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  • Environmentalists sue to protect whales, dolphins from Navy war games

    11/11/2014 11:52:13 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – Worried about collateral damage to whales, dolphins and other marine life, environmentalists are fighting the U.S. Navy in court in a bid to protect the creatures of the sea from war games in the Pacific Ocean. "The worst harm comes from the explosives going off," said David Henkin, an attorney for EarthJustice. U.S. Navy testing and war games are underway in American waters off the coasts of California and Hawaii. The drills amount to critical practice for the military and last through 2018, but environmental groups like EarthJustice say hundreds of marine mammals will die or get injured...
  • Navy SEAL who shot al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead revealed, nearly broke

    11/08/2014 10:12:25 AM PST · by kindred · 91 replies
    Tea Party Crusaders.com ^ | November 7th, 2014 | Betty Rose
    The Navy SEAL who shot dead al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is now reportedly living in poverty after leaving the military four years short of being eligible to receive his pension, he claims. Robert O’Neill, 38, from Montana, went public with his identity after meeting family members of 9/11 terror attack victims, he told the Washington Post. And now the heroic commando is saying he was left high and dry by the government he dedicated his life to serving. “The families told me it helped bring them some closure,” said O’Neill, of killing the al-Qaeda founder. O’Neill will also be...
  • Blue Angel pilot gives Golden Gate Bridge flyover during rush hour

    10/24/2014 1:12:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    One of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angel pilots recently flew right over the Golden Gate Bridge during rush hour, and the moment was perfectly caught on camera by a fan. Tiburon, California, resident Rich Shelton captured Lt. Cmdr. David Tickle fly his F/A-18 right above San Francisco traffic Oct. 9 during Fleet Week. “They don’t always make many passes between the towers, so I was very lucky to catch this shot with my relatively slow camera!” Mr. Shelton told Navy Times. Navy Times reached out to Blue Angels for comment and was assured that all necessary safety precautions were taken...
  • Witnesses, attorneys forbidden from saying 'Navy SEALS' at silencers trial

    10/24/2014 4:55:42 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | October 22, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    Witnesses, attorneys and even the judge took special care not to let the phrase "Navy SEALs" pass their lips during a federal criminal trial in Alexandria this week, further cloaking an already mysterious case involving the purchase of hundreds of unmarked rifle silencers for the military. Instead, people involved in the trial referred obliquely to "the program," "operators" and "other entities in the government" when discussing who might have wanted to use the silencers, which were acquired through a classified Navy contract. On Wednesday, a key defense witness was interrupted almost immediately after he introduced himself as the weapons accessory...
  • U.S. Navy: Please save the USS Ranger from the scrap heap!

    10/23/2014 5:13:43 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 106 replies
    change.org ^ | Rachel Shelton
    The USS Ranger maintains an important place in the military and cultural history of the United States, as well as in the personal history of the thousands of Navy, Marine, and Air Force personnel who served on board. The ship served the country with distinction in the Vietnam (earning 13 battle stars) and Gulf (flying more combat missions than any other carrier) Wars, as well as in humanitarian missions. Noted entertainers, including Bob Hope, Raquel Welch, Les Brown, Suzanne Somers, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Marie Osmond entertained on the flight deck. Noted visitors to Ranger include astronaut Neil...
  • New report outlines national security threats of climate change (barf alert)

    10/23/2014 11:13:44 AM PDT · by pabianice · 5 replies
    Navy Times | 10/14 | Tilghman
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  • Malkin: The Hunter Biden Chronicles

    10/21/2014 6:06:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 22, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. Where are the Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousers and enemies of elitist privilege when you need them? Straining their neck muscles to look the other way. The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden made news last week after The Wall Street Journal revealed he had been booted from the Navy Reserve for cocaine use. His drug abuse was certainly no surprise to the Navy, which issued him a waiver for a previous drug offense before commissioning him as...
  • Biden's son discharged from Navy Reserve over cocaine

