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The 241st Navy Birthday Ball

CELEBRATING AMERICA’S SAILOR: TOUGH, BOLD, AND READY

 

 

The Singapore Chapter of the Navy League of the United States was proud to host this event at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia on October 8, 2016. We celebrated our outstanding service men and women, and highlighted the importance of camaraderie and partnership with the sea services both in Singapore and around the world. Guests had the opportunity to be a part of a noble tradition and spirited community of diplomats, military leaders, corporate partners, and other distinguished members of our Singapore family.

 

 

Guest-of-Honor, the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar delivered a touching keynote address, reflecting upon his years of service in Singapore with his family. Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson, Commander of Task Force 73 also spoke, sharing wisdoms and anecdotes earned over the course of his highly decorated Navy career. Mr. Raymond B. Corrigan, President of the Singapore Chapter of the Navy League of the United States gave a warm welcome to all guests and reinforced the importance of the U.S. Navy in our community in Singapore and what an honor it is for the Navy League to provide support.

The U.S. Navy originated during the War of Independence, and October 13, 1775 is observed as the Navy’s birthday. In 1789, a newly ratified U.S. Constitution gave the country the right to ‘provide and maintain a Navy.’ On April 30, 1798, the Department of the Navy was established. Since that time, the U.S. Navy has been operating 365 days a year to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad. We are thankful for the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve and to celebrate their legacy.

 

 

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt. Since then, the organization has grown to include more than 245 chapters around the world. The Singapore chapter was chartered in 1994 and maintains close ties with both visiting and resident military communities. Our mission is to educate members of our international community in Singapore about the importance of having a capable and fully prepared sea services, to support the men and women of the sea services and their families, and to advocate for maintaining a strong U.S. industrial base to carry America’s future.

 

 

We welcome all ages and nationalities to join the Singapore chapter. We provide our members with the chance to explore U.S. Navy ships and subs on tours and receptions, engaged with military leaders and dignitaries, meet service men and women, and celebrate tradition with balls like this one!

The Navy League thanks all our sponsors, members, community partners, and affiliates for making this event possible. We especially want to recognize the dedication and hard work of our Navy Ball Planning Committee. We hope to see everyone next year!

To view more photos from the 2016 Navy Ball, please click here.

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The 2016 Marine Corps Ball

On Friday, November 4, 2016 the U.S. Navy League joined the celebration of the 241st Marine Corps Ball, held at Marina Bay Sands. Guest were addressed by the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar, as the Keynote Speaker of the evening. It was a fantastic night filled with tradition, camaraderie, and fun. We were especially proud to present Singapore’s oldest Marine (and fellow Navy Leaguer!), William Hook, for the ceremonial cake cutting.

We are proud to continue to support this event and the U.S. Marines. We are grateful for all you do and the sacrifices you continue to make. Thank you to all members of the U.S. Navy League and our international Singapore community who joined us in celebrating this occasion. We hope to catch you at next year’s Marine Corps Ball!

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Singapore Welcomes the USS Bon Homme Richard

On October 16, 2016 the U.S. Embassy in Singapore and the Commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, Rear Admiral Mark Dalton, hosted a formal reception aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. The U.S. Navy League was proud to support the event!

The USS Bon Homme Richard (LHD-6) serves as the flagship for Expeditionary Strike Group 7. The ship was commissioned on August 15, 1998. She is a Wasp Class amphibious assault ship, usually carrying a contingent of U.S. Marines in addition to Navy officers and crew. She holds assault helicopters, attack planes, and an impressive array of other ballistics and armaments. Read more about this incredible ship by clicking here or following it on Facebook!

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Welcome Back

The Navy League was proud to support our Community Partner, the American Association of Singapore, at their Welcome Back event on September 25th! This great event is held annually to welcome Singapore expats and their families back from summer holidays. All kinds of organizations set up booths to highlight the many ways to be connected and involved in Singapore.

