Maritime TV: Video of MARAD Ceremony Honoring M/V Cape Ray Crew and Interview with Maritime Administrator

Maritime (MARAD) Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen hosted a ceremony on Friday, September 19, 2014 in Portsmouth, Va. to honor the civilian crew who helped destroy Syria’s chemical weapons at sea aboard the M/V Cape Ray, during her recently-completed historic mission and Maritime TV was there .
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Afterwards Maritime TV’s Sarah Selz interviewed Administrator Jaenichen about the M/V Cape Ray’s mission, during which he stated that the crew’s flawless execution of a very complex mission demonstrated that “the U.S. Merchant Marine is an irreplaceable national asset.”
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U.S. Coast Guard Academy establishes Center for Arctic Study and Policy

Officials at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy established the Center for Arctic Study and Policy (CASP) in a ceremony Sept. 19, attended by Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The establishment of the Center is part of the Coast Guard’s strategic objectives for the Arctic which include improving awareness, modernizing governance, and broadening partnerships in the region.

The Center will serve as an operational think tank to focus on emerging Arctic issues and collaborate with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s network of Centers of Expertise and others for the advancement of safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic.

Dr. Kurt Colella, Dean of Academics at U.S. Coast Guard Academy states, “The CASP is a natural extension of USCGA’s Mission as an intellectual resource for our Coast Guard and beyond.  The faculty and cadets are a huge force multiplier in advancing organizational strategy, inspiring critical thought, and addressing the challenges that face the future leaders of our great Service.”

The Center is housed within the existing Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy in the Humanities Department at the Coast Guard Academy. It is directed by Mr. Andrew Wood.  For further information, contact the Center at 860-701-6484.

Submarine Force Commemorates 4,000th Strategic Deterrent Patrol

Submarine Force Commemorates 4,000th  Strategic Deterrent Patrol

NORFOLK, VA. – Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic and Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in conjunction with Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, commemorated the submarine force’s 4,000th strategic deterrent patrol, Sept. 19, 2014, by conducting dual ceremonies in Bangor, Wash., and Kings Bay, Ga.

The first fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS George Washington (SSBN 598) was commissioned December 30, 1959, and completed the inaugural deterrent patrol in January 1961.   Since then, 59 SSBNs have been commissioned in the last 50-plus years. Having patrolled the waters worldwide, the ship has established itself as the most survivable, critical, and efficient element of our U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and partners.

“The ballistic missile submarine force and the capability it offers is as important and relevant in today’s uncertain world as it was when the first deterrent patrols were conducted more than five decades ago,” said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command. “Commemorating the 4,000th patrol allows us to honor not only the submariners who have achieved this milestone, but also to pay homage to the men and women of our strategic forces who are on watch every day providing our nation with a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent against those who might think to do us harm.”

Along with strategic bombers and the intercontinental ballistic missiles, the SSBNs make up the third element of the United States’ triad of nuclear deterrence. SSBNs are critical, stabilizing and efficient elements of U.S. nuclear deterrence and reassurance, and with their sea-based missile launch capability makes them the most survivable asset. They carry the majority of deployed U.S. nuclear warheads allowing them to stabilize deterrent relationships and render surprise attacks inconceivable.

Today, we celebrate a very special milestone in the undersea warfare community as we commemorate the 4,000th strategic deterrent patrol conducted by our fleet ballistic missile submarines,” said Vice Adm. Michael Connor, Commander, Submarine Forces.  “Strategic deterrence has been the sole mission of the fleet ballistic missile submarine since its inception.  As the sea-based leg of U.S. strategic deterrent forces, the current 14 TRIDENT SSBNs carry more than 50 percent of the total U.S. strategic warheads.  Today’s concept of strategic deterrence seeks to deter attacks on the U.S. or its allies, dissuade adversaries from actions counter to stability, and peace, and to assure allies of the United States’ commitment to their security.”

The current fleet of Ohio-class SSBNs has already been life-extended and cannot be extended any further.  They must be replaced by new class of SSBNs to meet the our future strategic commitments.

“The Sailors have done their part to ensure peace and the ships have done their part too as they now start to serve well beyond their original design service life,” said Connor.  “Now the country must do the same to continue to ensure the peace for our children and our children’s children.  We must build Ohio’s replacement.  There is no more important or more effective use of our National Defense spending than to ensure that we build the 12 ships that will enable exceptional Sailors like you to guarantee the peace for future generations.”

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems, echoed Connor’s concerns about the Ohio replacements.

“We as a nation are also demonstrating credibility through commitment to our deterrence strategy, the sustainment of the Ohio class and the procurement of the Ohio replacement.  We must procure and maintain a force of Ohio replacement SSBNs, in order to keep them properly postured and positioned to be survivable and to ensure adequate target coverage.”

