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  • Army Sec: American Women Could Be Required to Register for Draft if Combat Jobs Integrated

    10/13/2015 7:20:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 12, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday that opening up all combat roles to women would push lawmakers to engage in an “emotional discussion and debate” about whether or not women should also be required to enter the draft. “If your objective is true and pure equality, then you have to look at all aspects and at some point Selective Service will have to be one of those things considered very carefully,” McHugh said at the U.S. Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Examiner. McHugh said that Congress would have to decide to require women to sign...
  • U.S. Sends Warships to South China Sea in an Apparent Attempt to Kick Off WW III

    10/12/2015 5:23:26 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 10/10/2015 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    As if poking the Russian bear wasn’t enough, the Obama administration has now chosen to rile the Chinese dragon. In a move meant to project U.S. military power to the Chinese government, American officials announced that U.S. Navy warships will sail directly through a Chinese claimed 12-nautical mile zone in the disputed region of the South China Sea. The contested waters around the Spratly Islands, which China claims as its own sovereign territory, have been the cause of intense controversy. The U.S. has refused to recognize China’s territorial claims and believes the disputed area resides in international waters. Last month,...
  • LIVE VIDEO: Fleet Week Air Show S.F. Blue Angels

    10/11/2015 3:10:49 PM PDT · by bugseye · 4 replies
    abc7news ^ | 10-11-15 |
    The Fleet Week Air Show featuring the Blue Angels takes to the sky beginning at 3 p.m.
  • US Navy Now Teaching Members about "Male Privilege;" Says Buying Truck is Example of Privilege

    10/08/2015 8:49:54 AM PDT · by rightistight · 45 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 10/8/15 | Aurelius
    The US Navy's Bureau of Medicine & Surgery is now teaching its members about the dangers of "male privilege," giving examples of ways that men use such privilege to get what they want. The document outlining "male privilege" can be found on the US Navy's Bureau of Medicine & Surgery's official page. It details, "common phrases victims use when describing their abuse," which includes "male privilege." Here is one of the statements that "victims" of male privilege included by the Navy: “When he came home yesterday, he was driving a brand new truck. I told him we needed something the...
  • Navy Secretary Dismisses Risks to Women in Combat

    10/05/2015 7:06:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Arnoild Ahlert
    A new study reveals the disturbing facts. For Navy Secretary Ray Mabus it would appear that progressive ideology trumps inconvenient reality. In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) Mabus criticized a nine month study revealing that women sustain injuries at a higher rate than their male counterparts and shoot with less accuracy under combat-simulated conditions. “(The study) started out with a fairly large component of the men thinking this is not a good idea and women will never be able to do this,” Mabus told NPR’s David Greene. “When you start out with that mindset you’re almost presupposing the...
  • Why Our Commanders Look The Other Way During Child Rape

    09/29/2015 11:06:24 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 54 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 28, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    The revelation that our generals expect Americans solders to allow screaming young boys to be sodomized and not stop it is simply the latest manifestation of the utter moral bankruptcy infecting the senior ranks of the U.S. military. The problems with America’s military—which has now failed to win three wars in a row against backward fanatics whom the nineteenth-century Brits would have handily dispatched to hell in time for tea—are not merely budgetary. You can’t buy real leaders, leaders with strategic competence and moral courage. Aging equipment, while a problem, is nothing compared to the incompetence and moral cowardice of...
  • Navy retires USS Simpson, last modern ship to sink an enemy vessel

    09/29/2015 1:12:07 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 34 replies
    Florida Times Union ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Andrew Pantazi
    The United States Navy decommissioned its last Perry-class frigate, reducing the Navy's number of ships that have sunk an enemy vessel to just one... After 30 years of service — including an April 1988 battle when it fired missiles at and sunk an Iranian oil platform and an Iranian Navy vessel — the ship's service came to an end Tuesday with a ceremony at Mayport Naval Station. Now the only Navy ship that has sunk an enemy is the USS Constitution, which did so during the War of 1812...
  • Widows Sue Navy Alleging Ship Flaws Contributed to Pilots’ Deaths

