OK, I admit, this is actually another case of my Monkey mind at work but I wanted it to sound a little more organized is all. By the way, some of you have asked my what “Monkey Mind” is. Well, it I an affliction I have which causes my mind to swing aimlessly from subject to subject without much rhyme or reason. The first other person I have know to suffer from this ailment was Herb Caine who used to write a great daily column for the San Francisco Chronicle, Since then I have noticed several of my friends show the same symptoms. Fortunately, I don’t think it is at all fatal, so please, no flowers or sympathy cards.
Nimitz to be Home ported in Bremerton
The Navy announced Dec. 9 that the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) will be home ported at Naval Station Everett, Wash., upon completion of the ship's maintenance at Bremerton, Wash., in December 2011. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus decided to homeport Nimitz in Everett following the departure of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in early fiscal 2012 for a four-year overhaul in Hampton Roads, Va.
Nimitz was homeported in San Diego from Nov. 13, 2001, to Dec. 6, 2010, when the ship administratively shifted homeport to Bremerton for the duration of its year-long maintenance period.
Berkeley May Honor Manning
The Berkeley City Council will consider a resolution that would declare the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks a hero and call for his release. The council plans a vote Tuesday on the resolution in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held in a military brig in Virginia. A city commission already has approved it.
Bob Meola, who authored the resolution, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Manning is a patriot who deserves a medal. Federal officials have criticized the leaks, saying they could endanger lives.
Leaders of the famously left-leaning city have weighed in on controversial national issues before, including votes to advise that a Marine recruitment office wasn't welcome downtown and to force local compliance with United Nations human rights treaties.
Navy to Conduct Operation Bold Alligator
Well, I have written several times about the nee to keep our Marines Amphibious capabilities as part of our National Defense arsenal. Well, it seems the Navy Department feels the same way. Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 and Commander, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), in coordination with ships assigned to the U.S. 2nd Fleet, will begin Bold Alligator 2011 Dec. 11, commencing the largest joint fleet simulated amphibious exercise in the last 10 years.
Bold Alligator is designed to revitalize the fundamental roles of the Navy and Marine Corps team as "fighters from the sea" and will focus on conducting major amphibious operations simultaneously with a non-combatant evacuation exercise.
"The nature of amphibious forces is that we're extremely flexible and can be specifically tailored to any mission at any time," said Rear Adm. Kevin Scott, commander of ESG 2. "Bold Alligator 2011 represents the ongoing efforts in meeting the challenges of future warfare conflicts, overseas contingency operations and homeland defense, so we remain the world's premier amphibious force."
Bold Alligator 2011 is the first installment in what will be regularly scheduled large amphibious exercises.
The exercise will focus on the fundamental aspects and roles of amphibious operations to improve amphibious force readiness and proficiency for executing the six core capabilities of the Maritime Strategy – forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security and humanitarian assistance/disaster response.
"The scenario for the exercise will include a forcible entry operation conducted to enable a non-combatant evacuation (NEO) in the midst of a violent sectarian conflict," said Brig. Gen. Chris Owens, the commanding general of 2nd MEB. "This complex but realistic mission requires the ability to respond rapidly, project a credible force ashore and organize and execute the evacuation of thousands of non-combatants. In many cases, these capabilities can only be provided by amphibious forces."
The exercise includes a total of 29 participating commands, including eight ships, 14 ESG/2nd MEB reporting units and seven training centers. While only about 500 Sailors and Marines will take part in the exercise, the scenarios are built for more than 10,000 notional forces.
Bold Alligator participants include: ESG 2, 2nd MEB, 6th Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 29, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 6, PHIBRON 8, Tactical Air Control Group 1, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21, TACRON 22, Commander Naval Beach Group 2, Beach Master Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, ACU 4, Bataan and Iwo Jima.
Response cells with supporting roles include: USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Cole (DDG 67) and USS Elrod (FFG 55).
Training centers include: Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic Norfolk, Tactical Training Group, Atlantic Dam Neck, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic, Commander Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, Commander Afloat Training Group Norfolk and Mayport and 2nd MEB Simulation Center.
Live Long and Prosper....