Military News

Monday, May 09, 2011

Today in the Department of Defense, Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn have no public or media events on their schedules.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks at 9:45 a.m. EDT at the U.S. Green Building Council 2011 Government Summit in Washington, D.C.  Media interested in attending may contact Lt. Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence at 703-697-5342.

Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commanding general of Regional Command East, will brief the media live from Afghanistan at 10:30 a.m. EDT in the Pentagon Briefing Room (2E973) to provide an update on current operations.  Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only.  Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.

This Day in Naval History - May 09

By Navy News Service

1926 - LCDR Richard Byrd and Chief Machinist Mate Floyd Bennett make first flight over North Pole; both receive the Medal of Honor.
1942 - USS Wasp in Mediterranean launches 47 Spitfire aircraft to help defend Malta.

Kearsarge ARG Almost Home After Successful Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Mann

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea (NNS) -- The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), entered U.S. 2nd Fleet area of responsibility (AOR)on May 8, after completing a deployment to U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AORs.

Entering 2nd Fleet is one of the last phases of the deployment that begun Aug. 27, when the ships deployed one month early to provide humanitarian assistance to flood-stricken Pakistan.

A portion of the Kearsarge ARG/26th MEU team detached to support the flood relief efforts while the rest of the group continued support to maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AOR's. The Kearsarge ARG later participated in U.S. 6th Fleet operations by supporting Operation Odyssey Dawn and the NATO-led Operation Unified Protector.

"Now that we are in 2nd Fleet we are one step closer to the successful completion of a challenging, rewarding and safe deployment," said Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Charles Kates, Kearsarge command safety representative. "We still have a mountain of things to accomplish once we return to Norfolk. We should always keep safety in mind while on the ship and back home."

The entrance into the U.S. 2nd Fleet AOR triggers additional requirements for the Kearsarge ARG. The crew members now have to readjust to the policies and procedures of its home AOR.

"Entering 2nd Fleet is significant because all of the special entitlements that we received in 5th and 6th Fleet will stop at the end of this month," said Kearsarge Administration Officer Lt. Anthony Franklin. "We also will have an influx of new Sailors and people transferring out. The end of deployment does not mean the end of work; the crew just has different task to accomplish that are equally important."

The Kearsarge ARG is en route to disembark the 26th MEU in North Carolina and take on some family members for a "Tiger Cruise" back to homeport.

Kearsarge ARG is led by Commander, Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 4, and is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50).

Embarked detachments include Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 6, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21-detachment 1, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2, and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22.

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) is based out of Camp Lejuene, N.C., and consists of Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/8, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 26, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine regiment and the Command Element.

USS Carter Hall Arrives in U.S. 2nd Fleet

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristin L. Grover, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 4 Public Affairs

USS CARTER HALL, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) returned to the U.S. 2nd Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) May 8, nearly nine months after departing Little Creek, Va.

Carter Hall, which is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), will offload Marines and cargo from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and bring families on board for a Tiger Cruise before returning to homeport.

"This is the final stop in a very lengthy and highly successful deployment," said USS Carter Hall Executive Officer Cmdr. Damon Amaral. "Everyone on board has worked extremely hard during our time at sea and will continue striving to reach the ship's goals after we return. We are maintaining focus on the current mission and looking forward to seeing our loved ones again."

The 26th MEU will offload a portion of its personnel and equipment via landing craft air cushion (LCAC) in Camp Lejeune, N.C. before arriving in Morehead City, N.C. to unload the rest of the embarked Marines and cargo.

"We have accomplished so much since we left for deployment and it is exciting to think about returning home," said Cpl. Robert Walker. "This is my second MEU deployment, and I feel fortunate that I learned new things and improved my skills during the training and exercises we took part in."

After the Marines depart, the ship will host a Tiger Cruise which allows family and friends of crew members to come on board and ride the ship back to Little Creek. This provides many Carter Hall Sailors, like Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Robert Dye, with an opportunity to see their friends and families a few days prior to homecoming.

"It has been a long deployment, and everyone is eager to see their families again," said Dye. "My dad and two brothers will be riding back with us on the Tiger Cruise. I know they are excited about seeing me and riding the ship for a few days."

Carter Hall spent the greater part of the deployment operating independently in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR before reuniting with the Kearsarge ARG in the U.S. 6th Fleet April 13.

