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Navy League President Ray Corrigan with Captain Boone

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.

  • A young Navy Leaguer from the Viverito Family on the USS Stennis
  • Navy Leaguers the Viverito Family on the USS Stennis
  • On the flight deck of the USS Stennis
  • Navy Leaguers the Viverito Family on the deck of the USS Stennis
  • Navy Leaguers Julian, Rudy and Adrian Schalk on the USS Stennis
  • On approach to the USS Stennis

All Aboard to Tour the USS Stennis!

April 23, 2016

The crew of the USS John C Stennis extended their hospitality to Navy League members and other international community members in Singapore with a tour this afternoon. Families had a great time learning about the vessel and life at sea from the service men and women who serve on board. Ship tours are an excellent way for young people to get a real look at the wide variety of needs in military service, as well as experience a taste of what its like to serve aboard these incredible machines. Here’s what some Navy Leaguers have to say:

“We had a great time at the reception and subsequent tour. My son Adrian is applying for the US Naval Academy this year so he was super excited to get the opportunity to meet folks and experience what it is like to be aboard an aircraft carrier. Some of the highlights for Adrian were meeting F/A 18 pilots and talking to them, meeting Vice Admiral Nora Tyson and meeting and getting an in depth tour of the flight deck from CDR Ray Corrigan.”    
-Rudy Schalk

“My wife, son and I all had a great time on the tour of the USS John Stennis! It was great that they allowed kids to join on the tour! An absolutely wonderful experience to feel the power of the USS John Stennis and meet the tremendous members of her crew!”

-John Viverito

“My girlfriend Geraldine and I toured the USS John C. Stennis thanks to the Navy League. As for the tour, I can’t praise it enough. As an American expat working in Singapore, it is always a pleasure to meet people from home. And to do it aboard an aircraft carrier was a very real privilege. The tour went from the hanger bay to the anchor room to the flight deck. Also, as a research analyst working on American force posture in the Asia Pacific, the vast majority of which is predicated on the Navy, it was a real treat. Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend.”

-Harry Sa

Thank you to Navy Leaguers from the Sa, Schalk, and Viverito families for sharing their photographs and experiences with us! We are always happy to hear positive responses to our events and collaborations with the service men and women in Singapore!

 

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Change of Command and Reception Aboard the USS Stennis

April 22, 2016

After a Change of Command Ceremony led by Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, which took place on the flight deck of the USS Stennis, the ship welcomed aboard a small contingent of international guests and VIPs for a formal reception. U.S. Navy League members paid tribute to the partnership and friendship of the Singaporean and American Navies.

Ship receptions are always special occasions and not only because of the incredible hospitality. Members of the international community have the opportunity to visit with the officers that serve aboard the vessel, getting to know what their daily lives must be like and experiencing their environment. Over good food, drinks, and conversation, we can appreciate the real sacrifices the service men and women accept when they commit themselves to military service. They are truly remarkable individuals well worth celebrating.

Always of note aboard aircraft carrier receptions is the cake, which is a perfect miniature model of the ship, complete with hoisted flags and jets set atop the frosted flight deck. This particular reception had an additional cake in honor of the Change of Command for Rear Admiral Hitchcock and Rear Admiral Boxall. A great time was had by all!

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A Seminar with Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, Commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet

April 21, 2016

This morning, our Community Partner the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham), hosted a seminar with Vice Admiral Nora Tyson through its Aerospace & Defense Committee, on which our Navy League President Ray Corrigan serves as Co-chair. The theme of the talk was ‘Protecting Maritime Trade in the Pacific,’ and Admiral Tyson provided unique insights into the complexities of the situation in the region.

Admiral Tyson served three years in Singapore, remembers the region fondly, and was very warmly received by those members of the community that had known her during her posting. She is thankful for her time here and recalls ‘learning the neighborhood’ in her various travels and projects throughout APAC.

“It’s all about relationships and building trust,” says Admiral Tyson. “We want to make a better place for our children and our children’s children through these partnerships.” Tyson is a strong advocate of multilateral and bilateral military exercises within the region, even with smaller Navies like that of Brunei. During her time in Singapore, part of her job was running CARAT exercises to build these partnerships.

Her familiarity with the region is especially useful in her current position as Commander of the 3rd Fleet because it has prepared her for the challenges of moving the Stennis Strike Group through the South China Sea, building relationships with U.S. military allies, and coordinating with the U.S. 7th Fleet. The 3rd Fleet is becoming more forward-oriented, so as to be a better compliment to the 7th Fleet in all areas  —  from day-to-day operations to potential conflict situations. “If you’re not mobile, you’re not relevant,” Admiral Tyson says.

