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January 27, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
With a new crew and some fresh paint, the U.S. destroyer Fletcher left this Indian Ocean port Sunday -- bound to make its mark on the Persian Gulf and Navy history. The vessel, capable of launching Tomahawk missiles, is part of a culture-busting experiment by the Navy to see whether the sea service can overcome a modern dilemma by dropping an old tradition: that a crew stays with its ship.
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June 22, 2009 | Corina Knoll
Flight was always on his mind. As he plowed soybean fields and chopped cotton in his tiny hometown of Heth, Ark., Jerry Hodges passed the time by imagining himself streaking across the sky in the cockpit of a Navy plane. As a teenager growing up in the 1930s, it seemed an impossible dream. There was no such thing as a black fighter pilot and the Navy was not about to accept its first. But on Sunday, a gray-haired Hodges regaled a small audience with tales of flying bombers during World War II.
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February 11, 2001 | MARIA L. La GANGA and SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine that struck a Japanese fishing vessel filled with teenagers was apparently conducting an emergency surfacing exercise in choppy waters, Navy officials said Saturday. Details of the accident, however, remain unclear.
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June 17, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Flaws in the development of the newest version of the FA-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter could jeopardize an $8.8-billion Boeing Co. contract to continue early production of the jet, according to a congressional report. The General Accounting Office, the audit arm of Congress, said it identified 84 deficiencies in the FA-18 E/F Super Hornet, the latest version of Boeing's most important military aircraft program.
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June 5, 1998 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Fifty-six years after the carrier Yorktown sank in the battle of Midway--at a turning point of World War II--researchers Thursday released the first photograph of the wreckage three miles down on the Pacific Ocean floor. A team of National Geographic researchers working with a San Diego-based U.S.
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June 27, 1988 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL and DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writers
In a corner of history far from the Pentagon fraud scandal that is now consuming his life, Melvyn R. Paisley was a hero--a World War II ace fighter pilot with a reputation for daring and a raft of medals to prove it. Like every other fighter pilot of that time, the young Paisley lived by his wits and flew by the seat of his pants. In defense of his country he suffered permanent ear damage, but when the dogfights were over, Paisley was always the victor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In the midst of the Cold War, when Nike missile sites dotted the Southland, a bright red runaway Navy drone airplane veered off course and headed for Los Angeles, triggering a dangerous sequence of events known as the "Battle of Palmdale." It's not a battle that the military could say it won back on Aug. 16, 1956.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2008 | Tony Perry, Perry is a Times staff writer
With their maze of aging pipes and narrow catwalks high above the Persian Gulf, they look like something out of "Waterworld," Kevin Costner's post-apocalyptic vision of the future. Their names too seem lifted from a sci-fi flick: ABOT and KAAOT. But the two Iraqi oil platforms 20 miles off the port of Umm al Qasr are considered tempting targets for terrorists thirsting to traumatize the world's oil supply and short-circuit Iraq's march to self-sufficiency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Navy will restrict the use of low-frequency active sonar during training to prevent possible harm to whales and other creatures, under an agreement reached with environmental groups Tuesday. The accord, approved by a federal court in San Francisco, would restrict the use of a type of sonar in areas in the Pacific Ocean that are known to be whale breeding grounds and key habitat, such as the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary off Hawaii.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2008 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
With a bulbous head and plank-like wings, the aircraft resembles a lumbering whale. And its seven-word, 49-letter name -- Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aerial System -- is a whopper. But the award last month of a Navy contract to build the hulking, robotic patrol plane, nicknamed BAMS, could not have come at a better time for Northrop Grumman Corp. and, in particular, its military aircraft business headquartered in El Segundo.
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April 14, 2008 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
When John McCain limped home from a Hanoi prison camp in 1973 with a badly injured knee that he could not bend, Navy doctors gave him the bad news: His 15-year career as a jet pilot was over. He would never fly again. But McCain surprised his doctors by making a dramatic comeback. With a ferocious determination to fly again and a tough physical therapy regimen, he got his wings back and not long after was awarded command of the Navy's largest aviation squadron, VA-174, at Cecil Field in Florida.
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February 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The trial of a former Navy sailor on terrorism charges opened Monday with British investigators describing how they found details about the vulnerability of the sailor's naval battle group in the London home of an alleged terrorism supporter. American prosecutors allege that the sailor, Hassan Abujihaad, sent those details to London. Abujihaad, 32, of Phoenix, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he provided material support to terrorists with intent to kill U.S.
WORLD
February 24, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
As their craft glides at high speed over the chilly waters behind the massive Haditha Dam, the U.S. sailors aboard Riverine Patrol Boat 13 spot a slow-moving rowboat that seems out of place. Navy Lt. Jeffrey Werby cannot immediately be sure whether the rowboat spells danger. "They could be just scrawny guys trying to make a living or fishing," says Werby, officer in charge of a four-boat squad based at the dam. "Or they could be something."
NEWS
March 9, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
The 18-year-old bar girl said she wanted to kill herself, so Richard Gordon, the mayor of this city outside the U.S. naval base, produced his 9-millimeter automatic, placed it in front of her and said, "OK, go ahead." The girl, one of 26 AIDS victims in Olongapo, studied the gun for a moment and then broke down. She and the mayor ended the session in a tearful embrace. But Gordon knew he had not gotten through to her. That was 30 days ago. Finally, on Tuesday morning, Gordon reached her.
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July 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
In appearance, it hearkens back to the Civil War ironclad Monitor, but the Navy's newest class of destroyer represents a revolution in modern warship design. Named for Adm. Elmo M. Zumwalt, chief of naval operations in the Vietnam War, the new warship was announced Tuesday by President Clinton. The Navy hopes the Zumwalt-class destroyer, also known as DD-21, will cost less than today's ships, be operated by a crew one-third the size and accurately fire shells three times as far.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2008 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
A sonar technician listening through his headset caught the trail of an "enemy" submarine just before a line of warships cruised through waters between Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands. The whooshing sound of bubbles created by the submarine's propeller had been picked up by passive acoustic monitoring, made famous in the movie "The Hunt for Red October."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2008 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The California Coastal Commission argued in federal court Tuesday that President Bush violated the U.S. Constitution by trying to overturn a court order that restricted the Navy's use of a type of sonar linked to the deaths of marine mammals. The commission's attorneys said Bush's move to exempt the Navy sonar training exercises in Southern California waters from federal law violated the Constitution's separation-of-powers doctrine.
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