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SHUTTLE USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Leyte Gulf conducts successful large caliber gun exercise

A 5-inch, 54-caliber projectile is fired from the MK 45 automatic-fire gun mount during a large caliber gun exercise aboard the guidedmissile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). Photo by MC3 Robert Guerra

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Happenings For whom tolls the bell...

Big ‘E’


Keep Big ‘E’ germ free...wash your hands!

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Benjamin W. Headley prepares to ring the ship’s bell to sound the top of the hour aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

3-Day Calendar WED






Talent Show Try-Outs 2030-2230 Sign-up @ MWR Ticket Window 0500-0545 BiggEst Loser Team Workout Fit Boss

Talent Show Try-Outs 2030-2230 Sign-up @ MWR Ticket Window 0500-0545 Intermediate Spin/Cycle (Max 7) ITCS Henderson

Spades Tourney Aft Mess Decks 2030

1600-1700 EOD/Diver PT LT Dennison 2000-2100 Step Aerobics ABECS Claxton

Celebrate Women’s History Month!

1600-1700 Advanced Spin/Cycle (Max 7) AZC Kittrell


18 Open Karaoke Aft Mess Decks 2030 1600-1700 EOD/Diver PT LT Dennison 2000-2100 Step Aerobics ABECS Claxton

In 2002, Master Chief Jacqueline Dirosa became the Navy’s first female Fleet Master Chief.

Navy Tradition of the Day

Tonnage: Today, tonnage refers to a ship’s displacement in the water or the gross pounds of cargo it is capable of carrying. In the days of sail, this was not so. Tonnage was spelled ‘tunnage’ and referred to the number of ‘tuns’ a ship could carry. A ‘tun’ was a barrel normally used for transporting wine and ‘tunnage’ specified the number of barrels of wine that would fit in the ship’s hold.

Submit IA 9.0 training certificates

Any user who has not submitted a certificate for Information Assurance Awareness version 9.0 to the IAM Office by Thursday, March 31 will have their accounts locked out until an IA 9.0 certificate is submitted. Please contact CS-2 Division (J-Dial 5776) with any questions regarding this matter.

Breakfast meal hour change

Both Forward and Aft Galleys will now secure at 0700 Monday through Saturday to support ship-wide cleanliness and “Cleaning Stations”, (Sunday, Aft Galley will secure at 0730).

Need help with taxes?

The USS Enterprise Tax Center is up and running. You can get your taxes prepared by VITA volunteers at the computer café in the ship’s library during the following times beginning March 1: 0400-0700 / 0900-1200 / 1400-1700 / 1900-2200 You will need to bring the following items: • Current W2(s) • Any 1099 forms • Bank’s Interest Statement • Social Security number of dependants (if claiming them) • Social Security number of spouse if Married filing separately • Any other forms you have received from the IRS in regards to the 2010 tax season the

SHUTTLE USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

ESWS STUDY GUIDE Q: What is the maximum amount of time a fitting can be logged open for in the DC closure log? A: 24 hours

Photo by MCSN Jesse L. Gonzalez

The Shuttle is published and printed daily underway and weekly in port by the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Media Department, FPO AE 09543-2810. This newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Please direct all story ideas, questions and comments to MC3 Peter Melkus at Commanding Officer Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne

Executive Officer Capt. Ryan Scholl

Command Master Chief CMDCM (AW/SW) Keith G. Oxley

Public Affairs Officer Lt. Cmdr. Sarah T. Self-Kyler

Editor MC3 Peter D. Melkus

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


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Enterprise News

Leyte Gulf Sailors stay on target By MC3 Robert Guerra

USS Leyte Gulf Public Affairs

USS LEYTE GULF, At sea – Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) successfully conducted a large caliber gun exercise March 7, while deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Crew members assigned to Weapons department’s CG and CM divisions participated in a monthly gunnery exercise firing the ship’s Mk 45 (5-inch/54 caliber) gun, Mk 15 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) and Mk 38 25 mm chain gun. The training was designed to test the ship’s ability to respond with appropriate force to protect the ship and its assets. As Leyte Gulf continues its primary role as air defense for the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, the ability to respond to aggression in a timely and accurate manner is paramount. The equipment tested during the exercise displayed the ship’s various defensive capabilities. The ships 5-inch gun is a multipurpose automatic-fire gun mount whose principal function is Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare and Naval Shore Fire Support. While CIWS functions as a short-range automatic self defense system designed to detect, track and destroy inbound air targets, specifically anti-ship cruise missiles. Leaving the 25 mm chain gun as one of several small arms mounts designed for Anti-Surface warfare. Although CG and CM division were the primary personnel firing

Photo by MC3 Robert Guerra

Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Everett C. Rubio, left, trains Gunner’s Mate Seaman Apprentice Jerod D. Bradley, right, on the proper firing procedures for the MK 45 automatic-fire gun mount aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55).

