US Navy Aircraft Carrier Nimitz on Patrol

Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz

USS Nimitz on patrol in the Pacific. Named for our greatest admiral, Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief US Navy Pacific fleet in World War Two. Fleet Admiral Nimitz led US naval forces to victory over Japan. Nimitz class carriers are the largest warships in the world.

 

The surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945: Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, representing the United States, signs the instrument of surrender.

 

An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean.

 An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz pins Navy Cross on Doris Miller, at a ceremony on board the USS Enterprise (CV-6) at Pearl Harbor, May 27, 1942. Miller was the first African-American to be awarded the US Navy Cross, the second highest decoration of the US Navy.  

The citation for the medal says Miller was recognized for his “distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. 

Midshipmen Climb Lard Covered Herndon Monument

From the Navy Times comes this story of  annual ritual of the Herndon Monument climb for the plebe class of midshipmen at the US Naval Academy.

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Plebes support their classmates as they struggle to climb the Herndon Monument at the Naval Academy. They are officially no longer plebes once they replace the Dixie cup at the top of the monument with a combination cover. (Photo: Nathan A. Wilkes/Navy)

 

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Each year, the roughly 1,000 members of the academy’s plebe (freshman) class form a human pyramid to scale the grease-covered 21-foot tall obelisk. (Photo: Nathan A. Wilkes/Navy)

 

From the Navy Times:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter issued a challenge to the 2018 plebe class Monday afternoon: Try to beat the 1 hour, 20 minutes it took his class of ’81 to scale the Herndon Monument and replace the plebe Dixie cup with a midshipman’s cover, signifying the end of the grueling plebe year.

The fourth classmen came close at 1 hour, 38 minutes and 36 seconds, when 19-year-old Javarri Beachum stretched his 5-foot-7-inch frame to nudge the cover over the top of the obelisk as the few thousand spectators roared their approval.

Beachum, a native of Port St. Joe, Florida, told reporters he knew he’d be the one to get to the top.”

The full story is here: http://www.navytimes.com

 

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Midshipmen charge the monument.

 

 

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Navy Midshipman 4th Class Javarri Beachum places a midshipman cover atop the Herndon Monument during the Herndon Climb at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., May 18, 2015. Each year, the roughly 1,000 members of the academy’s plebe class form a human pyramid around the 21-foot monument to remove a plebe hat, or dixie cup, that upperclassmen have placed on the top of the obelisk structure, which is covered in lard.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Wilkes.

 

From the official website of the US Naval Academy

“U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen from the Class of 2018 conquered the final hurdle of their freshman year during the annual Herndon Monument climb May 18.

“This is a great and iconic moment for each and every one of us at the Academy,” said Vice Adm. Ted Carter, Naval Academy superintendent. “It is an act of teamwork, strength, and perseverance that represents the transformation of being followers as plebes to future leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps.”

This year, Midshipman 4th Class Javarri Beachum, from Port St. Joe, Fla., reached the top and replaced the cover in 1:38:36, the fastest time since 2013. According to legend, the plebe who replaces the plebe cover with the midshipmen’s cover will become the first member of the class to become an admiral. So far, the legend has not come true.

“It’s an awesome experience working together with these guys and girls,” said Beachum. “It took our whole class, just pushing together, to get the job done. It isn’t a one-man thing. Everyone contributes.”

The Herndon Climb is considered the capstone of the freshman year at the Naval Academy. Once the freshman class completes this obstacle, they are “plebes no more,” a phrase the midshipmen don’t take lightly.

“It’s so exciting to finally be able to say ‘plebes no more,’” said Midshipman 4th Class Meghan Brophy. “Climbing Herndon was an amazing experience, and we are all feeling so good and looking forward to liberty.”

“I plan to stay active in the company and stay active for the new plebes that will be here soon,” said Midshipman 4th Class Stephen Steckler. “It’s so important for us to keep the motivation up from Herndon and be a positive force as we become upperclassmen.”