Areas of responsibility for the U.S. 3rd Fleet VS the U.S. 7th Fleet

The 3rd Fleet’s area of responsibility includes approximately fifty million square miles of the eastern and northern Pacific ocean areas, including the Bering Sea, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands, as well as a sector of the Arctic. Within this area, Admiral Tyson protects critically important trade lines, which ensure the economic health of the United States and friendly nations throughout the Pacific Rim region. The 3rd Fleet is also responsible for providing aid and disaster response along the west coast of the U.S. and executing some components of Homeland Security.

In addition to the USS John C. Stennis Aircraft Carrier and Strike Group 11, which came to Singapore, Admiral Tyson commands a large number of naval units, including three other aircraft carrier led strike groups:

  • USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and Carrier Strike Group Eleven
  • USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and Carrier Strike Group One
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and the Carrier Strike Group Nine
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and the Carrier Strike Group Three

 

This summer, Admiral Tyson looks forward to participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercises. RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise and is held biennially. Through such exercises, she hopes to build relationships based on cooperation, respect, and mutual interest for a better future.

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Welcome to the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group!

April 19, 2016

What a week it has been for the U.S. Navy League in Singapore! The USS John C. Stennis Aircraft Carrier and Strike Group came to Singapore. The Stennis leads the U.S. 3rd Fleet, which includes the destroyers USS Stockdale, USS Chung Hoon, and USS William P Lawrence, as well as the cruiser USS Mobile Bay and the fast combat support ship USS Rainier. Since January 2016, these vessels have been sailing the Pacific and touring Asia in conjunction with the 7th Fleet.

The 3rd Fleet operates off the “Great Green Fleet” model for fuel economy, meaning that the ships run off a biofuel blend incorporating tallow, or rendered beef fat. Currently, the biofuel mix is only 10% biofuel and 90% petroleum. However, the goal is a 50-50 ratio. While conversion to alternative fuel sources is costly to the U.S. Navy, the long-term benefits make the investment worthwhile. The United States consumes approximately one quarter of the world’s annual oil yield, and the biggest recipient of that oil is the Department of Defense. In addition to responding to concerns about environmental sustainability in meeting the high fuel demands of its military, the U.S. government is committed to decreasing its reliance on foreign oil. The 3rd Fleet is proving that switching to biofuel can be successful and does not sacrifice high standards of performance.

The American Community in Singapore, including our Community Partner the American Association and our service men and women at Sembawang, welcomed the USS Stennis and 3rd Fleet with a Senior Service Reception on the evening of Tuesday, April 19. To see photos from the event, click here.

  • Boarding the USS Blue Ridge
  • An address by U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar; Fleet Commander of the Republic of Singapore Navy, Rear Adm. Lew Chuen Hong; and Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin to begin the reception.
  • The deck of the USS Blue Ridge was filled with people  during the reception.
  • The U.S. 7th Fleet Band provided outstanding music for the reception aboard the USS Blue Ridge.
  • The poolside reception and BBQ at The American Club had live music and was well attended.
  • The Navy League partnered with The American Club on a poolside reception and BBQ.

Singapore Welcomes the USS Blue Ridge

March 17, 2016

Singapore welcomed the arrival of the U.S. 7th Fleet’s flagship, the USS Blue Ridge, on March 13th. Aboard the Blue Ridge is a team of 900 officers and crew, including members of the talented U.S. 7th Fleet Band. From its home base in Yokosuka, Japan, the Blue Ridge, along with the rest of the 7th Fleet, is responsible for an area roughly three times the size of the United States.

During the ship’s time in Singapore, sailors participated in community service projects and conducted embassy security training. “It’s important for our Sailors to participate in community projects, not only because it allows them to experience a little bit of the culture, but it also provides them with a way to give back,” said Blue Ridge Command Master Chief, Charles F. Ziervogel in a March 13th press release by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan KirkJohnson.

During their time off, sailors took time to explore the great food and culture that Singapore has to offer. The Singapore Chapter of the U.S. Navy League was pleased to partner with The American Club on a poolside reception on March 17th. The event had live music and was very well attended. Several sailors remarked during the evening that Singapore was one of their favorite ports of call because of the warm welcome they receive from the Singapore community. Thanks to the Home Hospitality Program, 20 sailors were able to enjoy spending time with families in Singapore.
On March 19th, members of the U.S. Navy League were invited to join a reception aboard the USS Blue Ridge organized, in part, by the U.S. Embassy. Opening addresses were given by U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar; Fleet Commander of the Republic of the Singapore Navy, Rear Admiral Lew Chuen Hong; and Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. As the flagship of the U.S. 7th Fleet, the USS Blue Ridge is called upon to host many events in the course of strengthening relations in the region. This experience was apparent in every aspect of the reception — from the excellent food service to the detailed ice sculpture, this reception wass one of the best. Live music was provided by the 7th Fleet Band, and some guests enjoyed dancing on deck.
While the Blue Ridge was in Singapore, the 7th Fleet Band played throughout the city. Some of their concerts include: the Stanford American School, Gardens by the Bay, and the Terror Club. Keep up with the U.S. 7th Fleet on their Facebook page.

