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  • Lockheed Martin's Littoral Combat Ship Is Finally Making Headway -- but Is It Too Late?

    08/01/2015 9:12:31 AM PDT · by Mariner · 87 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 1st, 2015 | Katie Spence
    The Littoral Combat Ship, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Austal USA, has been plagued with cost overruns, design flaws, and a number of failures. In fact, the LCS performed so poorly that then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel cut the Navy's LCS acquisition from 52 to 32 ships, and directed the Navy to appoint a Small Surface Combatant Task Force, or SSCTF, to "submit alternative proposals to procure a capable and lethal small surface combatant, consistent with the capabilities of a frigate." The good news is Lockheed Martin addressed many of the issues plaguing the LCS, and now production...
  • Navy to Charge Officer Who Fired on Islamist During Chattanooga Terror Attack

    08/01/2015 10:45:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 93 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/01/15 | Jim Hoft
    Navy Lt. Commander will reportedly be charged for shooting at Chattanooga terrorist white chattanooga Lt Commander Timothy White and Islamist killer Muhammad Abdulazeez A report at The Navy Times in July confirmed that one of the Marines shot during the Chattanooga terrorist attack exchanged fire with the terrorist. Navy Lt. Cmdr Timothy White also shot back at the terrorist. But rather than being celebrated as a hero, Lt. Commander White may be charged for discharging a firearm on federal property. Allen West reported this week that Lt. Commander Timothy White Ladies and gents, resulting from the text message I received...
  • Petition to Honor Chattanooga Marine and Commander who used personal Arms started

    08/02/2015 2:58:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Here is what I predicted a week ago: I can see the calls for commendations rising.  They are already in the comments section.  It will not be long before a political candidate will recognize that the desire to recognize the bravery of these men will resonate with the electorate.  It will not be President Obama who firsts suggests it.  My bet is that it will be Donald Trump.From the gatewaypundit.com:  A petiton was posted at the ‘We the People’ site at the White House this week asking President Barack Obama to honor Navy officer Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White and...
  • REPORT: Navy to Charge Officer Who Fired on Islamist During Chattanooga Terror Attack

    08/01/2015 12:03:27 PM PDT · by abb · 84 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | August 1, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    A report at The Navy Times in July confirmed that one of the Marines shot during the Chattanooga terrorist attack exchanged fire with the terrorist. Navy Lt. Cmdr Timothy White also shot back at the terrorist. But rather than being celebrated as a hero, Lt. Commander White may be charged for discharging a firearm on federal property. Allen West reported this week that Lt. Commander Timothy White Ladies and gents, resulting from the text message I received yesterday, I can confirm that the United States Navy is bringing charges against Lt. Cmdr Timothy White for illegally discharging a firearm on...
  • Trump’s ‘da Man!

    07/29/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/29/15 | Ed Wood
    I do realize that everyone from Charles Krauthammer to the recently escaped Mexican drug lord, El Chapo, is “piling on” Donald Trump for his straight-forward remarks. Well, being the contrarian that I am, I am going to come down on the side of Mr. Trump! Do I like him? No. Never have. I don’t like his swagger, his cockiness, his arrogance. And I certainly don’t care for that mop of comb-over fake hair. But they say the difference between egotism and self-assurance is the ability to produce. By any measure, he Donald Trump Donald Trump certainly wins that contest, both...
  • US Navy says sailor injured in Tennessee shooting has died

    07/18/2015 5:37:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 18, 2015 8:33 AM EDT | Michael Kunzelman, Jay Reeves and Kathleen Foody
    The U.S. Navy says that the sailor who was shot earlier this week at a military support center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has died. The death occurred two days after a deadly shooting killed four Marines and injured three others, including the sailor, in Chattanooga. …
  • Accidental shooting at [Georgia] Navy recruiting center

    07/17/2015 9:13:24 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 38 replies
    WSB ^ | July 17, 2015
    GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A Navy recruiter is recovering after he accidentally shot himself in the leg at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Gainesville. ... "We're not certain why this member of armed forces brought this gun to the office. We are currently looking into that with the armed forces," Holbrook said. "That's part of the investigation."
  • First Naval Battle of the American Revolutionary War…

