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  • Navy engineer tried to steal schematics of aircraft carrier, feds say

    12/06/2014 8:34:48 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 39 replies
    Associated Press, Fox News.com ^ | December 05, 2014 | unknown
    NORFOLK, Va. – A Navy civilian engineer has been indicted on charges he tried to steal schematics of an aircraft carrier under construction and have them sent to Egypt. Federal prosecutors said Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, of Yorktown, Virginia, was arrested Friday on two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and technical data. Prosecutors said Awwad tried to steal technical data in the designs of the USS Gerald R. Ford in late October. Awwad provided computer drawings downloaded from the Navy to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Egyptian intelligence officer. The Ford is the lead ship in...
  • Feds: Navy engineer tried to steal schematics for new carrier class

    12/06/2014 5:04:03 AM PST · by PIF · 60 replies
    Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) (TNS) ^ | By Hugh Lessig and Peter Dujardin
    A Navy engineer was arrested and charged Friday with attempting to steal plans for the Navy's most advanced aircraft carrier, now under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding. Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, a York County, Va., resident who worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia, was indicted on two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and technical data, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count. Awwad intended to send the schematics to Egypt, authorities said. Court documents describe a saga that included...
  • Federal grand jury met over tax break legislation granted to Newport News firm

    03/03/2012 12:27:37 PM PST · by csvset
    Daily Press ^ | March 2, 2012 | Peter Dujardin
    Subpoenas show that investigators honed in on Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News By Peter Dujardin, pdujardin@dailypress.com | 247-4749 10:28 PM EST, March 2, 2012 NEWPORT NEWS — A federal grand jury met in Newport News late last year and again last month as part of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding state legislation that gave a tax break to a Newport News air services firm. Documents show that the clerk of the Virginia Senate was served twice in November and once in January with federal subpoenas for documents pertaining to legislation that benefited the Orion Air Group, now located at...
  • Food Lion robbery hero faces pain with no regrets

    02/19/2012 7:51:20 AM PST · by csvset
    Daily Press ^ | February 15, 2012 | David Macaulay
    NEWPORT NEWS — Kelvin White sometimes gets uncomfortable when strangers approach on the street. But that is not nearly as bad as the dreams he has almost nightly of people out to kill him. Almost four months after White tackled a man accused of posing as an FBI agent in a robbery at Food Lion at Newmarket Square in Hampton and was shot by another man, he is still suffering from excruciating pain from the bullet that shattered his right leg.
  • The end of an era: F-15 Eagles at Langley, 1976-2010

    07/10/2010 1:01:16 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Peninsula Warrior ^ | 7/2/2010 | Capt. Lee Stewart
    Did you ever think the day would come when an Eagle would not be the most familiar sight in the Langley sky? Sadly, in the months to come, the very sight of an Eagle soaring across the Langley sky will soon become an uncommon phenomenon. Moreover, after a 34-year proud heritage, it is time for "the changing the guard" at Langley Air Force Base. The mighty F-15 Eagle will step aside and allow the "new kid on the block," the F-22 Raptor, to don the crown and set in motion a storyline that will someday solidify its own place in...
  • Enterprise Launches and Recovers First Aircraft in Two Years

    05/13/2010 6:07:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 842+ views
    Soldier of Fortune ^ | 5/13/2010 | Soldier of Fortune
    USS Enterprise (CVN 65) successfully recovered and launched fixed-wing aircraft May 12 after more than two years. The “Checkmates” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, landed four F/A-18F Super Hornets aboard the world’s first nuclear-powered carrier, and the “Salty Dogs” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 followed shortly later with the first launch. Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, also known as the “Red Rippers,” also launched and recovered aircraft on a day long anticipated by the crew. In order to safely recover a jet there must be 16 personnel below the flight deck manning the arresting gear equipment,...
  • After many issues, the Enterprise is ready for battle

    04/20/2010 5:03:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies · 997+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 4/20/2010 | Corinne Reilly
    After a laborious two-year overhaul beset by delays, cost overruns and unforeseen problems, Navy officials said Monday that the military's oldest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is once again ready for war. The 49-year-old Enterprise, which has been docked at Northrop Grumman's Newport News shipyard since April 2008, was originally slated to return to service six months ago. That plan changed after repair crews discovered damage and decay - from rotted pipes to fried electronics - far beyond what they'd anticipated. As the list of repairs grew, so did costs, to nearly $700 million from an initial estimate of $450 million. That's...
  • Obama on health care-Video 10/4/08 Newport News, Virginia

