Saturday, 14 August 2010

Family Day Cruise

12 August, 2010 - Frinds and Family Day Cruise.  We had a few extra passengers aboard today as we sailed off the coast of Virginia for a few hours.  About 230 frineds and family members were able to join us as we transited out to sea over the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the Chesepeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and through Thimble Shoals Channel. 
     The Executive Officer provided a guided tour on the outbound transit and a short history lesson on Admiral Stout as we made the return transit.  The Gunners demonstrated the 5 inch gun and some small arms in a live firing demonstration and the Engineers showed off the main engines in a fast speed run. We had one rain shower that pushed the flight deck picnic inside.  Once we cleared the rain clouds the rest of the day was clear sailing.

     Master Chief arranged for a mini-Surface Warfare qualification for the children and we handed our certificates for all those who completed the requirements.  Thanks to all those who were able to spend the day with us.

Tug Boats returning us to the pier

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Boarding Team Training

11 August, 2010 - The past few days were filled with real time training for the boarding teams.  We worked with a training ship for three days to practice various situations that the boarding teams may see.  It was a long three days, especially for the members of the teams as well as the boat crews. 
RHIBs approaching the training ship

The Boarding Team prepares for action

Hard at work on the Boat Deck

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Surface Forces Atlantic Visit

5 August 2010 - STOUT had the pleasure of hosting RADM Thomas today for a short tour. RADM Thomas is the Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic. He is responsible for the readiness of all East Coast ships, including STOUT. While aboard he met with the Officers in the Wardroom for a short discussion and Chiefs in the Chief Petty Officer's Mess. He also talked with several Sailors during a tour of the ship and addressed the entire crew on the 1MC (The 1MC is the general announcing system for those not familiar with Navy lingo).

Admiral with Petty Officer Kniess
RADM Thomas inspecting VLS

It was a great opportunity to get information on current issues from our chain of command as well as provide direct feedback. The Admiral had great messages on setting standards, leadership and how we can assist him in solving problems. RADM Thomas was the former CO of USS ROSS, a sister ship to STOUT. He really understands things from a shipboard perspective. The advice and guidance he provided today was on the mark and well received by everyone.

Admiral addressing the CPO Mess


1 August 2010- Reenlistment.  As part of the all volunteer force crew members commit to serve a set number of years.  Once their enlistment is up they have the option to extend their service and re-enlist.  Recently Petty Officer Humbert signed up to serve a few more years and re-affirmed his oath in a short ceremony on the mess decks.  A couple of pictures from the day are posted along with the oath of re-enlistment at the bottom of the page.
Petty Officer Humbert with Re-Enlisting Officer
Petty Officer Humbert with a few friends

Oath of re-enlistment

I do solemnly swear
That I will support and defend
The Constitution of the United States
Against All enemies, foreign and domestic;
That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same,
That I will obey the orders
Of the President of the United States
And the orders of the Officers appointed over me,
According to the regulations
And the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
So help me God.