    09/22/2015 5:58:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The widows of two pilots killed when a wave swept their helicopter off a U.S. Navy destroyer filed a lawsuit in San Diego on Monday, alleging the Navy and others knew of design flaws in certain Navy ships and their helicopter landing platforms. The federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of Theresa Jones, Christina Gibson and their children, asks a court to declare the ships in question unreasonably dangerous and order that they be changed to prevent future accidents. On Sept. 22, 2013, Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Gibson lost their lives when the MH-60S helicopter they...
  • U.S. Nuclear Missile Submarine Surfaces in Scotland

    09/22/2015 5:13:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 09/17/15 | Bill Gertz
    Pentagon deploys USS Wyoming amid tensions with Moscow nuclear-armed U.S. ballistic missile submarine arrived in Scotland this week amid growing tensions with Moscow over Ukraine and Russia’s strategic arms buildup. The submarine, the USS Wyoming, arrived at the British naval base at Faslane, Scotland, Wednesday morning for what the U.S. Strategic Command said is a routine visit. However, ballistic missile submarine movements and port visits normally are not announced by the Navy or the Strategic Command, an indication the Wyoming’s port call is intended as strategic messaging to Moscow. The submarine visit “demonstrates the closeness of the U.S./U.K. defense relationship...
  • Mabus Throws Down: All Combat Positions In Dept Of Navy Will Open To Women

    09/16/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 46 replies
    /dailycalle ^ | 09/15/2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Despite considerable backlash from within the service, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said again Monday that the Marine Corps infantry and Navy SEALs will open up to women, no matter what. After receiving heated comments from both male and female Marines who participated in and ran a Marine Corps integration study, Mabus clarified Monday at a forum by the City Club of Cleveland that many of the gender gaps on performance could be closed with more training and leadership. What this means is that he’s sticking to his original plan that all combat jobs in the Department of the Navy will...
  • Secretary of the Navy Insults Marines, Dismisses Study on Gender Integration

    09/14/2015 7:52:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/14/2015 | Debra Heine
    The secretary of the Navy has insulted a Marine task force by questioning the integrity of their gender-integration study that was released last week. A summary of data showed that “mixed-gender teams completed tasks more slowly and shot with less accuracy, and that women sustained injuries at more than twice the rate of their male counterparts.”It took the Marine Corps nine months and $36 million to discover that all-male ground combat units were faster, more lethal and less inclined to get injured than units with mixed genders. The task force came to the conclusion that the inclusion of women...
  • Navy skeptical of marine corps study declaring all-male squads perform better

    09/14/2015 5:33:44 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/12/15
    Findings reveal all-male units outperformed mixed-gender unit but Navy secretary says study was flawed because of mindset of volunteers A US marine corps study examining how women would perform in ground combat roles showed all-male units broadly outperformed mixed-gender units on everything from reaching targets quickly to firing accurately with heavier weapons. The results of the study, a summary of which was released by the marine corps this week, could factor into Pentagon deliberations about which roles, if any, should remain off-limits to women. The US military services will soon submit their recommendations to Defense Secretary Ash Carter on the...
  • Navy Chaplain Exonerated From Possible Discharge After Expressing Biblical Beliefs on Homosexuality

    09/09/2015 8:02:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2015 | Samuel Smith
    A Navy chaplain who voiced his biblical beliefs about homosexuality during a counseling session is no longer facing the threat of a career-ending punishment after the Navy disapproved a captain's request to bring the chaplain before the Navy's Board of Inquiry, where he could've been forced out of the service. The troubles for Navy Chaplain Wes Modder began in 2014 when he was assigned a married gay sailor to be his chaplain's assistant. After about a month as the chaplain's assistant, the assistant began asking Modder questions about his biblical beliefs on human sexuality. After explaining that his Pentecostal faith...
  • Pentagon: Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Territorial Waters for First Time

    09/04/2015 10:43:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/4/15
    The five Chinese Navy ships spotted operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska steered within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. coast and passed through U.S. territorial waters, the Pentagon said. The Wall Street Journal reported: Pentagon officials said for the first time late Thursday that the five Chinese navy ships had passed through U.S. territorial waters as they transited the Aleutian Islands, but said they had complied with international law. Analysts saw the passage as significant as Beijing has long objected to U.S. Navy vessels transiting its territorial waters or operating in international waters just outside....
  • Over 1200 Days as a Japanese POW of Robert Enson Russell pt.1 of 2

