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At Least 2 of the 3 Aircraft Carrier Sailor Deaths Were Suicides

3rd sailor's cause of death has not yet been confirmed

(Newser) - Update: Suicide is to blame in the deaths of at least two of the three sailors from the dry-docked USS George Washington aircraft carrier who died within a week of one another. Retail Services Specialist 3rd Class Mika’il Rayshawn Sharp, 23, who died off-base in Portsmouth on April 9,...

Crews Try to Save The Sullivans
Crews Try to Save
The Sullivans

Crews Try to Save The Sullivans

World War II destroyer, named for 5 brothers, is taking on water

(Newser) - A decommissioned World War II-era destroyer docked near downtown Buffalo was taking on water and listing perilously on Thursday. Crews were working to keep the USS The Sullivans from sinking at its berth at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, where it had been open for tours....

US Navy to Begin Task Force to Patrol Red Sea
US Navy Makes a
Move in the Red Sea

US Navy Makes a Move in the Red Sea

Says new task force will patrol the body of water

(Newser) - The US Navy said Wednesday it will begin a new task force with allied countries to patrol the Red Sea after a series of attacks attributed to Yemen's Houthi rebels in a waterway that's essential to global trade. The AP reports Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, who oversees the...

US Rep's Take on Navy's Plan: Taxpayers Owed an Apology

Navy intends to decommission some of its newest warships

(Newser) - The Navy that once wanted smaller, speedy warships to chase down pirates has made a speedy pivot to Russia and China—and many of those recently built ships could be retired. The US Navy wants to decommission nine ships in the Freedom-class of littoral combat ships—warships that cost about...

Navy Announces Honor for Ginsburg
Navy Announces
Honor for Ginsburg

Navy Announces Honor for Ginsburg

Secretary credits late justice for women serving in Navy's ranks now

(Newser) - Recognizing that it's among the beneficiaries of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's work to secure gender equality, the Navy has announced a ship will be named for the late Supreme Court justice. "She is instrumental to why we now have women of all backgrounds, experiences and talents serving within...

Court-Martial Ordered in Loss of Navy Ship

Bonhomme Richard burned for 5 days in San Diego Harbor

(Newser) - A sailor accused of starting the fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard will face a court-martial for arson, according to charges filed Friday. Ryan Mays faces two counts in military court for the July 2020 blaze that injured dozens of personnel aboard the amphibious assault ship as the fire...

Navy Seal Candidate Dies During Grueling 'Hell Week'

Seaman who died Friday has been identified

(Newser) - Update: The Navy SEAL candidate who died Friday after "Hell Week" has been identified as a New Jersey 24-year-old. Seaman Kyle Mullen had been a standout basketball and football player at Manalapan High School who then played football for Yale and Monmouth universities, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. His...

Jet Crash in South China Sea Injures 7 US Sailors
Navy Scrambles to Retrieve
Jet From Bottom of Sea

Navy Scrambles to Retrieve Jet From Bottom of Sea

Analysts say China might to try claim F35 fighter in South China Sea

(Newser) - Update: The Navy is scrambling to retrieve an F35 fighter jet that ended up at the bottom of the South China Sea after crash-landing on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier Monday. It's not clear exactly where the crash happened, but CNN describes the sea as...

Longer Boot Camp to Address Character, Suicide Issues

Navy training will cover more areas, including extremism

(Newser) - The Navy is adding two weeks to boot camp this year in a major overhaul aimed at improving recruits' war fighting and emergency skills while also focusing on suicide prevention and character issues such as sexual assault, hazing, and extremism in the ranks. Navy officials said Friday that expanding boot...

Prosecutors Suggest Motive After Fire on Navy Ship

Sailor Ryan Sawyer Mays was allegedly 'disgruntled' because his SEAL training fell through

(Newser) - Update: Prosecutors say a Navy sailor set fire to his ship last year because he was "disgruntled" after dropping out of training to become a Navy SEAL, reports the AP . Seaman Apprentice Ryan Sawyer Mays is accused of starting a fire that led to the destruction of the USS...

