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  • Navy says American sailors blabbed to Iranian captors

    06/30/2016 3:49:25 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 91 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 30, 2016 | Bob Fredericks
    The US sailors who were detained by the Iranian navy last winter provided their name, rank and serial numbers - and pretty much everything else their captors demanded, the US Navy said in a blistering report Thursday. The 10 crew members, captured at gunpoint in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 12 by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, improperly revealed passwords for laptops and cellphones and even sensitive technical details about their two ships, including their top speed, capabilities and missions, the report said. [Snip] The Navy report blamed the incident on a combination of poor planning, clueless leaders who did...
  • Navy littoral combat warship to trade some speed for firepower, armor

    06/20/2016 6:57:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2016
    BATH, Maine — The Navy spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to fulfill its need for speed with a new class of fast and agile warships capable of zipping along at highway speeds. It turns out speed is overrated. The Navy has learned lessons from the light-and-speedy littoral combat ships: Upcoming ships will trade some speed in favor of more weapons and heavier armor. Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, director of surface warfare, said the goal is to increase the offensive punch of all warships from the biggest to the smallest. For the littoral combat ship, that'll begin with the...
  • Iranian Navy plans to deploy in Atlantic Ocean

    06/19/2016 3:45:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/6/16 | Hillel Fendel
    Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said that his country plans to deploy a naval presence in the Atlantic Ocean sometime this year. The Atlantic Ocean borders both North America and western Europe. Sayyari did not specify how close to the United States his ships would sail, though he said his navy would act "in accordance with international laws and regulations." So reports MNA, an Iranian news agency. Speaking with reporters on Saturday, Sayyari emphasized the self-sufficiency of the Iranian Navy: "All equipment and facilities of the Navy are now home-produced, and...
  • Iranian Navy plans to deploy in Atlantic Ocean

    06/19/2016 2:45:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 6/19/16 | Hillel Fendel
    Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said that his country plans to deploy a naval presence in the Atlantic Ocean sometime this year. The Atlantic Ocean borders both North America and western Europe. Sayyari did not specify how close to the United States his ships would sail, though he said his navy would act "in accordance with international laws and regulations." So reports MNA, an Iranian news agency. Speaking with reporters on Saturday, Sayyari emphasized the self-sufficiency of the Iranian Navy: "All equipment and facilities of the Navy are now home-produced, and...
  • JW Forces Obama Admin to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents

    02/22/2015 5:48:26 AM PST · by blueyon · 18 replies
    RightSideNews ^ | 2/21/15 | Tom Fitton
    U.S. Africa Command records – heavily blacked out – show military gathered forces to support “anti-terrorist” actions in Benghazi day after attack Obama was AWOL Stevens Died Obama Lied(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration finally turned over hundreds of pages of documents about the military response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and other facilities in Benghazi. The documents, which are heavily blacked out (redacted), confirm that the U.S. Military, through its U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) drafted orders for a military response to the attack, specifically “to protect...
  • German Navy K130 Corvettes Ready for Saab RBS-15 Mk3 Anti-Ship Missiles

    06/09/2016 4:45:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 08 June 2016 | Stelios Kanavakis and Xavier Vavasseur
    The German Navy (Marine) has authorized on 3 June 2016 the use of the surface-to-surface Saab RBS-15 Mk3 missiles aboard the Braunschweig class (K-130) corvette. This type of missiles will give the Marine the capability to engage land targets from the sea. German Navy Braunschweig class corvettes (K130) The RBS-15 Mk3 was selected in 2004 through an international tender; with the other two contenders being Kongsberg’s Naval Strike Missile and Boeing’s Harpoon Block II missiles. However, following technical delays and two failed fire-tests in 2013, the missiles were successfully fire-tested in 2015. The German Navy is the second one, after...
  • The British Royal Navy Is Down to 17 Frigates and Destroyers

    06/08/2016 6:18:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 8, 2016 | David Axe
    The Royal Navy was, quite recently, one of the world’s leading fleets. But that was before several rounds of deep budget cuts, the most recent in 2010, that compelled the senior service to officially decommission some of its best ships. The escort force arguably suffered the most, declining to a modern low of just 13 Type 23 frigates and six new Type 45 destroyers. And now the escort force has shrunk even further.
  • Royal Navy's most advanced destroyers break down in the Gulf because the water is too WARM

