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  • The legacy of Tony Scott and "Top Gun" in shaping the public image of the U.S. Navy

    08/23/2012 11:40:17 AM PDT · by Saint X · 17 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | August 23, 2012 | Dave "Bio" Baranek
    When Tony Scott was hired to helm the motion picture "Top Gun," he had been directing television commercials and music videos during a time-out from Hollywood after his first movie failed to achieve expectations. Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer wanted offered Scott the job of director, thinking his talent for 30-second spectacles would give the film a look of tightly controlled chaos of the dog fighting and life onboard an aircraft carrier. Scott quickly fell in love with the concept and signed on. To use fighter pilot lingo, Scott re-engaged into movie making with a bag full of knots...
  • Pair charged in slaying over prized coin collection ( Navy Vet )

    08/23/2012 9:06:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | August 21, 2012 | Jennifer Sullivan
    A loosely organized crime ring that targeted vulnerable adults set their sights on Navy veteran Frances "Patrick" Fleming after learning about his prized coin collection last year, according to King County prosecutors. Fleming, 70, got to know members of the group, believing they were related to a neighbor at the Four Freedoms House, a senior independent-living center in Seattle's Bitter Lake neighborhood, prosecutors say in court documents. People closest to Fleming said he was extremely friendly and often talked about his nearly 40-year-old coin collection to anyone who would listen. It was his eagerness to chat about the coins that...
  • Ship Commander Fired After Harassment Claims

    08/23/2012 9:11:28 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 107 replies ^ | August 21, 2012 | Brock Vergakis
    The commanding officer of a Florida-based warship was removed from the post during an overseas deployment after several female crew members alleged that he sexually harassed women aboard ship, a Navy report shows. Cmdr. Derick Armstrong was relieved of command in May, about six months after his promotion to the top job aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans. Of the 1,500 commanding officers in the Navy, 22 were removed from the job last year for various reasons. Armstrong is among a dozen commanding officers removed so far this year.
  • Panetta visits USS Stennis ahead of early deployment ["to deter Israel" WTF?]

    08/23/2012 7:31:28 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 37 replies
    King 5 ^ | August 22, 2012 | unknown
    The Bremerton-based aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, will deploy four months early to the Persian Gulf. To thank sailors for their service, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited U.S. Naval Base Kitsap at Bremerton Wednesday.Speaking to the more than 2,000 men and women of the Stennis strike group, Panetta said U.S. military needs them."I understand that its tough, we're asking an awful lot of each of you. But frankly, you are the best I have and when the world calls we have to respond," he told them.Panetta will spend the rest of the day on base, meeting with...
  • Indian Navy warships on goodwill visit to Israel to celebrate diplomatic ties

    08/18/2012 8:46:57 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | August 1, 2012 | The Economic Times
    ISRAEL: Four Indian navy warships equipped with modern weaponry are on a goodwill visit to this northern coastal city of Israel to "strengthen service-to- service linkages", as the two countries celebrate 20 years of diplomatic ties this year. INS Mumbai, Trishul, Gomti and Aditya, from Indian navy's western fleet, anchored at the Haifa coast on Monday as part of their Mediterranean tour. The four-day visit here of the Indian navy warships, which are equipped with electronic sensors and missile systems, "shows the importance India attaches to the growing Indo-Israeli relations and continued cooperation and engagement between the two countries is...
  • Navy's oldest commissioned warship to sail again

    08/17/2012 2:51:51 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 65 replies
    AP via Tampa Bay Online ^ | Aug 17, 5:26 PM EDT | JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides." The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday to the main deepwater pathway into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the...
  • Is the U.S. sending Seal Team Six to capture top drug cartel kingpin? (Fast and Furious cover up???)

