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USS Hartford

Entire Boomer Fleet Receives Meritorious Unit Commendation
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762) as part of a two-day visit to Hawaii, Aug. 13.

While visiting Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Greenert attended a topside awards ceremony with the Columbus crew during which he pinned the Enlisted Submarine Warfare qualification on Yeoman 3rd Class Antonio Draughn and Fire Control Technician Seaman Parker Birchall.

“Reenlisting and recognizing Sailors is my favorite thing to do,” said Greenert.

In addition to their Submarine Warfare Qualification, or “dolphins,” Greenert awarded each with certificates and a coin to recognize and commemorate their achievement.

Following the awards ceremony, Greenert talked to the crew and held a question-and-answer session where Sailors were able to hear from the Navy’s top officer on topics ranging from quality of life to operational importance in the Asia-Pacific region.

US Navy Photo

Lance Doddridge, electrical engineer and physicist at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, splices fiber optic cable as he works on Linearity Calibration Standard (LCS) 8513. The patent-pending device, which compares fiber optic power test meters against a known standard, was recently introduced to the U.S. Navy’s calibration facility at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Division.

Capt. Harvey Guffey, Jr.
Lance Doddridge


Sea Perch Academy

YUCAIPA, Calif. – The Inland Empire’s inaugural SeaPerch Academy Summer Camp culminated with a contest July 25 at Crafton Hills College where local children received advice, supervision, and sea stories from Submariners and local volunteers as part of an effort to interest young minds in scientific careers.

Retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer Tim Duffy and Chief Petty Officer Ron Humphrey, both Submariners assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division in Norco, came at the outset of the contest to drum up excitement about Navy subs and life at sea.

They fired off jokes and factoids to and fielded questions from 36 kids.

“They show that they’re very intelligent children and they could go far in this world,” said Humphrey, an electronics technician and father of two. “With just a little bit of work and some dedication, I’m confident in their ability to succeed.”

Humphrey, who grew up in Oklahoma, said there could have been better science-related opportunities available to him in his youth, and that he would have benefited greatly from an earlier start in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, also known as STEM.


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