Washington, DC - October is National Seafood Month in the United States. It is a time to celebrate and honor America’s fishing communities and fish workers, and their contributions to the economy and diets of millions of people. Fisheries, including aquaculture, provide a vital source of food, employment, trade, and recreation for people throughout the world. According to the United Nations, marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ more than 200 million people worldwide, and the livelihoods of more than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity.

Washington, DC - Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will showcase U.S. government efforts to conserve snow leopards at an event at the U.S. Department of State this Friday. The event will celebrate the successful completion of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Wildlife Fund project on Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities, and will highlight the international cooperation and conservation efforts of 12 snow leopard range countries.

Washington, DC - Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced October 18 the newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, PCU Little Rock (LCS 9), will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, December 16 at Canalside Buffalo.

Caribbean Sea - Leadership skills are formally taught in the Navy to personnel after achieving certain ranks, through programs like the Petty Officer Selectee Leadership Training Course and Chief Petty Officer (CPO) 365.

Arabian Gulf - Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) rescued a sea turtle that was entangled on a half-sunken fishing vessel in the Arabian Gulf, Monday.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) October 19 for the detail design and construction of a Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB).

Washington, DC - The Navy announced the Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) program manager training schedule in NAVADMIN 251/17, today.