    08/04/2009 5:19:07 PM PDT · by Lobbyist · 4 replies · 261+ views
    On October 4, 2008 Obama noted that only 45 million were without health care. Evidently 1 million more people were added to this number since then. Also, he mentioned that health insurance premiums have gone up in the last eight years.
  • EB lands historic Navy contract [eight Virginia-class submarines]

    12/22/2008 5:55:53 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 28 replies · 3,401+ views
    TheDay ^ | 12/22/2008 | Jennifer Grogan
    Groton- The Navy awarded Electric Boat a $14 billion contract to build the next eight Virginia-class submarines Monday, the largest submarine purchase in U.S. history. “I can’t describe how good it feels,” EB President John P. Casey said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. “Words won’t do it.” Under this multi-year agreement, Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News in Virginia will build one ship per year in 2009 and 2010 and two ships per year from 2011 through 2013, a production increase that starts a year earlier than the Navy originally planned. EB and Newport News jointly produce...
  • New carrier won't be done, but commissioning goes on

    12/19/2008 1:03:22 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 70 replies · 3,213+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 19 Dec 08 | Kathy Adams and Matthew Jones
    Tugboats will pull the George H.W. Bush, the 10th and final aircraft carrier in the Nimitz class, to its January commissioning, the Navy and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding said Thursday. The big carrier should have sailed under its own power from the Newport News shipyard to Norfolk Naval Station for the Jan. 10 ceremony. It is not ready for delivery, said Margaret Mitchell-Jones, a Northrop Grumman spokeswoman. In the past, the Navy has delayed the ceremony, which marks the ship's official entry into the Navy fleet. But not this time. Navy Secretary Donald Winter set the date earlier this year, and...
  • [Chinese] Physicist admits sending US space know-how to China

    11/17/2008 1:56:56 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 16 replies · 943+ views
    Breibart ^ | 11.17.08
    A Chinese-born physicist Monday pleaded guilty before a US court to illegally exporting American military space know-how to China, US officials said. Naturalized US citizen Shu Quan-Sheng, admitted handing over to Beijing information on the design and development of a fueling system for space launch vehicles between 2003 and 2007, the Justice Department said. Shu, 68, pleaded guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act by helping Chinese officials based at the space facility on southern Hainan island to develop manned space flight and future missions to the Moon. He also acknowledged he had sent them in December 2003 a...
  • Joint venture will build nuclear reactors in Newport News

    10/23/2008 6:18:06 PM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies · 530+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 23, 2008 | Kathy Adams
    Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding is partnering with Areva, a multinational energy company based in France, to construct a $363.4 million manufacturing facility for nuclear reactors in Newport News, Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Thursday.Construction will begin early next year on the 300,000-square-foot plant that will eventually bring 540 engineering and production jobs to the region, including 340 initial hires when production begins in 2012, said Margaret Mitchell-Jones, a spokeswoman for Northrop Grumman.No radioactive nuclear material will be handled, she said. Rather, the facility will produce reactor parts such as steam generators and pressurizers, most weighing more than 500 tons.“This joint venture project...
  • Fishing company operator sentenced to jail for hiring illegal immigrants

    04/30/2008 10:34:39 AM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 32 replies · 44+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 30 Apr 08 | Tim McGlone
    NORFOLK - The vice president of a Newport News fishing company was sentenced today to 90 days in prison on top of nearly $7 million in fines and forfeitures that she and her company have agreed to pay to settle charges that the company employed illegal immigrants on its vessels. Yvonne Michelle Peabody, who runs the day-to-day operations of the Peabody Corp., previously pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges and has cooperated with the government in several other criminal matters, including a drug case, a prosecutor said. U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson also sentenced her to 120 days of...
  • Navy Takes Delivery of New Submarine

