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  • 2 F/A-18s crash off North Carolina coast

    05/26/2016 9:35:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2016
    Two F/A-18 fighters crashed Thursday off the coast of North Carolina, defense officials told Fox News. The Coast Guard said four people were recovered and have been rushed to a hospital,...
  • Documents show ĎAmerican Sniperí Chris Kyle embellished record

    05/25/2016 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 72 replies
    QFox13 ^ | 5/24/16
    Documents show that slain Navy Seal and ďAmerican SniperĒ author Chris Kyle misrepresented the number of medals he received. Navy documents obtained by an online magazine through an open records request show that Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with valor. In his best-selling book, Kyle wrote that he had received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. A Navy spokeswoman confirmed the validity of the documents and says the armed services branch is investigating the discrepancy. The Intercept first reported the discrepancy and posted the documents. Kyleís widow, Taya Kyle, didnít immediately return a phone call...
  • Obama looks to Hiroshima visit; Abe won't go to Pearl Harbor

    05/25/2016 9:59:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | May 25, 2016 | Nancy Benac, The Associated Press
    SHIMA, Japan (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he plans to use his historic visit to Hiroshima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on the suffering of war and the need to take steps to prevent it. Abe said he had no plans to reciprocate Obama's gesture by paying his own visit to Pearl Harbor. Obama's opened his trip to Japan with much intrigue about his upcoming stop in the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb. But that first-ever visit by a sitting American president was caught up in the controversy in Japan over...
  • New stealth destroyer turned over to U.S. Navy, Capt. James Kirk

    05/21/2016 9:53:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | May 20, 2016 | Brad Lendon
    Capt. James Kirk just got the keys to the baddest ship in the fleet -- U.S. Navy's fleet, not Starfleet. The ship is the future USS Zumwalt, the first of the Navy's newest class of destroyers, and contractor General Dynamics turned it over to the Navy on Friday at Bath Iron Works in Maine. The ship will be commissioned -- and officially become the USS Zumwalt -- on October 15 in Baltimore. Until then, Capt. Kirk (U.S. Navy, not United Federation of Planets) and his crew will test the ship's array of futuristic systems.
  • Next Generation Destroyer Zumwalt Delivers

    05/20/2016 10:43:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 20, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    General Dynamics Bath Iron Works delivered the first Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer to the Navy on Friday, Naval Sea Systems Command announced. The delivery of the 16,000-ton Zumwalt (DDG-1000) optimized for stealth and operations close to shore follows last monthís successful acceptance trials of the ship overseen by the serviceís Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), Navy officials told USNI News. INSURV evaluated the shipís hull, mechanical and engineering (HM&E) systems during the underway testing period last month. ďZumwaltís crew has diligently trained for months in preparation of this day and they are ready and excited to take charge of...
  • Navy secretary fires back at conservatives: Will name warships as I please; no politics involved

    05/18/2016 12:09:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 100 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 18, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says in a letter that he has the power to name warships as he chooses, in response to a former Marine and congressman who charges he has politicized the process.</p> <p>Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican and House Armed Services Committee member, wrote Mr. Mabus to question the naming of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer after former Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.</p>
  • What is the Pentagon hiding about the Iranian seizure of two US Navy Riverine Craft?

    05/17/2016 7:59:23 PM PDT · by pboyington · 31 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 17, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In January, two US Navy high speed Riverine boats were apparently underway from Bahrain to Kuwait when they strayed into Iranian waters, while attempting to contact a vessel to refuel. The Pentagon first said that they had engine trouble. Yet, if that was the case, why didnít the other boat tow the boat with mechanical problems to international waters and safety? Then, the Pentagon said that they had navigational issues. How is this possible in 2016, with each boat having an array of GPS and radar equipment? Even if one boatís systems completely shut down, couldnít they rely on the...
  • The Lessons of the Littoral Combat Ship

    05/17/2016 1:14:06 PM PDT · by Syncopated · 18 replies
    Defense One ^ | may 15th | Lawrence Korb
    From its inception, the Littoral Combat Ship, or LCS, has been one of the Navyís most controversial procurement programs. Questions have been continuously raised about its costs, survivability, lethality, and range limitations.
  • Hmmm: Navy ďfiresĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚Äúfired‚ÄĚ 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...
  • Boeing backs extended-range Harpoon to stave off Kongsberg threat

