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October 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan refueled its last warship in support of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan before Tokyo's naval mission in the Indian Ocean closes down Thursday, a defense official said. The official refused to give details. Kyodo News agency said the last ship refueled was a Pakistani navy destroyer. Japan, America's top ally in Asia, has refueled coalition warships in support of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan since 2001, and U.S. officials have clamored for an extension of the mission.
October 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The commanding officer of the nuclear-powered submarine the Hampton was relieved of duty Thursday because of a loss of confidence in his leadership, the Navy said. A Navy investigation found that Cmdr. Michael B. Portland's sub crew failed to conduct daily safety checks on its nuclear reactor for a month and that it falsified records to cover up the omission. "His oversight of the crew's performance did not identify these issues," said Navy Lt. Alli Myrick, a public affairs officer.
August 28, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- In Navy parlance, they're small boys, the ships that accompany an aircraft carrier into harm's way. For the most part, they toil in anonymity. The media and politicians love the grandeur of the "floating cities" that are aircraft carriers. After President Bush ordered the strike group led by the aircraft carrier John C.
April 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's Royal Navy will resume boarding ships in the Persian Gulf, after having suspended the operations when 15 sailors and marines were taken prisoner by Iran, Defense Secretary Des Browne said. Browne said the military had "taken measures ... to ensure the risk to boarding operations is minimized." The British personnel had just finished searching a merchant ship March 23 when they were intercepted. They were released after nearly two weeks in captivity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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