The Herndon monument is dedicated to Cmdr. William Lewis Herndon, who died in an attempt to save the crew of his steamer ship Central America during a storm off Cape Hatteras, N.C., in 1857.”

http://www.usna.edu/NewsCenter/2015/05/usna-midshipmen-triumph-over-herndon-climb.php

Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!

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statue of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut in the middle of Farragut Square in Washington DC.

(photo courtesy of US National Park Service)

This statue of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut forms the centerpiece of Farragut Square in Washington, DC. Farragut was a renown naval commander, with many of his accomplishments occurring during the Civil War. Although he was from Tennessee, he stayed loyal to the Union.

He was the first Admiral in the US Navy.

Among his famous accomplishments was running the Confederate defenses of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864. As Farragut led his fleet into the Bay, a lookout on the bow saw clusters of primitive sea mines, then known as ‘torpedoes,’ floating just beneath the surface of the water.
“Torpedoes ahead!” the lookout shouted.
Upon hearing this warning, Admiral Farragut, leading his fleet of Union ships aboard his flagship, USS Hartford, bellowed out his famous order, “Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!”
The statue is cast in bronze which came from one of the bronze propellers of his flagship. The sculptor was Vinnie Ream, the first woman ever to receive a commission from the Federal Government to sculpt a statue.

 

Source: Testament to Union: Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC by Kathryn Allamong Jacob. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Commander-in-Chief Franklin Roosevelt in Alaska

 

 

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Franklin D. Roosevelt in the Quonset hut mess hall in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.

August 3, 1944
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 48-22:3868(497).

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Franklin D. Roosevelt fishing at Kodiak Island, Alaska.
August 7, 1944
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 48-22:3868(498).

US Navy Aircraft Carriers at Sea in March and April of 2014

George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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ARABIAN SEA (April 13, 2014) The French Marine Nationale anti-air frigate FS Jean Bart (D615), the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 55) conduct a photo exercise.

(USN photo by Lt. Juan David Guerra)

Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of r

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SUEZ CANAL (March 18, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Suez Canal. George H.W. Bush is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abe McNatt)

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SAN DIEGO (April 10, 2014) Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits to homeport at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. Carl Vinson is retuning from an underway conducting unit-level training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by MC Spec 3rd Class S. Gonzalez)

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 8, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Strait of Gibraltar. (US Navy photo by MC Specialist 3rd Class L. Hoover)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (March 18, 2014) An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). (USN photo by MC Spec 3rd Class Jacob Estes)

American Destroyers USS Pinckney & USS Kidd Aiding in Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

 

US Navy Warships and Aircraft Part of International Effort to Locate Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet 

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USS Pinckney (DDG-91) is assigned to the US Navy’s 7th Fleet. She is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. She is named for Cook First Class William Pinckney (1915–1975), who received the Navy Cross for his courageous rescue of a fellow crewmember on board Enterprise (CV-6) during the Battle of Santa Cruz. (US Navy photo and caption courtesy of Wikipedia )

 

Admiral Commanding the U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F), is embarked aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. The flagship commands and controls the fleet. The 7th Fleet’s Area of Responsibility encompasses more than 48 million square miles (more than 124 million square kilometers)– from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south, and from the International Date Line to the 68th meridian east, which runs down from the India-Pakistan border.

Information above from website of US 7th Fleet which includes periodic updates from HQ 7th Fleet on the search for the missing airliner can be found here:   http://www.navy.mil/local/c7f/ 

 

 

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USS Kidd (DDG 100) is also an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer assigned to the US 7th Fleet. She is the third Navy ship named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who was on board Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was the first American flag officer to die in World War II. (Official US Navy photo with information in caption courtesy of wikipedia)

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OKINAWA, Japan (March 9, 2014) A P-3C Orion patrol craft departs from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan to aid in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The P-3C brings long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the efforts. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

posted by Charles McCain, author of An Honorable German

Pic of the Day – Transition in Formation

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 4, 2011) US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships transit in formation while Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3 Orion aircraft fly overhead during Annual Exercise 2011. Annual Exercise is a bi-lateral field training exercise designed to practice and evaluate the coordination procedures and interoperability elements required to respond to the defense of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alysia Hernandez/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]