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NEWS
October 2, 1990 | NORA ZAMICHOW
When U.S. officials decided to topple Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the Navy SEALs were chosen to prevent him from escaping the country last December. SEALs (sea-air-land commandos) crippled Noriega's private jet and sneaked into a tightly guarded harbor to disable his high-speed patrol boats. The price of such stealthy missions, however, is steep. Of the 4,150 Special Operation Forces members involved in Operation Just Cause, 11 were killed and more than 200 were wounded.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2011 | By Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times
The CIA was nominally in charge when Navy SEALs flew deep into Pakistan in radar-evading Stealth helicopters in May to kill Osama bin Laden and when Predator drones fired missiles to kill Anwar Awlaki in Yemen last month. But America's fabled spy service was eclipsed in both raids by a far more secretive group that flies 10 times as many drones as the CIA. Based in North Carolina, it runs its own intelligence division, flies its own reconnaissance planes and has its own satellites.
WORLD
November 24, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
The last time he was in Panama, former dictator Manuel Noriega was being bombarded around the clock with deafening pop and heavy metal music as American troops tried to flush him out of the Vatican diplomatic mission where he had taken refuge. Now, after more than two decades in prison in the United States and in France, the ex-general who ran the strategic Central American state with an iron fist between 1983 and 1989 is likely to be back home for Christmas after a Paris court on Wednesday approved his extradition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard remain aboard a disabled sailboat to treat a sick child, the Guard's 129th Rescue Wing said late Saturday afternoon. No decision has been made whether the child will be transferred to a U.S. Navy ship headed toward the boat or evacuated by air to San Diego, a Guard spokesman said. The sailboat is estimated to be more than 1,000 miles off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The effort to help the child has involved the Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Navy.
NEWS
March 27, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Taking a page from "Cheers," where everyone knows their names, patrons of an Irvine eatery held a goodbye party Wednesday night for their favorite bartender, who re-upped in the Navy reserves after the terrorist attacks of 2001 and reports for active duty today. Steve Sindoni was caught off-guard by the tribute when he arrived for work at Vessia Ristorante. Instead of the usual handful of folks, he found every stool taken by well-wishers. Fittingly, the bar area is called Cheerzini.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1991 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Navy SEALs, who call themselves the "Silent Professionals," traditionally avoid being identified or photographed by the media. Brave men under extraordinary circumstances, they seem to be afraid of only one thing: a camera. But, as branches of the armed services jockey for the ever-diminishing pool of recruits and funds, SEALs and other traditionally low-profile military branches are inching toward the spotlight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1990 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When U.S. officials decided to topple Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the Navy SEALs were chosen to prevent him from escaping the country last December. SEALs, sea-air-land commandos, crippled Noriega's private jet and snuck into a tightly guarded harbor to disable his high-speed patrol boats. The price of such stealthy missions, however, is steep. Of the 4,150 special forces members involved in Operation Just Cause, 11 were killed and more than 200 were wounded.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
NORFOLK, Va. - As heavily armed pirates held an American sailboat off the coast of Somalia in February 2011, Navy SEALs on the bridge of the guided missile destroyer Sterett heard one of the hijackers on the radio threatening the lives of his four American hostages. "I am holding these people. They are like meat," he said. "I will eat if you head my way. " What happened next is providing riveting testimony in a federal courtroom here as three rail-thin Somali men in baggy coats face the first U.S. murder trial of piracy suspects in nearly two centuries.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Sneaking Nick Brody (Damian Lewis) into Iran was supposed to be a quiet, bloodless mission. But the CIA operation quickly deteriorates into a loud, bloody fiasco on “Good Night,” Episode 310 of Showtime's “Homeland.” The scheme calls for Navy SEALs to drop off Brody at the Iraq-Iran border so he can seek asylum in Tehran by falsely claiming responsibility for the CIA headquarters bombing. While being exploited for his propaganda value, Brody would kill the leader of Iran's spy agency.
NEWS
June 12, 1985 | DAVID TREADWELL and GAYLORD SHAW, Times Staff Writers
Accused spymaster John A. Walker Jr. several times reportedly used his houseboat to take members of an elite Navy commando unit on diving expeditions in Willoughby Bay here, according to naval personnel who declined to join the outings. This disclosure came Tuesday as the trail of revelations about the former naval communication specialist's background took another bizarre twist: While Walker allegedly was spying for the Soviet Union, he also was trying to recruit sailors into the Ku Klux Klan.
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