Kearsarge ARG is led by Commander, Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 4, and is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Embarked detachments include Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 6, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21-detachment 1, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2, and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22.

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) is based out of Camp Lejuene, N.C., and consists of Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/8, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 26, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine regiment and the Command Element.

Carrier Strike Group One Arrives in 7th Fleet

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 returned to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) May 6 after spending 95 days supporting maritime theater security operations for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) in the 5th Fleet AOR.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is deployed with USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), Destroyer Squadron 1 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17. CSG-1 will reunite with USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Gridley (DDG 101) which remained in Seventh Fleet during the deployment.

For OEF and OND, Carl Vinson and CVW 17 flew 1,656 combat sorties, logging a total of 9,140 hours of flight time. For OEF, the ordnance expenditure added up to 33 bombs and 2,970 rounds of 20mm ammunition.

Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG-1) is led by Rear Adm. Samuel Perez.

"Every member of the strike group played an important role in our 5th Fleet Deployment. Our Sailors thwarted piracy, advanced partnerships in the region and supported our ground troops in the fight against insurgents," said Rear Adm. Samuel Perez, Commander, CSG-1. "From the most junior airman to the most senior pilot, Carrier Strike Group 1 Sailors played a vital role in achieving 5th Fleet Theater objectives."

"We have completed, in fine fashion, our operational tasking in protecting our men and women on the ground," said Vinson Commanding Officer Captain Bruce Lindsey. "The Sailors have worked hard every day, and have done a fantastic job."

On the last day in the 5th Fleet AOR, CSG-1, in coordination with international forces, prevented a pirate attack against the Chinese owned and crewed M/V Full City.

With the major operational tasking complete for Carl Vinson's Western Pacific deployment, there remain several tasks for Vinson and CVW 17 Sailors to complete. While in the 7th Fleet AOR, the Strike Group will conduct routine exercises with their allies and partners and visit ports around the region.

"We have a little more to finish for this deployment, and there's not a doubt in my mind we'll finish with style, grace and professionalism," said Perez.

Leap Frogs Descend on Denver Navy Week

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (PJ) Michelle Turner, U.S. Navy Parachute Team Public Affairs

DENVER (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, made several performances during Denver Navy Week, May 6-7.

The Leap Frogs visited Standley Lake High School and Valor High School, and performed during the Cinco de Mayo Festival at Civic Center Park to showcase opportunities in the Navy and to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy as a global force for good.

The jumpers, Navy SEALs and support personnel from Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, Calif., parachuted onto the athletics fields at both schools and were welcomed by a crowd of cheering of students and teachers.

"It was outstanding," said Jeff Pearson, Standley Lake High School principal. "Any time high school kids get to see something that's out of the ordinary it's going to go home with them. For them to see something that they might want to do in the future that looks adventurous; it makes an impact on our kids."

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Justin Gonzales was the first team member to jump from the ramp of the Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft. He trailed blue smoke from a smoke grenade attached to his foot bracket to indicate the performance was about to begin. Moments later, when all the jumpers were in the air, they maneuvered their parachutes toward one another to create canopy formations. Some jumpers stacked their parachutes to form biplanes while others swirled colored smoke across the sky and flew different flags.

After the performances, the Leap Frogs invited students and spectators to watch them pack their parachutes. They even let some spectators actually help pack their parachutes, under a watchful eye, giving the public a chance to ask questions about life as a Navy SEAL.

Navy Recruiting District Denver is part of a nationwide recruiting team looking for the best and brightest candidates to serve in the U.S. Navy, said Cmdr. Scott Hendrix, Navy Recruiting District Denver commanding officer.

"We're in the heartland of America, and there are not a lot of Navy people around here," said Hendrix. "Any time we can get Naval assets here it's great because they [the public] get to see a little snapshot of the fleet."

Taylor Goff, a senior at Valor High School, didn't need any convincing and has already decided to dedicate his life to Naval service, he said.

"I've known I was going to do it [join the Navy] since I was 11 or 12," said Goff. "This just solidified it again."

The Leap Frogs are based in San Diego and perform aerial parachute demonstrations across America in support of Naval Special Warfare and Navy Recruiting.

