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  • Container Ship Adrift off British Columbia Coast

    10/17/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014
    A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast Friday, a scenario a nearby First Nation community described as its "worst fear." The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. Canadian Navy Lt. Paul Penderghast said the ship was drifting nine nautical miles from shore, though he said it was largely maintaining that position. "It...
  • 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...
  • Navy kicks out Biden’s son after failing coke test

    10/17/2014 7:51:05 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 10/16/14 | Joe Tacopino
    Joe Biden’s son was booted from the military after failing a drug test, it was revealed Thursday. Hunter Biden, the youngest son of the vice president, was discharged from the Navy Reserve in February after he tested positive for cocaine, the Navy said. Hunter, a former lobbyist who works at an investment firm, had been commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve, The Wall Street Journal said.
  • 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.
  • Help to Fully Accept Sikhs in the US Military

    10/17/2014 6:50:07 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 75 replies
    Change.org ^ | 10/11/2014 | Vaishali Rana
    "The message of the Sikh faith, although peaceful, has a strong theme of justice and upholding human rights running through it." My dear friend's cousin, Major Kamaljit Khalsi, will be going in front of congress to fight for Sikhs Service in the US Military. We need 100,000 signatures but are only at 5700. Please sign the petition and please share with your friends and family to help everyone. This isn't only for Sikhs but anyone from different faiths that look to join and serve their country." To: We, the undersigned individuals, respectfully call on your Administration to give devout Sikh...
  • Biden’s Son Hunter Discharged From Navy Reserve After Failing Cocaine Test

    10/16/2014 5:35:13 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 46 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/16/2014 | COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON And JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—Vice President Joe Biden ’s son Hunter was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine, according to people familiar with the matter. Hunter Biden, a lawyer by training who is now a managing partner at an investment company, had been commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve, a part-time position. But after failing a drug test last year, his brief military career ended. Mr. Biden, 44 years old, decided to pursue military service relatively late, beginning the direct-commission process to become a public-affairs officer in the Navy Reserve in 2012. Because of his age—43...
  • Navy's exoskeleton could make workers 20 times more productive

    10/15/2014 3:09:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/15/2014 | Liz Stinson
    Military work is physically demanding—and we're not just talking about soldiers on the battlefield. Travel down the chain, and you'll find plenty of positions where strength and stamina are highly valued skills. Take the Navy for example. The Navy needs ships and those ships need to be built and maintained—a rough, physically draining job. Sandblasting, riveting, and grinding excess metal off the ships can take a toll on the human body. You're often carrying tools that can weigh upwards of 30 pounds. "There's a lot of wear and tear on you," says Adam Miller, director of new initiatives for Lockheed...
  • Here Are Amazing Photos Of Russia Dismantling An Outdated Nuclear Submarine

    10/14/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    Business Insider (Australia) ^ | Oct 10 2014, 3:29 PM | Pierre Bienaimé
    Russia is currently in the process of expanding and modernizing its navy. This might have something to do with Moscow’s apparent appetite for military conquest — although Russia also has a few nuclear submarines that are dangerously past their prime, considering the fissile materials that are still stored onboard. In 2009, one rusted behemoth was transported to a factory in the far eastern port city of Vladivostok, close to the Korean peninsula, for decommissioning. With the vessel fully out of water, the pictures offer an amazing perspective on how massive and complex even an outdated class of nuclear submarine really...
  • U.S. Navy Celebrates 239th Birthday

    10/13/2014 7:50:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    maritime-executive.com ^ | 10/12/2014 | MarEx
    The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775, by authorizing the procurement and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the American War for Independence, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength.
  • This is the Navy Warship of the Future

    10/12/2014 6:18:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 88 replies
    BoldRide ^ | October 12, 2014 | Keith Griffin
    John F. Kennedy became famous because of his heroics on the PT 109. Maybe he could have become commander of the universe if he piloted the Navy warship of the future. It’s called The Ghost. Built by Juliet Marine Systems, a private company in Portsmouth, N.H., it’s designed to fight swarm attacks, water-born IEDs, and, aargghh, piracy. According to Business Insider, “Ghost is intended to have zero radar signature, and the vessel is supposedly difficult for the enemy to spot, let alone target. The ship is nonmagnetic and hard to detect via sonar, making it ideal for infiltration and surveillance...
  • US Marines, sailors based in Spain headed into Ebola fight

