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  • Disabled Navy Vet Left ‘Devastated’ After All of His Guns Are Confiscated (Neighbor falsely accuses)

    04/01/2015 11:39:58 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 1 2015 | Jason Howerton
    A disabled U.S. Navy veteran in Glendale, Arizona, is “devastated” after he says police confiscated 28 of his guns, valued at over $25,000, after a neighbor made “false” allegations that he threatened him. Rick Bailey, a 56-year-old retired software systems engineer, told TheBlaze on Tuesday that he and his neighbor were engaged in a months-long dispute over his landscaping company. He said his neighbor would park two large, smelly “dump trucks” used for his business and other vehicles in the small cul-de-sac where they live. Bailey said he eventually filed a complaint with the city and the neighbor was ordered...
  • Iranian aircraft buzzes Navy helicopter in Persian Gulf

    03/31/2015 10:29:18 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 3-31-2015 | Barbara Starr
    An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned. An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in November 2014. An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in November 2014. The incident, which has not been publicly disclosed, troubled U.S. military officials because the unsafe maneuver could have triggered a serious incident. It...
  • Yemen: Egyptian Navy Chases Iranian Warships to Retreat from Port of Aden

    03/26/2015 3:33:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3-26-2015 | Arutz
    Senior editor of Saudi online paper Arab News, Siraj Wahab, has just tweeted that Egyptian ships forced Iranian retreat from Bab Al-Mandab strait near the Port of Aden. A statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that Egypt is coordinating with Saudi Arabia, together with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the participation of its Air Force, Navy, and ground forces, should it prove necessary. However, it should be noted that Iran threatened Saudi Arabia today (Thursday), announcing that its foray into Yemen would end up costing it dearly.
  • The US Navy's 'ghost hunter' hits the water: Robo-boats set to track down silent enemy sub [tr]

    03/26/2015 6:48:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 26, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    The US Navy is set to unleash an army of 'ghost drones' to scour the coasts for enemy submarines. They hope to end the growing threat of quiet, diesel powered enemy submarines enters American waters undetected. The robot boats will go to sea for us to three months at a time.
  • Inquiry: Base gate errors were main factor in Mahan shooting (Norfolk Naval Base)

    03/17/2015 11:18:16 PM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | Dianna Cahn
    NORFOLK The failures of a civilian police officer at the gate of Norfolk Naval Station allowed an intruder to enter the base without authorization last March and fatally shoot a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan as it sat pierside, a Navy investigation has found. The guard failed to ask the intruder for identification or his intent, did not immediately pursue him when he realized the driver was not making a U-turn, and did not sound an alarm to warn others on base, demonstrating a complete lapse of proper security procedure, said the Navy report, released Tuesday evening. Those errors were...
  • Russia's Northern Fleet Put on Full Alert in Arctic

    03/16/2015 6:26:54 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 16 2015 12:21 Last edited 15:24 | Reuters
    More than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country on Monday in one of the Kremlin's biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows. President Vladimir Putin called the Navy's Northern Fleet to full combat readiness in exercises in Russia's Arctic North apparently aimed at dwarfing military drills in neighboring Norway, a NATO member.
  • Navy Maritime Strategy announced

    03/14/2015 3:56:30 AM PDT · by libtoken · 6 replies
    Navy News ^ | Mar 2014 | US Navy
    Click on this link then click "Maritime Strategy" (English). http://www.navy.mil/local/maritime/
  • More Than 40,000 Rally for Navy Chaplain Accused of Being Anti-Gay

    03/13/2015 6:34:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Thousands of Americans, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and famed evangelist Franklin Graham, have come to the defense of a chaplain who could be thrown out of the Navy because of his Christian faith. Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder has been accused of failing to show “tolerance and respect” in private counseling sessions regarding issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality – specifically homosexuality. Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, has also been accused of being unable to “function in the diverse and pluralistic environment” of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C. The...
  • What Can the Middle Ages Teach Us About US Naval Strategy?

    03/12/2015 11:35:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 12, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    “To wage war, you need first of all money; second, you need money, and third, you also need money,” goes the famous saying of Raimondo Graf Montecúccoli, an Italian who served in the armies of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations. Consequently, with the debate on the U.S. Navy’s budget for the next fiscal year raging on (see here and here), it is perhaps time to assess not how much money is spent on the American navy, but whether it is spent wisely. The discussion surrounding China’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities and the costs that these capabilities impose on...
  • Its existence kept secret throughout the war, the US naval base at Ulithi.

