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  • US Navy reactivates its Atlantic 2nd Fleet

    05/05/2018 9:11:21 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 05/06/18
    Washington (AFP) - A top US navy admiral announces the re-establishment of the US 2nd Fleet -- a Cold War command disbanded in 2011 -- to patrol the North Atlantic and face a resurgent threat from Russia. The chief of US Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, made the announcement during a change of command ceremony Friday in the Atlantic naval port of Norfolk, Virginia. "Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we're back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex," said Richardson, according to a navy statement. "That's...
  • Armada of US warships steaming toward Middle East

    04/13/2018 9:34:47 AM PDT · by McGruff · 91 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 13, 2018 | Yaron Steinbuch
    An armada of 12 warships — the largest US strike force since the 2003 Iraq war – is steaming toward the Middle East as President Trump mulls an attack on Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on civilians, according to a report. The aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman set sail from Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday with five escort warships and they were expected to join four destroyers and two nuclear-powered subs believed to already be in or near the Mediterranean, the Times of London reported. Trump on Wednesday appeared to telegraph an attack on Syria by tweeting...
  • Ancient Skeletons Unearthed At Reepham (UK)

    06/03/2008 4:11:38 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 103+ views
    Ancient skeletons unearthed at Reepham 02 June 2008 A glimpse of mediaeval life - and death - in the heart of Norfolk has been revealed after more than 60 skeletons were found under a town centre street. Contractors charged with laying pipelines in part of Reepham, in north Norfolk, made the grim discovery as they opened a trench in the town's Church Street. But the road's name gave some clue to the fate of the bodies. Archaeology work carried out since the discovery last year has found that underneath Church Street there was part of an old graveyard. Just 70cm...
  • Russian spy ship now 30 miles off Virginia coast

    01/25/2018 10:14:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 55 replies
    American Military News ^ | 1/25/18 | Peter Reid
    A Russian spy ship, the Viktor Leonov, was spotted just 30 miles off the coast of Virginia in international waters on Wednesday, military officials said, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The Russian ship was spotted approaching the east coast last week.“We are tracking the Viktor Leonov’s presence off the East Coast, much like we are aware of all vessels approaching the United States and Canada,” said Navy Spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Brian Wierzbicki. “We respect the rights and freedoms of all nations to operate in international waters in accordance with international law.” The Russian ship is being tracked by the Norfolk-based destroyer USS...
  • Exclusive: Turkish military officer seeking asylum in United States - U.S. officials

    08/10/2016 2:14:35 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09 August 2016 8:51pm EDT | Phil Stewart and Yara Bayoumy
    [snip]The two U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the Turkish officer was working at the headquarters of NATO's Allied Command Transformation, located in Norfolk, Virginia. They did not name him or offer his rank. However, an official at Turkey's embassy in Washington said Turkish Navy Rear Admiral Mustafa Ugurlu had failed to report to authorities after Turkey issued a detention order for him last month. "On July 22, on that day he left his badges and his ID at the base and after that no one has heard anything from him," the official said, also...
  • Virginia Beach Democrat who lost congressional race charged with lying about feeding needy children

    12/20/2017 4:48:21 PM PST · by csvset · 23 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 20 Dec 2017 | Scott Daugherty
    NORFOLK The Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District in 2016 was indicted Wednesday on charges she lied to the state about feeding needy children. Businesswoman Shaun Brown, who has already announced plans to seek her party’s nomination next year for the same seat, faces two counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property. The federal indictment alleges the fraud is in excess of $439,000. Brown, 58, referred questions to her attorney, who said she plans to plead not guilty and defend against the allegations. “Shaun’s goal is that every child is fed,” attorney Jimmy Ellenson...
  • Officials consider bond for quicker I-87

    10/28/2017 5:09:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Elizabeth City Daily Advance ^ | October 1, 2017 | Jon Hawley
    North Carolinians agreed to borrow $2 billion last year to support higher education and infrastructure. Should they borrow a similar amount to more quickly build Interstate 87 and other important roads? Some local officials say yes. For more than a year, Interstate 87 has been a burning issue for elected officials in Pasquotank and surrounding counties. Creating that road from Raleigh to the Virginia state line would cost more than $1.3 billion, based on early estimates, and it could take decades to develop. Just widening U.S. Highway 17 to interstate standards from northern Pasquotank through Camden may cost almost $187...
  • Is Rising Sea Level Threatening Norfolk Naval Base and the Chesapeake Bay Area?

    08/26/2017 5:17:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2017 | Calvin Beisner
    One way for environmentalists, who tend to be on the political Left, to curry favor with conservatives is to try to tie their concerns to national defense, or “military readiness.” That’s certainly become a major theme of warnings about global warming-driven sea-level rise of late.Tying global warming, sea-level rise, and national defense together stretches back a number of years, but it seems to have become more common recently. Here are just a few examples.On September 3 of last year, the New York Times published perennial climate alarmist Justin Gillis’s “Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun,” in...
  • Investigation: Navy shipyard wasted $21 million building off-the-books police force

    08/22/2017 12:55:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | August 21, 2017 | Jared Serbu
    For the better part of a dozen years, a group of employees and managers at the Navy’s largest public shipyard operated what amounted to an unsanctioned, off-the-books police force, equipping it with illegally or improperly obtained weapons, vehicles and fuel, wasting an estimated $21 million in public funds in the process. Those are the findings of an internal command-directed investigation performed by the Naval Sea Systems Command’s inspector general, which undertook an in-depth review of the case after military criminal investigators and federal prosecutors declined to do so. The investigation, which was conducted in 2014, has not been previously disclosed....
  • Search for mysterious diver continues off Norfolk Piers

