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Lest We Forget

Every November 11, the United States observes Veterans Day to honor all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and to remember their immense contributions to the country. It is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in military service. Veterans Day honors military veterans for their contributions to the country, a day that carries historical and patriotic significance to many Americans.

Veterans Day was previously known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was intended to mark “the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations,” the end of World War I, known at its time as “The Great War.”

Even though the war officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, many countries mark the anniversary of the end of World War I with Remembrance Day or Armistice Day on November 11th. The day when major hostilities of World War I ended on 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November 11, 1918

In the aftermath of World War II, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954 making Armistice Day a holiday, and the word “Armistice” was replaced in favor of “Veterans” to commemorate all veterans and not just those who died in World War I.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” — Woodrow Wilson

The U.S. Navy League Singapore Council invites you to join us in observing a moment of silence at 11a.m. on November 11 in honor of US veterans. Veterans Day is not only a time to remember the sacrifices and contributions of US Service men and women in war. Perhaps, more importantly, it is an opportunity for us to remind ourselves of the value of peace and the very great service veterans give to protect it.

Navy Ball 2017

ZC1_3790On October 14, the Navy League of United States – Singapore Council celebrated the U.S. Navy’s 242nd year by hosting an birthday celebration ball at the Ritz-Carlton MIllenia for over 500 guests. The theme for the Navy’s 242nd Birthday was “Sea Power to Protect and Promote.”

What was extra special this year was that in addition to the Navy’s 242nd Birthday, it also marked several other historic milestones for the Navy. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States entering into World War I and the 75th anniversaries of the Battle of Midway, WAVES and Navy Seabees.

Ray Corrigan, President of the Navy League of United States – Singapore Council highlighted that the Council hosted “this event to celebrate our outstanding service men and women, and to highlight the importance of camaraderie and partnership with the sea services both in Singapore and around the world.”

The Singapore Council was joined by several distinguished guests including Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, Commander, Task Force 73, Rear Admiral Alan Goh, Commander, Maritime Security Task Force, Republic of Singapore Navy, Brigadier General Kelvin Kong, Chief of Staff, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Charge d’Affaires, ad interim, Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath.

The night was a celebration to honor the 65,000 sailors who are out at sea right now, defending our interests and protecting what we hold dear; as well as those who have served before us. What we have today is the product of these service men and women who have given their lives to bring us to places that we stand today.

The night would not have been possible without the contributions of generous sponsors, members, community partners, and affiliates. All combined to make it a great event.

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Finally, join us in wishing the U.S. Navy a very happy 242nd Birthday! 

Navy League Rallies the Community to Help Sailors from USS John S. McCain

On August 21, news broke early in the morning that a collision had taken place between a Liberian-flagged oil tanker and a U.S. warship, off the coast of Singapore and Malaysia, east of the Strait of Malacca.  USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was on its way to a port call in Singapore when the mishap occurred.  The ship is one of several under the command of Destroyer Squadron 15, Seventh Fleet, with a home port in Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokosuka, Japan.

The ship continued on into Singapore where recovery and damage assessment operations commenced.  A large majority of the crew was offloaded and housed in the U.S. Navy community in the Sembawang area.   To provide support to the crew during their extended time in Singapore the United Service Organization’s (USO) Expeditionary Support Group established a temporary “Crew Support Center” for rest and relaxation.

Volunteer support was initially provided by the military community at Sembawang but it was clear that relief would be required to sustain longer term operations.  The Singapore Council of the U.S. Navy League, under the leadership of their President, Mr. Ray Corrigan, and their Vice President, Mr. Mike Little, who coordinated all volunteers, gathered a group of more than 50 volunteers from within the American Community, to include members of the Navy League, American Association of Singapore, American Chamber of Commerce, American Club, American Woman’s Association and the U.S. Embassy.

