Posted by: arbeam | July 9, 2014

USS Nimitz Holds Change of Command

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) — The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) held a change of command ceremony July 8.

Nimitz COC

Capt. John Ring assumed command of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), relieving Capt. Jeff “Doc” Ruth.

The guest speaker, Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, praised Ruth’s tenure as commanding officer of Nimitz. “Doc prepared his crew well for the harsh and dangerous operating conditions of an extended deployment as evidenced by the safe accomplishment of every mission and safe navigation of every mile,” said Mewbourne. “Under his guidance, the crew overcame enormous challenges.” Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | July 8, 2014

China Thinks It Can Defeat America in Battle

The bad news first. The People’s Republic of China now believes it can successfully prevent the United States from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or some other military assault by Beijing.

Now the good news. China is wrong – and for one major reason. It apparently disregards the decisive power of America’s nuclear-powered submarines.


Moreover, for economic and demographic reasons Beijing has a narrow historical window in which to use its military to alter the world’s power structure. If China doesn’t make a major military move in the next couple decades, it probably never will.

The U.S. Navy’s submarines – the unsung main defenders of the current world order – must hold the line against China for another 20 years. After that, America can declare a sort of quiet victory in the increasingly chilly Cold War with China.

How China wins

The bad news came from Lee Fuell, from the U.S. Air Force’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center, during Fuell’s testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 30.

For years, Chinese military planning assumed that any attack by the People’s Liberation Army on Taiwan or a disputed island would have to begin with a Pearl Harbor-style preemptive missile strike by China against U.S. forces in Japan and Guam. The PLA was so afraid of overwhelming American intervention that it genuinely believed it could not win unless the Americans were removed from the battlefield before the main campaign even began.

A preemptive strike was, needless to say, a highly risky proposition. If it worked, the PLA just might secure enough space and time to defeat defending troops, seize territory, and position itself for a favorable post-war settlement.

But if China failed to disable American forces with a surprise attack, Beijing could find itself fighting a full-scale war on at least two fronts: against the country it was invading plus the full might of U.S. Pacific Command, fully mobilized and probably strongly backed by the rest of the world.

That was then. But after two decades of sustained military modernization, the Chinese military has fundamentally changed its strategy in just the last year or so. According to Fuell, recent writings by PLA officers indicate “a growing confidence within the PLA that they can more-readily withstand U.S. involvement.” Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | July 8, 2014

Historic Moment for Naval War Games

Chinese fleet joins others for RIMPAC exercise Updated: 2014-06-15 08:29 (Xinhua)   Chinese fleet joins others for RIMPAC exercise The missile destroyer Haikou (R), missile frigate Yueyang and supply ship Qiandaohu(C) are seen during the supply at sea in Pacific Ocean, during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises, on June 13, 2014.

Chinese fleet joins others for RIMPAC exercise
The missile destroyer Haikou (R), missile frigate Yueyang and supply ship Qiandaohu(C) are seen during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC)

Despite China’s friction with the United States and Japan, stirred by an increasingly bold Chinese military, a trio of naval officials stood on a Pearl Harbor pier last week and pledged to cooperate with one another.

“We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable,” said the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, Adm. Harry Harris, who is himself half Japanese and the highest-ranking Asian-American ever in the U.S. Navy.

It is a singular moment in time, in terms of security in the Pacific.

While China’s military spending grows at nearly a double-digit rate – and its first of several aircraft carriers means the ability to take a fight far beyond its shores – the nation changed its tone and agreed to come to 2014 Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, the American-led war games occurring through this month.

Analysts said China probably sees the invitation as the rightful acknowledgment of its growing prestige on the global stage. The United States appears to be trying to find common ground with the rising power – though some said extending an invitation to the world’s largest international maritime exercises rewards China’s recent bad behavior in the East and South China seas.

“I’m confident that we will conduct more navy-to-navy exchanges and enhance our friendship. I think all this will be very conducive to our mutual understanding,” Senior Capt. Zhao Xiaogang of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy, said through a translator.

Zhao is commanding the four Chinese ships – a destroyer, frigate, hospital ship and supply vessel – that traveled to Hawaii for the RIMPAC exercises. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | July 8, 2014

Navigating Rough Seas: Interview with the CNO

CNO GreenertIn August 2011, a month before navy ADM. Jonathan W. Greenert became the 30th chief of naval operations (CNO), Congress and President Barack Obama made his job harder by negotiating and enacting the Budget Control Act (BCA) with its budget sequestration mechanism.

Part of that law had Congress establish a committee of lawmakers to find $1.5 trillion in entitlement cuts and tax reforms. When it failed, the law inflicted its own deficit-reduction formula: automatic cuts of $1.2 billion over a decade, half from defense, to be imposed under an across-all-accounts “sequester” mechanism, unless Congress provides relief.

Greenert, a nuclear power-trained submariner, describes the challenges the Navy faces today, even as the facts on budget shortfalls and fleet readiness raise alarms.

A native of Butler, Pa., Greenert graduated in 1975 from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and served aboard five submarines, including in command of USS Honolulu (SSN-718). Other command assignments included U.S. 7th Fleet and U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Greenert was vice CNO when nominated for service chief.