    07/04/2015 2:05:26 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    Maritmetv.com ^ | July 4, 2015
    Before July 4th, 1776, let’s remember Captain Jeremiah O’Brien (1744–1818) commanded the sloop Unity when on June 12, 1775 she captured the British armed schooner HMS Margaretta in the Battle of Machias, the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War. Under the command of Jeremiah O’Brien, thirty-one townsmen sailed aboard Unity armed with guns, swords, axes, and pitch forks and captured Margaretta in an hour-long battle. This battle is often considered the first time British colors were struck to those of the United States, even though the Continental Navy did not exist at the time. The United States Merchant...
  • Navy weighs having Marines hitch a ride on foreign warships

    06/29/2015 3:53:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    The Navy is weighing whether to have Marines hitch a ride on foreign warships, citing a shortage of U.S. vessels due to recent budget cuts -- raising bipartisan security concerns about the leverage this could give other countries. A key concern is whether a warship host nation could deny Marines permission to come ashore. "Ceding our amphibious ships to other countries -- it's almost silly and I can't believe it is even an option for the Navy," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who served as a Marine in Iraq. "Now we are going to have to ask other countries, much...
  • Ice Cream And Individualism: Leadership Lessons From A U.S. Navy Submarine (Submariners are Awesome)

    06/12/2015 7:26:26 AM PDT · by submarinerswife · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 8, 2015 | Rodd Wagner
    The crew of the California (and their families, the commander would hasten to add) make these sacrifices because they believe in the submarine’s role in protecting the United States. “We will be called upon to execute the full spectrum of both peacetime and wartime missions, ranging from intelligence collection to kinetic warfare,” states the leadership principles Commander Sager distributed to his officers.
  • Combat Ship Christened for Former Congresswoman, Gun-Control Advocate Giffords

    06/11/2015 9:56:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    pjmedia ^ | June 11, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The Defense Department is naming a combat ship after former congresswoman and gun-control advocate Gabrille Giffords this weekend. Giffords was shot in the head at a constituent meet and greet during her third term. She resigned from Congress in 2012 to focus on her recovery, and started a gun-control PAC called Americans for Responsible Solutions in 2013. She and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, have also advocated for gun-control measures in congressional testimony. The Navy’s tenth littoral combat ship will be christened USS Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. “The christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords marks the...
  • First USS Oklahoma Remains Exhumed

    06/11/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 10, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    The Defense Department announced in April that the remains of up to nearly 400 unaccounted for service members tied to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor will be exhumed. That process began on Monday. “This was the first set of remains from the USS Oklahoma to be disinterred,” said Jim Horton, the director of the Punchbowl cemetery. Disinterment ceremonies were held when the bones of Korean War veterans were exhumed for identification. Now, hundreds who served on USS Oklahoma during World War II may also be identified. The attacked happened at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. But many bodies...
  • USS Carl Vinson Crew Rescues Sailor Alone at Sea

    06/02/2015 7:16:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/2 | R. Stickney
    A 70-year-old man sailing alone across the Pacific Ocean was rescued by a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier returning home to San Diego. USS Carl Vinson rescued the man Sunday from his 35-foot sailboat, 400 nautical miles from Hawaii. Using a satellite phone, the man sent a text to his wife asking for help. That message was relayed through the U.S. Coast Guard, Pacific Fleet Command and the U.S. 3rd fleet. The sailor, who had spent a month on his boat, was airlifted by the crew of a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter including two search and rescue swimmers. Once the...
  • The U.S. Navy is risking everything on a fatally flawed technology

    05/30/2015 7:52:30 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 76 replies
    medium.com/war-is-boring/ ^ | May 29, 2015 | David W. Wise
    <p>"History," it has been written, "does not repeat itself, but it rhymes." Today it's rhyming with Gen. Billy Mitchell. In the 1920s, Mitchell challenged conventional thinking by advocating air power at sea in the face of a naval establishment dominated by battleship proponents.</p>
  • A Memorial Day Tribute in Honor of 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, USMC - KIA 12/09/06 Anbar province, Iraq

    05/24/2015 2:14:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Concert for Valor ^ | November 19, 1014 | Steven Spielberg & CDR Bill Krissoff, USN
    This video is a moving tribute to honor an outstanding young Marine Officer by his father, Dr. Bill Kristoff. At the age of 61, Dr. Bill Kristoff of Truckee, CA joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in order to honor the memory of his oldest son by serving as a surgeon in Afghanistan to treat wounded Marines. While doing some further research on this amazing family, I found this: The outdoor activities were a joy shared by Nathan, his father, and his younger brother, Austin, 24, who joined the Marines shortly before Nathan died.The family kept word of Nathan's death...
  • Navy Tests Electromagnetic Catapult on CVN 78

