March 22, 1985 |
The Navy will begin launching Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Gulf of Mexico in September with the opening of an East Coast test range for Atlantic Fleet vessels that will carry the weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday. Test firings of the missiles over parts of California, Utah and Nevada have been conducted from submarines and ships in the Pacific since the late 1970s. The Tomahawk has a maximum 1,500-mile range.
July 24, 1985 |
The Defense Department's inspector general has criticized the Navy for a "completely inadequate" investigation of the Grenada gun-smuggling charges involving Vice Adm. Joseph Metcalf III and has accused the Atlantic Fleet commander of "poor judgment" in allowing Metcalf to stop the inquiry, a report released Tuesday said. The report by Inspector General Joseph H. Sherick said that Adm. Wesley L.
May 25, 1995 |
An American officer is charged with spying for Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, while he was stationed there, the Navy said Wednesday. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Schwartz is accused of passing on secret documents and computer disks, including daily intelligence summaries, while assigned to the U.S. military training mission in Saudi Arabia, where he was posted from November, 1992, to September, 1994. Investigators said they don't believe Schwartz traded information for money but declined to elaborate.
April 15, 2001 |
The Navy went on the radio with the first in a series of shows aimed at persuading Puerto Ricans that it needs to resume training on the outlying island of Vieques. Vieques residents are to vote Nov. 6 on whether they want to expel the Navy after a fatal bombing accident in April 1999 that touched off massive protests in the U.S. territory.
July 18, 1989 |
Three U.S. warships will visit the Soviet Black Sea port of Sevastopol next month as part of an expanding program of U.S.-Soviet military cooperation, the Pentagon announced today. The visits are the first of their kind in 14 years, U.S. and Soviet officials have said. Pentagon spokesman Pete Williams said the U.S. warships will be in the Soviet port Aug. 4-6. The contingent will be led by the flagship for the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, the cruiser Belknap, based in Gaeta, Italy.
November 1, 1989 |
A wave struck a freight elevator on an aircraft carrier as sailors moved missiles from one deck to another, sweeping three men and 38 missiles into the Atlantic, the Navy reported from Atlantic Fleet headquarters in Norfolk, Va. Two sailors were rescued. In the Pacific, another sailor was missing after being swept off a Navy carrier into rough seas Monday night, the Navy said. Navy planes and ships searched through the day for the missing sailors from the Dwight D.
September 12, 2003 |
About 12 Navy crewmen on the aircraft carrier George Washington were injured when an F/A-18 fighter jet crashed while landing on the ship off the coast of Virginia, the Navy said. Navy officials said there was no immediate report of deaths, although three of the injured were being flown to a medical facility onshore. The pilot of the jet ejected from the aircraft before it plunged from the deck into the sea and was immediately rescued, the Navy said.
January 10, 1997 |
A panel that includes the former commander of U.S. forces in Europe and the Navy's first black four-star admiral will spend six months analyzing the scandal-plagued Naval Academy. The academy, reeling from a year of scandals ranging from murder to car theft, said every facet of its operations will be examined. The panel includes the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, former University of Notre Dame president; retired Army Gen. John R. Galvin, former commander in chief of U.S. forces in Europe; and Adm.