In this interview, the CNO discusses the impact of the BCA on the fleet, the Navy’s missions and shipbuilding, and the controversial plan from the Joint Chiefs to slow military compensation growth with pay-raise caps, a dampened housing allowance, higher TRICARE fees, and a reduction in funding to operate commissaries.

The interview has been edited for length and, in some cases, clarity. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | July 8, 2014

Wash., Navy sign Hood Canal conservation easement

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Navy and Washington state’s public lands commissioner have signed a conservation easement that’s designed to block future industrial development on Hood Canal.

The Kitsap Sun reports that the easement covers about 4,800 acres, from the Hood Canal bridge to just south of the Jefferson-Mason County line. The Navy is paying $720,000 for the easement, which precludes commercial projects that extend out into the water.

In a statement, Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark said Monday that the agreement “will buffer important military operating areas in Hood Canal and ensure the long-term stability of the Navy’s presence at Naval Base Kitsap.” Goldmark says the agreement “will also provide new protections for sensitive marine ecosystems and safeguard public access to Hood Canal.”

Capt. Tom Zwolfer is the commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap. He says the agreement will help protect the Navy’s operating areas for the next 55 years.



Arland LoftenArland Loften, 84, of Silverdale, longtime general manager of the Kitsap Sun, died Tuesday 1 July 2014 at Harrison Medical Center of pneumonia following a short illness.

Loften was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Rolette, N.D., to Axel and Martha (Raasch) Loften. He came with his parents to Bremerton in 1947 and worked part time at Puget Sound Navy Yard for a short time. In 1954, he married Priscilla Pascoe. They had a son, Dean, who died in 1988. He was a lifetime member of Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the U.S. Navy League, serving as president from 1987 to 1988.

He is survived by his wife and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are pending under the direction of Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Harrison Medical Center Foundation, 2520 Cherry Ave., Bremerton, 98310.

Kitsap Sun Article 




Posted by: arbeam | July 4, 2014

Aug 2: Hot Rods for Heroes

HotRodsForHeroesPatriots Landing logo 1Patriots Landing in Dupont, one of our Community Affiliates, is sponsoring a “Hot Rod for Heroes” car show on Saturday August 2 from 11:30 to 3 PM.  Live entertainment will be provided by the “Blues Power Revue”.

Patriots Landing is the Pacific Northwest’s only retirement community dedicated to serving former military personnel, It offers luxury living and exceptional care for people of all walks of life.

Our Council members toured their impressive facilities and had lunch there during the April tour of Madigan Army Medical Center in  April.


PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Cmdr. Andrew W. Eriks, a Seattle native, assumed command of Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles during a change-of-command ceremony at the air station, Wednesday.

Eriks relieved Capt. Keith P. McTigue, who will transfer to U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, to serve as the chief of Counter Narcotics and Law Enforcement Division.

Eriks’ most recent assignment was as the division chief of the Budget Formulation and External Coordination Divisions, Office of Budget and Programs, at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 2011 to 2014. He will be the 40th commanding officer of the Port Angeles Coast Guard base. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | July 3, 2014

Marine Week to Land in Seattle

marine week
The Emerald City will play host to the fifth annual Marine Week, July 26- Aug 3 2014!

Marine Week is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the unique experience to directly connect with hundreds of Marines. During the week-long event, Seattleites will have the opportunity to climb aboard state-of-the-art aircraft and ground equipment, check out the latest military technology and combat weaponry, witness hand-to-hand martial arts demonstrations and engage in clinics with Marine Corps sports teams, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the Silent Drill Platoon and Marine Corps Band. Marines will also be lending a hand to local communities through dozens of volunteer service projects, including neighborhood clean-ups, park restorations and housing rebuilds.

Schedule The week will culminate with a full-scale combat demonstration as Marines simulate an amphibious assault in the Greater Seattle Area, highlighting the Corps’ unique capabilities to fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and at sea.

Posted by: arbeam | July 3, 2014

Jul 30-Aug 3: Seattle Seafair Fleet Week

Seafair Fleet Week has been a tradition in Seattle since 1950 with multiple ships annually coming into the Port of Seattle to celebrate this region’s premier summertime festival.

Parade of Ships & Flight  Wednesday, July 30 | 1:45 p.m.

120801-N-GT710-239Gather at the Seattle Waterfront for a spectacular show at the Parade of Ships & Flight! Vessels from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines and the Royal Canadian Navy will participate in the display. Military aircraft will fly overhead for the public to watch in celebration of the men and women who serve our country.

 Ship Tours  Pier 66, 69 & 90    

  • Thursday, July 31 – Saturday August 2| 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 3| 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Seafair Airshow 

  • Blue Angels1 smGenesee Park/Lake Washington
  • Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3, 2014 1:45 PM

Don’t miss the familiar roar of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at Seafair Weekend in 2014! These Boeing F/A-18 aircrafts will race overhead at speeds approaching 700 mph. The Blues will perform aerobatic and low-flying maneuvers as Seattleites look on in awe from the shores of Lake Washington.

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