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April 1, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
In what is being hailed as an environmental victory for the U.S. Navy, the island night lizard has been taken off the list of federally endangered species. An estimated 21.3 million night lizards occupy 21-mile-long San Clemente Island, one of the highest densities of any lizard on earth, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week. The population number is especially significant because the 57-square-mile volcanic isle, about 75 miles northwest of San Diego, hosts the only ship-to-shore bombardment training range in the United States.
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April 15, 2014 | By Michael Moran
A bitter debate has raged in the Pentagon for several months about the wisdom of taking the nuclear aircraft carrier George Washington out of service to save money. The Washington, at 24 years old a relatively young vessel, is due for a costly refit, a routine procedure that all of the 11 large carriers in service undergo regularly. The Navy fought hard against mothballing the giant ship. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that when the two-year reprieve Congress granted from sequester cuts expires in 2016, the George Washington will be back on the chopping block.
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NATIONAL
January 15, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and W.J. Hennigan
A pilot was rescued after his U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday, Navy officials confirmed. The F/A-18E Super Hornet jet went down 45 miles from Oceana, Va., home to a base that hosts the Navy's East Coast attack-fighter fleet, Navy officials said. The pilot ejected and was rescued, officials said. Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., told the Associated Press that the crash happened at 2:35 p.m. and that the pilot was first rescued by a fisherman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Under persistent questioning from reporters, the executive officer of the Navy ship that rescued a family off its disabled sailboat 1,000 miles off Mexico said he would not have brought his own children on a similar trip. "For one thing, I don't own a sailboat," said Lt. Cmdr. Daryl Robbin, a 26-year U.S. Navy veteran. "For another, I know how big the ocean is. " Robbin was addressing reporters Wednesday after the arrival of the guided-missile frigate Vandegrift.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A Navy helicopter from a squadron based at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado has crashed in the Red Sea with five people aboard, the Navy announced Sunday. The status of the five is still being determined and search and rescue efforts are underway by helicopters and small boats from the carrier strike group Nimitz, the Navy said. The MH60S Knighthawk, from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, was operating from the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer William Lawrence, part of the Nimitz group.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Navy is adding another advanced submarine-hunting aircraft to its effort to find debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A second P-8 Poseidon will replace an older P-3 Orion in the 30,000-square-mile search area in the rough waters of the Indian Ocean southwest of Perth, the Navy said. Planes searching for signs of the missing Boeing 777 were grounded Thursday because of stormy conditions.  The delay frustrated search teams because satellite photos were released Wednesday showing 122 objects in the ocean that could be wreckage.
WORLD
March 26, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The U.S. Navy is sending an advanced underwater drone outfitted with sonar equipment to the southern Indian Ocean as part of search efforts to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The 16-foot, 1,650-pound unmanned submarine is currently aboard the Seahorse Standard, a Royal Australian Navy ship headed toward a wide expanse of water in a remote and treacherous part of the ocean. Built by Bluefin Robotics Corp. of Quincy, Mass., the Bluefin-21 drone dives as deep as 14,763 feet.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Navy pulled out the guided-missile destroyer Kidd, with its two search and rescue helicopters, opting to rely on a pair of submarine-hunting aircraft from nearby land bases to scour the Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The San Diego-based destroyer with a crew of 314 and its MH-60 Seahawk helicopters have searched a combined 15,000 square miles since March 8, when the Boeing 777 mysteriously vanished. No debris or wreckage related to the aircraft or the 239 missing passengers and crew has been found.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Navy plans to install a laser weapon prototype on a ship this summer for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf. The technology, called the Laser Weapon System, will be the first of its kind to be deployed, the Navy said. The idea is that the laser could zap dangerous swarming small boats and flying drones while on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. Its power also can be scaled down, presenting the Navy a non-lethal alternative to ward off threats such as pirates, terrorists and smugglers.
NEWS
August 29, 1992 | Reuters
The U.S. frigate John L. Hall docked in the Albanian port of Durres on Friday in the first visit to the country by the U.S. Navy since World War II. The frigate, part of the 6th Fleet battle group, is operating in the Adriatic Sea under North Atlantic Treaty Organization command on a sanctions-monitoring mission off the Yugoslav coast.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Maybe because I'm not a parent, I don't have a problem with the San Diego couple who decided to set sail across the South Pacific in a 36-foot boat from Mexico with their 1-year-old and 3-year-old daughters in tow. Even though things went seriously wrong. The 1-year-old, who had been treated for salmonella a couple of weeks before the start of the trip (and reportedly was cleared to go on the trip by a doctor), fell ill with a rash and fever. Meanwhile, the boat lost its steering and communication, and the family had to be rescued by a flotilla of personnel: the California Air National Guard, the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Navy plans to install a laser weapon prototype on a ship this summer for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf. The technology, called the Laser Weapon System, will be the first of its kind to be deployed, the Navy said. The idea is that the laser could zap dangerous swarming small boats and flying drones while on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. Its power also can be scaled down, presenting the Navy a non-lethal alternative to ward off threats such as pirates, terrorists and smugglers.
SCIENCE
April 1, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
In what is being hailed as an environmental victory for the U.S. Navy, the island night lizard has been taken off the list of federally endangered species. An estimated 21.3 million night lizards occupy 21-mile-long San Clemente Island, one of the highest densities of any lizard on earth, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week. The population number is especially significant because the 57-square-mile volcanic isle, about 75 miles northwest of San Diego, hosts the only ship-to-shore bombardment training range in the United States.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Navy is adding another advanced submarine-hunting aircraft to its effort to find debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A second P-8 Poseidon will replace an older P-3 Orion in the 30,000-square-mile search area in the rough waters of the Indian Ocean southwest of Perth, the Navy said. Planes searching for signs of the missing Boeing 777 were grounded Thursday because of stormy conditions.  The delay frustrated search teams because satellite photos were released Wednesday showing 122 objects in the ocean that could be wreckage.
WORLD
March 26, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The U.S. Navy is sending an advanced underwater drone outfitted with sonar equipment to the southern Indian Ocean as part of search efforts to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The 16-foot, 1,650-pound unmanned submarine is currently aboard the Seahorse Standard, a Royal Australian Navy ship headed toward a wide expanse of water in a remote and treacherous part of the ocean. Built by Bluefin Robotics Corp. of Quincy, Mass., the Bluefin-21 drone dives as deep as 14,763 feet.
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.
NEWS
March 28, 1986 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Navy ended 75 hours of operations below Col. Moammar Kadafi's "line of death" in the Mediterranean Sea and sent the 6th Fleet north late Thursday, completing what the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called a "flawless operation" demonstrating the United States' right to sail in disputed waters. "The Libyans have learned something from us," said Adm. William J. Crowe Jr., the nation's ranking military officer.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1987
Alpharel, a Camarillo firm, announced that it has won a contract worth more than $700,000 from the U.S. Navy. Alpharel designs computerized document management systems.
WORLD
March 20, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian and W.J. Hennigan
The U.S. Navy dispatched its most technologically advanced search aircraft to an empty quarter of the Indian Ocean on Thursday to look for two large pieces of debris that may provide the first physical evidence in the investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Experts were hopeful that the debris would not turn out to be another of the false leads and misinterpreted data that have dogged the investigation into why the Boeing 777 carrying 239...
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO - U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came at the behest of the governments of Libya and Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces … boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory,” the statement said.
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