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Post-Attack, US Officials Take a Stand on Saudis

And that stand is to keep standing together

(Newser) - Top US defense and military officials on Saturday reaffirmed America's continued commitment to and relationship with Saudi Arabia after a Saudi Air Force student's deadly attack at a Navy base in Florida, the AP reports. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and others attending a security conference in California played... More »

Navy 'Hero' Died Helping First Responders

Joshua Kaleb Watson was only 23

(Newser) - Among three victims in Friday's Navy air base shooting, a name has emerged—and he's being hailed as a hero, USA Today reports. "Joshua Kaleb Watson saved countless lives today with his own," his brother, Adam Watson, posted Friday on Facebook . "After being shot multiple... More »

Accused Base Shooter Hosted Creepy Dinner Before Attack

And a Saudi student is said to have recorded video outside during the strike

(Newser) - The Saudi student who fatally shot three people at a US naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, a US official told the AP on Saturday. One of the three students who attended the dinner... More »

Navy Shooter Was Reportedly in Saudi Air Force

Death toll in Pensacola is 4, including the gunman

(Newser) - Much is unknown about Friday's shooting at a naval base in Florida , but multiple outlets—including the AP , the Washington Post , and NBC News —are reporting that the gunman was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia. All are quoting unidentified US officials or law-enforcement sources. Authorities have not... More »

Report: Pearl Harbor Shooter Used His Service Weapons

Security will be beefed up for commemoration

(Newser) - Officials will beef up security for the ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting a fresh tragedy after a US sailor killed two civilians , wounded another, and then turned the gun on himself at the storied military... More »

Sailor Kills 2 Civilians in Pearl Harbor Shooting Spree

Authorities say shooter took his own life

(Newser) - A sailor from the USS Columbia submarine killed two civilian workers at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and injured another Wednesday before taking his own life, authorities say. No motive has been identified for the shooting and it's not clear whether the sailor targeted the workers or was firing... More »

China Retaliates for America's New Hong Kong Law

US military visits to Hong Kong banned

(Newser) - China said Monday it will suspend US Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy organizations in retaliation for the signing into law of legislation supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous territory. While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move appeared to back up Chinese threats... More »

Defense Chief 'Flabbergasted' by Navy Leader on SEAL Case

Mark Esper also confirms that Trump ordered him to protect SEAL Edward Gallagher

(Newser) - The saga of the newly ousted Navy commander and a Navy SEAL continues to unfold. On Monday, defense chief Mark Esper revealed that President Trump ordered him to make sure Edward Gallagher was allowed to retire as a SEAL with full benefits, reports the Hill . "I spoke with the... More »

Ousted Navy Secretary Pens Final Letter to Trump

Richard Spencer says he and president disagree on 'good order and discipline'

(Newser) - Newly fired Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer is telling his side of the story in a final letter to President Trump. Spencer writes that he could not in "good conscience obey" Trump's order to back off on any further discipline of a Navy SEAL who'd been accused... More »

'Deeply Troubled' Defense Secretary Fires Navy Chief

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has been told to resign

(Newser) - Well, that settles it: Navy Secretary Richard Spencer just got fired. Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanded his resignation Sunday amid turmoil over a pending military review of a tarnished Navy SEAL, Fox News reports. Esper sought Spencer's resignation "after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack... More »

Navy Vet May Have Been Dead in Apartment for 3 Years

Ronald Wayne White's mother wants answers

(Newser) - Maintenance workers for a Texas apartment building were looking into why one apartment's water usage had been zero for an extended period—and discovered a long-dead body. Now, the mother of Navy veteran Ronald Wayne White wants answers. An officer with the DeSoto Police Department tells People the maintenance... More »

Navy: We're Dumping Controversial SEAL. Trump: Nope

President comes to Eddie Gallagher's rescue once more

(Newser) - President Trump is again coming to the rescue of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes before his conviction of posing with a dead ISIS captive in Iraq in 2017. "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," Trump tweeted... More »

'Mystery Men' Took Our UFO Data: Navy Veterans

5 veterans tell their version of a UFO sighting

(Newser) - The Navy already admits to seeing "unidentified aerial phenomena." Now five Navy veterans are adding to the story with details about longer video footage and two mysterious visitors, Fox News reports. In a private group chat with Popular Mechanics , the veterans tell their version of what happened on... More »

More Than 20K Feet Deep, a Major Find

WWII destroyer believed to be USS Johnston found in Philippine Sea, the deepest shipwreck ever

(Newser) - It's the deepest shipwreck ever found—one caked in US history. Experts aboard the Research Vessel Petrel believe they've found the wreck of the USS Johnston some 20,400 feet, or nearly 4 miles, below the waves of the Philippine Sea, where it came to rest in the... More »

It's Supposed to Fly in Nuclear War. A Bird Took It Down

'Hulking' E-6B Mercury aircraft temporarily grounded after bird gets sucked into engine

(Newser) - A military "doomsday" aircraft that's supposed to serve as a command post during nuclear war got brought down by something much simpler than a nuke earlier this month: a bird. Per the Navy Times , an E-6B Mercury was trying to land at Maryland's Naval Air Station Patuxent... More »

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 »

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