    06/07/2016 10:46:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 7 June 2016 | TIM SCULTHORPE
    Royal Navy's most advanced destroyers break down in the Gulf because the water is too WARM, bungling defence chiefs admit Britain's £1billion a piece Type-45 Destroyer ships break down in warm water and are being retrofitted with diesel generators, defence chiefs have admitted. Complicated Rolls Royce gas turbine engines work in the cold water around Britain but the vessels have been left adrift in the Gulf on several occasions because of failures. The problem first became apparent when HMS Daring lost all power in the mid-Atlantic in 2010 and had to repaired in Canada. The ship needed fixing again in...
  • Return to Omaha Beach

    06/06/2016 8:49:02 AM PDT · by crz · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | 06/06/2016 | crz
    A navy vet returns to Omaha Beach. Two part video.
  • Navy Orders Restrictions on Liberty, Alcohol Consumption (Japan)

    06/05/2016 9:39:51 PM PDT · by Ronin · 65 replies
    Commander, Navy Region Japan ^ | 5 June 2016 | CNIC Commander Navy Region Japan
    YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) announced temporary liberty curtailment and restrictions on alcohol consumption for all Sailors in Japan as a response to a recent trend of alcohol-related incidents detrimental to the U.S.-Japan Alliance. Effective immediately, Sailors are prohibited from drinking alcohol, on and off base. Additionally, all off-base liberty will be curtailed. Sailors who live off base will be permitted to travel to and from work and engage in official actions such as childcare drop-off and pickup, trips to the grocery store, gas stations or the gym. The...
  • Russia to Build Leader-Class Destroyer That Will Outgun Largest US Warships

    06/05/2016 10:29:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 05.06.2016
    The Leader-class destroyers, expected to be equipped with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles and S-500 air defense systems, could soon be added to Russia's impressive arsenal of cutting edge military equipment. Russia's Ministry of Defense is currently reviewing the design and could ink the ship building contract in the near future. "Presently, a preliminary design of Project 23560 Leader is under consideration at the Russian Ministry of Defense," Igor Ponomarev, vice president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), told RIA Novosti earlier this week. After the project is given the green light, "we will develop a technical design of the ship and...
  • What China Learned from America's Biggest World War Two Naval Victory

    06/03/2016 8:35:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 3, 2016 | Lyle J. Goldstein
    China’s aircraft carrier program is maturing. The first photos have now emerged that show Liaoning operating with a decent clutch of J-15 fighters, as well as helicopters on deck. The aircraft are now painted in telltale battle gray, rather than the yellow used with the initial prototype aircraft. It is difficult to tell for sure, but one may assume that the testing and training regimen has been intense. True enough, the Liaoning was bought from Ukraine and it is, unlike American “big decks,” conventionally powered rather than relying on nuclear power. It also has a ski-jump bow to assist with...
  • US Navy Receiving First Pulse Power Units for Railgun Program - Raytheon

    06/03/2016 4:30:57 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 13 replies
    Sputniknews ^ | 24.05.2016 | Unknown
    The US Navy has started to receive its first power pulse modules, in container form, to power its experimental particle railgun, the Raytheon Company said in a press release on Monday. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Raytheon's pulse power container design was developed for a $10 million contract with Naval Sea Systems Command to develop a pulsed power system, which will enable land or sea-based projectiles to reach great distances without the use of an explosive charge or rocket motor, the release added. US missile defense © Flickr/ U.S. Missile Defense Agency Reliance on Kinetic Missile Defense Systems Puts US at Disadvantage...
  • Cuba Secret Police Thug Tours US Naval Base

    06/02/2016 10:14:48 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Frontpage ^ | June 2, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Why should the enemies of our country be forced to take the trouble to actually hack into our systems when Obama can just give them the grand tour, as Fausta reports. Valdés is not someone you’d expect to see as an honored guest of the U.S. military. As chief of investigations for Cuba’s National Revolutionary Police, a part of the military-controlled Ministry of the Interior, he plays a key law enforcement role in a state where beating and arresting human rights activists is considered law enforcement. Yet there he was at a U.S. naval air base in Key West, Fla.,...
  • Anchors Away -- Obama Sinks U.S. Navy