    03/11/2015 12:56:36 PM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies
    http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org ^ | Wed May 07, 2014 | BY GEORGE SPANGLER
    In March 1945, 15 battleships, 29 carriers, 23 cruisers, 106 destroyers, and a train of oilers and supply ships sailed from "a Pacific base." What was this base? The mightiest force of naval Power ever assembled must have required a tremendous supporting establishment. Ulithi, the biggest and most active naval base in the world was indeed tremendous but it was unknown. Few civilians had heard of it at all. By the time security released the name, the remarkable base of Ulithi was a ghost. The war had moved on to the Japanese homeland, and the press was not printing ancient...
  • Former SEALs chaplain could be kicked out of Navy for Christian beliefs

    03/09/2015 12:28:52 PM PDT · by ImNotLying · 75 replies
    TODD'S AMERICAN DISPATCH ^ | 3-9-2015 | Todd Starnes
    A chaplain who once ministered to Navy SEALs could be thrown out of the military after he was accused of failing “to show tolerance and respect” in private counseling sessions in regards to issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality, specifically homosexuality and pre-marital sex, according to documents obtained exclusively by Fox News.
  • Operation Pedestal. The Crucial Malta Convoy of 1942

    03/05/2015 1:01:13 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 9 replies
    Channel 4 ^ | 02/23/14 | Alan Murgatroyd
    The story of one of the truly epic events in the history of naval warfare. The survival of Malta was the vital hinge upon which turned the whole Allied strategy in the Mediterranean Theatre of war. This film describes how a vital convoy was forced through to relieve the valiant island of Malta, despite appalling losses.
  • USS Ranger leaving Puget Sound for Texas scrap yard

    03/04/2015 5:39:45 PM PST · by llevrok · 43 replies
    KOMO TV (Seattle) News ^ | 3/4/2015 | Jon Humbert
    BREMERTON, Wash. -- Naval Sea Systems Command says the mothballed aircraft carrier USS Ranger will be towed out of Puget Sound on Thursday on its way to be scrapped in Texas. Robert Johnson sees more than a relic of gray steel and worn rivets when he looks across the Sinclair Inlet. He sees home. "It gave me a piece of my soul I think," the Navy Vietnam veteran said. It is the same ship that is on his hat, the USS Ranger, a massive aircraft carrier. "A lot of people served on it. A lot of people worked on it,...
  • Canada Delays Opening of Crucial Arctic Naval Port Until 2018

    03/02/2015 6:54:06 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 2, 2015 | Mike De Souza
    Canada’s military has again delayed the opening of a major new Arctic port, a sign the government is struggling to assert sovereignty over a remote resource-rich region. The planned deep water naval facility at Nanisivik – some 3,100 km (1,900 miles) north of Ottawa – is one of the key components of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “use it or lose it” approach to the Arctic. The port, initially due to open in 2012, will now not be operational until 2018.
  • The US Navy's Toilet Bomb

    03/01/2015 7:35:48 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 39 replies
    Neatorama ^ | 2/28/15 | John Farrier
    In 1965, the aircraft carrier USS Midway was bombing Vietnam. VA-25, an attack aviation unit of the Navy, operated from the Midway. In October, one of the toilets on the ship cracked. The crew planned to dispose of it. Commander Bill Stoddard, the executive officer of VA-25, came up with a novel way to get rid of the toilet. To celebrate the six millionth pound of ordnance dropped by his unit, Cdr. Stoddard had the toilet painted with the "Fist of the Fleet" emblem of his unit. It was then loaded onto his Skyraider. Cdr. Stoddard dropped it on a...
  • This Is Why the Navy Can't Have Nice Railguns

    03/01/2015 7:09:14 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    motherboard ^ | 2-9-15 | Ben Richmond
    ​The US Navy has been wowing people with electromagnetic railguns, a long-range electrically-powered weapon, in concept and prototy​pe for years now. But the single big obstacle that keeps the railgun off boats remains the same as it ever was: ships can’t generate enough power to fire them. At the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, Vice Adm. William Hilarides explaine​d that three problems with the railgun remain: room on ships, integrating the new weapons with the old weapons systems, and power—as in, not enough of it. The railgun doesn’t rely on chemical explosions like more conventional weapons. Instead, the...
  • India Is Fast-Tracking the Development of Its New Aircraft Carrier to Compete With China

