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  • U.S. Rescues Two Saudi Fighter Pilots After Splashdown Near Yemen

    03/27/2015 4:58:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski
    The U.S. Air Force and Navy rescued two Saudi pilots Friday after they ejected from their F-15 fighter over the Gulf of Aden during combat operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Saudi jet apparently suffered some mechanical problem forcing the pilots to eject. A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk special operations helicopter and crew were dispatched from Djibouti to rescue the Saudi pilots.
  • “Coach is Right” Friday Short Stories

    03/20/2015 4:55:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/20/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) LET’S ALL COVER FOR HILLARY…AGAIN Upon leaving their positions at the State Department, all former employees must sign an OF-109 form, certifying that they have “surrendered to responsible officials” all classified, unclassified and other work-related documents in their possession. When State Dept spokeswoman Jen Psaki told AP reporter Matt Lee last week that the Department was “unable” to find the form Hillary Clinton was supposed to have signed, Lee responded that “…a human resources department presumably has a file on every employee.” “It can’t be that difficult to–” “I don’t think former secretaries are standard employees,” interrupted Psaki, joining...
  • X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD

    03/14/2015 2:23:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 3/14/15
    X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD
  • US billionaire Paul Allen discovers wreck of Japan's biggest warship Musashi

    03/04/2015 3:37:21 PM PST · by mojito · 36 replies
    Guardian/AFP ^ | 3/4/2015 | Unattributed
    Sunk without trace in what some historians consider the greatest naval battle ever fought, the mightiest battleship ever built has been found off the Philippines by one of the world’s wealthiest men. Paul Allen, the multibillionaire Microsoft co-founder, on Tuesday posted photographs of the wreck of the Musashi, a second world war Japanese battleship that, with its sister-ship the Yamato, was the largest and most heavily-armed warship ever launched. “WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND,” Allen announced on Twitter, beneath a ghostly underwater photograph of the mammoth vessel’s rusting, coral-encrusted bow clearly bearing the chrysanthemum crest of the Japanese...
  • WATCH: Iranian cruise missiles blow up life-size replica of American aircraft carrier

    02/25/2015 6:17:30 AM PST · by Freeport · 54 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | YASSER OKBI / MAARIV HASHAVUA
    Commander of Iran's Navy had previously said that Iran could destroy all of America's warships within 50 seconds. Iran fired hundreds of missiles in a military drill on Wednesday, including two ballistic missiles which blew up an Iranian-built, life-size replica of a US aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian and Arab media outlets reported. The model of the aircraft carrier was completely destroyed by the missiles, according to the reports. Senior Iranian officials attended the exercise, including Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Revolutionary Guards commander, Gen. Ali Jafari. An Iranian military helicopter fired two cruise missiles at the...
  • Alex Vraciu, ‘Indestructible’ Ace of World War II, Dies at 96

    02/10/2015 9:10:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 7, 2015 | SAM ROBERTS
    Alex Vraciu, who was just 25 when he reigned as the Navy’s top World War II fighter ace after downing 19 Japanese aircraft and destroying 21 more on the ground in only eight months in 1944, died on Jan. 29 in West Sacramento, Calif. He was 96. (snip) Mr. Vraciu (which rhymes with cashew) accomplished his most spectacular feat in the South Pacific when he shot down six dive bombers within eight minutes in what became known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot” in the Philippine Sea. He called it “a once-in-a-lifetime fighter pilot’s dream.” Two of the aircraft carriers...
  • U.S. Navy News: Firefighting Robots That Could Replace Sailors in Dangerous Situations Being Tested

    02/08/2015 1:47:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    The firefighting robot, known as SAFFiR for Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, is a bipedal automated machine designed to fight fires in the place of humans, according to a U.S. Navy blog post. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Virginia Tech are working together on SAFFiR. The robot is designed to do tasks like humans, such as opening doors and using fire hoses, and has sensors, including infrared stereovision and a rotating laser for light detection and ranging (LIDAR) to move through heavy smoke.
  • Navy abandons ‘Global force for good’ to broaden appeal

    01/31/2015 2:01:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 12:26 PM EST | Brock Vergakis
    The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: appealing to people who are already in uniform, have long since left the military and those who never will join. A slate of new Navy commercials have been developed to not only appeal to traditional recruits, but those already enlisted and Americans at large as the service seeks to improve retention and better position itself in the public eye in an era of shrinking defense budgets. […] Since 2009, the Navy had used the tagline “America’s Navy. A global force for good” as part of an effort to appeal...
  • On this day in 1968.