    06/02/2016 4:31:23 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 2, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    As China builds military bases on man-made islands in the South China Sea, the staggering decline in U.S. naval readiness was made clear when a group of Navy captains testified before an unusual joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower and readiness subcommittees last week. It was made clear that President Ronald Reagan’s 600-ship Navy is a distant memory as we return to the Jimmy Carter era of ships that can’t sail and planes that can’t fly for want of spare parts. This sad state of affairs is accomplishing what the Japanese Imperial Navy could not -- defeat...
  • First look at Navy's experimental railgun that can fire at 4,500 miles an hour

    05/29/2016 11:12:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal
    A warning siren bellowed through the concrete bunker of a top-secret Naval facility where U.S. military engineers prepared to demonstrate a weapon for which there is little defense. Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole. The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the...
  • Sub sailor's photo case draws comparisons to Clinton emails

    05/28/2016 12:19:41 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 5.27.16 | Josh Gerstein
    A Navy sailor entered a guilty plea Friday in a classified information mishandling case that critics charge illustrates a double standard between the treatment of low-ranking government employees and top officials like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ex-CIA Director David Petraeus. Prosecutors allege that Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier used a cellphone camera to take photos in the classified engine room of the nuclear submarine where he worked as a mechanic, the USS Alexandria, then destroyed a laptop, camera and memory card after learning he was under investigation.
  • The Navy has a shortage of fighter jets — will it hurt our ability to fight future wars?

    05/28/2016 8:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 27, 2016 | Mike Hixenbaugh and Courtney Mabeus
    A Navy captain from Virginia Beach was testifying before Congress on Thursday about the shortage of flyable fighter jets at Oceana Naval Air Station. As he spoke, word came to military officials seated behind him: A pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets from Oceana had “a mid-air mishap” off the coast of North Carolina, forcing four aviators to eject and sending their $57 million aircraft hurtling into the Atlantic Ocean. Capt. Randy Stearns, commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, was briefed on the training accident involving two of his jets during a short recess from the hearing, then returned to the...
  • The man who seduced the 7th fleet: Fat Leonard's trail of corruption

    05/27/2016 10:01:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2016 | Craig Whitlock
    For months, a small team of U.S. Navy investigators and federal prosecutors secretly devised options for a high-stakes international manhunt. Could the target be snatched from his home base in Asia and rendered to the United States? Or held captive aboard an American warship? Making the challenge even tougher was the fact that the man was a master of espionage. His moles had burrowed deep into the Navy hierarchy to leak him a stream of military secrets, thwarting previous efforts to bring him to justice. The target was not a terrorist, nor a spy for a foreign power, nor the...
  • F/A-18F Mishap off coast of North Carolina (Collision)

    05/26/2016 10:16:58 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 17 replies
    US Navy ^ | May 26 | Staff
    NORFOLK, VA. (NNS) -- Two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 flying off the coast of Cape Hatteras were involved in an in-flight mishap at approximately 10:40 a.m. local time. The flight was part of a routine training mission. All aircrew have been recovered and are en route to medical facilities for evaluation. The F/A-18F is a two-seat aircraft. VFA-211 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana. A safety investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident.
  • How navy engineers made the next missile ship stealthy

    05/26/2016 12:45:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/26/2016 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    When German engineers from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, who are building Israel’s next-generation Sa’ar-6 class missile corvette, showed Israel Navy engineers the first blueprints for the strategically vital vessel, the Israelis realized there was a problem. The plans outlined a ship based on Germany’s own sea platforms, and was similar in design. Yet Israel must deal with a far more challenging environment, in which Hezbollah is stockpiling radar-guided shore-to-sea missiles that can target the navy, offshore gas drilling rigs in the Mediterranean and strategically vital sites, such as civilian sea ports – just the type of threat the Sa’ar-6 will be...
  • Bell of battlecruiser sunk 75 years ago in Royal Navy's biggest ever disaster retrieved from [tr]

