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  • First look at Navy's experimental railgun that can fire at 4,500 miles an hour

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

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

    05/28/2016 8:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 27, 2016 | Mike Hixenbaugh and Courtney Mabeus
    A Navy captain from Virginia Beach was testifying before Congress on Thursday about the shortage of flyable fighter jets at Oceana Naval Air Station. As he spoke, word came to military officials seated behind him: A pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets from Oceana had “a mid-air mishap” off the coast of North Carolina, forcing four aviators to eject and sending their $57 million aircraft hurtling into the Atlantic Ocean. Capt. Randy Stearns, commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, was briefed on the training accident involving two of his jets during a short recess from the hearing, then returned to the...
  • The man who seduced the 7th fleet: Fat Leonard's trail of corruption

    05/27/2016 10:01:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2016 | Craig Whitlock
    For months, a small team of U.S. Navy investigators and federal prosecutors secretly devised options for a high-stakes international manhunt. Could the target be snatched from his home base in Asia and rendered to the United States? Or held captive aboard an American warship? Making the challenge even tougher was the fact that the man was a master of espionage. His moles had burrowed deep into the Navy hierarchy to leak him a stream of military secrets, thwarting previous efforts to bring him to justice. The target was not a terrorist, nor a spy for a foreign power, nor the...
  • F/A-18F Mishap off coast of North Carolina (Collision)

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

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

    05/25/2016 5:47:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2016 | Sam Tonkin
    The bell from HMS Hood has been unveiled by the Princess Royal to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Navy's largest loss of life from a single vessel. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen - who funded the expedition to retrieve the bell from the seabed of the Denmark Strait between Iceland and Greenland - attended the event at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where the bell has gone on display. Anne struck eight bells at midday during the ceremony, held with HMS Victory as a backdrop, watched by descendants of some of the 1,415 sailors who died when the battleship was hit...
  • New stealth destroyer turned over to U.S. Navy, Capt. James Kirk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    04/13/2016 12:57:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2016 | By Phil Stewart
    Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew simulated attack passes near a U.S. guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, a U.S. official said, describing it as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. The repeated flights by the Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes, which also flew near the ship a day earlier, were so close they created wake in the water, with 11 passes, the official said. A Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter also made seven passes around the USS Donald Cook, taking pictures. The nearest Russian territory was about 70 nautical miles away in its enclave...
  • Obama admin. snubs Medal of Honor recipients, names warships after liberal politicians

    04/12/2016 4:21:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    As the Obama administration this week named another warship after a politician, a new report is circulating in Congress that shows that nearly 200 Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients have never been awarded such an honor, contrary to naval guidelines and tradition. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who has named several ships after Democrats and liberal activists not connected to the military, was in Detroit on Monday to announce that an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Carl M. Levin. The Michigan Democrat served 31 years in the Senate and chaired the Senate Armed Services...
  • A look at the Navy's slick new Norwegian antiship missile

    04/12/2016 12:07:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 11, 2016 | Alex Lockie
    As part of the Navy's push towards "distributed lethatlity," littoral combat ships will soon be equipped with the Norwegian built Naval Strike Missile (NSM), an "over-the-horizon" antiship cruise missile with a range of about 115 miles.
  • Navy ceremony moved over Mississippi anti-gay law objection

    04/12/2016 10:08:42 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 48 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/12/16
    PORTLAND - The city of Pascagoula in Mississippi has a world-famous shipyard, building vessels for the U.S. military and private companies alike. When the ships are launched, dignitaries of all kinds normally flock for the commissioning ceremonies, but the state's harsh new anti-gay laws may change that.
  • US Navy rescues men from deserted Pacific island after spotting 'help' on beach

    04/10/2016 8:43:02 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    Abc.net.au ^ | April 10, 2016
    A United States aircrew helped rescue three stranded men from a deserted Pacific island after the sailors used palm fronds to spell the word "help" and waved their lifejackets at rescuers. A Navy P-8 aircrew based out of Japan and vessels had been searching for the men, reported missing after failing to arrive in their 19-foot craft at the island of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to catch an early morning flight on Monday. Bulk carriers Brilliant Jupiter and Ten Yu Maru were also engaged, conducting 17 hours of search across nearly 300 square kilometres of ocean....
  • First Female Recruits Issued 'Dixie Cup' Covers at RTC

    04/06/2016 3:58:36 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 24 replies
    navy.mil ^ | 4/5/2016 | Susan Krawczyk
    First Female Recruits Issued 'Dixie Cup' Covers at RTC
  • Navy’s Famous 'Dixie Cup' Hats to Be Worn by Women

