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  • Russian Fighter Jet Flies Repeatedly Within 1000 Yards Of US Warship In The Black Sea

    04/14/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 42 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11-14-2014 | Tyler Durden
    As we reported last Friday, a second US warship, the destroyer Donald Cook, crossed the Bosphorus last week and entered the Black Sea at precisely the time when NATO was arguing that its encroaching presence around Russia should not spook anyone. Apparently it spooked someone, Russin, which over the weekend decided to give the Americans a warm welcome. As AP reports, "A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region."
  • 6-Year-Old With Rare Disorder Gets to Be Navy SEAL for a Day

    04/13/2014 3:21:35 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 6 replies
    FOX NEWS Insider ^ | April 12, 2014 | BY FOX NEWS INSIDER
    A 6-year-old got the birthday surprise of a lifetime when he found out he would be a Navy SEAL for a day. Mason Rudder has already endured 10 surgeries for a rare genetic disorder that affects his range of motion, but that hasn’t stopped him from dreaming of becoming an elite Navy SEAL one day. Navy SEAL Jared Ogden spent a day training Mason. They went through demolition and sniper training, and during their lunch break, Mason led the SEALs on a mission.
  • The 5,400mph superweapon: 'Star Wars' gun can fire shells at seven times speed of sound through

    04/11/2014 5:31:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2014 | David Williams
    A lethal new weapon that can fire a shell at seven times the speed of sound has been successfully tested on land. Described as ‘Star Wars technology’ by researchers, such a device has belonged solely to the world of science fiction for decades. But now it is close to a reality with sea trials on a US warship planned in two years.
  • Rescued sailboat family returns safely to California aboard Navy ship

    04/09/2014 3:32:32 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 77 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/9/14 | Marty Graham
    (Reuters) - A family of four rescued from their sailboat after their infant daughter became seriously ill at sea returned safely to San Diego on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up in the Pacific over the weekend, a Navy spokeswoman said. The parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, and their two daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra, left the Navy frigate Vandegrift after the ship arrived in port around 10 a.m. local time and proceeded to their family doctor, according to Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein of the Third Fleet. Rotklein declined to give any further information about the arrival...
  • Russia, Ukraine Reach Agreement On Crimea Forces Return

    04/08/2014 2:05:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Interpretermag Ukraine Live Blog ^ | 4-8-2014 | Interpreter mag
    UkrInform.ua reports that the deputy head of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration, Andriy Senchenko, has announced that an agreement has been reached on the return of Ukraine’s ships from Russian-held Crimea. The first ships to return will be the corvette Ternopil, the missile boat Priluki and the tanker, Fastov, all of which are currently in Sevastopol. Simultaneously, the head of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Crimean media centre, Vladislav Seleznev, announced that an agreement had been made on the return of Ukrainian aircraft from Crimea, adding that: One plane will fly home under its own power following maintenance, several more will be transported...
  • US Navy 'Game-Changer': Converting Seawater into Fuel

    04/07/2014 6:48:56 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 32 replies
    Industry Week ^ | Apr 7, 2014 | Agence France-Presse
    The U.S. Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel.
  • U.S. Navy to test futuristic, super-fast gun at sea in 2016

    04/07/2014 6:43:27 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 89 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7 Apr 2014 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research chief said. Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, the chief of Naval Research, told a round table group recently the futuristic electromagnetic rail gun had already undergone extensive testing on land and would be mounted on the USNS Millinocket, a high-speed vessel, for sea trials beginning in 2016. "It's now reality and it's not science fiction. It's actually...
  • Civilian guard on leave as Navy boosts base security

    04/01/2014 10:32:01 AM PDT · by csvset · 11 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 1, 2014 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK A civilian police officer has been placed on leave and the Navy is boosting security measures at bases from Virginia to Maine after last week's shooting aboard the destroyer Mahan. The guard who allowed the shooter onto Norfolk Naval Station was a federal police officer, not a sailor or a contractor, officials said Monday. Everyone entering a base in the service's mid-Atlantic region using a transportation worker credential - the kind Jeffrey Savage showed before he shot and killed a sailor - now must be checked against a federal crime database. Until last week, those checks weren't mandatory. Navy...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 March 2014

