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WORLD
November 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A warship from China dropped anchor off Tokyo in the communist nation's first military visit to Japan since World War II. The port call by the guided missile destroyer Shenzhen was part of an exchange that will bring a Japanese warship on a visit to China at a later date. "We have made big strides in our military relations, and your visit symbolizes this progress," Adm. Eiji Yoshikawa, chief of staff for Japan's navy, told the Chinese delegation.
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WORLD
November 23, 2007 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
China's decision to block the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk from a long-planned Thanksgiving visit to Hong Kong, before relenting 24 hours later "on humanitarian grounds," had all the markings of a diplomatic slap in the face, analysts say. It just wasn't terribly clear whose face it was aimed at.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- An explosion in the hull of a dry-docked Navy vessel Saturday left six people injured, one of them critically, a fire official said. The Lake Champlain was undergoing routine maintenance in a shipyard at about noon when the explosion in its fuel tank occurred, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque. One worker suffered life-threatening burns and was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, Luque said.
WORLD
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
WORLD
April 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The explosives-laden wreck of a World War II torpedo boat has risen from the Pacific Ocean off the Solomon Islands, pushed above the water by a powerful earthquake, an official said Friday. The boat was exposed when reefs rose 10 feet above sea level during a magnitude 8.1 quake that caused a tsunami early this month, killing 52 people, said Jay Waura of the Solomons' National Disaster Management Office.
WORLD
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.
NATIONAL
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.
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.
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