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(Editor’s note: This post by Marine Corps Times staff writer Gina Harkins first appeared on that publication’s Battle Rattle blog.) New sea lanes are opening around the the North Pole due to melting ice, and the Navy and Marine Corps are ready to defend them if needed. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert met with Navy Times reporters and editors in late February to discuss where the service is headed. One of the places he highlighted might not be on the minds of sailors and Marines, but with more ships likely to use new routes opening in coming years,…

It’s the time of year for caroling and season’s greetings emanating from the hearth of the Navy’s top officer’s house. “Hello, shipmates. It’s been a challenging year but it’s been a great year, and Darleen and I want to thank you for all that you do,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert in his third holiday video, posted online Wednesday —  a possible to reference to the variety of crises Greenert confronted in 2013, from extended deployments to budget woes to a minesweeper shipwreck. Greenert, along with his wife, Darleen, sounded a warm tone to the backdrop of…

Seeking to cut the tally of fired commanders whose behavior has embarrassed the service and raised questions about how they were selected for the service’s most prestigious positions, the Navy’s top officer has tightened the standards for command and ordered a pilot study of an evaluation that allows sailors to rate their own bosses. The end goal is officers better suited for command. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert spelled out his plan in a June 4 instruction that overhauls the command screening process and applies it fleetwide. By June 4, 2013, every new CO will have to go…

ABOARD THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP WASP — Greetings from the Atlantic Ocean, where we’re covering the largest amphibious exercise on the East Coast since the beginning of the Iraq war. Bold Alligator 2012 involves at least 14,000 personnel from the U.S., France, Great Britain and other countries, and at least 25 ships. The majority of them are American, but Canada and France have both chipped in with their own hardware, as well. Conceptually, the forces at sea are currently in the early stages of planning an attack on enemy forces from the fictional country of Garnet, a common enemy in…

The CNO’s first holiday video has a soundtrack – and backup singers. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert carols along with his wife Darleen, backed up by the 8-member a cappella group the Navy Sea Chanters in his holiday message, posted online Tuesday. “Happy holidays shipmates,” Greenert says above the cooing carolers. “We thank you and your families for your service and for your sacrifice and for those of you standing the watch tonight, remember what you do is incredibly important. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.” “Enjoy the holidays but please remember, stay safe,” Darleen adds. “Merry Christmas!” Greenert…

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