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This Country Put Its Navy Into Hiding

Sweden's island base, Muskö, is back in action

(Newser) - Nothing like a vast underground base to protect your navy—especially when Russia is getting aggressive. That seems to be Sweden's thinking as the Scandinavian country returns its entire navy to the island base of Muskö, the Guardian reports. Protected by thick granite, laced with tunnels, and boasting its... More »

3 Sailors From Same Aircraft Carrier Kill Themselves in 5 Days

'My heart is broken,' commanding officer says

(Newser) - "My heart is broken," the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush said after the apparently unrelated suicides of three crew members in the space of less than a week. In a Facebook post , Capt. Sean Bailey said the deaths of Chief Electronics Technician Nuclear... More »

US Navy Confirms UFO Videos

But the Navy doesn't like saying 'UFOs'

(Newser) - The Navy isn't hiding it: Those purported UFO videos seen in recent years really do show unidentified flying objects, the Washington Post reports. "The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena," Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher told the Black Vault blog last week... More »

Top Navy SEAL Warns: 'We Have a Problem'

Addressing 'good order and discipline problem' is 'top priority'

(Newser) - The commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command put the words "We have a problem" in bold font. "I don't know yet if we have a culture problem, I do know that we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately," reads... More »

Trump Nixes Awards for SEAL Prosecutors

Four military attorneys were awarded in the Edward Gallagher case

(Newser) - Prosecutors who sought to punish a decorated Navy SEAL won't be getting their medals after all, NPR reports. President Trump tweeted Wednesday that military awards granted to prosecutors in the Edward Gallagher case be rescinded, and the Navy quickly obliged. Gallagher had been acquitted of killing an ISIS captive... More »

No Word on Pilot After Navy Jet Crashes in California

It was on a routine training mission at the time

(Newser) - A US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet jet crashed Wednesday in the California desert and a search-and-rescue operation was underway, officials said. The single-seat warplane went down at 9:50am during a routine training mission north of the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, a remote expanse of the Mojave... More »

Divers Off Maine Find US Ship Sunk by German Sub

49 sailors on the USS Eagle PE-56 went down with the ship in 1945

(Newser) - They finally found the Eagle 56—a war grave off the coast of Maine. Divers discovered the wreckage of the USS Eagle PE-56, which was sunk by a German sub in the final weeks of World War II, reports the New York Times . Forty-nine of the 62 people aboard were... More »

Search Is On for US Sailor Who Went Overboard

Sailor is missing in the Arabian Sea

(Newser) - The US Fifth Fleet says a search operation is underway in the Arabian Sea after a US sailor went overboard from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, the AP reports. The statement Thursday said two US ships, a Spanish frigate, and a Pakistan naval ship are conducting a search-and-rescue operation.... More »

He Was to Be Navy's Top Officer. Instead, a 'Surprise Move'

Vice Admiral William Moran retires instead

(Newser) - Less than a month before Vice Admiral William Moran was set to become Chief of Naval Operations—the Navy's top uniformed officer—he instead announced over the weekend he had declined the position and would retire. The move comes after Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer questioned Moran's... More »

US Sailors Used Crowbar to Get This Magnet Off Tanker

They say limpet mines used in tanker attack resemble mines displayed by Iran

(Newser) - The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore "a striking resemblance" to similar mines displayed by Iran, a US Navy explosives expert said Wednesday, stopping short of directly blaming Tehran for the assault. The comments by Cmdr. Sean Kido... More »

Russian Sailors Were Doing This During Near-Collision

In a Navy video, they appear to be sunbathing

(Newser) - A Navy cruiser and a Russian destroyer nearly collided Friday in the Philippine Sea, sparking an instant blame game between the two nations. Now for another issue: sunbathing? Navy video of the incident appears to show shirtless Russian sailors soaking up rays on a rear helipad as the crisis unfolded,... More »

Russian and US Ships Come Within Feet of Colliding

Each side blames the other

(Newser) - A near collision, followed by angry, it-was-your-fault finger-pointing. Not so unusual, except in this case, the close call involved a US Navy cruiser and a Russian destroyer. The incident happened Friday in the Philippine Sea, when the ships came within 50 to 100 feet of each other, reports the New ... More »

Navy Confirms Request to Hide USS McCain From Trump

Ships remained 'in their normal configuration,' admiral says

(Newser) - The Navy indeed was asked to "minimize the visibility" of the USS John S. McCain when President Trump was in Japan last month. "However, all ships remained in their normal configuration during the President's visit," Rear Adm. Charlie Brown said in a statement Saturday, per Politico... More »

Report: White House Wanted USS John McCain 'Out of Sight'

'Trump is a child,' tweets Meghan McCain

(Newser) - The White House made a bizarre request ahead of President Trump's visit to a naval base in Japan this week, according to an email seen by the Wall Street Journal . In the May 15 email a US Indo-Pacific Command official told US Navy and Air Force officials that the... More »

The Truth Comes Out About This Obscene Skywriting

A Navy pilot was apparently persuaded to draw it

(Newser) - It wasn't a bird and it wasn't a plane—it was male genitalia, and Navy Times has gotten to the bottom of it. We already knew that a Navy aircraft drew the obscene skywriting over Washington state in 2017, but details remained scant. According to a newly released... More »

Near-Constant UFO Sightings Force New Navy Procedure

From now on, pilots will be able to submit UFO data

(Newser) - Angry pilots have prompted the US Navy to draft new guidelines about UFO sightings—but it seems that information will be kept from the public, Newsweek reports. "There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air spaces in recent... More »

Female Marine Uses the Bathroom. And There It Is

The US Navy is investigating a reported hidden camera

(Newser) - The US Navy is probing the case of an apparent camera hidden in the woman's bathroom on the USS Arlington, NBC News reports. A female Marine found it "in a head" on the amphibious warfare ship and turned it over in March, officials say, but little else is... More »

US Sailor, Woman Found Dead in Bloody Bedroom

The killing comes at a time of rising tensions in Okinawa

(Newser) - Tragedy struck Okinawa on Saturday morning when a US Navy sailor apparently used a knife to kill a woman and then take his own life, CNN reports. The bodies were found in a bloody bedroom on the Japanese island. "This is an absolute tragedy and we are fully committed... More »

US Warship Must Stay at Sea During Outbreak

Mumps-like infection affects 25 crew members

(Newser) - A US warship has been staying at sea, not allowed to make a port call, for more than two months because of an outbreak of a viral infection among the crew. Military officials said 25 of the more than 700 sailors and Marines on the Fort McHenry have been diagnosed... More »

WWII Aircraft Carrier Found After 77 Years

USS Hornet took part in Battle of Midway

(Newser) - The USS Hornet aircraft carrier had an extremely busy year and six days in service, taking part in key World War II events in the Pacific including the Battle of Midway and the Doolittle Raid before being sunk by Japanese forces in the Battle of Santa Cruz Island on Oct.... More »

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