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  • Gulf camera reveals site of WWII sinking of SS Robert E. Lee, German U-boat

    07/14/2014 12:50:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    ........[The] SS Robert E. Lee was carrying survivors from sister ships torpedoed in the Gulf, from Trinidad to New Orleans. On the June 30,1942, as it reached just 25 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River, a German torpedo hit. According to historical accounts, a lookout spotted the torpedo coming in and alerted the steamer's escort, the American submarine chaser USS PC-566. The sub immediately began dropping depth charges. The German U-boat, U-166, which launched the attack, was sunk with no survivors. Its wreck cannot be disturbed, now protected as a war grave for the 52 crew lost. On...
  • America Sets Sail: New Amphib, LHA-6, Leaves Shipyard

    07/12/2014 6:41:37 PM PDT · by Lower Deck · 18 replies
    Breaking Defense Blog ^ | By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on July 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM | Sydney Freedberg
    After five years in the shipyard, the first of a new class of Navy amphibious warship set sail today from its Pascagoula, Miss. birthsite for San Francisco, headed for the fleet. LHA-6 will be commissioned as the USS America this October. America has been controversial in the military and on this website. I’ve argued the LHA-6 is a dead end in naval design, because in order to carry more aircraft — MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jump-jets — it sacrifices the well deck required to launch landing craft and amtracs, which sort of takes the “amphibious” out of...
  • This Chart Explains Why The US Military Is Such A Dominant Global Force

    07/12/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 7-12-2014 | Brian Jones
    Brian JonesJuly. 11, 2014The single most important contributor to the U.S.'s military dominance is the country's powerful navy, which gives America the ability to project hard power just about anywhere in the world.(snip) (snip)
  • Parents Rescued by Navy Warship Plan to File Lawsuit (They're Baaaack!!)

    07/11/2014 2:30:24 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/10/14 | ABC News staff
    The parents who were stranded at sea with their two young daughters and had to be rescued by a U.S. Navy warship say they plan to sue their satellite phone carrier and hope any monetary winnings will allow them to help repay the government's cost of their rescue. To see people show up to help you like that is pretty amazing, Eric Kaufman told ABC News, referring to the team from California Air National Guards 129th Rescue Wing that parachuted out of a plane into the frigid waters off the coast of Mexico to save his family. Kaufman and his...
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments were told theyll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Vet Sues After Burial With Gay Partner Is Denied

    07/08/2014 6:09:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 8, 2014 | By REBECCA BOONE, AP
    BOISE, Idaho - A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise after she tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner, whom she met on a blind date in 1995 and married in California in 2008 when gay marriage was briefly legal. Though federal veterans cemeteries allow the spouses of gay veterans to be interred with their loved ones,...
  • Navy veteran sues for right to burial with lesbian spouse in Idaho

    07/07/2014 8:55:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2014 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - A gay veteran who was denied her wish to be buried one day with her late lesbian spouse in an Idaho military cemetery filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing the state of violating her constitutional right to equal protection by not recognizing her same-sex union.
  • Michelle Howard becomes Navy's first female four-star admiral

    07/02/2014 8:36:53 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/2/14 | CNN Staff
    The U.S. Navy has promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first female four-star officer in the Navy's 236-year-history, the White House said Tuesday. Howard, who was the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship, will become vice chief of naval operations, according to her online Navy biography. "Her historic career is taking a next step today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
  • 100 years ago today, the US Navy banned alcohol but had one last party

    07/01/2014 7:49:59 AM PDT · by Saint X · 10 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 1, 2014 | USNI News Staff
    As a flotilla of naval vessels from around the world participates in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) to sustain relationships in the maritime community, a century ago this week international navies converged for a remarkably different occasionto drink the last of the U.S. Navys supply of alcohol. On July 1, 1914 the ships of the U.S. Navy officially became dry under General Order No. 99.
  • Navy SEAL contractor denied medical treatment by U.S. Embassy medical professionals

    06/30/2014 1:55:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    newsninja2012.com ^ | 6/30/14 | Jai
    Brandon Webb, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and now Editor-in-Chief of SOFREP.com, posted a sobering article today on the failures of the State Department in regards to our former military contractors working overseas. Brandon tells us the story of a CIA paramilitary and former Navy SEAL, Matthew Wojciechowski, who, while on TDY (temporary duty assignment) in ‎the Middle East, endured severe chest pains while on a mission. Instead of the medical professionals at the U.S. Embassy assisting him, they performed a stress test on him, took his vitals and sent him back to work. They denied him further treatment, leaving...
  • US personnel in Bahrain prepare for Ramadan

