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Awards

On 20 March HSL-37 received the 2007 Admiral Vern Clark Safety Award in the unit category. GySgt. Robert E. Bergman of the 1 st Marine Air Wing won in the individual category.

On 23 April Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, NAS North Island, Calif., received the CNO 2007 Aviation Safety Award.

On 19 May Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter awarded the FY07 Awards for Achievement in Safety Ashore to MCAS New River, Jacksonville, N.C., in the large nonindustrial activity category and to Naval Air Technical Training Center, Pensacola, Fla., in the small nonindustrial activity category.

On 1 May Enterprise (CVN 65) and CVW-! received the 2007 Admiral Flatley Memorial Award. Kearsarge (LHD 3) earned the award in the amphibious ship division on 2 May.

On 14 May 300 surviving members of VO-67 received the Presidential Unit Citation for valorous actions during secret intelligence-gathering missions in the Vietnam War.

In June Wasp (LHD 1) won the 2007 Afloat Safety Award in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet (Amphibious Large) category while Boxer (LHD 4) won in the U.S. Pacific Fleet (Amphibious Large) category.

On 3 June NAS Brunswick, Maine, won the FY07 CNO Environmental Award for Conservation.

On 6 June Enterprise (CVN 65) earned the Battenberg Cup for conservation and protection of natural resources.

Milestone

On 19 April the SH-60B Red Stinger 102, right, flew its 13,000th flight hour. The Seahawk (BuNo 162109), assigned to HSL-49 Det 6 surpassed this milestone during counter-narcoterrorism operations off the South American coast while embarked aboard Crommelin (FFG 37).

Scan Pattern

On 13 May the Army's l-226th Aviation Regiment conducted deck landing qualifications on board Boxer (LHD 4) off the coast of Guatemala. The regiment conducted the landings to ensure they are qualified to land aboard a Navy ship if they need to refuel.

On 16 May the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group--Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) with embarked CVW-8, Monterey (CG 61), The Sullivans (DDG 68), Mason (DDG 87), Nitze (DDG 94), and Leyte Gulf (CG 55)-completed a Composite Training Unit Exercise.

On 21 May French navy pilots flying three Rafales and one E-2C conducted flight deck landing qualifications aboard Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

On 26 May John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and CVW-9 departed San Diego, Calif., to participate in Tailored Ship's Training and Availability (TSTA). They began their final phase of TSTA, a three part exercise, on 8 June.

On 28 May Kitty Hawk (CV 63) departed Yokosuka, Japan, for the final time. She will be replaced by George Washington (CVN 73), which left Norfolk, Va., on 7 April. George Washington, originally scheduled to conduct a turnover with Kitty Hawk in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in June, participated in RIMPAC 2008 but a fire on 22 May required she pull into San Diego, Calif., for repairs. Kitty Hawk replaced George Washington in the exercise and the two ships were scheduled to conduct a turnover in San Diego in August. Kitty Hawk will then proceed to Bremerton, Wash., to complete her decommissioning.

In June HSM-71, a new component of CVW-9, embarked aboard John C. Stennis (CVN 74), becoming the first HSM squadron to embark on a carrier as part of an air wing. HSM-71 flies the MH-60R Seahawk.

On 20 June the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the remains of LCdr. Ralph C. Bisz had been accounted for and returned to his family for burial with full military honors. On 4 August 1967 Bisz, attached to VA-63, look off in an A-4E Skyhawk from Oriskany (CVA 34) to bomb a petroleum depot near Haiphong, North Vietnam, when his aircraft was hit by an enemy surface-to-air missile. He crashed near the town of Hai Duong in Hai Hung Province.

On 27 June Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced the newest large deck amphibious assault ship would be named America (LHA 6). It will be the fourth Navy ship to bear this name.

On the Move

On 19 May the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group--Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked CVW-14 and DESRON-7, ChancellorsviUe (CG 62), Decatur (DDG 73), Gridley (DDG 101), Howard (DDG 83), Thach (FFG 43), and USNS Rainer (T-AOE 7)--departed San Diego, Calif., for a scheduled WESTPAC deployment.

On 1 June HS-7 and VAQ-130 returned to their respective homeports of 'NS Mayport, Fla., and NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., after a seven-month deployment on board Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman returned to Norfolk, Va., on 4 June.

On 3 June Tarawa (LHA 1) returned to NB San Diego, Calif., from a seven-month deployment supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

On 9 June VP-1 returned to NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., after a six-month deployment to the eastern Pacific.

On 18 June the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group--Nassau (LHA 4), Nashville (LPD 13), Ashland (LSD 48), Ross (DDG 71), Bulkeley (DDG 84), Philippine Sea (CG 58), and Albany (SSN 753)--returned to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct maritime security operations. The Nassau ESG returned to Norfolk, Va., on 11 July.

On 26 June Boxer (LHD 4) returned to NB San Diego, Calif., after two months at sea in support of Continuing Promise 2008.

Outreach

On 8 May sailors from Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) cleaned Rodnini Park during a community relations project when the ship visited Rhodes, Greece.

On 9 May officers from HSL-49 hosted a 24 hour Fun Run to support the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) chapter in San Diego, Calif., right. The wardroom completed the Friday to Saturday continuous relay on Coronado and NAS North Island. The event served as a trial for a similar event scheduled for fall 2008 when HSL-49 personnel will run continuously for an entire week, raising more awareness for MADD and the Navy's Right Spirit campaign.

On 10 May sailors from Wasp (LHD 1) and PCU George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) participated in two community relations projects to help clean up debris from the aftermath of several tornadoes that hit Suffolk, Va., on 28 April causing millions of dollars in damage.

On 13 May sailors and Marines from Boxer (LHD 4) performed landscaping, painting, and repairs on the El Higural school house and San Fransisco Blanco de Asis church in Aldea El Higueral and San Francisco, Guatemala, during a port visit to the cities.

From 15-16 May sailors from George Washington (CVN 73) and Kauffman (FFG 59) performed general maintenance at several schools and children's homes during a port visit to Valparaiso, Chile.

On 20 May sailors from Wasp (LHD 4) sorted 4,500 pounds of food during a community relations project at the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia in Norfolk, Va.

On 4 June sailors and Marines from Peleliu (LHA 5) spent the day playing with children from the Singapore Children's Society's Sunbeam Place during a port visit to Singapore.
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