September 14, 2000 |
To the Navy, it is a way to make warships sweeter smelling and more comfortable for today's increasingly diverse crews. To the critics, it is social engineering and lamentable proof that Navy traditions are going the way of wooden ships. The Navy has issued orders to replace urinals on the surface fleet with a "gender-neutral" commode called the "Stainless Sanitary Space System."
February 21, 2003 |
Gone these 23 years, John Wayne still inspires Navy Seabees. The Seabees were the heroes of one of the most famous war movies: 1944's "The Fighting Seabees," starring Wayne and Susan Hayward. It is the story of how the military, after the fall of Wake Island, formed a construction battalion (hence the name Seabees, from CB) that could fight as well as build. The film illustrates the unit's motto: Can do. Now the real Seabees have come here to play their role if there is a war with Iraq.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1997 |
It was a time when heavy drinking was the center of macho, old salt rituals in the Navy, sustaining the image of the drunken sailor. The drinking was condoned until it got out of hand. Then the punishment could be as severe as a court-martial. Back in 1965, newly recovering alcoholic and retired Navy Cmdr. Dick Jewell wanted to know why the Navy wasn't doing more about alcoholism. He took his questions to Dr. Joseph J.
March 8, 1998 |
A Navy crew Saturday retrieved the bodies of five people aboard a helicopter that crashed in the snow-packed San Bernardino Mountains. The SH-60B Seahawk was on a training mission from North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas when it vanished from radar screens Friday afternoon, said Navy Lt. j.g. Charlie Brown. All aboard were killed. The Navy identified them as: Lt. Kelly E. Mackey, 30, of San Jose, Calif.; Lt. John Lee, 28, of Oceanside, N.Y.; Lt. j.g.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2000 |
When Japanese fighters bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, propelling America into war against Japan, the U.S. Navy was caught flat-footed in more ways than one. Only 12 officers in the entire ranks were fluent in Japanese. The Japanese Issei (first generation) immigrants and their American Nisei offspring who understood the language were about to be rounded up into internment camps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1993 |
Although the Navy has opened the skies to female pilots flying combat missions, it still draws a line on the ground barring women Seabees from combat duty. The Seabees' Naval Mobile Construction Battalions at Port Hueneme--which build barracks, clear airfields and defuse mines for the Marine Corps on ground combat missions--continue to be closed to women. Although the units are not assault forces, their mission is to directly support the Marines and to defend themselves if necessary.
July 5, 1987 |
A U.S. congressional delegation conferred with Kuwaiti leaders Saturday on a plan for U.S. warships to protect Kuwaiti oil tankers flying the American flag. The delegation, led by Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, includes 11 other congressmen and 15 staff members. It is seeking to evaluate the risks involved in the plan to re-register 11 Kuwaiti oil tankers as American ships and to provide them with U.S. Navy escorts in the gulf.
November 5, 1988 |
Lockheed said Friday that it plans to move its Advanced Development Projects unit--known as the Skunk Works--out of Burbank and relocate it at its facilities in Palmdale over the next several years. Lockheed has never disclosed how many jobs it has at the top-secret Skunk Works, but it undoubtedly accounts for a large percentage of the company's more than 12,000 jobs in Burbank and is widely believed to be the site for construction of the Air Force's F-19 stealth fighter plane.
July 21, 1988 |
During John F. Lehman Jr.'s watch as secretary, the Navy discarded its traditional reliance on single contractors to provide everything from torpedoes to aircraft carriers. Instead, the system pitted contractor against contractor on the theory that cutthroat competition would translate into lower costs. By all accounts, it did. But, with multibillion-dollar contracts at stake, weapons suppliers began grasping for any advantage they could get, including friends in high places in the Navy.
May 10, 2008 |
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.