The Milwaukee Navy League supports the Sea Perch underwater vehicle competition. It was held at the Deer Creek Intermediate School pool in St. Francis, WI. It all took place on April 6, 2019.
The participants have to drive their vehicles through underwater hoops and a host of obstacles. Winners of the event are pictured below. Click A Photo For Full-Size Version The challenges in Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) initiative was a "happening" event, with 20+ teams representing multiple area middle & high schools. See the video below for more excitement and information on how the event works.
USS Dwight D.Eisenhower (CVN 69) while operating in the US 5th Fleet Area Of Responsibility as part of Operation Enduring Freedom
As you may recall, three weeks ago President Obama and Secretary of Defense Panetta publicly announced the new Defense Strategic Guidance that was developed as the way ahead for our armed forces in light of the end of the war in Iraq, the drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, and the requirement that the services find $487 billion in savings over the next decade.
Today, Secretary Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff held a briefing to detail DoD's budget request for Fiscal Year 2013 and the Future Years Defense Plan. While all the services are making sacrifices, the budget recognizes the unique capabilities of the Navy/Marine Corps team and that the forward presence mission remains the same regardless of world events. In Secretary's Panetta's own words, "The strategy also envisions a Navy and Marine Corps that is postured forward -- bringing a stabilizing presence and combat power as needed, with an emphasis on these critical regions."
Some of the highlights of the budget include:
Maintaining the aircraft carrier fleet at 11 ships and 10 air wings
Gradually reducing the active Marine Corps to 182,000 Marines
Forward deploying ships to Singapore and Bahrain
Incorporate design changes to increase cruise missile capacity of Virginia-class submarines
Delaying the Ohio replacement program by two years
Joint Strike Fighter -- committed to the JSF program of record that includes all three variants, but slowed procurement to complete more testing and make developmental changes to minimize concurrency issues before buying in significant quantities
There are many more details in this document and the services are scheduled to provide more detailed briefs in early February. I hope you will take the time to review Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey's statements and rest assured that the Navy League will continue to advocate for our Sea Services and resist any drawdown that prevents them from meeting the mission.