Pacific Ocean - Fifty Sailors aboard the USS Spruance (DDG 111) became the first to receive an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) designation on a guided missile destroyer, earlier this month.

Pacific Ocean - U.S. Navy destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Her Majesty's New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Endeavour, a Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) fleet replenishment oiler, November 12-13.

Great Lakes, Illinois - Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) midshipmen will be selecting their first ships today, as they look to join the U. S. Navy's Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community.

Gaeta, Italy - The command master chief of the Italy-based Blue-Ridge class command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) was relieved of his duties November 11, 2016. This action is the result of an investigation into a port-visit incident in Batumi, Georgia in October 2016.

Arlington, Virginia - A chief petty officer assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has been named the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation's Wounded Warrior of the Year during the organization's 6th annual Veterans Day luncheon in Arlington.

Washington, DC - Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Ambassador Robert King will travel to the Republic of Korea (ROK) November 13-17 for meetings with senior ROK officials to discuss U.S.-ROK cooperation in addressing North Korean human rights issues.

Washington, DC - U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will travel November 10-18 to Marrakech, Morocco to participate in the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP-22. COP-22, which began on November 7 and runs through November 18, is the first such meeting since the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement at COP-21 in December of last year.