    03/30/2014 3:27:47 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 153 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 30 March 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 30th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Angus King, I-Maine; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Michael Leiter, former White House adviser on counterterrorism.FACE THE NATION (CBS): NCAA President Mark Emmert; Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency; Michael Morrell, former deputy CIA director and member of NSA Surveillance Review Group; Cmdr. William J. Marks, U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, which is involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet.THIS WEEK...
  • Navy base shooter got security credential this year (Update)

    03/30/2014 4:12:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 39 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 29, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    The man who drove a semi-truck onto Norfolk Naval Station before killing a sailor received his transportation worker credential within the past few months, a source close to the investigation said Friday. The detail comes a day after the Navy identified Jeffrey Tyrone Savage as the man at the center of its investigation into the shooting aboard the guided missile destroyer Mahan on Monday. Savage, 35, has a long criminal record, including convictions for selling drugs and manslaughter, but family members said they believed the man who grew up in Portsmouth had finally begun to turn his life around after...
  • Obama gives military latrine duty new meaning

    03/29/2014 5:56:31 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 14 replies
    WND ^ | March 29, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Government document puts naval engineering group in charge of Kenya pit toiletsThe Obama administration lately has demanded much from American soldiers, who now face possible reductions in the number in their ranks as well as higher payments toward their health benefits. That’s in addition to duty in Afghanistan, or worse. In the latest slap to the face of U.S. Department of Defense personnel, Obama now is asking those soldiers to oversee the digging of toilets at a girl’s school in Kenya, his “home country,” as First Lady Michelle Obama once publicly put it. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command is tasked...
  • GOP Rep. Hunter slams reported proposal to ban tobacco sales on Navy bases, ships

    03/29/2014 3:21:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 28, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is speaking out against a reported proposal being considered by the Navy to ban the sale of tobacco products on all its bases and ships, calling it a “political decision.” The Military Times reported Monday that Navy officials are considering removing tobacco from all retail outlets, including exchange-operated sales venues and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program outlets. Navy commissaries do not sell tobacco products. Hunter, a Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, said in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus he strongly opposes the ban, saying it...
  • The Cruel Sea (1953)

    03/28/2014 9:50:24 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 65 replies
    1953 | Ealing Studios
    Opening in the autumn of 1939 just as the Battle of the Atlantic begins, Lieutenant-Commander George Ericson, a British Merchant Navy and Royal Naval Reserve officer, is recalled to the Royal Navy and given command of HMS Compass Rose, a newly built Flower class corvette intended for convoy escort duties. His sub-lieutenants, Lockhart and Ferraby, are both newly commissioned and without experience at sea. The new first lieutenant, James Bennett (Stanley Baker), is an abusive martinet. Despite these initial disadvantages, the ship's company gains hard experience and becomes an effective fighting unit. At first their worst enemy is the weather...
  • Jeremiah Denton, Former Vietnam POW Who Blinked 'T-O-R-T-U-R-E', passes at 89

    03/28/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT · by Saint X · 51 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 3/28/14 | Naval Institute Staff
    The former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Navy admiral and Vietnam prisoner of war who blinked “T-O-R-T-U-R-E” in Morse Code to alert the world of abuse by his North Vietnamese captors, died on Friday.
  • Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified

    03/28/2014 6:36:00 AM PDT · by wtd · 34 replies
    WTKR ^ | March 27, 2014 | Holly Henry, Reed Andrews and Marissa Jasek
    Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified "Norfolk, Va. – The civilian gunman accused of killing a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan on Monday night before being fatally shot is Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, the Navy announced on Thursday. The Navy says Savage, 35, drove his 2002 Freightliner through Gate 5 just after 11 p.m. He then went to Pier 1 and left the truck and tried to get onto the USS Mahan. He was stopped by security there and that’s when a struggle started. They say Savage disarmed a petty officer of the watch and Savage then used...
  • Navy: Sailor in Norfolk base shooting died protecting [female] colleague