    05/12/2016 11:30:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 12 May, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    The US Navy will wrap up developmental free flight testing of the datalink-equipped Boeing Harpoon Block II+ sea-skimming, anti-ship missile next week, ahead of fielding on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet sometime between June and August of 2017. The latest variant of the 45-year-old Harpoon weapon type expands on the satellite-aided navigation system introduced in Block II by adding a datalink radio ported across from the C-1 variant of Raytheon's AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) for in-flight retargeting against enemy surface vessels in cluttered coastal regions. The Harpoon missile successfully struck its first ship target during a test in December 1971,...
  • Another week of Iran kicking sand in our face

    05/11/2016 7:53:43 PM PDT · by pboyington · 8 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Things arenít going too well with our new BFF (best friend forever) on the Persian block, Iran. What a surprise. You mean, signing a nuclear deal that gives one of the craziest regimes in world history a green light to manufacture nuclear weapons, while also providing 150 billion in funds for the madmen of Teheran to purchase armaments isnít going according to plan. Shocking, absolutely shockingÖ Things arenít going well because the Iranians are more than aware that the President of the United States is a gutless twerp and his chief international diplomat, Secretary of State, John Kerry is a...
  • USS Zumwalt, DDG-1000, complete 2nd US Navy acceptance Trials

    05/11/2016 9:06:31 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 67 replies
    FR | May 11, 2016 | Jeff Head
    This is one of the best pictures of the new USS Zumwalt destroyer yet. width=1000> There she is on her second (very successful) US Navy acceptance trials and will soon be turnd over to the US Navy soon. They will put her through her paces for the next 18 or more months before commissioning in late 2017 or so. Beautiful and very powerful, modern vessel. The second will launch soon. See my Flickr Album on this Ship for much more information
  • Greenfield: The Betrayal of the USS Cole

    05/09/2016 2:14:23 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 18 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, May 08, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, May 08, 2016 The Betrayal of the USS Cole Posted by Daniel Greenfield On Thursday morning, sailors on board the USS Cole were lining up for an early lunch. Seventeen of them died as an Al Qaeda bomb on board a fishing boat tore through the hull outside the galley. The dead included 15 men and 2 women, one of whom had a young child. For three weeks the crew of the USS Cole struggled to keep their ship from sinking while working waist deep in water with bucket brigades, sleeping on the deck and living surrounded by the...
  • The Betrayal of the USS Cole

    05/09/2016 8:39:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Daniel Greenfield
    The valorous dead of the USS Cole have been betrayed too many times to count by each administration On Thursday morning, sailors on board the USS Cole were lining up for an early lunch. Seventeen of them died as an Al Qaeda bomb on board a fishing boat tore through the hull outside the galley. The dead included 15 men and 2 women, one of whom had a young child. For three weeks the crew of the USS Cole struggled to keep their ship from sinking while working waist deep in water with bucket brigades, sleeping on the deck and...
  • Iran lashes out, threatens to shut Strait of Hormuz over GOP rep's bill

    05/07/2016 5:37:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 07, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    Iranís leaders voiced outrage this week ó and even threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz ó following a Republican congressmanís proposed legislation seeking a stronger response to Tehranís recent provocative actions against the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf, including the capture of ten Navy sailors in January. A senior Revolutionary Guard commander threatened to shut down the entrance to the Persian Gulf, where one-third of the worldís oil exports passes each day, after learning about Virginia Rep. Randy Forbesí bill. The bill, coming in response to an incident earlier this year in which the Iranian National Guard...
  • U.S. Officials Describe Fight That Killed Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV

    05/04/2016 6:42:32 PM PDT · by Syncopated · 15 replies
    Defense.org, Navy.mil via USNI News ^ | 5/4/2016 | Defense.org, Navy.mil via Sam LaGrone
    From the article: Keating ďwas struck by direct fire, and although he was medevaced within the all-important golden hour, his wound was not survivable,Ē Warren said. ďNo other coalition or American forces were injured, though both medevac helicopters were damaged by small arms fire.Ē
  • Navy SEAL Killed in ISIS Attack in Iraq

    05/03/2016 3:33:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 5/3 | Bridget Naso, R. Stickney
    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed in combat in Iraq was based in Coronado, California, NBC 7 San Diego has confirmed. "It is a combat death," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters in Germany Tuesday. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the SEAL was killed near Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city that has been in the hands of ISIS militants since 2014, according to The Associated Press.
  • Obama Frees USS Cole Bombing Terrorist-American lives don't matter