    06/29/2014 12:27:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 26, 2014 | Hendrick Simoes
    Ali Hassan, a cultural adviser at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, gives a presentation about Islam, the Islamic lunar calender, and about customs and traditions during Ramadan. About 150 personnel at the Bahrain base attended the briefing on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at...
  • Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

    06/28/2014 9:11:18 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mariam Jordan
    More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones. The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes.
  • THE PROVING GROUND: Vikramaditya aircraft carrier! (English subtitles)

    Youtube video at link.
  • USS New York, Carrying a Benghazi Suspect, Has Gone Dark

    06/25/2014 6:42:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25 | THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF
    Where is the USS New York? At 684 feet long and displacing over 24,900 tons, the Mayport, Fla.-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock is no smart car of the seas. Yet the vessel has gone dark for more than a week now. The low profile might have something to do with the fact that the New York is currently home to the recently captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the accused ringleaders of the Sept. 11-12, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attacks that left four Americans dead. While any ships location is supposed to be a well-guarded secret when deployed, the New...
  • India's new anti-submarine warfare corvette ready to sail out

    06/24/2014 11:21:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    India's newly-built anti submarine warfare (ASW) corvette Kamorta is now ready to join the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet. The warship is slated to be commissioned into the Indian Navy in July at Vishakhapatnam, where a nuclear submarine - Arihant - is also being built indigenously. Now docked at the fitting-out jetty (FOJ) of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) here, Kamorta - a super-sophisticated frontline warship with stealth features - is readying to sail out to play its role as Indian Navy's newest submarine hunter/killer, a defence ministry statement said Tuesday. It will be the first warship armed with...
  • If China and Japan Went to War: What Would America do?

    06/23/2014 8:25:46 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 32 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 06/21/14 | Harry J. Kazianis
    Picture it: It's March 1, 2015. Tokyo and Beijing are headed towards what was once the unthinkable. Over the last several months China has instituted daily non-naval maritime patrols around the hotly disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Beijing is even sending fully-fledged naval assets within the islands' 12 mile exclusion zone while its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, exercised only 50 miles away from the islands back in February truly the end of Beijing's small-stick diplomatic strategy. But on 1 March the plot thickens. Two Chinese SU-27 fighters come within 25 feet of a Japanese P-3 Orion surveillance plane just 10 miles...
  • What a Judge Ordered an Active Duty Sailor to Do or Lose Custody of His Daughter is an Outrage

    06/21/2014 4:11:51 PM PDT · by montag813 · 19 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 06-21-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsThe date has been set - in stone. Circuit Court Judge Margaret Noe has ordered Matthew Hindes to appear in court on Monday, or risk losing full custody of his daughter. There's one problem -- a big one: Matthew Hindes is a Petty Officer in theU.S. Navy, and is currently stationed on a submarine deployed in the Pacific Ocean! Yes, the judge is out of her mind, but it is worse than that. Hindes has had full custody of his daughter since 2010. He received full parental rights when his daughter was taken from...
  • Judge Orders Deployed US Sailor To Attend Custody Hearing Or Lose Daughter, Face Arrest

    06/20/2014 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    A U.S. Navy sailor from Washington State is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, but a judge has ordered him into an impossible custody scenario: Appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday or risk losing custody of his 6-year-old daughter. Navy submariner Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from the home of his ex-wife, Angela, by child protective services. But now a judge has ordered him to appear in court Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his ex-wife in addition to a...
  • Submarine Duty No Defense in Child Custody Case

    06/19/2014 6:23:10 PM PDT · by queenkathy · 30 replies
    The Daily Telegram ^ | June 17, 2014 | Dennis Pelham
    ADRIAN Being posted on a submarine in the Pacific Ocean does not exempt a father from obeying child custody orders, a judge ruled Monday in Lenawee County Circuit Court.
  • U.S. Navy and DoD Celebrate LGBT Month & Homosexuality

