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  • Congressman: Classified Details of Iran’s Treatment of U.S. Sailors Will Shock Nation

    05/16/2016 11:17:48 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 106 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 5/16/16 | Adam Kredo
    “I’ve had a full classified briefing” from military officials, Forbes told the Free Beacon. “It could be as long as a year before we actually get that released.” Details of the abduction are likely to start an uproar in the nation and call into question the Obama administration’s handling of the incident, which many experts say violated international and maritime law. “I think that when the details actually come out, most Americans are going to be kind of taken aback by the entire incident, both how Iran handled it and how we handled it,” Forbes disclosed. “I think that’s going...
  • Navy Fires Commander Eric Rasch Over Iran's Detention of Sailors

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

    05/13/2016 1:40:43 PM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies
    SeeBS News ^ | 5/12/16
    WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours. In a statement Thursday, the Navy said it had lost confidence in Cmdr. Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the squadron that included the 10 sailors at the time of the January incident. He was responsible for the training and readiness of the more than 400 sailors in the unit... Secretary of State John Kerry, in a series of phone calls, used the...
  • Hmmm: Navy “fires” commander of sailors captured by Iran (Video in the link)

    05/13/2016 10:25:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Accountability matters, especially in the military — and the US Navy just delivered some internal accountability for the capture of sailors by Iran. NBC, ABC, and other news agencies report that the Navy has “fired” Commander Eric Rasch, the executive officer of the sailors in the embarrassing January incident. This reverses the promotion Rasch got while the investigation took place, and will end any hopes he has for promotion: The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who entered Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours.In...
  • Navy Commander Fired in Connection with Iran Detention Incident

    05/12/2016 5:56:12 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 12, 2016 | Hope Hodge Seck
    The commanding officer of a West Coast-based Navy riverine squadron has been fired in the fallout from an investigation into an incident in which ten sailors were briefly captured by Iranian forces earlier this year. Cmdr. Eric Rasch, commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, was relieved today by Capt. Gary Leigh the commander of Coastal Riverine Group 1 due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to a Navy release. Leigh made the decision to remove Rasch after reviewing a preliminary investigation into the incident that unfolded over Jan. 12-13. Two riverine boats carrying ten...
  • Navy officer fired over Iran's detention of 10 sailors.

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

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

    04/06/2016 1:59:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Junior female sailors are not the only women to get new uniforms. Female officers and senior enlisted sailors will wear updated styles, such as new combination covers. By the fall of 2016, both enlisted men and women will receive new service dress blues, what the Navy calls “crackerjacks.” ... The “Dixie cup” style dates back to 1886 when it was first incorporated into Navy uniform regulations, according to the Navy’s historical site. “It can be squared, rolled, crushed, fitted with ‘gull wings’ or simply worn as it comes from small stores. It can be used as a flotation device or...
  • After 95 years, a Navy ship lost at sea with all hands is finally discovered

    03/23/2016 1:25:55 PM PDT · by NRx · 91 replies
    WaPo ^ | 03-23-2016 | Michael E. Ruane
    The USS Conestoga left the Navy yard at Mare Island, Calif., on Good Friday, 1921, bound for Pearl Harbor, with a complement of 56 sailors. It cleared the Golden Gate at 3:25 p.m. and steamed into the Gulf of the Farallones in heavy seas. Conestoga was a rugged oceangoing tug that had once hauled coal barges for a Pennsylvania railroad. But 17 years after its launch in Baltimore, it had undergone hard use and had a reputation as a “wet boat,” one that shipped water easily. At 4 p.m. that day, as the San Francisco light ship recorded big waves...
  • Navy eases body fat standards in effort to retain sailors

    03/14/2016 12:54:56 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 59 replies
    World Magazine ^ | Posted March 14, 2016, | Michael Cochrane
    Navy Petty Officer Lentoyi White, 26, feared she’d be dismissed from the service after twice failing the Navy’s body composition assessment (BCA), which measures body fat percentage. But in January, the Navy loosened its body fat restrictions for both men and women, giving White and thousands of other sailors another chance to stay in the Navy. “I am very grateful for a second chance with this new policy,” said White, a single mother with a 5-year-old daughter. White has gone from 212 pounds to 188 and is optimistic she’ll pass this spring under the new standards. Under the Navy’s previous...
  • Obama Laughs As He Recalls Being Told Of US Sailors Held By Iran