    02/27/2008 3:30:57 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 27 replies · 237+ views
    WASHINGTON - The Navy took delivery of its newest attack submarine, Pre-commissioning unit North Carolina (SSN 777), from Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) Feb. 21. North Carolina is the fourth Virginia-class submarine and the second delivered by NGNN. According to Virginia-class program manager, Capt. Dave Johnson, the delivery of North Carolina was a 10-month improvement compared to NGNN's first Virginia-class submarine, USS Texas (SSN 775). "The Navy's shipbuilding partners have brought the learning curve down and performance continues to improve," he said. The Virginia-class is the Navy's first major combatant designed and delivered specifically for the post-Cold War security environment....
  • AFP Meeting in Tidewater, Sat. Feb. 16

    02/15/2008 7:09:29 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 86+ views
    Americans for Prosperity-Virginia Invites You to A Legislative Town Hall Meeting Saturday, February 16th from 2:30 to 3:30p.m. At the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Newport News-943 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Meet and Hear Congressman Rob Wittman, Delegate Glenn Oder & Delegate Brenda Pogge Discuss the Current Fiscal Issues Facing our State and Federal Governments. Get answers to your questions about the $1 billion State budget shortfall, the Governor's pork filled budget, and LEGISLATORS' efforts to trim it. Light appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to infova@afphq.org
  • SECNAV Names Three New Virginia Class Attack Submarines

    02/02/2008 7:12:33 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 58 replies · 676+ views
    Navy Newsstand ^ | 1/31/2008 8:14:00 AM | staff
    Story Number: NNS080131-05 WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Donald C. Winter announced Jan. 30 the names of three Virginia class submarines -- the Missouri, California and Mississippi. The selection of Missouri honors the continuous support of the military by the people of the "Show Me State," and its leaders. Designated SSN 780, Missouri is the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state. The last Missouri (BB 63), a U.S. Navy battleship, saw action in World War II, Korean War and the 1991 Gulf War. Missouri was also the...
  • 'View' of Whoopi makes little sense

    09/07/2007 11:01:05 AM PDT · by JZelle · 17 replies · 1,162+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-7-07 | Tom Knott
    As someone who once lived in the heart of Newport News, Va., and, in fact, in Michael Vick's school district, I was amused to hear Whoopi Goldberg's assessment that dogfighting is endemic to the Deep South and the sophisticates of our urban jungles do not understand. Vick's supporters sometimes appear to want it both ways. One day he is from the mean streets of Newport News and the next day he is from the Deep South. I happened to live on one of those mean streets of Newport News, and not once did I ever have to dodge bullets after...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (10-07-06): Christening of the USS George H. W. Bush

    10/07/2006 5:28:43 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 368 replies · 6,376+ views
    President Bush and Mrs. Bush joined former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush for the christening of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush CVN 77. Click here for a transcript of the GWB’s remarks. Also in attendance at the ceremony were Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, General Peter Pace, Virginia Senator George Allen, Doro Bush Koch and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Enjoy your Saturday visit to Sanity Island
  • PCU Texas Returns From Sea Trials [USS Texas (SSN 775)]

    05/19/2006 4:38:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 637+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Photographer’s Mate Airman Maddelin Angebrand
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The second Virginia-class submarine, PCU Texas (SSN 775), returned to Newport News after successfully conducting alpha sea trials, May 17. The sea trials were conducted to ensure all systems are functioning properly prior to the commissioning of the boat. The objective is to run all operating systems to the fullest extent of their capabilities. “We operated her through the full range of her maneuvering, diving and speed capabilities," said Capt. John J. Litherland, Texas’ prospective commanding officer. "She performed exactly as she is supposed to – no surprises. That is what we were looking for...
  • Northrop Grumman's Newest Submarine Gets "Clean Sweep" During Sea Trials(USS Texas)

    05/18/2006 9:15:51 AM PDT · by MARKUSPRIME · 12 replies · 850+ views
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – May 17, 2006 – The nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered submarine, Texas (SSN 775), returned to Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Newport News sector with a broom atop its sail to signify a clean sweep of the ship’s initial sea trials. “I’m pleased to report that the ship’s trials were successful,” said Adm. Kirk Donald, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. “It was a great ride. I thoroughly enjoyed it myself, and a bit more importantly, we are a step closer to delivering a great ship to the fleet.” Sea trials provide an opportunity to test all...
  • George HW Bush Aircraft Carrier Pieced Together at Newport News Shipyard (Last of Nimitz class)

