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March 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
With the boom of cannons, the Navy commissioned the U.S. transport ship New Orleans, the first time since at least World War II a Navy ship has been built and commissioned in its namesake city. "May God bless and guide this warship and all who sail on her," the secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter, said before hundreds of sailors in crisp, white uniforms ran onto the ship to set the traditional first watch and to salute the crowd below. The $1.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Navy on Wednesday decommissioned the Ogden, a ship that had seen three wars and more than 40 years of service. The Austin-class amphibious transport dock, named after the city in Utah, was built in New York at the start of the Vietnam War. The vessel was commissioned in 1965 and was capable of launching assaults by sea and air. The San Diego-based ship carried Marines on two deployments to Vietnam and was sent to the Middle East for the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
WORLD
January 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A second U.S. aircraft carrier group steaming toward the Middle East is Washington's way of warning Iran to back down in its attempts to dominate the region, a top U.S. diplomat said Tuesday. R. Nicholas Burns, U.S. undersecretary of State for political affairs, ruled out direct negotiations with Tehran and said rapprochement was "not possible" until Iran halted its uranium enrichment program.
WORLD
December 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Pentagon is considering a buildup of Navy forces in the Persian Gulf as a show of force against Iran, a senior defense official said. Speaking on condition of anonymity because the idea has not been approved, the official said one proposal called for sending a second aircraft carrier to the region amid increasing tensions with Iran. Tehran is blamed for encouraging sectarian violence in Iraq as well as allegedly pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Northrop Grumman Corp., the world's largest warship builder, teamed with Aluminum Chambered Boats Inc. to bid for a new U.S. Navy vessel to be used for missions up rivers in areas such as Iraq. Aluminum Chambered Boats would design the craft, and Century City-based Northrop would outfit it with weapons and sensors, the companies said.
WORLD
August 30, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. cruiser equipped with an advanced missile-defense system docked in Yokosuka, Japan, as concerns linger over North Korea's missile program. The Shiloh is equipped with Aegis technology, which is geared toward tracking and shooting down enemy missiles. The top U.S. commander in the Pacific, Adm. William Fallon, said last week that Washington and Tokyo planned to work closely to develop a missile shield to defend against threats posed by communist North Korea.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Northrop Grumman Corp. was awarded a $2.49-billion Navy contract to build two amphibious transport ships, the Defense Department said. The contract calls for the construction of the Navy's 22nd and 23rd amphibious troop ships and the assembly of raw materials and labor for a 24th, the Pentagon said.
WORLD
March 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two U.S. Navy warships returned fire on suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia, killing one suspect, wounding five and igniting a fire on one vessel, the Navy said. Seven other suspects were taken into custody after the early-morning shootout, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. No sailors were wounded in the battle, which occurred about 5:40 a.m. about 25 nautical miles off the Somalian coast in international waters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Turning a battleship around is never easy -- especially in the politically roiled waters of the San Francisco Bay. Last July, San Francisco's county supervisors voted 8 to 3 against bringing the vintage World War II battleship Iowa to San Francisco as a permanent tourist attraction. Some opponents said they were taking a stand against both the war in Iraq and a military that boots out gays and lesbians, a powerful faction in local politics.
WORLD
November 24, 2005 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
In another sign of estrangement between the United States and Venezuela, Washington is holding up the sale of eight Spanish patrol boats and 12 military aircraft to the South American nation because they contain U.S.-made technology. The State Department confirmed Wednesday that the Bush administration had objected to the $1.5-billion sale. Eduardo Aguirre, the U.S. ambassador to Spain, said the sale could be a "destabilizing factor."
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