Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Maersk Alabama Crew Repels Suspected Pirate Attack

U.S.S. Bainbridge ( DDG-96 )

Captain Phillips visits the USS Bainbridge and the Maritime Museum at Nauticus in Downtown Norfolk

Maersk Alabama Crew Repels Suspected Pirate Attack
By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan SchaefferSpecial to American Forces Press Service
MANAMA, Bahrain, Nov. 18, 2009 – The U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama’s security team repelled an attack from suspected pirates this morning 560 nautical miles off the northeastern coast of Somalia, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials reported.

New pirate exhibits to open at Nauticus

NORFOLK, Va. - The lifeboat that rogue pirates commandeered from the Maersk Alabama to hold Captain Richard Phillips hostage arrived at the Nauticus National Maritime Center Wednesday. The lifeboat, on loan from the National SEALs Museum in Florida, will serve as the centerpiece of a Hampton Roads Naval Museum exhibit on "Piracy Today: Modern Terror on the High Seas," which is scheduled to open on November 21.

Captain Phillips is scheduled to visit Norfolk on November 19 to publicly thank the crew of the USS Bainbridge for rescuing him on Easter Sunday, April 12 during a dramatic confrontation at sea between NAVY SEALs and the rogue pirates. The ceremony will take place on the fantail of the guided missile destroyer at 2 p.m. During a gala ceremony at 7 p.m. on November 19 in the Nauticus Theater, Captain Phillips will receive the inaugural National Maritime Medal of Valor from the Board of Directors of the Nauticus National Maritime Center.

Foiled Pirate Attack Encourages Defense Officials

The Congress shall have Power to define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations.
The Constitution of the United States ~ Article. I, Section. 8

Saturday, November 7, 2009

USS New York Receives Official Commission

The USS New York is commissioned in New York, Nov. 7, 2009. The Navy ship was named in honor of the courage displayed by New York City's residents during and after 9/11. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Meaney

USS New York Receives Official Commission
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2009 - A new Navy ship named in honor of the courage displayed by New York City's residents during and after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks received its official commission today.

The USS New York recalls "the searing memories of Sept. 11" as well as "the bravery of the rescuers, the resolve of the survivors, the compassion of this city and the patriotism of this great country," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during the ship's commissioning ceremony at New York City harbor. Clinton was a member of the U.S. Senate representing New York state during 9/11.

Part of the bow, or front, of the new ship, Clinton said, is constructed of 7.5 tons of melted-down steel taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center's twin towers that were destroyed during the terrorist attacks.

The motto of the USS New York, Clinton said, is "Strength Forged through Sacrifice: Never Forget."

No one "will ever forget the image of twisted girders and shattered beams looming above the smoldering pile" of wreckage, Clinton said.

The USS New York is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. It was christened March 1 in a New Orleans' shipyard by Dotty England, the ship's sponsor and wife of former Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.

The USS New York and its crew, Clinton said, will join in the fight against terrorism and extremism and also perform humanitarian missions worldwide.

The new ship's first commander is Navy Cmdr. F. Curtis Jones, a native of Binghamton, N.Y. The vessel has a crew of more than 350 sailors and can transport a landing force of 800 Marines and their equipment.

Clinton was accompanied at the ceremony by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations; Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway; and other senior officials.

Mabus hailed the USS New York as "a visible testament to our resilience, to the character of this city, to the strength of this country."

The 9/11 attacks, Mabus said, failed to destroy neither America's spirit nor its resolve to defeat worldwide extremism.

"And, that's what this ship represents," he said.

Mabus saluted the men and women who comprise the New York's crew.

"The nation and our Navy are incredibly proud of you and all that you have done to prepare the New York for her operational life," Mabus said of the ship's crew. "You have begun to shape the spirit and the soul of this ship, just as surely as the builders laid the keel, placed the engines, [and] installed the weapons."

The New York and her sailors and Marines are now "ready to sail in harm's way, on any point on any of the world's oceans, to prevent conflict, when possible, and to win decisively, when necessary," Roughead said.

The U.S. flag that waves above the New York's decks, Roughead said, serves "as a symbol and a message of freedom, of commitment and of resolve."

As the New York embarks on her maiden voyage, Conway said, the warship "will carry the spirit, the determination, and the defiance that has always been America."

And, though terrorists attacked the American homeland eight years ago, they "will not change who we are or what we believe," Conway vowed.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

2009 Caribbean 1500 rally to begin Nov 2

The fleet of 60 boats is gathering in Hampton, VA for the November 2nd start of the 20th Caribbean 1500 rally.

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