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Navy Ship Fire Could Burn for Days

No cause known yet in San Diego blaze that injured 21

(Newser) - Authorities are still trying to determine what caused a large fire aboard a ship docked at San Diego Naval Base on Sunday. In all, 21 people were hospitalized in the three-alarm fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard—17 sailors and four civilians, reports the AP . None of the injuries are... More »

Blast Rocks US Navy Base

11 people are treated for 'non-life threatening injuries'

(Newser) - Eleven people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said, per the AP . The blaze was reported shortly before 9am on USS Bonhomme Richard, said Krishna Jackson, the base's public information officer. Eleven people were treated... More »

Navy Fires Roosevelt's Captain After All

New investigation blames Brett Crozier and his boss in coronavirus crisis

(Newser) - In a stunning reversal , the Navy has upheld the firing of the aircraft carrier captain who urged faster action to protect his crew from a coronavirus outbreak, according to a US official familiar with the report. The official said the Navy also extended the blame for the ship's crisis,... More »

Trump: Bases Won't Be Renamed

Army had said it was open to a discussion about installations named for Confederate leaders

(Newser) - Just two days ago, Army brass did an about-face and said it would be fine with reconsidering the names of 10 bases that now honor Confederate leaders. On Wednesday, President Trump put a halt to that. "These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American... More »

US Navy: Russian Pilots Shouldn't Be Doing This

It describes 'unsafe' intercepts of aircraft over Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday

(Newser) - Two Russian planes made an "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept of a US surveillance aircraft flying in international airspace on Tuesday, in what was the third time in two months, according to the US Navy. A pair of videos show Russian SU-35 fighter jets flying on either side of a... More »

US Tests Weapon That 'Redefines' War

The US Navy releases a video of the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator at work

(Newser) - The US Navy says it has successfully tested a new laser weapon and has video to prove it, CNN reports. The Navy released a statement Friday with videos and images of the USS Portland, an amphibious transport dock ship, using "the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state... More »

FBI Suspects Terrorism in Base Shooting

Man was killed after wounding sailor in Corpus Christi

(Newser) - A shooting at a Texas naval air station that wounded a sailor and left the gunman dead is being investigated as "terrorism-related," the FBI said Thursday. The shooting began around 6:15am at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. The shooter tried to speed through a gate at the base... More »

Sailors on Carrier Get Coronavirus —a Second Time

5 sailors on the sidelined the USS Theodore Roosevelt test positive for a second time

(Newser) - Five sailors on the US aircraft carrier sidelined in Guam due to a COVID-19 outbreak have tested positive for the virus for the second time and have been taken off the ship, according to the Navy, the AP reports. The resurgence of the virus in the five sailors on the... More »

Navy Enters Barents Sea for First Time Since Cold War

Russia is tracking American, British vessels operating in the Arctic

(Newser) - The US Navy says Russian submarine activity in the Arctic has risen to Cold War levels—and, for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Navy surface vessels have entered the Barents Sea. The 6th Fleet said four American destroyers and a British Royal Navy vessel were... More »

Pentagon Releases Videos of UFOs

Objects in widely-seen footage from 2004, 2015 remain unidentified

(Newser) - The Pentagon has formally released three videos of UFOs taken by Navy pilots which circulated for years following "unauthorized releases." The footage "does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena" and was therefore released "in order to clear... More »

Navy Wants to Reinstate Carrier's Captain

Brett Crozier was removed over handling of coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - After an investigation, the Navy has decided it wants Capt. Brett Crozier, back in charge of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The recommendation to reinstate the captain, who was fired over his response to a coronavirus outbreak on his aircraft carrier, is under review at the Pentagon, and would have to... More »

In 'Abrupt' Tweet, Trump Writes of Shooting Down Iranian Boats

But a tweet won't change the rules of engagement

(Newser) - Both Politico and the New York Times frame it as an "abrupt" tweet from the president: "I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea," wrote President Trump on Wednesday morning. It... More »

France Tries to Explain More Than 1,000 Virus Cases at Sea

Nearly half the aircraft carrier's personnel test positive

(Newser) - The French navy is investigating how the coronavirus infected more than 1,000 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, as pressure builds on the government to explain how it happened. The ship, the navy's biggest carrier and flagship, is undergoing a weekslong disinfection since returning Sunday to... More »

Fired Navy Captain Could Be Reinstated

Investigation underway into treatment of Brett Crozier amid coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - The Navy captain removed from command this month after warning about a coronavirus outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt might be able to rejoin his admiring crew . Adm. Michael Gilday is reviewing the results of a preliminary investigation into Capt. Brett Crozier's removal, and while no decision has been... More »

After a Period of Quiet, a 'Provocative' Move From Iran

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels get close to US warships

(Newser) - Six US military warships conducting exercises in international waters off Iran on Wednesday were interrupted by what the US calls a "harassing" group of nearly a dozen Iranian vessels. A statement from the US Navy's 5th Fleet says that 11 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels came very... More »

Navy Mystery: How Are People Getting Infected on Hospital Ship?

126 medical staff members removed from USNS Mercy after 7 test positive for COVID-19

(Newser) - The Navy has removed 126 medical staff members from its hospital ship docked off Los Angeles after seven of them tested positive for COVID-19, an official said Tuesday. The personnel from the USNS Mercy were taken to a nearby base and remain under quarantine, the AP reports. None so far... More »

Guam Nervously Takes In Quarantined Roosevelt Crew

Rooms are set aside for up to 4,000 sailors

(Newser) - People in Guam are used to a military presence on the strategic Pacific island, but some are uneasy as sailors from a coronavirus-stricken Navy aircraft carrier flood hotels for quarantine. Officials insist they have enforced strict safety measures, the AP reports. An outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt began in... More »

Cost of Ex-Navy Secretary's Trip to Guam: $243K

Modly reportedly flew at a cost of $7K an hour

(Newser) - Former acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's trip to Guam to lecture sailors who gave a roaring sendoff to their fired captain cost taxpayers a whopping $243,151.65. Modly, who resigned Tuesday , flew 35 hours on a C-37B at a cost of $6,946.19 per hour, USA ... More »

Navy Boss Resigns After Insulting Captain

Modly called captain concerned about outbreak on ship 'stupid and naive'

(Newser) - Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after facing a backlash over his attack on Capt. Brett Crozier , who was fired for asking his superiors for permission to evacuate crew members ill with COVID-19 from the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Modly, who initially stood by his remarks but apologized late Monday,... More »

Navy Boss Stood by His Attack on Captain—for a Few Hours

Thomas Modly apologizes for harsh words about Brett Crozier

(Newser) - As of Monday, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly was standing by his attack on the fired captain of a Navy aircraft carrier who'd warned about COVID-19 spreading on his ship in a letter leaked to the media. "I stand by every word I said, even, regrettably any profanity... More »

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