April 14, 2015 in Key West, Florida, and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Tampa, FL during June, 2015.
Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Richard Dixon. Dixon, a First Class Boatswains Mate stationed at Tillamook Bay, was awarded two Coast Guard Medals for his heroic actions on the July Fourth weekend in 1980. A series of dangerous storms swept across the Pacific Northwest and two boating incidents could have ended in disaster. Dixon and his crew courageously performed two separate rescues that weekend in the treacherous storm conditions.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NAVSEA Dedicates Building to Historic Shipbuilder

Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, which was designed by Joshua Humphreys, the man whose name the Naval Sea Systems Command gave to its headquarters building on the historic Washington Navy Yard.

Washington April 21, 2015 - Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) headquarters officially opened its recently redesigned, renovated and renamed building with a ceremony April 20 at the Washington Navy Yard. 
With a nod to NAVSEA's mission, Building 197 will be known as the Humphreys Building, named in honor of Joshua Humphreys, the original designer of the U.S. Navy's first six frigates. 
"As America's first warship designer, he laid the foundation upon which the Navy and NAVSEA is built ... As the designer, builder maintainer, and armorer of today's Navy, NAVSEA carries on Joshua Humphreys' work, and in fact our history and future are forever intertwined," said NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. William H. Hilarides. 
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, along with NAVSEA leadership and direct descendants of Joshua Humphreys, attended the ceremony Monday.
During the 17-month-long renovation, NAVSEA took the opportunity to bridge the gap between naval history and current innovations in shipbuilding with help from the Naval History and Heritage Command and the National Museum of the United States Navy. 
A series of history display panels featuring a timeline of naval shipbuilding highlight the important role of innovation in shipbuilding throughout the Navy's history since Joshua Humphreys' era. It is located near a section that honors the 12 people who died when a lone gunman attacked the building Sept. 16, 2013.
"Our staff provided images, historical information, helped develop the shipbuilding timeline as well as recommended an appropriate design for the exhibits and other aspects," said Jim Bruns, director of the National Museum of the United States Navy.
Bruns added that on a regular basis, NHHC researches, analyzes and interprets the Navy's history, customs, and traditions.
Humphreys was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 1751. He started early on as a ship's carpenter apprentice in Philadelphia. His reputation grew in the colonies as a naval architect. In 1776, he was commissioned to build ships in Philadelphia and prepare them for the Revolutionary War. Years later in 1794, he was charged with building the Navy's first six frigates. 
Humphreys used his innovative designs and applied new technology to improve ships' speed and efficiency. His most famous frigate is USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat. Joshua Humphreys died on Jan. 12, 1838.
The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy's unique and enduring contributions throughout our nation's history, and supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, nine museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

America Successfully Completes Final Contractor Trials

US Navy

San Diego April 8, 2015 - The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), completed final contractor trials (FCT) April 3.
FCT, ran by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), is part of a series of post-delivery tests the ship has been preparing for since before commissioning. During the trials, the ship and its major systems are exercised, tested and corrected as required.
Ensign Nicholas Haan, America's assistant FCT coordinator, likened the experience to owning a new car with a warranty about to expire.
"That is exactly what we are doing right now. The warranty on our ship, straight from the factory, is going to expire soon, so we want to catch all the discrepancies we can find, make sure they are all noted and get them fixed," said Haan. "It ensures the ship builders are held responsible for the things they need to be held responsible for."
The four-day trials began March 30 with pre-underway and material condition checks, followed by at-sea demonstrations of a variety of systems including main propulsion, engineering and ship control systems, combat systems, damage control, food service and crew support.
"As damage control petty officers, we have been maintaining and demonstrating the ship's damage control systems," said Seaman Joshua Mercer, temporarily assigned to the ship's repair division. "For example, we maintain fire-plugs, so the inspectors will watch us perform our maintenance to ensure we are doing it correctly and that our equipment and systems are up to par. First, they visually check the equipment (hose, vari-nozzle, wye gate, etc.) as well as the internal integrity of all parts to make sure everything is working properly and nothing will break down. Everything needs to work, because if there was a fire, faulty equipment could mean somebody's life."
Nuclear aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) had representatives on board to see firsthand what the America crew was doing in preparation of their own visit from INSURV.
"We brought a team of four other guys to watch different functional areas, so that we could put a face to the name of the INSURV personnel and to learn how you guys did things that apply to aircraft carriers," said Senior Chief Engineman Robert Zantow, assistant INSURV coordinator for Stennis. "I think America did phenomenal. I hope Stennis performs as well as the America crew did, and I know we will as you guys have."
Haan said he was not surprised at how well America's crew worked together and was excited to help other ships through the process.
"We knew the ship was going to do well; we knew that to begin with," Haan said. "We have a great ship, and Capt. Hall said it best when he said, 'We already know where we are, we just need to show these guys [INSURV] where we are,' and that's what we did."
"We showed them we are always going to put our best foot forward no matter what the situation is," Haan added. "America has set the bar high, and from here on we will maintain that bar and help others to achieve it too."
After successfully completing FCTs, the ship will head into a maintenance period known as post shakedown availability (PSA) beginning late Spring. During this time the discrepancies that were noted will be resolved.
America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa class of amphibious assault ships, and is optimized for Marine Corps aviation.

FLIR Systems Receives Production Order Totaling $51.1 Million to Support DR SKO Program

Wilsonville OR April 9, 2015 - FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that it has received the second full-rate production order under a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to support the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Dismounted Reconnaissance Sets, Kits, and Outfits (DR SKO) program. The contract is for FLIR's integrated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat response system and related spares and services. The follow-on order is for systems totaling $51.1 million.
The DR SKO program, in development since 2008, is a joint-service, Department of Defense initiative centered on CBRNE threat detection systems that will be utilized by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Civil Support Teams. The FLIR DR SKO system provides an integrated set of CBRNE detection, identification, sample collection, testing, and personal safety kits that allow personnel to perform site assessment and consequence management missions.
"Our continued success under the DR SKO program is the result of FLIR's commitment to product execution and customer support," said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. "We are pleased to support the U.S. Government with these integrated systems that are designed to protect people against serious threats."
Production under the contract is expected to be performed out of FLIR's facility in Elkridge, MD, and fulfillment of the delivery order is expected to occur from September 2015 through April 2016.