The volunteers went to Sembawang to man shifts at the USO Crew Support Center and provided support until the ship and crew transitioned from Singapore in late September.  Feedback from the U.S. Navy and USO has been outstanding.  Howard Seo, USO Director of Expeditionary Operations said, “Your “volunteers have been amazing.  They have realized the needs of the sailors and have even been bringing food in the evening.  This has been a massive success, since the sailors are not eating before arriving at the USO.  I do thank them very much for their support”.  Captain Jeffrey Hutchinson, Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy Region Center Singapore said, “…fantastic support from the American Community…..Not only great support to the sailors but really needed relief for our first responders here in the military community at Sembawang.  Thank you [Navy League] for leaning forward to link the volunteers up with our team to come together as a smooth running support group”.

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Breakfast Briefing by Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, U.S. Navy, Commander Logistics Western Pacific

On September 26, the Navy League of United States – Singapore Council and American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore hosted a breakfast briefing by Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, U.S. Navy, Commander Logistics Western Pacific. 

During the briefing, Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson spoke about the U.S. Navy’s role in enhancing American security presence and security partnerships in South and Southeast Asia. 

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The Navy League of United States – Singapore Council is proud to mention that several of volunteers who stood out during the support provided to the USS John S. McCain USO Crew Support Center were mentioned during the briefing. Renee Watkins and Sunita Riar were commended for their effort in coordinating all the American community expat volunteers, while Dobromila Anna Bryant was commended for the hours she volunteered. Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson took the opportunity to present Ms. Watkins and Ms. Bryant with a CTF-73 Command coin as a token of appreciation.

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Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan

On Saturday, June 13, the members of Navy Leaguers went on a tour of the USS Ronald Reagan.
USS Ronald Reagan is America’s flagship, a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered supercarrier. Named in honor of President Ronald W. Reagan, she is the ninth ship of her class.

 

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The ship was operationally part of Carrier Strike Group Nine as of May 2012. Administratively, she is under the command of Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific/Commander, Naval Air Forces. Despite the the two administrative titles, it actually refer to one command carrying out two functions. In October 2015, the USS Ronald Reagan took over as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5 as part of the United States 7th Fleet, replace the USS George Washington, at the Yokosuka port in Japan.

 

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USS Ronald Reagan provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. On May 16 this year, the ship set sail for its annual cruise, relieving the USS Carl Vinson which was deployed near North Korea.

 

 

 

After her June visit to Singapore, USS Ronald Reagan participated in the Talisman Saber exercise with Australian and other forces in July before returning to Japan in August. This visit to Singapore is not the first for the Reagan sailors who experienced this sunny island through the nine tours offered by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department.

Thank you to Navy Leaguer Valerio Rossi for sharing your experiences with us!

We are always happy to hear positive responses or receive beautiful images you have taken at our events and collaborations with the service men and women in Singapore!

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All-Hands Social with the Sembawang Community U.S. Navy Chief’s Mess

On Friday, May 12, the Navy League hosted an All-hands Social Event at The Exchange with the Sembawang Community U.S. Navy Chief’s Mess. It was a treat to be able to get to know these highly accomplished sailors and learn about some of their experiences.

 

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As part of a 1990 agreement between Singapore and the United States, the Task Force 73/Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) command has been headquartered in Sembawang since 1992, providing logistic support for the US 7th Fleet in its operations in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Navy Region Center Singapore (NRCS) is located in the Far North region of Singapore and could be considered semi-rural as it is approximately 45 minutes away from much of the excitement and entertainment of downtown. However, this designated restricted area by the Singapore Government not only has military facilities nearby, easy access to public transportation, as well as several shopping centers within a 15-20 minutes’ drive.

 

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Some trivia on Navy Chief’s Mess:

· All chief petty officers were authorized to wear khaki working uniforms by 1941.
· There are approximately 30,000+ chief, senior chief and master chief petty officers in the Navy.
· On average, it takes 13 years of active duty before advancing to to chief petty officer.

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

 

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Reception Onboard USS Carl Vinson

“In today’s world of global transition, people are asking about U.S. commitment to the region and to our world, I think we can look around this deck tonight and know the answer. Carl Vinson first operated in the South China Sea in 1983, and it continues to sail in these waters close to 35 years later.” – Charge d’Affaires, ad interim, U.S. Embassy Singapore Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath.