    08/15/2012 6:17:18 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 25 replies
    daily mail ^ | 8/15 | daily mail
    In an effort to catch one of the world’s most notorious drug kingpins, the U.S. may use the same daring methods that took down Osama bin Laden. More than a year after the terror leader’s demise in Abottabad, Pakistan, Seal Team Six raid, the highly-trained commandos may be dispatched to Mexico to kill or capture Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. Like the 9/11 Mastermind, Guzman has been the subject of a vast manhunt for the last ten years after he escaped from a Mexican high security prison in a complex breakout that reportedly cost him nearly $4million
  • The Smooch that Ended World War II

    08/14/2012 9:28:05 AM PDT · by Saint X · 15 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | August 14, 2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
    Like Joe Rosenthal’s "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima", Alfred Eisenstaedt’s "V-J Day in Times Square" has been endlessly copied, reenacted and parodied. These are examples of the photo’s impact on pop culture
  • Sub CO Fired One Week After Taking Command (Faked Death to Get Rid of Mistress)

    08/13/2012 12:16:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies ^ | Aug 13, 2012 | Karen Florin and Jennifer McDermott
    Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II, who has been accused of having an affair with a 23-year-old Chesapeake, Va., woman and faking his death as a means of ending it, has been relieved of his duties as the commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh, just one week after he was put in command. The woman said she met Ward, 43, on a dating website in October 2011. She said he told her he worked in "special ops." She said Ward, who is married with children, told her he was separated. She said he impregnated her and, in an effort to...
  • Retired naval officer calls for gay marriage in GOP platform

    08/09/2012 2:17:35 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 79 replies
    Wisconsin ^ | Aug 9 2012 | Wig
    A retired Navy captain is asking Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to support adding marriage equality to the GOP platform. McDonnell chairs the committee that will propose a platform at the national convention in Tampa later this month. Retired Navy Capt. Joan Darrah, in a letter to McDonnell, said the freedom to marry is in keeping with the party’s ideology. “If given the opportunity, we will testify in support of the inclusion in the Republican platform of both the repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the right of same-gender couples to marry and for those marriages to...
  • U.S. Marines and Sailors who have won medals in the Olympics

    08/09/2012 1:43:05 PM PDT · by Saint X · 5 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 8/9/2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
    A list of super patriots - Marines and sailors who served their country AND won medals at the Olympics
  • Navy Electromagnetic Rail Gun Fires GPS Controlled Bullets at 5,600 mph

    08/03/2012 6:46:53 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 85 replies
    Gadizmo ^ | 2 August 2012 | R.J. Huneke
    What navy would not want a two-foot-long GPS-guided bullet that can be fired from a gargantuan cannon built right into a warship? Did you know that we already have bullets that can strike an enemy thirty miles away? This new government project hopes to utilize the current artillery and rail guns aboard US warships, with just a minor tweaking: fast (5,600 mph), GPS-controlled, twenty plus pound bullets that can travel potentially hundreds of miles and strike with pinpoint accuracy. Announced on July 19, the new program is called Hyper Velocity Projectile, and plans to build on such successes as the...
  • Russia to get stronger nuclear navy, Putin says

    08/01/2012 1:27:20 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 July 2012 | Gleb Bryanski
    (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin oversaw the start of construction of one of Russia's newest generation submarines on Monday and vowed to boost nuclear naval forces to safeguard the country's position as a leading sea power. Warning that its navy would protect top energy producer Russia's interests in the oil-rich Arctic, Putin led the ceremony to begin building the submarine Prince Vladimir, named after the ruler who founded a precursor state to modern Russia. The vessel is the fourth Borei class submarine, designed to carry one of the country's newest and most powerful intercontinental nuclear missiles, the Bulava, or Mace....
  • Putin Attends Nuclear Sub Ceremony (fourth Borei class sub)

    07/30/2012 5:05:24 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 6 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 30 July 2012 | Staff
    Russian President Vladimir Putin participated on Monday in a ceremony to launch construction of Russia’s fourth Borei-class (Project 955A) ballistic missile submarine. “By 2020, we should have eight Borei-class submarines,” he said. “Two of them - the Alexander Nevsky and one other - are in trials. I am sure the entire project will be implemented.” The ceremony for the boat, the Knyaz Vladimir, was held at Sevmash, Russia’s largest shipyard and sole nuclear submarine maker located in the port city of Severodvinsk on the White Sea. More new-generation warships - both surface ships and submarines - should be built for...
  • Navy christens USS Somerset, last of 3 ships named in honor of 9/11 terrorist attack sites