    09/03/2015 4:13:39 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Robert Enson Russel and Family
    In 1972 my great uncle sat down and wrote an 80 pg. handwritten personal history of his time in World War II as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. From May of 1942 until August 15th of 1945, 1200 days as a POW, he survived one day at a time. He surrendered with his group on the island of Corregidor, and spent time in Bilibid prison, Cabanatuan, Palawan, and a journey to Japan on the horrible Oyoku Maru near the end of the war. Uncle Bob was a true American hero. A few years ago my father James Blair...
  • Five Chinese Navy Ships Are Operating in Bering Sea Off Alaska Coast

    09/02/2015 1:29:09 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 67 replies
    wsj ^ | Sept. 2, 2015 | JEREMY PAGE
    Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. The officials said they have been aware in recent days that three Chinese combat ships, a replenishment vessel and an amphibious ship were in the vicinity after observing them moving toward the Aleutian Islands, which are split between U.S....
  • Obama’s Secretary of the Navy Walks Back Complaints About Size of Fleet

    09/01/2015 9:11:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/1/15 | Aaron MacLean
    You expect senior Obama administration defense appointees to be budget hatchetmen—that just comes with the territory—but Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’s new remarks to Politico on the size of the Navy achieve impressive levels of partisan hackwork coming from a Pentagon official. The issue is the ongoing debate over whether it is fair for Republicans to complain, as Mitt Romney famously did while debating the president in 2012, that the Navy’s surface fleet is about as small as it’s been since the First World War. Despite Obama’s snarky response at the time (“Governor, we also have fewer horses and...
  • The Battlecarrier Was Part Battleship, Part Aircraft Carrier

    09/01/2015 8:15:25 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 49 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | 12/6/13 | Kyle Mizokami
    In the early 1980s, four Iowa-class fast battleships originally built during World War II—Iowa, Missouri, New Jersey and Wisconsin—were taken out of mothballs and returned to active duty. Nearly 900 feet long and displacing close to 60,000 tons, the battlewagons could fire a nine-gun broadside sending 18 tons of steel and explosives hurtling towards their targets.The battleships were modernized to include cruise missiles, ship-killing missiles and Phalanx point-defense guns. Returned to the fleet, the ships saw action off the coasts of Lebanon and Iraq. At the end of the Cold War the battleships were retired again. All were slated to...
  • Obama Navy chief fires back at GOP

    08/31/2015 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/31/15 | Philip Ewing
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants to torpedo all the talk about a shrinking U.S. battle fleet. Republican presidential candidates are pushing a “narrative,” Mabus said, that President Barack Obama has weakened the military and, in particular, the Navy, at a time of growing demands on American power around the world. But in an interview with POLITICO, Mabus fired a salvo at critics he said don’t know what they’re talking about. “I have this funny thing about facts,” he laughed in his office on the Pentagon’s E-Ring, surrounded by paintings of classic warships. “I like to get facts into the equation.”...
  • Sailor still imprisoned despite court victory in Navy rape case

    08/25/2015 5:33:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 8/25/15 | Michael Doyle
    A Navy enlisted man whose rape conviction was reversed six weeks ago remains imprisoned in South Carolina, caught amid the military’s accelerating campaign against sexual assault. Now, in an unusual move, attorneys for Airman Dustin M. Clark are urging the same military appeals court that threw out his 2014 conviction to order his immediate release. The 23-year-old Missouri native has already done too much time for a crime he didn’t commit, his attorneys say. “It’s outrageous,” David P. Sheldon, one of Clark’s attorneys, said in an interview. “They’re making sure he stays in jail.” It’s rare for a military appeals...
  • Why Politico Is Dead Wrong to Be Pleased About Our Shrinking Naval Power

    08/25/2015 9:56:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/25/2015 | by Seth Cropsey
    Politico ran an article titled “The GOP’s Fantasy of a Bigger Nav [1]y” that is long on editorializing and short on facts or history.The article argues against reversing U.S. seapower’s decline. If nothing else, the article performs a useful service by encouraging a national debate as the Navy continues to shrink: little such debate has occurred about the Navy’s contraction by more than half since the Reagan administration.At stake is whether the U.S. will be required to defend itself at its coasts, and whether the international order that has existed since World War II will survive. U.S. seapower is...
  • The GOP's fantasy of a bigger Navy