    05/20/2015 9:33:27 AM PDT · by Rio · 46 replies
    Product Design and Development ^ | 5/19/2015 | PEO Carriers Public Affairs
    The Navy conducted the first-ever, shipboard, full-speed catapult shots using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) aboard the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Naval Sea Systems Command announced May 15. The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship's launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell/Released)The aircraft carrier...
  • South China Sea tensions have Filipino leaders hoping the US Navy returns to Subic Bay

    05/19/2015 10:15:43 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 52 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | May 18, 2015 | Will Englund
    At the height of the Vietnam War, the vast U.S. Navy base here at Subic Bay, across the South China Sea from the fighting, was humming with activity, and for the 30,000 civilian Filipinos who worked on maintenance, repair and hundreds of other high-paid jobs, it was a golden era. "There was so much money to be made," said Jong Cortez, a member of the city council whose parents both worked on the base. Plus, there were good benefits and, everyone thought, job security. Even after the war ended, the Navy stayed active here to counter the naval base the...
  • Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit

    02/22/2008 2:35:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 184+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/22/08 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing
    February 22, 2008 Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing Video need to know: expert opinion on the satellite operation The United States provided dramatic proof of its capability to destroy an object in space when a US navy missile scored a direct hit on an American satellite falling out of control. Missile experts said that the Standard SM-3 weapon, fired from the USS Lake Erie, a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, took about three minutes to reach the satellite 150 miles (240km) up in the sky, flew above...
  • The Battle of the Coral Sea: Summary

    05/06/2015 4:28:24 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    Delsjourney.com ^ | N.D. | Delsjourney.com
    The Battle of the Coral Sea was fought between the Japanese and Allied navies from May 4 through May 8, 1942 in the Coral Sea, about 500 miles northeast of Australia. Occurring only six months after the surprise Japanese attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and a month before the decisive battle at Midway, it was one of the first naval battles fought in the Pacific during World War II. The battle, roughly a draw, was an important turning point in the Pacific campaign. My uncle, Bill Leu, fought at the Battle of the Coral Sea on the...
  • Report: Iranian Navy Chases After U.S. Warships

    05/06/2015 12:12:26 PM PDT · by Mariner · 79 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 6, 2015 5:00 am | BY: Adam Kredo
    An Iranian naval fleet chased a U.S. warship and military planes through the waters off the southern coast of Yemen late Monday in yet another provocative encounter between the two nations, according to Iranian state media reports. A U.S. warship and several planes reportedly “changed their direction” on Monday after encountering an Iranian naval fleet during a patrol in the Gulf of Aden near Yemen, Iranian state media revealed. The U.S. military assets fled “after they came close to an Iranian naval fleet and were warned to move away,” Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency reported. Iran also released video of...
  • Female SEALs get open door to combat - Full integration likely starts in 2016 Read more at

    05/04/2015 10:05:08 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 82 replies
    WND ^ | May 04, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Women who pass SEAL training will likely be able to participate in the same military missions as their male counterparts, beginning in 2016. The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command put out a report saying the physical standards currently demanded of SEAL trainees should not be lowered, but that women who meet these standards ought to be given the chance to head into combat, Fox News reported. The study will likely press Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to advance the cause for women in combat, with the effective date of January 2016, Fox said. Carter has opened up 20,000 new positions to...
  • First on CNN: Navy to escort U.S. commercial ships near Iran

    04/30/2015 12:05:24 PM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    Commie News Network ^ | April 30, 2015 | Barbara Starr
    CNN has learned that U.S. Navy warships will now accompany every U.S.-flagged commercial vessel that passes through the Strait of Hormuz due to concerns that ships from Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps navy could try to seize a U.S. cargo ship. The classified plan was approved by the Pentagon Thursday, according to a senior defense official.
  • Fleet of Iranian ships heading to Yemen turns around after being tracked by US warships

