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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,...
  • China'a DF-21D Missile Is A One-Shot Aircraft Carrier Killer

    07/24/2012 9:30:33 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 81 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 24, 2012 | Andrew Tarantola
    Since the end of WWII, America's naval might has been undisputed and our aircraft carriers have been its crown jewels. However, the days of dominance could end with China's new DF-21D ballistic missile—the only device on Earth capable of sinking an aircraft carrier—four and a half acres of sovereign US territory—with one shot. VIDEO: DF-21D (Dong-Feng 21 variant D) is the world's first and only anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). It's a two stage, land-launched missile with a maximum estimated range of 2,700 to 3,000 km. Its single fuel-air explosive warhead packs 200 to 500 kilotons. It was developed by...
  • Man admits he set fires on the USS Miami to leave work early

    07/24/2012 8:30:07 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 23 replies
    A civilian working aboard a nuclear submarine drydocked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine admits to starting two fires causing $400 million in damage. Maybe he should have just called in sick? A man who set two fires to a nuclear-powered submarine, causing $400 million in damage, admitted he did it because he wanted to leave work early. Casey James Fury, 24, was working aboard the USS Miami in Kittery, Maine as a civilian painter and sandblaster when he purposefully set two fires this summer, according to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court in Maine....
  • Navy cyber tech among those killed in Aurora

    07/21/2012 9:23:06 AM PDT · by Saije · 2 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/21/2012 | Staff
    Navy officials confirmed that a sailor was among those killed when a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater early Friday morning. Petty Officer Third Class John Thomas Larimer, of Crystal Lake, Ill., died from injuries sustained in the incident. Larimer, 27, joined the Navy in June 2011 and was a cryptologic technician third class. He had been stationed at the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command station at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. A fellow sailor from the unit was also injured in the shooting. He was treated at the scene and released. "I am incredibly saddened by...
  • US Navy Fires on Ship on Persian Gulf, One Dead [Media Hand-wringing]

    07/17/2012 7:01:55 AM PDT · by Salgak · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 16, 2012 | Luis Martinez and ABC News
    An American Navy ship fired on a boat in the Persian Gulf today, killing one person and injuring three others aboard the craft, U.S. naval officials told ABC News. Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesperson for the Navy's 5th Fleet, which is based in nearby Bahrain, said that a security team aboard the oil supply ship U.S.N.S. Rappahannock fired a .50 caliber machine gun at a "small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. ship" off the coast of Jebel Ali, a city approximately 30 miles from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
  • 90-year-old Maine man skydives for first time (VIDEO)

    07/16/2012 2:25:49 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 16, 2012 | AP
    PITTSFIELD, Maine (AP) - A Maine man who learned how to use a parachute as a Navy pilot during World War II has finally made his first jump _ at age 90. Lester Slate of Exeter jumped out of a plane for the first time on Sunday at Pittsfield Airport and was guided to the ground by a tandem jumper, and accompanied by another skydiver trailing a U.S. flag. The jump was a 90th birthday present to himself. More than 50 family and friends watched.
  • Navy's new gender-neutral carriers won't have urinals

    07/16/2012 12:00:33 PM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/16/2012
    "The U.S. Navy's new class of carriers will be the first to go without urinals, a decision made in part to give the service flexibility in accommodating female sailors, the Navy says. The change heralded by the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers – starting with the namesake carrier due in late 2015. Omitting urinals lets the Navy easily switch the designation of any restroom – or head, in naval parlance – from male to female, or vice versa, helping the ship adapt to changing crew compositions over time. Heads will be attached to berthing compartments. Currently, many sailors have...
  • U.S. Navy ship fires at boat in Persian Gulf

    07/16/2012 9:32:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Barbara Starr,
    A U.S. military supply ship fired Monday at a small boat in the Persian Gulf after it came too close, apparently killing one person on board, two U.S. officials said. The USNS Rappahannock, a fuel resupply ship, fired on what the officials called a "small, white pleasure craft" 10 miles from the Dubai port of Jebel Ali. The small boat appeared to be headed for that port, the officials said, adding that their information was preliminary. The U.S. ship verbally warned the smaller boat when it was 1,200 yards away and fired at least one warning shot before the decision...
  • Royal Navy decommissions Trafalgar submarine HMS Turbulent

