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These Are the 10 Sailors Lost in Navy Collision

Remains of only one have been identified so far

(Newser) - The Navy has formally given up hope of finding any survivors from the collision of the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore. On Thursday, the search and rescue mission became a recovery mission, reports the Washington Post . Ten sailors were lost in the... More »

US Navy Is Pretty Mad About Iran's Crying Sailor Video

New propaganda video uses footage of detained sailors

(Newser) - Iran's state television has released a new propaganda video that includes images of a US sailor crying while in Iran's custody—and the US Navy is not happy. "We are disgusted by the exploitation of our sailors in Iranian propaganda," says Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesperson for... More »

Missing 8 Days, Sailor, 77, Found at Sea

Craig Neus was in good health when Coast Guard found him off Fla. coast

(Newser) - Craig Neus, 77, was sailing his 32-foot boat from Baltimore to his home in Panama City, Fla. But after making a purchase on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at a resort in the appropriately named town of Captiva, Fla., no one heard a word from him—even though his daughters tried calling... More »

Sailors to Face Random Alcohol Tests: Navy

Positive results could prompt counseling

(Newser) - The Navy is growing increasingly worried about alcohol use in the ranks, prompting random testing starting next month, the AP reports. The Navy announced the plan shortly after the Marines announced a similar action. Leaders aren't aiming to wipe alcohol completely from Naval culture; rather, they want to be... More »

Cruise Ship Rescues Sailor on Around-the-World Try

Alain Delord was adrift for 3 days after losing yacht

(Newser) - A 63-year-old sailor was rescued today after three days adrift off the coast of Tasmania, reports the BBC . Frenchman Alain Delord was picked up by a cruise ship returning from Antarctica after he was forced to abandon his yacht on Friday when the mast broke during his around-the-world attempt. Authorities... More »

Retired Sailor Charged With Spying: FBI

Robert Hoffman caught by undercover 'Russians'

(Newser) - The FBI has caught a retired sailor trying to pass information to Russia, the agency says. Cryptologic technician Robert Hoffman has been charged with attempted espionage after he was tripped up by an undercover operation, the Navy Times reports. As a member of the Navy, Hoffman got top-level security clearance;... More »

US Sailor Admits Rape: Japan Police

Tensions already high over American aircraft deployment

(Newser) - A US sailor has confessed to rape, Japanese police say, after he and a fellow sailor were arrested early yesterday on the southern island of Okinawa. Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker were arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting and robbing a 27-year-old local woman, who... More »

Experts Rebuild Faces of Civil War Sailors

Forensic scientists hope to identify men on USS Monitor

(Newser) - Talk about a cold case: Forensic scientists have reconstructed the faces of two sailors who drowned in the USS Monitor 150 years ago in the hope someone will identify them, the AP reports. Experts at Louisiana State University built the faces around skulls of two skeletal remains recovered from the... More »

Sailor: Navy Trying to Boot Me Over Sleepover With Male

Stephen C. Jones, friend fell asleep while watching movie, he says

(Newser) - The story, as told by Navy Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones, sounds pretty innocent: On Feb. 5, a male sailor came to his room to watch The Vampire Diaries. They fell asleep. End of story. Except it wasn't. The Washington Post reports that while there's no evidence that anything sexual... More »

Somali Pirates Torturing Hostages

Bandits use captives as human shields

(Newser) - Somali pirates beat, tortured, and threatened to kill captured South Korean sailors, the Telegraph reports. “Pirates trampled and beat me whenever I talked with my captain,” said one of the seven rescued sailors, who went home yesterday. “I lost my four front teeth after being hit by... More »

Teen Sailor's Family Can't Foot $300K Rescue Bill

Sunderland family hopes US will help out; Abby wants to try again

(Newser) - Looks like the Australian government is out $300,000. The mother of teen sailor Abby Sunderland says the family can't afford to foot the bill for the plane deployed to spot her daughter and the vessel delivering her to port because "we're not wealthy people." But Marianne Sunderland... More »

Teen Sailor: 'One Long Wave, and One Short Mast'

Rescued Abby Sunderland blogs about 'crazy' few days

(Newser) - Abby Sunderland says she's "safe and sound" aboard a French fishing ship after being rescued from her Indian Ocean misadventure. "The long and the short of it is, well, one long wave, and one short mast," the 16-year-old writes on her blog from the rescue ship. She's... More »

Teen Forced to Quit Round-the-World Sail

Broken auto pilot ends Sunderland's record hopes

(Newser) - California teen Abby Sunderland has been forced to abandon her attempt to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world without stopping. The 16-year-old, who set off in January, is headed toward Cape Town for emergency repairs to her 40-foot boat's navigation system, ABC News reports. She... More »

Dutch Court Mulls Removing Sailor Girl From Home

Dekker's father may lose custody

(Newser) - Runaway teen sailor Laura Dekker has returned home to a custody battle in the Netherlands. Child welfare authorities have asked a court to remove the 14-year-old from her father's custody and place her either with her mother or in foster care, Reuters reports. Dekker was reported missing last week after... More »

Runaway Sailor Laura Dekker Found Safe in Caribbean

14-year-old disappeared from the Netherlands

(Newser) - Laura Dekker, the Dutch teen sailor who apparently ran away from home, has been found in St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles. Police on the Caribbean island have her in custody, and she is "safe and sound," a Dutch government spokesman tells the BBC . Dekker, 14, wants to... More »

Dutch Move to Block Teen's Around-the-World Solo Sail

(Newser) - Dutch authorities have gone to court to demand custody of a 13-year-old girl to block her planned solo sail around the world, reports the BBC. The girl's parents have already been denied permission for her to miss two years of school for the adventure. Laura Dekker, who has sailed since... More »

Aussie Seamen Probed in Sex Betting Ring

(Newser) - Australia is looking into allegations that a group of sailors ran a sex betting ring on the high seas, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Female members of the HMAS Success crew told officials that a group of sailors kept a betting book—known as "The Ledger"—to see... More »

Body of Pirate Victim Found at Sea

Attackers said they were desperate for a boat to get to shore, according to police

(Newser) - The body of a British yachtsman murdered by pirates off the coast of Thailand was found by a fisherman yesterday floating in the sea, reports AP. Malcolm Robertson, 64, was beaten with hammers and his throat slit as his wife lay bound in the cabin of their sailboat earlier this... More »

Navy Ship Leaves Port —Without 100 Sailors

USS Ronald Reagan, fleeing typhoon, leaves 100 seamen in Hong Kong

(Newser) - A US aircraft carrier set sail from Hong Kong early Sunday with about 100 of its crew still on shore leave, the AP reports. The USS Ronald Reagan and its support ships left port early because Typhoon Fengshen was bearing down. Officials are scrambling to book flights to reunite the... More »

Japan Busts US Sailor in Murder-Robbery

Navy man charged in cabbie's stabbing outside Tokyo

(Newser) - Japanese police arrested a US sailor today on suspicion of stabbing a taxi driver to death and then robbing him, Reuters reports. The 22-year-old Nigerian national serving in the American Navy was already in US custody on charges of desertion. The American ambassador to Japan was forced to apologize for... More »

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