    08/24/2015 7:40:07 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/24/15 | Bryan Bender and Austin Wright
    The GOP presidential field may not agree on everything, but it’s quickly coalescing around one big idea: vastly increasing the size of the Navy. But the Republican vow — to go from 273 ships today to as many as 350 — is likely to run aground due to the enormous price tag for a military buildup that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars and a series of other political obstacles. Story Continued Below . . The ambitious plan would put the GOP presidential wing on a potential collision course with its own congressional budget hawks, along with key constituencies...
  • U.S. Navy Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

    08/20/2015 4:09:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monica Garske
    Wayne Edward Carr, of San Diego’s Imperial Beach community, served 34 years in the U.S. NavyA San Diego-based U.S. Navy veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday and, without a hint of hesitation, said his favorite memory of his long life will always be the day he married his wife. “I was only married once, you know,” centenarian Wayne Edward Carr told NBC 7 proudly, remembering his wedding day. Carr, who still has a sharp sense of humor, then joked that he got arrested on his wedding day. “I was charged with theft for robbing the cradle,” the Imperial Beach resident...
  • Willits bypass on Highway 101 to be named in honor of late Navy SEAL

    08/18/2015 4:37:58 PM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 18 July 2015 | GLENDA ANDERSON
    A one-mile elevated section of the bypass under construction on Highway 101 in Mendocino County is to carry the name of a Willits serviceman who died four years ago while in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy SEAL Jesse Pittman, 27, of Willits, was killed when the helicopter he was in was shot down by Taliban insurgents over the Wardack province Aug. 6, 2011. Thirty U.S. servicemen died in the attack. A retired high school librarian who knew him, Mikela Cameron, and Pittman’s uncle, Mike Pittman, initiated the effort to immortalize his name on a bridge. The cause gained the support of Caltrans...
  • Need Some Naval History Help

    08/18/2015 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Crapgame · 22 replies
    Freepers I am turning to you all for assistance in preparing a class lecture on the importance of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Specifically I was hoping one of you well read Freepers can direct me to a good, excerpt or summary of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Something I can hand out in class. I have read his many articles but none of them seem to cover the major points of his theories succinctly. So I am wondering now if there is a good excerpt of his major work that you all could...
  • 2 parachutists seriously injured in Chicago Air & Water show

    08/16/2015 4:38:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Fox via AP ^ | August 16, 2015
    CHICAGO – Two parachutists were seriously injured Saturday during the Chicago Air & Water Show after colliding midair while performing a stunt, a parachute team spokeswoman said. Witnesses say at least one of the men clipped the top of a high-rise apartment building before falling to the ground in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood. The two men were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez said. The Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs parachute teams were performing a stunt known as a "bomb burst," Golden Knights spokeswoman Donna Dixon told...
  • Iran offers India control of strategic Chabahar Port

    08/15/2015 4:11:45 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Deccan Herald ^ | Saturday, August 15, 2015 | Anirban Bhaumik
    NEW DELHI (DHNS) - As Tehran wants New Delhi to raise its stake in Chabahar Port in Iran, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Friday offered India a deal that not only involves developing the second phase of the port but also for operating it. New Delhi already pledged to build a container terminal and a multi-purpose cargo terminal on two berths at the Chabahar Port in south-eastern coast of Iran. Tehran's new offer appeared to be lucrative to India, as the strategically important port could give it a sea-land access to Afghanistan and Central Asia,...
  • Holy Cow....Today is my 10th Anniversary on Free Republic

    08/11/2015 7:21:50 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 95 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11 August 2015 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    I can't believe I almost missed this most important day. I am privileged to be here and thank you all for the great education you have given me these last 10 years. I certainly have pissed off a few here and there but that is what is great about FR, we get up, shake hands and go on to the next thread. Thank you for that best 10 years!!!!! Oh and for the millionth time, NAPSCOORDINATOR means Naval Academy Preparatory School is a prep school for a year before the Naval Academy to prepare students for the rigors of...
  • Navy to arm sailors at reserve centers after Chattanooga shootings (finally!)