    05/25/2016 5:47:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2016 | Sam Tonkin
    The bell from HMS Hood has been unveiled by the Princess Royal to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Navy's largest loss of life from a single vessel. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen - who funded the expedition to retrieve the bell from the seabed of the Denmark Strait between Iceland and Greenland - attended the event at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where the bell has gone on display. Anne struck eight bells at midday during the ceremony, held with HMS Victory as a backdrop, watched by descendants of some of the 1,415 sailors who died when the battleship was hit...
  • New stealth destroyer turned over to U.S. Navy, Capt. James Kirk

    05/21/2016 9:53:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | May 20, 2016 | Brad Lendon
    Capt. James Kirk just got the keys to the baddest ship in the fleet -- U.S. Navy's fleet, not Starfleet. The ship is the future USS Zumwalt, the first of the Navy's newest class of destroyers, and contractor General Dynamics turned it over to the Navy on Friday at Bath Iron Works in Maine. The ship will be commissioned -- and officially become the USS Zumwalt -- on October 15 in Baltimore. Until then, Capt. Kirk (U.S. Navy, not United Federation of Planets) and his crew will test the ship's array of futuristic systems.
  • Did the Battle of Jutland Really Matter?

    05/21/2016 6:33:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 100 replies
    National Interest ^ | May 20, 2016 | Robert Farley
    A century ago, the two greatest fleets of the industrial age fought an inconclusive battle in the North Sea. The British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet fielded a total of fifty-eight dreadnought battleships and battle cruisers, ships over the twice the size of most modern surface combatants. Including smaller ships, the battle included 250 vessels in total.
  • Britain's vast new aircraft carriers will make enemies 'think twice' about starting war

    05/20/2016 10:50:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | May 20, 2016 | Ben Farmer
    Longer than the Houses of Parliament and able to launch up to 108 air strike sorties per day, Britain’s new aircraft carriers will make potential enemies “think twice” about starting future wars, their senior naval officer has said. The new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers will be become Britain’s most potent conventional weapon and change the way the Royal Navy does business, Capt Simon Petitt said. The two vast 67,000 tonne vessels, which have cost £6.2bn for the pair, are the largest warships ever built in Britain. The first of the ships to be ready, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is due to...
  • Criminal complaint to ICC re: Iran's mistreatment of U.S. sailors

    05/19/2016 12:52:55 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/18/16 | William A. Levinson
    Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.)'s revelation of the degree to which Iran abused our men and women in uniform after they pirated two U.S. Navy boats earlier this year underscores Barack Obama's, Joe Biden's, and John Kerry's willful dereliction of the duties of their offices.
  • China’s Nuclear Subs Are Ready to Terrorize the Sea (Now Russia, America and China)

    05/19/2016 5:47:20 AM PDT · by cba123 · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5/19/16 | David Axe
    Beijing will soon be able to launch nuclear missiles from the sea. And that's going to make it harder to deter any future Chinese aggression. -- China's about to join an exclusive club for nuclear powers. After decades of development, 2016 could be the year the Chinese navy finally sends its ballistic-missile submarines-"SSBN" is the Pentagon’s designation-to sea for the first time for operational patrols with live, nuclear-tipped rockets. (link to full story) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/19/china-s-nuclear-subs-are-ready-to-terrorize-the-sea.html
  • Iranian Navy Commander Threatens to Sink US Vessels in Persian Gulf (VIDEO)

    05/16/2016 2:57:28 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/16/16 | Jim Holt
    They have absolutely no fear of America under Obama’s leadership. In a recent TV interview, IRGC Navy Commander Ali Fadavi said: “The Americans are aware that if they make even the slightest mistake, their naval vessels will be sunk in the Persian Gulf, the Hormuz Strait, and the Sea of Oman.” He further claimed that Iran’s vessels would emerge from “undersea tunnels,” in which “no force will be able to harm our naval vessels.” In the interview, which aired on IRINN TV on May 10, Fadavi maintained that the crew of U.S. vessels is now obliged to speak Farsi in...
  • Congressman says details of Iran's kidnapping of U.S. sailors will shock the nation

    05/16/2016 2:54:31 PM PDT · by traumer · 28 replies
    A member of the House Armed Services Committee says America has only gotten part of the story on Iran's kidnapping of a group of U.S. sailors earlier this year. Ten U.S. Navy sailors were taken into custody by the Islamic Republic on January 12, 2016, after the group strayed into Iranian waters off Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. The group were held by the Iranians for 15 hours and subsequently released. In a move to embarrass the sailors, the Iranian government also released videos showing the men and one woman being taken into custody. Another video shows one of...
  • Dozens Paddle Out for Fallen Navy SEAL

