Air, Aegis Baseline 9 Integrated Air
& Missile Defense, and Advanced
Capability Build 20 for the Arleigh
Burke guided-missile destroyer
(DDG) Flight III.
He then talked about the Offensive Sea Capability Enablers being
developed to extend the lethality
and range of the Navy’s surface
combatants, including SeaRAM for
DDGs, Over-the-Horizon Missile
for the littoral combat ship/future
frigate and an Extended Range
Hill finished with a quick review
of systems “on the horizon,” including the electromagnetic railgun,
Laser Weapon System, Long-Range
Anti-Ship Missile and others. By the
time he finished, attendees had a
good understanding of the complex
systems the Navy is developing to
keep up with future threats, according to Wills, and developed a greater appreciation of the work Navy
leadership is guiding every day.
Reception for Eagle
The Savannah, Ga., Council spon-
sored a reception for members and
guests aboard the U.S. Coast Guard
Barque Eagle during a port call
“America’s Tall Ship” made to par-
ticipate in the city’s St. Patrick’s
Day celebration. Savannah Navy
Leaguers were invited by Coast
Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU)
Savannah to ride Eagle into port
when the ship pulled in March 16,
according to postings on the coun-
cil’s Facebook page.
Eagle Commanding Officer Capt.
Matt Meilstrup welcomed Council
President Tom Latham and the
Navy League contingent aboard for
the reception. Among the attendees
were Cmdr. Ken Lieberman, executive officer of the littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee; Cmdr.
Amy Beach, commanding officer
of MSU Savannah and captain of
the Port of Savannah; Cmdr. Louie
Parks, executive officer at U.S.
Coast Guard Air Station Savannah;
Capt. Gary Tomasulo, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector
Charleston, S.C.; Savannah Mayor
Eddie DeLoach; and special Navy
League guest Jim Vejar, veteran of
the year, 2015-2016.
Capt. Melissa Bert, chief of
staff of the Seventh Coast Guard
District in Miami, addressed the
Eagle crew and guests during the
event and DeLoach presented a Key
to the City of Savannah to Meilstrup. Latham presented a gift to
the Eagle crew along with some fun
St. Patrick’s Day mementos to Meilstrup. Latham also presented gifts
to the Eagle Sailors of the Quarter.
The Savannah Council also participated in the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day
Parade in Savannah with its largest
entry yet. The contingent consisted
of the Navy League Banner, two
color guards, a Navy Band, seven
cars with Navy officers, two cars
of Navy Leaguers and about 160
Eagle left Savannah March 19 for
a return trip to Baltimore, where it
has been based while it is undergo-
ing a service life extension project
at the Coast Guard Yard facility. The
ship continues to host U.S. Coast
Guard Academy cadet training and
is scheduled to sail for Ireland,
England, Portugal and Bermuda at
the end of May. The third phase of
the service life extension work will
begin in September.
Nevada Crews to Share
Bremerton’s Olympic Bowl
The Blue and Gold Crews
of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nevada
were named the recipients of the
2015 Trident Submarine Outstanding Performance Award
March 1 in a letter signed by Rear
Adm. Frederick J. Roegge, commander, Submarine Force, U.S.
Pacific Fleet, according to a Navy
News Service report.
The award, which also is known
as the Olympic Bowl Trophy, is
presented annually by the Navy
League’s Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council to the top ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) in the
U.S. Pacific Fleet.
“Nevada consistently demonstrated superior performance in
all mission areas throughout 2015
and was a top tactical, strategic
and engineering performer,” Rear
Adm. David Kriete, commander,
Submarine Group Nine, said in
the report. “Nevada’s leadership
is strongly committed to quality
of service and each Sailor’s pro-
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Commanding Officer Capt. Matt
Meilstrup welcomes Navy Leaguers
Kris and Dick Nelson aboard the U.S.
Coast Guard Barque Eagle during a
reception sponsored by the Savannah
Council March 16. Eagle made a port
call to Savannah to participate in the
city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Rear Adm. Jon A. Hill, program executive officer, Integrated Warfare
Systems, gives a presentation to the
Northern Virginia Council Feb. 10 at
Navy League National Headquarters
in Arlington, Va.