 

The U.S. Navy League was proud to welcome the USS Blue Ridge its time in Singapore, and we look forward to its next visit! Follow the USS Blue Ridge on Facebook and on the ship’s website

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Rock Out with the U.S.A.F. Band of the Pacific-Hawaii

February 21, 2016

In conjunction with the Singapore Airshow, we were fortunate to welcome the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific-Hawaii to Singapore! Members of the Navy League joined the crowds gathered outside the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay for some fun music and great company.

As a most welcome surprise, a drummer, guitarist, and saxophonist from the Singapore Armed Forces Band joined the U.S.A.F Band on stage for a few songs. The musicians were outstanding and were able to enliven the audience with both old American rock classics, as well as some new pop tunes.

To read more about the U.S.A.F. Band of the Pacific-Hawaii, check out their website and Facebook page! Be sure to check out videos of the concert on our own Navy League Facebook page as well.

 

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Luncheon featuring Pacific Air Forces Commander, General Lori Robinson

February 17, 2016

The U.S. Navy League joined our Community Partner, the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, for a luncheon featuring Pacific Air Forces Commander, General Lori Robinson. Opening remarks were provided by Singapore Chapter President, Ray Corrigan, who also serves as AmCham’s Aerospace and Defense Committee Co-Chair. U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar, gave an introduction and added context to the United States’ military presence in Asia-Pacific before welcoming the Guest of Honor to the stage.

Lori Robinson is a Four-Star General. She is Commander of the Pacific Air Forces, Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command, and Executive Director of Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. PACAF commands more than 46,000 airmen and women across an area of over half the globe, with principle locations in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam.

She discussed the U.S. Rebalance to Asia campaign from a PACAF perspective, outlining the primary opportunities and challenges she sees ahead. She touched on the implications of a narrowing capability advantage among competing powers in the region and the strain of upgrading. PACAF plays an important role in U.S. deterrence strategy, and Robinson discussed how she commands forces to protect an increasingly vulnerable global commons.

PACAF is also force to build peace. General Robinson presented on the numerous multilateral and bilateral military exercises going on throughout the year between PACAF and United States allies in the region.

The Singapore Chapter would like to thank AmCham and event sponsor Northrop Grumman for supporting this event as part of the 2016 Singapore Airshow! Check out the AmCham website for more information about this event.

 

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Andy Stumpf, the Man on a Mission

December 9, 2015

The Singapore Chapter of the Navy League of the United States partnered with local sponsors to bring an American hero, Andy Stumpf, to Singapore for an address given at the Conrad Centennial Hotel. The event included a silent auction, an introduction by Navy League President, Ray Corrigan, and a cocktail reception following the presentation. During his time in Singapore, Andy also visited several schools to share his inspiring story with students.

Andy began his U.S. military career at age 17, transitioning from an enlisted man to an officer and member of the elite Navy Seal Team 6 over a 17-year career. Injury in the line of duty precipitated his leaving the U.S. military. Now a retired Navy Lieutenant, Andy continues to serve his country and the Navy Seals through fundraising for the Navy Seal Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support to the families of deceased service men and women.

 

“The U.S. military is great at supporting families for the first year after the death of the service man, but it doesn’t do much after that,” says Andy.

 

The Navy SEAL Foundation helps to fill the gaps by providing services like education on money management and childcare. It is enduring care that will remain steadfast until the family no longer needs help. Securing this kind of support for the families of fallen Navy SEALs is especially important to Andy because of his personal connection to those who have suffered.

“I knew most of the guys (Navy SEALs) that died between 9/11 and today. I knew all of the guys on the helicopter that went down,” Andy reflects. Due to his injury, Andy had left Navy SEAL Team 6 before the tragic incident in which Extortion 17 was shot down on a mission in Afghanistan in 2011. All on board were killed, including Andy’s previous teammates. SEALs stay together in the same team for up to 15 years, which is unique in the U.S. military system where most teams are, at best, on a 3-year rotation. Andy was very close to his teammates and has remained dedicated to the families of the deceased.

