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  • 05 Jul 2015 12:12 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

     

    The October Board of Director’s Meeting of the CVA will be held in Buffalo, NY

    On Saturday Oct. 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Come join us for a preview of REUNION 2016

    At the Millennium Hotel Buffalo

    2040 Walden Ave

    Cheektowaga, NY 14225

    Site of REUNION 2016

    The room rate is $99 plus tax (Oct. 15, - 17) The cutoff date is Oct 1, 2015

    you can either call 800-323-3331 and mention the group name or

    you can follow the following steps to make your reservations online: www.millenniumhotels.com/buffalo

    Drop Down menu, pick Buffalo, Enter check in and check out dates

    Drop down menu, use 1510USSAME as the group code

    Hit the book button.

  • 04 Jul 2015 11:46 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    WE HAVE A WINNER!

    The winner of this year’s CVA Scholarship is Baylee Mello,

    Granddaughter of Life Member,

    Richard Costa (DP2/S7 div. 1966-1969)

    Baylee will be attending the

    Culinary Institute of America in NY.

    Congratulations Baylee and good luck.

    CVA SCHOLARSHIP

    The USS AMERICA CARRIER VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION, INC. (CVA) IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT ONCE AGAIN WE WILL BE OFFERING A $1000.00 SCHOLARSHIP TO A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WHO IS THE CHILD OR GRANDCHILD OF A CVA MEMBER, WHO SERVED ABOARD THE USS AMERICA.

    APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER

    FOR THE 2016 - 2017

    SCHOOL YEAR

    Contact Director of Public Affairs

    Don Richardson

    daydream@irvineoline.net

  • 24 Apr 2015 10:48 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    NOW HEAR THIS - NOW HEAR THIS

    THE SHIP'S STORE

    IS NOW OPEN

     

  • 02 Mar 2015 10:31 PM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    **From our friends at the FRA **

    There is a new bill that has been introduced that will help thousands of Vietnam Veterans in their fight for recognition to the exposure to Agent Orange.  The House bill, H.R 969  “The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015” has been presented and is currently under review.  This bill is to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of the “Blue Water Navy” veterans who served in the Territorial Waters of the Republic of Vietnam to Agent Orange. 

    If you wish to read the bill as introduced, go here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d114:hr969

    History:  prior to 2002, any veteran who received the “Vietnam Service” medal was granted presumptive exposure to the 14 diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.  In 2002, the Veterans Administration changed the rules.  It now requires the veteran to have set foot on Vietnam soil or had been on patrol on the inland waterways in order to qualify for presumptive exposure to the Agent Orange.

    We're asking that you contact your Congressman asking for their support of this very important bill.

    The process is pretty simple, just follow these steps:

    On internet explorer, you need to type in, or click:  http://www.fra.org/ this is for the Fleet Reserve Association.

    1.       Click on “Advocacy”, and then click on “Action Center”.

    2.       Scroll down until you find “Support Blue Water/Agent Orange Legislation, (H.R. 969)”.  Click on H.R. 969.

    a.        Scroll down and enter your zip code where it says “Take Action Now”.  Click on GO!

    b.      Scroll down and enter the requested information, i.e. Name and Sender Information.

    c.       Confirm the box is checked that says “Remember Me”. This will help you if you go back in at a later date for Senate bill updates.

    d.      Uncheck the box that says “Sign me up for the Action E-List.

    e.      Click Send Message.

    This bill states “Blue Water Navy Veterans", but also encompasses Marines, Army and Air Force personnel that were stationed aboard a Navy vessel in the Territorial waters of the Republic of Vietnam.

    If you have not signed up for Veteran’s email, go to http://vnvets.blogspot.com sign up for alerts on information concerning Veteran’s issues.

    That’s it! Thank you in advance for assisting our Veterans in getting this bill passed!

  • 18 Oct 2014 7:40 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    The 

    USS AMERICA LHA 6

    is now in Commission

    On 11 Oct 2014

    Members of the CVA were present to witness her commissioning.

     

    Afterwards several members of the CVA's Board of Directors had the honor of

    sailing with her to San Diego.

     

    We are happy to say the AMERICA's spirit is alive and well.

    The crew is a hand picked group of sailors who are all at the top of their rates.

    They all showed us a great deal of respect and allowed us free roam of the ship.

    Captain Hall made sure to do a head count of us to make sure no one stowed away.

    While it is a different Navy from when we served, it is something to very proud of.

     

     

  • 14 Sep 2014 6:03 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    REUNION 2016

  • 11 Jul 2014 11:35 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) departed in commission without ceremony from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., July 11 in transit to its homeport of San Diego.

    America is scheduled to be formally commissioned during a ceremony in San Francisco, California Oct. 11, witnessed by the friends and family of the ship's 1,100 plankowners. The Navy officially accepted delivery of the ship from Ingalls Shipbuilding during a ship custody transfer ceremony, April 10.

