Navy to Christen Expeditionary Fast Transport City of Bismarck

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Release No: NR-174-17 May 11, 2017

The Navy will christen its newest Expeditionary Fast Transport, the future USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, May 13, at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.


The future City of Bismarck, designated T-EPF 9, will be the first ship in naval service to honor the city of Bismarck, the capital of the state of North Dakota.

 

The principal speaker will be Air Force Gen. Darren McDew, commander, U.S. Transportation Command. The Honorable Jane Harman, former congresswoman from California, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.

 

We are honored that former Congresswoman Harman will serve as sponsor for the newest ship in our fleet,” said the Honorable Sean Stackley, acting secretary of the Navy. “She has had a distinguished career working to improve our nation’s security and her relationship with Bismarck and its crew will be a continuation of those efforts.”

 

The EPF is a shallow draft, all aluminum, commercial-based catamaran capable of intra-theater personnel and cargo lift providing combatant commanders high-speed sealift mobility with inherent cargo handling capability and agility to achieve positional advantage over operational distances.

 

EPF is designed to transport 600 short tons of military cargo 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. The ship is capable of operating in shallow-draft ports and waterways, interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and on/off-loading a combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank (M1A2).

 

The EPF will include a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that will allow vehicles to quickly drive off the ship. EPF’s shallow draft (under 15 feet) will further enhance littoral operations and port access. This makes the EPF an extremely flexible asset for support of a wide range of operations including maneuver and sustainment, relief operations in small or damaged ports, flexible logistics support, or as the key enabler for rapid transport.

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Aviation Command Retention Bonus Continued

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Story Number: NNS170509-25Release Date: 5/9/2017 3:52:00 PM

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — The Aviation Command Retention Bonus (ACRB) has been continued, the Navy announced in a message, May 9.

According to NAVADMIN 115/17, the ACRB is designed to retain those officers with the talent and command experience in our primary warfighting missions critical for the future of the Navy.

ACRB applicants must be currently serving as commanding officer (CO) of an eligible operational (OP), operational training (OP-T) or special mission (SM) O-5 command in order to apply. Eligible commands are those OP, OP-T, and SM O-5 commands for which the annual Aviation Command Screen Board selects officers to serve as CO, excluding second-in-grade/sequential/bonus/Fleet Replacement Squadron commands. Eligibility to apply for the ACRB ends on the last day of command.

Post command commanders not on contract who served as CO of an eligible OP, OP-T or special SM O-5 command between Oct. 1, 2016, and fiscal year 2017 ACRB Program NAVADMIN release date are eligible to apply for a limited time. Signed contracts must be received by PERS-435 within 30 days of NAVADMIN release.

COs who take the bonus will be paid in two installments of $18,000 per year and are obligated to serve through their 21st and 22nd years of service – ensuring there are enough O-5s with command experience – encouraging retention until these officers are in zone for promotion to O-6.

Specific details, eligibility, and application procedures can be found on the Navy Personnel Command Aviation Career Continuation Pay web page at www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/officer/detailing/aviation/ocm/pages/accp.aspx.

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Aviation Command Retention Bonus Continued

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Story Number: NNS170509-25Release Date: 5/9/2017 3:52:00 PM

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — The Aviation Command Retention Bonus (ACRB) has been continued, the Navy announced in a message, May 9.

According to NAVADMIN 115/17, the ACRB is designed to retain those officers with the talent and command experience in our primary warfighting missions critical for the future of the Navy.

ACRB applicants must be currently serving as commanding officer (CO) of an eligible operational (OP), operational training (OP-T) or special mission (SM) O-5 command in order to apply. Eligible commands are those OP, OP-T, and SM O-5 commands for which the annual Aviation Command Screen Board selects officers to serve as CO, excluding second-in-grade/sequential/bonus/Fleet Replacement Squadron commands. Eligibility to apply for the ACRB ends on the last day of command.

