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Upcoming and recent events:

  •       "Home for the Brave" fundraiser November 8th:
    • Home for the Brave is a well regarded non-profit organization that has helped over 1,100 homeless, mostly veterans, to return to productive lives.  Our local Navy Seal mentoring program has supported past fund-raisers.  The next one will be a mini-golf tournament Friday November 8th at the Brooklawn Country Cliub in Fairfield.  For details, click on their website here.  If you have any questions, contact us.
  •        Annual Dinner Saturday April 6th:
    • our annual dinner was held at the Stamford Yacht Club on April 6th. Special guest speaker was retired Vice Admiral Mike Franken who was the first skipper of our adopted ship, USS Winston S. Churchill. Our thanks to all who attended. Further details on the dinner were emailed to members and the dinner flyer is here.
  •        Updates on our Council's two adopted Navy ships:
    • USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) returned to Norfolk from a 7 month deplyment to the Middle East and European waters on Nov 4, 2018.  On Nov 26th, the ship went to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown to offload ammunitions.  On Jan 14, 2019, the ship moored at Marine Hydraulics Industries (MHI) shipyard in Norfolk for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) to make routine scheduled repairs and updates.  Completing the Availability, Churchill was underway for sea trials from July 19th to 21st, 2019.  On August 25th, Churchill moored at Naval Station Norfolk after being underway for 5 days in the Virginia Capes ops area.
    • USS Connecticut (SSN 22) deployed to the Western Pacific in July 2018, returning to the west coast in Jan 2019.  While deployed, the submarine visited Yokosuka, Japan in August and October, and Garden Island Western Australia in December.  Connecticut departed Bremerton homeport for routine ops on March 5, 2019 and later that month entered drydock.  Connecicut was awarded the coveted "Battle E" award in 2019 (congratulations!).  On August 8th, CDR Cameron Aljilani relieved CDR Carl Trask as Commanding Officer in a ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport Washington (see press release by clicking this link).
    • as always, we wish our adopted ships and their dedicated officers and crews well!
  •       USNA boats visited Stamford June 14th to 16th 2019:
    • Five Naval Academy 44 foot sailboats again visited the Stamford Yacht Club and our Council supported the visit.  See email announcement sent to all members and further info in the event flyer here.
  Welcome aboard: