Author Mark D. Faram

Mark Faram has been covering the U.S. Navy and the sailors in it for nearly three decades. He specializes in fleet operations, personnel, cultural and historical issues. Faram previously worked for Navy Times. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer and again in the Navy Reserve from 1999 to 2005. He also served in the Virginia and Maryland National Guard in the 1990's, deploying to Bosnia in 1995 with the 29th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

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The steady drizzle and grey skies did not dampen the spirits of hundreds of sailors and family members as the guided-missile cruiser Leyte Gulf found its way back to Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 4, after 283 days away from home. The ship left Norfolk with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group on March 27.

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Uniforms are always a hot topic for sailors. The Navy’s top officials have been getting an earful about what is and what’s not in their seabags for the past few years as they make their rounds in the fleet.

That’s why the Navy’s top uniformed personnel officer, Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr. and his senior enlisted advisor, Fleet Master Chief (SS) Wes Koshoffer, now have fleet sailors chiming in directly to them on uniform issues, thanks to a bi-monthly uniform focus group.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va.  — The champagne bottle hit the cold steel hull and bounced off it did not break. Undaunted, the Honorable Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy pulled back and again swung the glass bottle with the force of a baseball player hitting a home run.Uttering for the second time in 52-years Kennedy the words “I christen thee United States Ship John F. Kennedy, may God bless this ship and all who sail her” – the second swing did the job.

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Norfolk Va. – Nearly two-weeks after slipping quietly out of Norfolk, the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman has left the 2nd Fleet operating area according to a Dec. 1 press release by the European-based 6th Fleet, though the ship is still operating in the Atlantic, officials say.

Now officially on deployment and heading east, it’s the Truman’s third deployment in the past four years. But officials aren’t saying if she’s making a bee-line to relieve the carrier Abraham Lincoln and the guided-missile cruiser Leyte Gulf — who have now been on deployment for over eight months.

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Navy personnel officials this week tabbed 17,221 active-duty, full-time support and selected reserve sailors to move up in or into the petty officer ranks from this year’s fall advancement exam cycle.

With a total force cohort of 150,317 sailors deemed eligible to move up this fall, the total Navy chance to advance from the exam alone came in at 11 percent.

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Navy’s top officer says that “Mission one”  for every one in the Navy — “active and reserve, uniformed and civilian –  is  “operational readiness.” Such readiness starts,  Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday wrote in NavAdmin message 254/19 signed out on Nov. 12, readiness starts with “being ready both in our personal and professional lives.”

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After three months of electrical repair work, the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman is now ready again to head to sea and is expected to deploy in the near future, Navy officials announced in a Nov. 12 press release.

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The trio of guided-missile destroyers  Mason, Nitze and Bainbridge, entered Chesapeake Bay and the Hampton Roads this morning just as rain and fog were clearing out. The return marked the end of a seven-month and four day cruise that saw the ships operating in the 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operation.

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The Navy’s current 6th Fleet commander lives with great power competition every day. It’s front and center, as her sailors are operating every day in the same waters, seeing a resurgent Russia modernizing its fleet and pushing out beyond its borders — making its presence known as they operate and exercise often or near the same locations where the US and NATO forces are.

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On Board the USS Gerald R. Ford — The skipper of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft carrier says the ship has”absolutely” turned the corner and is now ready to work towards full operational status.

After a 15-month stint back in the shipyard where the ship was built, most of its plethora of new technology is now up and running.  The ship is now ready to begin advanced trials as the crew and the Navy will now learn how to take Ford’s high-tech gear to the next level and earn a spot in the deployment rotation.

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