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USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

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“We are Legend”

August 15, 2012 Issue

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Visits Enterprise Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian G. Reynolds vital. Your presence here demonstrates our continued commitment to regional partners and allies, provides needed capability and is in direct support of our new defense strategy.” Benning also stressed the importance of Enterprise’s role in the area and underlined the importance of war fighting. “War fighting is our first priority,” said Benning. “Our Sailors need to remain ready through great training and operating in the environment in which we fight when necessary, but protect Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, speaks to Sailors in the hangar bay. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman) through our always important presence.  USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea – Vice Chief of Naval Operations There is no substitute for (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson, and Navy Total Force/ the force multiplier that is a proven deckplate-leading Sailor at Manpower, Personnel, Education and Training (MPT&E) Fleet sea.” Master Chief, Fleet Master Chief (SW/AW/SCW) Scott A. While aboard the Big E, Ferguson and Benning took the Benning visited aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Aug. opportunity to engage with thousands of Enterprise Sailors and 14 as the ship continued its historic 25th and final deployment. Marines. Ferguson and Benning visited Enterprise as a part of an During the visit, Ferguson and Benning conducted question ongoing tour during which they are visiting and thanking and answer sessions with several of Enterprise’s departments Sailors deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of including Reactor, Engineering, Weapons, Supply, Aviation operations. Intermediate Maintenance, Operations, Deck and Enterprise’s Following their arrival aboard the Big E, Ferguson and embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1. Benning were greeted by Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter, During many of these sessions, Ferguson stressed the commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and Capt. William critical nature of what Sailors do on a daily basis and how the C. Hamilton, Jr., Enterprise’s commanding officer, before importance of their efforts cannot be overstated. embarking on a tour of the ship. “The demonstrated flexibility and professionalism that During his visit aboard the Navy’s first nuclear-powered has long been the hallmark of U.S. Naval forces is on display aircraft carrier, Ferguson stressed the importance of the everyday throughout the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group as you Enterprise Carrier Strike Group’s (ENTCSG) role in ensuring carryout the Chief of Naval Operations tenets of ‘war fighting that the sea lanes remain open to trade and commerce in the first, operate forward and be ready,’” said Ferguson. U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). Enterprise is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR “The security of our nation depends on freedom of the seas conducting maritime security operations, theater security – particularly at the maritime crossroads,” said Ferguson. “For operation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation this reason, the Central Command area of operations remains Enduring Freedom.


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A helicopter carrying Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, lands on the flight deck. (Photo by MC3 Brian G. Reynolds)

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Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, speaks to Sailors on the aft mess decks. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, addresses a group of Sailors on the aft mess decks. (Photo by MC3 Jared King)

Cmdr. Bob McPherson asks Adm. Mark Ferguson a question in a weapons magazine. (Photo by Scott Pittman)

Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson is interviewed by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristin L. Grover. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, is greeted on the flight deck by Rear Adm. Ted Carter and Capt. William C. Hamilton, Jr. (Photo by MC3 Brian G. Reynolds)


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m. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, speaks to Sailors in the ngar bay. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

Master Chief Ship’s Serviceman Steven Robinson asks Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson a question on the mess decks. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG), presents Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson a plaque. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, shakes hands with Capt. Joseph Leonard in the CO’s inport cabin. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson speaks with Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in the Ward Room. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)


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Midshipmen Final Group of Midshipmen Complete Training Aboard Big E Story Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW) Amanda Ward USS Enterprise, At Sea - The third and final group of midshipmen completed their training aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN65) Aug.15. This group is the last group of midshipmen who will ever conduct their summer training aboard the Big E. Enterprise hosted eight Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) students from Villanova University, Southern University, Boston University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, Fordham University and the University of Michigan. “Having never been on a ship like this before, I had no idea what to expect, but I could tell from the moment I arrived standards are high and consistent, which is exactly what it takes to be in the Navy,” said Midshipman 3rd Class Katharine Darrell from Villanova University. Midshipman 3rd Class Katilyn Harmon, from Villanova University, acts as a casualty During their three-week training, for stretcher bearers during a general quarters drill. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman) midshipmen stood conning watch on the bridge, rappelled from the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance “I am grateful for the opportunity to spend my department (AIMD) tunnel, fired .50-caliber machine summer cruise on Enterprise, especially as this is her last guns and stood under-instruction watch with Medical staff deployment,” said Midshipman 1st Class Allison Lenzi, members. from Southern University. “I am also grateful to all of the The midshipman also had the opportunity to tour people I was able to interact with and learn from during my various departments such as Supply, Deck, Combat stay here. This has been an experience that I will remember Systems, Air and AIMD. This gave them the opportunity and cherish forever.” to see how Enterprise works as a team to accomplish her Guided-Missile Cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) also mission. welcomed the midshipman aboard during their summer “I now have a large-scale view of what the Navy does cruise, enhancing their training. around the world on a daily basis,” said Midshipman 1st “I really enjoyed visiting Vicksburg because I’m Class Rebecca interested in being a conventional SWO,” said Midshipman Speer. 1st Class Kristin Wihera. The “The midshipmen have had the opportunity to see Midshipman the diversity of the United States Navy by serving on Summer Cruise Enterprise,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Copeland, the training Training officer aboard Enterprise. “Little do they know, but many USS Enterprise (CVN 65) The Shuttle is published and printed daily underway and program gives of the midshipmen have established friends and contacts bi-weekly in port by the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Media Department, FPO AE 09543-2810. This newspaper is an NROTC students which will help them throughout their naval careers. authorized publication for members of the Department time at sea to Midshipman Summer Cruise was a positive experience for of Defense. Please direct all story ideas, questions and comments to MC1 (SW) Steve Smith at smithsw@cvn65. experience the all of those involved.” navy.mil. fleet. While they Enterprise is currently on its 25th and final deployment Commanding Officer Executive Officer Capt. William C. Hamilton, Jr. Capt. G. C. Huffman are underway, to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting Command Master Chief Public Affairs Officer they interact maritime security operations, theater security cooperation CMDCM (AW/SW) Dwayne E. Huff Lt. Cmdr. Sarah T. Self-Kyler and engage with efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Editor officers and Enduring Freedom. MC3 Brian G. Reynolds enlisted Sailors.

