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  • BYU grad rescues child sex slaves

    02/16/2015 8:00:56 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | Donovan C. Baltich
    A team of former Navy Seals and CIA operatives splash beer on their faces as they prepare to play the part of American sex tourists. They’ll have to maintain laser-sharp focus as they engage in negotiations with some of the world’s dirtiest criminals. One suspicious move or remark could put their whole team at risk and prevent the rescue of dozens of innocent children. This team, known as Operation Underground Railroad, works to prosecute child sex traffickers and to rescue the victims. Heading the team is Tim Ballard — a husband, a father of six children and a BYU alumnus....
  • Navy captain censured for deadly AAV accident no longer selected to command aircraft carrier

    06/10/2023 9:25:34 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 13 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | June 9, 2023 | JEFF SCHOGOL
    The training accident killed eight Marines and one sailor. The former Navy commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock USS Somerset, who was officially censured for a training accident in which eight Marines and one sailor died, will not command an aircraft carrier after all. Navy Capt. John William Kurtz was the Somerset’s captain when an amphibious assault vehicle, or AAV, sank while returning to the ship during a July 30, 2020 training exercise. It was the deadliest training accident involving an AAV in Marine Corps history..... But not long after news broke that Kurtz had been selected to command...
  • Navy relieves commanding officer of destroyer John Finn in Japan

    05/22/2023 5:31:38 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 68 replies ^ | May 22, 2023 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    The commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer John Finn was relieved of command Friday. Cmdr. Angela Gonzales was relieved “due to a loss of confidence in her ability to fulfill her responsibilities in leading the ship,” according to a brief Navy statement issued Saturday. As is the case with nearly every Navy CO firing, no other information was provided regarding the reasons for Gonzales being relieved of command. John Finn is assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan. Cmdr. Matthew Hays has assumed interim commanding officer duties, and Gonzales has been reassigned to Naval Surface Force Pacific. US Navy...
  • Tuberville Blocking Promotion of Navy Captain Who Allowed Drag Shows Aboard USS Ronald Reagan

    05/20/2023 10:29:10 AM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 44 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 05/19/23 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    Drag performances took place on board the USS Ronald Reagan under the command of a Navy captain whose promotion to rear admiral is currently being blocked by Republican Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville. Capt. Michael Donnelly served as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan from April 2016 to September 2018. During that time period, Yeoman 2rd Class Joshua Kelley was performing as a drag queen at Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department-sanctioned events on the carrier under the drag name “Harpy Daniels.” As commander of the USS Ronald Reagan, Donnelly would have been aware of, and responsible for,...
  • Plane that crashed off San Clemente Island [CA] was involved in Navy training, aviation company says

    05/12/2023 10:55:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    ktla ^ | 05/12/2023 | Marc Sternfield
    Three people who died when a jet crashed off California’s San Clemente Island this week were taking part in a U.S. Navy training exercise, their employer confirmed Friday. The victims, Eric Tatman, Spencer Geerlings and Shane Garner worked for Georgia-based Phoenix Air, a company with clients in the private sector and government, according to its website. The three men perished when the Phoenix Air Learjet 36 went down roughly one-mile southwest of San Clemente Island, which is the southernmost of California’s Channel Islands, around 7:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, officials said. San Clemente Island is owned and managed by the Navy,...
  • US Navy Used Drag Queen Influencer To Attract A ‘Wide Range’ Of New Troops As Recruitment Plummets

    05/02/2023 6:26:31 AM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 102 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/01/2023 | MICAELA BURROW
    The Navy brought on an active-duty drag queen to participate in a pilot program aimed at reaching a wider audience through popular social media platforms as the military faces severe recruiting woes.
  • US to dock nuclear subs in SKorea for 1st time in 40 years

    04/26/2023 3:54:39 PM PDT · by familyop · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 26, 2023 | AAMER MADHANI and ZEKE MILLER
    Presidents Joe Biden and Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday will sign an agreement that includes plans to have U.S. nuclear-armed submarines dock in South Korea for the first time in more than 40 years, a conspicuous show of support to Seoul amid growing concern about nuclear threats by North Korea, according to senior Biden administration officials. The planned dock visits are a key element of what’s being dubbed the “Washington Declaration,” aimed at deterring North Korea from carrying out an attack on its neighbor.
  • Navy veteran divorcee, 37, under investigation for running pro-Russian 'Donbass Devushka' channels where she 'put on a phony accent' and 'posted at least four' classified documents leaked by 21-year-old Jack 'The Dripper' Teixeira

