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Based on direction from the Chief of Naval Operations, CELNAV has been rein- stated into the navigation curriculum and is a requirement in the Offi cer Professional Core Competencies Manual. This administrative change ensures the instruction will be an enduring requirement. The Naval Academy resumed class- room instruction during the summer session of 2015. The class of 2017 will be the fi rst in many years to graduate with a basic knowl- edge of CELNAV.

During their junior year, all second-class Midshipmen currently take Navigation 310: Advanced Navigation. This course has been adjusted to contain three hours of celestial familiarization, providing students basic principles and theories of CELNAV. It includes PowerPoint presentations along with homework and tests based on material from the 15th Edition of Dutton’s Nautical Navigation by Thomas J. Cutler. “It is a core competency of a mariner,” said Director of Professional Development Cmdr. Adan Cruz. “If we can navigate using celestial navigation, then we can always safely get from point A to point B.” Midshipmen also take two cyber classes during which they learn about the vulnera- bility of electronic navigation systems and how they can be affected by cyber threats. The classes include how information moves, jamming, the RF spectrum, and many other topics in cyber security. “Teaching CELNAV is just one thing necessary to learn in order to get ready for the battlefi eld that’s already out there. Cyber affects all battlefi elds to include sea, land, air and space,” said Director of Center of Cyber Security Studies Capt. Paul J. Tortora. Cyber threats aren’t the most likely reason electronic navigation systems might fail. System degradation, electrical failures, satellite malfunctions, there are any number of reasons GPS might be rendered unusable on board a ship.

Outside the classroom, the academy’s

Varsity Offshore Sailing Team uses CEL- NAV for the “Marion to Bermuda” race. GPS is used until the sailboats are 50 miles offshore. Prior to the race, the team members used the planetarium in Luce Hall for expo- sure to what kinds of stars and constellations they would be able to shoot to celestially navigate.

“Everyone is reliant on technology, but celestial navigation is very self-suffi cient. There’s not a more basic way than to use the sails and the stars,” said Midshipman 1st Class Jared Valeske, skipper and tactician for the summer 2015 race.

Midshipmen are also exposed to CEL-

NAV during summer training cruises on US- NA’s Yard Patrol Craft and Offshore Sailing Training Squadron sailboats. By the end of the summer, the nearly 600 Midshipmen

the government and the nation to talk about critical issues. Additionally, the college’s international programs have forged personal relationships with key naval leaders across the globe and that has aided us immensely.” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson echoed Reed’s remarks, ex- panding on the impact the college has had on international relationship building. “There are a number of international students, 357 of which have gone on to be their country’s chief of navy,” said Richardson. “So we’re building strategic partnerships between future leaders. These international partners send their best [peo- ple], so it’s a remarkable testament of the quality and the strategic infl uence that the institution has.”

who participate in these two programs have a practical understanding of the benefi ts of CELNAV and what encompasses a day’s work in navigation.

The bottom line is that even with tech- nological advances, the basics still apply.

USS Philippine Sea Commanding Offi cer Dies

From Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The commanding offi cer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) died Oct. 10 at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville, Florida.

Capt. Wesley A. Smith was at his home

when Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a fi re at his residence on base at approximately 8 p.m. Smith was found unresponsive and trans- ported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death has not been determined. “We offer our sincere condolences to

Capt. Smith’s wife and children, his family and the entire USS Philippine Sea crew and family. They are in our thoughts and prayers as we deal with this tragic loss. Capt. Smith served the Navy and our nation honorably and with great distinction. We honor his outstanding contributions to our Navy and this nation,” said Rear Adm. Brian Luther, commander, Carrier Strike Group Two. Smith, 50, a surface warfare offi cer, as- sumed command of Philippine Sea in Octo- ber 2013. He is from Virginia and entered the U.S. Navy in March, 1990. He previously commanded guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68). He is survived by his wife and his two children.

Planning for a memorial service and funeral arrangements is ongoing. The ship’s executive offi cer, Cmdr. Nathan Rowan, has temporarily assumed command.

Philippine Sea is pierside in her home- port of Mayport, Florida.

Naval War College Contributions Recognized on Capitol Hill

By Ensign Dana Ayers, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- U.S. Naval War College (NWC) leaders and alumni received a warm welcome on Capitol Hill, Oct. 7 during a congressional breakfast organized by Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed. The event offered a chance for members of Congress and their staff to hear details of how NWC educates and develops leaders, strengthens global maritime partnerships and supports Navy missions and combat readiness.

“The war college is an extraordinary asset to the nation and the Navy,” Reed noted. “[The value] is not just the instruction in the classroom, it’s the war gaming and bringing together individuals from across

Richardson also applauded the col-

lege’s leadership and faculty, adding that they are some of the leading thinkers in maritime and military strategy.