    01/25/2016 2:07:21 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 21 replies
    Published on Jan 25, 2016 Obama Laughs As He Recalls Being Told Of US Sailors Held By Iran (January 22, 2016)
  • ‘Act of God’: Ayatollah Claims Divine Intervention Led to US Sailors Detention at Gunpoint

    01/24/2016 8:58:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2016 | 3:48 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    "An act of God" was responsible for U.S. Navy sailors entering Iranian waters, leading to their arrest at gunpoint, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday told Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members who detained the Americans. "Your job was excellent, interesting and timely and, in fact, we must consider this incident as an act of God, who brought Americans into our waters so they would be arrested through your timely action and in that manner with their hands held above their heads," Khamenei told the group in a face-to-face meeting, according to a report on the supreme leader's...
  • Document U.S. CENTCOM Statement on Events Surrounding Iranian Detainment of 10 U.S. Navy Sailors

    01/19/2016 11:56:43 AM PST · by Bruce Campbells Chin · 51 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | January 18, 2016 | CENTCOM
    Document: U.S. CENTCOM Statement on Events Surrounding Iranian Detainment of 10 U.S. Navy Sailors January 18, 2016 1:57 PM The following preliminary timeline of the events surrounding the Iranian detainment of 10 U.S. Navy Sailors from January 12-13, 2016, is based upon multiple operational reports received by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) in the first 24-48 hours after the incident. A Navy command investigation initiated on Jan. 14, will provide a more complete accounting of events.On Jan. 12, two NAVCENT Riverine Command Boat (RCB) crews were tasked with the mission of relocating two RCBs from Kuwait to Bahrain, with...
  • White House Does Not Think Pictures of Sailors on Their Knees is Embarrassing

    01/16/2016 3:32:39 PM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 72 replies
    White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest News Briefing ^ | Jan 15, 2016 | Obama White House/Josh Earnest
    White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest News Briefing Video
  • Dramatic video shows ten American sailors on their knees as they surrendered to Iranian troops

    01/13/2016 2:48:19 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 86 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Wills Robinson
    Dramatic video shows ten American sailors on their knees as they surrendered to Iranian troops in the Persian Gulf while a U.S. 'commander' is filmed apologizing to the revolutionary guard Footage of sailors on the floor, with hands behind their heads surrounded by Iranian guards has been released It was aired on the Islamic republic's state television after the Navy personnel were freed following a standoff When the sailors were taken off of the boats in the Persian Gulf, they were questioned by the IRGC Later the captives were pictured looking relaxed while sitting on a big carpet sharing plates...
  • mages of U.S. Sailors on Their Knees Before Iran Surface as Biden Denies Apology

    01/13/2016 4:08:50 PM PST · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jan 2016 | Mary Chastain
    ice President Joe Biden told CBS New the U.S. did not apologize to Iran after the country released ten Navy sailors it had abducted on Tuesday night. “When you have a problem with the boat, (do) you apologize the boat had a problem? No,” he explained. “And there was no looking for any apology. This was just standard nautical practice.” The vice president explained that the “the Iranians picked up both boats — as we have picked up Iranian boats that needed to be rescued.” Iranian officials then “realized they were there in distress and said they would release them,...
  • White House denies there was an apology to Iran

    01/13/2016 4:46:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/16 | Ben Ariel
    The White House said on Wednesday that it is pleased that Iran released 10 American sailors it had detained, but continues to have concerns about Tehran's sponsorship of terrorism and threats to Israel, Reuters reports. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told Reuters he was not aware of any discussions between Washington and Tehran about an American apology for the incident and noted one "certainly" had not been given. Earnest explained that President Barack Obama had not mentioned the incident during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night so as not to elevate the issue and jeopardize the sailors'...
  • Iran Releases Humiliating Images of U.S. Sailors in Captivity

    01/13/2016 8:26:29 AM PST · by detective · 129 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 13, 2016 | Morgan Chalfont
    Iran state television released images of the 10 U.S. sailors that the Iranian military held in custody overnight Tuesday. ABC News first reported the photos, which appeared after the sailors were released by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps Wednesday morning.
  • Iran Releases U.S. Sailors Accused of ‘Trespassing’