    10/17/2014 1:14:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10-16-14
    WASHINGTON (October 16, 2014)— Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday. The Navy said that Biden, a former lobbyist who works at a private equity firm, was discharged in February — barely a year after he was selected for the part-time position as a public affairs officer in the Navy Reserve. Citing privacy laws, the Navy did not give a reason for the discharge, which was not disclosed until it emerged in the media on Thursday. In...
  • Biden's son discharged from Navy after reportedly testing positive for cocaine

    10/17/2014 6:57:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10/17/2014 | unk
    The son of Vice President Joe Biden says he is “embarrassed” after being discharged from the Navy Reserve earlier this year --- reportedly after testing positive for cocaine. The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported Thursday that Hunter Biden’s short-lived military career ended because he failed a drug test after reporting to his unit in 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Navy discharged him in February of this year.
  • *** Happy 239th Birthday US NAVY*** 13 October 1775 -14 October 2014

    10/13/2014 8:02:02 PM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Google Plus ^ | October 13, 2014 | Staff
    You Tube:US NAVY THEME SONG
  • Remembering USS Cole attack, 14 years later (Nashiri still awaiting trial in Guantanamo)

    10/10/2014 10:47:26 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    13 News Now ^ | 6:28 p.m. EDT October 8, 2014 | Mike Gooding
    NORFOLK--Fourteen years after al Qaida suicide bombers attacked the USS Cole, shipmates, friends and families of the fallen sailors will come together to remember. A private ceremony is planned Sunday at Naval Station Norfolk. It was October, 12, 2000, when the guided missile destroyer was refueling at the Port of Aden, Yemen, when terrorists blew a 40 x 40-foot hole in the ship's hull, killing 17 crew members. Former Cole sailor Anthony VanCampen served as ship's bugler then. He plans to play "Taps" at this weekend's memorial service. "The biggest thing for me is that somebody has to tell the...
  • U.S. Navy identifies pilot presumed dead in Pacific Ocean crash

    09/14/2014 7:52:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:10pm EDT
    The missing pilot is Lieutenant Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., a 2009 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, the Navy said in a statement. Poloski went missing Friday after two F/A-18 Hornet jets collided west of Wake Island, about 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of Hawaii. The Navy conducted a 36-hour search over 3,000 square miles for the pilot and his aircraft but called off the search on Saturday, saying Poloski was thought to be dead. "Nathan was an outstanding person, naval officer and aviator," said Commander Michael Langbehn.
  • USS Germantown, Sasebo 'in a much better place' after leadership changes

    09/01/2014 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew M. Burke
    Faced with rampant reports of sexual harassment and mistrust of the chain of command on the USS Germantown, Navy leaders turned to Cmdr. Jason Leach for help. Sailors applauded when Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander of the Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, gave Leach command of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship in May 2013, after the departure of the previous captain, Cmdr. Carol McKenzie, who could be so harsh that her behavior bordered on verbal abuse, according to a half-dozen sailors who served with both skippers. It turns out, he was the wrong man for the job, according to the...
  • Ex-US Navy officer who spied for Soviets dies in prison

    08/29/2014 7:08:10 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77. Retired Navy Warrant Officer John Walker Jr was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing codes and other sensitive data to the USSR. He had recruited his son, his brother and friend to continue spying after he retired. All were convicted.
  • Chinese-made U.S. military coins should be outlawed, Stilp says

    08/27/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    PennLive ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jan Murphy
    Learning that U.S. Navy commissioning coins were made in China is more than Middle Paxton Twp. resident Gene Stilp can tolerate. The citizen activist doesn't like seeing the "Made in China" label on any product, knowing it signals the continued erosion of America's manufacturing base. But having the United States military buying Chinese-made commemorative coins is an insult to those who wear its uniforms, he said. On Monday, Stilp asked U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to push for a federal law barring any branch of the military from buying collectible coins minted outside the nation's borders. The Democratic state House...
  • Health impacts of Japan disaster relief (Fukushima/USS Reagan crew) **UPDATE**

