Naval leaders, government officials and members of private industry continued to discuss the Surface Navy's future and capabilities at the 31st Annual Surface Navy Association Symposium in Arlington, Va., Jan. 16.
The Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), closed out 2018 on a high note with the acceptance of the ship's first advanced weapons elevator (AWE), setting the tone for more positive developments in the year ahead.
Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-A) and commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy, awarded the firsT Navy Civilian Service Commendation Medal and the first Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal, Jan. 16.
Leaders from the surface community have emphasized sea power innovation and a culture of excellence as the 31st annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium in Crystal City, Virginia started Jan. 15 with the theme "Ready, Agile, Focused: Own the Fight!"
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited China and met with senior Chinese defense officials, Jan. 13 to 16, to discuss professional interactions at sea, specifically addressing risk reduction and operational safety measures.
More than 40 crew members of USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) were the first to pilot the updated Advance Warfare Training (AWT) curriculum inside the Navy's newest combat systems trainer, CIAT, Jan. 8-11.
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic awarded the first prototype project agreement (PPA) under the Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) for the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) Jan. 8 for $1.3 million.
Leadership from Joint Force Command Norfolk (JFCNF), NATO's newest operational level warfighting headquarters, held a working seminar for multinational guests at Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Jan. 10.
Lt. j.g. McKenzie Anderson, USS Porter (DDG 78) training officer, was honored as the Navy's Missile Defender of the Year at the annual Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance awards banquet held in Alexandria, Va., Jan. 11.