“They have a history of not only adapting to the demands of the security environment, but defi ning what that security environment will be and how we’ll respond to it,” said Richardson.

One of those thinkers is U.S. Navy

SEAL and NWC President Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe, III. Howe shared what he sees as the crucial role the college plays in shaping future military leaders. “In today’s world, we can be opera- tionally competent and experts in all of our systems, but that alone is not going to bring about successful military operations in the incredibly dynamic, incredibly challenging environment we are operating in,” said Howe. “We have to make sure we have sharp critical thinkers as leaders, and you’re only going to get that through education.” Military leaders are not the only grad- uates who gain critical thinking and leader- ship skills through the college, rising civilian leaders are molded there as well. Military legislative assistant to Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, Jim Dolbow, credits the college with preparing him for his roles on Capitol Hill and also inspiring him to serve part-time in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. “All the successes in my career can be traced back to enrolling in the Naval War College non-resident program,” said Dol- bow.

Other alumni and students at the breakfast highlighted the fact that the NWC experience offers much more than course content.

“It teaches you a way of thinking more than what to think,” explained Sherman Patrick, military liaison for Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy. “It gives you disciplines and certain processes to go through when making decisions on a daily basis. When I’m faced with a crisis on any day it might not have anything to do with [specifi c course content], but the way I think about it is al- ways infl uenced by the lessons I learned at the war college.”

Kira Self, a current student in the

NWC’s College of Distance Education, explained how the college has helped her in her current role as a senior analyst for inter- national affairs and trade issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Offi ce (GAO). “The program has given me a lot of contextual understanding of what I do at GAO,” said Self. “The relationships I’ve made there have also been valuable; you have so many different types of groups that are in the program that bring unique expe- riences--Hill staffers, naval offi cers, GAO staff. It creates knowledgeable discussions that help us all in our jobs.”

Lewis M. Duncan, NWC provost, and

Timothy P. Schultz, NWC dean of academic affairs, summed up the value of the college

and what they hope the event achieved. “The greatest value of the school is providing long term intellectual capital for the Navy and the nation,” said Schultz. “We educate and develop leaders - men and wom- en - who can not only meet the challenges of the future, but can shape the future as well: for the Navy, the nation and the global community.” “We hope the event provided a great- er awareness of the several missions that the college serves,” added Duncan. “We appreciate the breadth of support across Congress.”

USS Michael Murphy CMC Relieved From Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacifi c

HONOLULU, Hawaii (NNS) -- The com- mand master chief of USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), Master Chief Petty Offi cer Adrian McCown, was relieved of his duties October 2, 2015 by the commanding offi cer of USS Michael Murphy, Cmdr. Todd E. Hutchison, due to a loss in confi dence in his ability to perform the duties as command master chief based on an ongoing command investigation into alleged misconduct and command climate.

McCown has been temporarily reas- signed to the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific. Master Chief Fire Controlman (SW) Jamison Mey- er will assume temporary duties as the senior enlisted advisor.

Michael Murphy is an Arleigh Burke- class guided-missile destroyer based in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), HI.”

T-2C Buckeye Ends 56-Year Navy Career

By Bill Couch, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Public Affairs

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- The Na- vy’s last fl ying T-2C Buckeye made its fi nal fl ight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, Sept. 25, capping 56 years of the aircraft type’s service to the fl eet. Although T-2s were offi cially retired from service in 2008 with a “sundown” cer- emony, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 at NAS Patuxent River continued to use three Buckeyes as safety chase aircraft during test and evaluation fl ights of the E-2D Hawkeye, P-8A Poseidon and MQ-4C Tri- ton unmanned aerial system. “The T-2s have been a reliable and valuable part of our squadron for the last seven years, following what was already a distinguished career of training thousands of naval aviators,” said VX-20 Commanding Offi cer Cmdr. William Selk, who conducted the fi nal fl ight in aircraft 320, along with re- tired naval aviator Kent Vandergrift. “We’re sad to see her go, but we’re thankful for all those years of faithful service. The T-2 has earned its place in naval aviation history many times over.”

The two-seat, twin-engine jet was fi rst introduced in 1959 for training including carrier-based arrested recoveries. The Buck- eye had trained more than 11,000 Navy and Marine Corps student pilots before it was replaced by the T-45 Goshawk. Aircraft number 320 ended its fi nal

fl ight, Sept. 25, with a total of 13,945 fl ight hours on record. With the retirement of the T-2, VX-20 is transitioning to the C-38 to serve as chase aircraft, radar test targets and pilot profi cien- cy aircraft.

Navy Completes Review of Florida WW II Bomber Crash Site

From From Naval History and Heritage

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