    10/09/2014 4:16:18 PM PDT · by Prospero · 26 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/9/2014 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON — A Marine quick reaction force based in Spain will inject a shot of airlift capability into U.S. efforts to fight an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The 100 Marines and sailors from the Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa, based in Morón, Spain, were scheduled to pass through Senegal late Wednesday and land Thursday in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Some 3,200 soldiers will arrive in Liberia late this month to set up treatment centers and help with logistics in the fight against the deadly virus, but the small, fast-moving team of Marines...
  • North, South Korea naval patrol boats exchange fire

    10/06/2014 8:21:55 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 25 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 07 Oct 2014
    SEOUL: North and South Korean naval patrol boats briefly exchanged fire on Tuesday (Oct 7) near their disputed Yellow Sea border which has been the site of numerous clashes in the past, the South's defence ministry said. The incident came as hopes had been raised of a constructive reboot in strained inter-Korean relations following the surprise visit of a top-ranking North Korean delegation to the South just three days before. The defence ministry said the South's patrol boat had initially fired a warning shot after the North Korean vessel penetrated half a nautical mile inside the South's territorial waters.
  • This Is Definitely 100% Exactly How The Navy's Railgun Sounds

    10/03/2014 2:36:34 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 52 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | Today | Micheal Bala who ha
    Yep, that's definitely it. The railgun, hailed as the future of the United States Navy, sounds exactly like this. No joking here at all.
  • Enlisted women to begin serving on submarines

    10/03/2014 9:38:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/3/2014 | Kristina Wong
    The Navy plans to begin putting senior enlisted female sailors on submarines in December, officials announced on Friday. The women will first be integrated onto ballistic missile submarines, which are larger than fast attack submarines, said Navy Cmdr. Renee Squier, head of the Office of Women's Policy for the Chief of Naval Personnel. The plan is to first integrate female senior enlisted sailors onto submarines and then junior enlisted female sailors, she said. "The goal is to have each unit have 20 percent," Squier said, in order to build a "good ecosystem" for female submariners. The Navy first opened submarines...
  • Navy sailors mistrust leaders, 90 percent see admirals as ‘risk averse’

    10/01/2014 3:28:36 AM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 30, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Navy sailors harbor “widespread mistrust” in the admirals who command them, complaining of poor leadership and a disciplinary environment that tolerates absolutely no mistakes, says a survey of the fleet. The disgruntlement runs deepest in the officer corps, where scores of commanders have been relieved of duty in recent years.
  • Dispelled Myths of Soviet Subs

    09/27/2014 3:43:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    RusNavy.com. ^ | 01.06.10 | Igor Kozyr
    In the era of Cold War the Western information space was full of numerous fantastic stories about Soviet submarines. Having taken shape in books and websites, those tales still keep Americans and Europeans on the trot. RusNavy.com tries to demolish the foremost fables of Western "folklore" of 1950-80's.
  • Russia-Egypt Arms Deal: Major Breakthrough as US Middle East Policy Faces Another Set Back

    09/23/2014 9:33:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 21.09.2014 | 00:02
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on August 12, 2014. It was his first official visit to the Russian Federation as President. And Vladimir Putin was the first leader to invite him for a visit outside the Arab world since his swearing-in as head of state. The agenda included introduction to a selection of Russian military hardware for sale. (1) The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of arms exports to Egypt in addition to studying the establishment of a logistics center Masri on the Black...
  • Navy used 47 Tomahawks last night, Already used up 47% of planned 2015 purchases

