Cheryl K. Chumley
March 15, 2013
Members of the U.S. military who were tasked with helping Japan with the clean-up and recovery from its 2011 nuclear power leak are now suing, claiming the company lied and downplayed dangers.
The case, which was initially filed with nine plaintiffs in December, has expanded to include 26 — and 100 more are expected to join the suit in the coming weeks, the Stars and Stripes [...]
[...] Eight crew members of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, whose home port is San Diego, sued the Tokyo Electric Power Co. in Federal Court. [...]
Lead plaintiff Lindsay R. Cooper claims Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) intentionally concealed the dangerous levels of radiation in the environment from U.S. Navy rescue crews working off the coast of Japan [...]
The complaint states: “Defendant TEPCO and the government of Japan, conspired and acted in concert, among [...]
US Navy orders Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group to head to Israeli shores
Right as the sailors and Marines aboard three of the US Navy’s assault ships were on their way home for Thanksgiving, they received an order to turn the ship around and set sail for Israel.
After passing the Strait of Gibraltar, south of Spain, the USS New York, USS Iwo Jima and the USS Gunston Hall were forced to [...]
U.S. Navy ships face the growing threat of small boat swarms used by terrorists, pirates or enemy countries. New testing has shown off a possible counter that looks strangely similar except for the lack of human sailors — small robot boats armed with missiles.
The Navy launched six missiles from an unmanned surface boat — called the unmanned surface vessel precision engagement module (USV PEM) — during testing on Oct. 24. [...]
October 10, 2012
Scores of commandos, sailors and paratroopers in their uniforms gathered in Athens on the day of the German Chancellor’s visit – but not to help with keeping the peace. Instead, they staged a march, chanting “Merkel, out of Greece!”
Marching in formation, they also chanted “Together, together, Nazis get out!”
The crowd in the street supported the reservists with rousing cheers. Many of the viewers joined the protesters in their disciplined [...]
Iran has installed more uranium enrichment machines in an underground bunker
The Bremerton-based aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, will deploy four months early to the Persian Gulf.
To thank sailors for their service, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited U.S. Naval Base Kitsap at Bremerton Wednesday.
Speaking to the more than 2,000 men and women of the Stennis strike group, Panetta said U.S. military needs them.
“I understand that its tough, we’re [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon is sending an aircraft carrier to the Middle East several months early to make sure at least two carriers will constantly be present in the troubled region.
There are two carriers in the area now, but one was scheduled to leave before its replacement arrived to fill that gap, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved sending by late summer the USS John C. Stennis strike group, [...]
US NAVY FIRES ON SHIP IN PERSIAN GULF, ONE DEAD
An American Navy ship fired on a boat in the Persian Gulf today, killing one person and injuring three others aboard the craft, a U.S. naval official told ABC News.
A spokesperson for the Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is based in nearby Bahrain, said that a security team aboard the oil supply ship U.S.N.S. Rappahannock fired a .50 caliber machine gun at [...]
Jacquelin Magnay, and James Kirkup
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Lord Coe, the chairman of the London 2012 Olympic organising committee (Locog), said on Friday that he could not rule out asking for the current deployment of 17,000 to be increased.
Asked if more troops will be required when the Games begin in two weeks, Lord Coe replied: “We are working on it at the moment.”
Ministers were this week forced to assign an [...]
Soldiers, sailors and airmen may have to give as much as 23 years’ service before being able to leave with their pensions, up from as little as 18 years at present.
The result would be that the effective minimum age for leaving the Services with an immediate pension would increase from 40 to 45.
The plan, disclosed in a Ministry of Defence document, has emerged amid complaints from soldiers that they have [...]
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Hormuz Attack Story – Friday, June 8, 2012
Facebook and Twitter came alive yesterday when a man in New Hampshire posted a message on his wall describing what sailors’ assigned to the USS Enterprise had told their families about an event they witnessed. These family members spread the word amongst their close friends and family relating that their spouses had witnessed an attack by jets – [...]