Bataan Contributes to First Hundred Years of Naval Aviation History

By MC1(SW) Michael J. Scott, USS Bataan Public Affairs

USS BATAAN, Mediterranean Sea (NNS) -- Multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) added to the Navy's 100 years of aviation heritage and Bataan's flight legacy as its Sailors and Marines spent the day conducting flight operations in the Mediterranean Sea, May 8.

Ships named Bataan have been leaving their mark on aviation history for more than 67 years, since the first Bataan (CVL 29), a light aircraft carrier was commissioned in November 1943.

"We're extremely proud of Bataan's naval aviation legacy," said Capt. Steve Koehler, Bataan's commanding officer, an F-14 Tomcat pilot by trade, who was in command of VFA-143 when the squadron made its own history and transitioned to the F/A-18E Super Hornet. "From the missions CVL-29 flew during World War II and Korea, to the air strikes launched from our decks during Operation Iraqi Freedom, to the first at-sea operational deployment of the [MV-22] Osprey in 2009, to standing the watch off the coast of Libya today, our Navy-Marine Corps team has always been a true representation of naval aviation."

CVL-29 served the Navy from 1943 through 1954, earning a total of 13 battle stars. "Big 5" was commissioned Sept. 20, 1997, and has flown missions in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom; conducted search and rescue efforts in the Gulfport, Miss., and New Orleans areas in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts; and provided relief supplies ashore and conducted medical evacuations in support of Operation Unified Response in Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

"What an honor to be making history," said Lt. Jack Parker, Bataan's aircraft handling officer. "One hundred years ago, naval flight was in its infancy, and today we're carrying out missions all across the world."

Bataan's current mission includes maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area or responsibility, as well as providing support as required for coalition forces assigned to the NATO-led Operation Unified Protector.

"It's good to be here in the middle of the sea carrying out these missions, flying day in and day out," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Fabian Gallegos. "It's going to be written down in history someday, and I can tell my kids I was a part of it, and this is what we did."

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Air Combat Element (ACE), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), is currently operating a complement of MV-22B Ospreys, CH-53E Super Stallions and AV-8B Harriers from Bataan's decks. The Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Detachment 2, is providing search and rescue support with MH-60S Seahawks. Bataan's Air Department is serving as the maestro by safely directing, launching and recovering the aircraft.

"It's nice to be a part of this history," said Capt. Charles Arnold, a naval flight officer and the assistant aircraft maintenance officer for VMM-263. "Almost everything we do is integrated within the Navy. The best part is when you are executing the missions and they go off like planned. It takes everybody coming together for that to happen."

Cmdr. Heath Howell, Bataan's air boss, said as science and technology increase, they will enlarge the sphere of influence and capabilities of the ship and her air-strike team.

"We're a floating airfield, and we can deploy anywhere in the world," said Howell. "It allows us greater flexibility in strategic planning. I don't see naval aviation ever going backwards."

Demonstration Pilot Eugene Ely flew a small aircraft from a temporarily erected flight deck on the fo'c'sle aboard USS Birmingham (CL-2) in 1910, while the ship was at anchor in the Chesapeake Bay. A few months later, Ely landed his plane on an armored cruiser in the San Francisco Bay. Ely's work led the Navy to the requisition of the service's first aircraft May 8, 1911, considered to be the birth date of naval aviation.

Ceremony Honors Fallen EOD Warriors

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (NNS) -- The names of 15 fallen EOD warriors were added to the EOD Memorial wall during a ceremony at the Kauffman Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Training Complex aboard Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 7.

The names were of Army, Marine Corps and Air Force EOD technicians killed in action last year in Iraq and Afghanistan. This 42nd annual ceremony gave family, friends and members of the EOD community, past and present, a chance to honor their fallen comrades.

The event is sponsored by the EOD Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the legacy of fallen EOD warriors by providing for the maintenance and upkeep of the memorial at Eglin. Hosted by the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, all preparations were coordinated and executed by staff volunteers from all four services at the school.

"The EOD Memorial Foundation funds the memorial's maintenance and assists EOD families with scholarships and travel expenses to and from the annual memorial ceremony," said Foundation President Robert Fay. "We work closely with the services to document and verify that the member was killed during an EOD-related incident to be eligible to earn a place on the memorial's wall."

