KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — One of the U.S. Navy's newest class of warships docked at an Alaska port for a rare visit as the military looks to conduct more exercises in the Arctic.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of unexpected costs, including major hurricane damage repairs and unplanned deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border, are forcing the Marine Corps to cancel training...
US military vet recounts arrests in Haiti to AP
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An American security contractor at the center of a mysterious case roiling Haitian politics says that he and a group of fellow veterans were sent to Haiti on a mission...
Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden’s rise to prominence
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The boy is only 12 years old and looks even younger and smaller kneeling next to the wreckage of a helicopter, flanked by masked jihadis carrying Kalashnikov...
Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden’s rise to prominence
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Years after the death of his father at the hands of a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan, Hamza bin Laden now finds himself in the crosshairs of world...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Navy flagship has sailed through the South China Sea with its commander renewing an American vow to "sail, fly and operate wherever the law allows us to" amid...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cyberattacks from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are increasingly sophisticated and, until recently, were done with little concern for the consequences, the top Pentagon...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders of the U.S. military services apologized to Congress on Thursday for allowing substandard living conditions in military family housing. They acknowledged failing to...
US commander hints that quad grouping may be shelved
SINGAPORE (AP) — A U.S. military commander suggested Thursday that a loose security grouping of his country, Japan, Australia and India, also known as the quad, may be shelved for now.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has spoken with the Secretary of the Navy to defend funding for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard projects that could go instead toward the Trump...
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Military officials have identified a 37-year-old Navy seaman from Texas as one of the men killed aboard the USS Oklahoma in the Japanese bombing of Pearl...
Military blows up projectiles damaged in Montana crash
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An Air Force bomb disposal unit blew up dozens of damaged projectiles along a rural Montana highway and recovered hundreds more after a truck hauling Navy weapons was in a...
Iran announces another navy drill in key Strait of Hormuz
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's navy says it will hold an annual drill in the strategic Strait of Hormuz as pressure mounts on the country months after the United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran,...
Climate threat doubter is leading effort to advise Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is exploring the idea of forming a special committee to look at climate change and security risks, with the effort being coordinated by a 79-year-old...
USS Tulsa commissioned as the US Navy’s newest warship
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A vessel that bears the name of Oklahoma's second-largest city has been commissioned as the newest warship in the U.S. Navy's fleet.
The USS Tulsa was commissioned on Saturday at a pier in San Francisco. The warship is an Independence-class combat ship designed to patrol coastlines. It's the eighth ship of its kind in the Navy's fleet.
Military judge airs concerns in Navy SEAL’s murder case
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A military judge on Tuesday asked the Navy to address claims that allegations from a potential government witness were being leaked to the media in the case of a SEAL charged with murder in the 2017 death of an Iraqi war prisoner.
Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing gets new commander
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station in Ohio has a new commander.
Air Force Reserve Col. Joseph Janik took over as wing commander and installation commander of the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station in Trumbull County in a ceremony Saturday.
Janik replaces Col. Daniel Sarachene, who became commander Feb. 1, 2017.
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New US Navy warship USS Charleston to be commissioned
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The commissioning ceremony for one of the Navy's newest combat ships is set next month in South Carolina.
Charleston officials said in a news release Monday the USS Charleston will be commissioned during a ceremony March 2.
It's the sixth shipped named Charleston in naval history.
USS South Dakota submarine to be commissioned in Connecticut
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A $2.6 billion submarine named for the state of South Dakota will officially join the U.S. Navy fleet.
The 377-foot (115-meter) USS South Dakota will be commissioned Saturday morning at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut. The vessel marks the 17th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet and the first submarine to be commissioned with the name South Dakota.
Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.
Syria attack victims include daughter of US police official
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — One of the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week was a Navy sailor and married mother of two whose father is a high-ranking officer in the New York State Police, officials said Friday.
The Pentagon identified three of the four Americans killed in Wednesday's attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij.