    05/02/2016 3:41:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 56 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-2-16 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama Frees USS Cole Bombing Terrorist American lives donít matter. May 2, 2016 Daniel Greenfield †† Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. On Thursday morning, sailors on board the USS Cole were lining up for an early lunch. Seventeen of them died as an Al Qaeda bomb on board a fishing boat tore through the hull outside the galley. The dead included 15 men and 2 women, one of whom had a young child. For three weeks the crew of the USS Cole struggled to keep...
  • Russia warns U.S. over naval incident as NATO tensions laid bare

    04/20/2016 10:51:45 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    yahoo.com/news ^ | April 20, 2016 | Robin Emmott
    < An U.S. Navy picture shows what appears to be a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft flying over the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. The repeated flights by the Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes, which also flew near the ship a day earlier, were so close they created wake in the water, with 11 passes, the official said. REUTERS/US Navy
  • Navyís shipbuilding budget could see Reagan-era levels

    04/20/2016 5:37:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 4/20/16 | Erik Slavin
    An arm of the House Armed Service Committee wants Reagan-era spending for the Navy, even as the service seeks to shed ships and aircraft amid potential defense budget cuts down the road. The Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee wants to hike shipbuilding to $20.6 billion ó $2.3 billion more than the Obama administrationís budget request, according to a subcommittee markup of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act released Tuesday in Washington. The markup calls for more of everything ó from ships to missiles ó and faster production of carriers and submarines. The subcommitteeís recommendations remain far from enactment. The full...
  • SOS Ė The US Navy is Sinking

    04/15/2016 9:31:21 PM PDT · by pboyington · 50 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 16, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US Navy has taken three torpedoes to its bow and is going down. These are trying times for the US Navy. It seems that every two weeks or so there is some crisis engulfing the once proud, competent and steadfast organization that used to be a bedrock of the nationís defense. The performance and conduct of the US Navy lately has seemed like something emanating from a Third World, Banana Republic coastal defense force; heavy on medals and light on brains, skills and tenacious fighting spirit. Two days ago the USS Donald Cook was taunted and embarrassed by Russian...
  • US Navy moves ship launching ceremony due to Ďharsh anti-gay lawsí in Mississippi

    04/14/2016 12:09:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 58 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/16 | Robert Laurie
    In the Navy, you can sail the seven seas The future USS Portland is already in the water, but it has yet to be commissioned. The ceremony to do so was scheduled to be held in Pascagoula, Mississippi at the end of May, but then the state decided to put its hatred, its bigotry, and its antiquated notions about the 1st Amendment on display. Since weíre a hyper-sensitive society that subsists on faux-outrage, we canít tolerate any of that ďreligious freedomĒ nonsense. Super-important dignitaries refused to attend, so the Navy has determined that the christening simply had to be moved.
  • Russian fighters buzz U.S. Navy - Why? Because they can

    04/14/2016 9:30:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 57 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/16 | Robert Laurie
    Thumbing their noses If youíve been watching the news over the course of the last 24-48 hours, youíve no doubt seen the reports about Russian SU-24 attack planes buzzing the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75). This happened first on Monday, then again on Tuesday. At least one of the so-called ďsimulated attacksĒ saw the Russian fighters fly just 30 feet above the ship. If you havenít seen the footage, here you go: The question is: Why would Putin do this? The answer is: ďBecause he can.Ē
  • Navy sets new climate change rules for vendors

    04/13/2016 11:26:20 AM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | April 13, 2016 | JOHN SICILIANO
    The Navy will become the first branch of the military to require big vendors to report their greenhouse gas emissions and to outline what they are doing to lower them in response to global warming. "We've got skin in this game," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told a technology conference on government and climate change on Tuesday, noting that the Navy's fleet is the military's largest user of fossil fuels. The Navy will not immediately begin implementing the requirements, which could cut off vendors from receiving contracts unless they comply.
  • Obama admin. snubs Medal of Honor recipients, names warships after liberal politicians

    04/12/2016 4:21:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    As the Obama administration this week named another warship after a politician, a new report is circulating in Congress that shows that nearly 200 Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients have never been awarded such an honor, contrary to naval guidelines and tradition. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who has named several ships after Democrats and liberal activists not connected to the military, was in Detroit on Monday to announce that an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Carl M. Levin. The Michigan Democrat served 31 years in the Senate and chaired the Senate Armed Services...
  • US Navy Officer Charged With Espionage

