Navy naming ship after LGBTQ advocate who was kicked out military for being gay
(Service members and civilians at the Department of Defense attend the 8th annual LGBT Pride Month event, at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., June 12, 2019. The event, hosted by DoD Pride, an employee resource group, featured U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, Federal Aviation Administration’s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation... Read more
Saudi crown prince calls Trump, offers condolences over base shooting

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called US President Donald Trump to express his condolences and offer cooperation for an investigation into the shooting at a naval base in Florida, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.

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Aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy christened at Newport News Shipbuilding
With the crash of a bottle against its hull, the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy was christened Saturday at Newport News Shipbuilding. Caroline Kennedy, the late president’s daughter, did the honors as ship’s sponsor. It marked the second time she christened an aircraft carrier in her father’s name. The... Read more
Navy inks $22.2 billion contract for at least nine new submarines

The Navy has signed a $22.2 billion contract with Electric Boat to build at least nine Virginia-class attack submarines over the next five years.

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China suspends visits by US warships to Hong Kong, sanctions NGOs
BEIJING — China will suspend visits by U.S. warships to Hong Kong and sanction several US nonprofits in retaliation for the Trump administration enacting legislation in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said U.S. nonprofits have instigated protesters “to... Read more
Arrival of the Langley marked beginning of an era in Pacific naval aviation
On this day in 1924 the nation’s first aircraft carrier, the Langley, arrived at San Diego to join the Pacific Battle Fleet. The ship was originally built to carry coal for the World War I fighting fleets but had been converted into an experimental aircraft carrier. The Langley was... Read more
Military experts question how Trump’s intervention in SEAL case will alter perceptions of Navy
Debate over whether Navy Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher — accused of posing with the corpse of a teen ISIS fighter while on deployment in Iraq — should retain his SEAL status reached a fever pitch over the weekend, raising questions about America’s commitment to international standards for battlefield ethics.... Read more
Russia denies stealing toilets from Ukrainian naval ships before returning them

Russia on Thursday denied stealing toilets from Ukrainian naval vessels returned to Ukraine earlier this week after a year in Russian custody.

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Amid South China Sea tensions, US indicates support for Vietnam
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday indicated that Washington will support Vietnam amid ongoing tensions over disputed regions in the South China Sea. Esper’s trip to Vietnam came on the heels of a day in the Philippines, where he said the United States would continue to conduct freedom-of-navigation... Read more
Russia returns Ukrainian naval ships seized last year near Crimea
Moscow (dpa) – Russia has returned three Ukrainian naval ships that it seized last year off the coast of Crimea, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The Russian coastguard seized the vessels and their crews during a standoff in the Kerch Strait in November 2018 in... Read more
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