    09/23/2014 6:37:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>Weapons procurement showed striking reductions from last year’s plans. Then, the Navy planned to buy 980 Tactical Tomahawks, the primary cruise missile in use throughout the fleet. The new plan shows only 100 missiles in 2015 and none thereafter.</p> <p>The reduction reflects shifting investment to a new next-generation land attack weapon, said Lt. Caroline Hutcheson, a Navy spokeswoman at the Pentagon, who also noted that the current inventory of Block IV Tactical Tomahawks exceeds combat requirements. A recertification line for existing missiles will be established to retain effectiveness of current TacToms, she added.</p>
  • The Top Leaders Of A Navy Ship Were Fired In The Middle Of Their Deployment

    09/17/2014 12:01:40 PM PDT · by 7thson · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 16, 2014, 10:17 PM | Paul Szoldra
    The three top leaders of the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) have been removed and reassigned halfway through the ship's deployment pending the outcome of an investigation into "command climate," the Navy said in a news release Tuesday. The skipper, Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway, was relieved at sea by Capt. Anthony L. Simmons, who will take charge of the ship for the rest of the deployment as an investigation moves forward. Calloway, along with Cmdr. Ed Handley, the executive officer, and Command Master Chief Travis Biswell, the top enlisted leader, have been reassigned to staff positions at...
  • Chicago hospital trains Navy doctors for battle

    09/12/2014 8:05:01 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 4, 2014 | DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO (AP) — The patient had been shot on the streets of Chicago, but when Dr. Jared Bernard stood over his open body in the operating room, he could see that the single bullet had unleashed the same kind of massive infection inflicted by roadside bombs in Afghanistan. Although the wounded man lay in a modern American hospital, saving his life would be no different than caring for a soldier wounded by a bomb exploding under a Humvee. That's why the Navy is sending its doctors, nurses and medics to Stroger Hospital, a Cook County facility that, in its own...
  • Navy F/A-18 Hornets Crash in Pacific Ocean

    09/12/2014 7:04:21 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 62 replies
    http://www.navy.mil/ ^ | Sept 12, 2014 | U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
    WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Two F/A-18 Hornets from Carrier Air Wing 17 embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crashed at 5:40 p.m. local time, today, while operating at sea in the western Pacific Ocean. The initial report is that the two aircraft are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94) and Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113). One pilot was rapidly located and returned to Carl Vinson, and is currently receiving medical attention. Search efforts continue for the second pilot. The search for the second pilot includes guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and guided-missile...
  • ISIS Now Has A Navy, Launches Gunboat Attack Near Baghdad

    09/08/2014 8:51:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/08/2014 | Tyler Durden
    First it was UN and US military hardware and artillery, second it was hijacked Syrian fighter jets, and now ISIS has 'commandeered' a Navy. As Reuters reports, Islamic State fighters attacked a riverside town north of Baghdad on Monday with gunboats and a car bomb, killing 17 people and wounding 54, a security source said. By land...  AlQaeda affiliated Nusra Front driving around with a UN vehicle. Thats their flag on the car (v @BSyria @akhbar) Pic pic.twitter.com/pExYuz5dVO— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) August 31, 2014   And air....  URGENT Video: ISIS threatens Russian President Putin with seized Russian fighter jets http://t.co/ydl06PQSob pic.twitter.com/PePdXSARkl—...
  • Fingerprint plus a DNA match, and cold case gets hot

    09/06/2014 12:45:41 AM PDT · by csvset · 26 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 6, 2014 | Tim McGlone
    NORFOLK Her attacker broke in through a back door while she was sleeping. He tied her up and held a knife to her throat. He said he wasn't going to rape her, that he was hungry and just wanted money. But he did rape her. A month later, he returned in the middle of the night to the same house near Ocean View. He bound the woman and her teenage daughter with duct tape and raped the girl. Norfolk police investigated, but the case went cold. Two years later in Kuwait, in 2010, an Army captain was showering when a...
  • Lockheed Offers Navy New LCS Variant