    08/24/2014 6:29:46 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 2 replies
    multiple | 08/26/2014 | multiple
    Okay. I'm not sure how I missed the updates/reports other than the fact that they appear not to have been posted here at FR. Principal source link is the PDF report to Congress in regards to a prior post here:("Final Report to the Congressional Defense Committees in Response to the Joint Explanatory Statement Accompanying the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, page 90, “Radiation Exposure” "). (link will open/download the PDF) An update on the USS Ronald Reagan crew lawsuit re their mysterious illnesses in the wake of Operation Tomodachi is here: ("USS Reagan Sailors’ Lawsuit Found ‘Lacking’ Nuclear Expert...
  • Bonhomme Richard flight deck unfit for flight operations, could delay next deployment

    08/23/2014 4:07:48 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 108 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | James Kimber
    SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan – The USS Bonhomme Richard will likely miss its next underway deployment after a botched $3 million resurfacing of the amphibious assault ship’s flight deck. The ship had undergone the resurfacing less than a month ago. “A recent application of non-skid coating on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard was not up to Navy safety standards and is being reapplied,” Cmdr. William Marks, spokesman for 7th Fleet, said in an email to Stars and Stripes. “This will cause an increase in port time and decrease in underway days for Bonhomme Richard.” An “accidental gouging”...
  • Navy reverses Bible ban

    08/15/2014 5:47:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Put the Bibles back! A Navy spokesman confirms that Bibles will be returned to base lodges, and they’ve also launched an investigation to determine why God’s Word was removed from guest rooms in the first place. Navy Exchange, which runs the base lodges, sent a directive out in June ordering the Bibles removed, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint. The atheist group alleged the books were a violation of the U.S. Constitution and amounted “to a government endorsement of that religious text.” Navy spokesman Ryan Perry said the decision was made without their knowledge. “In June 2014,...
  • America to the Rescue, Again

    08/11/2014 5:43:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    National Review Journal ^ | 8-11-14 | Tom Rogan
    A few days ago, tens of thousands of civilians were stranded on a mountain dying of thirst and starvation. Today, supported by their carrier air wing, American naval aviators from the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush are putting ordnance on target. This action should have been taken months ago. Far too many have already perished at the hands of ISIS. Yet now, via American food, water, and bombs, civilians in Iraq’s north have found new hope. Finally, we are confronting the threat that ISIS poses to the world. Unfortunately, the task is falling squarely on America. Our closest ally, Britain,...
  • The American Flag Daily: Nautilus And The North Pole

    08/03/2014 7:07:31 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 11 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | August 3, 2014 | JasonZ
    On this date in 1958, the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, became the first naval vessel to reach the North Pole, having traveled under the icepack from the Barrow Sea across the North Pole and eventually surfacing north of Greenland. SSN-571 would be decommissioned in 1980, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1982, and is now a museum ship in Groton, Connecticut.
  • Navy begins weighing future of littoral combat ship; or whether to replace it

    08/01/2014 11:08:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    AL.com ^ | August 01, 2014 | By Michael Finch II
    MOBILE, Alabama -- It's judgment day for the littoral combat ship. The July 31 deadline has passed for a task force of U.S. Navy officials to collect information for a new or improved small surface combatant. In a released statement the Navy said it will begin reviewing the preliminary findings that will decide the future of the littoral combat ship, or whether to replace it. "Because the task force alternatives will be considered as part of (the fiscal year 2016 budget) deliberations, the Navy will not comment publicly on the report's findings until budget decisions within the defense department are...
  • Parents Rescued by Navy Warship Plan to File Lawsuit (They're Baaaack!!)

    07/11/2014 2:30:24 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/10/14 | ABC News staff
    The parents who were stranded at sea with their two young daughters and had to be rescued by a U.S. Navy warship say they plan to sue their satellite phone carrier and hope any monetary winnings will allow them to help repay the government's cost of their rescue. “To see people show up to help you like that is pretty amazing,” Eric Kaufman told ABC News, referring to the team from California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing that parachuted out of a plane into the frigid waters off the coast of Mexico to save his family. Kaufman and his...
  • Adm. Michelle Howard becomes first four-star woman in Navy history