    America earned commission status after the crew successfully completed the light-off assessment, anti-terrorism force protection certification and crew certification. These are the three major inspections needed before a U.S. Navy warship can get underway for the first time.
                 
    "This is the beginning, but we have a long way to go," said Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr., America's commanding officer, to his crew during an all hands call. "You guys make the foundation. What we do from this point forward will dictate the kind of ship America's going to be, and I'm excited to get out there and introduce her to the fleet."

    America is scheduled to transit U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility (AOR) throughout the next couple months. During the transit, referred to as "America Visits the Americas," the ship will engage in cooperative maritime security operations with partner nations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the AOR. In addition, America will embark more than 300 Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South.

    The ship will visit Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru as well as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while also conducting engagements with other valued partners in the AOR. These nations are valued friends and partners and the visits to these ports will enhance these partnerships. During these port visits, the ship's military and civilian crew may have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of their host nation and to serve as goodwill ambassadors. Additionally many of America's Sailors and Marines will have the chance to volunteer for enhancement projects at local schools, orphanages, and other facilities.

    America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tawara-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

    U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. Marine Forces South support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

  • 16 May 2014 6:57 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    For any of The America's crew who may have served onboard the Intrepid, here is an opportunity to share your story.

    April 2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. To commemorate this anniversary, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will open a temporary exhibition about the Vietnam War in the spring of 2015. As many of you know so well, Intrepid was one of more than twenty U.S. Navy aircraft carriers deployed to Vietnam. The ship and crew served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War between 1966 and 1969.

    The Intrepid Museum’s exhibition will use the experiences of Intrepid’s crew as a lens for understanding the history of the war with a particular emphasis on the role of the U.S. Navy. The exhibition will use the Museum’s largest artifact undefined the aircraft carrier Intrepid undefined to convey the day-to-day experiences of the sailors, aviators and marines who served on board the ship in the Gulf of Tonkin.

    Click on Read More to see how you can tell your story.

     

    Information from former crew members will help us bring these spaces to life.

                Did you serve on board Intrepid during the Vietnam War?

    Do you know someone who did?

                Do you have any stories, photographs, documents or other information from this period?

    If you have anything to share, please contact the Museum by email at FCMVietnam@intrepidmuseum.org or by phone at (646) 381-5241.
             
    http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/The-Intrepid-Experience/Collections.aspx         

    Sincerely,

    The Exhibits/Collections Department




  • 10 Apr 2014 6:30 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)
     

    Published on Apr 10, 2014

    More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. April 10. America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships and is scheduled to be commissioned late 2014 in San Francisco.

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS America (LHA 6) from Huntington Ingalls Industries April 10.

    America, the lead ship of the class, is the first of the Navy's next generation amphibious assault ships which replaces the aging Tarawa class. Delivery marks the official turnover of custody of the ship from the shipbuilder to the U.S. Navy.

    "This is a great Navy and Marine Corps day," said Capt. Christopher Mercer, Amphibious Warfare program manager for the Program Executive Office, Ships. "This ship's delivery will bring significant new capability in both amphibious assault and aviation support, while enhancing forward presence around the world."

    America completed sea trials in February, with no major deficiencies identified. Following delivery, the commissioning crew will move aboard and begin shipboard training in preparation for ship sail away. The ship's commissioning is slated for late 2014 in San Francisco.

    The ship will provide forward presence and power projection throughout the world as an integral part of joint, interagency and multinational maritime expeditionary forces. Her addition to the fleet brings not only added amphibious capabilities, but also further aviation capabilities as she will be able to handle current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 and the Joint Strike Fighter.

    LHA 6 uses the same zonal electrical distribution, electric auxiliary systems, and auxiliary propulsion system as the USS Makin Island (LHD 8), resulting in lower fuel, maintenance and lifecycle costs. By using these proven systems, the U.S. Navy is avoiding design and development costs often associated with a first in class ship.

    America is the first ship of the Amphibious Assault Replacement Program, LHA(R). The LHA 6 design removes the traditional well deck to include space for an enlarged hangar deck, expanded aviation maintenance facilities, and an increase in available stowage for parts, support equipment and aviation fuel. America spans an expansive 844 feet, displaces an impressive 44,971 long tons and can operate at speeds of over 20 knots.

    As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality war fighting assets - while balancing affordability and capability - is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy and the future of U.S. Maritime strength.


  • 18 Feb 2014 1:09 PM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    You may find this recent article written by Greg Densmore, Editor at the Katy Times in Katy TX of interest. The 13 year old (Alise Gabriles ) who had worn the POW bracelet for RADM Fuller tracked him down and met him. As it turn out, the subject of the story also happens to be the wife of Mr. Densmore. He has graciously given us permission to link the article here: 

      (Click on Photo to read article)

    Click here to view story @Katy Times News

     

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