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If you or anyone you know is not already a member of the Singapore Chapter of the U.S.  Navy League, we invite you to take a look at what we can offer you! Visit our Membership page to see our benefits and entitlements. We hope to catch you at our next event!

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All-hands Social with the USS Shiloh

On Thursday, September 8, the Navy League hosted an All-hands Social Event for Captain Adam Aycock and the Wardroom of the USS Shiloh (CG-67). It was a treat to be able to get to know these highly accomplished sailors and learn about some of their experiences.

imageThe Shiloh is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser under the command of Captain Aycock. The vessel has guided missiles and rapid-fire cannons, enabling her to defeat threats from the air, on the sea, from shore, or underneath the sea. The Shiloh also has two Seahawk LAMPS multi-purpose helicopters, which are used mainly for anti-submarine warfare. To learn more about the USS Shiloh, click here or follow them on Facebook.

We thank The Exchange for providing an excellent venue and supporting the Navy League and our guests in Singapore!

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Rooftop Reception and Social

 

On Thursday, September 1st, the Singapore Chapter of the U.S. Navy League was pleased to partner with our newest community partner, Mundito, for a night of great views and delicious brews! We welcomed members of the Sembawang partners community, made new connections among alumni of American universities, and celebrated with our Navy League members. A great time was had by all despite some light showers during the evening.

 

Thank you to Mundito — a human sized organization present in Europe and Asia with a strong focus on project management in consulting, events and distribution. We are proud to partner with this excellent group to bring a fresh flavor of Singapore to our members and the men and women of the sea services.

Mundito provides design and production, sponsorship, management, communication and PR, operational planning and execution, connection facilitation, and venue finding and procurement services. As the distributor of the best Belgian beers in town, Mundito offers reasonable prices by the bottle or in bulk. Click here to learn more about what they have to offer.

  • Officers from the USS Boxer
  • Navy League President Ray Corrigan and AAS President Glenn van Zutphen with  Captain Pat Foege, Commander Amphibious Squadron 1
  • Navy League President Ray Corrigan and AAS President Glenn van Zutphen with  Captain Pat Foege, Commander Amphibious Squadron 1
  • Navy League President Ray Corrigan and AAS President Glenn van Zutphen with  Captain Pat Foege, Commander Amphibious Squadron 1
  • Officers and their families from Sembawang
  • Navy League President, Ray Corrigan, with officers from the USS Boxer
  • From left to right: Navy League President Ray Corrigan, Defense Attaché CDR Sean O'Connor, AAS President Glenn van Zutphen, Captain Pat Foege, Commander Amphibious Squadron 1, Navy League Vice President Lauren Power, Captain Gerald Olin, Deputy Commander Amphibious Squadron 1, Captain Bernie Wang, Defense and Naval Attache, Senior Defense Representative, Defense Attache Office
  • Officers and their families from Sembawang

Singapore Welcomes the USS Boxer

On Sunday, July 31, the USS Boxer (LHD-4) hosted ship tours for Navy Leaguers and their families. We have had nothing but positive reviews of the hospitality of the crew in hosting us as visitors aboard their ship. Here’s what some people had to say:

 

“They have done a superb presentation for the guests today. I’ve done tours before, but nothing like this. What an experience for our children. I wish I could pass on [this experience] to my friends, especially my American friends, to see how great it was.”
-E. Chin

I did the tour yesterday with my son. We had the best time. What an experience! Thanks so much!”
-S. and C. McEwan

 

That evening, the Singapore Council of the U.S. Navy League returned the Boxer’s hospitality by hosting a casual welcome reception at District 10 @UE Square. Navy Officers and Marines from the USS Boxer attended, along with U.S. Embassy staff, Officers from Sembawang, and members of our international Singapore community. A good time was had by all! We especially want to thank those members and community partners that sponsored sailors and made contribution to this event!

