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AUGUST 27, 2013 • DAILY


TR TURNS UP

THEODORE ROOSEVELT PUSHES THE LIMITS

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story by MCSN Bounome Chanphouang (JP) photos by Theodore Roosevelt Media Department

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he aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) tested the ship’s speed and maneuvering capabilities while conducting sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean, Monday. The maneuvering exercise tested the ships propulsion at 50 percent as well as steering the rudder. The purpose of the evolution is to check the integrity of the rudders and make sure the systems can perform in any kind of extreme environment. “The rudders are control surfaces that change the direction of the ship,” said Lt. Cmdr. David Etheridge, the ship’s maintenance manager, “It’s like a steering wheel of a car.” One of the main goals of the evolution was to collect data on how the ship maneuvers at high speeds, said Ensign Andrew Martin, conning officer during the test. Theodore Roosevelt conducted two sets of turns at 50 percent propulsion. The ship turned twice to starboard and twice to port, causing some heavy rolls. Several monitoring groups recorded data on how long it took the rudders to go from left to right at half speed as well as other key information. After the evolution, the ship continued on its regular course. “The test was successful,” said Martin. “We got the information and the data that we needed to collect.” While Sailors in the port house were controlling the ships movement, others were experiencing a ship’s roll for the first time. “Well, this being my first ship, when I actually saw the angle when the ship rolled facedown against the water it was actually really cool,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Jeremy Jones. “My shoes fell off my locker, so I know next time to put them in my locker.” With the requirements met during data collection, the Theodore Roosevelt’s successful maneuvers completed another obstacle on its way to the fleet.

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2 COVER: Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Garrett Edwards stands

watch as the lee helmsman controlling the ships speed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The aircraft carrier is underway for the first time in four years, conducting sea trials. 1. Lt. Cmdr. David Etheridge, the ship’s maintenance manager, stands watch in the bridge as officer of the deck (OOD)

2. Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Garrett Edwards of USS Theodore Roosevelt’s (CVN 71) Deck Department, stands the forward-starboard lookout on the 010 level while the ship conducts high-speed turns. 3. Lt. Cmdr. William Schomer, the ship’s mini boss, prepares for high-speed turns aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). 4. Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Louis Batchelder stands watch as the helmsman tracking USS Theodore Roosevelt’s (CVN 71) course.

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Sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) watch as the ship conducts high speed rudder turns.


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CNO: If Ships Get The Ax, Manning Cuts Will Follow

By Sam Fellman, NAVY TIMES

The Navy has the right number of sailors, but Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert warns that deep cuts to ships, subs, squadrons and staffs could force his hand and trigger manning cuts, as well. “We won’t reduce manpower unless we’re reducing ships and aircraft,” Greenert said Aug. 20 in an interview posted on the Navy’s official website. “We don’t have that flexibility. And frankly, we are just getting the number of people we need in the Navy to man the Navy right for the number of ships and aircraft that we have. There’s no more efficiencies in that regard.” Reducing ships is certainly on the table, and one possibility is axing three aircraft carriers, a worst-case scenario recently broached by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, which would force the Navy to jettison thousands of sailors, a recourse that has some sailors nervous. “What I’ll tell you is, it’s a scenario, it’s not the scenario,” Greenert said in the interview filmed in Hawaii. “But it’s a reflection of the fact that everything is on the table.” The Marine Corps and Army are facing the possibility of even deeper troop drawdowns after their growth during the ground wars, a time during which the Navy ranks shrank before stabilizing a few years ago. Sailors have been largely spared in the past year’s budget wars – but that could be upended by tens of billions from sequester cuts; their sheer scale may compel admirals to sacrifice some capital ships.

The service chiefs, including Greenert, warned that sequester cuts would make their services less ready, and still those cuts took effect, albeit in reduced form. The Navy, for example, saw a $4 billion shortfall to operations and maintenance this year but dodged a deeper cut. The Pentagon will undergo a second year of heavy cuts unless lawmakers intervene. Greenert made clear in August that his focus remains on ensuring that all Navy forces are well-equipped and ready to deploy. Among his priorities for the next five years: • Station one carrier strike group in both 5th and 7th Fleets year-round. Greenert said that sequester will drop the Navy’s capacity to “surge” ships forward from three CSGs and three amphibious ready groups to one of each. • Continue shifting ships to the Pacific, where 60 percent of the fleet will be based by 2020. • Forward-base more ships, including one more attack submarine in Guam; four destroyers in Rota, Spain; and patrol coastal ship and mine countermeasure ship crews in Bahrain. • Add another ARG to the Pacific to support Darwin, Australia-based Marines. The fleet remains at a high level of operations, with some deployments stretching out to nine months. Officials caution that this isn’t likely to change soon, due to budget cuts and continued crises in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

U.S. Talks Tough On Syria, Ramps Up Attack Planning By Phil Stewart, REUTERS

The Pentagon is prepared to carry out military options on Syria should President Barack Obama order them, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday. Hagel echoed White House statements cautioning that America was still gathering the facts about the Syrian government’s alleged use of poison gas against civilians. But he noted that the U.S. military, which is repositioning its naval forces in the Mediterranean to give Obama the option for an armed strike, was ready to act if asked. “President Obama has asked the Defense Department to prepare options for all contingencies. We have done that and we are prepared to exercise whatever option - if he decides to employ one of those options,” Hagel told reporters at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur. American and European security sources have said U.S. and allied intelligence agencies made a preliminary assessment that chemical weapons were used by Syrian forces in the attack. The United Nations has requested access to the site. Hagel, whose week-long trip to Asia is being overshadowed by

Syria tensions, participated remotely in a meeting on Saturday that Obama held with his top military and national security advisers to hash out options on Syria. Asked whether, after that meeting, he was personally convinced chemical weapons had been used in Syria, Hagel said: “We, along with our allies, are continuing to assess the intelligence, and the specifics of that intelligence, on the use chemical weapons.” “I wouldn’t go any further than that until we have more intelligence, based on facts,” he said. Obama has been reluctant to intervene in Syria’s civil war, but reports of the killings near Damascus have put pressure on the White House to make good on the president’s comment a year ago that chemical weapons would be a “red line” for the United States. Hagel did not enter into detail about what options the United States was weighing, but noted that any scenario carried risks. He noted on his flight to Malaysia that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces intentionally used chemical weapons, “there may be another attack coming.”

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