Former Navy commander gets seat on Armed Services Committee
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A newly elected congresswoman in Virginia's Hampton Roads region will sit on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.
The office for Democrat Elaine Luria announced the appointment Tuesday.
The former U.S. Navy commander represents Virginia's 2nd Congressional District along the state's coast. It is home to world's largest Navy base in Norfolk and various other military installations in Virginia Beach and other cities.
USS South Dakota submarine to soon join US Navy fleet
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A $2.6 billion submarine named for the state of South Dakota is getting ready to join the U.S. Navy fleet.
Top US Navy officer to visit China amid heightened tensions
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Navy's top officer will visit China starting Sunday amid increasing frictions in the South China Sea and other tensions underscoring their rivalry for dominance in Asia.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will meet with his counterpart Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong and leaders of China's Central Military Commission during his visit to Beijing and the eastern city of Nanjing lasting through Wednesday, the Navy said.
Iran says it holds US Navy veteran, 1st arrest of Trump era
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran confirmed it is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White at a prison in the country, making him the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump's administration.
White's detention adds new pressure to the rising tension between Iran and the U.S., which under Trump has pursued a maximalist campaign against Tehran that includes pulling out of its nuclear deal with world powers.
Connecticut commissioning ceremony set for Navy submarine
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A ceremony to commission the Navy's newest attack submarine has been scheduled for next month at the submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.
USS South Dakota will be commissioned at the Navy base on Feb. 2 as the 17th Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.
The submarines cost about $2.7 billion each and are built in partnership by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics' Electric Boat.
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Navy SEAL pleads not guilty to killing captured ISIS teen
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of premeditated murder and other crimes in the stabbing death of a teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq last year and the shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard getting new commander this year
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Navy says the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is getting a new commander this year.
The Navy announced Thursday that Capt. Daniel Ettlich currently serves as deputy for shipyard operations at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C.
He said in a statement that repair and maintenance on attack submarines at Portsmouth is more important than ever and that "returning these ships back to the fleet on time is mission priority one."
Albanian navy extends help for EU’s maritime border mission
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry has extended for a year its navy's participation in the search-and-rescue operations of European Union border control force Frontex.
Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Wednesday said the mission, mainly in the Aegean Sea, will continue in 2019. Albania's navy contributes one warship to the operations.
Xhacka said Albanian sailors have "saved thousands of human lives" during the last two years when refugees have tried to cross from Turkey to Greece.
Trump former staff chief on track to join Navy Reserve
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says President Donald Trump's former chief of staff is on track to join the Navy Reserve, buoyed by a recommendation from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Reince Priebus, 46, served as chief of staff for about six months, beginning at the start of Trump's administration in January 2017. He also was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017.
Spain plans to spend $8 billion on military hardware upgrade
MADRID (AP) — Spain's government has announced a plan to spend 7.3 billion euros ($8.2 billion) over the next 10 years on improving its military defense capabilities.
Defense Minister Margarita Robles said Friday the money will be used to build five new navy frigates and, in a first phase, develop and build 348 new armored personnel carriers. It will also enable the latest technological upgrades to be installed in its fleet of 69 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.
Trump picks Army chief of staff as next top military adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he wants a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser.
If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford's term doesn't end until Oct. 1. Trump said the date of transition is "to be determined."
Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack
HONOLULU (AP) — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the attack that killed and wounded thousands unfolded.
Ukraine says will send naval ships through Kerch Strait soon
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's defense ministry warned Russia on Friday that it will soon send navy ships through the Kerch Strait where Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels two weeks ago.
Russian warplanes, navy ships to visit Venezuela
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister says the country's aircraft and navy ships will make visits to Venezuela.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the statement during Thursday's talks in Moscow with his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez. Shoigu said Russia's military aircraft would continue to make stopovers in Venezuela and its ships would calls at its ports as part of bilateral military cooperation, but didn't mention any specific dates.