While the material and mission readiness of the strategic deterrent fleet is primary focus areas, these elements would be mute without the personnel readiness of our Sailors.   The professional and personal development needs of our Sailors and their families are critical aspects in recruiting and retaining our best and brightest to ensure mission accomplishment in the submarine force.

“The submarine is perhaps the most technological marvel ever!  As we continue to build and develop new submarines they are becoming even more advanced – quieter, stealthier, going deeper, and armed with highly superior weapons systems,” said Vice Adm. Terry Benedict, director, Strategic Systems Programs.  “However, this is all for naught if not for the men and now women of the silent service.  Equally – if not more important than the payload or the platform is the Sailor.  Our Sailors have and will continue to protect and provide credible deterrence to those who would otherwise wish us harm.”

In a letter sent to the submarine force, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus stated:

“It is my great honor to congratulate Commander, Submarine Forces and all the Sailors, civilians, and veterans of the submarine force who have dedicated themselves to achieving this significant milestone -our Nation’s 4,000th Strategic Deterrent Patrol. This milestone demonstrates not only the far-reaching importance of strategic deterrence to the security of the United States and its allies, but also the significant role the U.S. Navy plays in maintaining this posture.

“History shows us that it is difficult to predict the future of conflict. But it also shows us that we must always be prepared for the threat of conflict. So, I thank you, for protecting peace, promoting global security, and for all you do to ensure the safety of our Nation.”

For more information on the submarine force visit the Submarine Force web site at

Groton SUBVETS Announces October Events Schedule

Groton SUBVETS Announces October Events Schedule

Groton – U.S. Submarine Veterans Groton Base has the following events planned for October.

The very popular monthly Steak N’ Eggs Brunch is October 5 from 10 AM to noon. Regular brunch will be served every other Sunday from 10 AM to noon.

The monthly membership meeting is October 6 at 6:30 PM. All members are encouraged to attend. Persons interested in joining SUBVETS are also welcome to attend. The only requirement for membership is to be designated QUALIFIED in SUBMARINES. Membership is open to active duty United States Navy officers and enlisted personnel as well as all retired and non-career submariners.

The monthly SUBVETS WWII Social and Luncheon is scheduled for October 14 from 11:30 AM at the clubhouse. All WWII Submarine veterans and their guest are welcome.

The annual Submarine CO / XO / COB Dinner is scheduled for October 18 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.

The monthly SUBVETS Holland Club Luncheon and Social is scheduled for October 21 from 11:30 AM at the clubhouse. The Holland Club is an exclusive group within the SUBVETS organization that recognizes members who reach the milestone of a minimum of 50 years qualified in submarines.

The annual Steamship Round Dinner is scheduled for October 25th. Please call for reservations: (860) 445-5262. Dinner is $15 per person and will be served in two sittings, at 5:45 and 7 PM.

Advanced Paid Reservations are required. 

All events are open to members of U.S. SUBVETS and their guests and will be held at the clubhouse, located at 40 School Street in Groton, CT.

For directions, costs or additional information about SUBVETS Groton or any of the above events,  visit their Web site at, or contact Jeff Walsh, SUBVETS Groton Base House Committee Chair, at (860) 449–2103 or by e-mail at

United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated is a National Veterans Fraternal Organization chartered in 1964 and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)19 entity. With over 13,200 members and 160 chapters nationwide, it is the largest organization of US Navy submarine qualified veterans in the world.

If you’d like additional information, please contact Rich Cheatham, United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated Groton Base Public Affairs Officer at (860) 271-6608 or via email at

SUBVETS Groton Steak N’ Lobster Night

SUBVETS Groton Steak N’ Lobster Night Set for September 6.

Groton – U.S. Submarine Veterans Groton Base will hold their annual Steak N’ Lobster Dinner on September 6th. Please call for reservations: (860) 445-5262. This is one of their most popular dinners of the year.

Dinner will be served in two sittings, at 5:45 and 7 p.m. at their clubhouse, 40 School Street, Groton.

You will be able to have a Steak and a Lobster, or any combination of the two for $28 per person. If that’s too much food then you can get a steak or a lobster for $15 per person. Price includes salad, baked potato and all the fixings.

Advanced Paid Reservations are required.

All events are open to members of U.S. SUBVETS and their guests.

For directions or additional information about SUBVETS Groton visit their Web site at, or contact Jeff Walsh, SUBVETS Groton Base House Committee Chair, at (860) 449–2103 or by e-mail at


United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated is a National Veterans Fraternal Organization chartered in 1964 and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)19 entity. With over 13,200 members and 160 chapters nationwide, it is the largest organization of US Navy submarine qualified veterans in the world.

If you’d like more information on this topic, please contact Rich Cheatham, United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated Groton Base Public Affairs Officer at (860) 271-6608 or via email at

USS Remora Class Joins the Fleet

GROTON (June 10, 2014) – Sixty-six Sailors of “Class 14280” USS Remora (SS-487), graduated from Basic Enlisted Submarine School, Friday, 13 June.