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World News Iran Ready to Receive Int’l Aid for Quake Victims By Xinhua

TEHRAN -- Iranian First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said Monday that the Islamic republic is ready to receive international aid for the quake-hit people of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, the official IRNA news agency reported. Rahimi made the remarks in a press conference in Tabriz, the provincial capital of East Azerbaijan. Iran has helped other countries in the face of disasters and now the country is ready to receive international aid for the victims of the earthquake, he was quoted as saying. The semi-official ISNA news agency reported Monday that Iran has not accepted Turkey’s rescue team which was

sent to help the Iranian quake victims. The rescue team from Turkey had been sent to Iran without coordination, and since Iran had already announced that it would not accept international help, Turkey’s rescue team was returned to their country, ISNA quoted an official from the Red Crescent Society of East Azerbaijan province as saying. Sadeq Namdar, director of Bazargan Customs Office in Iran’s West Azerbaijan, said the first emergency supplies from Turkey’s Red Crescent Society has been dispatched to Bazargan customs office bordering Turkey, according to IRNA.

U.S. Appears Undecided on Imposition of No-Fly Zone in Syria

By Xinhua

WASHINGTON -- The United States on Monday appeared still undecided on the potential imposition of a no-fly zone in Syria as fighting continued to escalate between government forces and rebels across the Middle East country. “What I can say is that the President and his team have ruled out no options as we try to bring about, with all of our partners, and with the Syrian people, the political transition that is so desperately needed in Syria,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney at a press gaggle. Recently, there is speculation about the possible imposition of a no-fly zone in Syria as the Syrian opposition is raising its voice in calling for such a move.

On Sunday after meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton gave no definitive answer on the issue, only saying such a decision requires “intense analysis and operational planning.” Without directly responding to the question, Carney said that the Obama administration continued to believe the current approach which involved heavy-handed economic sanctions and international pressure on the Assad regime is the “right course.” “But we review all options, as you would expect, and will continue to do so,” he added.

Panetta: Pakistan Military Plans to Open New Front By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns, ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON - Pakistan has told U.S. military officials that it plans to launch combat operations against Taliban militants soon in a tribal area near the Afghan border that also serves as a haven for leaders of the al-Qaidaaffiliated Haqqani network, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday. Speaking to The Associated

Press in his Pentagon office, Panetta said Pakistan’s military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, discussed the planned operation in recent conversations with the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. The U.S. long has been frustrated by Islamabad’s refusal to target Afghan Taliban militants and their allies using Pakistani territory to stage attacks against U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan. Many analysts believe Pakistan is reluctant to target groups with which it has strong historical ties and could be useful allies in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw. Panetta said he did not know when the Pakistani operation would start, but he said he understands it will be in the “near future,” and that the main target will be the Pakistani Taliban, rather than the Haqqani network.


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MIDN 1/C Kristin Wihera

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MIDN 1/C Rebecca Speer

MIDN 1/C Erik Breitenbach

MIDN 1/C Melissa Hutchinson

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MIDN 1/C Jessica Hyder

MIDN 2/C Allison Lenzi

MIDN 3/C Katilyn Harmon

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MIDN 3/C Katharine Darrell


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Sailors of the Day Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Troy Hunter

BM3 Troy Hunter, from Atlanta, joined the Navy three years ago to travel and to gain more experience in leadership. In his spare time, he enjoys football, basketball and riding around town. In the future, he plans to earn a degree in business management.

Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 3rd Class Abigail Bonsu

AME3 Abigail Bonsu, from Accra, Ghana, joined the Navy two years ago for educational benefits. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing and dancing. In the future, she plans to become an officer.

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