    02/24/2015 4:46:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    India is fast tracking its project to build an indigenous aircraft carrier, since the country's oldest carrier is scheduled to retire next year, The Times Of India reports. India's current INS Viraat aircraft carrier is set to retire next year after 56 years of service in the Indian navy. With a fleet of only 11 aging Harrier jump jets and a host of mechanical and restoration costs, it isn't economically or strategically viable to continue operating the vessel. As the retirement will leave the Indian navy with only one other carrier, the INS Vikramaditya. So India has decided to speed...
  • For United States Navy rear admirals, a bad week

    02/20/2015 6:09:09 AM PST · by luke1825 · 54 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 2/20 | peter lucas
    It may not have been a shot heard around the world, but it certainly was a shot that reverberated throughout the United States Navy. No, it was not the scandal involving the censure of three U.S. Navy rear admirals for being on the take, which is bad enough. It was Navy war hero Sen. John McCain calling a fourth rear admiral "an idiot."
  • US pays Philippines over USS Guardian reef damage

    02/18/2015 6:45:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 17, 2015
    The US has paid $1.97m to the Philippines in compensation for damage caused to a protected reef. The Philippine foreign ministry said the money, the full amount requested, was paid in January and would be used to restore and protect the reef. The USS Guardian minesweeper ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef, a Unesco World Heritage Site, in January 2013. The ship was eventually dismantled to avoid causing further damage. The US apologised and removed four officers, including the commanding officer, for not following standard procedures. In May 2013 a US Navy investigation said the mishap was "wholly preventable" and...
  • Are Submarines About to Become Obsolete?

    02/15/2015 5:40:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 14, 2015 | Harry J. Kazianis
    What would happen if U.S. nuclear attack submarines—some of the most sophisticated and expensive American weapons of war—suddenly became obsolete? Imagine a scenario where these important systems became the hunted instead of the hunter, or just as technologically backward as the massive battleships of years past. Think that sounds completely insane? If advances in big data and new detection methods fuse with the anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) ambitions of nations like China and Russia, naval planners around the world might have to go back to the drawing board. Submarines: The New Battleship? The revelation is alluded to in a recent report...
  • Images show North Korean vessel firing new SSM

    02/11/2015 7:26:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | February 9, 2015 | Mrityunjoy Mazumdar
    North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun released images on 7 February showing a new type of surface-to-surface missile (SSM) being fired from a surface-effects ship (SES) from the Korean People's Navy (KPN) Eastern Fleet. The images, which showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in attendance, were accompanied by an article translated by the English-language website KCNA Watch. The article noted that the test-firing proved in a "scientific" way that the capabilities of the long-rumoured vessel and its weapons system had reached design and engineering specifications.
  • Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year

    02/09/2015 7:59:22 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Feb 9, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Spending Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year By Elizabeth Harrington Published February 09, 2015 Washington Free Beacon The Department of Defense (DoD) spent more than a half a million dollars on the male enhancement drug Viagra last year, according to government contracts. The Pentagon issued 60 contracts worth$504,816 for the drug in 2014. All 60 contracts were awarded to Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical distribution company based in Dublin, Ohio. Last year DoD also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra, and $14,540 of Cialis, other popular erectile dysfunction drugs. The contracts were filed under "Troop Support."
  • Radical railgun revealed: US Navy's 'Star Wars' weapon that can fire shells at mach 6 [truncated]

    02/06/2015 6:22:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    A radical new weapon that can fire a shell at seven times the speed of sound has been shown off in public for the first time. Described as 'Star Wars technology' by researchers, the railgun can fire shells at seven times speed of sound, and penetrate concrete 100 miles away. The weapon was on display to the public for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
  • US Navy's 6th Generation Fighter Jets Will Be Slow and Unstealthy

    02/05/2015 3:59:46 PM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Feb 5th, 2015 | Zachary Keck
    The U.S. Navy’s next generation air superiority fighter will not be “super-duper fast” or employ much in the way of stealth, a senior navy official announced on Wednesday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Navy’s top officer, divulged some details about the Navy’s so-called Next Generation Air Dominance F/A-XX fighter jet during a speech at an industry conference. “I don’t see that it’s going to be super-duper fast, because you can’t outrun missiles.” Greenert said, the Washington Examiner reported. “And you can’t become so stealthy that you become invisible — you are going to generate a signature of...
  • Obama Wants More Money for Military Spy Satellites, Lasers, Space Fence (But no border fence!)