    03/26/2014 5:43:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 77 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | March 26, 2014 | Brock Vergakis and Michael Felberbaum
    The sailor who was slain during a shootout aboard a guided-missile destroyer at a Virginia base saved another sailor's life by jumping between her and a civilian gunman who was trying to board the ship, Navy officials said Wednesday. (snip) He parked his tractor-trailer cab near Pier 1, was able to walk onto the pier and began heading up a ramp toward the USS Mahan when he was confronted by Navy security, said Mario Palomino, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent in charge of the Norfolk field office. The man then got into an altercation with a female petty...
  • 19-year-old Navy RB McKamey dies after being in coma

    03/26/2014 6:10:35 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 25 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 3/26/2014
    Navy football player Will McKamey, who has been hospitalized since collapsing at practice three days ago, has died while in a coma. He was 19. The academy says the freshman running back from Knoxville, Tenn., died at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Tuesday with his family by his side.
  • Sailor gunned down at Naval Station Norfolk, security forces kill male suspect

    03/25/2014 3:58:39 AM PDT · by k4gypsyrose · 58 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/25/13 | NY Daily News
    NORFOLK, Va. — A sailor was shot and killed at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia and security forces killed the male civilian suspect, a base spokeswoman said.
  • Spokeswoman: 2 killed in shooting at Naval Station Norfolk; base briefly put on lockdown

    03/25/2014 12:58:01 AM PDT · by Drago · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 03-25-2014 | AP
    NORFOLK, VA. – A base spokeswoman says two people were killed in a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk. Terri Davis says the shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. Monday at Pier 1 on the base...
  • Obama to Kill Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs Cornerstone of U.S. Naval power eliminated

    03/24/2014 11:23:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 124 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/24/14 | Adam Kredo
    President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say has helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades. The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy. In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The...
  • Video: Ukrainian Minesweeper "Cherkassy" Attempts To Pen Channel Ukraine Navy Trapped In

    03/21/2014 2:25:24 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3-21-14 | EuroMaiden PR
    The Ukrainians are trying to use a minesweeper to remove the 40 ton Fireboat the Russians sunk next to cruiser Ochakov, that blocks the channel the Ukrainian ships are bottled up in. Note the Russian Trawler, and the Russian frigate close by. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDi_wTsMOXs Also reported that the Russians have seized the Ukrainian Sub, as well. It is the only real threat the Ukrainians had to the Russian Navy, so I'm not surprised.
  • Pro-Russians storm Ukrainian navy base in Crimea

    03/19/2014 8:41:13 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | Mar 19, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark, Nick Paton Walsh and Alla Eshchenko
    Pro-Russians storm Ukrainian navy base in Crimea By Laura Smith-Spark, Nick Paton Walsh and Alla Eshchenko, CNN updated 11:12 AM EDT, Wed March 19, 2014 Simferopol, Crimea (CNN) -- A day after Russia claimed Crimea as its own, there are signs the uneasy standoff between pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces could ignite into bloody conflict. Almost 300 armed pro-Russian supporters took over the Ukrainian navy's headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Wednesday, said Marina Kanalyuk, assistant to the commander of Ukraine's navy fleet. "They are everywhere here, they surround us, they threaten us," she said, adding that she was...
  • Missing MH370: US Navy to Deploy P-8A Poseidon Aircraft for Search Mission

    03/13/2014 11:04:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Friday March 14, 2014 | Victoria Brown
    The US Navy will deploy a P-8A Poseidon to aid in the search efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The US Navy said it would move a P-8A Poseidon to the search area on Saturday, according to a statement by the American Embassy in Malaysia on Friday. However, it did not specify the area. "The P-3C Orion will remain on station to assist with the search in a daily rotation with the P-8. This move adds the P-8s enhanced technology and greater range to the search efforts while maximising planned maintenance and guarding against air crew fatigue for...
  • Navy X-47B