    08/10/2015 10:28:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 9, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The Navy is preparing to arm sailors at its reserve centers across the country in the aftermath of the attack last month at a Navy Reserve Center in Chattanooga that resulted in the deaths of 4 Marines and 1 sailor, officials said late Friday. The Navy has authorized arming personnel at reserve centers that are not on military installations, such as the Chattanooga center, a Navy spokesman told Fox News. Cmdr. William Marks said armed guards will be posted at the centers as “a matter of prudent and necessary action toward protecting our personnel.” [Snip] The Navy began examining ways...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Commissary reformers eye repeal of ‘cost-plus-5%' pricing

    08/09/2015 8:22:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus 5 percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary shoppers everywhere pay the same prices. Officials have drafted a replacement formula that would allow prices to vary from store to store to meet a new twin goal: reducing taxpayer support for commissaries while maintaining still attractive savings for patrons. Variable pricing would seek to keep savings consistent across the commissary system by pegging local commissary prices for a market basket of goods at some target percentage level below prices of...
  • History made with 3-carrier swap

    08/07/2015 6:55:46 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 36 replies
    San Diego Union ^ | 8/5/15 | Jeannette Steele
    Call it the Three Presidents Crew. In a historic game of naval musical chairs, sailors from San Diego’s aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan will serve on three different flattops over the next six months. The Navy is saving $41 million by doing a massive, complicated crew swap involving 9,000 sailors and the carriers George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, in addition to the Reagan. At the end, the U.S. Navy will have a new face in Asia, and an American aircraft carrier will enter a mid-life nuclear overhaul that was at one time uncertain. Also, San Diego will have a new hull...
  • New sub Navy's 'most lethal warship' ( USS John Warner )

    08/05/2015 2:44:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | August 5, 2015 | Brad Lendon
    It's 7,800 tons, 337 feet and $2 billion worth of steel and stealth, with war-fighting controls that look like a big arcade video game. That new-boat smell may have worn off a bit during sea trials, but the man in charge was pumped with pride as the U.S. Navy's newest submarine joined the fleet in a commissioning ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station on Saturday. The shiniest and coolest thing I've ever seen in my military career," Cmdr. Daniel Caldwell, a 22-year Navy veteran and the first captain of the USS John Warner, told CNN. "It's going to make whatever I...
  • US military tests ballistic missile interceptor off Hawaii

    08/04/2015 2:00:04 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Associated Press, Hawaii News Now ^ | Monday, August 3, 2015 | Audrey McAvoy
    HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. military says it has successfully tested an interceptor that can shoot down ballistic missiles as well as airplanes. The Missile Defense Agency said Monday the destroyer USS John Paul Jones tested the technology during a series of flight tests off the Hawaiian island of Kauai over the past week. Raytheon Missile Systems spokeswoman Heather Uberuaga says the tests used a modified version of the SM-6 missile the Navy already uses.
  • Navy won’t rule out charges against Chattanooga defender who fired back at gunman

    08/03/2015 12:37:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Honestly, this development seemed so bizarre that it screamed “hoax!” Apparently, though, the US Navy investigation into the mass shootings in Chattanooga might result in charges against one officer who returned fire in defense of his comrades. No charges have been filed as of yet, but the Navy released a statement in which they declined to proscribe the possibility of discipline for Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White: A Navy official told Fox News that punishing a lieutenant commander who used an unauthorized weapon to fire back at the Chattanooga gunman who shot and killed five service members could not be...
  • Navy responds to reports sailor will be charged for returning fire against Chattanooga gunman

    08/02/2015 3:26:01 PM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 28 replies ^ | August 02, 2015 at 12:06 AM | Leada Gore
    The U.S. Navy is denying reports that it will file charges against a naval officer who used a weapon to return fire against Chattanooga gunman Muhammad Abdulazeez during last month's deadly attack.
  • Navy to Charge Officer Who Fired on Islamist During Chattanooga Terror Attack