During his time as a Navy SEAL, Andy and his team underwent a major strategic change in purpose and training. When President Kennedy commissioned Navy SEAL Teams 1 and 2 around the time of the Vietnam War, they were trained as a maritime special operations force for the U.S. Navy. Indeed, the Navy SEALs were said to ‘Always have one foot in the water.’ While SEAL training continued after the Vietnam War concluded, SEAL life was hypothetical until 9/11.

 

“Tactics for 9/11 was theoretical,” Andy explains. “We had to transition from a force that was diving once a week to a force that would be in the desert 80% of the time. We discovered we were woefully unprepared for the battle space.”

 

Fortunately for the U.S. Navy SEALs, this kind of high-pressure adaptation is exactly what they are trained for. “You don’t learn anything in SEAL training. They are looking for a personality type that they can hone,” says Andy. “They sharpen certain qualities like a knife.” The tactical, communication, and problem-solving skills inherent in a U.S. Navy SEAL provide the bedrock upon which responsibility for some of the most important missions in United States warfare rest. Andy’s continued dedication to the families of fallen SEALs is a testament both to himself and the U.S. Navy SEALs.

Andy continues to fight, risking his life by breaking world records in wingsuit jumps, a highly dangerous endeavor. His goal is to raise $1 million dollars to fund the Navy SEAL Foundation Survivor Program for 2016. Andy garnered much respect and support during his visit to Singapore and looks forward to returning later in 2016. The Singapore Chapter of the U.S. Navy League would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who gave their support to Andy, especially Simon Moore and Andy’s family, without whose help this event would not have been possible.

 

To learn more about Andy, dontate to his cause, and watch his video, “Man on a Mission,” please visit Andy’s webpage at: https://www.gofundme.com/NSFmanonamission

All donations to Andy’s page are automatically transferred to the SEAL Foundation via WePay. The Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers.

 

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  • Some of the Navy League, Singapore Chapter guests
  • Admiral & Mrs. Williams and DCM Blair Hall & Valerie Brandt with the Marines
  • Cpl. William Hook with the Singapore Detachment of the U.S. Marines
  • Recognition of the Marines
  • Procession of the Marines
  • The traditional cake ceremony
  • Guest of Honor, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar
  • Guests at the Marine Ball
  • Master of Ceremonies, LtCol. Carrie Howe

2015 Marine Ball

November 6, 2015

The United States Marine Corps celebrated its 240th birthday and recognized the Marine Security Guard Detachment assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Singapore with a ball, appropriately filled with solemnity, tradition, and respect for a legacy of courage and service. The Guest of Honor for the night was The Honorable Mr. Kirk Wagar, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. The Singapore Chapter of the U.S. Navy League is a proud supporter of the U.S. Marines and of the Marine Ball.

In keeping with tradition, we paid tribute to the youngest Marine present and the eldest Marine present. Cpl. Sean White, part of the Singapore Detachment and enlisted on August 1, 2011, is the youngest Marine at 22 years old. The eldest Marine present at the Singapore Marine Ball is Cpl. William Hook, born on June 16, 1925 and enlisted on August 1, 1942.

Cpl. William Hook with the Singapore Detachment of the U.S. Marines

Cpl. William Hook with the Singapore Detachment of the U.S. Marines

 

It is hard to believe that William Hook is 90 years old. With a straight back, keen eye, and strong presence, he engages all those around him in captivating conversation with his deep voice. Hook is a story teller. He published a book entitled Liberating North China – 1945: A China Marine’s Story last year, detailing his memoirs of service during WW2.

“Hook said he wanted to capture the history of the U.S. role in China because it is a history that is now being forgotten. He says that he wants people to remember that it took place—and as someone who bore witness to the events, he has a responsibility to state what actually happened.

‘I resurrected history as it happened, not as the Communist Party says it did,’ Hook said. ‘Even the communists today will say they know nothing about it.’” 

An interview with The Epoch Times (May 8, 2015) Read More…

To find out more about William Hook and his book, you can read the full text of his interview referenced above, or visit Amazon for purchase. Members of the U.S. Navy League enjoyed celebrating the remarkable contributions of the U.S. Marines at the 2015 Marine Ball!


The Marines of Detachment Singapore

Staff Sergeant Antonio Roseboro from Charlotte, North Carolina

Sergeant Adam Harman from Charleston, West Virginia

Sergeant Brian Bishko from Redlands, California

Sergeant Justin Terry from Fairfield, California

Sergeant Shawna Calvin from Oakland, California

Corporal Anthony Figueroa from Chicago, Illinois

Corporal Alexander Nelson from Monticello, Minnesota

Corporal Sean White from Brooklyn, New York