Invitation: San Francisco Council Luncheon, Scoma's Restaurant, Tuesday, March 12
TUESDAY MARCH 12TH NAVY LEAGUE LUNCHEONAhoy Members and Friends,Last year the Pacific Merchant Marine Council had three of our quarterly luncheons in partnership with the San Francisco Council.It's the San Francisco Council's luncheon Tuesday, March 12. We're all invited to attend. Details below...Don't forget the Pacific Central Region "Meet and Greet" informal dinner party in Oakland Friday, March 15, and the Region meeting Saturday, March 16. See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PMMC-NLUS/message/1307. Hope to see you!Heave Ho,Phelps----- Original Message -----From: Phelps HobartSent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:31 PMSubject: Invitation: San Francisco Council Luncheon, Scoma's Restaurant, Tuesday, March 12Ahoy Navy Leaguers,Angus Blackwood, San Francisco Council President, welcomes you and your friends to attend the council luncheon March 12.The council has covered the cost of the air travel and accommodations for Captain Baze and Command Master Chief Lunsford. In addition, RADM Karl Schultz, USCG District 11, and his aide will be attending the luncheon.An advance luncheon reservation is highly desirable. Online visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5661389368.Anchors Aweigh,PhelpsPhelps HobartSenior Vice PresidentPacific Central RegionNavy League of the United States(916) 739-6949----- Original Message -----From: Angus BlackwoodSent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:37 PMSubject: TUESDAY MARCH 12TH NAVY LEAGUE LUNCHEON
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Q: What is a United States Ship (USS) called during and after construction but before she is commissioned?
A: Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU).
of the United States
SAN FRANCISCO COUNCIL
TUESDAY MARCH 12, 2013
11:30 a.m. COCKTAILS AND FELLOWSHIP
12:15 p.m. PROGRAM
1:30 p.m. LIBERTY CALL
$40 at the door, $35 in advance: RSVP ONLINE AT
THIS QUARTER'S PROGRAM
THE CONSTRUCTION AND POWER OF
OUR GUEST SPEAKER AND SPECIAL GUEST
CAPT Wayne Baze
future Commanding Officer, USS America LHA-6
Command Master Chief
Pre-commissioning Unit America
The newest amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) was christened Oct. 20, 2012 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss.
"When America joins the fleet, we'll be a stronger, more flexible, and a better Marine Corps team. We need this ship," said Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson during the ceremony.
The 844-foot ship will be a flexible, multi-mission platform necessary to quickly respond to incidents worldwide and provide forward presence and project power as part of joint, interagency, and multinational maritime expeditionary forces.
America also marks the first of the Navy's newest class of amphibious assault ships replacing the Tawara class. It is considered to be the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship. The new ship will be more capable to support current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and Joint Strike Fighter.
"It's kind of like a mini-aircraft carrier," said Lynne Pace, the ship's sponsor prior to breaking a bottle of champagne over the bow.
As an amphibious ship, its mission will include embarking, transporting, controlling, inserting, sustaining and extracting elements of a marine air-ground task force, and support forces by helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft.
"To the crew, you are charged with a very special responsibility between now and the commissioning of this ship. You will set the standard of excellence. You will set the personality," Ferguson told the ship's crew.
This is the fourth ship in Navy history to be named America. The first was a 74-gun ship-of-of-the-line that was used by the Continental Navy that was then presented to the king of France as a gift in appreciation for his country's support to the new nation. The preceding America was a Kitty-Hawk class aircraft carrier that played key roles between the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm.
Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., laid the keel in July 2009 and plans to deliver the ship in 2013 after conducting a series of sea trials.
The USS America will be homeported in San Diego.
Blue and Gold = Navy
Red Chevron = Patriotism / USMC Enlisted Fighting Spirit
5 Stars = CVA-66 Vietnam Battle Stars
Liberty Torch = America’s role as the “Beacon of Liberty”
Gadsden Snake = 1st Flag carried into battle by Continental Marines
Trident = Sea Power and 3 previous AMERICA’s
Eagle = America Coat of Arms / Aviation / USN Enlisted Courage
Arrows and Olive Branch = War and Peace
Crossed Swords = USN/USMC leadership and teamwork
“Bello Vel Pace Paratus” = “Prepared in War or in Peace”
Ring of Stars = Military Service Flag paying tribute to the unwavering support and sacrifice of military families. Top star is gold in honor of those who have sacrificed all in defense of America’s freedom.
$40 at the door, $35 in advance: RSVP ONLINE AT