Navy bringing back torpedoman rating after sinking it 24 years ago
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Navy has reinstated its torpedoman’s mate rating nearly a quarter of a century after it was consigned to Davy Jones’ locker, the service said in a message Tuesday. The change is a direct response to fleet feedback and supports “rating modernization initiatives to... Read more
No more blue: Navy dropping ‘blueberry’ camo uniforms for good
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes Sailors’ last day to wear a blue camouflage uniform beloved by some and derided by others is here. The Type I Navy Working Uniform, dubbed the “blueberry,” will no longer be authorized for wear as of Tuesday, according to a timeline sent out by... Read more
Bahrain strengthens defense with purchase of Patriot missile system from U.S.
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes Bahrain has signed an agreement to purchase the Patriot air and missile defense system, putting it in line with other Persian Gulf nations partnered with the U.S. amid ongoing tensions in the region with Iran. Bahrain will purchase the system from the U.S. Army,... Read more
USS Boxer crew says they are ready for everything and anything from Iran
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The drone-downing USS Boxer is ready to counter “anything that’s thrown at us” by Iran should it encounter any new threats, the ship’s executive officer said prior to departing Bahrain on Friday following a scheduled weeklong port visit. The San Diego-based amphibious assault ship... Read more
Iran wants to start tolling ships sailing through Strait of Hormuz to counter U.S. sanctions
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Pentagon said it is committed to the “free flow of commerce” through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway critical to global oil shipments, where Iranian lawmakers have proposed imposing transit tolls on ships that Tehran deems unfriendly. “The Strait of Hormuz is... Read more
USS Boxer arrives in Middle East waters as tension with Iran continues to rise
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes Thousands of sailors and Marines sailed into 5th Fleet waters Monday as an amphibious assault group led by the USS Boxer deployed to the region, where tensions are flaring between the U.S. and Iran. The Boxer, which carries the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and... Read more
Navy wants to fill recruiting & other jobs by offering new promotion incentive
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes Sailors could qualify for alternative petty officer first class promotions if they fill recruiting and recruit training billets, under a new Navy incentive program likely to expand to other jobs. The new “advancement-to-position” opportunity for qualified petty officers second class was announced in a... Read more
No more sit-ups, Navy switching out exercise on the physical readiness test
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Navy is doing away with situps and adding a planking exercise to the physical readiness test, the service’s top officer said during an early morning announcement Thursday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell... Read more
Iran deployment of aircraft carrier has been in the works for months as tension with the U.S. continues to rise
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East was meant to “send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime,” but some analysts said the U.S. could be trying to frame long-planned... Read more
Navy allows transgender sailors to dress according to gender identity while off duty
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Navy will allow sailors to dress and “live socially in their preferred gender while off-duty,” a policy announcement that comes amid new Pentagon restrictions on transgender people joining the military. The statement, signed by Vice Adm. Robert Burke, clarifies that there is no... Read more

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