Oversight and management of the EOD school is the responsibility of the Navy, with joint-service manning by the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and the Air Force. The school's mission is to train officers and enlisted personnel in the best methods of detection, identification, render safe, and disposal of explosive ordnance and related devices.

Capt. Adam Guziewicz, the school's commanding officer, said reading the new names placed on the wall at the annual memorial is a poignant reminder that EOD technicians are on the front lines, risking their lives every day. The fallen warriors added to the wall in this year's ceremony consisted of five Army, eight Marines and two Air Force EOD technicians. All received their training at the EOD School aboard Eglin.

"They sacrificed all for their country, and we will never know the countless lives they have saved," said Guziewicz. "Their legacy will live on in the lives of those they left behind."

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, served as the guest speaker for the ceremony.

"This memorial stands as a testament to the sacrifice and fidelity of our brothers and sisters-in-arms who gave everything so that Americans might live in peace," said Amos. "The explosive ordnance disposal family is a unique fraternity with a special bond, and we will always remember those noble warriors and their families for their supreme courage and steadfast loyalty to our nation and each other."

The EOD Memorial was originally built by EOD technicians in Indian Head, Md., the location of the first EOD School. The memorial was relocated to the Kauffman EOD Training Complex when the school moved to its present location in the late 1990's. The new memorial incorporates elements of the original in recognition of its history.

Gates Visits Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

NAVAL BASE MAYPORT, Fla, May 7, 2011 – Seeing one of the littoral combat ships in the flesh was one of the items on Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ bucket list, and he got to mark that off yesterdayfollowing a visit to the USS Independence here.

“This ship is the embodiment of the revolution in military affairs,” Gates told the crew gathered in the ship’s hangar.

The crew size is just one aspect of the revolution Gates was talking about. There are only 40 crewmen (eight officers and 32 enlisted) who man a ship 104 feet wide by 418 feet long. The crew is augmented by sailors in charge of the various “packages” the ship takes aboard, and it can be configured for different missions.

In its different configurations, the ship can perform anti-mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and humanitarian relief.

The ship can carry helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles or a mix of the two. It is a trimaran with a top speed of 44 knots, and while it is labeled the LCS-2, it is the first of its class. Much of the ship is aluminum, and several sailors spoke about how that means they don’t have to paint it.

The Navy plans to buy 55 of these littoral combat ships.

Gates joked that the first Navy ship that bore the name USS Independence was bought in 1814 to fight pirates. The current Independence, which can operate in blue water and “green water” close to shore, will be handy in the same mission. “The more things change... ” Gates quipped.

The secretary received a tour of the ship with chiefs and petty officers explaining just how different the ship is from anything else the Navy has.

The bridge is huge, and sailors don’t steer with the typical wheel. Instead, the ship is steered at computer stations and a joy stick. The bridge is carpeted, and the ship is like a floating computer network.

The berthing area is also a revelation with some rooms having two-men per room and others four. The crew is relatively senior, with the lowest-ranking person on the crew being a petty officer second class, and all personnel are trained in multiple jobs on the ship.

In Mayport, the ship was at the end of a long dock with the traditional Arleigh Burke frigates. The first view of the ship is striking. One member of Gates’ party noted that the ship looks like a floating Stealth Fighter.

“It looks sinister,” the secretary said. “That’s a good thing.”

Bataan Conducts Amphibious Training

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Lea Boyce, USS Bataan Public Affairs

USS BATAAN, Mediterranean Sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, ACU-2 and embarked Marines from 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted full-scale amphibious operations training May 7, allowing the crew to maintain proficiency and readiness on three different types of craft.

Bataan opened its well deck to the sea and began launching landing craft air-cushions (LCAC), and receiving landing craft utility (LCU) and combat rubber raiding crafts (CRRC) from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41).

"Amphibious day is a chance to show our operational capability and to demonstrate the fact that we can do amphibious operations," said Lt. Cmdr. Shannon Wells, Bataan's damage control assistant. "It's also to show that our equipment works, and it serves as a test to make sure the procedures we have in place are correct."

Bataan Sailors from engineering, combat systems and deck departments played primary roles in the evolution.

"Combat systems has all the communications, and they are more of the overall operations part of it," said Wells. "The deck department takes care of all the physical manhandling of the equipment, like putting the lines out, bringing the craft in and setting up the operation. Engineering department [Sailors] do the ballasting. We are the ones who ballast the ship down, literally sink the ship, and bring it back up from the water."