    03/21/2006 7:46:52 AM PST · by presidio9 · 88 replies · 2,312+ views
    AP ^ | 3/18/06
    A large section of the George HW Bush aircraft carrier is being secured to the last of its kind ship being built at Northrop Grumman Newport News. Last week, a crane lifted the upper bow section into place. The section is a 780-ton mass of steel and internal components. It is one of the 161 large ship pieces that make up the ship's main structure. While the crane continues to hold the bow section in place, yard workers will attach it to the rest of the ship. The section completes the end-to-end span of the Bush's flight deck. The carrier...
  • Northrop Grummans Newest Aircraft Carrier Takes a Bow(Bow laid for newest carrier)

    03/18/2006 5:06:44 AM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 96 replies · 3,211+ views
    The carrier is under construction at Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector, the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Weighing 780 tons and made up of 25 steel sections, the upper bow is one of the heaviest crane lifts in the ship's production plan. Newport News began construction on the upper bow unit last February. "Landing the fully-outfitted upper bow on the ship is a significant milestone in the design and construction of CVN 77, and most importantly, a great team effort by our shipbuilders," said Scott Stabler, vice president for the CVN 77 program at Northrop...
  • Is there Really A War on Christmas? (Poll)

    12/10/2005 7:47:26 PM PST · by Jay777 · 36 replies · 1,054+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10-Dec-05 | Unknown
    Is there a war against Christmas? The ACLU and a lot of other people have been trying to take Christ out of Christmas for years. At this time of year, many people will believe that that's a real concern. in Newport News, Va., an estimated 8,000 people showed up for the town's Christmas celebration, except they are calling it that. They're calling it Hollydazzle. And instead of lighting the 40-foot Christmas tree, Newport News officials are going to be lighting, get this, the tree of illumination. The events are also going to include, of course, Frosty the Snowman, make-your-own-snow globes,...
  • Advance Construction Begins for CVN 21 (First CVNX Series)

    08/12/2005 3:53:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 1,068+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Aug 12, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class Donald P. Rule
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The beveling of a 15-ton metal plate kicked off advance construction of the newest class of aircraft carrier, the CVN 21 project, Aug. 11 at Northrop Grumman Newport News' shipyards in Virginia. The new carrier is designed to modernize the “flat tops” for the 21st century. Advance construction will take an estimated two years before construction can begin on the actual ship itself. This gives technicians and engineers the time needed to test and design the ship, and all the new technologies that will be put into the vessel. “We’re going to kind of mark...
  • Four-Year-Old Found Wandering on Major Highway in Outside Washington, D.C.

    07/27/2005 3:36:26 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 79 replies · 1,472+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-07-27-05 1807EDT
    Four-Year-Old Found Wandering on Major Highway in Outside Washington, D.C. The Associated Press Published: Jul 27, 2005 FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A mother was under arrest Wednesday on child endangerment and other charges after authorities said she abandoned her 4-year-old son on the Capital Beltway, then struck him with her car when he tried to get back in. The boy was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises, police said. He later was placed in the custody of a child protective services agency. Police picked him up after receiving a call late Tuesday night from motorist who said...
  • 30-Year Navy Plan Cuts Subs, Carriers

    03/24/2005 9:22:21 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 93 replies · 2,400+ views
    Newport News Daily Press ^ | 3/24/2005 | David Lerman
    The new shipbuilding strategy could spell trouble for Northrop Grumman Newport News. WASHINGTON -- The Navy is considering shrinking its fleet of aircraft carriers to as few as 10 ships within the next 30 years, a move that would produce the smallest carrier fleet in at least a half-century.
  • Newest Fast-Attack Subs Have No Periscopes Submarines Use Digital Cameras Instead [USS Virginia]

    10/23/2004 2:32:34 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 66 replies · 3,052+ views
    AP via WRAL ^ | Oct 23, 2004 | unknown
    NORFOLK, Va. -- With bells ringing and horns blaring, the Navy on Saturday commissioned the lead ship of its latest class of fast-attack submarines specifically designed for post-Cold War security threats. The $2.2 billion, nuclear-powered USS Virginia differs from other submarines because it can not only roam the deep blue ocean but also get close to shore in shallow water, which Navy officials say is important in fighting terrorism. Lynda Robb Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson and wife of former Sen. Charles Robb, D-Va., gave the traditional order to "man our ship and bring her to life" in ceremonies...
  • Laura Bush Christens USS Texas (second Virginia-class SSN)

