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Navy Announces Punishments in USS Fitzgerald Collision

The vessel's senior officer is to be relieved of command

(Newser) - The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the vice chief of naval operations said Thursday. The AP reports Adm. William Moran told reporters the top... More »

US Ship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Vessel

Each nation blames the other for latest tense encounter in the Gulf

(Newser) - A US Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that came close to it during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, an American defense official said. The AP reports Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the incident. The encounter... More »

Pics Show Damage Done to Navy Vessel by Container Ship

USS Fitzgerald collided with container ship June 17 near Japan

(Newser) - Photos released by the US Navy give an idea of the damage caused to the USS Fitzgerald in its fatal collision with a container ship June 17 off the coast of Japan. CNN reports the container ship, which weighed nearly three times more than the Fitzgerald, ripped a hole... More »

Navy-Trained Dolphins Tapped for Rescue Mission

Fewer than 40 vaquita porpoises are left in the world

(Newser) - Your mission, dolphins, should you choose to accept it: Rescue a rare porpoise threatened with extinction. That's the assignment for a group of US Navy-trained dolphins that Mexican officials hope will save the endangered vaquita, the BBC reports. The plan is for the dolphins to find the pint-size porpoises,... More »

'Is That Real?' Sailor Returns to Wife 8 Months Pregnant

Navy's Chris Daugherty is surprised by his wife

(Newser) - A Navy wife greeted her husband returning from six months at sea by revealing she was nearly eight months pregnant with his fourth child. Video posted by Natasha Daugherty to Facebook shows her husband, Petty Officer Chris Daugherty, hugging his three children on the docks in San Diego after getting... More »

Navy Finds Dead Sailors Aboard Rammed Destroyer

Several bodies recovered from flooded compartments aboard USS Fitzgerald

(Newser) - The search for seven US Navy sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan was called off Sunday after several bodies were found in the ship's flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet, described the... More »

With Sailors Still Missing, Questions Over Ship Crash

USS Fitzgerald collided with container ship four times its size

(Newser) - US and Japanese vessels and aircraft are searching for seven American sailors who are missing after their Navy destroyer collided before dawn with a container ship four times its size off the coast of Japan. The USS Fitzgerald was back at its home port in Yokosuka Naval Base south of... More »

Sailors Injured, Missing After Destroyer Hits Merchant Vessel

The collision happened early Saturday off the coast of Japan

(Newser) - A US Navy destroyer collided with a merchant vessel 56 nautical miles off the coast of Japan around 2:30am Saturday local time. The AP , citing Japanese media, reports one sailor on the USS Fitzgerald was injured and another seven were missing. The injured sailor was airlifted off the destroyer... More »

Sailor Found Hiding on Navy Ship 7 Days After Disappearing

Peter Mims was reported to have fallen overboard from the USS Shiloh June 8

(Newser) - The US Navy—with help from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japanese Coast Guard—spent 50 hours searching 5,500 miles of ocean for Petty Officer Peter Mims, who was believed to have fallen overboard from the USS Shiloh on June 8, CNN reports. So imagine everyone's surprise... More »

Navy Mounts Search for Overboard Sailor

The sailor went overboard USS Normandy 80 miles off of NC

(Newser) - The search continues for a sailor who went overboard the USS Normandy about 80 miles off the coast of Cherry Point, NC, Tuesday afternoon, reports the Virginian Pilot . Multiple naval and aircraft teams have joined the Normandy and coast guard in the search and rescue mission. According to the Navy ... More »

He Died at 30 at Pearl Harbor, and Is Finally Home

Fred M. Jones buried with military honors in the family's Michigan cemetery plot

(Newser) - A Michigan sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been buried with military honors in the family's cemetery plot in Port Huron. More than 300 people attended Saturday's funeral services for Fred M. Jones after his casket was escorted from a Detroit-area airport, MLive.com reports.... More »

Ex-Admiral Who Chose 'Karaoke Over Character' Hears Fate

Navy's Robert Gilbeau sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying in bribery case

(Newser) - An ex-admiral in the US Navy who served his country for nearly four decades was "tempted by parties and prostitutes" and ultimately chose "karaoke over character," US prosecutors say, and he's now been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for that choice. Reuters reports that 56-year-old... More »

Navy Bans E-Cigs After Series of 'Mishaps'

Multiple sailors have been injured by exploding e-cigarettes

(Newser) - The Navy has issued a partial ban on vaping after a series of what it characterizes as "mishaps," NPR reports. According to the Hill , there were 15 incidents involving e-cigarettes between October 2015 and June 2016. Eight of those incidents happened aboard vessels or aircraft, and two involved... More »

They Were the Navy 'Cool Kids.' Their Parties Were, Er, Unusual

Sordid details emerge in growing 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal

(Newser) - Officers in a burgeoning Navy bribery scandal called themselves the Lion King's Harem, the Wolfpack, the Cool Kids, and the Brotherhood. They scouted for others who might also accept sex, trips, and other lavish perks from a Malaysian defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard" in exchange for classified... More »

Trump's Navy Pick Pulls Out

Philip Bilden didn't want to divest holdings

(Newser) - The financier that President Trump nominated to be secretary of the Navy has decided that the job would be too hard on his finances. Philip Bilden, a former military intelligence officer who spent 20 years working in private equity in Hong Kong, cited conflict-of-interest rules when he withdrew from consideration... More »

As US Carrier Enters South China Sea, What's Trump's Move?

'Navy Times' reports the Navy wants him to OK freedom of navigation operation

(Newser) - The US Navy wants to embark upon a fresh freedom of navigation operation around China's man-made islands in the South China Sea , in what would be the first under President Trump, the Navy Times reports, citing defense officials. The operation would most likely be carried out by the San... More »

Russian Spy Ship 'Loitering' Near Conn. Navy Base

Rep. Joe Courtney says it shows 'aggressive intent'

(Newser) - A Russian spy ship first spotted in international waters off the coast of Delaware has moved further up the eastern coast of the US and was just 30 miles south of a Navy submarine base in Connecticut on Wednesday, reports Fox News . An official says SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, which can... More »

Navy's New $475M Warship: USS Gabrielle Giffords

High-speed $475M combat vessel part of controversial Navy program critics say is too costly

(Newser) - A naval program that has become a target for critics is preparing to commission a new vessel named after a well-known shooting survivor. The USS Gabrielle Giffords, constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., has completed testing in the Gulf of Mexico and is scheduled to be commissioned in mid-2017,... More »

Pentagon: China Gave Us Back Illegally Seized Drone

Beijing says there were 'friendly consultations'

(Newser) - China has returned to the US an unmanned underwater drone the Chinese navy seized unlawfully last week in international waters, the Pentagon says. The Chinese navy vessel that seized the drone returned it near where it had been taken, and it was received by the USS Mustin about 50 miles... More »

Navy Will Scatter Vet's Ashes at Site of Worst US Sub Disaster

'He felt he should have gone down with the Thresher'

(Newser) - For a half-century after the deadliest submarine disaster in US history, Navy Capt. Paul "Bud" Rogers struggled with feelings that it should have been him—and not his last-minute replacement—on the doomed voyage of the USS Thresher in which 129 men died. This week, at his family's... More »

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