Post command commanders not on contract who served as CO of an eligible OP, OP-T or special SM O-5 command between Oct. 1, 2016, and fiscal year 2017 ACRB Program NAVADMIN release date are eligible to apply for a limited time. Signed contracts must be received by PERS-435 within 30 days of NAVADMIN release.

COs who take the bonus will be paid in two installments of $18,000 per year and are obligated to serve through their 21st and 22nd years of service – ensuring there are enough O-5s with command experience – encouraging retention until these officers are in zone for promotion to O-6.

Specific details, eligibility, and application procedures can be found on the Navy Personnel Command Aviation Career Continuation Pay web page at www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/officer/detailing/aviation/ocm/pages/accp.aspx.

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Sparton a Key Technical Contributor to NAVSEA Award Given to NUWC Newport

De Leon Springs, Fla. — ( ) — May 2, 2017 —Sparton Corporation (NYSE: SPA) announced that it was a key technical contributor to a recent Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) technical award given to Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport. The award, given to NUWC’s Advanced Weapons Enhanced by Submarine Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Against Mobile Targets (AWESUM) UAS/Tactical Data Link (TDL) Team, recognized the successful collaboration between NUWC and Sparton during a two-year Joint Capability Technology Demonstration effort that was independently assessed by U.S. Pacific Command. Sparton’s collaboration was instrumental in helping move this technology forward as a fiscal year 2017 program of record.

The AWESUM UAS/TDL Engineering Team completed the two-year Joint Capability Technology Demonstration effort to rapidly deliver the warfighter with the ability to discretely and quickly identify and defeat time-sensitive mobile targets in a denied environment.

NUWC Division Newport is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and is the Navy’s full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support center for submarine warfare systems and many other systems associated with the undersea battle space.

The award presented to the NUWC team demonstrates the effectiveness of close collaborations between the Navy and Industry,” stated Jim Lackemacher, Group Vice President of the Engineered Components and Products Segment. “We are pleased to provide this new capability rapidly to the warfighter.”

About Sparton Corporation

Sparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA), now in its 117th year, is a provider of complex and sophisticated electromechanical devices with capabilities that include concept development, industrial design, design and manufacturing engineering, production, distribution, field service, and refurbishment. The primary markets served are Medical & Biotechnology, Military & Aerospace, and Industrial & Commercial. Headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, Sparton currently has thirteen manufacturing locations and engineering design centers worldwide. Sparton’s Web site may be accessed at http://www.sparton.com/.

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Navy Celebrates 2017 Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Story Number: NNS170430-01Release Date: 4/30/2017 6:06:00 PM

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WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy joins the nation in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May.

ALNAV 006/17 encourages participation in all the heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year. This year, Navy commands are encouraged to celebrate and reflect on the theme „Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together.”

It is an honor and a privilege to serve with such a diverse group of officers and enlisted personnel who make up our Navy,” said Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, a Hawaiian-born Filipino and the 40th commander of Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida. „I’m blessed at the opportunities the Navy has given me, and I’m thankful to celebrate this month with my fellow Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”

There are 24,743 Asian American and Pacific Islander Sailors currently serving as part of One Navy Team, including eight admirals, 659 master chief and senior chief petty officers and 318 officers. These Sailors represent more than 56 ethnic groups, speaking over 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands, living in the United States.

Asian American and Pacific Islanders represent 11.7 percent of the Navy civilian workforce and 3.2 percent of Senior Executive Service members. „Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a proud history,” Bolivar said. „It’s a history of service. We’re dedicated not only to our heritage, but also to our Navy; to be a shining example of the core values that guide us: honor, courage and commitment.”

Asian American and Pacific Islanders of various nationalities and ancestry have been serving in the Navy since the early 19th century. The rich history of these cultures, their struggles against adversity to achieve equality, significant contributions to the American experience and the opportunity to build the foundation for a bright future are made reality by some great leaders who share the same heritage.