    04/23/2015 8:49:13 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 61 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 4/23/15
    A nine-ship Iranian convoy believed to be laden with weapons bound for rebels in Yemen turned around Thursday after being followed by U.S. warships stationed in the area to prevent arms shipments, multiple sources in the Pentagon told Fox News. The sources said the nine-ship convoy is south of Salalah, Oman, and now headed northeast in the Arabian Sea in the direction of home. The ships, which include seven freighters and two frigates, had sailed southwest along the coast of Yemen heading in the direction of Aden and the entrance to the Red Sea. They appeared to drop anchor in...
  • Sources: US aircraft carrier, fighter jets shadowing Iranian convoy near Yemen

    04/21/2015 9:57:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Lucas Tomlinson
    A U.S. aircraft carrier and its warplanes are shadowing an Iranian convoy approaching Yemen, Pentagon sources told Fox News, amid suspicions that the ships may be carrying weapons for rebel fighters. Sources told Fox News that the USS Theodore Roosevelt is not only tracking the convoy, but also launching F/A-18 Hornets to conduct "manned reconnaissance" of the estimated nine ships in the Iranian convoy. The movements escalate a standoff in the waters off Yemen, even as the U.S. and other world powers are trying to hammer out a diplomatic deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Already, the U.S. and...
  • Pentagon: US Warship Repositioning, Not Intercepting Iranian Ships Off Yemen

    04/20/2015 2:07:17 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Voice of America ^ | April 20, 2015
    The Pentagon says the American warship USS Theodore Roosevelt is "repositioning" as part of a security operation at sea, and not to intercept Iranian vessels off the coast of Yemen. Citing unnamed officials, the Associated Press reported earlier in the day that the aircraft carrier would join other U.S. ships in the area to confront Iranian vessels, which are said to be carrying weapons to resupply Houthi rebels that have overrun parts of the country. But Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren dismissed the report, saying the Roosevelt is ”repositioning to conduct maritime security operations."
  • US Navy Confirms Aircraft Carrier, Warships To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments In Yemeni Waters

    04/20/2015 11:41:14 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 146 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | April 20, 20015 | Tyler Durden
    The 'proxy' war is escalating very rapidly. As AP reports, Navy officials confirm that the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is headed to Yemeni waters to intercept an Iranian weapons shipments. Just as we warned 10 days ago, the probability of a major escalation over the latest proxy Middle Eastern civil war escalated substantially when Iran parked two warships off the Yemeni coast.
  • Navy officials: US warship heads to Yemeni waters to intercept Iranian weapons shipments.

    04/20/2015 11:18:33 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 105 replies
    A.P. ^ | April 20 | No Attribution
    Navy officials: US warship heads to Yemeni waters to intercept Iranian weapons shipments.
  • Lawmakers question Navy chaplain's removal over intolerance accusations

    04/06/2015 9:35:08 PM PDT · by Rabin · 23 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 6, 2015 | Bill Bartel
    Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Modder... removed from his counseling duties at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command because he "failed to show tolerance and respect" and discriminated against students who were different
  • U.S. Rescues Two Saudi Fighter Pilots After Splashdown Near Yemen

    03/27/2015 4:58:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski
    The U.S. Air Force and Navy rescued two Saudi pilots Friday after they ejected from their F-15 fighter over the Gulf of Aden during combat operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Saudi jet apparently suffered some mechanical problem forcing the pilots to eject. A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk special operations helicopter and crew were dispatched from Djibouti to rescue the Saudi pilots.
  • “Coach is Right” Friday Short Stories

    03/20/2015 4:55:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/20/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) LET’S ALL COVER FOR HILLARY…AGAIN Upon leaving their positions at the State Department, all former employees must sign an OF-109 form, certifying that they have “surrendered to responsible officials” all classified, unclassified and other work-related documents in their possession. When State Dept spokeswoman Jen Psaki told AP reporter Matt Lee last week that the Department was “unable” to find the form Hillary Clinton was supposed to have signed, Lee responded that “…a human resources department presumably has a file on every employee.” “It can’t be that difficult to–” “I don’t think former secretaries are standard employees,” interrupted Psaki, joining...
  • X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD

    03/14/2015 2:23:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 3/14/15
    X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD
  • US billionaire Paul Allen discovers wreck of Japan's biggest warship Musashi