    Just 5 months ago ( July 10, 2013 ) the Navy successfully conducted take-offs and landings from a fairly new nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, with a new stealth jet called the X-47B. What is so different about this plane is the fact that it is a 'drone'. Yes, it is completely unmanned. Drones come in all sizes, and the X-47B is likely one of the larger ones. Note that this aircraft is stealth, meaning the enemy cannot detect a plane like this in the first place. In the unlikely event they get lucky at shooting one...
  • Bring on the Frigate: LCS Is Outgunned, Outclassed

    03/06/2014 6:14:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | March 6, 2014 | William A. Price
    The future of the littoral combat ship is anything but certain. In January, Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox issued a classified memo ordering the Navy to reduce planned purchases of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) from 52 to 32. In a preview of the FY15 defense budget proposal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel backed that decision saying he was “concerned that the Navy is relying too heavily on the LCS to achieve its long-term goals for ship numbers.” Hagel directed that the Navy begin studying “alternative proposals to procure a capable and lethal small surface combatant, consistent with the...
  • On Defense Cuts, Obama Just Comes Right Out And Says He Wants The Terrorists To Win

    03/06/2014 5:57:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    duffelblog.com ^ | 3-3-2014 | Juice Box
    WASHINGTON — Confirming suspicions of Americans and Fox News contributors everywhere, Communist-in-Chief Barack Obama announced today that his plans to downsize the Defense Department in size and spending are singularly rooted in a heartfelt desire to allow the terrorists to win. “I’m doing this because I hate America,” Obama told reporters. “Plain and simple.” Indeed, last week, the president unveiled proposals that would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels, slash a number of costly programs, and roll back some benefits to service members and their families. Speaking today from the White House briefing room, the president assured Americans...
  • Israeli Navy Captures Iranian Boat Loaded With Syrian Missiles Destined for Gaza

    03/05/2014 8:36:38 AM PST · by robowombat · 37 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | MARCH 5, 2014 8:53 AM | Gidon Ben-zvi
    BREAKING: Israeli Navy Captures Iranian Boat Loaded With Syrian Missiles Destined for Gaza (VIDEO) MARCH 5, 2014 8:53 AM 9 COMMENTS Benny Gantz Ram Rothberg Israeli Navy KLOSCIran Gaza KLOSC Shayetet 13Israeli navy commandos KLOSC arms shipM-302 missile Iran Gaza StripM-302 missile Second Lebanon WarMoti Almoz Israeli Navy KLOSC Iran Israeli Naval commandos on Wednesday intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea weighed down with missiles that was en route to the Gaza Strip, the IDF said in a statement. The boat, named KLOSC, was stopped by the elite naval commando unit Shayetet 13 as it was heading to...
  • Slavutych (Ukrainian Command)ship repels attack of armed persons

    03/04/2014 12:52:00 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    Ukraine’s Navy Slavutych crew prevented the capture attempt by armed persons. “Armed persons in a boat came to the ship but the crew repelled their attack. There was even the attempt to board the ship, capture her, arms, and sailors,” informed Capt. 2nd Rank Vitaliy Zvyahintsev, Commander of Surface Ships Brigade, Ukraine’s Navy. Now, the ships of the Russian Federation Black Sea Fleet continue blocking the Ukrainian Navy ships in Crimea. All the military units and ships of the Ukrainian Armed forces deployed in Crimea follow the orders of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the Ukrainian...
  • Commander-in-Chief Of Ukraine Navy defects, pledges allegiance to Crimean Republic (Video)

    03/02/2014 9:36:02 AM PST · by kronos77 · 17 replies
    Commander-in-Chief Of Ukraine Navy defects, pledges allegiance to Crimean Republic
  • REPORT: Ukrainian Warship Defects To Russia