    06/19/2014 8:12:24 AM PDT · by Barry Cratus · 32 replies
    U.S. Navy website ^ | June 2014 | U.S. Navy
    The Department of Defense celebrates LGBT Pride month in June 2014. Here is the month-long announcement of this fact on an internal website at a U.S. Navy facility: In January 2014, the U.S. Navy celebrates homosexuality via the euphemism of rainbow-colored "diversity." Here is the several-week announcement of this celebration on an internal U.S. Navy facility: The Department of Defense celebrates LGBT Pride month in June 2013. Here is the month-long announcement of this fact on an internal website at a U.S. Navy facility:
  • POV launching of a jet fighter off a carrier (video)

    06/17/2014 8:42:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    dump.com ^ | 6-16-2014 | NavyMitchell
    VFA-87 Slot Check on board the USS George H. W. Bush.
  • US Navy divers to visit wreck of USS Houston in Indonesia

    06/14/2014 12:36:48 PM PDT · by llevrok · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/9/2014
    Divers from the U.S. Navy will visit the World War II graveyard of the "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast the sunken USS Houston later this month in a bid to determine what remains of the ship, which went down with more than 700 sailors off the coast of Indonesia. The wreck of the Northampton-class heavy cruiser, which was sunk by the Japanese during the World War II battle of Sunda Strait on Feb. 28, 1942, will be surveyed by Navy divers working with their counterparts from Indonesia. The ship lies about 125 feet deep, near Java, Indonesia,...
  • USS Constellation headed for Texas scrapyard

    06/14/2014 12:13:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 35 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Navy announced Friday that a $3 million contract has been awarded to International Shipbreaking Limited for the towing, dismantling and recycling of the USS Constellation, a ship first used in the Vietnam War, and last deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ship, nicknamed Connie by its crew, is part of the Navys five-year scrapping plan that also sent the USS Forrestal and the USS Saratoga to Brownsville for dismantling.
  • Illegal Border Crossers Offered Movies, Ping Pong, Sauted Zucchini

    06/13/2014 7:50:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's California ^ | June 13, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    Building 267 at Naval Base Ventura County, which previously served as a processing facility for navy sailors on their way to sea, is now being used to house 180 children from Central America who were stopped by U.S. border patrol agents illegally crossing the Texas border. The Los Angeles Times reports that, by early next week, the number of children to be housed at the Port Hueneme location will reach its maximum capacity of 575. It is predicted that, this year alone, up to 90,000 minors, unaccompanied by adults, will cross the southwest U.S. border and will be cared for...
  • Does Navy spokesman mean we should keep the lights on for a Sgt. Bergdahl?

    06/09/2014 11:26:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | June 10, 2014 | Craig Ladwig, editor, Indiana Policy Review.
    This generation is going to have to study war some more, alas. Even admirals today dont seem to know how it works outside their politically corrected service academies. Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, commented the other day that wait, they assign admirals as flacks now? Isnt that expensive? Anyway, Rear Adm. Kirby doesnt think the American military leaves anyone behind. When youre in the Navy, and you go overboard, it doesnt matter if you were pushed, fell or jumped, he said the other day in justifying the prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Were going to...
  • Keep a Weather Eye on the Horizon: A Navy Officer Retention Study

    06/06/2014 4:36:02 PM PDT · by reed13k · 10 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | March 2014 | CDR Guy Snodgrass
    http://blog.usni.org/2014/03/20/keep-a-weather-eye-on-the-horizon-a-navy-officer-retention-study
  • Ex-Blue Angels leader (TRUNCATED) gets a 'career-ending' letter of reprimand

    06/04/2014 1:44:10 PM PDT · by Fast Moving Angel · 73 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 June 2014 | Snejana Farberov
    Full Title: "Ex-Blue Angels leader who did nothing to stop sexual remarks and porn in the workplace gets a 'career-ending' letter of reprimand". A former Blue Angels commander tolerated inappropriate sexual comments and naked pictures in the cockpits of the team's planes during his time as its leader, the Navy said Tuesday. (snip) The Navy said his command had explicit pornography, including photos of naked women, in aircraft cockpits; the painting of giant male genitalia in blue and gold on the roof of the center point trailer at the Blue Angels' winter training facilities in El Centro; and sexually charged,...
  • Naked photos in aircraft cited in Navy probe