    01/13/2016 3:07:38 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01/13/2016 | Thomas Erdbrink
    Iran has released two United States Navy patrol boats and 10 crew members who were described as "trespassing" in Iranian waters near a major naval base, state news media reported on Wednesday. The Pentagon and the State Department said that one of the boats had experienced mechanical problems en route to Bahrain from Kuwait on a routine mission on Tuesday, and the Iranians appeared to have accepted that explanation.
  • 10 U.S. sailors in Iranian custody

    01/12/2016 2:26:41 PM PST · by Signalman · 140 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/12/2016 | By Barbara Starr, Jim Sciutto and Jim Acosta,
    Washington (CNN)Ten American sailors are in Iranian custody after two small U.S. naval craft apparently briefly entered Iranian territorial waters, a U.S. senior defense official said Tuesday. The official, however, expects the situation to be resolved quickly. A senior administration official said there is nothing to indicate this was anything hostile on the part of any entity in Iran, adding that the U.S. has received high-level assurances that the sailors will be released promptly. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told CNN's Jake Tapper that President Barack Obama will be in touch with members of Congress about the incident. "Certainly,...
  • VJ Day Kiss - 70 years ago

    08/12/2015 1:20:54 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 18 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | 10 August 2014 | smithsk
    VJ Day Kiss - 70 years ago 70 years ago ... August 14, 1945 was the dawn, ending those dark days from 1939 - 1945 which were marked by a horrific world war. World War II left no continent untouched and a devastating body count. With causalities approaching 70 million, it may have been the worst war in recorded human history, such seen in this interactive video: The Fallen of World War II on Vimeo But as the Psalmist wrote: "... weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5 (KJV) Finally the night of...
  • Mansions of the Lord -- West Point Glee Club

    05/25/2015 9:23:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    You Tube ^ | John Langslov and others
    In honor of Memorial Day and the fallen. This is a moving tribute by the West Point Glee Club with pictures collected by John Langslov. Solos by Ronan Tynan and Sgt. McKenzie. If this does not bring a tear to your eye, you have no heart.
  • U.S. Navy News: Firefighting Robots That Could Replace Sailors in Dangerous Situations Being Tested

    02/08/2015 1:47:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    The firefighting robot, known as SAFFiR for Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, is a bipedal automated machine designed to fight fires in the place of humans, according to a U.S. Navy blog post. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Virginia Tech are working together on SAFFiR. The robot is designed to do tasks like humans, such as opening doors and using fire hoses, and has sensors, including infrared stereovision and a rotating laser for light detection and ranging (LIDAR) to move through heavy smoke.
  • Female Sailors Secretly Videotaped Showering on Submarines

    12/05/2014 4:05:24 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 135 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    Some of the Navy's first female submariners were secretly videotaped while undressing and showering on board the USS Wyoming, a ballistic missile submarine, service officials confirmed Wednesday.
  • Fallen Sailor to Be Awarded Top Medal for Actions in Defense of Shipmates

    04/25/2014 4:51:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/24/2014 | Kevin L. Martin
    The United State Navy announced via official press release that Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo will be posthumously award the Navy and Marine Corp Medal at his burial this Friday. Petty Officer Mayo died in the line of duty protecting his ship, the U.S.S. Mahan, on March 24th, 2014, after a civilian intruder boarded the Mahan, disarmed the Petty Officer of the Watch, and engaged in a shootout with Petty Officer Mayo and other responding sailors.
  • 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...
  • Touching moment crew stand and salute dying Pearl Harbor sailor as he is granted final wish to join

    11/19/2013 3:48:35 PM PST · by DFG · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11/19/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The crew of the USS Dewey have honored the dying wish of a Pearl Harbor survivor by allowing him on board the latest version of the destroyer he served on in the Second World War. Electrician’s Mate Second Bud Cloud was due to begin hospice care, when his friend Jennie Haskamp reached out to the Dewey's crew and asked if he could see the ship in San Diego. But when they arrived at the dock, the sailors carried the 90-year-old veteran on board and attentively listened as he shared his memories from the war.
  • Pirates kidnap two U.S. sailors off Nigerian coast -sources

    10/24/2013 10:16:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:54am EDT | Joe Brock, Jonathan, Tife Owolabi, Andrea Shalal-Esa
    (Reuters) - Pirates attacked an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both U.S. citizens, an American defense official and security sources said on Thursday. Pirate attacks off Nigeria's coast have jumped by a third this year as ships passing through West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities route, have come under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews. The U.S.-flagged, C-Retriever, a 222-foot (67 meter) vessel owned by U.S. marine transport group Edison Chouest Offshore, was attacked early Wednesday, UK-based security firm AKE and two security sources said. The...
  • Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