    02/03/2015 5:21:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Defense One ^ | February 2, 2015 | Patrick Tucker
    It could be a great year for lasers and spy satellites, but a bad one for drones on aircraft carriers.President Barack Obama’s Defense Department budget request released Monday shows that the route to technological breakthroughs is often winding. Last year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a new “offset strategy” to develop breakthrough solutions to secure American technological dominance into the next century. This year, the budget request increases money for research and development by about $500 million, bringing it to $13.5 billion. It will be a great year for futuristic technologies that sound like they come from a comic book....
  • The American Sniper Was No Hero

    02/02/2015 4:46:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | January 29, 2015 | Sheldon Richman
    Despite what some people think, hero is not a synonym for competent government-hired killer.If Clint Eastwood's record-breaking movie, American Sniper, launches a frank public conversation about war and heroism, the great director will have performed a badly needed service for the country and the world. This is neither a movie review nor a review of the late Chris Kyle's autobiographical book on which the movie is based. My interest is in the popular evaluation of Kyle, America's most prolific sniper, a title he earned through four tours in Iraq. Let's recall some facts, which perhaps Eastwood thought were too obvious...
  • Navy Introduces Video Game For Dynamic Missile Defense Training

    02/01/2015 7:43:25 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3:50 PM 01/30/2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The U.S. Navy has introduced a multi-player video game to help train sailors in missile destruction and avoidance. The game has now been deployed to 30 ships, totaling 115 onboard personnel. According to the Office of Naval Research, the game, called Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix, calls on sailors to make split-second decisions in order to dodge missiles fired at a Navy ship. Sailors can choose to respond to the missiles with electronic means, which constitutes a “soft kill,” or more traditional methods like direct interception, called a “hard kill.”
  • Lockheed Martin-designed experimental naval vessel up for sale (Orig. cost $15M, your cost, $180K)

    01/31/2015 11:31:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Gizmag ^ | January 30, 2015 | Ben Coxworth
    Any millionaire can buy themselves a fancy yacht, but if you want a conversation piece ... well, it helps if it has a story behind it, and the Lockheed Martin-built Sea Slice certainly does. Launched in 1996 by the US Navy as a military support vessel, the experimental watercraft features a unique hull design that reportedly allows it to remain as stable as a conventional ship three times its size. It cost US$15 million to design and build, but you can have it now for the low, low price of just $180,000. The Sea Slice utilizes a variation on the...
  • Details of aid to Afghan army now secret: US

    01/30/2015 2:35:38 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 01/30/15 | Dan De Luce
    Washington (AFP) - The US military will no longer divulge facts and figures about its costly effort to assist Afghan security forces, declaring the information top secret, officials said Thursday. The move marks an about-face for the Pentagon, which for the past six years has reported a range of data about the $65 billion program to build up the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The information included how US taxpayers' money has been spent and the state of the troubled country's police and army. John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), voiced disappointment with the change and said...
  • BREAKING: US Pacific Fleet Commander Drops Bombshell About Obama and Muslim Brotherhood

    01/27/2015 2:30:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies
    **SNIP** Another glaring issue that still plagues U.S. military leaders today is the fact that we essentially changed teams in the Global War on Terror. Instead of aligning with important allies in the region, we began backing militias who are aligned with Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood, a group which Obama is quite familiar with and even friendly toward, have already began the process of accomplishing their goal to bring the U.S. to its knees and infiltrate all levels of U.S. government. Because Obama has embraced this radical group, who operate under the guise of the...
  • Navy Commander at Guantanamo Base Fired Amid Alleged Affair, Suspicious Death

    01/22/2015 5:42:51 PM PST · by Daffynition · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 21, 2015, | LUIS MARTINEZ
    The officer in charge of the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired for a “loss of confidence” after he allegedly had an affair with a woman whose husband was recently found dead in the waters off the base. Captain John Nettleton was relieved of command on Wednesday by Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, commander of Navy Region Southeast, “due to loss of confidence in Nettleton's ability to command,” according to a statement from the Navy. The statement declined to give additional details because of an ongoing investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), which is...
  • Why Sarah Palin Takes American Sniper Criticism Personally

    01/21/2015 2:53:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    People Magazine ^ | January 20, 2015 | Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
    Sure, Sarah Palin can be quick to pounce when something rubs her wrong. But when Michael Moore and others take after the man behind box-office hit American Sniper it gets personal. "You're not fit to shine Chris Kyle's combat boots," the former Alaska governor and VP candidate wrote on her Facebook page Monday night after Moore, the liberal filmmaker, Tweeted that "snipers aren't heroes" – which many took as a reference to the Clint Eastwood film starring Bradley Cooper. It turns out that Palin and Kyle were friends. They met and bonded in 2011, when the retired Navy SEAL was...
  • Navy Officer Fired, Probe Involves Affair, Suspicious Death