    03/02/2014 7:35:02 AM PST · by kronos77 · 38 replies
    Ukrainian Navy flagship Hetman Sahaidachny has reportedly refused orders from Kiev and defected to the Russian side, a Russian senator has claimed in an interview with Ivestia Daily. “Ukraine’s Navy flagship the Hetman Sahaidachny has come over to our side today. It has hung out the St Andrew’s flag,” Sen. Igor Morozov, a member of the committee on the international affairs, told Izvestia. “The crew has fulfilled the order by the chief commander of Ukraine’s armed forces Viktor Yanukovych.” The ship recently took part in counter-piracy patrols with EU naval forces and was sailing towards its homeport of Sevastopol, Naval...
  • The flagship of the NAVY of Ukraine "Hetman Sahaidachny" defected to the Russian (Translated)

    03/01/2014 4:43:36 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 36 replies
    Isvestia ^ | 3-1-2014 | Isvestia
    Member of the Committee on International Affairs, Igor Morozov, who currently is in Crimea, told Izvestia that the RUSSIAN armed forces are prepared to carry out any operations. He confirmed that today is the flagship of the Navy of Ukraine "Hetman Sahaidachny" moved to the side of Russia. -Ukraine has virtually no Navy. The flagship of the NAVY of Ukraine "Hetman Sahaidachny" today switched to our side. They hung out St. Andrew's flag. The flagship goes after the exercises from the Mediterranean into the black with a St. Andrew's flag. They complied, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of Ukraine Victor...
  • Canadian navy ship adrift in heavy seas off Hawaii after engine room fire

    03/01/2014 3:53:34 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 27 replies
    National Post ^ | 28 Feb 14 | unknown
    VANCOUVER — A Canadian navy ship with more than 300 people on board is adrift in the Pacific Ocean in heavy seas after a fire in the engine room. HMCS Protecteur was returning to its home port of Esquimalt, British Columbia when the blaze broke out Thursday night. Several crew members aboard the 44-year-old supply ship suffered minor injuries from the fire. Sailors put out the flames, the Department of National Defence said Friday morning. HMCS Protecteur is currently 630 kilometres northeast of Pearl Harbor and has limited power.
  • Navy relieves USS Taylor's commander after ship ran aground (while deployed near Sochi Olympics)

    02/26/2014 6:59:22 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 25, 2014 | By Steven Beardsley
    NAPLES, Italy — The Navy relieved the commander of the USS Taylor on Tuesday, about two weeks after the Florida-based frigate ran aground in the Black Sea. Cmdr. Dennis Volpe was relieved by Capt. Jim Aiken, commander of Task Force 65, which controls surface ships in the Navy’s 6th Fleet waters in the Mediterranean and Atlantic. A preliminary inquiry into the grounding resulted in a “loss of confidence” in Volpe’s ability to command, according to a 6th Fleet news release. Volpe was temporarily reassigned to the staff of Destroyer Squadron 14 in Mayport, Fla., Taylor’s homeport. His duties as commander...
  • Sailor's letter arrives a century later and delivered to WWI seaman's great granddaughter

    02/22/2014 7:33:33 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2014
    A forgotten letter from a mystery First World War sailor has found its way to his granddaughter after almost a century. The note dated 1916 was discovered behind a fireplace in Kirkwall, Orkney, and signed ‘Your Blue Jacket Boy’. Addressed to the serviceman’s family, it was sealed and stamped but never posted. Staff at Orkney Library hoped to identify the letter writer and launched an appeal on their blog. The hunt spread to Canada, where a distant relative suggested the sailor might be David John Phillips from Llanelli, South Wales. The relative contacted Mary Hodge in Chester, who recognised the...
  • U.S. Naval ship assigned to Sochi runs aground while refueling and is out of commission

    02/18/2014 11:20:52 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 58 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Graham Watson
    One of the Naval warships assigned to the Black Sea for U.S. protection during the Sochi Winter Olympics ran aground last Wednesday in a Turkish port as it was attempting to refuel. The port was 240 miles from Sochi.
  • The US Navy Is Ready To Deploy A Futuristic Laser Weapon That's Been Likened To 'Star Wars'

