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Fewer than 24 hours after Navy Times broke the news that a smoking ban on submarines is in the works, folks in the smokeless tobacco industry have fired up the marketing machines. First out of the gate is Smokefree Innotec, Inc., which provides “smokefree alternatives.”  Its press release offers “the world’s first totally smokefree hi-tec cigarette.” And they aren’t just blowing smoke. This cigarette-like nicotine delivery device contains the nicotine and aroma equivalent to one regular cigarette. The company hopes its product will keep the smoking lamp lit (but smokeless) for the foreseeable future. And with good reason. The military…

Scoop Deck blogger Lance M. Bacon just completed a 24-hour embark aboard the carrier Harry S Truman. This is the play-by-play.   2130 Walking through Truman’s passageways, it’s not hard to see that today’s Navy is fit. The hanger bay’s dozen treadmills are in constant use. The “seaside gym” has a dozen other machines in near-constant motion. In the medical department, the ship’s physical therapist combined the push for fitness with a cultural hit and challenged the sailors to be Truman’s “Biggest Loser.” Cmdr. Denise Milton launched the program Dec. 5 – just in time for the holiday crunch. It…

Scoop Deck blogger Lance M. Bacon just completed a 24-hour embark aboard the carrier Harry S Truman. This is the play-by-play.   1800 Scoop Deck has laid down the challenge. We have a couple of open hours, and we want to spend them with some deck plate leaders, some sailors who are never in the spotlight and some petty officers who are making a big difference. MC1 (SW/AW) Denise Davis of the public affairs office answered that challenge well.

The 11th semi-annual Fleet Diversity Council will be held April 7 in sunny San Diego. The event is part of the Navy’s diversity initiatives. It is open for all interested military government personnel, with a strong emphasis on regional naval bases such as Point Loma, San Diego, Coronado, NAS North Island and Balboa medical center. Command managed equal opportunity officers and equal opportunity advisors are strongly encouraged to attend. And here’s the best part: Command funded travel from other areas is authorized and encouraged, according to NavAdmin 089/10. The day will include two identical sessions. The first runs from 8…

If you are in Manhattan this weekend, the hot spot will be the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which will host the welcome home event for the “Legends of Aerospace Tour.” The tour has brought famous aviators and astronauts to visit military stationed in Europe and Southeast Asia. Participants include Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan, the first and last astronauts to walk the moon, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell, SR-71 Chief Test Pilot Bob Gilliland and the last Air Force Pilot Ace Steve Ritchie. The team most recently visited the carrier Eisenhower in the Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, where…

Some friends of a fired CO are rallying support online. Check out this Facebook page named “Support Capt. John Titus,” in honor of the commanding officer of the Navy Supply Corps School who was relieved of command on Jan. 8. The page creators want people to send letters of endorsement to the chief of naval personnel to consider along with Titus’ detached for cause package. Michael Aldrich, a supply officer with a Facebook page, posts on the wall “CAPT Titus ROCKS!!!!” That’s the fired CO himself up there (second from the left) in a photo from the groundbreaking for the new supply…

If it seems like U.S. ship builders are spitting out subs at breakneck speed, it is with good reason. They are. Lawmakers put the Navy on a 60-month construction span by the end of the Block II contract, which calls for two $2 billion submarines each year starting in 2011. Basically, they want subs better and cheaper … and delivered yesterday. India seems to be taking a slightly different approach. The country is planning a 10-year lease of a Russian nuke, the Nerpa. Not sure if that lease has an option to buy. For the crew’s sake, I hope not.…

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