    08/01/2015 10:45:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 93 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/01/15 | Jim Hoft
    Navy Lt. Commander will reportedly be charged for shooting at Chattanooga terrorist white chattanooga Lt Commander Timothy White and Islamist killer Muhammad Abdulazeez A report at The Navy Times in July confirmed that one of the Marines shot during the Chattanooga terrorist attack exchanged fire with the terrorist. Navy Lt. Cmdr Timothy White also shot back at the terrorist. But rather than being celebrated as a hero, Lt. Commander White may be charged for discharging a firearm on federal property. Allen West reported this week that Lt. Commander Timothy White Ladies and gents, resulting from the text message I received...
  • Pentagon signals move to arm more troops at recruiting stations

    07/31/2015 7:13:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | July 30, 2015 | JAMES ROSEN
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter has given his top commanders the green light to allow more troops to carry weapons at U.S. bases, with a focus on recruiting stations, Reserve centers and other softer military targets. Carter’s actions came two weeks after a Kuwaiti-born gunman killed four Marines and a sailor before police slayed him at the Navy reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn. “The tragic shooting on July 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, illustrates the continuing threat to DOD personnel in the U.S. homeland posed by homegrown violent extremists,” Carter wrote in a memo released Thursday by the Pentagon. In the memo,...
  • US Navy will field 100 kilowatt or stronger lasers and ten shot per minute railguns by 2020

    07/31/2015 1:43:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 07-28-2015 | Author: Brian Wang
    The US Navy is pursuing a multi-pronged approach to fielding energy weapons by the end of the decade, with the hopes of upgrading its 30 kilowatt laser gun to 100 kw or more, and giving its electromagnetic railgun a higher repetition rate. Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller, chief engineer at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), said in a panel presentation at the Directed Energy Summit, hosted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and Booz Allen Hamilton, that both follow-on technologies should be in the hands of sailors in the fleet by 2020. “Sometime in the very near future” the...
  • Navy officer, Marine reportedly returned fire at Chattanooga gunman

    07/22/2015 6:59:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 22, 2015
    Navy officer, Marine reportedly returned fire at Chattanooga gunman Published July 22, A Navy officer and one of the Marines murdered in last week's attack on a military center in Chattanooga fired their personal weapons at the gunman, according to a report published Wednesday. The Navy Times, citing multiple military officials familiar with internal reports on the tragedy, reported that Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, the commanding officer at the Navy Operational Support Center, fired his sidearm at Mohammed Abdulazeez during Thursday's attack. The paper, citing a Navy official, also reported that one of the four Marines killed in the...
  • "The Last Ship" is awesome! (Vanity)

    07/21/2015 1:09:31 PM PDT · by RIghtwardHo · 89 replies
    N/A ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | RIghtwardho
  • 5 More Casualties In Jihad War On America

    07/21/2015 6:40:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | July 21, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    The jihad is here, and every American is a target. Four Marines and a Navy petty officer were shot dead in cold blood and one police officer was wounded last Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The murderer, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, was not on any watch lists or any terror suspect lists. He was born in Kuwait, which brings us back to our disastrous immigration policies.
  • 'Chinese naval vessels in Indian Ocean should not be taken as a threat'

    07/20/2015 10:16:33 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies ^ | Tuesday, July 21, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Justifying the docking of Chinese submarines in Karachi and Colombo, a Chinese think tank questioned criticism in India of the presence of Chinese naval ships in the Indian Ocean, saying China has a right to protect its interests and India should be "broad-minded" to accept it. "But even if Chinese naval ships and submarines appear regularly in the Indian Ocean, so what?," an article in the state-run China Daily questioning the criticism of Chinese vessels in the Indian Ocean said. Written by Zhou Do, an honorary fellow with Centre for China American Defence Relations of Beijing-based Academy of Military Science,...
  • Russia Orders 'Submarine-Killer' Be-200 Amphibious Aircraft For Production By 2020, Official Says