Wells said each craft has unique requirements for how much water is in the well.

Amphibious crews from ACU-4, operating LCACs, and ACU-2, operating LCUs, spent the day gaining proficiency in entering and leaving the well deck.

"We did what we call ins-and-outs, where we go into the well deck, set down the LCAC, we got back up, came out and went back in," said Gas Turbine Systems Technician 3rd Class Earl Langondorf, ACU-4.

Cpl. Erick Crumley, a radio operator with the 22nd MEU's radio reconnaissance unit, said the amphibious events gave the Marines a chance to gain experience in integrated blue-green operations. Crumley said when his CRRC arrived in Bataan's well deck deck, he saw "a wall of Navy there just to help pull us in."

"Every time we go out, its always great training," said Crumley. "If we were to do an amphibious certification, this is how we would leave and return, so it's good to have that down."

The focused training is keeping Sailors adept in all facets of amphibious operations.

"It was a training evolution with all the new personnel and old personnel to get qualified and to freshen up on their skills," said Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Christina Hicks, who is training to be the well deck control officer. "We had different issues come up that weren't expected, but everybody came out okay and had the chance to learn ."

Bataan is the command ship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready (ARG) group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

New Orleans Navy Week Gets Underway

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Steve Johnson, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

NEW ORLEANS (NNS) -- New Orleans Navy Week 2011 officially got underway with the reading of a proclamation inside city council chambers May 5.

Mark Gorenflo, deputy under secretary of the Navy, is one of the official spokesman during New Orleans Navy Week 2011. During a television interview, Gorenflo described the purpose of New Orleans Navy Week.

"This is an opportunity for the Navy to show how it is working around the world for the people of New Orleans," said Gorenflo. "The Navy is America's away team, ready to fight, ready to respond to global threats anywhere in the world, or to perform humanitarian missions."

President of the New Orleans City Council, Jackie Clarkson, read the proclamation honoring Navy men and women, after the colors were paraded through city hall and Navy musicians performed for spectators.

The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), Navy Recruiting District (NRD) New Orleans and Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NASJRB) New Orleans have joined forces this week, along with the Navy Blue Angels and Navy Band New Orleans to provide opportunities for citizens to meet Sailors and learn more about the Navy's vast operational capabilities.

New Orleans Navy Week is one of 21 Navy Weeks being held across America in 2011, and is designed to provide local residents an up-close and personal look at the service performed by the men and women of the U.S. Navy.

The week is slated to include the following events: Navy participation in the Nawlin's Air Show, which is expected to attract upwards of 75,000 visitors each day; the U.S. Navy Band New Orleans will perform at several area schools as well as at a variety of free public concerts; Sailors from namesake ships and from local Navy commands will volunteer at projects coordinated by Habitat For Humanity and Beacon of Hope, as well as area high schools.

The week-long schedule of events also includes government, corporate, civic and educational engagements by Navy spokesmen who aim to tell the Navy's role in world affairs.

During New Orleans Navy Week 2011, Rear Adm. Victor G. Guillory, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the New Orleans Zephyer's baseball game, conduct media interviews throughout the city, speak to members of the Downtown Rotary Club and the New Orleans Urban League, and he will deliver ball caps and good cheer to young patients during a Caps For Kids event in the Children's Ward of the Ochsner Hospital. Guillory will also pay a visit to his alma mater Holy Cross High School.

"New Orleans is at its heart a true Navy town, dating back more than 200 years," said Cmdr. John Filostrat, a native of New Orleans and the officer-in-charge for the Navy Office of Community Outreach during New Orleans Navy Week 2011.

"The local community has embraced the Navy, which is home to a Navy Recruiting District, Naval Air Logistics Office, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse and the Navy Operational Support Center in Algiers," said Filostrat. "The partnership that exists here remains strong and thriving."

Interactive displays including the Navy Suburban, a Navy-themed media center on wheels equipped with video games, and the Navy Simulator which is a ride that moves in sync with live-action video imagery to give a person the sense and idea of what the Navy is about, will provide additional entertainment during Navy Week events at a variety of locations in and around the New Orleans region.

The last time New Orleans was selected to host a Navy Week was in 2009.