Report: Propeller blade broke, causing military plane crash
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Investigators say bad maintenance practices at a Georgia air force base missed a deteriorating propeller blade that broke off six years later as a U.S. Marine Corps transport plane cruised over Mississippi at 20,000 feet, causing the KC-130T to break into pieces and plunge into a soybean field, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.
Navy hopes to avert ospreys from nesting on mothballed ships
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The Navy is working on a plan to encourage a pair of ospreys to make their homes somewhere other than at the top of Bremerton's fleet of inactive mothballed Navy vessels.
US Navy commissions new destroyer Thomas Hudner in Boston
BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Saturday commissioned its newest guided-missile destroyer, named for a Navy pilot from Massachusetts who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War.
Naval Academy midshipman pleads guilty to distributing drugs
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman has pleaded guilty to using and distributing illegal drugs to fellow midshipmen at the academy, a school spokesman said Friday.
Zachary Williams has been sentenced to 13 months confinement and dismissal from the Navy, said Cmdr. David McKinney, the academy's spokesman.
At Southcom, Mattis sees stability in Western Hemisphere
MIAMI (AP) — Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that the U.S. military brings stability to most of Latin America through its operations run across the hemisphere by the Miami-based Southern Command.
Mattis spoke Monday at a ceremony appointing Navy Adm. Craig Faller as new leader of the command that oversees U.S. military operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is also responsible for security of the Panama Canal and the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Deadly collisions prompt new sleep policy on Navy carriers
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy has changed its policy to allow all sailors working on aircraft carriers to get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the change is a reaction to two fatal ship collisions that killed 17 crew members in the Pacific Ocean last year. The Navy found that fatigue and poor sleep management contributed to the collisions.
Navy’s expansion plans spur recruitment effort at shipyards
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Leaders of Virginia's Navy shipbuilding and repair industry are launching an effort called "America Builds and Repairs Great Ships."
The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that the effort's goals include attracting and training more workers to coastal Virginia's shipyards and supply shops.
US Navy to make Hong Kong port call after earlier refusal
HONG KONG (AP) — China is allowing a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and its battle group to make a port call in Hong Kong after it earlier turned down a similar request amid tensions with Washington.
The Hong Kong Marine Department's website listed the USS Ronald Reagan and three other Navy warships as approved to arrive Wednesday.
China in September turned down a request for a Hong Kong port call by the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, the first time it had denied such a visit since 2016.
Trump sets off storm by criticizing retired Navy admiral
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner.
Trump took shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a Fox News interview Sunday in which he also asserted that the former Navy SEAL and former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command was a "backer" of Trump's 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, and supporter of President Barack Obama.
Trump draws criticism for faulting war hero on bin Laden
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is drawing heavy criticism for faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner.
Trump took shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a Fox News interview Sunday in which he also asserted that the former Navy SEAL was a "backer" of Trump's 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.
Navy commissions USS Sioux City into service
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Navy says it has commissioned the USS Sioux City into service.
The Navy said in a news release that the combat ship was placed into active service on Saturday at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
It's the nation's sixth littoral combat Ship. The vessel has an aluminum skin, high-tech computer capabilities and can reach a speed of 40 knots.
Argentina minister says country without means to rescue sub
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hours after announcing the discovery of an Argentine submarine lost deep in the Atlantic a year ago with 44 crew members aboard, the government said Saturday that it is unable to recover the vessel, drawing anger from missing sailors' relatives who demanded that it be raised.
2 Navy SEALs and 2 Marines charged in Green Beret’s death
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two U.S. Navy SEALs and two Marines have been charged in the strangulation death of an Army Green Beret while the service members were stationed in the African country of Mali last year, the Navy said on Thursday.
Charging documents describe a situation in which some of the nation's most elite military personnel — including two members of the famed SEAL Team Six — broke into a Green Beret's bedroom while he was sleeping, bound him with duct tape and put him into a choke hold.