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Trump's Old Chief of Staff Plans to Join the Military

Reince Priebus submits his application

(Newser) - Reince Priebus is trying to join the US Navy. The former White House chief of staff—who resigned the post after six months —has a letter of recommendation from Defense Secretary James Mattis to help him become a reserve officer, the Washington Post reports. "Reince's experience, education,... More »

Top Navy Commander in Middle East Found Dead

Scott Stearney was found at his Bahrain residence

(Newser) - The admiral leading American Naval forces in the Middle East turned up dead at his Bahrain residence Saturday, CNN reports. Vice Adm. Scott Stearney's death is under investigation, but media reports say there's no evidence of foul play. "This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for... More »

Collision Sinks Navy Ship

Norway's navy reeling from loss of KNM Helge Ingstad

(Newser) - A Norwegian warship has pretty much sunk after colliding with an oil frigate and getting a nasty hole torn in its side, CNN reports. The KNM Helge Ingstad, one of five frigates in the nation's navy, was navigating western Norway's inner fjords earlier this month when it struck... More »

China Won't Let Navy Ship Dock in Hong Kong

Tensions seeping into military arena

(Newser) - A rep for the US Consulate in Hong Kong ended her statement on an optimistic note: "We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect that will continue." But that track record won't involve a port call in October. In... More »

Slain Navy Chief Petty Officer Had Gotten Protective Order

Andrea Washington had sought help from man who lived with her

(Newser) - A bottle of cognac was waiting for Andrea Washington, along with a friend ready to celebrate Washington's recent pinning as a chief petty officer in the US Navy. That celebration never came: Washington's body was discovered Monday in her Jacksonville, Florida, residence, and while the investigation into her... More »

China Warns US Navy Plane: 'Leave Immediately'

Reconnaissance aircraft was flying over man-made islands in South China Sea

(Newser) - The last time a CNN crew got to fly over the South China Sea with the US Navy was in 2015, when a stern warning was issued by China's military to keep away from what it says is China's territory. On Friday, CNN got another "rare look"... More »

Navy Finally Allows Women to Let Their Hair Down

Ponytails, lock hairstyle are now OK

(Newser) - The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson says it makes the Navy more inclusive. Many black women had asked for changes to the female... More »

US Pacific Command Has a New Name

Name change is 'symbolic nod' to ally

(Newser) - The US military's largest unified combatant command has a new name that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says honors the "increasing connectivity of the Indian and Pacific Oceans." Mattis announced Wednesday that US Pacific Command will now be known as US Indo-Pacific Command, CNN reports. "It is... More »

2 Aviators Killed in Navy Jet Crash

'In the air, I saw fire,' witness says

(Newser) - Two aviators were killed Wednesday afternoon when a Navy fighter jet crashed near the Naval Air Station Key West. The AP reports that the F/A-18 Super Hornet was on approach to land when it crashed into the water about a mile east of the runway. The pilot and the weapons... More »

Russia Says Jet Kept a 'Safe Distance.' US Navy Says 5 Feet

Pentagon: Su-27 fighter jet buzzed American surveillance plane over Black Sea

(Newser) - US pilots called in a close call over the Black Sea on Monday, reporting that a Russian fighter jet zipped by in perilous proximity to their Navy surveillance plane. Per US defense officials who spoke to CNN , the Russian Su-27 performed an "unsafe intercept" that lasted about two hours... More »

Post-Vietnam War First Likely to Irritate China

US Navy aircraft carrier is expected to visit Vietnam

(Newser) - A US Navy aircraft carrier is expected to make a port visit to Vietnam in March, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. It would be the first such visit in the postwar era, and the planned visit to Danang is likely to irritate China, which is critical of US moves... More »

After 50 Years, Pyongyang Still Has Captured US Ship

Crew of USS Pueblo was released after 11 months

(Newser) - Fifty years after it was seized by North Korea, the USS Pueblo is the only US Navy ship held captive by a foreign government. And though mostly forgotten in the United States, the "Pueblo Incident" for North Korea remains a potent symbol of military success. The spy ship, attacked... More »

New Navy Warship Will Be Stuck in Ice Until Spring

It didn't make it past Montreal on journey home

(Newser) - Unless the plan all along was to send it to invade Canada, a newly commissioned $440 million Navy warship won't be much use this winter. The USS Little Rock, which was commissioned in Buffalo on Dec. 16, has been stuck in Montreal since Christmas Eve because of heavy ice,... More »

China Issues Warning to US Over Guided Missile Destroyer

'We hope that the US respects China's sovereignty'

(Newser) - The Chinese government on Saturday accused the US of trespassing in its territorial waters when a US guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the AP reports. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said China would take "necessary measures" to protect its sovereignty... More »

17 Sailors Died. Now 5 Officers Face Homicide Charges

Navy announces charges stemming from pair of 2017 collisions

(Newser) - The Navy announced Tuesday is has charged commanding officers from two vessels involved in deadly crashes last year with negligent homicide, NPR reports. Three other officers also face negligent homicide charges. According to the AP , the charges will be presented in a hearing, which will determine if the officers will... More »

No One Alive Had Ever Seen These Navy Artifacts ... Until Now

Dozens of 'vibrant' old flags captured by US Navy uncovered at Annapolis facility

(Newser) - The curator of the US Naval Academy Museum wasn't exactly sure what would be found: Records indicated five display boxes long used to exhibit captured British flags from the War of 1812 actually concealed more banners underneath. But not until all 61 banners were painstakingly removed in December for... More »

He Missed a Huge Field Goal, Then Found a Lesson

Navy's Bennett Moehring inspires fans, teammates with how he handled crushing loss

(Newser) - Bennett Moehring hadn't even turned 21 when he suffered one of the most crushing disappointments of his life, live in front of nearly 70,000 people in "swirling snow," per the AP . But the New York Times details the very adult way in which the Navy junior... More »

2 Sailors From Florida, 1 From Louisiana Die in Crash

US Navy identifies victims of Wednesday's aircraft crash

(Newser) - The US Navy says two sailors from Florida and another from Louisiana died in an aircraft crash in the Philippine Sea, the AP reports. In a news release, the Navy's 7th Fleet said the families of Lt. Steven Combs and Airman apprentice Bryan Grosso of Florida and airman Matthew... More »

3 Navy Sailors Still Missing After Pacific Crash

8 rescued personnel are in good condition

(Newser) - US and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a US Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier, the AP reports. Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash of the C-2 Greyhound transport aircraft Wednesday afternoon, the Navy... More »

Navy Plane Crashes in Pacific With 11 Aboard

It was on its way to aircraft carrier near Japan

(Newser) - In what is believed to be another fatal accident for the 7th Fleet, a Navy plane with 11 passengers and crew on board crashed into the Pacific Ocean Wednesday. The C-2 Greyhound was on its way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Japan's defense minister, Itsunori Onodera, said... More »

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