February 17, 1995 |
It is a moonless night 175 miles off the coast of Southern California and Francesco Chierici of Rochester, N.Y., has just completed the most difficult and dangerous feat in aviation. Using light from the constellation Orion to help him see the horizon and maintain his sense of equilibrium, the 28-year-old Navy lieutenant has landed a $40-million F-14 Tomcat on the rolling deck of the Abraham Lincoln and brought the 25-ton plane to a screaming halt in less than a heartbeat.
May 3, 1990 |
After 18 years of battling the formidable goats of San Clemente Island, the U.S. Navy says it is about to eradicate them for good by using a new program based on a simple premise: goats hate to be alone. Since last June, the Navy has put the goats' gregariousness to work, using seven "Judas goats" to seek out and infiltrate hard-to-find herds.
May 24, 2005 |
Amid special procedures to safeguard secret CIA and Navy SEAL missions, the court-martial of a Navy lieutenant accused in the death of an Iraqi prisoner began Monday. Lt. Andrew K. Ledford, a SEAL team member and 1995 graduate of the Naval Academy, is accused of assault, dereliction of duty, filing a false report and conduct unbecoming an officer in the death of Manadel Jamadi at the Abu Ghraib prison on Nov. 4, 2003.
May 15, 1992 |
When Ross Perot was a 25-year-old Navy lieutenant, his father asked then Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson and Texas' other senator to intervene and help Perot to cut short his active duty obligation, according to correspondence from that period. In correspondence examined in both Austin and Liberty, Tex., Ross Perot Sr., a Texarkana cotton broker, sent letters to Johnson and Sen.
February 12, 1989 |
A unique collaborative study by Mexican health officials and U.S. Navy personnel has found that none of the 357 Tijuana prostitutes tested were infected with the AIDS virus, the Navy said last week. The results, coupled with similar findings from a separate study of prostitutes and other Mexican citizens at high risk for AIDS, would indicate that infection is not prevalent among prostitutes in the border city--a longtime destination for U.S. thrill-seekers.
July 2, 1988 |
Retired Adm. James A. (Ace) Lyons Jr. said Friday his name became linked to the Pentagon bribery and fraud scandal because top Navy officials approved a consulting contract for him with McDonnell Douglas Corp. last December at a time when they knew the FBI's secret investigation was under way. Lyons, in an interview with The Times, accused federal investigators and a group of "vindictive zealots" inside the Pentagon of conducting a smear campaign against him and former Navy Secretary John F.
March 4, 2001 |
"A submarine is a demanding command in peace or war, probably more so than any other ship. . . . In peacetime there are the hazards of the malevolent sea--ever-ready, with its sequence of inevitable consequences, to pounce mercilessly upon momentary disregard for its laws." --Edwin L. Beach, retired sub captain, from his novel "Run Silent, Run Deep" * When it convenes a court of inquiry Monday into the deadly collision between a U.S.
October 3, 1989 |
Before Navy aircraft carriers put to sea, the pilots fly to central Nevada to hone their attack skills by steering low over desert mountains and sagebrush valleys--and sometimes over ranches and Indian ceremonial grounds. Being startled by sonic booms and pasture-skimming fighters has long been an accepted price of life in Nevada, where military jets fly over 70% of the state.
June 16, 1992 |
At a grimy shipyard along the San Diego waterfront, the Navy cut an unusual deal on April 12, 1989, that lifted an onerous financial burden from the shoulders of a major defense contractor. By the end of that day, the taxpayers were left footing the bill. The beneficiary was Morrison Knudsen Corp., which in 1987 had promised to build the Navy four advanced supply ships--known as AOE-6s--for $863 million at its National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. in San Diego.
November 29, 1989 |
The Navy announced that it has awarded a $416-million contract to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. of Newport News, Va., to build one Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine. Work will be performed in Newport News and is expected to be completed in May, 1995, according to the Naval Sea Systems Command, the contracting authority.