    06/03/2014 5:45:30 PM PDT · by windcliff · 108 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | 6-3-14 | Julie Watson
    SAN DIEGO (AP) A former Blue Angels commander tolerated inappropriate sexual comments and pornographic images in the workplace including photos of naked women in the cockpits of the precision flying team's planes during his time as its leader, the Navy said Tuesday. Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty of violating two articles under the military's code of justice during nonjudicial proceedings convened Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The articles were failure to obey an order or regulation and conduct unbecoming of an officer by fostering a hostile command climate and failing to stop "obvious and repeated instances...
  • Michelle Obama sponsors first-ever ALL-FEMALE nuclear submarine

    06/03/2014 8:51:52 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 117 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 28, 2012 | Snejana Farberov
    First Lady Michelle Obama has agreed to sponsor a future submarine named after her home state that will be staffed by an all-female crew. The White House has announced that Mrs Obama has accepted an invitation to be the backer of the USS Illinois, a Virginia-class submarine being built in Groton, Connecticut, and Newport News, Virginia. The new nuclear-powered boat is expected to join the fleet in late 2015.
  • Life Lessons From Navy SEAL Training

    05/25/2014 8:19:48 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal | 5/23/14 | William H. McRaven
    The University of Texas slogan is "What starts here changes the world." I have to admitI kinda like it. "What starts here changes the world." Tonight there are almost 8,000 students graduating from UT. That great paragon of analytical rigor, Ask.Com, says that the average American will meet 10,000 people in their lifetime. That's a lot of folks. But if every one of you changed the lives of just 10 people, and each one of those folks changed the lives of another 10 peoplejust 10then in five generations, 125 years, the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of...
  • No respect: Navy is the least prestigious military branch in the eyes of Americans

    05/23/2014 9:15:37 AM PDT · by Allah AtBar · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 05/23/2014 | S.A. Miller
    Americans say the U.S. Army is the most important service branch to national defense, but the Marine Corps is still considered the most prestigious, said a Gallup poll released Friday. The annual poll​, timed to mark the start of the long Memorial Day weekend, showed that 26 percent of Americans say the Army is the most important military branch, followed closely by the Air Force at 23 percent. The Marine Corp was called the most important by 19 percent, the Navy by 17 percent and the Coast Guard by 3 percent, the poll found.
  • Before You Fly (1945) Navy Training film Robert Taylor, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, and Don Rickles (!)

    05/21/2014 5:16:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    Here's a WWII Navy trifecta ... Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer plays the comic relief in this Official US Navy training film. The "Flight Chief" you see instructing him and the men about the parachute is Don Rickles, who had never acted before. The star is Robert Taylor, who directed and wrote the film. Taylor was an actual Flight Instructor, but mostly grounded in order to produce these films--about ten in all. Carl was also in the regular Navy, but in the Special Services in order to make films like this. But Rickles was Navy 100% and had not acted at all...
  • Navy Fires at Gaza Boats, Injuries Reported

    05/20/2014 12:25:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/14 | Gil Ronen
    n IDF Navy force opened fire Monday at a Palestinian Arab boats that strayed from the permitted zone in the waters off of southern Gaza. The boats were lightly damaged and two of the people aboard them were taken to questioning. Voice of Israel public radio adds that Gaza Arab media reported that two Palestinian fishermen suffered moderate injuries from shots fired at them by the Egyptian Navy, off of Rafah. It is not clear if the two reports refer to the same incident, or to two different ones. Gaza, which is controlled by a genocidal Islamist Hamas regime, shares...
  • 25 TV shows about the US Navy and Marines (with video)

    05/19/2014 8:06:54 AM PDT · by Saint X · 10 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 5/19/14 | U.S. Naval Institute
    Michael Bays upcoming TV series The Last Ship on TNT premiering next month is the latest in a long line of programs that have featured the U.S. Navy and Marines. From action adventures and comedies to dramas and primetime soaps, the sea services have been represented in almost every genre (even dipping into reality TV, with shows such as Lone Target and Navy SEALs: BUDS Class 234). Some were hits, many were misses.
  • No, Uncle Sam doesnt really want YOU: Military now turns down 80% of applicants

