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Lifesaving Drone Boat Surveyed Storm-Damaged Bahamas Harbor

By Navy Live 2019-10-04 13:57:58

The day after Hurricane Dorian struck Abaco Island in the Bahamas, a chaotic scene greeted the first disaster responders arriving at the community of Marsh Harbour. On land, homes sat in ruins, palm trees lay uprooted, and yachts and sailboats were strewn about like toys. In the harbor itself, vessels were capsized or sunk - and telephone poles, cars, house roofs, and other underwater debris blocked the disaster-relief ship from sailing to the main pier.   But the responders had a...

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Esper: U.S. Navy's Top Priority is Competition from Russia and China

By Navy Live 2019-09-04 15:14:18

On August 27, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper told students and faculty of the U.S. Naval War College that after 18 years of conflict in the Middle East, the Defense Department is reorienting itself to focus on the competition posed by China and Russia. “Many of you spent most of your career fighting irregular warfare,” Esper said. “But times have changed. We are now in an era of great-power competition. Our strategic competitors are Russia and China.” The question for the...

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Crew of the USS Fitzgerald Unveils Flag Honoring Fallen Shipmates

By Navy Live 2019-06-21 20:18:10

On June 17, the crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) unveiled a commemorative flag honoring the sailors who died in a collision in the Sea of Japan two years ago.  Designed by current crewmembers, the flag memorializes their seven fallen shipmates. The flag is blue with “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP” emblazoned above the names of the seven sailors. The motto is a common Navy phrase, but all Fitzgerald sailors embodied that spirit on June 17,...

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U.S. Navy Recognizes Amphib Crewmember for Off-Duty Heroism

By Navy Live 2019-04-29 10:49:07

Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, has awarded Religious Programs Specialist Seaman David Miller the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his heroic actions during an active shooter incident. Miller, a member of the crew of the amphib USS Bonhomme Richard, was attending a church service Easter Sunday at Mt. Everest Academy in San Diego. During the service, a woman went up on stage, holding a gun in one hand and a young child in another. Miller, along with...

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U.S. Navy Names Destroyer for Korean War Hero

By Navy Live 2019-03-26 11:01:54

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has named the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer DDG 131 in honor of a Korean War hero, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class George M. Neal. “At significant risk to his personal safety, Petty Officer Neal distinguished himself by volunteering to go into harm’s way into North Korea to rescue a fellow service member,” said Spencer. “He was a hero, and I am proud his legacy will live on in the future USS George M....

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Paving the Way: Women in Naval Service

By Navy Live 2019-03-19 18:58:20

[By MC3 Julie Vujevich] The beginning of the 20th century marked a period of new beginnings and historical achievement for women in the United States Navy. Policies were established in 1917 that allowed Loretta Walsh to become the first woman to enlist in the U.S. military, and thus paved the way for many more firsts for women who chose to serve their country over the last 102 years. The United States Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month in 1987,...

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U.S. Navy Readiness Reform: One Year of Results

By Navy Live 2019-03-06 18:30:13

[From the U.S. Navy's Readiness Reform Oversight Committee] After two tragic, fatal collisions and other near misses at sea, the Readiness Reform Oversight Committee’s (RROC) mandate was clear: make our Navy a safer and more combat-effective force that places the safety, readiness and training of our people first. As a team, we assessed the overall culture, health, and effectiveness of not just our surface force, but our entire Navy in order to remove barriers to safe and effective operations. In this effort,...

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President George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Joins the U.S. Navy

By Navy Live 2019-03-01 17:47:21

Sully, the late President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, has embarked on a new job as a hospital corpsman at the U.S. Navy's Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. At the welcome aboard ceremony Feb. 27 at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Sully had a personalized oath of enlistment. He was asked to provide "unconditional love and solace, especially on busy days," and acknowledge that the responsibility came "without any promise of treats or tummy rubs." U.S. Navy Capt. Dr. Mark Kobelja, the director of Walter...

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One Marine’s Story Becomes A Ship’s Legacy

By Navy Live 2018-10-05 08:50:11

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 to October 15, and it provides us the opportunity to recognize the achievements of the heroic individuals of Hispanic descent who overcame adversity in their careers and, through their actions, reflect great credit upon the Naval service. A great example is Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, for whom the destroyer USS Rafael Peralta is named. Peralta was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and immigrated to...

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U.S. Navy's First Female Admiral Passes Away

By Navy Live 2018-07-25 13:21:32

Retired Rear Adm. Alene B. Duerk, the Navy's first female admiral, passed away July 21, 2018. She was 98 years old. "It took 197 years and a forward-looking Chief of Naval Operations, Elmo Zumwalt, to break with tradition before Alene Duerk became the first woman admiral in the U.S. Navy," said Naval History and Heritage Command director Sam Cox. "But the credit goes to Duerk. From the crucible of caring for wounded Sailors, Marines and prisoners of war during World...

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