    04/17/2023 9:52:29 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 85 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/17/2023 | James Franley
    A prominent pro-Kremlin propagandist has been unmasked as a 37-year-old Navy veteran and tropical fish seller from New Jersey. Divorcee Sarah Bils is known to her 100,000 devoted fans online as 'Donbas Devushka', or Donbas Girl. She posed as a Russian Jew from the occupied Ukrainian city of Luhansk and a geopolitics expert. -snip- She left the military in November last year with an honorable discharge but only after being demoted. Bils claims she was 'kicked out' of the Navy due to her 'leftist views.'
  • We Have a Real UFO Problem. And It’s Not Balloons

    02/28/2023 8:18:09 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 59 replies ^ | Ryan Graves (retired Navy F/A-18F pilot)
    On a clear, sunny day in April 2014, two F/A-18s took off for an air combat training mission off the coast of Virginia. The jets, part of my Navy fighter squadron, climbed to an altitude of 12,000 and steered towards Warning Area W-72, an exclusive block of airspace ten miles east of Virginia Beach. All traffic into the training area goes through a single GPS point at a set altitude — almost like a doorway into a massive room where military jets can operate without running into other aircraft. Just at the moment the two jets crossed the threshold, one...
  • Top Navy admiral begged Melissa DeRosa to fill Comfort Ship during COVID: emails

    02/19/2023 10:49:18 PM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies ^ | February 8, 2023 | Jon Levine
    A US Navy admiral begged the Cuomo administration to send patients to the nearly-empty hospital ship docked on the Hudson River during the height of the pandemic — but his pleas were met with politics and paranoia, The Post has learned. With city medical facilities packed with critically ill COVID patients in the spring of 2020 — and just days after the infamous edict by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to send COVID patients to nursing homes, which critics say resulted in thousands of deaths — the Trump administration sent the USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed ship, to relieve hospitals of patients with...
  • New Report Says US Navy Capacity Is “Very Weak”

    10/19/2022 7:47:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 44 replies
    gCaptain ^ | October 19, 2022 | John Konrad
    US Congressman Mike Gallagher, a Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered a stark warning to American citizens yesterday in response to a new report by the Heritage Foundation that ranked the US Navy “very weak” in terms of capacity and under immense strain to maintain readiness.
  • Navy sailor found not guilty of setting fire that destroyed ship

    09/30/2022 1:24:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 30, 2022 | By Matt Bernardini
    (UPI) -- A sailor accused by the Navy of setting fire to and destroying an amphibious assault ship was acquitted Friday by a military judge. Ryan Sawyer Mays, 21, was found not guilty by Capt. Derek Butler of starting the fire that destroyed the $1.2 billion USS Bonhomme Richard. "I am so grateful that this is finally over. It's been a long two years," Mays said outside the court building, flanked by his wife, parents and defense team, according to USNI News. "I've been waiting a long time." The Navy had accused Mays of starting the fire because he was...
  • US contractor freed by Taliban in swap for drug trafficker

    09/19/2022 5:41:49 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-19-22 | Fox News
    An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years has been released in exchange for a convicted Taliban drug lord jailed in the United States, the White House said Monday, announcing a rare success in U.S.-Taliban talks since the militant group took power a little more than a year ago Mark Frerichs, a Navy veteran who had spent more than a decade in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor, was abducted in January 2020 and is believed to have been held since then by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. He was traded for Bashir Noorzai, a Taliban associate convicted...
  • Residents of several towns in Rostov (Russia) region report powerful explosion

    09/12/2022 7:31:24 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 35 replies ^ | Sept 13, 2022 | Source: Meduza
    Residents of several cities in the Rostov region reported a powerful explosion. Citing eyewitnesses, local publication noted that the distance between some of the witnesses was nearly 125 miles. The sound of the explosion was heard by readers in Rostov-on-Don, Azov, Taganrog, Novoshakhtinsk, Shakhty, Novocherkassk, Aksay, and Yeysk. According to eyewitnesses, "fences trembled in some places" after the explosion and car alarms went off in Rostov-on-Don. Near the village of Peshkovo (about 30 miles from Rostov-on-Don), witnesses noticed three or four sources of black smoke. Baza, citing eyewitness accounts, videos and photos on social media, reported that an...
  • Police: ‘Fat Leonard’ from Navy bribery scandal escapes house arrest in San Diego