For more information about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their numerous contributions to the Navy, visit www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/asian-americans-pacific-islanders-in-the-navy.html

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China launches its second aircraft carrier

China has announced the launch of its first home-built aircraft carrier, and Twitter is now with images of the ceremonial event. When it eventually enters service after several years of fitting out, testing and crew training, it will be the second aircraft carrier in the PLA Navy inventory. The first, called Liaoning or CV-16, is a refurbished ex-Soviet vessel, and as predicted by Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow James Goldrick in January 2016, this new vessel resembles Liaoning in most respects:

That the first new-build carrier will be in most respects a copy of the Soviet designed Liaoning should be no surprise. This is China’s only practicable course of action if it is to get another unit into service in good time.

The PLA Navy was able to extract eight truck loads of detailed plans of the Liaoning from the Ukrainian vendors. These will have to be the foundation of the present activity because China is now facing the same reality that has dogged the efforts of all the major navies of the last century. The greatest restraint on naval expansion in the industrial age has been neither budgets nor disarmament treaties. It has in fact been the lack of drafting expertise to translate the design concepts of naval architects into the detailed compartment-by-compartment drawings that allow the shipbuilders to do their work (arguably, this has been a key problem for Australia with the new Air Warfare Destroyers). The scale of the effort involved is demonstrated by the report that the Liaoning’s documentation amounted to many tons of paper.

Although the PLA Navy is pursuing multiple paths of technology transfer from overseas, both legitimate and covert, its shipbuilders must recruit and train sufficient expert indigenous design staff in very large numbers at a time when the Chinese navy is seeking to introduce many different new classes: submarines, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious ships, replenishment ships and light craft. In particular, the demands of the submarine force, both nuclear and conventional, must be a higher priority than the carrier force for the PLA Navy as a whole, and for the national leadership.

The Lowy Institute’s Euan Graham assesses that the new carrier will bring incremental benefits to the PLA Navy. The largest design constraint on the new ship is that it persists with the so-called ‚ski-jump’ configuration of its predecessor. This 15 degree incline at the bow of the ship gives fighter aircraft just enough lift to launch off the short runway, but it is not enough to allow for the launch of heavier aircraft, and it may even restrict the amount of fuel and weapons which Chinese carrier-borne fighters can carry on missions. The US and France both use ‚catapult’ technology which flings aircraft off the ship at higher speed. China is working on that technology, and it will probably be introduced in the next carrier (apparently under construction since March 2015). That will be a step-change in capability rather than just an incremental improvement.

So what are China’s carriers actually for? Well, first of all, it is important to note that these two ships are no match for America’s carriers, and they were probably not built with the US Navy in mind. But if you exclude the US, China is by some measures already the most powerful naval force in the Asia Pacific, and two operational carriers would help cement that status (China is also building a , arguably a more important program than the carriers). That gives Beijing not just boasting rights but also a useful operational advantage. In the South China Sea, for instance, China might use its carriers to enforce its boundary claims against smaller countries with relatively weak air and naval forces.

China’s ambitions won’t stop at two or three carriers, with some analysts predicting up to six will be built. That’s several decades into the future, but by the time China’s program reaches that stage, it’s fair to assume its carriers will match America’s in most respects. And although the US Navy would still have a numerical advantage (it currently operates 11 carriers), America has worldwide security obligations, and China does not.

China’s carrier program is thus symbolic of the power shift in the Asia Pacific. Short of an economic or political crisis in China, this shift probably can’t be stopped; it can only be managed. The response of regional military forces to China’s naval shipbuilding program will offer an important indicator of how that management is taking place. The response we have seen so far, typical of weaker maritime powers, is to focus on anti-ship capabilities, particularly submarines but also high-speed anti-ship missiles. Not coincidentally, that is also the approach China has taken to countering the US Navy.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard delivered USS Providence (SSN 719) 23 days ahead of schedule

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD, Maine (NNS) — Portsmouth Naval Shipyard delivered USS Providence (SSN 719) back to the Fleet 23 days ahead of schedule and on budget April 7.

USS Providence arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Dec. 4, 2015, for a Pre-Inactivation Restricted Availability (PIRA). The project team and ship’s crew worked seamlessly throughout the maintenance availability to meet the Naval Sea Systems Command’s mission priority of the on-time delivery of ships and submarines.