    08/01/2004 7:24:34 AM PDT · by pabianice · 56 replies · 1,998+ views
    Navy News ^ | 7/31/04
    Northrop Grumman Newport News celebrated its first submarine christening in nearly a decade when Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States and the ship’s sponsor, broke a bottle of American-made sparkling wine across the hull of the Virginia-class submarine Texas (SSN 775). Also pictured is U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Tom Schievelbein, Northrop Grumman Newport News president. Photo by Chris Oxley, Northrop Grumman Newport News
  • First of Virginia-class submarines passes sea trial cleanly

    07/30/2004 4:48:03 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 74 replies · 1,781+ views
    First of Virginia-class submarines passes sea trial cleanly Friday July 30, 2004 By DIANE SCARPONI Associated Press Writer GROTON, Conn. (AP) The first of the Virginia class of submarines returned from sea trials Friday with a simple straw broom perched atop the world's most advanced nuclear attack submarine. The broom signified that the Virginia had made a ``clean sweep'' of the first round of sea trials meeting or exceeding the U.S. Navy's expectations for performance of its propulsion and diving systems, emergency nuclear shutdowns and other tests. ``This sea trial was an absolute success, a clean sweep, as we say...
  • First Lady will christen sub in NN [Laura Bush christens USS Texas July 31]

    07/20/2004 5:39:30 AM PDT · by Al B. · 48 replies · 1,523+ views
    Newport News, VA Daily Press ^ | July 20, 2004 | Peter DuJardin
    NEWPORT NEWS -- First lady Laura Bush will christen the shipyard's newest submarine July 31 at a morning event on the banks of the James River, Northrop Grumman Newport News said Monday. The Texas, known as SSN (submersible ship nuclear) 775, is the second boat in the Virginia class, a new group of nuclear-powered attack submarines that eventually could consist of 30 ships. That boat is the first of the class to be getting its christening in Newport News. During the traditional event, which celebrates the official naming of the submarine as the Texas, Lone Star State native Laura...
  • Northrop wins Navy Contract [New nuclear-powered aircraft carrier design.]

    05/21/2004 3:39:07 PM PDT · by mr. mojo risin · 12 replies · 1,939+ views
    market watch ^ | 5-21-04 | A. Cole
    Work on the ship, known as CVN-21, will begin in 2007 with delivery expected in 2014. The ship will have fewer sailors than current carriers and will be equipped with a new type of nuclear reactor. The prime contractor on the deal is the company's Newport News shipbuilding unit.
  • Altering Your Engine With New Chips

    02/13/2004 9:06:03 PM PST · by Russian Sage · 9 replies · 219+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: February 13, 2004 | By JIM MOTAVALLI
    Altering Your Engine With New ChipsBy JIM MOTAVALLI Published: February 13, 2004 WHEN Scott Farrell, a Coast Guard instructor in Newport News, Va., wanted a big power boost for his 1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, he didn't lower the suspension, install a hot camshaft or add a free-flow exhaust. Instead, he had a business-card size electronic part installed — a so-called "performance chip" designed to reprogram the car's engine control module to provide more horsepower. "It was a night-and-day difference," he said. Mr. Farrell is just one of an increasing number of car owners using computer chips or software downloads to...
  • FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH AUTHENTICATES KEEL FOR AIRCRAFT CARRIER NAMED IN HIS HONOR

    09/06/2003 5:11:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 866+ views
    FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH AUTHENTICATES KEEL FOR AIRCRAFT CARRIER NAMED IN HIS HONOR Former President Bush authenticated the keel of the George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier by chalking his initials onto a metal plate. His initials were then welded onto the plate, which will be permanently affixed to the carrier. NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- September 6, 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Newport News sector hosted a keel laying ceremony today for the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush (CVN 77). Former President George H. W. Bush served as the keel authenticator and keynote speaker for...
  • Media invited to George H. W. Bush Keel Laying Ceremony