    07/31/2017 1:50:02 PM PDT · by NorCoGOP · 67 replies
    Navy Times ^ | 7/31/2017 | Mark Faram
    Norfolk, Va. — The Navy’s search for a possible diver who was trespassing in the waters surrounding the piers at Naval Station, Norfolk, will likely continue for some time, a Navy official said. “They are still searching for the possible diver,” said Kelly Wirfel, spokeswoman for Naval Station Norfolk in an email around 2:30 p.m. Monday. “It will most likely take some time until they can clear the entire area,” Wirfel said. Norfolk’s piers and ships were put on lock down Monday morning after reports of a possible diver in the water. “At 9 a.m. this morning a shipboard watch...
  • Trump: USS Ford is ‘100,000-ton message to the world'

    07/22/2017 3:48:55 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, July 22, 2017 | Darlene Superville
    <p>NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.</p>
  • Trump says military "bigger, better, stronger" at USS Gerald R. Ford commissioning

    07/22/2017 11:14:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 22, 2017
    President Trump officially commissioned the U.S. Navy's newest and largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday, applauding the military's strength. "When it comes to battle, we don't want a fair fight. We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me," Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier. "American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world," he added. "America's might is second to none."
  • President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

    06/22/2017 4:10:25 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 4 replies
    White House ^ | 06/21/2017 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Mark H. Buzby of Virginia to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. Rear Admiral Buzby is a retired Navy Rear Admiral whose career spanned 34 years, serving in at sea billets, primarily in cruisers and destroyers. He commanded the USS CARNEY (DDG 64), Destroyer Squadron Thirty-One, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and the Military Sealift Command. He also held key positions on the Navy Staff, the Joint Staff, and several fleet staffs. He is a recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. Buzby...
  • Police sergeant seriously hurt after being assaulted with caustic substance

    01/09/2017 10:02:54 AM PST · by csvset · 31 replies
    Wavy ^ | 9 January 2017 | Kevin Green
    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man was taken into custody Monday morning after police say he assaulted a sergeant with a caustic substance. According to investigators, the sergeant was standing outside the Dunkin Donuts on North Military Highway when a man walked up and threw something into his face. Police say the sergeant was not on a call at the time. A preliminary investigation found that the incident was unprovoked. They do not know yet what was thrown at the officer, only that it was a caustic substance, something that caused immediate burning to the sergeant’s eyes, face and neck....
  • Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot found guilty on 6 counts in federal public corruption trial

    12/09/2016 7:47:04 PM PST · by csvset · 9 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 9 DEC 2016 | Scott Daugherty and Eric Hartley
    NORFOLK Anthony Burfoot sold his City Council votes to benefit developers for six years and then lied about it when questioned in federal court, a jury found Friday. The city’s treasurer, who previously served as vice mayor, was convicted on six of eight public corruption and perjury charges. He can remain free until he is sentenced April 17 in U.S. District Court, but he must submit to the supervision of a federal probation officer. Burfoot – who plans to appeal and continue working at the treasurer’s office while that’s pending – faces the possibility of 90 years in prison but...
  • Navy Secretary: 'Norfolk Is at Risk' from 'Sea Level Rise'

    10/25/2016 7:27:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 25, 2016 | 8:08 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “Norfolk is at risk over the next few decades if we don’t do something to slow down sea level rise,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told a gathering in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval complex in the world, is located in southeastern Virginia. “All our bases are in some way or other at risk,” Mabus said. …
  • Caught on camera: Business owner fights back with robbery suspect

    06/11/2016 4:25:32 AM PDT · by csvset · 36 replies
    Wavy ^ | 8 june 2016 | By Jason Marks
    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — When Keqiu Wang and her husband Jiamde Lin opened Crazy Wings last year, they didn’t realize things could get so crazy. “I just hate the bad people,” Wang said. On Sunday night, a 19-year-old walked into the restaurant on Ballentine Boulevard in Norfolk. Wang said the teen didn’t cover his face and that he had a gun. “He told me, ‘Open the drawer,'” she said. Wang wasn’t just about to hand over the money, though. “I fought with him and then Lin came in and I got the gun,” she said. Surveillance video captured the whole...
  • Taiwan Born Naval Officer Charged With Espionage

    04/10/2016 7:01:43 PM PDT · by VAFreedom · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | april 10th, 2016 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    A U.S. Naval officer who has been charged with espionage has been identified as Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, a Taiwanese-born flight officer assigned to a Naval reconnaissance unit. Lin was arrested eight months ago but his case did not become public until a pre-trial hearing this past Friday that will determine whether he will face a court martial.
  • US Navy Officer Charged With Espionage

    04/09/2016 11:26:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 8, 2016 | Luis Martinez
    A Navy officer assigned to a maritime reconnaissance unit has been charged with espionage and attempted espionage, according to charging documents. The officer was arrested approximately eight months ago, but the details of his case were first made public Friday at a preliminary court hearing that will determine whether the case will proceed to a court martial. The unidentified officer is currently assigned to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, a maritime patrol and reconnaissance unit in Norfolk that provides airborne anti-submarine warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance using P-8A Poseidon aircraft, P-3 Orion aircraft and MQ-4 unmanned aircraft. A U.S....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- USA's Northeast Megalopolis from Space

    02/23/2016 11:36:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | February 24, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Can you identify a familiar area in the northeast USA just from nighttime lights? It might be possible because many major cities are visible, including (right to left) New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond and Norfolk -- Boston of the USA's Northeast megalopolis is not pictured. The featured image was taken in 2012 from the International Space Station. In the foreground are two Russian cargo ships with prominent solar panels. This Northeast megalopolis of the USA contains almost 20 percent of the people of the USA but only about 2 percent of the land area. Also known also as...