As a team, the shipyard with the captain and crew of Providence, focused on the positive plan forward,” said project superintendent, Mark Ayotte. „Together we reached our goal of getting the warfighter underway to do what they do best for the Navy and our country.”

The project team and crew thrived in an environment that promotes increased levels of collaboration, innovation and high velocity learning. Their teamwork coupled with the shipyard’s collective commitment to excellence ensured non-stop execution of work.

„Portsmouth is committed to safely delivering first-time quality work, on time and on budget,” said shipyard commander, Navy Capt. Dave Hunt. „It is our commitment to safety and quality that enables us to deliver these submarines on or ahead of schedule and provide the combatant commanders with the assets they need, when they are needed.”

Providence’s PIRA was approximately 200,000 mandays of work scheduled for a 15.7 month time frame. The project team and crew completed the complex work package more than three weeks ahead of schedule.

The on-time completion of submarine availabilities is critical in the maintenance of today’s fleet and is essential to maintaining maritime superiority and expanding the advantage. PNSY, a field activity of NAVSEA, is the Navy’s center of excellence for attack submarine overhaul, repair and modernization.

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Future USS Gerald R. Ford Underway for Builder’s Sea Trials

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Story Number: NNS170408-02Release Date: 4/8/2017 5:17:00 PM

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WASHINGTON (NNS) — The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is underway for its first set of sea trials, known as Builder’s Sea Trials (BST). Builder’s sea trials provide an opportunity to test systems, components and compartments at sea for the first time.

Over the next several days, CVN 78 Sailors, shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS), the Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Naval Sea Systems Command personnel will be working side-by-side testing many of the ship’s key systems and technologies.

The Navy and our industry partners are excited to have the future USS Gerald R. Ford underway under her own power for the first time, executing a rigorous and comprehensive test program for this first-of-class ship,” said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, program executive officer for aircraft carriers. „This milestone is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, and we look forward to learning a great deal during sea trials. We will continue to work together to deliver Ford’s critical capabilities to the fleet.”

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Navy Releases 2017 MAP Quotas, Policy Updates

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced Tuesday in NAVADMIN 079/17 several changes to the 2017 Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) that will expand commanding officers’ ability to recognize and advance top performing Sailors.

These changes are based on recommendations from senior enlisted leaders throughout the Fleet and will increase the number of quotas, eliminate the time-in-rate requirement and open MAP to Selected Reserve (SELRES) Sailors.

This year, MAP will account for approximately 10 percent of all E4-E6 advancements with 4,199 MAP quotas, an increase of more than 1,100 from 2016.

Units will have 4,016 quotas with 183 quotas designated for Echelon 2 commands. Advancement quotas by paygrade are:

* E-4 – 1,606

* E-5 – 1,354

* E-6 – 1,239

The 2017 fall advancement cycle planning will incorporate the number of Sailors advanced via MAP to arrive at quotas for advancement based on Navy Wide Advancement Exam results.

Some of the other key changes announced include:

* Increasing the number of Unit Identification Codes (UICs) receiving quotas from 907 to 2,798

* Time in Rate (TIR) requirements for E4 and E5 Sailors are eliminated

* Commanding Officers may MAP any Sailor in a subordinate UIC, regardless of their sea or shore assignment status

* MAP will be opened to Selected Reserve (SELRES) Sailors during this MAP Season. Policy, guidance and quota distribution for SELRES will be outline in a future ALNAVRESFOR message. Navy recruiting districts (NRD) will have one MAP quota per NRD for Reserve Sailors filling canvasser recruiter billets.

* Controlled rate quota requests must be submitted no later than June 1, 2017.

MAP open season will last from July 1 – Aug. 31, but commands are encouraged to begin the MAP selection process and submit their MAP Certification Letter (MCL) as early as possible. The redistribution of unused MAP quotas will take place during the month of September.

