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Aerographer’s Mates Celebrate 90 Years

The first class of aerographers to graduate from the Naval Aerological Class at NAS Anacostia, 1925. They were called "aerographers" until 1942 when they became aerographer's mates. (U.S. Navy photo)

By Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command July 1, 2014, is the 90th birthday of the Aerographer’s Mate or AG rating, established for the Navy’s fledgling aviation enterprise to ensure the Navy had a dependable source of weather forecasting for aviation safety. Formal instruction in aviation-related …

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Advancing Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) for the Fleet and the Nation

A rigid-hull inflatable boat assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) carries marines from the Uganda People's Defense Force during ship boarding operations training as part of a maritime domain awareness exercise that focuses on addressing piracy through information sharing and coordinated operations among international navies.

By Rear Adm. Jonathan W. White Director, Office of the DoD Executive Agent for MDA   Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) is defined as “the effective understanding of anything associated with the global Maritime Domain that could impact the security, safety, economy, or environment of the United States. The Maritime Domain …

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Timing The Opening Of A New Maritime Crossroad: The Arctic

Ship's Serviceman Seaman Recruit Jamal Powell, left, and Seaman Recruit Stephen Harmon stand forward lookout watch aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) as the ship navigates an ice field north of Iceland.

By Rear Adm. Jon White Oceanographer & Navigator of the Navy, Director Task Force Climate Change   The loss of seasonal sea ice in the Arctic will have ramifications for the U.S. Navy in terms of future missions, force structure, training and investments. To get a better handle on planning …

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New U.S. Navy Ocean Model Supports CNO’s Undersea Domain Initiative

Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Grabon launches a global drifter buoy into the Pacific Ocean from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) while underway for Pacific Partnership 2013. The buoy, belonging to the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is used to measure ocean currents up to 15 meters in depth, sea surface temperatures, and atmospheric pressure.

By William H. Burnett, Ph.D. Deputy/Technical Director, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), recently made the argument that the U.S. must be diligent in maintaining its tactical and strategic advantages under the sea (“How the U.S. Can Maintain the Undersea Advantage,” Defense One, Oct. 2013). …

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