    05/15/2016 9:28:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The public support for slain U.S. Navy SEAL, Chief Special Warfare Operator Charles Keating IV, continued Saturday morning in Coronado as dozens of surfers took part in a paddle out tribute to the fallen hero.
  • Navy Fires Commander Eric Rasch Over Iran's Detention of Sailors

    05/13/2016 7:07:10 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 19 replies
    AP via NBC ^ | May 13, 2016
    The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who entered Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours. In a statement Thursday, the Navy said it had lost confidence in Cmdr. Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the squadron that included the 10 sailors at the time of the January incident. He was responsible for the training and readiness of the more than 400 sailors in the unit. A Navy official said Rasch failed to provide effective leadership, leading to a lack of oversight, complacency...
  • Navy officer fired over Iran's detention of 10 sailors.

    05/12/2016 7:35:54 PM PDT · by Kush · 34 replies
    Associated Press/Yahoo News ^ | 05/12/2016 | unknown
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours. In a statement Thursday, the Navy said it had lost confidence in Cmdr. Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the squadron that included the 10 sailors at the time of the January incident. He was responsible for the training and readiness of the more than 400 sailors in the unit. A Navy official said Rasch failed to provide effective leadership, leading to a...
  • Navy Commander Fired in Connection with Iran Detention Incident

    05/12/2016 5:56:12 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 12, 2016 | Hope Hodge Seck
    The commanding officer of a West Coast-based Navy riverine squadron has been fired in the fallout from an investigation into an incident in which ten sailors were briefly captured by Iranian forces earlier this year. Cmdr. Eric Rasch, commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, was relieved today by Capt. Gary Leigh the commander of Coastal Riverine Group 1 due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to a Navy release. Leigh made the decision to remove Rasch after reviewing a preliminary investigation into the incident that unfolded over Jan. 12-13. Two riverine boats carrying ten...
  • Navy SEAL Trainee Dies in Coronado

    05/10/2016 3:04:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    A U.S. sailor died Friday during a SEAL training exercise in Coronado, California, officials confirmed. Seaman James Derek Lovelace, 21, passed out in a military training pool while undergoing basic underwater demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S), officials said. Lovelace was withdrawn from the exercise when he began to have difficulty with the drill, Navy officials told NBC News. The sailor lost consciousness and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful NBC News reports. The Navy had not announced the training death until after officials were contacted Tuesday by NBC News and The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk. The death is now under investigation, a...
  • When Batman Dies

    05/09/2016 4:48:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV was a real-life Batman—a self-made superhero. On behalf of our troops and veterans, it is important to properly honor this 31-year-old Millennial—who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of ISIL thugs in Iraq last Tuesday—but was painted as the progeny of a pilferer. The Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” recipient courageously took on some 125 ISIS fighters and 20 assault vehicles to rescue a handful of U.S. military advisors. All of the advisors escaped—but their rescuer, Keating IV, was fatally hit. For this sacrifice, outlets like CNN honored Keating IV by telling the...
  • Navy SEAL Killed in Iraq Identified as Grandson of Charles Keating Jr.

    05/04/2016 6:02:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4 May 16 | Zusha Elinson
    The U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq on Tuesday “felt called” to return to the war-torn country after the extremists group’s atrocities, according to his grandfather Bill Holmes. Charlie Keating IV “decided he wanted to go back,” Mr. Holmes said in an interview. Mr. Keating, the grandson of Charles Keating Jr., who served time in prison as a result of the 1980s savings and loan scandals, had been an instructor at a base in California before he left for Iraq earlier this year. The 31-year-old had joined the SEALs “because it was the hardest...
  • US Navy SEAL killed by ISIS in Iraq firefight identified