    07/28/2012 7:24:10 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 48 replies
    Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 28 July 2012 | Staff
    AVONDALE, La. — The USS Somerset — the last of three Navy ships named for 9/11 attack sites — was christened Saturday in honor of the passengers and crew of the plane that crashed before terrorists could reach their intended target. Passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 stormed the cockpit and thwarted an attack on Washington, but the plane crashed in Somerset County, Pa., killing all 40 passengers and crew members. “The men and women of Flight 93 ... thought they were going to San Francisco to work, to play, to learn; to live their lives in peace while others...
  • As China Eyes Indian Ocean, Japan and India Pair Up on Defense

    07/28/2012 10:40:01 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 27, 2012 | The New York Times
    For two days last month, ships from the Indian and Japanese naval forces held joint military exercises in waters off Tokyo. By military standards, the exercises were small in scale. But they were heavy with symbolism and brought to light another facet of the growing relationship between the two countries — defense. Such joint exercises might be standard practice in international military-to-military exchanges, but with growing regional tensions — like in the South China Sea, located between India and Japan — they take on a more complex meaning. “If you look at it through a containment of China prism, it...
  • Iran bolsters retaliation capability in Persian Gulf, experts say

    07/27/2012 9:00:36 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 26 July 2012 | Joby Warrick
    Iran is rapidly gaining new capabilities to strike at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, amassing an arsenal of sophisticated anti-ship missiles while expanding its fleet of fast-attack boats and submarines, U.S. and Middle Eastern analysts say. The new systems, many of them developed with foreign assistance, are giving Iran’s commanders new confidence that they could quickly damage or destroy U.S. ships if hostilities erupt, the officials say. Although U.S. Navy officials are convinced that they would prevail in a fight, Iran’s advances have fueled concerns about U.S. vulnerabilities during the opening hours of a conflict in the gulf. Increasingly...
  • Iran Is Readying A 'Nightmare Scenario' For The US Navy

    07/27/2012 1:11:47 PM PDT · by Dysart · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7-27-12 | Robert Johnson
    It's getting easy to overlook the tired rhetoric and hollow tension surrounding Iran, the U.S. and Israel. It's been months, and months since the back-and-forth began. First, Iran's shutting the Strait of Hormuz, then its saying it'd never shut the strait. Then Israel's planning a solo attack. No, they're not. It's frustrating, but that doesn't mean the situation couldn't turn ugly at the drop of a hat. Joby Warick at The Washington Post reports improved Iranian weapons and an enhanced plan of attack could nail the U.S. fleet parked in the Gulf and there may be little Navy officials can...
  • Russia to Build New Aircraft Carrier After 2020

    07/26/2012 9:17:19 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 26 July 2012 | Staff
    Russia will begin building new aircraft carriers after 2020, Russian navy chief Viktor Chirkov said on Thursday, in a major boost to Moscow's ability to deploy air power abroad. “At the moment, the construction bureau has received its assignment, the documents are being processed, and the money for the construction program has been allocated,” Chirkov said. If the plans reach fruition, it would be a major boon to the Russian navy, which currently fields only one aging aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. The Kuznetsov, part of the navy’s Northern Fleet, was built in 1985 and has been scheduled to undergo...
  • U.S., India Inch Toward Naval Partnership

    07/26/2012 9:05:56 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 39 replies
    The World Politics Review ^ | 09/07/2012 | The World Politics Review
    During his recent visit to New Delhi, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta highlighted the evolution of the annual Indo-U.S. naval war game Malabar from a passing exercise for the two navies’ ships into a full-scale engagement across all functional areas of naval warfare. Indeed, the steadily increasing complexity of Indo-U.S. naval force coordination has been a standout feature of an otherwise interest-driven relationship, suggesting Washington increasingly sees India as the western hinge of the U.S. pivot to Asia, with the U.S. Navy backstopping the shift from the Pacific. However, before the Indo-U.S. entente on the seas becomes a full-blown condominium,...