Additionally, 40 service men and women from the Navy and Marines were able to be supported through the Home Hospitality Program. Thank you to all our Navy Leaguers and community partners who took the time to welcome these guys to Singapore!

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RSIS Seminars with Dr. David Lai

July 8, 2016

On Friday, the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) held two seminars concerning maritime security in Asia-Pacific. Both talks featured the insights of Dr. David Lai, Research Professor of Asian Security Affairs, Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College. The Navy League was pleased to extend invitations for members to attend this event to learn from Dr. Lai’s expertise.

About Dr. David Lai

Having been born and raised in China, Lai witnessed China’s “Cultural Revolution,” its economic reform, and the changes in China’s foreign relations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in China and his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado. His teaching and research interests cover international relations theory, war and peace studies, comparative foreign and security policy, U.S.-China and U.S.-Asian relations, Chinese strategic thinking and operational art.

Dr. Lai joined the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College in July of 2008. Before assuming this position, Dr. Lai was on the faculty of the U.S. Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama. He has been widely published. To read more about Dr. Lai, see his profile on the SSI website.

U.S.-China Contest in the Western Pacific: Strategies, Military Operations, and the Future

The morning address concerned U.S. – China relations. Dr. Lai delved deep into his experience of Chinese culture to address the complexity of the issues surrounding this relationship. Interestingly, Dr. Lai used the Chinese-invented board game of weiqi (also called go) to add perspective. His cultural competency with both China and the United States gives him the ability to analyze motives, strategies, and tactics employed by both sides.

Go is the perfect reflection of Chinese strategic thinking and their operational art,” Dr. Lai said. Mr. Lai’s best-known work about the nexus between Go and Chinese geopolitical strategy is a 2004 paper called “Learning From the Stones,” a reference to the 361 black and white stone pieces that eventually fill the 19-by-19 Go board. In the game, a winning player must balance the need to expand control of the board with the need to protect territory gained. In simple terms, this is an apt analogy of China’s behavior in geopolitical expansion, while also attempting increasing international interconnectivity and participation with initiatives like the AIIB and RCEP. Still, China’s repeated bullying of smaller states in Southeast Asia, rising debt, and reaction to formal charges and arbitration under UNCLOS have begged the question of whether China truly has a balanced strategy.

The Future of the U.S. Strategic Rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific

In the second talk, held later Friday afternoon, Dr. Lai was joined by Mr. Frederick J. Gellert, Professor of Resource Management,U.S. Army War College.

It has been seven years since the Obama administration launched the “Pivot to Asia” campaign, now more commonly referred to as “Rebalance to Asia.” Acting as a counterweight to China within Asia-Pacific has become one of the largest U.S. foreign policy and military undertakings. There are more forward-deployed vessels in Asia than in any other region, and maintaining maritime security in this increasingly volatile area now demands the attention of both the 7th and 3rd U.S. naval fleets.

Dr. Lai and Pro. Gellert discussed the initial reasons behind developing this campaign and their opinions on how successful it has been. While one argument suggests that the absence of armed conflict and increased collaboration and communication between the U.S. and Chinese indicates success, another perspective insists that China’s appropriation of territory in the South China Sea in violation of UNCLOS is a failure. Those that view the United States as the world police feel that the U.S. has allowed China to go too far and should make China reform. Many liberalists, academics, and policy makers regard this hardline approach to be misguided, however speculation over the results of the upcoming U.S. presidential election in November demand an examination of a shift in U.S. foreign policy in Asia-Pacific. Both Dr. Lai and Pro. Gellert expressed their concerns.

The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) was established in January 2007 as an autonomous school within the Nanyang Technological University. Known earlier as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies when it was established in July 1996, RSIS’ mission is to be a leading research and graduate teaching institution in strategic and international affairs in the Asia Pacific. To learn more about upcoming events, click here.

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Happy Independence Day

Let’s Celebrate the 4th of July!!!

