USS Chicago Submarine Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

first_img View post tag: USS USS Chicago Submarine Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) celebrated its 25th anniversary this week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam with events which include a visit to the submarine by members of the 721 Club of Chicago.“It is a great honor to have the 721 Club here for our 25th anniversary and to be able to continue our strong relationship with this organization,” said Cmdr. Nick Tillbrook, Chicago commanding officer. “Their support of us for all these years means so much to us. Knowing that our service and dedication to our nation is much appreciated by great Americans such as them motivates us to perform that much better.”Over the years, the successor to the commissioning committee for USS Chicago, the 721 Club, has provided ongoing support and contact with the crew and families of the submarine. The 721 Club’s activities have included contributions and support for the USS Chicago Wives’ Club, holiday gifts for children of the crew, “ditty bags” of gifts and useful items for all personnel, and sponsorship of an annual holiday party for the officers and crew of Chicago.“With great enthusiasm, our principal focus, from the mission that was established at the commissioning of the submarine, is to support you and show our appreciation for all of you,” said Lee Benish, 721 Club president. “We are humbled and proud to be able to contribute to you in small form, and honor all of the things you do for us. That is really the heart of the 721 Club.”As part of the festivities, the 721 Club was invited to partake in a day at sea on USS Chicago. The namesake city guests received a warm welcome from the Chicago crew and learned about life aboard the submarine. Shortly after Chicago departed, all guests were briefed on general safety procedures and received a basic overview on the mission and history of USS Chicago. Throughout the day, guests were able to partake in numerous events such as observing the sea from atop of the sail, enjoying a meal on the mess decks and observing submarine operations from the control center.“It is an honor to be aboard USS Chicago and amazing to see the abilities of the crew operating such a complex ship,” said Chris Harnack, 721 Club treasurer and member for more than 10 years. “It is also great to see their appreciation for what the club represents to them and how we support them and their families.”The crew demonstrated various submarine maneuvers including “angles and dangles” which tests the integrity of the submarine’s interior safety by making sure everything is tied down and secure. They also witnessed the notional firing of a torpedo which allowed the guests to hear and feel the effects of the firing blast without actually discharging a weapon.“It’s not very often that we get to demonstrate to civilians first-hand what submarine life is really about on a daily basis,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class (SS) Zachary Womack, Chicago crewmember. “It makes me proud knowing that there are people who really care for what we do. When the 721 Club returns to Chicago, they will share with their family and friends what we showed them.”The 721 Club’s visit culminated with an official ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 20. At this ceremony, representatives from the Union League Club of Chicago and 721 Club presented remarks along with the commanding officer of USS Chicago, Illinois native Cmdr. Nick Tilbrook and Commander, Submarine Force, U.S Pacific Fleet Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell.“To all the 721 Club members, thank you for what you bring to this crew, this ship and the submarine force. I know of some of the support that you’ve provided over the years, but I think that only scratches the surface. I am continually astounded at the level and depth of your commitment to USS Chicago,” said Caldwell. “I am confident that with this exceptional ship, this extraordinary crew, and the support of their incredible families and the 721 Club that USS Chicago is well positioned for a successful future.”USS Chicago completed an Engineered Refueling Overhaul Oct. 27 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. While in overhaul, ship’s systems were upgraded to ensure Chicago will be able to meet future tasking as the ship is transitioned early next year from its current homeport in Hawaii to being forward deployed to Guam.USS Chicago will replace USS Houston (SSN 713), maintaining three submarines forward deployed to Guam. Forward-deployed submarines are readily capable of meeting global operational requirements. Guam’s strategic location enhances military force flexibility. Its location allows freedom of action, regional engagement, crisis response and deterrence, while helping to fulfill commitments to U.S. allies and partners to protect our nation’s security.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 22, 2011; Image: navy.mil View post tag: celebrates View post tag: 25th View post tag: usa View post tag: americas December 22, 2011center_img View post tag: submarine View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Anniversary View post tag: Chicago Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Chicago Submarine Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary Share this articlelast_img read more

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FA waits for more details on Anelka

first_imgThe Football Association will decide on Monday whether to appeal and try to have Nicolas Anelka’s five-match ban for his ‘quenelle’ gesture increased. Press Association Anelka performed the gesture as a goal celebration after scoring in his club’s match against West Ham on December 28. Anelka insisted the salute was in support of his friend, the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the person who first brought the quenelle to prominence. Dieudonne has been prosecuted for anti-Semitic offences and has been barred from entering the UK. FA general secretary Alex Horne said: “This was a gesture we haven’t seen before in English football. The reality is we haven’t got the written reasons yet, we will get those on Monday at which point it is open to appeal from either our side or Nicolas Anelka’s side so I can’t comment personally as to whether five matches are enough.” UEFA is holding a disciplinary hearing on Monday into the case of a Belgian futsal player Omar Rahou who also allegedly made a quenelle gesture during a match. UEFA’s new racism rules carry a minimum 10-match ban. New rules brought in this season mean any racial or discriminatory offence carries a minimum five-match ban, and Dyke said the governing body would look to see if these changes had been effective. Speaking after the International FA Board meeting in Zurich, he said: “We are all waiting until Monday to see what the judgement was. It is a strange situation where the decision is announced but we don’t know the reasons so we have to wait for those. “This is an evidence-based inquiry and what did Mr Anelka say and what was (the) basis for the decision – we will see that on Monday. “Any appeal will be decided by others on Monday, not by me. It is a possibility. “We will look at the whole thing again once this one has been done. This was not an easy case, because for most people in England that sign meant nothing. “It’s only what it meant in France that became important, so we will look at the judgement and will ask people do we think that’s fair or that we should change anything as a result of that.” Dyke said the judgement did however send out a strong message. He added: “It makes it clear that the FA is not prepared to tolerate things that could be of a racist nature but we have to see what the decision was.” FA chairman Greg Dyke said the governing body will receive the written reasons from the independent regulatory commission on Monday and will then make a decision. Anelka is also able to appeal against the punishment. The quenelle salute has anti-Semitic connotations in Anelka’s home country of France, but the commission accepted there was no intent by the West Brom striker to be anti-Semitic. Under strict liability rules, however, he was found guilty of an aggravated offence. last_img read more

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