SECNAV Names Future Destroyer in Honor of US Navy Medal of Honor Recipient

October 16, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 134, in honor of U.S. Navy Hospitalman John E. Kilmer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service during the Korean War. “Hospitalman Kilmer was a hero whose efforts during the Korean War continue to inspire,” Spencer said. “His dedication to his teammates represents everything good about our integrated Naval force.” A medical field technician with the Fleet Marine Force, Kilmer was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor June…

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Billings

July 31, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, in Key West, Florida. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Tester’s wife, Sharla, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Tester gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “The future USS Billings…

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Secretary of the Navy Names Newest Towing Salvage and Rescue Ship Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek

July 26, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has announced the newest Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ship (T-ATS 8) will be named Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek in honor of the history, service and contributions of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. The Saginaw Chippewa people are comprised of Saginaw, Black River, and Swan Creek bands. Ojibwe is also referred to as Chippewa and Anishinabek means “original people.” “I am deeply honored to announce that the history of the Saginaw Chippewa people will once again be part of…

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New CNO Announced

July 18, 2019 – Acting Secretary of Defense Richard V. Spencer announced today that the president has made the following nomination: Navy Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday for appointment to the grade of admiral, and assignment as chief of naval operations, Washington, District of Columbia. Gilday is currently serving as director of the Joint Staff, Washington, District of Columbia. Mike Gilday is the son of a Navy Sailor and a surface warfare officer. He is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds…

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SECNAV Names Newest Towing Salvage and Rescue Ship Cherokee Nation

June 21, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has announced the newest Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ship will be named Cherokee Nation in honor of the service and contributions the Cherokee people have made to the Navy and Marine Corps team. “It is my privilege to announce that the many Cherokee Nation citizens who’ve served throughout the years will be remembered with the highest honor a Secretary of the Navy can bestow, the naming of a ship,” said Spencer. “The future USNS Cherokee Nation will expand our…

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SECNAV Stresses Urgency to Dominate Future Conflicts during Final Day of SAS 2019

May 8, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer provided the keynote address during a luncheon on the final day of the annual Sea-Air-Space (SAS) exposition at the Gaylord National Convention Center, May 8, 2019. Spencer highlighted several topics concerning the future of the Department of the Navy (DON), including readiness, partnerships and improving processes. “The Department of the Navy’s strategy for restoring readiness, strengthening relationships and reforming our processes has been set,” he said. “And now we’re building on that foundation with a disciplined focus on people,…

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DDG 131 Named for Korean War Veteran

March 26, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 131, in honor of Korean War veteran, and Navy Cross Recipient, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class George M. Neal. Neal, a native of Springfield, Ohio, served with Helicopter Utility Squadron ONE (HU-1), a Navy Helicopter rescue unit embarked from Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney during the Korean War. “At significant risk to his personal safety, Petty Officer Neal distinguished himself by volunteering to go into harm’s way into North Korea to…

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Secretary of the Navy Names Independence Class LCS After Maine’s Capital

February 2, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced today that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Augusta (LCS 34). The future USS Augusta (LCS 34) is named in honor of the capital city of Maine, and is the sixth vessel to bear the name Augusta.  “It is an honor to name the next Independence variant LCS after the city Augusta,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “From the earliest days of the American Revolution to every conflict since, the citizens…

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Méndez Núñez Hosts US Secretary of the Navy

January 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – During the morning of last 17, at the Naval Base of Norfolk, the frigate of the Navy Méndez Nuñez received the visit of the Secretary of the US Navy, Richard V. Spencer. The Secretary of the Navy, accompanied by the Undersecretary of Procurement James. F. Geurts, was received by the Commander and crew of the frigate Méndez Núñez, as well as by the Defense and Naval Attaches of Spain in the US, the Commander of the Carrier Group 12 (Rear Admiral John Wade) and…

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LCS 32 to be USS Santa Barbara

October 9, 2018 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced today that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32). The future USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) is named in honor of Santa Barbara, Calif. and is the third ship to bear the name. “I am pleased to name the next Independence variant LCS after the city of Santa Barbara,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This city’s innovative workforce and longstanding support of our Navy and Marine Corps team,…

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Secretary of the Navy Names Future Littoral Combat Ship

October 8, 2018 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Littoral Combat Ship, USS Cleveland today. The future USS Cleveland, will be named in honor of Cleveland, Ohio and the citizens of Cleveland for their service and longstanding support of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team. This is the fourth ship to bear the name Cleveland. “The city of Cleveland has been steadfast partner to the Navy and Marine Corps team and it is fitting to name a future Littoral Combat Ship after the city…

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Secretary of the Navy Names Newest Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship

October 9, 2018 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced today that the next Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Beloit (LCS 29). The future USS Beloit (LCS 29) is named in honor of Beloit, Wis. and is the first ship to bear the name. “The city and citizens of Beloit have been a steadfast supporter of the Navy and Marine Corps,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “From building engines for freedom-variant LCSs to manufacturing components for the Ford-class aircraft carriers, the contributions…

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US Navy Expands Bureaucracy with Recreation of Second Fleet While Keeping the Replacement

August 22, 2018 – Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) revealed a new crest and motto, designed to represent the fleet’s new mission, Aug. 22, prior to the establishment ceremony on Aug. 24 in Norfolk, Virginia. The symbolism is rich and reflective of the purpose of C2F. The logo’s centerpiece is a shield divided into two points. The top of the shield, the chief, is blue and signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice, while the bottom of the shield, the base, is divided into red and white pales. The red signifies military…

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An Icy Reminder in an Arctic Thaw

USS Momsen (DDG 92) is visiting Anchorage, Alaska, this week in support of the 2018 Arctic Maritime Symposium. The three-day event focuses on providing participants opportunities to engage with Artic intergovernmental and military representatives, academia, and experts. Given the Navy has operated in the Arctic for decades, this kind of visit might not look like anything special. Couple the ship’s visit, however, to calls on Alaska by the Navy, Army and Air Force service secretaries – all this month – and it’s obvious something has our collective attention. Have no…

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Senator McCain Joins USS John S. McCain Namesake

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer inducted U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III into the official namesake of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in a ceremony on board, July 12. Commissioned in 1994, the destroyer already bears the names of Sen. McCain’s father, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., a former U.S. Pacific Command commander, and his grandfather, Admiral John S. McCain, a distinguished World War II carrier task force commander. Sen. John S. McCain, III, continued this proud legacy as a naval aviator during the…

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