MAP is designed to give commanding officers greater authority to recognize superior performance and advance their very best Sailors.

For more information, including quotas by UIC, controlled rates information, forms, points of contact, and answers to frequently asked questions please read NAVADMIN 079/17 or visit http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/talentmanagement/Pages/MAP.aspx.

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CNP Begins to Transform MPT&E and Charts Course for the Future

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Monday, the Chief of Naval Personnel announced that the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) organization is going to transform its processes and IT infrastructure to enhance the Navy’s ability to recruit, train and retain the force of tomorrow.

MPT&E is a dynamic organization and must constantly evolve as an organization in order to address both current and future challenges and maintain Fleet readiness,” said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke. „For us, that means we must be poised to quickly adapt our workforce to new and evolving threats while continuing to attract and retain the very best Sailors in a competitive talent market.”

Burke said that while the Navy is able to make the personnel machine work today, it comes at a cost in terms of resources and level of effort.

„Given the amount of technological change that has occurred in recent years, coupled with a pressurized fiscal environment, we believe the time is right to modernize our personnel management processes and IT infrastructure,” said Burke. „Incremental change will not be enough – we simply cannot afford to wait.”

This transformation effort is a holistic effort intended to streamline personnel management processes and dramatically improve quality of service to Sailors, Fleet Commanders and the Navy as a whole. As part of this effort, the MPT&E organization will transform its current IT architecture to a modern system with cloud based aspects as well as develop an integrated pay and personnel system for Sailors.

To benchmark these systems, the Navy has leveraged several fortune 500 companies to help shape its efforts and incorporated lessons learned from the Army’s on-going Integrated Pay and Personnel System development effort.

„Transforming the way MPT&E operates to streamline and optimize all of our processes will help us improve Fleet readiness, customer service to our Sailors, reduce operating costs and better manage our organizational data and programs,” said Burke. „It will also allow us to effectively recruit, train, and retain the force of tomorrow as well as strengthen the Navy for the future.”

MPT&E’s goals with this transformation are to:

* Improve Fleet Readiness – predictive analytics will enable better Sailor fit, talent matching, improved retention, and agile responses to meet dynamic Fleet needs

* Dramatically improve the way we support Sailors and their families

* Create call centers and mobile/online self-service portals for Sailors to access their personnel information, and provide 24/7 customer service where the majority of personnel transactions can be done online or via mobile devices like many banks and companies today

* Reduce cost without loss of output via a new operating model and modern IT system

* Transform labor intensive, antiquated processes into standardized, automated ones that require less management oversight

* Provide accurate, auditable and timely personnel and pay actions

* Have a seamless data environment accessible throughout the enterprise

* Enable predictive analytics supported by Big Data

A successful MPTE Transformation effort will result in significantly improved business processes and integrated personnel, learning, recruiting, pay, financial management, and data systems.

Once complete, Sailors will be able to upload documents such as marriage and birth certificates to their personnel files, have award and performance records in one place, see where their orders are in the release process, and have 24/7 customer service support through call centers and mobile applications. This effort will also help provide real time data to the Navy, which will help inform bonus-decisions, and potentially help the service move toward tailored compensation for Sailors.

The Navy plans to conduct a field test of its integrated pay and personnel system later this year at Recruit Training Command for approximately 1,000 recruits. The test will run in parallel with the Navy’s current personnel systems, which will provide a non-disruptive, side-by-side, comparison of personnel and pay transactions. While actual data will be employed in this parallel test, all actual pay and personnel actions will continue to be processed via current systems. Officer and Reserve elements will not be included in this first test.

Additionally, to help improve customer service and Fleet readiness, the Navy intends to internally reorganize MPT&E’s command structure later this year.

The Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) enterprise is responsible for manning the Fleet and making sure that our Sailors are ready for the litany of jobs and tasks they will be asked to undertake in the Navy. This responsibility includes finding and recruiting talented individuals to serve, executing training pipelines that take young Sailors through their initial education and beyond, and ensuring that our ships, squadrons, and submarines are fully manned.

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