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April 12, 1987 | DAVID DEVOSS, David DeVoss is a Los Angeles Times Magazine staff writer.
ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN, a never-ending war of maneuver is under way. It is a three-dimensional struggle--under sea, on the water and in the air--that pits the U.S. Navy against a Soviet fleet three times its size. The prize is control over half the world's surface. The weapons are multimillion-dollar ships and planes, as well as a vast array of sophisticated electronics that could provide the winning advantage if a conflict between the superpowers ever erupts.
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WORLD
March 26, 2014 | By Barbara Demick and W.J. Hennigan
BEIJING - Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that they were encouraged by new images from European satellites showing 122 floating objects off the Australian coast that could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. The discovery bolstered hope of finding wreckage from the Boeing 777, believed to have crashed March 8 in the choppy seas 1,500 miles southwest of Perth. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Thursday morning that 11 aircraft and five ships from the U.S., Australia, China and Japan had resumed the search, which will cover 30,000 square miles.
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OPINION
January 29, 2008
Re "Navy cuts sonar for sea life," Jan. 28 This news sounds good at the onset, but rulings expected later this week or next could reinstate sonar tests in our local oceans. I am not a die-hard animal rights crusader, but this situation highlights our "manifest destiny" mentality: that as humans we can do anything necessary to have dominion over the Earth. When will we as a people realize we must cherish and care for the world and its creatures? Susan Black-Feinstein Mar Vista
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The National Marine Fisheries Service violated federal law when it authorized the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises off Hawaii and California through 2018, an environmental group said in a lawsuit filed Monday. The agency's own analysis had determined the war games would result in 155 marine mammal deaths, more than 2,000 permanent injuries and about 9.6 million instances of temporary hearing loss and disruptions of vital behaviors - an 1,100% increase over the previous five-year period, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2000
I'm convinced that the U.S. government has lost its collective mind. Forget election 2000. According to "We Need Sound Sensibility on California's Coast" (Commentary, Dec. 6), the U.S. Navy intends to deploy a sonar system described as "one of the loudest man-made sound sources ever deployed" that is "billions of times more intense than the level known to disturb large whales." Oh yeah, and whales are beaching themselves in the Bahamas, caused by a nearby "active" sonar Navy battle group.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The Titanic was the paradigm of something too big to fail, yet too ill-fated to succeed. It inspired songs, books and hit movies, most notably one starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as star-crossed lovers. Now, almost on the eve of the 100th anniversary of its settling in its final resting place at the bottom of the North Atlantic, scientists have completed a comprehensive map of the debris field of the Titanic. The field, roughly three miles by five miles, was mapped by an expedition team using sonar imaging and more than 100,000 photos taken by underwater robots.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1985 | DJ
Cost Engineering Research Inc. won a $5.8-million Navy contract for engineering work on sonar programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- To the consternation of some environmentalists, the U.S. Navy has rejected a call by the California Coastal Commission to curtail use of sonar and underwater explosives during training. In March, the commission voted unanimously that the Navy's assertions that its training does not harm marine mammals was not supported by scientific evidence. The commission wants the Navy to declare some coastal areas to be off-limits for training. But the Navy disagreed with the commission in a letter to the commission's manager for energy, ocean resources, and federal consistency.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Navy is moving ahead with plans to build a 500-square-mile sonar training range 50 miles off the coast of North Carolina, officials said. The project has sparked fierce opposition from environmentalists who say some of the world's most endangered whales and sea turtles pass through the area. The Navy published its draft environmental impact statement Friday and will begin a series of public hearings on the proposal next month.