    09/05/2003 12:08:33 PM PDT · by Tank-FL · 59 replies · 551+ views
    Newport News Shipbuilding ^ | 08/26/2003 | Northrop Grumman
    News media are invited to the keel laying ceremony for the George H. W. Bush at Northrop Grumman Newport News on Saturday, September 6. President George H. W. Bush will serve as the keel authenticator and principal speaker for the ceremony. THE EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Satellite Information Northrop Grumman Newport News will provide a live, multi-camera satellite broadcast of the ceremony in its entirety on September 6. Details are as follows: Online: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT Access: Telstar 6, K-11 Full Downlink will be 11929 vertical
  • Ex-gay Leader Experiences "Moral Fall"

    08/07/2003 3:58:34 PM PDT · by HostileTerritory · 37 replies · 392+ views
    The New York Blade ^ | 8/1/2003 | Laura Douglas-Brown
    Five years after starring in a national advertising campaign claiming gays can change their sexual orientation, Michael Johnston experienced a “moral fall” and left behind his ministries, two conservative Christian groups that worked with Johnston confirmed this week. “I received a call from [Johnston] asking forgiveness as a Christian brother and asking for our prayers, indicating that he was working with his pastor and his church to try to find some restoration in his relationship with God,” said Buddy Smith, American Family Association administrator. The Mississippi-based AFA partnered with Johnston to promote ex-gay programs, including Johnston’s National Coming Out of...
  • Museum acquires original drawing of Confederate ironclad

    08/05/2003 5:47:29 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 4 replies · 246+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 05 August 2003 | SONJA BARISIC
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The museum conserving artifacts from the wreckage of the USS Monitor also is trying to tell the story of the Union ship's Confederate opponent in the historic first clash of ironclads.So when a private collector recently offered to sell the drawing that guided the construction of the CSS Virginia, The Mariners' Museum snapped it up."It's a spectacularly valuable historic document," said John Hightower, the museum's president and chief executive officer, because it was instrumental in convincing the Confederate navy to build a ship covered in iron plates to repel cannon balls.However, whether the drawing will end...
  • Shots Fired at Amtrak Train

    07/03/2003 9:52:26 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 11 replies · 179+ views
    Shots Fired at Amtrak TrainThe Associated PressPublished: Jul 4, 2003WASHINGTON (AP) - Shots were fired at an Amtrak train carrying 167 passengers from Newport News, Va., to Washington on Thursday, an Amtrak spokeswoman said. Two bullets hit the locomotive but no one was injured. The engineer of Amtrak train No. 76 reported hearing shots at 4:15 p.m. EDT as the train was traveling through Richmond, Va., spokeswoman Karina Van Veen said. The crew checked the train in Richmond and found nothing wrong, but a more thorough check in Washington revealed two bullet holes in the window of the locomotive. "The...
  • Navy Accepts Delivery of Ronald Reagan

    06/21/2003 4:46:46 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 75 replies · 514+ views
    Navy Newsstand ^ | 6/20/2003 2:47:00 PM | Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the newest aircraft carrier, PCU Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), June 20. The ship design and construction was executed under a contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) in December 1994. Reagan’s first deployment is scheduled for 2005 from her San Diego homeport, which is home to two other U.S. aircraft carriers. Reagan is the ninth of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Expected to be in service for 50 years, Reagan will carry out our nation’s tasking in both peacetime and in times of crisis. Its nuclear propulsion plant will power the ship...
  • US Navy Starts Work on Next Class of Carriers [Brian's Military Ping List]

    05/11/2003 6:24:45 AM PDT · by VaBthang4 · 106 replies · 1,108+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | May 2003 | Harold Kennedy
    CVN 21 said to offer biggest changes in decades, seeking a ‘leap ahead’ in technology by Harold Kennedy The U.S. Navy is moving ahead with plans for its much-debated, next-generation aircraft carrier, now called CVN 21. The service has requested $1.5 billion in its fiscal year 2004 budget for research, development and engineering and advanced procurement for the ship. CVN 21 is scheduled to begin construction in 2007 and to be delivered in 2014, according to Rear Adm. Dennis M. Dwyer, the Navy’s program executive officer for aircraft carriers. The budget for the entire project “now stands at $11.7 billion,”...
  • If Northrop Wins Contract, It Won't Build Taiwanese Subs In Newport News