    05/04/2016 2:43:47 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 4 , 2016 | Fox News
    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed by Islamic State militants during an "extremely heavy, extremely intense" firefight with U.S. forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops in northern Iraq Tuesday was identified Tuesday evening by Arizona's governor. He was identified Tuesday evening by Gov. Doug Ducey as Charlie Keating IV. Ducey ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday in honor of Keating, who was a graduate of Phoenix's Arcadia High School. The 31-year-old Keating attended the Naval Academy before becoming a Navy Seal based out of Coronado, California Keating was the grandson of Charles Keating, Jr., the...
  • Korean War Hero Tells 'Top Secret' Story 63 Years Later

    05/02/2016 2:27:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Matt Rascon and Brie Stimson May 1, 2016
    Williams single-handedly shot down four Russian fighters, a record-breaking feat never recognized or even known until recentlyRetired U.S. Navy Cpt. E. Royce Williams will never forget November 18, 1952. “Here came four of them from the front side all firing and the others were coming around from the other side…We came in head on,” Williams remembered. “I saw bullets go over me and under me then over me… So the fight went on and on and on.” Williams, who fought in the Korean War, single-handedly shot down four Russian fighters – a record-breaking feat never recognized or even known until...
  • Lieutenant David Nartker must be Court-Martialed

    04/30/2016 9:40:22 PM PDT · by pboyington · 30 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 30, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In January, two US Navy high speed Riverine boats were apparently underway from Bahrain to Kuwait when they strayed into Iranian waters, while attempting to contact a vessel to refuel. The Pentagon first said that they had engine trouble. Yet, if that was the case, why didn’t the other boat tow the boat with mechanical problems to international waters and safety? Then, the Pentagon said that they had navigational issues. How is this possible in 2016, with each boat having an array of GPS and radar equipment? Even if one boat’s systems completely shut down, couldn’t they rely on the...
  • U.S. Navy Seriously Considering Distributed Lethality for its Amphibious Forces

    04/29/2016 12:12:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Apr 29, 2016 | Stelios Kanavakis
    The US Navy is planning to transform every surface unit into a “floating armoury”, which will be capable of firing weapons under the distributed lethality concept. In an A2AD environment, especially in the Asia-Pacific theatre or areas such as the Persian Gulf or the Black Sea, surface units will have to use most of their weapons defending them, leaving fewer payloads for offensive operations. CGI: LPD 17 class amphibious vessel fitted with 8x NSM as seen on Kongsberg's booth during SNA 2016. The House Armed Services Committee considered these issues in the H.R. 4909 – FY17 National Defence Authorization Bill...
  • Uss Sunfish (SSN 649)

    04/22/2016 6:35:26 PM PDT · by chasio649 · 17 replies
    www.wow.com ^ | 1/21/2016 | wikipedia
    1969–1974 Sunfish spent the period from April to August 1969 undergoing shakedown and in various exercises such as torpedo firing, sound trials, control drills, and casualty drills. A short dependents' cruise in late August 1969 was followed by post-shakedown repairs and alterations at Groton, Connecticut. The last two weeks of 1969 were devoted to a leave and recreation period for the crew.......
  • A Navy carrier just broke the record for dropping bombs on ISIS

    04/21/2016 2:23:28 PM PDT · by Smittie · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/21/2016 | Logan Nye
    The USS Harry S. Truman is celebrating the work of its crew after setting the record for ordnance dropped on ISIS. The Truman launched over 1,118 ordinance pieces against terrorist targets over the past five months, surpassing the 1,085 dropped by the USS Theodore Roosevelt's pilots in 2015. The Truman’s Carrier Air Wing 7 flew 1,407 combat sorties and dropped over 580 tons of ordnance on the Islamic State. “Since our arrival in the Arabian Gulf, the Truman Strike Group has been conducting operations around the clock,” Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, Truman’s commanding officer, told a Navy journalist. “This deployment...
  • Officials fear accused Navy spy Edward Lin told China about U.S. reconnaissance aircraft

    04/17/2016 5:59:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    washington times ^ | 4/17/16 | Rowan Scarborough
    A Navy officer has spent eight months in the brig as a captive of U.S. counterintelligence agents, but to hear officials tell the spy tale, they know few details about what he provided to China’s communist regime or Taiwan’s government. To be sure, Lt. Cmdr. Edward Chieh-Liang Lin knows a lot about the Navy’s spying on China. He was a naval flight officer for long-distance patrol aircraft that suck up communications as well as track and take reconnaissance photographs and video of Beijing’s aggressive military operations in the South China Sea and elsewhere. “Someone like Cmdr. Lin would have detailed...
  • Barack Obama DESTROYS Military, Names NAVY Ship Something That Has Americans INFURIATED