the gun systems, the involvement of all departments were necessary to facilitate the successful results. “Without Engineering department working hard to get us to the appointed place, and the Operations department verifying a clear and safe range none of this would be possible,” said Fire Controlman 1st Class Twymane Hatcher, CM division leading petty officer. “It takes the efforts of everyone aboard to successfully put rounds down range and on target.” Personnel fired 10 rounds from

the Mk 45 gun, 300 rounds from the CIWS and 120 rounds from the 25 mm which successfully dispensed all ammunition allotted for the training. “The hard work and dedication of all the Sailors involved made today’s shoot a huge success,” said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jeffrey Brickson, Mk 38 25 mm chain gun operator. “Continuing to conduct training such as this will enable us to not only continue to achieve such remarkable results, but also fine tune our skills.” Gun exercises such as this test

the operator and also the equipment being fired. “All the guns fired without a hitch, no misfires, hang fires or malfunctions” said Chief Gunner’s Mate Paul G. Fahrenbach, major caliber guns leading chief petty officer. “The training reinforces the confidence we have in our technicians. We know we can work together to get the job done and keep the enemy from gaining ground on us [United States Forces] or other NATO forces.” The monthly training exercise is required by U.S. 5th Feet in order to maintain proficiency and develop personnel qualifications. Through this training exercise Leyte Gulf qualified an additional Mk 45 5-inch gun mount captain as well as two Mk 38 25 mm chain gun operators. Teamwork played a big part in the overall success of the exercise,” said Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Everett C. Rubio, Mk 45 5-inch operator. “We had new personnel operating the equipment and it was great to see them step up and do such a fantastic job.” Leyte Gulf’s crew is training for whatever circumstances they may face, and welcome the challenge and opportunity to serve the nation. “Through the training we conduct we develop more confidence in our equipment and their operator’s ability to handle given situations,” said Hatcher. “The teamwork we display in achieving success in these exercises shows that we are all needed. We have a purpose and are ready to accomplish whatever task is put in front of us.”


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sailors of the Day Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman

Richard Bellbacon - Dallas, Texas

Lebarron Richardson - Mobile, Alabama

EM3 Bellbacon, an RE-11 maintenance person assigned to Reactor’s RE division, joined the Navy three years ago for education, opportunities, stability and experience. To Bellbacon, the most rewarding aspect of his job is learning about the equipment in his plant by troubleshooting and repairing it through hands-on work. Bellbacon is working hard to become a qualified SRO and load dispatcher, and aspires to one day finish his college degree. Bellbacon enjoys playing football, basketball, video games and spending time with his daughter.

AOAN Richardson, an ordnance team member assigned to the “Knighthawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, joined the Navy one-and-a-half years ago for a better future, to be a role model for his younger brother and to support the most important person in his life, his daughter. To Richardson, the most rewarding aspect of his job is knowing that his mother and family are very proud of him and being able to provide a better future for his family. Richardson is working hard to have both a “strong naval career and a strong family.” Richardson enjoys relaxing, watching ESPN and spending time with his daughter Zyriel.

Photos by MCSN Jesse L. Gonzalez


Down 1 Daughter of Hera and Zeus 2 Thor’s father 3 Blend 4 Animate 5 Put off 6 Sprite 7 Culture medium 8 Rio Grande city 9 Quick impressions 10 Onerous 11 Impulses 12 Stepped on 15 Competitions between banks? 18 Bakery appliance 22 Dickinson of “Police Woman” 24 Italian wine 26 Damage 27 Brother of Jacob 28 Education innovator 30 Arrests 32 “I Go To ___” (Billy Joel song) 34 Consumer 35 Active volcano 37 Incense 38 Speech problem 41 Brightest star in Scorpio 43 Performing 45 Mafia code of silence 46 Actor Guinness 47 Sea duck 49 Take for ___ 50 Loading area 51 Fix hose 53 Not very much 54 Clarinet component 55 June 6, 1944 58 Blocker of TV

Across 1 Domicile 5 Do business 9 Border on 13 Idyllic spot 14 “Enigma Variations” composer 16 Tabby talk 17 Menu 19 “Cogito ___ sum”

20 Salad vegetable 21 Considered 23 Miles from Hollywood? 25 “___ With Wolves” 26 Macho males 29 Type of wedding 31 “Unto us ___ is given” 32 Airport approximation

33 Sniffler’s need 36 Bolted 37 Armpits 39 East of Essen 40 Sci-fi changeling 42 “Whether ___ nobler...” 43 Forewarning 44 Absorb intently

46 “It’s the end of ___!” 47 Admiration 48 Amigos 50 Charmed 52 Delay 56 Smell 57 Uprooted 59 Bird bill part

60 Classic violin 61 Greek earth goddess 62 Malay dagger 63 Actress Bancroft 64 Circular current

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Leyte Gulf conducts successful large caliber gun exercise

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