2015-03-26 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

Great Decisions Series

The Newport Council for International Visitors will host the next Great Decisions seminar on Wednesday, April 8, at the Newport Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Thomas Fedyszyn, director of the Europe-Russia Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College, will present “Russia and the Near Abroad.”

As calls for closer ties with the European Union failed to be met, Ukrainians took to the streets in November 2013. When the movement later known as the Euromaidan, or “Euro Square,” pulled western Ukraine closer to its European neighbors, another powerful force threatened to tear away the country’s eastern half: Russia. Putin’s pushback against European expansionism has the West wondering: If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors?

For more information, visit newportciv.org or call 401-848-5142.

Eight Bells

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will present Andrew Faltum on “The Supercarriers: The Forrestal and Kitty Hawk Classes” on Thursday, April 2, at noon.

The USS Forrestal recently left Narragansett Bay on its final voyage. When she was commissioned in 1955 she was the first of the supercarriers that included Saratoga, Ranger, Independence, Kitty Hawk, Constellation, America, and John F. Kennedy. All of them were mainstays of the Cold War and saw extensive service around the world. Faltum will discuss the 50-year operational histories of these ships.

Advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401-841-2102.

Pictures with Easter Bunny

Youngsters with base access are invited to have photos taken with the Easter Bunny at Seaview Lanes on Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The first photo is free; additional pictures are $1. For details, call 401-841-4293.

Comedy Wraps at O’Club

The Winter Comedy Series will wrap up Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. with comedian Joe Yannetty performing Topside at the Officers’ Club. The series is geared towards adults and is not family-friendly. The show is free and open to all hands with base access. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

NUWC Intersection Work

Work will continue at the Gate 23/Chases Lane/Pier Access Road intersection from Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1. A minimum of two lanes of traffic will be maintained, except for Chases Lane, which will be oneway only out of housing from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31. Work will only occur at the entrance to NUWC Gate 23 during non-peak traffic periods (9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.). For more information, call 401-841-1763.

Applying to Service Academies Seminar

High school students interested in learning about requirements and procedures for seeking a congressional nomination and obtaining an appointment to one of the U.S. military service academies are invited to an informational seminar Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Community College of Rhode Island, 400 East Ave., Warwick. The forum will provide an opportunity for students to speak directly with representatives from all the academies. Academy Day is sponsored by U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

For more information, call Steven Usler in Sen. Reed’s office at 401-943-3100, or Hollie Saunders in Sen. Whitehouse’s office at 401- 453-5294.

Holy Week Services at Chapel of Hope

Naval Station Newport’s Chapel of Hope will offer Holy Week services as follows: Palm Sunday, March 29, liturgical Protestant 7:45 a.m., Roman Catholic Mass 9 a.m., contemporary Protestant at 10 a.m.; Maundy Thursday, April 2, Roman Catholic Mass at 5 p.m., Protestant at 6:30 p.m.; Good Friday, Roman Catholic Mass at 5 p.m., Protestant Tenebrae at 6:30 p.m.; and Easter Sunday, liturgical Protestant at 7:45 a.m.; Roman Catholic Mass at 9 a.m.; contemporary Protestant at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 401-841-2234.

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