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December 27, 2009 | By Avital Binshtock
ALAMEDA, CALIF. New Year's Eve on the USS Hornet When, where: Dec. 31, USS Hornet Highlights: Aboard this historic aircraft carrier, three dance floors come alive with big-band music as attendees get dance lessons, party favors and a panoramic view of San Francisco's skyline from the flight deck. There will also be a midnight countdown and a silent auction; the event is black-tie optional but period, swing and formal military attire are encouraged.
August 22, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Ralph W. Cousins, 94, a retired Navy admiral who directed naval air operations during the Vietnam War and later became the Navy's second-highest-ranking officer and the top commander of NATO forces, died Aug. 5 at a hospital in Newport News, Va., of complications from a fall. From 1967 to 1969, during some of the fiercest fighting of the Vietnam War, Cousins was commander of the attack carrier strike force and was responsible for all naval aviation operations carried out from aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
January 11, 2009 | Associated Press
President Bush landed Saturday on the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, a new ship named after his father -- the ultimate honor for a decorated Navy pilot from World War II. "So what do you give a guy who has been blessed and has just about everything he has ever needed?" the president asked the estimated 20,000 gathered for the commissioning at Naval Station Norfolk. "Well, an aircraft carrier."
July 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia announced it is sending warships to patrol Arctic waters for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Patrols by the Northern Fleet's Severomorsk submarine destroyer and Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser will begin Thursday, Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said. Russia began sending aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean Sea in December and resumed long-range bomber patrols in August.
April 26, 2008 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
One SAILOR calmly tells the camera that America went to war for oil. Another, while slurring drunk and again when stone sober, is shown making racist comments. Yet another naval serviceman, who counsels crew members about sexually appropriate behavior, is caught having sex with a shipmate of a lower rank. Later, a fighter pilot openly questions the rationale for the Iraq war and mulls over the morality of bombing the war-torn country.
May 25, 2007 | Bruce Smith, Associated Press
Amid the sound of battle cries and machine-gun fire, the stories of the nation's war heroes are now being told in a renovated museum aboard a moored aircraft carrier. The refurbished $1.5-million Medal of Honor Museum is set to open this weekend aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown in Charleston Harbor as a tribute to the 3,444 recipients of the nation's highest military honor.
November 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Navy is coming to the rescue of one of its mightiest veterans, joining the operation to free the World War II aircraft carrier Intrepid from deep Hudson River mud that has blocked efforts to move the ship to a dry dock for renovation. The ship, which serves as the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, was moved only a few feet before its 16-foot propellers snagged in the sediment. The Navy will provide salvage support at a cost of about $3 million.
October 8, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, the most famous father-son act in American politics since the Adamses, saluted one another at a rain-drenched, shore-side ceremony Saturday, as an aircraft carrier was christened in the name of the father, a naval aviator who survived a direct strike by Japanese antiaircraft fire over the Pacific 62 years ago.
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.
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