    01/23/2015 7:48:46 AM PST · by LouAvul · 28 replies
    North Korea seized the USS Pueblo and accused the crew of spying. The crew was released 11 months later. NK, however, kept the vessel.
  • Laser Weapons will be mounted on various US navy ship guns

    01/23/2015 7:55:06 AM PST · by shove_it · 24 replies
    NextBigFuture ^ | 22 Jan 2015
    The Laser Weapon System or LaWS is a directed-energy weapon developed by the United States Navy. The weapon was installed on the USS Ponce for field testing in 2014. In December 2014 the United States Navy reported the LaWS system works perfectly, and that the commander of the USS Ponce is authorized to use the system as a defensive weapon. The technical issues associated with the addition of LaWS (Laser Weapon System) to the Phalanx CIWS (Close in weapon system) will be somewhat different from those associated with adding a LaWS system to other weapon systems—or the provision of a...
  • U.S. Navy: They Will be Called Frigates

    01/15/2015 3:36:40 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 49 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 15, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as “frigates,” given their enhanced capabilities.
  • It's come to this: US Naval destroyer flees Iranian naval drill in Sea of Oman

    01/02/2015 9:38:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/2/2015 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Once upon a time, I would have dismissed this report as the ravings of a fascist government. Now, unfortunately, this type of report has become totally believable. According to Iranian television, a US Naval destroyer fled the area of the Sea of Oman where Iran was conducting a naval drill after being 'warned' to leave. Let's go to the videotape. The 'highlight' is from the 2:00 mark to the end.
  • Chief of naval personnel: Navy should expand sabbatical program

    01/03/2015 6:30:58 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot, via Stars & Stripes ^ | January 2, 2015 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    Thousands of sailors get out of the Navy every year because they want to start a family. Or to enroll in school. Or because they are burned out on frequent deployments and months away from home. With the national unemployment rate dropping and more service members leaving for the private sector, the chief of naval personnel says he wants to do everything he can to keep the best sailors in uniform longer — even if that means letting them go for a while. “We need to offer meaningful incentives to keep the best talent we can, both men and women,”...
  • Muslim Group Suing Navy Over Alleged Beard Discrimination (CAIR)

    12/28/2014 12:33:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Dec 28, 2014 10:23 am
    A Muslim group is suing the Navy on behalf of a man who says he was discriminated against because of his beard. The former Navy enlisted man alleges that he requested to keep his beard for religious reasons and was later made fun of because of it. He also claims he was rejected for a promotion due to his beard. …
  • U.S. Navy to Scrap Historic Aircraft Carrier

    12/23/2014 2:19:16 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    gCaptain ^ | December 23, 2014
    The U.S. Navy says it has awarded the contract to scrap the decommissioned ‘Ranger’ (CV 61) to International Shipbreaking, Ltd, marking the end of the road for the aircraft carrier with a long history of service dating back to 1957.
  • Pearl Harbor Reunion, 2014

    12/07/2014 2:33:08 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/07/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    The Greatest Generation With each passing year, the reunion number is dwindling. The Pearl Harbor survivors are over 90 years old, and the members of that group that got together today in Hawaii numbered a little more than a dozen. Today marks the 73rd Anniversary of the attack against Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during which 2,400 sailors, Marines, and soldiers were killed. Some have called the reunion of the USS Arizona Reunion Association the last gathering of USS Arizona survivors, but the gathering doesn’t see this meeting as the last one, just yet. The USS Arizona was a battleship that was...
  • In memory of those who lost their lives in SS Cynthia Olson

    12/07/2014 2:54:32 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    MaritimeQuest.com ^ | 2008 | Michael W. Pocock
    At dawn on Dec. 7, 1941 the I-26 surfaced and fired a warning shot at the Cynthia Olson, the radio officer sent out an SOS from position 33.42N-145.29W which was picked up on the mainland and Minoru reported seeing lifeboats being lowered, after which he began to shell the ship. Some time during the attack the Japanese commander received the signal "Tora, tora, tora!" indicating the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor had been a success. Compaired to what was going on at Pearl Harbor his attack would be easy. Since the Cynthia Olson was unarmed she would offer no resistance,...
  • Female Sailors Secretly Videotaped Showering on Submarines

    12/05/2014 4:05:24 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 135 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    Some of the Navy's first female submariners were secretly videotaped while undressing and showering on board the USS Wyoming, a ballistic missile submarine, service officials confirmed Wednesday.
  • Navy: Women secretly filmed in shower aboard sub

    12/03/2014 3:41:55 PM PST · by PROCON · 94 replies
    Navy Times | Dec. 3, 2014 | Meghann Myers, Staff writer
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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 · 92 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 · 111 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
    Link Only.
  • 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. …