    07/01/2014 3:05:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    WAPO ^ | July 1, 2014 | Dan Lamothe
    The ceremony included a bit of comedy, but there was no denying the significance: For the first time in its history, the Navy promoted a woman on Tuesday to become a four-star admiral. Surrounded by friends, family and peers, Adm. Michelle J. Howard was promoted to her new rank at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. She’ll take over as the vice chief of naval operations, the No. 2 officer in the service. She is not only the first woman to hold the job, but the first African-American.
  • Lockheed: Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Final Approach to Initial Operational Capability

    06/26/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 10, 2014 6:26 PM | Dave Majumdar
    Lockheed: Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Final Approach to Initial Operational Capability By: Dave Majumdar Published: June 10, 2014 6:25 PM Updated: June 10, 2014 6:26 PM A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. on Oct. 25 2013. US Marine Corps Photo A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. on Oct. 25 2013. US Marine Corps Photo Lockheed Martin has begun testing...
  • Chesapeake contractor gets prison for scheme [Navy sealift command contractor -- bribery]

    06/24/2014 2:46:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Norfolk Virginian Pilot ^ | 6/24/2014 | Tim McGlone
    As head of a Chesapeake defense contracting firm, Roderic Smith thought he had to "pay to play." He thought bribery was all part of the government contracting game. "The pattern and amounts of payments were very formulaic and routine," his lawyers said in a court filing. The scheme "was a scheduled system to provide continuous access to compete and win contracts." Smith would learn that this was not routine, but when he tried to get out, he was extorted by a co-defendant to stay in. It went on for more than eight years before federal authorities stopped it. Smith, 50,...
  • POW awarded medals 60 years after WWII bravery

    03/27/2003 5:46:35 PM PST · by Dubya · 24 replies · 1,574+ views
    BP NEWS ^ | Mar 26, 2003 | Erin Curry
    Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. - Romans 13:7 (NASB) GALLATIN, Tenn. (BP)--March 25, 2003, Chief Petty Officer Jordan Joseph Garrett, United States Navy (Retired), received honors long overdue for actions that "reflected great credit" upon himself, the United States Navy and the United States of America. When the USS Houston was attacked by Japanese ships on March 1, 1942, Garrett refused to leave the vessel until the third "abandon ship" alert was issued. With two broken feet, shrapnel in his...
  • US Navy divers to visit wreck of USS Houston in Indonesia

    06/14/2014 12:36:48 PM PDT · by llevrok · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/9/2014
    Divers from the U.S. Navy will visit the World War II graveyard of the "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast” — the sunken USS Houston — later this month in a bid to determine what remains of the ship, which went down with more than 700 sailors off the coast of Indonesia. The wreck of the Northampton-class heavy cruiser, which was sunk by the Japanese during the World War II battle of Sunda Strait on Feb. 28, 1942, will be surveyed by Navy divers working with their counterparts from Indonesia. The ship lies about 125 feet deep, near Java, Indonesia,...
  • Documentaries salute Houston's WWII contributions

    09/23/2007 7:13:58 PM PDT · by Dubya · 3 replies · 24+ views
    Houston Chroncile ^ | Sept. 23, 2007 | MIKE McDANIEL
    Two locally made documentaries will run in conjunction with this week's premiere of Ken Burns' film The War. Our Nation's Highest Honor (9 p.m. Monday, Channel 8) is a half-hour report on those in the Houston area who have received the Medal of Honor. Interviews with descendants are included. The special, unavailable for preview, was produced by longtime KUHT documentary maker Jim Fisher. Fisher is also producer of Cruiser Houston: Of Pride and Purpose (9 p.m. Tuesday, Channel 8), an excellent hourlong report on the USS Houston and its crew. Remarkable footage and superb sound editing hallmark this special, which...
  • Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston; WWII/Cold War books on BookTV/C-Span2 Jan13/14

    01/13/2007 7:00:23 AM PST · by VOA · 17 replies · 1,439+ views
    BookTV website ^ | 1-13-07 | BookTV staff
    This is a "headsup" for selected reviews/presentations about WWII and the Cold War that will appear on BookTV (C-Span2) this weekend of Jan. 13/14, 2007. Links to the segments of specific reviews (and their broadcast times) will be posted below. The "Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston..." might be pretty good. The author also produced "Last Stand of The Tin-Can Sailors" about Taffy 3 (Battle of Samar). The links below are for other WWII and Cold War topics that might be interesting.
  • US Moves Aircraft Carrier To Persian Gulf As Obama Weighs Military Options