 

Your Navy League Singapore Council is pleased to share American Independence Day with our our members and sponsors! We hope you had a chance to join us and our Community Partners at the celebration on Saturday at the Singapore American School.

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Thank you to all our Navy League volunteers and helpers who made this a special day! If you missed your chance to volunteer at this year’s Independence day booth, don’t worry. This summer, we have more opportunities for you to get involved. Information updates will be coming your way soon.

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Captain Lee Boone of the U.S. Coast Guard gives a Lunchtime Talk

May 12, 2016

Together with our Community Partner, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Navy League welcomed Captain Lee Boone to give a seminar on the ‘U.S. Coast Guard Security Interests & Activities in the Asia Pacific.’ The presentation included a fun period of networking, in which we had the opportunity to get to know Capt. Boone and hear some of his stories from his time stationed in Japan. Lunch was provided, and we enjoyed an interactive environment, where we could openly ask questions and discuss issues with Capt. Boone. His insights, from the perspective of the U.S. Coast Guard, were refreshing and thought-provoking.

In his presentation, Capt. Boone began with a history of the U.S. Coast Guard, emphasizing its distinction from the U.S. Navy and outlining its evolving functions. While the U.S. Coast Guard is traditionally thought to be a domestic, coastal force, it has a growing and important presence in Asia Pacific. In Japan, Capt. Boone works with 17 members of the U.S. Coast Guard. There are an additional 9 members in Singapore. These few people cover an estimated 43% of the world’s longitude, an area stretching from Madagascar to the Polynesian Islands. What are they doing here, in Asia Pacific, a region that already has the most forward deployed naval vessels?

Post 9/11, the U.S. Coast Guard created the International Port Security (IPS) initiative, which assesses the effectiveness of port security and antiterrorism measures in international ports across the globe. In Asia Pacific, this includes 42 nations. They are responsible for monitoring these standards and providing updated information for Homeland Security. In addition, for developing countries, the U.S. Coast Guard provides advice and capacity building options to help local governments and communities meet these standards of compliance.

While it may seem that the U.S. Coast Guard is only engaging in humanitarian aims, their job is more about protecting the U.S. than it is about benefiting other countries. The goal is to increase global security to the point that the U.S. does not have to fight fires on its own shores. It is far better for a local port authority to catch potentially hazardous cargo or a hostile person before a ship leaves for the U.S. than for the U.S. to have to find out about the threat when the ship has already come into its domestic ports. Of course, it is also a benefit to the local governments to receive help from the U.S. Coast Guard in reaching international port security compliance standards. In this way, the Coast Guard is able to be a unique diplomatic bridge and provide reciprocal benefits to developed countries.

One of the biggest threats to port security and commercial transit of vessels through international waters is piracy. This also falls within the responsibility of the U.S. Coast Guard. The incident with the MV Maersk Alabama in 2008, which inspired the 2013 film Captain Phillips, was a wake-up call to the international commercial shipping industry. Through influencing new international norms and creating U.S. standards of compliance, the Coast Guard has helped prevent this from happening again.

Their work is paying off. Capt. Boone says that since late 2015, there has been a steep drop in piracy incidents in Asia Pacific. He attributes this to two main factors: the first is a higher level of compliance with new international security norms for commercial vessels, as well as as increase of traffic in international waters; and the second is the lowered price of oil, which is a highly coveted cargo for pirates. To read more about the state of piracy, Capt. Boone recommends looking into Oceans Beyond Piracy.

The U.S. Coast Guard contingent of Asia Pacific is stationed on the Yakota Air Base, which is situated north of Tokyo, Japan. Capt. Boone and his family have been there for about a year and will remain for a total of three years before moving on to the next posting. Capt. Boone is a highly educated and decorated officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2008, he was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters to lead the implementation of the Coast Guard’s counter-piracy program for U.S. commercial vessels transiting high risk waters. His work on this project was paramount in shaping what would become an international standard. To read more about Captain Lee Boone, check out his bio.