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December 4, 2013 • DAILY

inside: Getting frocked and Flying high


TR Frocks 249

Story by MC3 John M. Drew Photo by MC2 (SW/AW/IDW) Eric Lockwood

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wo hundred forty-nine Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) participated in a frocking ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay Dec. 3. Frocked Sailors receive the right to wear the uniform and assume the responsibilities of their next pay grade while continuing to develop themselves into strong leaders. “I studied for the exam after looking at what material was available to me,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Elizabeth Perie. “I took on extra responsibilities that I knew would lead to better evaluations so I would get points toward the test. I worked towards a college degree as well for education points.” For Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Laura Auer, the opportunity to take on a greater leadership role within her department was a driving force in her promotion. “I will hopefully become a work center supervisor soon and move forward as a leader as a 2nd class,” said Auer. The Navy has used the term frocking throughout its history, but frocking wasn’t officially referred to as part of an advancement policy until published in the Bureau of Naval Personnel Manual in 1974. TR promoted 150 Sailors to third class petty officer, 93 to second class petty officer, and 30 to first class petty officer. Those Sailors who did not advance this cycle, or weren’t eligible to take the advancement exam, will have a chance to take it in March of 2014. Sailors looking to add a chevron on their collar can find study material at https://www.nko.navy.mil.

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) gather for a promotion of 249 Sailors during an all-hands frocking ceremony held in the hangar bay. Theodore Roosevelt is conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean.

Meet the E-2D Hawkeye

Story by MC2 Katie Lash Photo by MCSN Kris Lindstrom

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he aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) launched and recovered E-2D Hawkeyes, from the Tiger Tails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, for the first time today. With notable improvements and new features, the E-2D is a major advancement from the E-2C Hawkeye. “The E-2D brings a significant number of improvements to the older E-2C,” said Cmdr. Paul Lanzilotta, commanding officer of VAW-125. “The biggest thing is the sensor and radar systems. They are much more advanced in the E-2D. The E-2D is capable of seeing much farther and it is far more capable of detecting targets on the surface and in the air. This helps ensure the carrier strike group is adequately defended, even hundreds of miles away. We can see it all.” Other improvements include a fully integrated-all-glasstactical cockpit, advanced identification friend-or-foe system, a new radar with both mechanical and electronic scanning capabilities, electronic support measures enhancements, new mission computers and tactical workstations. “Along with the many technological advances, the E-2D is also a much smoother flying aircraft now,” said Lanzilotta. “These aircraft are brand new. They still have that have that ‘new car smell’.” After hundreds of practice landings on shore, today’s launch and recovery of the E-2D onboard Theodore Roosevelt begins VAW-125’s final transition process from the E-2C to the E-2D.

An E-2D Hawkeye, assigned to the Tiger Tails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). This is the first time TR has launched and recovered the improved Hawkeye, which includes various advanced capabilities to gather information and better protect Carrier Strike Group 12.


YOURNAVY IN THE NEWS

First P-8A Poseidons Report for Duty The Navy’s newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1. The War Eagles of Patrol Squadron 16 (VP 16) deployed with six P-8As Poseidons in support of 7th Fleet maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations in the Indo-AsiaPacific region. The deployment marks a milestone in the transition of U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces (MPRF). For the first time since the Navy received the P-3A Orion in 1962 a new aircraft will be operated by a deployed patrol squadron. The P-8A Poseidon is

the most advanced, longrange anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world. A true multimission aircraft, it also provides superior maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. The Poseidon is built on the proven Boeing 737 airframe, the most commercially operated aircraft in the world. The transition to

the Poseidon brings with it enhanced safety and reduced maintenance. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., VP-16 began the transition to become the first P-8A squadron 18 months ago, shortly after returning home from a six-month deployment to Kadena Air Base. The War Eagles achieved U.S. Navy safe for flight status in January 2013 and were certified ready

for deployment in November 2013. “I couldn’t be prouder of what the War Eagles have been able to accomplish during the squadron’s transition to the P-8A,” said Cmdr. Bill Pennington, VP-16’s commanding officer. “We are well trained and well prepared for this deployment, and excited about the opportunity to demonstrate the Poseidon’s exceptional capabilities.” The deployment of the P-8A Poseidons to Japan is part of a phased replacement of the propeller driven P-3C Orion now serving in U.S. 7th Fleet operating area. Deploying alongside VP16 will be the VP-46 Grey Knights from Whidbey Island, Wash.

GW Hosts Military Leaders for AnnualEx

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo Guzman USS George Washington Public Affairs

The U.S. Navy’s forwarddeployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) hosted key regional military leaders during George Washington Carrier Strike Group’s participation in Annual Exercise (AnnualEx) 13, Nov 27-28. Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Vice Adm. Yasuhi Matsushita, commander in chief, Japan Self-Defense Fleet, visited the ship to discuss AnnualEx 13 and to foster relations between

two key regional allies. “It’s pleasure to have you aboard,” said Capt. Greg Fenton, George Washington’s commanding officer, as he welcomed them onto the ship. “This is a wonderful

opportunity for you to debrief on AnnualEx as well as any events that may come within the exercise.” AnnualEx 13 is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability

of Japanese and U.S. Naval forces through training in air and sea operations. “This exercise was planned more than a year ago,” said Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet. “It’s important for the U.S. Navy and JMSDF to train to continue to evolve, upgrade and compare tactics to increase our interoperability.” The operation is shaped to improve tactics, maritime defense and help communication between both forces.


MOVINGUP THE RANKS Photos by Theodore Roosevelt Media Department

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) gather for a promotion of 249 Sailors during an all-hands frocking ceremony held in the hangar bay. Theodore Roosevelt is conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean.


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