    07/15/2012 2:34:27 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 July 2012 | Staff
    A decommissioning ceremony has been held for a Plymouth-based submarine. The service marked the end of the Royal Navy's Trafalgar Class submarine HMS Turbulent's service after nearly 30 years. The Tomahawk-equipped submarine returned to its Devonport base in December after a 284-day deployment - 190 of which were spent submerged. During the deployment HMS Turbulent fired its missiles to provide cover during Nato operations in Libya. The Royal Navy said the submarine - the second oldest of its class - had had a distinguished service, but had come to the end of its natural operational life.
  • U.S. Navy scraps urinals to make war ships gender-neutral

    07/14/2012 7:38:31 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 July 2012 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    The U.S. Navy is scrapping urinals from new war ships because increasing numbers of female sailors are enlisting. The change will be heralded by the Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers, the first of which is due in late 2015. Getting rid of urinals lets the Navy easily switch restrooms - or heads as they're called on the high seas - from male to female or vice versa, helping ships to adapt to the changing gender make up of crews.
  • US Navy Building in the shape of a Swastika?

    07/13/2012 1:16:38 PM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 50 replies
    Bing Maps ^ | 7-13-12
    I saw a picture of this on my wife's Facebook page and thought it was BS. So I checked it out with a birds eye view of the island, via bing. WTF is wrong with this picture? Outside of everything that is good!
  • Navy's new gender-neutral carriers won't have urinals

    07/12/2012 11:55:30 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 98 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2012 | Unattributed
    Updated at 6:17 p.m. ET] The U.S. Navy's new class of carriers will be the first to go without urinals, a decision made in part to give the service flexibility in accommodating female sailors, the Navy says. The change heralded by the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers – starting with the namesake carrier due in late 2015 – is one of a number of new features meant to improve sailors' quality of life and reduce maintenance costs, Capt. Chris Meyer said Wednesday. Omitting urinals lets the Navy easily switch the designation of any restroom – or head, in naval...
  • World's first nuclear cruiser up for auction as scrap.

    07/12/2012 10:32:08 AM PDT · by atomic_dog · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed, Jul 11, 2012 | Laura L. Myers
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - The world's first nuclear-powered surface warship, the USS Long Beach, was put up for auction as scrap metal on Tuesday to be dismantled and recycled, after spending the past 17 years mothballed in a naval shipyard in Washington state. The 720-foot (219-metre) vessel, the first American cruiser since the end of World War Two to be built new from the keel up, boasted the world's highest bridge and was the last such U.S. vessel with teakwood decks, according to Navy history. Long Beach, commissioned in 1961, is not the first warship to be recycled. But the defense...
  • U.S. deploys SeaFox submersibles to Persian Gulf

    07/11/2012 11:45:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 11 July 2012 | Larry Clifton
    The U.S. Navy is transporting dozens of unmanned SeaFox submersibles to the Persian Gulf to seek out and destroy mines, as part of a major U.S. military buildup aimed at preventing Iran from closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Each SeaFox submersible is equipped with an underwater television camera, homing sonar and an explosive charge. The Navy bought them in May. - - - - - - - - SeaFox submersibles are 4 feet long and weigh less than 100 pounds. The craft boost U.S. military capabilities in the area with negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program stalled. Several...
  • IER head: Navy’s biofuels test ‘squandering’ taxpayer dollars

    07/10/2012 5:21:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 10, 2012 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The head of the Institute for Energy Research today beseeched congressional leaders to investigate Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ decision to conduct test exercises using expensive alternative fuels this summer. Thomas Pyle, president of the industry-funded IER, said the move shows “the Obama administration is squandering limited national defense dollars on a political agenda.” “With huge reductions in resources for national defense already under way, wasting taxpayer money on biofuels costing ten times as much as conventional fuels makes no sense,” Pyle said in a letter to the heads of the House and Senate oversight and defense committees. Pyle’s letter comes...
  • Navy wants better missiles on new vessels (Israel)

    07/09/2012 5:12:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/08/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Navy wants better missiles on new vessels By YAAKOV KATZ Requirement for new missiles is based on desire to assist large IDF ground offensives in Gaza, Lebanon or Syria. The Israel Navy is looking to install short- and long-range surface-to-surface missiles on new vessels it hopes to buy in the coming year. The requirement for the new missile systems is based on the navy’s desire to assist large IDF ground offensives either in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon or Syria. The missiles could be used to attack enemy installations – bases or radar stations – and to provide fire support for...
  • WW II Navy Veteran, Patriot, and Oscar Winning Actor Ernest Borgnine dead at age 95