    06/13/2014 10:29:11 AM PDT · by robowombat · 40 replies
    IBT ^ | June 13 2014 12:02 PM | Howard Koplowitz
    Iraq Crisis: US Moves Aircraft Carrier To Persian Gulf As Obama Weighs Military Options By Howard Koplowitz@howardkoplowitz on June 13 2014 12:02 PM The USS George H.W. Bush is being positioned in the Persian Gulf as President Obama considers airstrikes in Iraq. US Navy The U.S. aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush is being moved to the Persian Gulf in case President Barack Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq, CNN reported Friday. Iraq is in turmoil after an al Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, made advances this week in the north and north-central portions of the country, including...
  • Navy considers banning tobacco sales on bases

    06/05/2014 6:07:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2014 5:02 PM EDT | Jennifer McDermott
    Tobacco sales on Navy ships and in stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases would be a thing of the past under a plan being considered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, but some congressional members are pushing back. The Navy Department, which includes the Marine Corps, would be the first military department to prohibit tobacco sales. […] Congress is considering a measure that would prevent Mabus from instituting a sales ban, with the prohibition’s opponents arguing it overreaches on a habit that is unhealthy but still legal. …
  • U.S. Navy Denies Atheist’s Application to Become Military Chaplain

    06/01/2014 5:52:26 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | June 1, 2014 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON – The United States Navy has denied an application from an outspoken atheist who sought to become a chaplain to the Godless in the military. As previously reported, 38-year-old Jason Heap submitted his application last July, noting that he had earned master’s degrees from both Oxford University and Brite Divinity School, with substantial experience in human resources. He also successfully completed the necessary paperwork and all the required physical tests. Heap told reporters at that time that a position as chaplain would be a chance for him “to give back to my country."
  • The Pasdaran have published on Twitter how they would attack a U.S. ship in the Strait of Hormuz

    05/22/2014 8:41:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | May 22, 2014 | By David Cenciotti
    The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution have used the social network to make public their plan to attack enemy ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the branch of Iran’s military whose role is to protect Tehran’s Islamic system, have published on Twitter an interesting drawing showing how they imagine an attack to an enemy warship entering the Persian Gulf. The plan is use several different weapons systems in a coordinated attack opened by high speed boats, used to create a diversion. According to Good Morning Iran blog, that translated the text...
  • HOW TO SIMULATE BEING A SAILOR

    05/18/2014 6:28:24 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 77 replies
    18 May 2014 | US Navy Vet
    HOW TO SIMULATE BEING A SAILOR 1. Buy a steel dumpster, paint it gray inside and out, and live in it for six months. 2. Run all the pipes and wires in your house exposed on the walls. 3. Repaint your entire house every month using gray paint. 4. Renovate your bathroom. Lower all showerheads to four and one-half feet off the deck. 5. When you take showers, make sure you turn off the water while you soap down. 6. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, turn water heater temperature up to 300 degrees. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, turn water heater...
  • Iranian Submarine Lost While Practicing To Sink U.S. Aircraft Carrier

    05/12/2014 7:36:39 AM PDT · by Fennie · 62 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | May 11, 2014
    In the Persian Gulf there are rumors that one of Iran's Ghadir mini-subs sank while practicing tactics for attacking an American Nimitz class carrier. It was believed that a recently built two-thirds replica of an American Nimitz class aircraft carrier would be towed out so the Ghadir could get some experience in how to approach such a large ship and launch torpedoes at it. The rumored loss of a Ghadir was accompanied by talk of some new stealth technology on the Ghadir. That is probably just rumor as the small size of the Ghadir already confers a substantial amount of...
  • Cardinal O'Connor's mother was convert from Judaism, research shows