    09/03/2014 5:55:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 | KRIS OSBORN
    Lockheed Martin is offering the Navy a slightly heavier, technologically re-configured multi-warfare variant of the Littoral Combat Ship that has added survivability features such as built in vertical launch tubes and a stronger radar. It is part of Lockheed’s submission to the Navy’s Small Surface Combatant Task Force’s, or SSCTF, solicitation asking industry to come up with specs and designs for a new multi-mission surface ship engineered to address and correct some of the problems with the LCS. Lockheed’s offering, which is based on their international variant of the LCS, is designed to engineer certain technologies into the hull itself,...
  • How to Sink an Aircraft Carrier: Sneak up in a submarine, that's how

    09/02/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 2, 2014 | David Axe
    A photo depicting an American nuclear-powered submarine poking its periscope above the waves—within shooting distance of a British aircraft carrier during a war game—is a useful reminder of one of the most important truths of naval warfare. For every sailor who’s not in a submarine, submarines are real scary. Stealthy and heavily-armed, subs are by far the most powerful naval vessels in the world for full-scale warfare—and arguably the best way to sink those more obvious icons of naval power, aircraft carriers.
  • Marines' laser weapon targeting enemy drones revealed

    09/01/2014 9:53:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2014 | Allison Barrie
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Watch out, enemy drones. The U.S. military is developing laser weapons to smite you. The Office of Naval Research announced last week that it is building a laser weapon that will be able to shoot down aerial drones, spelling big trouble for any enemy who tries to target the U.S. Marines. GBAD – Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move – is a laser weapon designed to be installed on the Marines’ Humvees, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and other light tactical ground vehicles. Intended to provide an affordable alternative to traditional firepower, GBADs could prevent enemy drones from tracking and targeting...
  • 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...
  • Constitution takes one last spin before retrofit

    08/31/2014 3:09:56 AM PDT · by blueplum · 32 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kiera Blessing
    Old Ironsides sailed through Boston Harbor Friday for the last time until 2018, as the 216-year-old warship prepares to undergo a three-year restoration beginning early next year. The USS Constitution has sailed unassisted by a tug boat only twice since 1881, in 1997 and 2012. This summer it sailed with the help of a tug, but still moved by its own power. Friday was the final unassisted sail until the ship has completed its restoration. Aside from making the usual repairs for wear and tear, the restoration aims to return Old Ironsides to an image of its 1812 self... ...For...
  • Royal Malaysian Navy Releases First Official Image of its LCS-SGPV Corvette

    08/27/2014 11:28:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | August 27, 2014
    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) unveiled for the first time an official rendering of its future Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) - Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV). The vessel is based on DCNS' Gowind Combat corvette design. DCNS is the warship design authority while local shipyard Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn will be in charge of buidling the vessels locally. The RMN's LCS will have a length of 111 meters and a displacement of 3,100 tons. The 6 vessels will be fitted with 57mm Mark 3 main guns with stealth cupola from BAE Systems Bofors. It was confirmed to us during LIMA...
  • 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...
  • US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

    08/25/2014 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    $1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan The first time it occurred to James Jackson that there could be lasting damage from his US Navy service during Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster came when his eldest son, Darius, was diagnosed with leukaemia.Darius, now 15, spent a month in hospital in early 2013, soon after his diagnosis. “I thought I was going to have to bury him,” Jackson recalled. The teenager who aspired to play college basketball now has...
  • 'The Last Ship': Adam Baldwin Just Wants to Do the Navy Proud

    08/25/2014 8:13:07 AM PDT · by Bratch · 71 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | August 24, 2014 | Kate O'Hare
    Tonight, Sunday, Aug. 24, TNT airs the season-one finale of its post-apocalyptic military drama The Last Ship, which has already received a season-two pick-up. [...] Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket, Firefly, Serenity, Independence Day, Chuck) co-stars as Chandler's second in command, XO Mike Slattery. The Illinois native is used to playing military types, and the Navy is apparently happy with how he wears the uniform in The Last Ship and with the show itself."They love it," Baldwin tells Breitbart News. "They were thrilled, and the funny thing is, you have a dedicated fan base, and a built-in fan base, from the Navy, because our goal was to portray the...
  • 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”...
  • Chinese Top Gun 'Barrel Rolled' Over US Plane