    09/06/2022 9:38:09 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Three weeks before he faced sentencing, the Malaysian defense contractor at the center of one of the biggest bribery investigations in U.S. military history made an escape as stunning and brazen as the case itself: U-Haul trucks were seen at his home in a tony San Diego neighborhood before Leonard Glenn Francis, known as “Fat Leonard,” snipped off his ankle monitor and disappeared. Nearly a dozen U.S. law enforcement agencies were searching for Francis on Tuesday. But officials acknowledged he may already be in Mexico, and possibly on his way back to Asia. ... officers found...
  • What did the FBI have on Danchenko?

    11/07/2021 7:22:28 PM PST · by bitt · 11 replies ^ | 11/7/2021 | Techno Fog
    I discussed the Igor Danchenko indictment here, laying out some of the more eye-raising parts of the facts and charges against Christopher Steele’s primary sub-source. Taking a closer look at the Danchenko indictment, there is a curious question presented by the FBI to Danchenko in June 2017. A question that indicates the FBI might have known more about the true sources to the Steele Dossiers sooner than they have let on. FBI Questions about Danchenko source Charles Dolan On June 15, 0217, the FBI interviewed Danchenko regarding the Dossiers (labeled “Company Reports” in the indictment). Here’s the line of questioning...
  • Liberals Furious Over Gov. DeSantis' Release of New Florida License Plate

    08/16/2022 8:18:02 AM PDT · by montag813 · 55 replies
    24News ^ | 08-16-2022 | Joshua Ford
    by Joshua Ford | 24NewsThe unveiling of a new Florida license plate by Governor DeSantis has liberals and leftist organizations up in arms.Liberals are constantly willfully misinterpreting traditional American and patriotic flags and symbols to try to associate them with “right wing extremism.” One such victim of this misinterpretation is the iconic Gadsden Flag.This iconic flag dates back to the time of the revolution and has been seen as a symbol of freedom, defiance in the face of oppression, and American patriotism ever since.Now, Governor Ron DeSantis has released a new Florida license plate which prominently features the Gadsden flag...
  • F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to USS Harry S. Truman blown overboard due to unexpected heavy weather

    07/10/2022 1:43:22 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 100 replies
    NAPLES, Italy -- On July 8, 2022, an F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), blew overboard due to unexpected heavy weather in the Mediterranean Sea. The carrier was conducting a replenishment-at-sea, which was safely terminated through established procedures. All personnel aboard the ship are accounted for. One Sailor received minor injuries while conducting operations during the unexpected heavy weather. The Sailor is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. USS Harry S. Truman and embarked aircraft remain full mission capable. Details and the cause of...
  • US, Iran in tense sea incident; Tehran preps new centrifuges

    06/22/2022 3:41:57 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | Associated Press
    Dubai -- A US Navy warship fired a warning flare to wave off an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat coming straight at it during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Tuesday. The incident on Monday involving the Guard and the Navy comes as tensions remain high over stalled negotiations over Iran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers and as Tehran enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels under decreasing international oversight. Meanwhile, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said Iran now plans to enrich uranium through a second set of advanced centrifuges at its underground Fordo...
  • Trio of Navy commanders relieved of duties, bringing total of recent leadership dismissals to 6

    06/13/2022 11:21:26 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 57 replies
    Three U.S. Navy leaders, including two serving aboard a destroyer, were ousted late last week, the latest in a recent string of removals by the service. USS Bulkeley commanding officer Cmdr. Devine Johnson and Command Master Chief Earl Sanders were relieved of their duties Friday because of “a loss of confidence in their ability to effectively function as a leadership team,” the Navy said in a Saturday statement. Capt. William Harkin, the deputy commodore of Destroyer Squadron 2, will be temporarily assigned as commanding officer of Bulkeley until a replacement is identified. Master Chief Petty Officer Christy Reed, of the...