    10/13/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/13 | Maureen Callahan
    It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage. All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie. “Phillips wasn’t the big leader like...
  • Abandoned ship: Sailors left adrift by transport firms' legal battles

    10/05/2013 7:08:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-4-13 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    <p>Supplies were dwindling, his 20-man crew had not been paid for months and Captain Khan Jubair Niaz was desperate as his ship drifted aimlessly in the Gulf of Suez.</p> <p>“We have not committed any crime and yet we are being punished,” Niaz wrote in a plaintive email to the Sailors' Society, a 200-year-old, United Kingdom-based nonprofit that specializes in ministering to merchant seafarers. “I just want to go home. I am not interested in money. If I die here on this ship, then money is no good to me.”</p>
  • Vintage U.S. Navy Photo: "Beauty and the Beast" - Panama City, 6th November 1945

    06/24/2013 7:05:32 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Retronaut ^ | November 1945 | Retronaut
    “Jada were a popular night club act at Club Lido in Panama City. Not surprisingly, her routine was entitled “Beauty and the Beast”. She is shown here performing for the sailors of the US Task Force 11, while they were on leave. The troops were on their way to New York City to participate in Navy Day celebrations, but made a stop before passing through the Panama Canal.”
  • Navy Will Inspect Its Bathrooms for ‘Degrading’ Images of Women

    06/18/2013 10:37:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 18, 2013 - 5:16 AM | Elizabeth Harrington
    In line with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s order for troops to have their workplaces searched for “degrading or offensive” materials—part of an attempt to curb sexual assault in the military—the Navy will inspect even its bathrooms. While what’s degrading or offensive is open to interpretation, the material can include song lyrics and “inappropriate cartoons.” In a memo sent on June 13, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus ordered that all sailors, Marines, cadets and civilian employees have their workplaces searched by June 28. The “comprehensive visual inspections” of the workspaces conducted by commanding officers will “ensure they are free from materials that...
  • The Deadly Disgrace of Obama's Pro-Terrorist Lawyers

    10/12/2012 1:35:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Michelle Malik
    October 12 marks the 12th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. The grim milestone comes as President Obama faces mounting questions about his administration's dereliction of duty during the murderous attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. And it comes just a day after resurgent al-Qaida thugs pulled off the drive-by assassination of a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa. These are not "bumps in the road." These are gravesites on the blood-spattered path to surrender. Seventeen U.S. sailors died in the brutal suicide attack on the guided Navy missile destroyer as...
  • U.S. Navy releases records of triple shooting suspect Christopher Dorner

    02/07/2013 4:55:40 PM PST · by Smogger · 135 replies
    ABC 10 News ^ | 02/07/2013 | Ellen McGregor
    SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Navy released Christopher Dorner's service record early Thursday afternoon to Team 10. Dorner, a suspect wanted in connection to three slayings and several shootings, joined the service in 2002. His loss date was Feb. 1, 2013, just days before the shootings began. Dorner was stationed at several locations throughout his service years, including San Diego, Bahrain, Nevada, and the mobile inshore undersea warfare unit. He has several awards and decorations, including medals for National Defense Service, the Iraq Campaign , Sea Service Deployment, and pistol expertise. He also has honors for rifle marksmanship. Dorner's full...
  • Just What Was Fundamentally Wrong with Bolshevism?

    11/29/2012 5:29:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 45 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 29, 2012 | Steven Plaut
    I recently read the new biography of Trotsky by Oxford don Robert Service, published in 2009 by Pan Books. It is well-written and surprisingly interesting. The book does a great public service in describing the life of the actual Trotsky, whose previous “biographies” were little more than hagiographies written by his toady worshippers (people like Isaac Deutscher). The last time that I had taken any interest in Trotsky was when I was a teenager and had fleeting delusions of believing in “socialism.” Reading the new book as an adult and as an economist, I found it a useful opportunity to...
  • What the Secret Service Could Learn from Drunken Sailors (The Curse of the Unpaid Prostitute)