    05/09/2003 8:33:09 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 3 replies · 190+ views
    Newport News Daily Press | May 7, 2003 | Peter Dujardin
    Bush administration efforts to build and sell eight diesel-electric submarines to Taiwan are finally beginning to show signs of progress. But there's almost no chance that the surveillance subs will be built in Newport News. Northrop Grumman, which hoped to land what it is calling a "significantly sized" Taiwanese contract, has been swapping ideas with the U.S. Navy in recent weeks in anticipation that the Navy will soon move ahead with coordination of the project, said company spokesman Randy Belote. "Things are moving forward," he said. But in a presentation to Wall Street analysts Tuesday, Northrop Chief Executive Officer Ronald...
  • Confederate Ironclad May Have Been Found (CSS Virginia aka Merrimac)

    04/30/2003 4:53:48 PM PDT · by SpringheelJack · 46 replies · 6,481+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 30, 2003 | AP
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- An underwater survey found what might be remnants of the Confederate ironclad warship Virginia, the former USS Merrimack that fought the Union's ironclad Monitor in the 1862 battle that redefined naval warfare. "It would be a stroke of incredible luck to discover it after all these years," said Dick Hoffeditz, curator of the Virginia War Museum in Newport News. The underwater survey, for the proposed construction of a marine terminal on the Elizabeth River, describes two shipwrecks in the area and says there is "a distinct possibility" that they might be parts of the Virginia and of...
  • Navy Is Reviewing Arrangement For Building Virginia-Class Subs

    04/04/2003 7:01:29 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 43 replies · 548+ views
    Aerospace Daily | April 4, 2003 | Nick Jonson
    The U.S. Navy is reviewing whether it will continue allowing two shipbuilders to build the next block of SSN-774 Virginia-class submarines, a senior Navy official said April 3. The submarines are being built by the Newport News Shipbuilding sector of Northrop Grumman Corp. and the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics Corp.Newport News builds the bow, sail and stern of the hull and the vessel's torpedo room, habitability modules and auxiliary machinery room. Electric Boat builds the middle of the submarine and the engine and control rooms. Each shipbuilder will build a reactor plant module for the submarine's S9G next-generation...
  • 'Mundane' And Nuclear Improvements Planned To Reduce CVN-21 Crew

    02/24/2003 12:23:31 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 4 replies · 343+ views
    Inside The Navy | February 24, 2003 | Jason Ma
    NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- To reduce the crew size of the Navy's next-generation carrier by 800 compared to a Nimitz-class hull, ship designers will assess how almost everything on the new ship -- from light bulbs to the nuclear propulsion plant -- could reduce the crew's workload. Current Nimitz-class carriers carry 3,200 for the ship's company and 2,480 for the air wing. The Navy wants the new CVN-21, the first in a new class of carriers, to reduce the ship's company, but not the air wing, said Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Danny Hernandez. The Bush administration's fiscal year 2004 budget...
  • Free, if you qualify: A vacant lighthouse

    02/23/2003 12:09:20 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 9 replies · 229+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Sun, Feb. 23, 2003 | DIANE TENNANT
    NORFOLK, Va. - Check this out: Three-story living space in a 19th-century beauty, privacy assured, water view on all sides. Cast-iron construction. They don't build 'em like that anymore. Nor do they want to. The Newport News Middleground Lighthouse is up for adoption, because its owner -- the Coast Guard -- can't afford the upkeep on the Victorian-era structure. It's the only lighthouse in Virginia on the adoption list, and it has some great selling points. It's free to a good home. It's lovely. It's round. Its inside is wood- framed and its outside is deep primer red, tip to...
  • Senators Urge ''Ghost Fleet'' Action

    05/13/2002 12:22:39 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 15 replies · 504+ views
    Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | May 10, 2002 | Scott Harper
    Virginia's two senators are urging Congress to approve $40 million next year -- nearly four times what President Bush wants to spend -- for getting rid of decrepit ships in the James River Reserve Fleet, also known as the Ghost Fleet. In a letter to the White House released Thursday, U.S. Sens. John W. Warner and George F. Allen said the 97 old ships moored off Fort Eustis in Newport News represent ``a clear and present environmental danger to the river and the coastline.'' A federal study last November said an oil spill could spread for 50 miles, from Jamestown...