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  • 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 · 61 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...
  • Gulf camera reveals site of WWII sinking of SS Robert E. Lee, German U-boat

    07/14/2014 12:50:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    ........[The] SS Robert E. Lee was carrying survivors from sister ships torpedoed in the Gulf, from Trinidad to New Orleans. On the June 30,1942, as it reached just 25 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River, a German torpedo hit. According to historical accounts, a lookout spotted the torpedo coming in and alerted the steamer's escort, the American submarine chaser USS PC-566. The sub immediately began dropping depth charges. The German U-boat, U-166, which launched the attack, was sunk with no survivors. Its wreck cannot be disturbed, now protected as a war grave for the 52 crew lost. On...
  • America Sets Sail: New Amphib, LHA-6, Leaves Shipyard

    07/12/2014 6:41:37 PM PDT · by Lower Deck · 18 replies
    Breaking Defense Blog ^ | By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on July 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM | Sydney Freedberg
    After five years in the shipyard, the first of a new class of Navy amphibious warship set sail today from its Pascagoula, Miss. birthsite for San Francisco, headed for the fleet. LHA-6 will be commissioned as the USS America this October. America has been controversial in the military and on this website. I’ve argued the LHA-6 is a dead end in naval design, because in order to carry more aircraft — MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jump-jets — it sacrifices the well deck required to launch landing craft and amtracs, which sort of takes the “amphibious” out of...
  • This Chart Explains Why The US Military Is Such A Dominant Global Force

    07/12/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 7-12-2014 | Brian Jones
    Brian JonesJuly. 11, 2014The single most important contributor to the U.S.'s military dominance is the country's powerful navy, which gives America the ability to project hard power just about anywhere in the world.(snip) (snip)
  • Parents Rescued by Navy Warship Plan to File Lawsuit (They're Baaaack!!)

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

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Vet Sues After Burial With Gay Partner Is Denied

    07/08/2014 6:09:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 8, 2014 | By REBECCA BOONE, AP
    BOISE, Idaho - A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise after she tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner, whom she met on a blind date in 1995 and married in California in 2008 when gay marriage was briefly legal. Though federal veterans cemeteries allow the spouses of gay veterans to be interred with their loved ones,...
  • Navy veteran sues for right to burial with lesbian spouse in Idaho

    07/07/2014 8:55:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2014 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - A gay veteran who was denied her wish to be buried one day with her late lesbian spouse in an Idaho military cemetery filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing the state of violating her constitutional right to equal protection by not recognizing her same-sex union.
  • Michelle Howard becomes Navy's first female four-star admiral

    07/02/2014 8:36:53 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/2/14 | CNN Staff
    The U.S. Navy has promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first female four-star officer in the Navy's 236-year-history, the White House said Tuesday. Howard, who was the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship, will become vice chief of naval operations, according to her online Navy biography. "Her historic career is taking a next step today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
  • 100 years ago today, the US Navy banned alcohol but had one last party

    07/01/2014 7:49:59 AM PDT · by Saint X · 10 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 1, 2014 | USNI News Staff
    As a flotilla of naval vessels from around the world participates in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) to sustain relationships in the maritime community, a century ago this week international navies converged for a remarkably different occasion—to drink the last of the U.S. Navy’s supply of alcohol. On July 1, 1914 the ships of the U.S. Navy officially became dry under General Order No. 99.
  • Navy SEAL contractor denied medical treatment by U.S. Embassy medical professionals

    06/30/2014 1:55:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    newsninja2012.com ^ | 6/30/14 | Jai
    Brandon Webb, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and now Editor-in-Chief of SOFREP.com, posted a sobering article today on the failures of the State Department in regards to our former military contractors working overseas. Brandon tells us the story of a CIA paramilitary and former Navy SEAL, Matthew Wojciechowski, who, while on TDY (temporary duty assignment) in ‎the Middle East, endured severe chest pains while on a mission. Instead of the medical professionals at the U.S. Embassy assisting him, they performed a stress test on him, took his vitals and sent him back to work. They denied him further treatment, leaving...
  • US personnel in Bahrain prepare for Ramadan

