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March 28, 1985 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
The silhouette of the big battleship looms large in the fleeting rays of the setting sun as motorists on transcontinental I-10 whiz by. The "Lucky A," the 680-foot World War II battleship Alabama with its awesome 16-inch guns aimed at the skyline of Mobile, is one of 40 naval vessels on permanent exhibit in U.S. ports. The vessels saw action in conflicts ranging from the War of 1812 to Vietnam.
June 12, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan and Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Far beyond the electronic security gates and razor-wire topped fences, Col. Rod Cregier surveys a team of technicians busily readying a lithe F-35 fighter jet for its next test flight. As the F-35 program director at the base, Cregier and his team play a crucial role in a nationwide military effort to get the high-tech jet ready for battle. After a decade of administrative problems, cost overruns and technical glitches, the F-35 is still not ready for action.
Others of their generation are back home flipping burgers or taking classes or engaging in other low-risk pursuits. But several hundred young sailors--some of them mere teenagers who have never before been away from home--are doing a job that is arduous, exacting, dangerous and crucial to the ship's military mission.
An F-14 Tomcat fighter jet lands on the aircraft carrier Independence every 45 seconds during flight exercises. Rubber burns, engines scream and the landing safety officer yells: "Clear deck! Clear deck!" With bright yellow foam plugs stuffed in their ears, a bevy of civilian visitors gathers on Vulture's Row, a deck overseeing the four-acre landing strip pitching up and down in the heavy seas. "How do they do it?" asked Father Luis Peinado of Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
November 3, 2002 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes, when this giant aircraft carrier lurches in rough seas, sailors tumble out of their yoga poses. Delicate balances and calm minds are hard enough to achieve when not on a warship. And as yoga teacher and ship doctor Lt. Errika Walker notes, the forward bomb assembly is "the least meditative place" for her class. But in a noisy floating behemoth where sailors sleep like sardines in three-tier bunk beds, it has to do.
February 5, 1995 | Associated Press
In one of the strangest postponements in the 144-year history of America's Cup competition, organizers stopped the countdown to the start of a race on the challenger course Saturday when the 94,000-ton Abraham Lincoln made a surprise entry from a heavy sea fog onto the race course. The Abraham Lincoln, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that had been involved in training exercises off San Clemente Island, was looking for a clearing in the fog to air-lift passengers to San Diego.
July 7, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan was just a few minutes from returning home Thursday after its first overseas deployment and Pat Stackpole was having trouble restraining her tears. Stackpole and eight relatives had come from New York to stand on the pier at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado and await the big ship's arrival. The Reagan -- 1,095-feet-long, with 4 1/2 acres of flight deck -- left Jan.
October 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. and Japanese officials have agreed to let the Navy station a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Japan for the first time, American officials said. Though U.S. troops have been based in Japan since the end of World War II, the Japanese public has long been wary of a U.S. nuclear presence because of concerns about possible radiation leaks. The decision comes 60 years after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki toward the close of the war.
October 20, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK
Our aircraft circled lazily above the Pacific Ocean off the starboard side of the carrier Nimitz. Once it was cleared for landing, the two engines came alive and the plane carrying 26 passengers and cargo lurched forward. The aircraft jerked into a hard left turn as it prepared for the final approach to the small deck below.
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