 

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group One including their aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit on Tuesday, April 4. The carrier was first deployed to the Indo-Asia Pacific region in 1983. Navy Leaguers were among the few privileged, including U.S. Embassy staff and Ambassadors, on board the carrier for a reception, followed by a tour by the crew.

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The ceremony began with a demonstration by the color guard followed by the national anthems of both Singapore and the United States. Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander, Carrier Strike Group 1, and Capt. Doug Verissimo, commanding officer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); Fleet Commander, Singapore Fleet Commander Colonel Cheong Kwok Chien; Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. Nora Tyson; and Charge d’Affaires, ad interim, U.S. Embassy Singapore Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath took the stage to address the guests on board.

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During their speeches, they highlighted the fact that it was the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Singapore Navy. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath also took the opportunity to celebrate the 51st year of diplomatic relationship between Singapore and the United States, and that we will continue to maintain the strong partnership.

After a ceremonial cake cutting, guests enjoyed food specially prepared by the crew, took a tour of the ship’s hangar bay and experienced the aircraft elevators, under the blanket of stars.

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The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Singapore on April 8 sailing north to report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean.

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Reception for USS Coronado

The Singapore Council of the U.S. Navy League was honored to host the crew from the USS Coronado at a good old Fish & Chips dinner, with the American Association of Singapore (AAS) being one of the sponsors. Having arrived in Singapore in October of last year, the Littoral combat ship began its first rotational deployment to Southeast Asia.

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President of the Navy League Singapore, CDR USN (Ret), Ray Corrigan presented Cmdr. Scott Larson, commanding officer of the USS Coronado, with a copy of “Over Singapore” to remind them of the time they have spent here in the region.

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In appreciation of the crew’s hard work in preparing and executing this deployment, the Navy Leaguer had also left their well wishes in the book. Cmdr. Scott Larson had also prepared something for his hosts. He presented the Singapore Council with a print of the Littoral combat ship, with a personal message on it from him.

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Aboard the USS Coronado

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Cmdr. Scott Larson, commanding officer, of the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, lead a tour for the Singapore Chapter of the Navy League and their family members aboard the Coronado. The Coronado is a fast and agile warship with a unique trimaran design making it tailor-made to patrol the region’s coastal waters. All the important parts of the ship were included in the tour, and knowledgeable sailors were available for further explanations on parts of the ship not directly included in the tour. The Seahawk and the unmanned helicopter, Fire Scout, drew a lot of attention. Stories heard from the crew members make the tour experience come alive.

 

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Here is what a Navy Leaguer had to say:

“My son Sawyer and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour aboard the USS CORONADO.  I even picked up Sawyer and got him out school early for this tour, but its Just a Navy ship.  Not just any Navy ship, but an Independent Class-Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and we have no idea when we would be able to tour one of these again.  So I think it was very worthwhile to pull him out of school for this tour, an ‘At-Sea’ (or Dockside) education so to speak…. I think Sawyer really enjoyed the tour because he got a glimpse of what life is like for active sailors aboard a real warship, rather than just listening to his father’s sea stories …  It was a real treat for the Captain of the CORONADO to give the tour, that duty is usually left to the Public Affairs Officer … for the day.  So getting the insight and our questions answered by the Captain was terrific.  Sawyer of course had several questions for me after the tour, which is great, it sparked his curiosity and enthusiasm.  The meeting point at the Botanic Gardens I think was a good meeting point… I also appreciate and very thankful for the Navy League for setting the tour up, arranging transportation and most of all, allowing kids to see a real active commissioned ship and have a Q&A session with the Captain. Sawyer and I are excited and looking forward to the next ship tour.”

Thank you to Navy Leaguers Jon and Devin Steward for sharing their experiences with us! We are always happy to hear positive responses to our events and collaborations with the service men and women in Singapore!

Appreciation goes to Marunda Engineering and to Lt Cmdr. Arlo Abrahamson for their efforts in making this particular tour feasible. A special appreciation to Bruce Bird for his commentary on the history of the Sembawang Navy Base; the many roles it played during war times; the multinational nature of operations as it function now as a commercial shipyard. Bruce provided meaningful context that added to our overall appreciation of the port.

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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.