Master Chief Petty Officer of US Navy Sends 2012 Veterans Day Message
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens released the following Veterans Day message to the Fleet Nov. 9.
“Veterans, Shipmates and Navy Families,
On Veterans Day, we remember and pay tribute to those who have gone before us and say ‘thank you’ to those who are currently in uniform. Since our country’s beginning, there have been special men and women willing to fight to guarantee the freedoms we hold so dear. I am honored that our Sailors today are a part of that rich legacy.
Our veterans represent the best of America, coming from every walk of life to make a positive impact on our great nation. They have inspired a new generation of heroes through their amazing stories of wars won, lives lost, valor, and patriotism.
We should take every opportunity to recognize our veterans along with two other groups I think are important: American citizens and the many support groups who help our veterans, service members and Navy families. Our country is full of people dedicated to our nation who show an unwavering commitment to our military. Our military could not do what we do without your commitment and support.
There is something special about the people who answer the call to service: there is courage in their hearts that allows them to put their life on the line for the American way of life. It is about an understanding of our shared values and making sure our children, our country’s future, can be proud of those values and be proud to call themselves Americans.
I am thankful for the sacrifices our veterans made, and for the continued efforts our Sailors and their families make every day to preserve our liberties. May God Bless you and may God Bless the United States of America.
Happy Veterans Day and all the best!
Very Respectfully, MCPON”
Naval Today Staff,November 11, 2012; Image: US Navy
Integrating Naval Assets to Ensure Enhanced Maritime Operations and Support.
Navies are constantly looking at how the collection and dissemination of data from marine helicopters, UAVs, radars and shore based sensors through C2 systems can be improved to produce an accurate, clear, and all-encompassing picture of the maritime theatre for allied forces.
The complexity associated with effectively coordinating the variety of operations of these systems means that interoperability between all systems, divisions, and nations is of paramount importance. Therefore, SMi’s Naval Mission Systems Technology Conference will explore the strategies and technologies required to develop next generation capability in this vital area of national defence.
The expert speaker panel includes: Italian Navy, U.S. Navy, NATO Modelling and Simulation Center of Excellence (M & S COE), BAAINBw, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), University College London and many more.
After last year’s huge success the SMi Group is proud to announce the 2nd Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology. The event will be held in Rome on the 30th and 31st of January 2017.
Based on the success of the 2016 conference, we aim to replicate and improve by providing a more regional focus, not just on the Mediterranean, but other areas of interest including the Black Sea and further beyond in the Asia Pacific region. All of which have keen collective interest on ensuring the safety and security of legitimate maritime activities.
This high level meeting will bring together senior military leadership, project decision makers, technical experts and cutting edge industry solution providers to explore future endeavours that will enhance the security and stability of the world’s oceans.
The 2017 programme will:
Provide a wider regional focus outside of the Mediterranean where challenges are also persistent
Feature high ranking military personnel involved with the enhancement of maritime surveillance platforms and systems
Present a running theme on the importance of information sharing as operations are increasingly conducted at an international level
Include Informal networking time to talk to peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing Maritime ISR programs today
Allow learning on how other nations are developing their maritime surveillance and reconnaissance provision from past experience and cutting edge research and development
Get to the heart of challenges faced by modern maritime forces such as capability gaps and what requirements they now have
HOST NATION KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi, Chief of C4 and Security Department, Italian Navy
Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Chief of Operations, Italian Coast Guard
Colonel Sergio Cavuoti, Chief of the Intelligence and Awareness Policy Branch of the Air Staff Aerospace Planning Division, Italian Air Force
REGIONAL EXPERT SPEAKERS:
Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, EU Navfor Med Operation Commander, EU Naval Force
Commodore William Ellis, Commander CTF-67, US Naval Forces Europe
Captain Jan De Beurme, Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy
Captain Fernando Angelo, Director, Navy Intelligence Analysis Centre, Portuguese Navy
Wing Commander Richard Berry, P-8 Poseidon Program Manager, Royal Air Force
Commander Michael Sela, Head of C5I Branch in the R&D department, Israeli Navy
Commander Pasi Staff, Chief of Surveillance, Finnish Navy
Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz, Branch Chief C4ISR, Germany Navy
Guy Thomas, Director, C-SIGMA
Gerard O’Flynn, Head of SAR Ops, Irish Coast Guard
Leendert Bal, Head of Department C Operations, European Maritime Safety
Joachim Beckh, Technical Working Group Chair, MARSUR
Vice Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Hudson, Former Commander, NATO MARCOM