    04/09/2016 11:26:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 8, 2016 | Luis Martinez
    A Navy officer assigned to a maritime reconnaissance unit has been charged with espionage and attempted espionage, according to charging documents. The officer was arrested approximately eight months ago, but the details of his case were first made public Friday at a preliminary court hearing that will determine whether the case will proceed to a court martial. The unidentified officer is currently assigned to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, a maritime patrol and reconnaissance unit in Norfolk that provides airborne anti-submarine warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance using P-8A Poseidon aircraft, P-3 Orion aircraft and MQ-4 unmanned aircraft. A U.S....
  • 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 Bureaucracy Has No Idea How To Make Job Title ĎYeomaní Gender-Neutral

    04/04/2016 6:13:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 104 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/4/16 | Jonah Bennett
    The Navy is hell-bent on adjusting job titles to suit gender equality, but the bureaucracy is stumped on changing the clerical position of ďyeomanĒ and has mulled over alternatives like ďyeo-personĒ and ďyeo-specialistĒ as replacements.But up to this point, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens has rejected all these new alternatives to the administrative position of yeoman, The New York Times reports.As part of the effort to integrate women into all combat roles, the Navy has pushed to make job titles with the word ďmanĒ more gender neutral, preferring titles like ďtechnicianĒ and ďspecialistĒ over ďrifleman,Ē...
  • Americaís Super Battleships That Never Were

    04/04/2016 6:03:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 2, 2016 | Robert Farley
    In the early 1940s, the U.S. Navy still expected to need huge, first rate battleships to fight the best that Japan and Germany had to offer. The North Carolina, South Dakota, and Iowa-class battleships all involved design compromises. The Montanas, the last battleships designed by the U.S. Navy, would not.
  • In Obamaís Navy Ė Itís Not a Job or an Adventure, Itís a Fiasco

    04/02/2016 3:41:43 PM PDT · by pboyington · 27 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 2, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    This week the US Navy released some new guidelines concerning the wearing of tattoos. Like everything else in the Navy, like everything else in the US military, the policies are another indicator of the social changes which are turning the US Armed Forces into a three ring circus with weapons. According to Military.com, the new guidelines, which will go in effect on April 30th, set the Navy apart from the other military services in terms of permissiveness. They are an acknowledgement of a changing culture and a youthful population, officials said. Legalized pot is the sign of a changing culture...
  • Ship Photos of the Day Ė USS Conestoga Found!

    03/23/2016 7:31:30 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 23, 2016
    NOAAís Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) and the U.S. Navy announced on Wednesday the discovery of the wreck of USS Conestoga in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in California, solving one of the greatest maritime mysteries ever in U.S. Navy history.
  • 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 ďwet boat,Ē one that shipped water easily. At 4 p.m. that day, as the San Francisco light ship recorded big waves...
  • Video: USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces at the Arctic circle for ICEX 2016

    03/20/2016 8:53:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | March 20, 2016 | By Mike Goad
    New video of submarine surfacing through ice. ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 10, 2016) USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces in the Arctic Circle near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. Servicemembers and civilians assigned to Arctic Submarine Lab clear ice from the hatches to allow for surface access.ICEX is a five-week exercise designed to research, test, and evaluate operational capabilities in the region. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson and Staff Sgt. LINKUSS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces at the Arctic circle for ICEX 2016
  • Sailors face more lenient body fat rules

    03/05/2016 11:56:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 5, 2016 1:20 PM EST | Julie Watson
    The Navy is giving another chance to thousands of sailors who otherwise would be kicked out for repeatedly failing their physical fitness tests because they exceeded body fat limits. The service branch loosened its body fat restrictions in January and is allowing those who failed their exams three or more times to get one more opportunity to be tested this spring under the more lenient guidelines. The Navy said it has been losing too many talented sailors. Some were resorting to liposuction, diet pills and other measures to save their careers. The Navy allowed about 2,400 sailors who passed a...
  • The newest Medal of Honor recipient has a devotion to St. Michael

    03/03/2016 4:39:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies
    cna ^ | 03.03.16 | Michelle Bauman
    President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, U.S. Navy SEAL, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 29, 2016. Senior Chief Byers receives the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)On Monday, Navy Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony.The 36-year-old SEAL received the U.S. Militaryís highest honor for his...
  • From Iran with Hate