    07/08/2012 9:52:54 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 25 replies | July 9, 2012 | Steelers6
    Ermes Efron Borgnino was born in Hamden, Conn., on Jan. 24, 1917, the son of Italian immigrant parents. The family lived in Milan when the boy was 2 to 7, then returned to Connecticut, where he attended school in New Haven. Borgnine joined the Navy in 1935 and served on a destroyer during World War II. He weighed 135 pounds when he enlisted. He left the Navy 10 years later, weighing exactly 100 pounds more. "I wouldn't trade those 10 years for anything," he said in 1956. "The Navy taught me a lot of things. It molded me as a...
  • WWII veteran gets his wish, tours modern submarine

    07/06/2012 6:28:00 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 19 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 29 June 2012 | Gordon Jackson
    KINGS BAY, Ga. — World War II Navy veteran Dan Edwards has fond memories of his time serving aboard submarines. He enlisted as a physician examiner in 1944 and went to diving and submarine school. He went to Pearl Harbor, where he worked as a submarine and diving medical officer. He also served aboard submarines during the Korean War on multiple tours of duty. He left the Navy in 1954 to earn a medical degree and worked as a general practitioner. But the lure of the sea kept tugging and in 1984, at the age of 57, Edwards tried to...
  • $26 a gallon?! Navy's 'Green Fleet' meets stiff headwinds

    07/03/2012 8:47:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/2/2012 | David Alexander
    A U.S. Navy oiler slipped away from a fuel depot on the Puget Sound in Washington state one recent day, headed toward the central Pacific and into the storm over the Pentagon's controversial green fuels initiative. In its tanks, the USNS Henry J. Kaiser carried nearly 900,000 gallons of biofuel blended with petroleum to power the cruisers, destroyers and fighter jets of what the Navy has taken to calling the "Great Green Fleet," the first carrier strike group to be powered largely by alternative fuels. Conventionally powered ships and aircraft in the strike group will burn the blend in an...
  • White House pushes biofuels on Navy over lawmaker objections

    07/02/2012 4:01:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/02/12 | Zack Colman
    White House pushes biofuels on Navy over lawmaker objectionsBy Zack Colman - 07/02/12 03:58 PM ET The Obama administration is putting another $62 million into its bet that biofuels can power the Navy, rankling many lawmakers who say the programs are wasteful. In May, Senate Armed Services Committee members derided the $26-per-gallon biofuel and petroleum cocktail fueling the Navy’s “Great Green Fleet,” an aircraft carrier strike group testing green-energy fuels, during a markup of the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill. But with the Great Green Fleet setting sail last week for a six-week naval exercise in the Pacific Rim, the administration...
  • PHOTOS: Exercise Malabar 2012 (Indo-US Annual Naval Exercises)

    06/30/2012 6:51:10 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 16 replies
    The US Consular Offices in India ^ | 14 April, 2012 | The US Consulate, Chennai
    As part of Exercise Malabar 2012, the U.S. 7th Fleet is visiting Chennai, where they have been warmly received by the Indian Navy. Sailors from the fleet have also been participating in volunteer events around the city. NOTICE: Bandwidth-heavy images below. INDIAN OCEAN (Apr. 12, 2012) Indian Sailors assigned to the Visit, Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team aboard Indian Navy Ship Satpura (F-48) transit toward guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) via rigid hull inflatable boat during a VBSS training exercise. Halsey and Satpura are participating in Malabar, a regularly scheduled naval field training exercise conducted to advance multinational...
  • Russian Warships Arrive at U.S. Pearl Harbor for Joint Drills

    06/30/2012 4:55:23 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 19 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 30 June 2012 | Staff
    A group of Russia’s Pacific Fleet warships has arrived at the U.S. Pearl Harbor naval base to take part in the Rim of the Pacific international drills, a fleet spokesman said on Saturday. “During their long voyage from Vladivostok to Pearl Harbor, the warships’ crews held several firing drills, successfully destroying all the targets,” First-Rank Captain Roman Martov said. The naval task group comprising the Admiral Panteleyev destroyer, the tanker Boris Butoma and the Fotiy Krylov salvage tug sailed off Vladivostok in the Russian Far East on June 13 to head for the U.S. Hawaiian Islands where the RIMPAC-2012 large-scale...
  • US Navy X-47B Robot Fighter Jet Completes First Phase Of Testing

    06/29/2012 2:10:51 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 29 June 2012 | Peter Murray
    The Navy’s robotic fighter just got one step closer to earning its wings. The X-47B, an unmanned stealth attack jet, has completed the first major phase of flight testing on its way to become the first aircraft to be able to land and take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier –completely autonomously. After its first successful flight on February 4, 2011 at Edwards Air Force Base – a short, 29 minute jaunt to 5,000 feet – the X-47B has now climbed to as much as 15,000 feet. The testing, which concluded on May 15, ran the jet through...
  • Navy Announces New Sexual Assault Prevention And Response Training

