“We have a problem,” Navy top SEAL says overhaul of culture is needed
Corey Dickstein and Chad Garland Stars and Stripes The Navy’s top SEAL wrote in a message to the Naval Special Warfare Command that he has ordered an ethics review of the elite force, telling them that “we have a problem” within the SEALs, which have been plagued by allegations... Read more
Prosecutors in Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher murder case lose their medals after President Trump tweets
Erika I. Ritchie The Orange County Register Seven Navy and Marine Achievement medals and three commendations issued to prosecutors involved in the court-martial against Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher were rescinded by order of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer late Wednesday, military officials confirmed hours after President Donald Trump tweeted... Read more
U.S. & Britain meet over Iranian security issues in the Strait of Hormuz
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Military representatives of Britain and the United States are set to come together for a meeting in Bahrain on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of creating an international mission to safeguard shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. The closed-door meeting was confirmed by the British Defence... Read more
Filipino defense secretary tells China to “prove” that it won’t take first shot in South China Sea
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The Philippine defense secretary on Tuesday called on China to match its actions with its words in the South China Sea, after Beijing said it “will not take the first shot” in resolving the territorial row there. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China has often assured... Read more
New SecDef wants to escort American ships through Middle East waters
The new Secretary of Defense is more than willing to allow the military to escort American ships through important waterways in the Middle East after Iranian gunboats captured a British vessel. Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke of the matter on Wednesday, stating that, “We will escort our ships to... Read more
U.S. Coast Guard preparing for ‘aggressive’ Chinese encounters while patrolling the western Pacific
Joseph Ditzler Stars and Stripes The U.S. Coast Guard’s commandant is pushing for a better way to deal with islands nations in the western Pacific — one designed to counter “antagonistic, aggressive behaviors” from the Chinese. “I think what we would champion is transparent engagement,” Adm. Karl Schultz said... Read more
Paramount Pictures & DoD made major trades to develop Top Gun: Maverick movie
As the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun approaches, it’s important to remember that the new film, Top Gun: Maverick, would not be possible without the help of good ol’ Uncle Sam. The film began shooting in 2018, and will not be released until Summer of 2020. Despite the long... Read more
Kim Jong Un looks over “new” submarine that’s capable of firing a nuclear missile
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a “newly built submarine” that was to operate in the Sea of Japan, state-run media said Tuesday, in one of the first displays of power related to his country’s nuclear capabilities since November 2017. Without giving a... Read more
After tanker is hijacked by Iran, U.K. moves Islamic Republic to top of threat list
Arab News, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia The UK could come under attack from Iranian-backed terror cells if the ongoing Gulf crisis worsens and relations between London and Tehran continue to deteriorate, intelligence sources have said. Senior intelligence officers in the UK now rank the Islamic Republic only behind Russia and... Read more
Navy ship takes out Iranian drone after it came within 1,000 yards
Caitlin M. Kenney and Chad Garland Stars and Stripes A U.S. Navy ship destroyed a drone in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in international waters traveling into the Strait of Hormuz when a drone approached the ship and... Read more
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