    02/17/2014 7:45:26 PM PST · by blam · 96 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 2-16-2014 | David Sharp
    The US Navy Is Ready To Deploy A Futuristic Laser Weapon That's Been Likened To 'Star Wars' David Sharp, Associated PressFebuary 16,2014 BATH, Maine (AP) — Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years. For the Navy, it's not so much about the whiz-bang...
  • Congress Questions Plan to Pay for 11-Carrier Navy

    02/17/2014 5:26:36 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 20 replies
    Plans to permanently retire the USS George Washington and bring the NavyÂ’s carrier-fleet total down to 10 are still being debated in ongoing budget deliberations despite reports the White House has scrapped any plans to reduce the carrier total.Some of the uncertainty centers around potential funding for the mid-life refueling for the USS George Washington in the upcoming 2015 budget submission, dollars which may still be uncertain or under review, Capitol Hill and Pentagon sources said.The uncertainty comes amid widespread discussion about whether the Defense DepartmentÂ’s upcoming 2015 budget proposal will remove funding for one aircraft carrier and bring the...
  • Navy Bobsled Team

    02/14/2014 11:10:00 AM PST · by paterfamilias · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | me
    As a kid, I remember watching the Army and Navy bobsled teams competing at Lake Placid on ABC Wide World of Sports. Check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bYntbG6SWU
  • Accidental "I Love You" derailed SEALS career

    02/14/2014 10:47:54 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 49 replies
    ABC News/Yahoo ^ | 2/14/14 | Lee Ferran
    Decorated Navy SEAL Brett Jones had already survived two harrowing deployments overseas when, back in the states, his world came crashing down around him, all thanks to an answering machine. It was the morning after a welcome back party, and Jones was calling to thank a fellow Navy serviceman who organized the bash. The man wasn't in, so Jones left him a message at his military office, and then he did something without thinking about it. "I said, 'I love you' before I hung up," Jones told ABC News, recounting the story by email.
  • Mullahs Ahoy; Pentagon to Iran: Sail wherever you like

    02/11/2014 9:34:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    free beacon ^ | 2/11/14 | Adam Kredo
    The U.S. Defense Department said on Monday that Iranian warships are allowed to sail into the Atlantic Ocean so long as “they understand the responsibilities” of cruising so close to the U.S. border. The Pentagon’s pronouncement comes just days after Iran announced that warships were approaching the U.S. maritime border in response to America’s naval presence in the Persian Gulf. Asked to respond to Iran’s pointed military rhetoric, Pentagon spokesman Bill Speaks told the Washington Free Beacon that it would not be an issue for Iranian ships to enter the Atlantic. “Freedom of the seas applies to all maritime nations,...
  • Exam cheating scandal hits U.S. Navy nuclear force

    02/05/2014 7:57:57 PM PST · by OneVike · 49 replies
    Action news Now ^ | 2/5/14 | ???
    <p>The Navy is investigating cheating allegations against about one-fifth of its trainers at a school for naval nuclear power reactor operators.</p> <p>It is the second exam-cheating scandal to hit the military this year, on top of disclosures of ethical lapses at all ranks in the military as it transitions from more than a decade of war-fighting.</p>
  • The Navy Is Already Working On A Submarine That Won't Be Ready Until 2030

    02/04/2014 6:53:21 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    BI- Military.ComY ^ | 2-4-2014 | &#61517;Kris Osborn
    The Navy Is Already Working On A Submarine That Won't Be Ready Until 2030 Kris Osborn, Military.com Feb. 4, 2014, 8:54 PM QUONSET POINT, R.I. -- Over the next several years, General Dynamics Electric Boat plans to add several new buildings to its facility here, double its workforce, and invest about $150 million -- all as preparation for the construction of the Navy's next-generation nuclear-armed submarine. Early prototyping is already under way at Electric Boat for the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP), a high-tech, 560-foot long, nuclear-powered submarine. Navy leaders have announced plans to build 12 ORPs, with the first one...
  • Another Kilo-class submarine heading for Vietnam