    06/29/2012 1:02:51 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 15 replies
    NAVY ^ | 28 June 2012 | Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As part of the Navy's continuing efforts to eliminate sexual assaults and promote positive culture changes within the fleet, the Chief of Naval Personnel announced June 28 the creation of new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training. For the first time, targeted and comprehensive sexual assault prevention training will be delivered to every active and reserve uniformed member in the Navy. The training follows the Navy's all-hands efforts for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, during which all Sailors from commands around the world took part in focused stand-down sessions highlighting varying aspects of sexual assault...
  • Revealed:Reagan Planned to Give Thatcher U.S. carrier for '82 Falklands

    06/27/2012 10:20:18 AM PDT · by Saint X · 28 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | June 27, 2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
    While publicly claiming neutrality between Argentina and the U.K. during the 1982 Falklands War, President Ronald Reagan’s administration had developed plans to loan a ship to the Royal Navy if it lost one of its aircraft carriers in the war, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman, told the U.S. Naval Institute on June 26. Lehman and then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger agreed to support U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with the loan of the amphibious warship USS Iwo Jima , he said.
  • The Indian Navy in the South China Sea: Beijing’s Unwelcome Escort

    06/23/2012 10:04:32 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 18 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | June 14, 2012 | The Indian Express
    Just when external affairs minister S. M. Krishna was affirming in India’s right to ‘freedom of navigation’ in Washington, news reports from Shanghai say China is testing Delhi’s political will to exercise this right in the South China Sea. Krishna’s affirmation was part of the India-U.S. Strategic dialogue this week in Washington. Meanwhile, an Indian naval contingent, on an extended operational deployment in the South China Sea during the last two months, has called in at the Shanghai port on its way home. According to reports from Shanghai, when the Indian naval squadron led by INS Shivalik was on its...
  • Obama Orders Military 'Gay Pride' Celebrations;CinC Using Armed Forces for Political Fodder

    06/21/2012 9:13:01 AM PDT · by rhema · 39 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | June 21, 2012 | Mark Alexander
    "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indespensible supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. ... [L]et us with caution indulge the opposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of...
  • The Battle of the Philippine Sea - June 19-20, 1944

    06/19/2012 8:12:39 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 8 replies
    June 19 2012 | me
    USN losses: 1 BB damaged (South Dakota) 130 aircraft destroyed IJN losses: 2 CVs sunk (Shokaku, Taiho) 1 CV heavily damaged (Zuikaku) 1 CVL sunk (Hiyo) 2 CVLs damaged (Junyo, Chiyoda) 1 BB damaged (Haruna) 1 CA damaged (Maya) 1 DD damaged (Shigure) 2 tankers sunk 750 aircraft destroyed
  • First female submariners find few obstacles

    06/18/2012 5:13:53 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 61 replies
    Kitsap Sun (WA) ^ | June 16, 2012 | Ed Friedrich
    Female submariners are fitting right in. Since reporting to their boats in November, 25 women who broke one of the Navy's final gender barriers have gone on patrol and been accepted among their crews. "The men adjusted to us being there, and we adjusted to them," said Lt. j.g. Megan Bittner of the USS Ohio gold crew. "It was quick. There were no big problems. No stumbling blocks along the way. It was just learning as a junior officer how you fit on the boat."
  • Ex-Navy chief denied clemency in fraternization case [Outrage: female officer involved promoted ]

    06/17/2012 12:25:17 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | June 16, 2012 | Kate Wiltrout
    A former chief petty officer who was acquitted of raping his boss but convicted of fraternizing with her has been denied clemency, according to his lawyer. Last month, John Gonzales asked Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, commander of the Navy's Mid-Atlantic Region, for clemency on the fraternization conviction, saying his federal criminal record has prevented him from finding a civilian job.
  • This is the story of Taylor Morris

    06/15/2012 6:48:28 AM PDT · by baileybat · 7 replies
    The Chive ^ | May 31, 2012 | John
    This is the story of Taylor Morris, a 23 year-old Navy EOD tech: Taylor Morris learned at an early age he was hooked on the outdoors, adventurous, the middle of 4 children and always the last one inside for dinner at his home in Cedar Falls, Iowa. His mother Juli recalled, "Our family took a camping trip from Niagra Falls down the East Coast one summer. Taylor set up the tents every night, started the fires, cooked the meals. Taylor was only 8 years old." As Taylor grew older and took to extreme water sports and rock climbing, Taylor discovered...