    05/02/2014 3:20:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | May 2, 2014 | Claudia McDonnell
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Cardinal John J. O'Connor, who as archbishop of New York cultivated and cherished his strong ties with the Jewish community, was born of a mother who was born Jewish. It is not known whether he knew that his mother, Dorothy Gumple O'Connor, was born Jewish. She converted to Catholicism before she met and married Thomas O'Connor, the late cardinal's father. Mary O'Connor Ward, the cardinal's sister, told Catholic New York, newspaper of the New York Archdiocese, that her mother never spoke about having belonged to another faith. The fact that Dorothy O'Connor was Jewish by birth...
  • Fallen Sailor to Be Awarded Top Medal for Actions in Defense of Shipmates

    04/25/2014 4:51:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/24/2014 | Kevin L. Martin
    The United State Navy announced via official press release that Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo will be posthumously award the Navy and Marine Corp Medal at his burial this Friday. Petty Officer Mayo died in the line of duty protecting his ship, the U.S.S. Mahan, on March 24th, 2014, after a civilian intruder boarded the Mahan, disarmed the Petty Officer of the Watch, and engaged in a shootout with Petty Officer Mayo and other responding sailors.
  • Viral video: 'Royal Maces' Navy fighter pilots

    04/22/2014 2:55:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 21, 2014 | Erik Slavin
    A high-definition video of U.S. Navy fighter pilots swooping between snowy mountains and skimming the western Pacific Ocean has gained more than 135,000 hits since being posted four days ago. The VFA-27 Royal Maces, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan, shot the footage from their cockpits while flying F/A18-E aircraft at various locations in the Pacific theater. Much of the footage comes from recent patrols while deployed with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, pilot Lt. Kyle Matson said. Footage includes trips along the Australian coast and various parts of Japan. Some of the most dramatic footage shows...
  • MH370 hunt: Submarine dives for 2nd attempt

    04/15/2014 12:59:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 04/15/2014
    A mini-sub hunting for Malaysian jet MH370 was Tuesday set for a second sweep of the remote Indian Ocean seabed, after aborting its first search when it encountered water deeper than its operating limits. The unmanned submarine loaded with sonar deployed Monday night from the Australian ship Ocean Shield which has spearheaded the hunt for the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8. "After completing around six hours of its mission, Bluefin-21 exceeded its operating depth limit of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet) and its built in safety feature returned it to the surface," Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre said. "The...
  • APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

    04/14/2014 2:13:19 PM PDT · by Scutter · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 4/14/2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the officials said the Russian Fencer made 12 passes, and flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. The U.S. warship issued several radio queries and warnings using international emergency circuits, but the Russian aircraft did not respond.
  • AP NEWSBREAK: RUSSIAN JET PASSES NEAR US WARSHIP

    04/14/2014 10:18:28 AM PDT · by traumer · 94 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the officials said the Russian Fencer made 12 passes, and flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. The U.S. warship issued several radio queries and warnings using international emergency circuits, but the Russian aircraft did not respond. "This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is...
  • New US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt Christened in Maine

    04/13/2014 8:31:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    abc | April 12, 2014 | ALANNA DURKIN
    The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew. ... Among the 15,000-ton warship's cutting-edge features are a composite deckhouse with hidden radar and sensors and an angular shape that officials say will allow it to be confused for a small fishing boat on radars. It also sports wave-piercing hull designed to reduce the ship's wake. It's the first U.S. ship to use electric propulsion...
  • Report: $663,000 cost to save US family off Mexico coast (and could go higher)

    04/12/2014 5:51:23 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 70 replies
    KGO, San Francisco ^ | 4/11/14 | KGO
    SAN DIEGO (KGO) -- There is now an estimate on how much it cost to rescue a San Diego family with a sick child off the coast of Mexico. A San Diego newspaper crunched the numbers and says the price for the joint effort between the Coast Guard, Navy and National Guard came to $663,000 and could go higher. The family arrived back on shore Wednesday. The parents have taken some heat for taking their children on a yearlong sailing trip.
  • 2013 F/A-18 crash: Out of fuel, out of time and one chance to land

