NEX Minimart Opens on Naval Base Guam

A ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorated the opening of the new Naval Exchange (NEX) Minimart on Naval Base Guam (NBG) Dec. 19.
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Senior Enlisted Academy Prepares for Influx of E—8s

All senior chiefs hoping to become master chiefs are now required to complete the Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) course at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, as announced by the Navy in November.
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ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 15, 2014)


The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) lights up its mast during night delayed landing qualifications with the Desert Hawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26. Mitscher is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez (Released) 141215-N-RB546-368
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PACFLT Commander Conducts All Hands Call in Singapore

Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet conducted an all hands call at Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) in Singapore, Dec. 18, during a trip to strengthen maritime partnerships in support of America’s rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
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VCNO Visits NAS Key West

Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Michelle Howard visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West and conducted an all—hands call, Dec. 15.
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 15, 2014)


Sailors assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, Detachment 1, prepare an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system for stowage on the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). Fort Worth is on a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Asia-Pacific rebalance in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos (Released) 141215-N-DC018-060
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Nominations Sought for Language Professional Awards

Navy Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Office (OPNAV N13F) announced Dec. 16 it is seeking nominations for the fiscal year 2014 Language Professional of the Year (LPOY), Linguist of the Year (LOY), and Command Language Program of the Year.
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Red Reef 15 Closes With Joint Demonstration

U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces officially concluded exercise Red Reef 15 with a joint demonstration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dec. 16.
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MAYPORT, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2014)


Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) pulls into Naval Station Mayport after completing a six-month deployment in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. The crew of Samuel B. Roberts conducted theater security operations and provided deterrence, protected peace and security, and preserved freedom of the seas. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Wiss (Released) 141215-N-BB308-077
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US, UK Navies Sign Framework for Future Cooperation

Leaders of the U.S. and British navies agreed on a shared vision for closer cooperation Dec. 11, the culmination of a yearlong effort that will build on a long-standing maritime partnership over the next 15 years.
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