    08/22/2014 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 50 replies
    http://news.sky.com/ ^ | August 22, 2014 | Sky News Team
    The US has lodged a formal protest with Beijing after a Chinese fighter jet conducted a barrel roll "very, very close" over an American Navy plane this week, the Pentagon has said. Rear Admiral John Kirby said the Chinese plane exposed its undercarriage to show that it was armed to the P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft during Monday's incident in international airspace near Japan. He said the Chinese aircraft came within 30ft (9 metres) of the American plane, while the wing tips of the two aircraft were just 20ft apart.
  • Almost 8,000 Navy chiefs face ax

    08/18/2014 11:06:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 79 replies
    Navy Times | August 18, 2014
    They will only allow the posting of titles and links. http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/nation/military/2014/08/18/navy-chiefs-face-ax/14234181/
  • 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,...
  • Navy: Deployed CO Retreated to Cabin for Weeks

    08/13/2014 3:05:44 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 118 replies
    Military.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Staff
    A Navy investigation finds the ailing skipper of a San Diego-based Navy cruiser retreated to his cabin for several weeks in the middle of a deployment, leaving the 330-member crew leaderless. The probe also revealed that the skipper of the USS Cowpens, Capt. Gregory W. Gombert, was having an improper and "unduly familiar" relationship with the cruiser's acting executive officer, U-T San Diego reported Wednesday.
  • Huge Russian warship fascinates French in Saint-Nazaire

    08/13/2014 1:14:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The British Broadcasting Company ^ | August 7, 2014 | Hugh Schofield
    Half of the Vladivostok was assembled in Russia, then towed to France.The evening attraction in Saint-Nazaire this summer is watching Russian sailors practise their marching drill along the quayside.Some 400 Russian ratings are living in the western French port, awaiting delivery of their controversial new command-and-control ship, the Vladivostok. By day the sailors receive instruction at an on-shore facility run by the Vladivostok's builders, STX France. This week they have finally been allowed on board the vessel for the first time. At the end of the afternoon they return to the Russian navy ship which serves as their sleeping-quarters. The...
  • A Quiet Mediterranean? The U.S. Sixth Fleet brings an unusual calm for history’s constant cauldron.

    08/12/2014 5:23:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/12/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From the deck of a ship on the Mediterranean, the islands that pass by appear as calm as the weather. Huge yachts, not warships, are docked in island ports. I haven’t seen a naval officer in ten days. But it has rarely been so in the sea’s brutal past. The Mediterranean (“in the middle of the earth”) has been history’s constant cauldron. It provided too easy access between three vastly different and usually rival continents — Asia, Africa, and Europe. And it helped birth and spread three major and often warring religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Without it, there...
  • Navy shipbuilding crisis has far-reaching consequences

    08/10/2014 10:30:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Mississippi Watchdog ^ | August 7, 2014 | Steve Wilson
    The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding crisis is demonstrating far-reaching effects on the nation’s economy and foreign policy goals. Take, for example, Ingalls’ recently closed composite-construction yard in Gulfport. First, the Coast Guard passed on composite deckhouses for its new class of fast-response cutters, going to a different design. When the Navy decided to transition from a composite deckhouse like on the first two Zumwalt-class destroyers to a steel one constructed at Bath Iron Works, that proved the knockout blow. The yard closed in July, putting 400 shipbuilders out of work, according to local TV station WLOX. The decision was announced last...
  • Russia: Apparent US Sub Driven From Barents Sea

    08/09/2014 8:30:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 9, 2014
    Russian state news agencies say the country's navy claims to have driven away a submarine believed to be American that entered Russia's northern waters. The reports said the fleet sent several vessels and an anti-submarine Il-38 aircraft to drive the submarine away.
  • Seattle's Foss Maritime tug tows famed USS Constellation aircraft carrier to scrapyard (w/tracking)

    08/09/2014 1:09:45 AM PDT · by Drago · 6 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | 8/8/2014 | Steve Wilhelm
    The famed aircraft carrier USS Constellation set forth on its last voyage Friday, but this time towed by the ocean-going tugboat Corbin Foss. The 1,008-foot Constellation’s 16,000-mile journey from Bremerton will take the carrier around the southern tip of South America to Brownsville, Texas, where it is set to be scrapped.
  • Sell French Warships to NATO, Not Russia