    05/14/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 13, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Uncle Sam doesnt want you. At least 80 percent of you. These days, the U.S. military is only taking 20 percent of the applicants who walk into their local recruiters office intent on enlisting in the armed services. Army Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Hoard told the Kansas City Star that his recruitment office once needed to sign up 16 to 20 soldiers per month to meet recruitment goals. Today, he can get by with 10 to 12. Were turning down twice as many as before, he told the paper, which reported that four of every five adults who seek to...
  • Rarely seen photos of the Spanish-American war found by U.S. Navy deep in neglected archive

    05/09/2014 6:51:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 9, 2014 | Jennifer Newton
    Rare pictures of the U.S. Navy taken during the Spanish-American war have been unearthed after being found hidden away in storage by military archivists. A box, containing about 150 original glass plate photographs, was uncovered at the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington DC, featuring images of all aspects of the war from logistics to diplomacy. They were only brought to light again when the photo archive team was preparing for a major renovation and archivists Dave Colamaria and Jon Roscoe stumbled across the pictures.
  • Another Obama project lands in toilet

    05/07/2014 3:22:08 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 18 replies
    WND ^ | May 7, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Public outcry follows WND report on plans for U.S. militaryAn Obama administration plan to have U.S. military personnel oversee the construction of latrines for a Kenyan girls school has come to an abrupt halt, after WNDs exclusive report on the diversion of defense resources. The U.S. Navy had been tasked with carrying out the project, which would have involved the construction of a building containing 16 female dry-pit latrines for the Mpeketoni Secondary School in Kenya, President Obamas home country, as first lady Michelle Obama once publicly put it. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command on Tuesday terminated the project without...
  • Hundreds of child sailors raped, abused

    05/04/2014 2:33:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 83 replies
    The Australian ^ | 5th May 2014 | Brendan Nicholson
    ALLEGATIONS that 220 child sailors at the navys West Australian training base were raped or brutalised, and that more than 70 young officer cadets at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra suffered sexual or other abuse, are so serious they will be tabled in federal parliament. So far, almost 500 former and serving Defence Force members have received reparation payments of up to $50,000 for damage caused by the abuse they suffered a cost to Defence of more than $21 million. As well, 45 cases have been referred to state and territory police forces for possible prosecution. They...
  • The Nightmare of a Defenseless America

    05/05/2014 4:26:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May5, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    Ironically, the blizzard of YJ-82X cruise missiles launched from the Chinese subs lying off the coast of Baja California crossed the beach directly over the SEAL training complex on Coronado. America had decided that its special forces were a cheap substitute for the less glamorous hardware and formations that had traditionally been the foundation of American military power. Now, those elite warriors watched helplessly as the missiles roared overhead north toward the two carriers berthed at North Island. The casualties would have been much higher if the Navy had been able to fully man the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and the...
  • Cardinal O'Connor's mother was convert from Judaism, research shows

    05/02/2014 3:20:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | May 2, 2014 | Claudia McDonnell
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Cardinal John J. O'Connor, who as archbishop of New York cultivated and cherished his strong ties with the Jewish community, was born of a mother who was born Jewish. It is not known whether he knew that his mother, Dorothy Gumple O'Connor, was born Jewish. She converted to Catholicism before she met and married Thomas O'Connor, the late cardinal's father. Mary O'Connor Ward, the cardinal's sister, told Catholic New York, newspaper of the New York Archdiocese, that her mother never spoke about having belonged to another faith. The fact that Dorothy O'Connor was Jewish by birth...
  • UK maritime command HQ work to begin

    05/01/2014 10:23:11 AM PDT · by Smartisan · 2 replies
    WORK is due to start on a $9.7 million (BD3.6m) expansion of the UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) complex in Juffair, as Britain increases its military presence in Bahrain. A new, larger headquarters is planned, as well as facilities to provide engineering and logistics support for the four Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessels based here. "The two projects for an HQ and the waterfront support group were brought together in 2012 and a contract worth $9.7m has just been awarded to American International Contractors," said Permanent Joint Headquarters, the London-based organisation that plans and controls UK overseas military operations, in...
  • China to conduct naval drills with Russia in East China Sea

    04/30/2014 4:26:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-30-2014 | Ben Blanchard
    China said on Wednesday it would conduct joint naval drills with Russia in the East China Sea off Shanghai in late May, in what it called a bid to deepen military cooperation. China's defense ministry did not give an exact location in the East China Sea, where Beijing is locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with Japan over the ownership of a group of uninhabited islets. "These drills are regular exercises held by China and Russia's navies, and the purpose is to deepen practical cooperation between the two militaries, to raise the ability to jointly deal with maritime security threats,"...
  • All carriers are in port? Really?