    03/04/2015 3:37:21 PM PST · by mojito · 36 replies
    Guardian/AFP ^ | 3/4/2015 | Unattributed
    Sunk without trace in what some historians consider the greatest naval battle ever fought, the mightiest battleship ever built has been found off the Philippines by one of the world’s wealthiest men. Paul Allen, the multibillionaire Microsoft co-founder, on Tuesday posted photographs of the wreck of the Musashi, a second world war Japanese battleship that, with its sister-ship the Yamato, was the largest and most heavily-armed warship ever launched. “WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND,” Allen announced on Twitter, beneath a ghostly underwater photograph of the mammoth vessel’s rusting, coral-encrusted bow clearly bearing the chrysanthemum crest of the Japanese...
  • WATCH: Iranian cruise missiles blow up life-size replica of American aircraft carrier

    02/25/2015 6:17:30 AM PST · by Freeport · 54 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | YASSER OKBI / MAARIV HASHAVUA
    Commander of Iran's Navy had previously said that Iran could destroy all of America's warships within 50 seconds. Iran fired hundreds of missiles in a military drill on Wednesday, including two ballistic missiles which blew up an Iranian-built, life-size replica of a US aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian and Arab media outlets reported. The model of the aircraft carrier was completely destroyed by the missiles, according to the reports. Senior Iranian officials attended the exercise, including Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Revolutionary Guards commander, Gen. Ali Jafari. An Iranian military helicopter fired two cruise missiles at the...
  • Alex Vraciu, ‘Indestructible’ Ace of World War II, Dies at 96

    02/10/2015 9:10:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 7, 2015 | SAM ROBERTS
    Alex Vraciu, who was just 25 when he reigned as the Navy’s top World War II fighter ace after downing 19 Japanese aircraft and destroying 21 more on the ground in only eight months in 1944, died on Jan. 29 in West Sacramento, Calif. He was 96. (snip) Mr. Vraciu (which rhymes with cashew) accomplished his most spectacular feat in the South Pacific when he shot down six dive bombers within eight minutes in what became known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot” in the Philippine Sea. He called it “a once-in-a-lifetime fighter pilot’s dream.” Two of the aircraft carriers...
  • 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.
  • Navy abandons ‘Global force for good’ to broaden appeal

    01/31/2015 2:01:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 12:26 PM EST | Brock Vergakis
    The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: appealing to people who are already in uniform, have long since left the military and those who never will join. A slate of new Navy commercials have been developed to not only appeal to traditional recruits, but those already enlisted and Americans at large as the service seeks to improve retention and better position itself in the public eye in an era of shrinking defense budgets. […] Since 2009, the Navy had used the tagline “America’s Navy. A global force for good” as part of an effort to appeal...
  • On this day in 1968.

    01/23/2015 7:48:46 AM PST · by LouAvul · 28 replies
    North Korea seized the USS Pueblo and accused the crew of spying. The crew was released 11 months later. NK, however, kept the vessel.
  • Laser Weapons will be mounted on various US navy ship guns

    01/23/2015 7:55:06 AM PST · by shove_it · 24 replies
    NextBigFuture ^ | 22 Jan 2015
    The Laser Weapon System or LaWS is a directed-energy weapon developed by the United States Navy. The weapon was installed on the USS Ponce for field testing in 2014. In December 2014 the United States Navy reported the LaWS system works perfectly, and that the commander of the USS Ponce is authorized to use the system as a defensive weapon. The technical issues associated with the addition of LaWS (Laser Weapon System) to the Phalanx CIWS (Close in weapon system) will be somewhat different from those associated with adding a LaWS system to other weapon systems—or the provision of a...
  • U.S. Navy: They Will be Called Frigates

    01/15/2015 3:36:40 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 49 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 15, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as “frigates,” given their enhanced capabilities.
  • It's come to this: US Naval destroyer flees Iranian naval drill in Sea of Oman

    01/02/2015 9:38:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/2/2015 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Once upon a time, I would have dismissed this report as the ravings of a fascist government. Now, unfortunately, this type of report has become totally believable. According to Iranian television, a US Naval destroyer fled the area of the Sea of Oman where Iran was conducting a naval drill after being 'warned' to leave. Let's go to the videotape. The 'highlight' is from the 2:00 mark to the end.
  • Chief of naval personnel: Navy should expand sabbatical program

    01/03/2015 6:30:58 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot, via Stars & Stripes ^ | January 2, 2015 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    Thousands of sailors get out of the Navy every year because they want to start a family. Or to enroll in school. Or because they are burned out on frequent deployments and months away from home. With the national unemployment rate dropping and more service members leaving for the private sector, the chief of naval personnel says he wants to do everything he can to keep the best sailors in uniform longer — even if that means letting them go for a while. “We need to offer meaningful incentives to keep the best talent we can, both men and women,”...
  • Muslim Group Suing Navy Over Alleged Beard Discrimination (CAIR)