    08/06/2014 4:21:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Arming a geopolitical foe is a grave mistake, especially one led by a cunning and utterly amoral character like Vladimir Putin. However, NATO-member France is on the verge of selling Putin's Russian regime two highly capable Mistral amphibious assault ships. The first warship, the Vladivostok, is almost ready for delivery. The second, ironically named the Sevastopol (Crimea's chief seaport), is under construction. Unfortunately, the two warships are ideal naval platforms for landing tanks and marines on Ukraine's Black Sea coast. Russia, while led by the likes of Putin, is a foe of the United States, NATO and the European Union....
  • UCLASS Requirements Shifted To Preserve Navy’s Next Generation Fighter

    08/01/2014 12:43:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | 31 July, 2014 | Dave Majumdar and Sam LaGrone
    Updated: August 1, 2014 11:32 AM The striking power and stealth of the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) concept was reduced to protect the role of the service’s next-generation of manned fighters, USNI News has learned. In particular, the change in UCLASS from a deep strike stealthy penetrator into the current lightly armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) focused aircraft was — in large part — to preserve a manned version of the F/A-XX replacement for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, several Navy, Pentagon and industry sources confirmed to USNI News. Industry, Pentagon and Navy...
  • Jesse Ventura: Don’t feel sorry for Chris Kyle’s widow, I’m the victim here

    07/30/2014 10:29:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 30, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Jesse Ventura, Minnesota’s former governor, won his lawsuit against the late Navy SEAL and American Sniper author Chris Kyle on Tuesday. He claimed he was defamed in that book and, while a jury agreed, the vainglorious former wrestler-turned-politician-turned-conspiracy-buff has not exactly comported himself in a fashion that elicits much sympathy. After having been awarded nearly $2 million to be paid by the late serviceman’s widow, one might assume that Ventura would simply slip away and enjoy his victory. It seems, however, Ventura’s narcissism prevented him from taking the tasteful approach here. In an appearance on CBS News’ This Morning on...
  • Over 40 Naval Ships Join for Rare Photo Op

    07/30/2014 3:39:01 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 55 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 30, 2014 | Mike Schuler
    A rare occurrence recently in the Pacific Ocean as more than 40 international naval ships joined together for a single photo shoot.
  • USS Indianapolis sunk on July 30, 1945. Newly revealed photos from the ship being digitized.

    07/30/2014 10:09:37 AM PDT · by Saint X · 45 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | July 30, 2014 | U.S. Naval Institute
    In the closing days of World War II, torpedoes from a Japanese submarine slammed into the side of USS Indianapolis and doomed the heavy cruiser. The sailors who didn’t drown were left adrift on the open ocean for four days during which they battled the elements, starvation and shark attacks. Fewer than 320 from the ship’s original crew of 1,196 survived.
  • Enlisted Women to Join Sub Crews Starting in 2016

    07/30/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 69 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Johanna Somers
    The Department of the Navy plans to add enlisted women crewmembers to seven Ohio-class submarines starting in 2016 and to four Virginia-class attack submarines beginning in 2020. "I think this is just the next step in a process that started a number of years ago to tap into a talented part of the Navy to help run very sophisticated vessels, and to me that's a real huge advantage that the Navy is capitalizing on," said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. "... Women sailors do a great job on surface ships. They have been doing it for a long time,...
  • VA, News Media Fail America's Fukushima First Responders

    07/23/2014 8:04:25 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    It’s been more than three years since the Fukushima disaster, in which an earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the Fukushima region of Japan and significantly damaged its nuclear power plant. *******snip***** Once the demand for news from Japan waned, however, little follow-up ever occurred in the media to those stories being told days after the tsunami struck, particularly those of American first responders. The USS Ronald Reagan responded almost immediately to the tsunami disaster. The carrier, reports in 2013 noted, may have coasted through a radiation plume. Photos of bizarrely foamy snow aboard the ship began to circulate in some...