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July 18, 1988 | ANTHONY PERRY, Times Staff Writer
If the Sandinista government wakes up one morning to find U.S. Marines roaring onto the beaches of Nicaragua, it's a good bet some of the Marines and a great deal of their heavy firepower will arrive on high-tech Hovercraft now stationed at Camp Pendleton.
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March 9, 2012 | By Tony Perry
After a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps is tweaking its recruiting pitch to emphasize not just combat prowess but also the Marines' involvement in humanitarian missions. A new 60-second television commercial, “Toward the Sounds of Chaos,” is set to make its debut on ESPN during Saturday's Big 12 championship basketball game. A shortened version will be shown in theaters. Similarly themed materials will be deployed to social media sites and recruiters' offices.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2009 | Tony Perry
The Navy said Friday that there is no indication the shooting death of a sailor standing guard at Camp Pendleton was "terrorist-related" or a hate crime. Seaman August Provost, 29, of Houston, was fatally shot while standing guard protecting the landing craft facility on base. His body was found about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Provost, according to his family and gay activists, was gay. Two members of Congress, Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) and Susan Davis (D-San Diego), have asked the military to investigate whether Provost was killed because he was gay. A sailor dubbed a "person of interest" is in the brig at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, although no charges have been filed.
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June 21, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times and Tribune Washington Bureau
On a stretch of clean, white Southern California beach, thousands of young Marines this month charged forward from the sea, leaping from helicopters and landing craft, echoing the exercises conducted decades before when Marines trained for Iwo Jima and Inchon. It was the largest and most complex amphibious exercise since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It also could be one of the last. Soon after Marine recruits are given that distinctive, high-and-tight haircut, they are taught about the great amphibious assaults of the past.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1997
Re: Island Raid Gee! With the threat of 15-year-old sheep hunters, the Santa Barbara district attorney's office probably should have used a landing craft and a battalion of Marines. In my view, and all the citizens I've talked to, this is a typical example of an over-reaching government that has to fabricate an excuse to abrogate citizens' right to their business and lands. RICHARD SEDIN, Oxnard Regarding the actions of the park rangers, police and the district attorney's office in Santa Barbara County with respect to the Santa Cruz Island raid, we the community should be concerned about the larger issues involved with preparing and executing this act. Foremost on the minds of everyone should be the use of military-style, gun-toting park rangers.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2012 | By Tony Perry
After a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps is tweaking its recruiting pitch to emphasize not just combat prowess but also the Marines' involvement in humanitarian missions. A new 60-second television commercial, “Toward the Sounds of Chaos,” is set to make its debut on ESPN during Saturday's Big 12 championship basketball game. A shortened version will be shown in theaters. Similarly themed materials will be deployed to social media sites and recruiters' offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1985 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
It looks like something custom-made for Luke Skywalker, but this vehicle is stamped "Made in the U.S.A.," and it's designed to skim across waves, not weave through solar systems. They call it the LCAC--for Landing Craft, Air Cushion. And one day soon, the high-speed, high-tech, ship-to-shore amphibious assault vehicle will be buzzing the beaches on Camp Pendleton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1993 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Saturday, Gil Ferguson of Newport Beach, 70, will stand on the white sands of the tiny island of Tarawa, a dot just off the Equator, barely inhabited and blanketed with relentless heat. He will walk the tranquil shoreline, and remember. It was Nov. 20, 1943--50 years ago to the day, and also a Saturday--that Ferguson, facing a hail of Japanese gunfire, landed upon that shore with the first wave of invading U.S. Marines.
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June 21, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times and Tribune Washington Bureau
On a stretch of clean, white Southern California beach, thousands of young Marines this month charged forward from the sea, leaping from helicopters and landing craft, echoing the exercises conducted decades before when Marines trained for Iwo Jima and Inchon. It was the largest and most complex amphibious exercise since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It also could be one of the last. Soon after Marine recruits are given that distinctive, high-and-tight haircut, they are taught about the great amphibious assaults of the past.