    04/06/2016 1:59:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Junior female sailors are not the only women to get new uniforms. Female officers and senior enlisted sailors will wear updated styles, such as new combination covers. By the fall of 2016, both enlisted men and women will receive new service dress blues, what the Navy calls “crackerjacks.” ... The “Dixie cup” style dates back to 1886 when it was first incorporated into Navy uniform regulations, according to the Navy’s historical site. “It can be squared, rolled, crushed, fitted with ‘gull wings’ or simply worn as it comes from small stores. It can be used as a flotation device or...
  • The U.S. Navy’s Improbable Rise to Power

    04/04/2016 10:08:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 2, 2016 | James A. Warren
    The United States Navy is paradoxically the most traditional and innovative of America’s armed services. It is also by far and away the most diverse in terms of missions and capabilities. In addition to its fleet of cutting-edge surface ships and submarines, the Navy possesses its own ground force—the Marines—and an air force, both land and carrier-based, which has greater strike capability than the air forces of most developed nations. The Navy’s supercarrier battle groups function as mobile military cities, extending American power and influence across the entire globe.
  • America’s Super Battleships That Never Were

    04/04/2016 6:03:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 2, 2016 | Robert Farley
    In the early 1940s, the U.S. Navy still expected to need huge, first rate battleships to fight the best that Japan and Germany had to offer. The North Carolina, South Dakota, and Iowa-class battleships all involved design compromises. The Montanas, the last battleships designed by the U.S. Navy, would not.
  • How a $2.7 Billion Submarine Was Crippled by Defective Parts

    04/03/2016 3:56:20 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 92 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 4/3/2016 | Martin Matishak
    How a $2.7 Billion Submarine Was Crippled by Defective Parts A $2.7 billion attack submarine, the USS Minnesota, has been out of commission for more than a year because of a defective pipe joint near the ship’s nuclear-powered engine. The defective part, which is worth about $10,000, was installed near the ship’s nuclear power plant. Engineers discovered the poorly welded steam pipe in early 2015, and ongoing repairs have led to the ship being stuck in overhaul ever since, according to Navy Times. The submarine was considered a great success just a few years ago. It was delivered to the...
  • Your First Look at the Pentagon’s New Unmanned Sub Chaser. (VIDEO)

    04/03/2016 12:06:52 PM PDT · by golux · 23 replies
    GCAPTAIN ^ | 160331 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Department of Defense has released the first footage of its prototype unmanned anti-submarine ship being developed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines over long distances. The new vessel was launched in January at Vigor’s shipyard in Portland, Oregon, where it has quietly been under construction for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). During a speed tests in February, the vessel reached a top speed of 27 knots.... (snip)
  • Iran announces naval deployment in Latin America

    04/03/2016 3:21:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/4/16 | Ari Yashar
    Iranian Army Commander Maj. Gen. Ataollah Salehi on Saturday announced that Iran intends to deploy warships and destroyers in Latin America, in a sign of the attempts of the leading state sponsor of terror to expand its military cooperation with countries opposing the US. We intend to take a longer stride in marine voyages and even go towards friendly states in Latin America," Salehi told reporters at the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. Speaking at a ceremony welcoming back the Iranian Navy's 38th fleet after 75 days of international deployment, he said...
  • In Obama’s Navy – It’s Not a Job or an Adventure, It’s a Fiasco

    04/02/2016 3:41:43 PM PDT · by pboyington · 27 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 2, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    This week the US Navy released some new guidelines concerning the wearing of tattoos. Like everything else in the Navy, like everything else in the US military, the policies are another indicator of the social changes which are turning the US Armed Forces into a three ring circus with weapons. According to Military.com, the new guidelines, which will go in effect on April 30th, set the Navy apart from the other military services in terms of permissiveness. They are an acknowledgement of a changing culture and a youthful population, officials said. Legalized pot is the sign of a changing culture...
  • Navy SEAL Admiral's Rare, Public Punishment

    03/27/2016 10:07:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Military.com ^ | 3/27/16 | SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
    The career death of Rear Adm. Brian Losey, the Navy SEAL leader being forced to retire after his promotion was blocked in the Senate, marks the most public punishment ever at the top rank of the elite SEALs, who are known for running below the radar with their combat missions and internal business. Even more tension between Congress and the SEALs may be looming. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, said this week that he will oppose the nomination of Losey's replacement, Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski. Hunter told The San Diego Union-Tribune that he has concerns about the incoming SEAL commander's past...
  • Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence

    03/24/2016 5:52:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 03/19/2016 | Mark Brown
    Chicago Brown: Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence Mark Brown This is a good news story, but underlying it is a bleak reality. The volume of gunshot wounds and other trauma cases treated at Stroger Hospital is so high that the U.S. Navy has teamed up the past two years with the hospital’s prestigious trauma unit to keep its medical personnel better prepared for their next deployment. The Navy guys might see as much action in a typical night at Stroger as they would if they were in a combat setting. Let that sink in for a minute....