    02/04/2014 8:45:11 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 11 replies
    Vietnam Net ^ | 4 February 2014
    The submarine, named HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, was built at Admiralty Verfi Shipyard in St. Petersburg. Due to harsh weather conditions in St. Petersburg, the naval diesel-electric submarine was loaded on to the Dutch heavy lift ship at Kaliningrad’s Yantar shipyard instead of Admiralty Verfi. The loading was supported by two tug boats and a canoe. The Dutch ship is now travelling to the Baltic Sea and then to Vietnam. It is scheduled to dock at Cam Ranh Port in one and a half months. Vietnam and Russia signed a document verifying the result of the vessel’s technical tests...
  • The Navy Is Dropping Down to Just Two Deployed Carriers

    01/25/2014 7:09:17 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 99 replies
    The U.S. Navy is about to cut in half the number of aircraft carriers it keeps ready for combat. Starting in 2015, just two American flattops will be on station at any given time, down from three or four today. The change is spelled out in a presentation by Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command. The U.S. Naval Institute published the presentation on its Website on Jan. 24. The new “Optimized Fleet Response Plan” represents an effort to standardize training, maintenance and overseas cruise schedules for the Navy’s 283 front-line warships, in particular the 10 nuclear-powered carriers. The...
  • China on the radar, India invites Japan for Indo-US Malabar naval war games

    01/25/2014 11:05:43 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 26 Jan 2014 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Injecting some much-needed thrust to its rapidly expanding strategic partnership with Japan, India has invited the Japanese forces to take part in this year's edition of the Indo-US Malabar naval war games that have riled China in the past. India and Japan on Saturday also decided to hold another joint working group meeting in March to discuss the sale of Japanese US-2i ShinMayva amphibious aircraft to Indian Navy, apart from ramping up defence ties through regular joint combat exercises and military exchanges as well as cooperation in anti-piracy, maritime security and counter-terrorism. Both the Malabar war games and...
  • Admiral Warns U.S. Losing Pacific Dominance To China

    01/23/2014 10:53:01 AM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investpr's Business Daily ^ | January 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Power Shift: Despite the White House's much-lauded pivot to the Pacific, the Navy's Pacific commander warns that an increasingly hostile and assertive China threatens U.S. air and sea superiority in the region. If jaws didn't drop, they should have last week when Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, chief of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), said: "Our historic dominance that most of us in this room have enjoyed is diminishing, no question." U.S. naval and air superiority, particularly in the Pacific, has been taken for granted. But as Obama administration budget cuts and the effects of sequestration take their toll, our position...
  • Military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Robert Gates warns Britain

    01/19/2014 2:30:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 16 January 2014 | bbc
    UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned. The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000. ...On the UK's military cuts, Mr Gates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "With the fairly substantial reductions in defence spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past." The spectrum refers to the ability of a country's military to fight...
  • Navy’s new carrier so large the crew need an app to find their way about (Royal Navy)

    01/17/2014 9:27:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 14 January 2014
    Making waves: a CGI of how the 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth will look. They have been joining up the dots —almost literally — on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the new aircraft carrier, the largest warship built in Britain, which is now towering above the rooftops in Rosyth dockyard. The five huge sections from different yards for the 65,000-tonne ship have been assembled. In the coming year it will be floated out of the dock, and named by the Queen — the first naval ship to bear her name. Crew members are shortly to be given a special app for their mobile...
  • Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?

    01/17/2014 7:25:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The American Dream ^ | January 16, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the “purge” of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place. As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? When I was growing up, my father was an officer in the U.S. Navy. And what is going on...
  • In Pursuit of the U.S. Navy’s Next Surface Combatant

    01/16/2014 1:08:16 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | January 14, 2014 | By USNI News Editor
    The Navy needs to perfect three technologies on its quest for its next generation of large warships, Rear Adm. Thomas Rowden, director of surface warfare (N96) for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) told USNI News in an interview in the Pentagon on Jan. 9. Energy weapons (like lasers), electromagnetic rail guns and advanced energy systems to power the new weapons are all likely to be part of the next major surface ship, though the specifics for a ship (or ships) — which won’t begin construction in 15 years — are far from settled. “There’s some technologies...