    04/29/2012 4:56:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 26 | Roberto Loiederman
    What the Secret Service could learn from drunken sailors Roberto Loiederman, a merchant seaman from 1966 to 1974, is a writer in California. He co-authored “The Eagle Mutiny,” an account of the 1970 mutiny on a U.S. vessel. What happened in Cartagena, Colombia, with the Secret Service seems unsavory to me, but not for the reasons you might think. I make no judgments about men spending a night with escorts. As far as I’m concerned, those who take a holier-than-thou attitude about this are like Inspector Renault in “Casablanca” when he says he’s “shocked, shocked” to discover there is gambling...
  • Women sailors share first gay kiss in US Navy

    12/22/2011 7:02:32 AM PST · by IbJensen · 240 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/22/2011 | AP Staff
    A Lesbian couple have become the first to share in the US Navy tradition of the 'first kiss' since the repeal of the American military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta (L) kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach Photo: AP)Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, California, descended from the USS Oak Hill amphibious landing ship and shared a quick kiss in the rain with her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles. Gaeta, 23, wore...
  • 2 women share 1st kiss at US Navy ship's return

    12/21/2011 9:35:01 AM PST · by JosephMama · 185 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | 12/21/2011
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A Navy tradition has caught up with the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" rule on gays serving openly in the U.S. military. The Navy said two women shared the coveted "first kiss" Wednesday when the USS Oak Hill returned home to its Virginia base. Marissa Gaeta of Pacerville, Calif., descended from the ship and shared a quick kiss with her partner, Citlalic (SEET-lah-leek) Snell of Los Angeles. The crowd screamed and waved Navy flags around them. Both women are fire controlmen in the Navy. They met at training school and have been dating...
  • Race to save Russian crew in lifeboats as fishing boat is holed by iceberg

    12/18/2011 6:25:39 AM PST · by mkleesma · 5 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 12/17/11 | Craig Mackenzie
    Rescue ships are racing to save a Russian crew who have taken to lifeboats after their fishing ship hit an iceberg taking on water. The crew of the stricken Sparta, which is listing at 13 degrees, are trying to empty water from the ship as it slowly sinks in the Ross Sea near Antarctica with a 5ft hole in the hull below the water line. But vessels speeding towards it are being hampered by heavy sea ice and are unlikely to reach the the area - about 2,000 nautical miles south east of New Zealand - for four to five...
  • Navy to lay off 3,000 mid-career sailors

    11/23/2011 1:29:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 94 replies · 3+ views
    US News/MSNBC ^ | 11/23/11 | Lea Sutton, KNSD
    SAN DIEGO -- Imagine joining the Navy ten years ago with a career in mind. Now, sailors with that career plan are getting pink slips as the military looks for places to save money. Since June, 16,000 mid-career sailors have been waiting to find out if they will be forced out early. Last week, the Navy began its layoffs when the first of two rounds of personnel cuts were announced. Read the original story at nbcsandiego.com "Nobody ever wants to pass this sort of bad news to somebody," said Captain Winton Smith, Naval Station San Diego's commanding officer. "It's a...
  • Newsflash: Founders favored "government run health care" (uh, no, not exactly...)

    01/20/2011 12:39:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/20/11 | Greg Sargent
    Forbes writer Rick Ungar is getting some attention for a piece arguing that history shows that John Adams supported a strong Federal role in health care. Ungar argues that Adams even championed an early measure utilizing the concept behind the individual mandate, which Tea Partyers say is unconsittutional. I just ran this theory past a professor of history who specializes in the early republic, and he said there's actually something to it. Short version: There's no proof from the historical record that Adams would have backed the idea behind the individual mandate in particular. But it is fair to conclude,...
  • Navy Honors Killed, Injured in USS Cole Attack

    10/12/2010 3:42:28 PM PDT · by Dubya · 11 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2010 – Navy officials, current and former crew members and families of the fallen gathered today at Norfolk Naval Station, Va., to remember the 17 sailors killed and 39 others wounded in the al-Qaida attack on the USS Cole 10 years ago today. Suicide bombers launched the surprise Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the Arleigh Burke-class, Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer as it was anchored in Aden, Yemen, for a routine refueling stop. The attackers detonated an explosive-laden boat against the ship’s port side, tearing a 40-by-40-foot hole in the hull and sending seawater gushing into the engineering...
  • Sailors press Gates on how defense budget hits them

