In 2010, the Navy News Service staff published nearly 6,000 stories on Navy.mil with subjects ranging from women serving aboard submarines to Navy green energy initiatives to global exercises to humanitarian relief in Pakistan and Haiti. Those stories along with photos, video and social media posts kept you updated with the latest Navy news. We’ve compiled the items that we want to make sure you caught this year (just in case something slipped by while you were distracted watching that Navy/Notre Dame game).
10. The Green Navy (Green Fleet, Green Hornet, 2010 Navy Energy Forum): The Navy celebrated Earth Day April 22 by showcasing a flight test of the “Green Hornet,” an F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole fighter jet powered by a biofuel blend. Participants in the 2010 Navy Energy Forum on Oct. 12-13 focused on achieving energy security and reviewed progress toward the energy targets. The U.S. Navy conducted a full power demonstration of a Riverine Command Boat powered by alternative fuel, Oct. 22. Other Navy energy milestones can be found on the Navy Task Force Energy Facebook page.
9. RIMPAC 2010: The biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise took place in June involving 14 nations, 32 ships, five submarines, more than 170 aircraft, and 20,000 personnel all arriving in Hawaii. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) hosted units and personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. PACFLT used Facebook and Twitter to connect participating Sailors and family members from many countries during the exercise.
8. Counter-Piracy Efforts: We witnessed on-going pirate activity in international waters this year. The U.S. Navy works to uphold maritime law in order to prevent an environment conducive to piracy as a part of the Combined Task Force 151. This year, we successfully disrupted pirate activity involving a Turkish frigate; an Antigua-Barbuda-flagged, German–owned vessel; a Maltese-flagged motor vessel; and a suspected pirate skiff. To increase safety in the region, the Combined Task Force 151 commander met with his Russian counterpart Dec. 2 to discuss counterpiracy efforts.
7. 10th Anniversary of Attack on USS Cole
6. USS George Washington Strike Group Exercises with South Korea: During a time when tensions were running high between North Korea and South Korea, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) entered the waters west of the Korean peninsula to participate in a combined military exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Nov. 28.
5. Safest Summer on Record for the Navy
4. Commissionings: The Navy introduced 7 new ships into the fleet–USS Gravely (DDG 107), USS Missouri (SSN 780), USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109), USS New Mexico (SSN 779), USS Dewey (DDG105), and USS Independence (LCS 2)!
3. The Submarine Community Policy Changes: In April, Commander, Submarine Forces announced a ban on smoking below deck effective December 31, 2010. Later that month, the Department of the Navy announced a policy change that will allow women to serve on submarines. Also, a new Information Systems Technician Submarines (ITS) service rating was created, providing active duty Sailors with guidance on how to request an ITS conversion.
2. Remarkable Rescues: Sailors from Special Boat Team 20 helped rescue nine people July 7 from an overturned tourist boat in the Delaware River. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island search and rescue personnel responded to a call for assistance from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Aug. 17 and rescued an injured teen. Later in the year, USS Ronald Reagan was diverted from training to aid the stranded Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor.
1. Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief in Haiti, Pakistan, Millington: Fifteen ships and thousands of Sailors and Marines rushed to the aid of the people of Haiti as a part of Operation Unified Response following the devastating earthquake in January. Responding to extreme flooding in Pakistan, USS Peleliu arrived off the coast of Pakistan to provide evacuation of displaced persons and deliver necessary supplies. Naval Support Activity Mid-South responded rapidly to severe flooding in Millinton, Tennessee by clearing storm damage and restoring essential services for Sailors worldwide.