It was cold, wet and windy, but the typically damp British summer weather was not enough to deter more than a million people from lining the River Thames to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth float past on a gilded royal barge.
Sunday’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla of 1,000 vessels accompanying the monarch through London was the spectacular centerpiece of four days of celebrations designed to mark the queen’s 60 years on [...]
American military drones are returning to the skies above Iraq more than five months after U.S. troops withdrew from the country.
But this time, the drones will be operated by members of the Iraqi navy and will provide overwatch for the country’s oil platforms off its southern coast, U.S. officials in Baghdad said Wednesday.
The deal being will cover the sale of roughly 12 of the U.S. Navy’s Scan Eagle unmanned drones, [...]
President Obama today announced that he now supports
same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure
from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president
described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place,
based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian
service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.
“I have to tell you [...]
BREAKING: President Obama just publicly expressed support for gay marriage in an ABC interview with Robin Roberts.
Here’s the money quote:
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen [...]
SAO PAULO – A group of Internet hackers says it has taken down the website of the Banco do Brasil, Brazil’s largest state-run bank. It’s the third such attack against financial institutions in a week.
The group that calls itself “Anonymous Brasil” says on Twitter Wednesday: “Attention sailors: Target hit! … BancodoBrasil is sinking. TANGO DOWN.”
Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/hackers-attack-brazils-largest-state-run-bank-020112#ixzz1lAxLLKMK
A U.S. Navy ship rescued 13 Iranian sailors from pirates in the Arabia Sea, a military spokesman said Friday.
The destroyer USS Kidd responded to calls for help from the Iranian-flagged dhow Al Molai, which had been hijacked by pirates two months ago, Navy Capt. John Kirby said.
A Navy team boarded the ship, took 15 pirates into custody and sent the dhow on its way, Kirby said. A dhow is [...]
By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times
Three months after President Obama lifted the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military,Pentagon officials say heterosexual troops are adjusting well to the new policy.
However, critics say they are just following orders, and many are complaining privately.
On the Joint Chiefs of Staff, even the most outspoken opponent of lifting the ban said he is satisfied with the progress so far.
“I’m very pleased with how it has gone,” Gen. James Amos, [...]
SAN DIEGO — Imagine joining the Navy ten years ago with a career in mind. Now, sailors with that career plan are getting pink slips as the military looks for places to save money.
Since June, 16,000 mid-career sailors have been waiting to find out if they will be forced out early.
Last week, the Navy began its layoffs when the first of two rounds of personnel cuts were announced.
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The Department of Defense has officially identified the 30 servicemembers who died in the August 6 crash in Afghanistan when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed.
It was the largest number of American troops killed in a single day in the war.
The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:
Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.
- Local Father Says Navy SEAL [...]
The bodies of two people have been pulled from the water in northern Lake Michigan after a sailboat participating in the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac capsized in a storm near Fox Island early Monday morning. Six were rescued.
The names of the two were not released by the Coast Guard. Officials could not recall any previous drowning deaths during past races.
The Coast Guard was [...]
The Pentagon’s top officer said Thursday that servicemembers will likely see cuts in pay and benefits as the military plumbs its budget for nearly half a trillion dollars in savings over the next 12 years.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen warned against taking the “relatively easy” choice of cutting hardware while maintaining the increasing costs of paying and providing ongoing health care [...]
Al-Nashiri is described as ‘one of al-Qaeda’s most skilled and capable operational coordinators’
By Holly Watt 10:31PM BST 26 Apr 2011
Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammad Abdah al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian, was said to have reported directly to Osama bin Laden. His interrogators reported: “Detainee is so dedicated to jihad that he reportedly received injections to promote impotence and recommended the injections to others.”
China Urges Restraint After ROK Report On Warship
“China on Thursday urged both the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to show restraint after Seoul blamed Pyongyang for torpedoing its warship, the Cheonan.”
“SEOUL – China on Thursday urged both the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to show restraint after Seoul blamed Pyongyang for torpedoing its warship, the Cheonan, [...]