    08/13/2010 10:56:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/13/10 | Reuters
    SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) – For sailors aboard the USS Higgins docked in San Diego, a popular question for visiting Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday was how the austerity drive he announced this week would affect them. "We are fighting two wars and so the budget is a huge deal for us," said Naval Petty Officer Michael Allen after Gates gave him and the rest of the crew aboard the guided-missile destroyer a commemorative coin. "On our level there are things we can do (to cut costs) but we don't make the decisions about it," Allen said. Gates was...
  • Who kissed whom? Nurse in famous WWII photo dies

    06/23/2010 8:50:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 2+ views
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | June 23, 2010 | Lisa J. Huriash
    PLANTATION — He kissed and told. She kissed and said it was him. Then she wasn't sure. They drifted apart. Over the years, the memory of a shared national moment bound them. And now she is gone. Edith Shain, 91, the nurse in the iconic "kissing sailor" photograph, the Times Square clinch marking the end of World War II, died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. Carl Muscarello, 83, a retired New York police detective who lives in Plantation, says he remembers that day well, and not just for its historic significance.
  • Navy sinks $53,000 of taxpayer money into human battleship ad

    04/30/2010 8:30:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies · 1,003+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 29th April 2010 | Ian McPhedran
    The human battleship that is spearheading the Navy's latest recruitment drive. Picture: Andreas Smetana DESPERATE to attract new recruits, the Navy has spent $53,000 on a photo shoot of a "ship" made from 100 sailors. Top fashion and advertising photographer Andreas Smetana was paid $42,000 for two days' work to snap the image at the HMAS Albatross base at Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast. Defence Force Recruiting also invested $11,000 on a "making of " video showing the 100 sailors from Albatross and Fleet Base East in Sydney making the human ship. Staff costs for the sailors would...
  • S Korean Navy ship sinks possibly caused by mine explosion: YTN

    SEOUL, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Friday's Navy ship sinking might be caused by mine explosion, South Korean media YTN quoted Cheong Wa Dae sources as saying on Saturday. But both the government and the military authorities said the exact cause of the incident cannot be pinpointed yet. South Korean officials are narrowing down the possibilities that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is involved in the incident. "It is hard to say for sure now, but chances appear to be slim that North (DPRK) was related," a senior official told Yonhap on the condition of anonymity. There has been...
  • Submarine sailors sound off on integrating women

    03/07/2010 12:04:41 PM PST · by SloopJohnB · 51 replies · 300+ views
    Daily Press ^ | March 6, 2010 | Tamara Dietrich
    Push for integrating women into the submarine service and expect the language to get a little ... salty.
  • After a Day of Deliveries, US Ship Runs Out of Aid (Carl Vinson in Haiti becalmed by bureaucracy)

    01/16/2010 6:06:39 AM PST · by kristinn · 125 replies · 5,422+ views
    AFP ^ | Saturday, January 16, 2010 | Daphne Benoit
    ABOARD THE USS CARL VINSON — Helicopters sit ready to go from this US aircraft carrier off Haiti, but there's a problem: after a day of frantic aid runs there is simply nothing left to deliver. Aboard the warship some 3,500 US military personnel have been coordinating the flights of 19 US helicopters carrying aid since early morning. SNIP In less than 12 hours, helicopters from the USS Carl Vinson made some 20 trips to scout the ravaged landscape and deliver items that were originally intended for the ship's crew. Among the supplies dropped off were thousands of bottles of...
  • Navy, Coast Guard deploying forces to Haiti

    01/13/2010 11:28:13 AM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 25 replies · 1,458+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 13 Jan 10 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK Thousands of Hampton Roads sailors received orders this morning to prepare to deploy to Haiti as part of a massive U.S. effort to deliver humanitarian assistance in the wake of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. At least four Norfolk-based ships are getting ready to leave for the impoverished country, said Ted Brown, a spokesman with Norfolk’s Fleet Forces Command. The amphibious assault ship Bataan, the guided missile cruiser Normandy and the dock landing ships Fort McHenry and Carter Hall will likely leave port by Friday, the Navy said. Expeditionary forces based at the Little Creek campus of the Joint Expeditionary Base...
  • Navy Leaders Visit Sailors in Afghanistan

    01/08/2010 3:38:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 169+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Chief Petty Officer Craig P. Strawser, USN
    KABUL, Jan. 8, 2010 – The Navy’s top officer and top enlisted sailor visited sailors assigned to the international joint command here yesterday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead eats lunch with sailors assigned to International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 7, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jon Nicolussi  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick D. West are traveling throughout the country, meeting with sailors and senior leadership. Roughead met with Army Lt. Gen. David...