    07/20/2015 9:05:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 19, 2015 | Thomas Barrabi 
    The Russian navy plans to purchase a “submarine-killer” version of its Be-200 amphibious aircraft by 2020, an unnamed official said Sunday. President Vladimir Putin has made the modernization of Russia’s military aircraft a priority as part of a larger plan to revamp the armed forces by the end of the decade. The Be-200 aircraft’s anti-submarine version will help to replace the Russian navy’s existing fleet of Be-12 amphibious planes, a decades-old model that officials now consider obsolete, the source told Russian agency Sputnik International News. Current versions of the Be-200 are used to contain fires or transport personnel, with a...
  • Canada’s last destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan, sidelined by engine problems amid fears for its future

    07/20/2015 10:54:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    Postmedia News ^ | July 20, 2015 | David Pugliese
    Canada’s last destroyer is temporarily sidelined after a series of engine problems and other technical issues on the 43-year-old vessel caused senior navy leaders to worry the ship might not be able to continue operating. HMCS Athabaskan, the flagship of the country’s Atlantic fleet, is undergoing a series of repairs in Halifax, according to Royal Canadian Navy documents leaked to Postmedia. Earlier this year, the ship broke down in Florida because of engine problems. It later broke down in the Caribbean, again because of engine issues. HMCS Athabaskan sailors have contacted Postmedia to point out a litany of problems, including...
  • Obama is Not in Mourning for Our Dead Marines and Sailor

    07/19/2015 4:44:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies ^ | July 19, 2015 | Donald R. May
    Obama is Not in Mourning for Our Dead Marines and Sailor Submitted by Donald R. May on July 19, 2015 - 1:55am Barack Hussein Obama does not seem to be in mourning for the four Marines and one Sailor killed in Chattanooga by the Islamic Terrorist. Many flags across our nation are flying at half-staff, but not by order of President Obama. He did not order flags at the White House and other federal buildings to be flown at half-staff. Obama did make the effort to light the White House in rainbow colors to celebrate the recent Supreme Court ruling...
  • Navy's newest combat ship in water

    07/18/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN - WJXT ^ | Jul 18 2015 | Brad Lendon
    The U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, the USS Little Rock, slid into the waters of Marinette Marine Shipyard in Wisconsin on Saturday morning. .. the 378-foot-long, 3,000-ton littoral combat ship with only a 13-foot draft is ideal for the missions the Navy faces in shallow waters around Pacific Rim, where the Navy is increasing presence as it keeps an eye on China, which is expanding its naval forces and its presence in the South China Sea. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the launching of the Little Rock is emblematic of the Navy's commitment to have a fleet of 304 ships...
  • Chattanooga attack: Fifth victim dies from wounds (Navy petty officer)

    07/18/2015 1:10:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | July 18, 2015
    A US sailor has died from wounds sustained in an attack on military buildings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, two days ago, the US Navy says. The death of logistics specialist Randall Smith brings to five the number of people killed by gunman Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. The other four victims were US marines. Abdulazeez was himself later killed in a shootout with police. The FBI has said his motives for the shooting were unclear....
  • Naval Academy Prepares for 21st Century Flooding

    07/18/2015 9:36:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 7/17/2015 | William Bigelow
    On Friday, congressional Democrats will attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis to discuss how the Academy plans to deal with flooding forecast for the future. Reps. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Jr., the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will converse with Vice Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., who runs the Academy. The conference was triggered by an Army Corps study that estimated the water around Annapolis could rise as much as 3.8 feet by 2100.
  • Accidental shooting at [Georgia] Navy recruiting center

    07/17/2015 9:13:24 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 38 replies
    WSB ^ | July 17, 2015
    GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A Navy recruiter is recovering after he accidentally shot himself in the leg at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Gainesville. ... "We're not certain why this member of armed forces brought this gun to the office. We are currently looking into that with the armed forces," Holbrook said. "That's part of the investigation."
  • Terror at sea: Egypt navy ship in flames after ISIS missile hits boat in Mediterranean

    07/16/2015 7:52:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    Pictures circulating online show an Egyptian military vessel engulfed in flames after a rocket attack by extremists operating on the Sinai peninsula. Crew members were forced to jump overboard after the fire took hold on a ship owned by the country's navy. The incident took place in the Mediterranean Sea close to Israel and the Gaza Strip, in the latest escalation of extremist-linked violence across North Africa. Dramatic images appear to show a missile heading towards the warship before a ball of flames erupts and black smoke billows from the scene....