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In an effort to reach young, impressionable sailors through their mobile phones, the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office has launched Pier Pressure, an iPhone/Android app that combines gaming and advice for making good choices when it comes to your time off. Think Angry Birds meets middle school D.A.R.E. class. “During the development of the Keep What You’ve Earned Campaign, we heard from young, enlisted sailors that the best way to reach them was through their mobile phones,” said NADAP director Dorice Favorite in a news release. “Pier Pressure will help sailors understand how responsible drinking can keep their…

When Naval History and Heritage Command ran a contest last year asking sailors and civilians alike to submit ideas for a new logo, command officials were careful to make clear that the winning logo wouldn’t actually be the NHHC logo, but it would influence the final design. The contest winner’s design focused heavily on the frigate Constitution, with a compass rose in the background. The runner-up’s work involved a quill, symbolizing how the sea service recorded its important information in the days before multiple databases, dozens of logins and passwords, and the occasional moth. So it should come as no…

Calling all amateur shipbuilders! The Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, Va., is hosting its annual LEGO shipbuilding contest Feb. 8 for architects of all ages. Adults and kids are invited to bring in their pre-made LEGO ships before 2 p.m. to be judged in the official contest. Winners will be chosen from each of five age categories, in addition to a “fan favorite” award voted on by attendees. If you don’t have time to throw something together before Saturday, you can visit the free ship-building stations at the event. If you’re so inclined, you can even use provided diagrams…

If you’re in New England this summer and looking for something more than a barbecue on Independence Day, why not take a cruise through Boston harbor on the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat? A lottery for 150 open spots on the USS Constitution’s annual July 4 voyage went live Feb. 3, for the ship’s last turnaround cruise before it goes into a dry dock for repairs through 2018. Guests aboard “Old Ironsides” will enjoy a three-hour trip around the harbor, complete with 21-gun salute exchange with Fort Independence on Castle Island in South Boston. To enter, simply fill out a…

The Navy’s collection of wartime art has almost skipped a generation — a problem you can help solve. Art curators with Naval History and Heritage Command have plenty of pieces from World War II and the Korean War — everything from paintings by official Navy artists to cartoons drawn on notebook paper. Vietnam and Desert Storm are well-represented in the Navy Art Collection, as well, but there are few works from current sailors. So, do you fill your downtime with doodles? When the ship needs a mural, does everyone in the room turn to you? Do you hope the characters…

For most media outlets outside the Annapolis, Md., area, intense coverage of the Naval Academy athletic program begins sometime in early December and ends immediately after the ritual gridiron-based thumping of a rival service academy of note. But a promotion by the school’s athletics-marketing arm has earned national attention in recent days: Fans who beat the school mascot, Bill the Goat, at rock-paper-scissors before a Feb. 5 men’s basketball game against Boston University will earn free admission. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Fans can throw hands with the mascot from 6:15 to 6:45 for the chance to win a…

Three culinary specialists with the amphibious dock landing ship Oak Hill prevailed Friday at the fourth annual Best of the Mess competition in Virginia Beach, Va. Six teams of Navy cooks went spatula-to-spatula at the event, put on by the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund, bringing their best dishes to fit this year’s Taste of Tuscany theme, according to a Navy news release. Teams from the carriers Abraham Lincoln and George H.W. Bush; Naval Station Norfolk, Va.; Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.; Submarine Force Atlantic and the Oak Hill created an appetizer, entree and dessert for the contest, with certain…

[HTML1] The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln entered a Virginia shipyard last March for a midlife overhaul that will last until October 2016. While the flattop is out of the fleet’s deployment plans for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean its sailors are getting a break. In the video above, from his ship’s barren bridge, Capt. Karl Thomas gives his crew an update on the carrier’s progress — which, to this point, has involved having a chunk of its island removed, its catapults taken apart and the bulk of its guts ripped out. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime procedure for a nuclear carrier,…

Were the turtles not cute enough for you? Don’t worry, Scoop Deck has you covered: [HTML1] Those of you who made it through the video without cuteness-induced euphoria may want to know more about the Warrior Canine Connection, which helps veterans with combat-related psychological issues train service dogs for fellow vets. The Navy’s All Hands magazine put the group in the spotlight in a recent piece, highlighting the work of one WCC-trained dog at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Md. In the video, Puppy Program Manager and Trainer Cheryl Tipton outlines the training process. It’s the first stage…

It was just another day with Operation Martillo for the frigate Rentz on Jan. 14, when a patrol for drug-smuggling boats turned into a rescue mission to save three trapped sea turtles. Pilot Lt. j.g. Chris Gokey and co-pilot Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rob Antonucci were up in an SH-60B anti-submarine patrol helicopter about 80 nautical miles off the coast of Guatemala when they spotted an island of floating garbage alongside a group of fishing buoys, according to a Navy release. It seemed that three unusual objects were connected to the buoy line, so they called for the ship to…

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