readiness, Farnham is an assistant command fitness leader who
oversaw the training of personnel
enrolled in the command’s Fitness
Farnham was introduced by
Roberts, who also is his DCLPO.
Roberts recalled how both Farnham
and she were from New England,
but references to Tom Brady and the
Patriots received mixed reactions
from the Seattle-area audience.
Adopts Yuma, Crew
At Ship’s Christening
A group of 33 Navy Leaguers and
community members from Yuma,
Ariz., braved the flood waters of
western Louisiana and humidity
of Mobile, Ala., to participate in
the christening of the Navy’s new
Spearhead-class expeditionary fast
transport USNS Yuma, Aug. 20 at
Austal USA in Mobile.
The group attended a reception
Aug. 19, during which the council
formally adopted Yuma and its crew.
The reception included key members of Austal USA, the U.S. Navy
and Military Sealift Command,
according to a report in the council’s Rope Yarn Gazette newsletter.
Yuma Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls
spoke while participating in a “
stepping the mast” ceremony, after
which the ship and plank-owner
crew were adopted by the council. Participating in the event was
council representative Dean Hager,
Nicholls and Capt. David C.
Gommo, Yuma commanding officer.
Gommo said he will ensure to
maintain a close relationship with
the city of Yuma as the ship readies
for its transfer to active service by
year’s end, according to the council
The ship’s sponsor, former
Homeland Security Secretary and
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano,
officially christened the ship at the
Aug. 20 ceremony, breaking the
traditional bottle of champagne on
the ship’s bow. Napolitano current-
ly serves as the president of the
University of California.
Austal officials, naval guests,
civic leaders, community members
and Austal employees attended the
ceremony beneath the hull of the
ship in Austal’s final assembly bay.
Mobile, Ala., Council President
Terry Gillbreath also was among
Yuma was launched Sept. 17.
It is the eighth of 10 expeditionary fast transport vessels (formerly
joint high speed vessels) under
Austal USA’s $1.6 billion block-buy
contract with the U.S. Navy. The
ship is scheduled to be delivered to
the Navy early next year.
Views Air Show Preview
A busload of Richmond, Va., Council
members and guests traveled to Naval
Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Va., Sept.
9 to watch practice maneuvers by
the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration
Squadron’s Blue Angels, a day before
the 2016 NAS Oceana Air Show.
Practice day offers a run-through
of the full slate of show perfor-
mances, but with access limited to
military families, school groups and
invited guests, including the Navy
League contingent, according to a
report in the October edition of the
council newsletter, The Lucky Bag.
The group was able to see both civil-
ian and military aircraft perform,
including an air-power demonstra-
tion and simulated air-to-ground
bombing runs by F/A-18s and an
Air Force F- 22 Raptor being accom-
panied by a vintage P- 51 Mustang.
The Blue Angels capped the
program with their carefully choreographed but awe-inspiring aerial heroics.
“The stunning colors of blue
with gold-accent stripe jets flying
At a Daytona Beach Area, Fla., Council reception at the Halifax River Yacht
Club on Sept. 9, six of the eight cadets in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
Daytona Division, who spent a week (in pairs) at U.S. Coast Guard Sector
Headquarters in Jacksonville during the summer, awarded framed certificates of appreciation and $100 to each of their Coast Guard mentors.
Cadets kneeling at the front, from left, are Brandon Sharrow, Corinne Weng,
Devon Timogene, Patrick Wilkie, Mary Welch and John Riamond. In the second row, from left, are Seaman Kelsey Rummel, Seaman Aaron Humphreys,
Seaman Ellen Ledbetter, Seaman Victoria Vanderhaden and Boatswain’s
Mate 1st Class Joseph Lyford. In the back is Chief Warrant Officer Nicholas
Pavlik, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Mayport.