    01/21/2015 4:05:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The Navy captain in charge of the naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired and is being investigated in connection with an alleged affair with a woman on the base and the recent death of her husband, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Capt. John R. Nettleton was relieved of duty Wednesday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said in a press release. The Navy would not comment on the details of the investigation. But U.S. officials said Nettleton is under investigation in connection with the death of Christopher Tur, who was found...
  • Russia and Iran Sign Military Cooperation Deal (Russian Navy at Bandar Abbas)

    01/20/2015 12:20:31 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1-20-2015 | Nassar Karimi
    Iran and Russia signed an agreement Tuesday to expand military ties in a visit to Tehran by the Russian defense minister. Sergei Shoigu, in remarks carried by Russian news agencies, said Moscow wants to develop a "long-term and multifaceted" military relationship with Iran. He said that the new agreement includes expanded counter-terrorism cooperation, exchanges of military personnel for training purposes and an understanding for each country's navy to more frequently use the other's ports. Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan urged greater cooperation as a means of opposing American ambitions in the region. Moscow and Tehran have staunchly supported Syrian President...
  • The US Navy’s New Surface Warfare Strategy: ‘Distributed Lethality’ ("If it floats, it fights")

    01/20/2015 12:22:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 16, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The U.S. Navy’s surface fleet is getting more aggressive, with new tactics and weapons. The United States Navy plans to re-organize and re-equip its surface fleet by grouping ships into small surface action groups and increasing the number of anti-ship weapons on more platforms. The U.S. Navy calls this tactical shift “distributed lethality.” Breaking Defense quotes, Rear Admiral Peter Fanta and his rough summary of the concept of “distributed lethality”: “If it floats, it fights, that’s ‘distributed lethality’ (…) Make every cruiser, destroyer, amphib, LCS, a thorn in somebody else’s side.” Fanta, the director for Surface Warfare on the Navy...
  • Read one sailor’s incredible response to ‘What’s the laziest thing you’ve ever done?’ (Humor)

    01/19/2015 8:37:13 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    Yellow Hammer News.com ^ | 1/12/2015 | CLIFF SIMS
    Reddit users were asked “What’s the laziest thing you’ve ever done?” And one former sailor’s response is so incredible we had to share it. We usually only write about Alabama-related things, so let’s just assume this took place aboard one of the Alabama-built Littoral Combat Ships. I was once on a US military ship, having breakfast in the wardroom (officers lounge) when the Operations Officer (OPS) walks in. This guy was the definition of NOT a morning person; he’s still half asleep, bleary eyed… basically a zombie with a bagel. He sits down across from me to eat his bagel...
  • Afghan who saved Navy SEAL seeks asylum in U.S., lawyer says [Lone Survivor]

    01/14/2015 2:02:02 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    CBS New York ^ | January 14, 2015 | N/A
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An Afghani man’s heroism inspired a movie as he risked it all to save in American, but he himself has become the one in need. As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported, Mohammed Gulab is a simple Afghani villager, but he is as brave a hero as there is. Just ask Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose life Gulab saved at great personal peril. “He very well could have just left me laying there on the side of that waterfall and let me die,” Luttrell said. “But he didn’t.” In a remarkable story depicted in the movie “Lone Survivor”...
  • Ministry of Defence forced to ask US for help in search for Russian submarine thought to be lurking

    01/09/2015 6:33:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 9 , 2015 | Steph Cockroft
    The Ministry of Defence has been forced to ask the US for help as it hunts for a suspected Russian submarine believed to be lurking off the coast of Scotland. Two U.S Navy aircraft were this week drafted in to carry out patrols in the North Atlantic in a bid to bridge the 'gaping chasm' in Britain's anti-submarine capability. It comes after the RAF's £4bn fleet of 'spy-in-the-sky' Nimrod surveillance aircraft was controversially scrapped in 2010, amid warning it would weaken Britain's defences.
  • Navy veteran, 100, cheered for standing up to protesters at medal ceremony