    02/27/2016 8:54:37 PM PST · by pboyington · 9 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 27, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It seems that nearly every week Iran is insulting, mocking, spitting on and embarrassing the United States of America. The idiots in the Obama Administration and the Commander in Fool himself actually believe that by cowering, groveling and apologizing to the Iranians on a constant basis, the Iranians will have a Come to Allah meeting and miraculously turn into our new best friends forever. Like all thugs from time immemorial, the only thing the Iranians understand is power and force, two things the US is not exhibiting under the Obama Administration. We are literally the weakling on the beach, getting...
  • We may be reaching the end of the dominance of US aircraft carriers

    02/23/2016 3:07:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Going back to the Battle of Midway and beyond, the United States aircraft carrier task forces have been the dominant power on the seas, and for good reason. When properly deployed and flanked by smaller, versatile warships, they provide the equivalent of a massive air base and marine troop deployment station which can be parked on the doorstep of any enemy. Unfortunately, their days of supremacy may be numbered, at least according to one recent report. (Washington Post) A report published Monday by the Center for a New American Security, a D.C.-based think tank that focuses on national security, claims...
  • Capture of U.S. Sailors Reenacted in Celebrations of Iran's Revolution Day

    02/14/2016 11:17:26 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 2/11/16
    During celebrations of the anniversary of Iran's Revolution, mock reenactments of the recent capture of ten U.S. sailors by the IRGC Navy were held throughout Iran. In footage of one reenactment, from Qazvin Province, shouts of "Death to America" are heard in the background, while U.S. "sailors" lie on the ground or kneel down, the U.S. and Israeli flags placed next to them.
  • Crying Sailors, Climate Change and Draft our Daughters ‚Äď Another Stellar Week for the Pentagon

    02/10/2016 8:44:22 PM PST · by pboyington · 27 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 10, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It’s been another spectacular week for the Pentagon. From US Navy sailors crying in front of their Iranian captors to Pentagon climate change mandates and the Draft our Daughters bill proposed by Congressman Duncan Hunter, the US military is being tossed to and fro inside a White House snow globe. Our new best friend forever, Iran, released several pictures yesterday of an unidentified US Navy sailor bawling his head off like a overweight woman confessing her cookie eating disorder to Marie Osmond and Oprah. Seated next to the crying sailor was his commander, the Once and Future Chief of Naval...
  • Gay man reacts to Military Spouse of the Year nomination

    01/30/2016 4:55:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    KGTV-TV ^ | January 30, 2016 | Hannah Mullins
    For the first time, the military spouse of the year nominee at Naval Base Coronado is gay. "I was the kid who didn't want to be gay," Brian Alvarado said. "I was scared." But, there was no denying it. He met his husband, Matthew Alvarado, online two years ago. Matthew has been an active duty sailor for the past 17 years. "I'm proud that he put his head down and he did his work," Brian said. "He got his job done and he served his country, and he made it about the Navy and not about himself for 15 years...
  • U.S. Boat Crew Navigation Error, Not Technology Tampering Led to Seizure of 10 Sailors by Iran

    01/29/2016 9:24:15 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 28 replies
    USNI News ^ | January 28, 2016 11:42 AM | Sam LaGrone
    Several sources confirmed to USNI News that the crews of the two boats, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, had misjudged their location when they mistakenly strayed into Iranian waters off of Farsi Island in the middle of the Persian Gulf on Jan. 12 while trying to meet a ship for refueling. The sources said the mistake was a result of human error, not a failure in navigation systems.
  • US navy launches first biofuel-powered aircraft carriers

    01/21/2016 12:30:20 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 21, 2016
    The US navy on Wednesday launched its first carrier strike group powered partly by biofuel a mix made from beef fat, calling it a milestone toward easing the military's reliance on foreign oil. The maritime branch touted the warships as the centrepiece of its "Great Green Fleet" part of a navy-wide initiative that aims to draw 50% of its power from alternative energy in four years.
  • Former Naval Officer Just Revealed Massive Detail About What Iran Took From Captured U.S. Sailors

    01/19/2016 5:27:46 PM PST · by Mechanicos · 87 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 19, 2016 | Jack Davis
    ... The first report on the incident, released Monday, noted the loss. ‚ÄúA post-recovery inventory of the boats found that all weapons, ammunition, and communication gear are accounted for minus two SIM cards that appear to have been removed from two handheld satellite phones,‚ÄĚ said the report from the U.S. Central Command. ... ‚ÄúThose SIM cards don‚Äôt just contain the satellite links,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThey also include encryption codes, and otherwise unpublished data relating to specific orders and personnel,‚ÄĚ he added. The former naval officer said those SIM cards should not have been allowed to fall into Iranian hands. .......
  • Document: U.S. CENTCOM Statement on Events Surrounding Iranian Detainment of 10 U.S. Navy Sailors