    12/28/2014 12:33:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Dec 28, 2014 10:23 am
    A Muslim group is suing the Navy on behalf of a man who says he was discriminated against because of his beard. The former Navy enlisted man alleges that he requested to keep his beard for religious reasons and was later made fun of because of it. He also claims he was rejected for a promotion due to his beard. …
  • U.S. Navy to Scrap Historic Aircraft Carrier

    12/23/2014 2:19:16 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    gCaptain ^ | December 23, 2014
    The U.S. Navy says it has awarded the contract to scrap the decommissioned ‘Ranger’ (CV 61) to International Shipbreaking, Ltd, marking the end of the road for the aircraft carrier with a long history of service dating back to 1957.
  • Pearl Harbor Reunion, 2014

    12/07/2014 2:33:08 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/07/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    The Greatest Generation With each passing year, the reunion number is dwindling. The Pearl Harbor survivors are over 90 years old, and the members of that group that got together today in Hawaii numbered a little more than a dozen. Today marks the 73rd Anniversary of the attack against Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during which 2,400 sailors, Marines, and soldiers were killed. Some have called the reunion of the USS Arizona Reunion Association the last gathering of USS Arizona survivors, but the gathering doesn’t see this meeting as the last one, just yet. The USS Arizona was a battleship that was...
  • In memory of those who lost their lives in SS Cynthia Olson

    12/07/2014 2:54:32 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    MaritimeQuest.com ^ | 2008 | Michael W. Pocock
    At dawn on Dec. 7, 1941 the I-26 surfaced and fired a warning shot at the Cynthia Olson, the radio officer sent out an SOS from position 33.42N-145.29W which was picked up on the mainland and Minoru reported seeing lifeboats being lowered, after which he began to shell the ship. Some time during the attack the Japanese commander received the signal "Tora, tora, tora!" indicating the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor had been a success. Compaired to what was going on at Pearl Harbor his attack would be easy. Since the Cynthia Olson was unarmed she would offer no resistance,...
  • 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.
  • Navy: Women secretly filmed in shower aboard sub

    12/03/2014 3:41:55 PM PST · by PROCON · 94 replies
    Navy Times | Dec. 3, 2014 | Meghann Myers, Staff writer
    Linky only per FR copyright rule.
  • Environmentalists sue to protect whales, dolphins from Navy war games

    11/11/2014 11:52:13 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – Worried about collateral damage to whales, dolphins and other marine life, environmentalists are fighting the U.S. Navy in court in a bid to protect the creatures of the sea from war games in the Pacific Ocean. "The worst harm comes from the explosives going off," said David Henkin, an attorney for EarthJustice. U.S. Navy testing and war games are underway in American waters off the coasts of California and Hawaii. The drills amount to critical practice for the military and last through 2018, but environmental groups like EarthJustice say hundreds of marine mammals will die or get injured...
  • Navy SEAL who shot al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead revealed, nearly broke

    11/08/2014 10:12:25 AM PST · by kindred · 92 replies
    Tea Party Crusaders.com ^ | November 7th, 2014 | Betty Rose
    The Navy SEAL who shot dead al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is now reportedly living in poverty after leaving the military four years short of being eligible to receive his pension, he claims. Robert O’Neill, 38, from Montana, went public with his identity after meeting family members of 9/11 terror attack victims, he told the Washington Post. And now the heroic commando is saying he was left high and dry by the government he dedicated his life to serving. “The families told me it helped bring them some closure,” said O’Neill, of killing the al-Qaeda founder. O’Neill will also be...
  • Blue Angel pilot gives Golden Gate Bridge flyover during rush hour

    10/24/2014 1:12:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    One of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angel pilots recently flew right over the Golden Gate Bridge during rush hour, and the moment was perfectly caught on camera by a fan. Tiburon, California, resident Rich Shelton captured Lt. Cmdr. David Tickle fly his F/A-18 right above San Francisco traffic Oct. 9 during Fleet Week. “They don’t always make many passes between the towers, so I was very lucky to catch this shot with my relatively slow camera!” Mr. Shelton told Navy Times. Navy Times reached out to Blue Angels for comment and was assured that all necessary safety precautions were taken...