Seaman Apprentice Joseph Sampson was Class Honorman with a Grade Point Average of 98.79. Sampson, who was meritoriously advanced as a result of his academic performance, continues in the Apprentice Team Training pipeline.

Seaman Apprentice Javier McMillon was recipient of the Submarine Heritage Award.

Seaman Apprentice Michael Mize received the Navy Core Values Award for best exemplifying the standards and expectations of a United States Navy Sailor.

With Grade Point Averages of 90.0 or higher Seaman Recruit Jesse Guillot, Seaman William Austin, Seaman Angelito Mostajo, Seaman Clay Mayer, Seaman Jamar Williamson, Fireman Recruit Alexander Williams, Fireman Derrick Francis, Seaman Miguel Diaz Morales, Seaman Apprentice Tyler Harrington, Seaman Recruit Thomas Sundell, Seaman Recruit Matthew Harsey, Seaman Nicholas Mabry, Seaman Apprentice Christopher Santana, Machinist Mate 3rd Class Ian Patsfield, Seaman Matthew Gabb, Seaman Andrew Dibble, Seaman Recruit Jordan Guerrerosargent, Seaman Recruit Chase Mikulastik, Seaman Brian Christian, and Seaman Recruit Todd Montgomery joined Mize and McMillon as Graduates with Distinction.

Basic Enlisted Submarine School is a six-week introduction to the basic theory, construction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. In preparation for an assignment, Sailors receive instruction on shipboard organization, submarine safety and escape procedures.

William Kenny
Submarine Learning Center Public Affairs

UNH ROTC Student Awarded Legion of Valor Achievement Award

WEST HAVEN, CT (05/30/2014)(readMedia)– Brett Rankowitz, a University of New Haven senior majoring in criminal justice and a member of the UNH Reserved Officer Training Corps program, has been awarded the Bronze Cross Legion of Valor Achievement Award.


Brett Rankowitz

Brett, a Niantic resident, was awarded the cross for outstanding performance throughout his junior year at UNH. Fewer than 50 cadets and midshipmen nationally receive the cross each year.

“Brett’s constant desire and willingness to achieve a higher standard warranted this prestigious award,” said Capt. Sean Ritchie of the UNH ROTC program. “Every single day he performed to the best of his abilities, and he consistently set a positive example for others within the program.”

Brett, who will be the company commander of the UNH ROTC cadets beginning this fall, has served as an ROTC team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant, platoon leader and company first sergeant. “His peer and leadership evaluations, without a doubt, demonstrated his knowledge and frequently earned him a score of ‘excellent,”‘ Ritchie said.

As a member of the Nathan Hale Battalion Ranger Company, Rankowitz conducted physical training five days a week, and each Thursday he conducted road marches ranging of up to 12 miles while carrying a 50 pound backpack. “Brett’s willingness to push himself and, subsequently, to achieve a higher standard, motivated and inspired his subordinates and peers daily,” said Ritchie.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.

214 New Ensigns Commissioned

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On Wednesday May 21, Cadet Memorial Field is staged and ready to begin the US Coast Guard Academy’s 133rd commencement exercises.

What a picture-perfect scene of a breathtaking celebration to honor such an elite group of young men and women.  The sun shining through the multiple shades of blue in the sky only enhanced the white uniforms of the cadets soon to graduate and be commissioned into the US Coast Guard.

The time is here, there is a vigilance of silence, the chapel bells are chiming, the sound of a 21 gun salute brings a note of honor and the Coast Guard Band captures our hearts with the sound of Pomp and Circumstance as the Cadets march in. 

Distinguished Graduate, Stephanie Jocis of Palos Verdes, California spoke of how she related her four years at the Academy to the likes of entering a revolving door. Stephanie spoke about each turn of the door as being another challenging year.  At times she felt isolated. With last year’s final turn, she was able to exit with the best version of herself.  She concluded that, “Camaraderie of the Academy changes everyone from I to We in the service of their nation.”

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department Of Homeland Security delivered the keynote address to the 214 graduates.  Secretary Johnson stated that, “Graduation represents an accumulation of four years of hard work, but it is not an end, it is not your destination, it is your next beginning.”  He gave reference to Stephanie Jocis,  “How at times she felt isolated” and said, “Yes, it’s been hard, and we make it hard for a reason, our nation, our department and our Coast Guard requires the best and the strongest.”  He asked the cadets to live by their moral and ethic compass, “Your fellow Americans will expect a lot from you. Set the example, behave as if the whole world is watching.”      

Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., Commandant of the US Coast Guard, who will be retiring at the end of the month, administered the oath of office to the cadets. As the Admiral stood before the cadets for the last time, he asked them, “Turn around and say thank you!”

Class president Bradley Pienta thanked the Admiral and voiced, “We promise to take all that we have learned from you into the fleet.”