She Gave the OK for Steel Used in Navy Subs. Now, a Guilty Plea

Retired metallurgist Elaine Thomas, 67, admits she falsified foundry's test reports on steel strength

(Newser) - For about four decades, Elaine Thomas worked as a metallurgist for a steel foundry in Washington state, churning out steel castings used by Navy contractors to make submarine hulls. And for about 30 of those years, prosecutors now say, Thomas falsified results from tests designed to test the steel's...

US Nuclear Submarine Hits Something, Injuring 11
Navy: Our Nuclear Sub
Hit Underwater Mountain

Navy: Our Nuclear Sub Hit Underwater Mountain

USS Connecticut was in the South China Sea at the time

(Newser) - Update: The mystery over an accident involving a US submarine in the South China Sea has been solved: The USS Connecticut smashed into an underwater mountain that wasn't on the charts, reports CBS News . Eleven sailors were injured in the collision last month, and the sub had to sail...

Navy Engineer, Wife Arrested, Face Espionage Charges

DOJ says he hid data in a peanut butter sandwich

(Newser) - A Navy nuclear engineer and his wife are facing charges of trying to sell secrets to a foreign government. Jonathan Toebbe and his wife, Diana, are accused of agreeing to exchange data for thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency, the Baltimore Sun reports. The couple, who live in Annapolis, MD, were...

US Navy Helicopter Crashes Off of San Diego

One crew member had been rescued by Tuesday night, 5 were missing

(Newser) - A US Navy helicopter crashed Tuesday in the ocean off Southern California during a routine flight from an aircraft carrier, military officials said. A search and rescue operation was launched after the MH-60S helicopter crashed around 4:30pm about 60 nautical miles off San Diego, the Navy's US Pacific...

In Deadliest US Sub Tragedy, 'No Cover-Up' Is Found

Retired Navy skipper sued for release of documents

(Newser) - The release of about 3,000 pages of documents delving into the deadliest submarine disaster in US history has not yielded any sinister effort to hide the truth, a retired Navy skipper says. Instead, documents show the Navy’s policies and procedures failed to keep pace with fast-moving technological advances...

This Is a Big First for a Woman in the Navy

First woman ever completes training course to join elite Naval Special Warfare team

(Newser) - For the first time, a female sailor has successfully completed the grueling 37-week training course to become a Naval Special Warfare combatant-craft crewman—the boat operators who transport Navy SEALs and conduct their own classified missions at sea. Navy officials said they would not identify the woman or provide more...

New Aircraft Carrier Tested With Massive Explosions

Navy set off blasts that registered 3.9 on the Richter scale

(Newser) - Floridians wondering what that big boom was, the one that felt like an earthquake, got answers Sunday. The US Navy set off a 40,000 pound explosive, creating an explosion that measured 3.9 on the Richter scale, the Orlando Sentinel reports. And not as an early Fourth of July...

Navy Says Drone Made Aviation History

It refueled fighter jet in midair

(Newser) - The Navy says aviation history was made in a test flight over the Midwest when an unmanned aircraft refueled another aircraft for the first time. The Navy tweeted video of the Friday flight, in which a Boeing MQ-25 Stingray drone refueled a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet in midair....

Cops: Navy Medic Shot 2, Fled to Base

Gunman was shot dead at Fort Detrick

(Newser) - A Navy medic shot and critically wounded two people at a Maryland business park Tuesday, then fled to a nearby Army base where he was shot and killed, police and US Navy officials said. The man entered a business at the Riverside Tech Park, causing people inside to flee, but...

A US Sub Was Lost in 1963. Now We Know Why

Declassified documents related to 1963 sinking of USS Thresher are released

(Newser) - From the 1970s on, the US Navy hasn't lost a single submarine. But in April 1963 it suffered its deadliest submarine disaster when the nuclear-powered USS Thresher sank off Cape Cod, killing all 129 people on board. The details of what led to that fate had been kept under...

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