    01/19/2016 11:14:51 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 19 replies
    U.S. Naval Institue ^ | January 18, 2016 | CENTCOM
    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.
  • The US Navy is Combat Ineffective

    01/18/2016 8:10:53 PM PST · by pboyington · 49 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 18, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    USDW has been inferring all along that the feminization of the military, the social engineering of the military, the cultural Marxism being injected into the military is going to pay dividends… Dividends for the enemy that is… USDW has been consistently reiterating that the Obama White House’s policies were going to create a military that will be thoroughly destroyed on the field of battle. Feminization, lowering standards, gender neutral operations, lactation and breastfeeding support memos, pregnancy simulators, transgenders in the ranks, openly gay military leaders, command hostility towards Christianity; it’s all creating a perfect storm of disaster heading directly in...
  • Truth About US Boat Capture by Iran!

    01/18/2016 2:30:24 PM PST · by 2harddrive · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/13/2016 | Matt Bracken
    Here is what REALLY happened! The comment by Matt Bracken on the linked article at the bottom: "I rarely pull out my dusty old trident, but in this case, here goes. I was a Navy SEAL officer in the 1980s, and this kind of operation (transiting small boats in foreign waters) was our bread and butter. Today, these boats both not only had radar, but multiple GPS devices, including chart plotters that place your boat's icon right on the chart. The claim by Iran that the USN boats "strayed into Iranian waters" is complete bull$#it. For an open-water transit between...
  • Why did Iran take captive & release U.S. sailors so quickly?

    01/18/2016 12:36:37 PM PST · by Keyvan Salami · 19 replies
    keyvan Salami
    Why Did Iran Take Captive and Release U.S. Sailors So Quickly? The capture of American sailors in Persian Gulf waters by Iran should have provided the regime in Tehran a desperately needed opportunity to flex its muscles. However, the entire incident ended in the utmost humiliation for the regime. The times have changed, and Iran can no longer take on such adventures, such as the capture of over a dozen British sailors and hold them for long periods. Iran has suffered strategic defeats in many different aspects, from the nuclear dossier, to Syria , Yemen , Iraq .While Iran...
  • John Kerry: Sailors footage made me 'angry'

    01/18/2016 9:55:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 18, 2016 | Tal Kopan
    Washington (CNN)‚ÄĒWhen Iranian officials released footage of 10 U.S. sailors being taken captive, it made John Kerry "very, very frustrated," the secretary of state told CNN on Monday. Kerry has been negotiating with Iran on a number of fronts for well over a year, including on the President's nuclear deal and a prisoner swap completed over the weekend.But after U.S. Navy vessels "regrettably, inadvertently" drifted into Iranian waters, per Kerry, and the 10 sailors were taken by Iranians on Tuesday, Iran's military released footage of the troops with their hands behind their heads at gunpoint. ÔĄä
  • Iranian coup: A tale of two U.S. Navy vessels

    01/17/2016 1:57:49 PM PST · by Taxman · 260 replies
    Central View ^ | January 17, 2016 | William Hamilton, J.D., Ph.D.
    CENTRAL VIEW for Monday, January 18, 2016 Iranian coup: A tale of two U.S. Navy vessels Last week, the U.S. Navy dispatched two of its fearsomely armed Riverine Command Boats (RCBs) to patrol between Kuwait and Bahrain. Somehow, the RCBs were seized by the Iranian Navy; the crewmembers arrested, and -- even though the U.S. and Iran are not technically at war -- treated as Prisoners of War (POWs). How could this happen? The Swedish-designed, U.S.- manufactured RCBs cost $2.8 million per copy. Each RCB carries six machine guns, to include a .50 caliber Gatling gun, plus grenade launchers. Covered...
  • ‚ÄėAmerican Sailors Started Crying After Arrest‚Äô

    01/17/2016 8:47:12 AM PST · by NYAmerican · 77 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/16/16 | Pamella Geller
    A senior Iranian military commander in charge of the countrys Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed that the 10 U.S. sailors who were recently captured and subsequently released by the Islamic Republic 'started crying after [their] arrest,' according to Persian language comments made during military celebrations this weekend. Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the IRGC, which is responsible for boarding the U.S. ships and arresting the sailors, claimed in recent remarks, the 'American sailors started crying after arrest, but the kindness of our Guard made them feel calm.' Hossein went on to brag that the incident provides definitive evidence of the Iranian...