    04/17/2016 4:47:23 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 44 replies
    Tea Party ^ | Staff
    As the Obama administration this week named another warship after a politician, a new report is circulating in Congress that shows that nearly 200 Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients have never been awarded such an honor, contrary to naval guidelines and tradition. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who has named several ships after Democrats and liberal activists not connected to the military, was in Detroit on Monday to announce that an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Carl M. Levin. The Michigan Democrat served 31 years in the Senate and chaired the Senate Armed Services...
  • Obama’s Cold War

    04/16/2016 8:07:59 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 10 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, April 16, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week the USS Donald Cook was harassed by a pair of Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencers while on patrol in international waters of the Black Sea. The aircraft flew past the USS Cook a total of 20 times. They approached the ship in simulated attack positions, approaching within 1,000 meters at an altitude of only 30 meters. The planes were joined by a Russian military helicopter that took pictures of the Donald Cook after the flybys. At the time the Cook was near Kaliningrad, a Russian territory between Lithuania and Poland. The Ship had left Poland and was sailing out...
  • SOS – The US Navy is Sinking

    04/15/2016 9:31:21 PM PDT · by pboyington · 50 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 16, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US Navy has taken three torpedoes to its bow and is going down. These are trying times for the US Navy. It seems that every two weeks or so there is some crisis engulfing the once proud, competent and steadfast organization that used to be a bedrock of the nation’s defense. The performance and conduct of the US Navy lately has seemed like something emanating from a Third World, Banana Republic coastal defense force; heavy on medals and light on brains, skills and tenacious fighting spirit. Two days ago the USS Donald Cook was taunted and embarrassed by Russian...
  • Why the US Needs Conventional Submarines

    04/15/2016 12:20:55 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Diplomat ^ | April 14, 2016 | Torsten Heinrich
    The U.S. Armed Forces operate a wide array of sophisticated weaponry, in many cases superior to anything else in the world. But while the new destroyers, carriers, or the F-22 might have no equal, the U.S. Armed Forces face a significant gap in their capabilities: the total lack of any conventional submarines.
  • Navy Secretary Bends Rules About Ship Naming to Honor Democratic Politician

    04/14/2016 5:48:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 13, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    Ray Mabus again accused of politicizing process Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is under fire for bending service rules in order to name the next Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer after a retired Democratic politician. Mabus, who has previously been accused of politicizing the ship-naming process, announced Monday that the destroyer will be named after Carl Levin, a former Democratic U.S. senator from Michigan who is still alive and did not serve in the U.S. military. Mabus disregarded Navy ship-naming rules stipulating that destroyers should be named for deceased members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including...
  • Navy to Name New Destroyer The USS Alfred C. Sharpton| Humor

    04/14/2016 2:45:09 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 16 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 14, 2016 | Dan Miller
    Inspired by the profound wisdom of Nancy Pelosi Navy Secretary Ray Mabus stated this week that Navy ships no longer need be named after dead old White geezers with medals of honor or politicians who have helped the Navy. Naming them after politicians favored by our dear leader Obama is now Navy policy. Sharpton may never have won a medal of honor, served in the U.S. Military or helped the Navy. However, he is a fighter for social justice and has destroyed lots of racist stuff. Once the Navy names a destroyer in his honor, he will have much more...
  • US Navy moves ship launching ceremony due to ‘harsh anti-gay laws’ in Mississippi

    04/14/2016 12:09:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 58 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/16 | Robert Laurie
    In the Navy, you can sail the seven seas The future USS Portland is already in the water, but it has yet to be commissioned. The ceremony to do so was scheduled to be held in Pascagoula, Mississippi at the end of May, but then the state decided to put its hatred, its bigotry, and its antiquated notions about the 1st Amendment on display. Since we’re a hyper-sensitive society that subsists on faux-outrage, we can’t tolerate any of that “religious freedom” nonsense. Super-important dignitaries refused to attend, so the Navy has determined that the christening simply had to be moved.