NATIONAL
January 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 37 whales beached themselves and died this month soon after Navy vessels on a deep-water training mission off North Carolina used powerful sonar as part of the exercise. The Navy said any connection between the deaths and its active sonar was "unlikely" but that it was cooperating with federal agencies investigating a possible link. Fishery officials and activists say the fact that three species died in the incident suggests sonar may have been the cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The Navy's five year-plan to use sonar in training exercises off Southern California and Hawaii was approved Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But several environmental groups, represented by San Francisco-based Earthjustice and anticipating the approval, immediately filed a lawsuit in Hawaii federal court to block the training on grounds that the underwater noise poses an unacceptable threat to marine mammals. NOAA, after a review by its fisheries division, concluded that the promised mitigation measures by the Navy will "minimize effects on marine mammals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- To the consternation of some environmentalists, the U.S. Navy has rejected a call by the California Coastal Commission to curtail use of sonar and underwater explosives during training. In March, the commission voted unanimously that the Navy's assertions that its training does not harm marine mammals was not supported by scientific evidence. The commission wants the Navy to declare some coastal areas to be off-limits for training. But the Navy disagreed with the commission in a letter to the commission's manager for energy, ocean resources, and federal consistency.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By August Brown
Coachella is taking its show on a boat this year , but it's not the only major music festival testing new waters. Sonar, the long-running Spanish music fest in Barcelona known for ambitious multimedia design work and electronica acts, is taking an abbreviated version of the festival on a full North American tour. Although organizers have done one-off installments and recurring editions in cities including São Paulo, Brazil, and Cape Town, South Africa, this season's jaunt, which stops in L.A. at the Shrine Expo Hall on Saturday, is a telling experiment in how a name-brand music festival can reach audiences far from its own shores.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The Titanic was the paradigm of something too big to fail, yet too ill-fated to succeed. It inspired songs, books and hit movies, most notably one starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as star-crossed lovers. Now, almost on the eve of the 100th anniversary of its settling in its final resting place at the bottom of the North Atlantic, scientists have completed a comprehensive map of the debris field of the Titanic. The field, roughly three miles by five miles, was mapped by an expedition team using sonar imaging and more than 100,000 photos taken by underwater robots.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2011 | By Kenji Hall, Los Angeles Times
The world's first mass-marketed electric car, the Nissan Leaf, boasts all of the safety features of a gasoline-powered model: air bags, anti-lock brakes, an impact-absorbing frame. There's one high-tech extra: a synthesizer that emits noise to alert pedestrians to the vehicle's approach. But it's not just any noise. Nissan Motor Co. spent years developing the Leaf's unique sound, which some listeners have described as a gentler version of an airplane taking off or the approach of a spaceship in a sci-fi movie . When backing up, the car pings like a sonar . What's clear is that the Leaf, which is just rolling into U.S. showrooms, sounds nothing like conventional cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun
Marine mammal "hot spots" in areas including Southern California's coastal waters may become off limits to testing of a type of Navy sonar linked to the deaths of whales under a plan announced this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA also called for creating a system for estimating the "comprehensive sound budget for the oceans," which could help reduce human sources of noise -- vessel traffic, sonar and construction activities -- that degrade the environment in which sound-sensitive species communicate.
NATIONAL
July 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Navy asked a federal appeals court to block a court order that prevents it from using active sonar during its war-game exercises off Hawaii, an environmental group said. The emergency motion, filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, seeks a stay of an order stopping the Navy from using the sonar because of a possible danger to whales, said Daniel Hinerfeld, spokesman for the National Resources Defense Council. The Navy had no comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The National Marine Fisheries Service violated federal law when it authorized the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises off Hawaii and California through 2018, an environmental group said in a lawsuit filed Monday. The agency's own analysis had determined the war games would result in 155 marine mammal deaths, more than 2,000 permanent injuries and about 9.6 million instances of temporary hearing loss and disruptions of vital behaviors - an 1,100% increase over the previous five-year period, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
NATIONAL
June 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Navy believes sonar in a planned training range for submarine warfare off the coast of north Florida will not disturb calving by endangered North Atlantic right whales, it said in an environmental impact statement. Environmentalists reacted with disappointment that the Navy planned to go ahead with development of its Undersea Warfare Training Center in Atlantic waters 75 miles off the coast.
WORLD
June 11, 2009 | Reuters
A French nuclear submarine with advanced sonar equipment Wednesday began searching for the flight recorders of an Air France airliner that crashed into the Atlantic last week, the French military said. The Emeraude was sent to hunt for the voice and flight data recorders, which may help explain the disaster and are believed to be lying on the ocean floor.
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