    04/30/2014 12:57:41 AM PDT · by Little Pig · 27 replies
    Stratfor ^ | Self/StratFor
    The current Stratfor Carrier status chart:
  • Navy orders 10 nuclear subs for $17.6B in most lucrative contract ever

    04/29/2014 7:02:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/29/14 | Douglas Ernst
    <p>The U.S. Navy plans to build 10 new SSN 774 Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines over the next five years. Price tag: $17.6 billion.</p> <p>A contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat and chief subcontractor Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding was announced Monday, the Navy Times reported.</p>
  • Navy losing sailors and SEALs over emphasis on social issues

    04/28/2014 7:10:58 PM PDT · by armydawg505 · 59 replies
    www.allenbwest.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Allen West
    Hate to say I told you so but President Obamas disinterest in enhancing our combat capability in favor of social egalitarianism and a warped sense of social justice is indeed having an impact on war readiness. According to the Washington Times, A Navy F-18 fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor is publicly warning admirals that retention is beginning to suffer from the militarys relentless social conditioning programs. Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass said sailors are becoming fed-up with the constant emphasis on social issues an apparent reference to gays in the military, women in combat and ending sexual harassment.
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Cant Hide From Russian Radar

    04/27/2014 11:56:53 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 28, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    Americas gazillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to go virtually unseen when flying over enemy turf. But thats not how things are working out. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighterthe jet that the Pentagon is counting on to be the stealthy future of its tactical aircraftis having all sorts of shortcomings. But the most serious may be that the JSF is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars. Nor is it particularly good at jamming enemy radar. Which means the Defense Department is committing hundreds of billions of dollars to a fighter...
  • Naval Base Security Alert Prompted by Sailor Playing with Air Soft Pistol

    04/24/2014 4:03:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 | R. Stickney
    A sailor playing with an air soft gun inside a Navy barracks prompted an alertA sailor playing with an air soft gun inside a Navy barracks prompted a security response and shelter-in-place order on Naval Base Point Loma, Navy officials confirmed to NBC 7 Thursday. Base Commanding Officer Scott Adams described the suspect as "a young, enlisted sailor" who lives on base. "He was actually firing shots of the air soft pistol out of the window toward a mirror in the parking lot," Adams said. A tenant of the base called security personnel and reported an armed person around 10...
  • Latest military officer under investigation: Are we looking at necessary housecleaning or a purge?

    04/24/2014 12:15:17 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-24-2014 | Bookworm
    Conservatives have noticed that the Pentagon is firing officers left and right, with many leaving under an embarrassing cloud. The question they ask and I don't know that anyone has an answer is whether these firings are the legitimate and appropriate housecleaning that a sclerotic bureaucracy needs or whether they're a purge, with Obama's New Age, gender flexible, fighting optional military getting rid of people in command positions who actually think that the military's job is to wage war in America's defense.All I know is that the latest person being investigated as a predicate to an inevitable firing...
  • Viral video: 'Royal Maces' Navy fighter pilots

    04/22/2014 2:55:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 21, 2014 | Erik Slavin
    A high-definition video of U.S. Navy fighter pilots swooping between snowy mountains and skimming the western Pacific Ocean has gained more than 135,000 hits since being posted four days ago. The VFA-27 Royal Maces, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan, shot the footage from their cockpits while flying F/A18-E aircraft at various locations in the Pacific theater. Much of the footage comes from recent patrols while deployed with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, pilot Lt. Kyle Matson said. Footage includes trips along the Australian coast and various parts of Japan. Some of the most dramatic footage shows...
  • Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

    04/20/2014 6:59:06 PM PDT · by kingattax · 44 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 4-20-14 | MICHAEL MELIA
    GROTON, Conn. (AP) With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface. Research by a Navy laboratory in Groton is now leading to changes for the undersea fleet. Military scientists concluded submarine sailors, who traditionally begin a new workday every 18 hours, show less fatigue on a 24-hour schedule, and the Navy has endorsed the findings for any skippers who want to make the switch. The first submarine to try the new schedule on a...