    01/05/2015 7:33:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Jan 5, 2014
    Navy veteran, 100, cheered for standing up to protesters at medal ceremony Published January 05, 2015 FoxNews.com A 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran drew cheers from a crowd in Oregon Saturday after telling protesters shouting "hands-up, don't shoot!" to stop interrupting his medal ceremony and to “show a little respect.” Dario Raschio was at Portland Community College's Southeast Campus to be honored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, at a public town hall meeting. But shortly after Wyden began speaking, more than 100 demonstrators in the back of the room started shouting, The Oregonian reports. After 15 minutes of chanting against the...
  • 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,”...
  • The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able to Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 7:19:35 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 67 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/31/2014 | Adam Clark Estes
    At this point, it's not even funny how much the Pentagon has screwed up the development of its new stealth fighter jet, the F-35. But the latest report that the jet's 25mm cannon won't be operational until 2019 at the earliest is just laughable. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn't even need the gun to begin with. Unnamed Air Force officials revealed the bad news in a Daily Beast story about the F-35. Apparently the software that will power the four-barreled rotary cannon on the Air Force version of the jet, the F-35A, won't be ready for at...
  • Strategic nuclear sub Vladimir Monomakh joins Russian Navy

    12/21/2014 8:15:34 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 17 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Dec-21-2014 9 hours ago | unknown
    Russia’s third Borei-class nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh has officially become part of the Russian Navy. Armed with Bulava ballistic missiles, the SSBNs of this class are the planet’s most advanced nuclear deterrence tool. Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=877_1419144372#6lpwsZ5c7V7SzrzT.99
  • FMS of MK 41 Vertical Launch Systems May Indicate Purchase of LCS or DDG by Saudi Arabia

    12/19/2014 10:22:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 18 December 2014
    The recent (and very low profile) announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense of a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) to Saudi Arabia could possibly be an indication of the procurement of Littoral Combat Ships or DDG-51 type (Burke class) Destroyers by the Royal Saudi Navy. Here is Navy Recognition's take on it. On December 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the following contract award: Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Baltimore, Maryland, is being awarded a $235,329,189 firm-fixed-price contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) electronic and mechanical modules...
  • Army-Navy Game Thread 2014

    12/13/2014 11:30:06 AM PST · by twister881 · 108 replies
    12/13/2014 | self
    Army-Navy game 2014 discussion thread. All comers welcome!
  • San Diego Sailors Make Peace With God As Steady Rain Threatens Life As We Know It (Satire)

    12/13/2014 5:44:28 AM PST · by Cry if I Wanna · 3 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Epic Blunder
    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The worst storm to slam sunny San Diego in the past six years has encouraged thousands of sailors to repent for their sins and seek the unconditional forgiveness of the omniscient deity of their choosing, sources confirmed Friday. Many service members elected to remain home and spend their last moments with their families — except those on duty — who were tasked with bringing two animals of every kind aboard their ships. “Duty is duty,” proclaimed an unidentified master chief. Read more: http://www.duffelblog.com/2014/12/san-diego-rain-us-navy/#ixzz3Lmkeq5HW
  • Army vs. Navy 2014: 5 things you might not know about the rivalry

    12/10/2014 5:26:58 PM PST · by PROCON · 45 replies
    al.com ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Creg Stephenson
    Army will be looking to snap a 12-game losing streak to Navy when the two service academies meet for the 115th time Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. CBS will broadcast the game at 2 p.m. Central, with live streaming available at CBSSports.com. The Black Knights are 4-7 this season, while the Midshipmen are 6-5. Here are five things you might not know about the Army-Navy rivalry:1. Few major-college rivalries are older Among rivalries between FBS schools, only three are older than Army vs. Navy, which was first played on Nov. 29, 1890. Only North Carolina-Wake Forest (Oct. 18,...
  • Gulf Arab states to create regional police, navy

    12/09/2014 2:01:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 2:05 PM EST | Abdullah Rehby and Aya Batrawy
    The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council said on Tuesday that it will create a regional police force based out of the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi, and a joint naval force based out of Bahrain. The creation of the police force, known as GCC-POL, and the naval force, was announced at the conclusion of the Gulf bloc’s annual summit in Qatar. It comes amid a sharp tumble in oil prices that is likely to impact the energy-rich states, and their reconciliation from a spat linked to Doha’s support for Islamist groups throughout the region. […] The Arab Gulf countries...
  • Navy engineer tried to steal schematics of aircraft carrier, feds say

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

    12/05/2014 11:29:19 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 61 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 officials are investigating a 24-year old male sailor who is accused of making and distributing the videos, according to a Nov. 14 incident report circulated among the service's senior leaders, according to Navy Times, which first reported the story. The male sailor has only been identified as a second class petty officer, according to Navy Times.