    06/29/2014 12:27:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 26, 2014 | Hendrick Simoes
    Ali Hassan, a cultural adviser at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, gives a presentation about Islam, the Islamic lunar calender, and about customs and traditions during Ramadan. About 150 personnel at the Bahrain base attended the briefing on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at...
  • Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

    06/28/2014 9:11:18 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mariam Jordan
    More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones. The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes.
  • THE PROVING GROUND: Vikramaditya aircraft carrier! (English subtitles)

    Youtube video at link.
  • USS New York, Carrying a Benghazi Suspect, Has Gone Dark

    06/25/2014 6:42:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25 | THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF
    Where is the USS New York? At 684 feet long and displacing over 24,900 tons, the Mayport, Fla.-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock is no smart car of the seas. Yet the vessel has gone “dark” for more than a week now. The low profile might have something to do with the fact that the New York is currently home to the recently captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the accused ringleaders of the Sept. 11-12, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attacks that left four Americans dead. While any ship’s location is supposed to be a well-guarded secret when deployed, the New...
  • India's new anti-submarine warfare corvette ready to sail out

    06/24/2014 11:21:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    India's newly-built anti submarine warfare (ASW) corvette Kamorta is now ready to join the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet. The warship is slated to be commissioned into the Indian Navy in July at Vishakhapatnam, where a nuclear submarine - Arihant - is also being built indigenously. Now docked at the fitting-out jetty (FOJ) of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) here, Kamorta - a super-sophisticated frontline warship with stealth features - is readying to sail out to play its role as Indian Navy's newest submarine hunter/killer, a defence ministry statement said Tuesday. It will be the first warship armed with...
  • If China and Japan Went to War: What Would America do?

    06/23/2014 8:25:46 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 32 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 06/21/14 | Harry J. Kazianis
    Picture it: It's March 1, 2015. Tokyo and Beijing are headed towards what was once the unthinkable. Over the last several months China has instituted daily non-naval maritime patrols around the hotly disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Beijing is even sending fully-fledged naval assets within the islands' 12 mile exclusion zone while its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, exercised only 50 miles away from the islands back in February — truly the end of Beijing's small-stick diplomatic strategy. But on 1 March the plot thickens. Two Chinese SU-27 fighters come within 25 feet of a Japanese P-3 Orion surveillance plane just 10 miles...
  • What a Judge Ordered an Active Duty Sailor to Do or Lose Custody of His Daughter is an Outrage

    06/21/2014 4:11:51 PM PDT · by montag813 · 19 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 06-21-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsThe date has been set - in stone. Circuit Court Judge Margaret Noe has ordered Matthew Hindes to appear in court on Monday, or risk losing full custody of his daughter. There's one problem -- a big one: Matthew Hindes is a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, and is currently stationed on a submarine deployed in the Pacific Ocean! Yes, the judge is out of her mind, but it is worse than that. Hindes has had full custody of his daughter since 2010. He received full parental rights when his daughter was taken from...
  • Judge Orders Deployed US Sailor To Attend Custody Hearing Or Lose Daughter, Face Arrest

    06/20/2014 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    A U.S. Navy sailor from Washington State is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, but a judge has ordered him into an impossible custody scenario: Appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday or risk losing custody of his 6-year-old daughter. Navy submariner Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from the home of his ex-wife, Angela, by child protective services. But now a judge has ordered him to appear in court Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his ex-wife in addition to a...
  • Submarine Duty No Defense in Child Custody Case

    06/19/2014 6:23:10 PM PDT · by queenkathy · 30 replies
    The Daily Telegram ^ | June 17, 2014 | Dennis Pelham
    ADRIAN Being posted on a submarine in the Pacific Ocean does not exempt a father from obeying child custody orders, a judge ruled Monday in Lenawee County Circuit Court.