NEWS
November 19, 1990 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major U.S. military exercise designed to send a signal to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein foundered Sunday as high winds and heavy seas thwarted a planned Hovercraft-borne assault on a shoreline south of occupied Kuwait. Nearly half a Marine force that was to storm a Saudi beachhead was instead left stranded at sea in a setback that muffled what was to have been a dramatic show of American strength in an operation code-named Imminent Thunder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2009 | Tony Perry
The Navy said Friday that there is no indication the shooting death of a sailor standing guard at Camp Pendleton was "terrorist-related" or a hate crime. Seaman August Provost, 29, of Houston, was fatally shot while standing guard protecting the landing craft facility on base. His body was found about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Provost, according to his family and gay activists, was gay. Two members of Congress, Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) and Susan Davis (D-San Diego), have asked the military to investigate whether Provost was killed because he was gay. A sailor dubbed a "person of interest" is in the brig at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, although no charges have been filed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2006 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
A flying instructor and his student were killed Monday when a small plane equipped with a safety parachute crashed northeast of Gen. William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster. The two men, who authorities did not identify pending notification of relatives, were practicing takeoffs and landings just before their Cirrus SR20 aircraft went down at 1:42 p.m. in what Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. William Hindman called "open desert" near Avenue F and 40th Street West.
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September 23, 2000 | GAIL DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For all the World War II equipment set up Friday in the yard of Jim and Diane Ellis' east Ventura home, it could have been a bivouac for Patton's Third Army. Which was exactly the idea. Diane Ellis' father, 79-year-old Verl Carpenter of Ventura, is one of seven remaining veterans of a 200-man company that waded ashore on Omaha Beach on July 5, 1944, nearly one month after the D-Day landing on the Normandy beaches.
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January 7, 1998 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a chalet overlooking this resort town first settled by Old West prospectors, a wealthy entrepreneur is marketing what he hopes will be the first private spacecraft to claim ownership of an asteroid. His pitch to investors? SpaceDev, the world's first commercial space exploration company, aims to collect and sell scientific data--and scout a so-called near-Earth asteroid for deposits of iron, gold, platinum and other minerals potentially worth trillions of dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1997
Re: Island Raid Gee! With the threat of 15-year-old sheep hunters, the Santa Barbara district attorney's office probably should have used a landing craft and a battalion of Marines. In my view, and all the citizens I've talked to, this is a typical example of an over-reaching government that has to fabricate an excuse to abrogate citizens' right to their business and lands. RICHARD SEDIN, Oxnard Regarding the actions of the park rangers, police and the district attorney's office in Santa Barbara County with respect to the Santa Cruz Island raid, we the community should be concerned about the larger issues involved with preparing and executing this act. Foremost on the minds of everyone should be the use of military-style, gun-toting park rangers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1993 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Saturday, Gil Ferguson of Newport Beach, 70, will stand on the white sands of the tiny island of Tarawa, a dot just off the Equator, barely inhabited and blanketed with relentless heat. He will walk the tranquil shoreline, and remember. It was Nov. 20, 1943--50 years ago to the day, and also a Saturday--that Ferguson, facing a hail of Japanese gunfire, landed upon that shore with the first wave of invading U.S. Marines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1986 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
From a distance it looks something like an overgrown river raft, its girth ringed by a chubby black tube of rubber. To the military it's a technological marvel, a new breed of craft that dramatically enhances ship-to-shore assaults. In military jargon, it's the LCAC--landing craft air cushion--a state-of-the-art craft that made its debut recently before reporters and Navy brass on a beach north of Oceanside. The new craft are the first in a Navy squadron being formed at Camp Pendleton.
NEWS
October 11, 1985 | the View staff
Capacity's only 500, so make your reservations now for the second annual Catalina Island Bicycle Ride. The $40 entry fee ($35 for children and $35 per person for groups of two or more) only begins to cover the costs for each rider although so much is being donated. "It's marvelous," said Gail Burke, who helps promote the ride for the benefit of the Avalon Schools Computer Fund. "Our expenses are zero, thanks to the people and companies who've donated their services."
NEWS
February 9, 1991
The Landing Craft Air Cushion is one of the Navy's newest additions to its amphibious fleet. The LCAC hovercraft, which glides on a cushion of air, is able to operate on both water and land surfaces. It is designed to take 25 troops or 70 tons of equipment from an offshore-docking ship onto the beach. According to the Marine Corps, the craft can land on 70% of the world's coastlines compared to about 15% for conventional landing vessels.
NEWS
November 19, 1990 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major U.S. military exercise designed to send a signal to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein foundered Sunday as high winds and heavy seas thwarted a planned Hovercraft-borne assault on a shoreline south of occupied Kuwait. Nearly half a Marine force that was to storm a Saudi beachhead was instead left stranded at sea in a setback that muffled what was to have been a dramatic show of American strength in an operation code-named Imminent Thunder.
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