    04/12/2014 5:47:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 12, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower was finally in sight. The pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet hurriedly flipped switches and pushed levers. The aviator in the backseat leaned forward, straining to see the flight deck floating in the distance. The jet’s right engine had locked up, its landing gear jammed, the main fuel tank almost empty.(snip) The pilot made some quick calculations. He had 15,500 pounds of fuel in his tanks, enough to return to the Eisenhower and make six passes at the ship. Landing in nearby Kandahar was a more prudent option, but that would likely have meant...
  • BREAKING: #MH370 Mystery Deepens – Pentagon Bans ALL LEAVE TRAVEL TO DIEGO GARCIA

    04/09/2014 5:21:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 132 replies
    The Gatewary Pundit ^ | 4/9/14 | Jim Hoft
    This is weird. This was posted April 4 on the Diego Garcia Passenger Facebook Page. Via RedFlagNews:Malaysian news reported MH370 Captain Zaharie Shah’s homemade flight simulator had five runways programmed into the system.The runways included:** Three airports in India and Sri Lanka** One airport in Maldives** One US military base in Diego GarciaThe Malaysian pilot on missing flight MH370 was reportedly a political fanatic who attended the trial of the country’s opposition leader hours before the flight.The Daily Mail reported:
  • 2010: Admiral: President Obama Gave Us Choice to Accept Gays in Military or Resign

    04/03/2014 12:20:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 318 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | April 1, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp said that in 2010 Obama told U.S. military leaders to accept his push for gays in the military, and that if they didn't, they could take the "opportunity to resign [their] commissions." Papp said these things in a video BuzzFeed obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The video shows a speech Papp delivered to Coast Guard Academy cadets during which he was asked how he would deal with enforcing an order with which he didn't agree. He used the story of his 2010 meeting with Obama as an example of how service...
  • U.S. Navy Sending Destroyer to Black Sea

    04/02/2014 5:47:51 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 20 replies
    NBC ^ | April 2nd 2014, 1:14 pm | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    The U.S. Navy is sending a destroyer into the Black Sea in the coming days as a symbolic gesture of support for Ukraine and other allies in the region, according to two senior defense officials. The USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer based in Rota, Spain, and will travel to the Black Sea "in the next week or so," according to one senior defense official. The ship will take part in to-be-scheduled exercises with allies in the region — most likely pass exercises, where ships from different nations pass one another while at sea — and the Donald Cook...
  • Major submarine accidents remain isolated but costly

    03/31/2014 3:40:25 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 30, 2014 | Jennifer McDermott
    When the periscope of the USS Montpelier rose from the water during training off the coast of Florida on Oct. 13, 2012, the submarine crew saw a Navy cruiser approaching a mere 100 to 200 yards away. The cruiser USS San Jacinto tried to reverse, but it was too late. The Montpelier-San Jacinto collision was one of 906 submarine accidents from late 2004 through 2013, according to data obtained from the Naval Safety Center by The Day through a Freedom of Information Act request. The submarine's commanding officer was relieved of duty, and the costly mistake also led to changes...
  • Navy base shooter got security credential this year (Update)

    03/30/2014 4:12:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 39 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 29, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    The man who drove a semi-truck onto Norfolk Naval Station before killing a sailor received his transportation worker credential within the past few months, a source close to the investigation said Friday. The detail comes a day after the Navy identified Jeffrey Tyrone Savage as the man at the center of its investigation into the shooting aboard the guided missile destroyer Mahan on Monday. Savage, 35, has a long criminal record, including convictions for selling drugs and manslaughter, but family members said they believed the man who grew up in Portsmouth had finally begun to turn his life around after...
  • Obama Disarms, Leaving U.S. Exposed To Its Enemies

    03/28/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Defense Spending: Two more weapons systems, including the Navy's premier attack missile, have been targeted for elimination by the administration years before their usefulness ends or replacements are ready. How ironic that Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Barack Obama used the Tomahawk missile he now seeks to scrap as his weapon of choice when on March 19, 2011, he launched Operation Odyssey Dawn and fired 112 Tomahawks at Libyan targets to enforce a U.N.-backed no fly-zone in support of Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi. Future presidents will not be able to carry such a big stick. Along with the Hellfire air-to-ground...