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navy overlooked king for naming support ships


on this martin luther king day, i am astounded that the us navy would name fleet logistics support ships for the arguably minor civil rights advocates caesar chavez, harvey milk and rep. john lewis, but none named for the great leader whose contributions we commemorated monday. robert c. whittencommander, us navy reserve (ret.)cupertinosubmit your letter to the editor via this formread more letters to the editor






we should all condemn trump for his statements


january 17, 2018, 1:00 am on this martin luther king day, i am astounded that the us navy would name fleet logistics support ships for the arguably minor civil rights advocates caesar chavez, harvey milk and rep. john lewis, but none named for the great leader whose contributions we commemorated monday. robert c. whitten commander, us navy reserve (ret.) cupertino   submit your letter to the...






trump-backed navy expansion would boost costs some $400 billion over 30 years: s


expanding the u.s. navy to 355 ships as recommended by military leaders and backed by president donald trump would cost some $400 billion more over the next 30 years than the currently planned 308-ship fleet, according to a study released on monday.the annual cost to build, crew and operate a 355-ship fleet would be about $102 billion, or 13 percent more than the $90 billion needed for the currently planned navy, according to the study by the nonpartisan congressional budget office.the $102 billion cost of the 355-ship fleet is 33 percent more than congress appropriated in 2016 for the current 275-ship navy, the cbo said.to achieve the larger force, the navy would need $26.6 billion annually for ship construction, which is 60 percent more than the average amount that congress has appropria






shipyard: building 3 aircraft carriers at once saves money


newport news, va. — the virginia shipyard that builds the navy's aircraft carriers says it could save $1.5 billion by constructing three carriers at once.newport news shipbuilding also says that would reduce construction time for each by up to two years.the virginian-pilot reports ( http://bit.ly/2rme1cf ) the navy's top admiral, chief of naval operations adm. john richardson, has called in a recently released paper for greatly expanding the fleet. the service has about 275 ships today. he says he wants to bring the fleet size to about 350 ships in the coming decade.the congressional budget office has estimated that bringing the navy to 355 ships would cost $5 billion a year for 30 years. however, those figures don't include extending the lives of some ships, which the navy leadership has






navy wants small warships that pack a bigger punch


bath, maine — the u.s. navy fulfilled its need for speed with littoral combat ships. now it's shifting to small-but-powerful frigates that pack a bigger punch.a navy request calls for a traditional, multi-mission warship equipped to shoot down airplanes, attack enemy ships and counter submarines.the directive calls for shipbuilders to use an existing hull design to expedite the process. the timetable calls for procuring the first two ships in 2020 and 2021.the proposal calls for no new technologies. that's a far cry from littoral combat ships and stealthy zumwalt-class destroyers that incorporated new technologies and experienced cost overruns.






us navy leader considers unmanned vehicles to increase power


newport, r.i. — president donald trump and navy leaders say the nation needs about 350 ships, roughly 75 more ships than the fleet has today.but there isn't money in the defense budget to buy a lot of new ships at once, and they take years to build.adm. john richardson, the chief of naval operations, says they could get closer to the target faster by counting unmanned vessels with capabilities similar to a manned ship— a new twist on the definition of a ship.unmanned undersea vehicles currently used by the navy aren't at the point now where they could replace manned platforms. while they can complete a task to support a mission, they can't complete an entire mission on their own, and none are weaponized, according to the navy.richardson brought senior officers to newport, rhode island, thi






us navy leader considers unmanned vehicles to increase power


newport, r.i. (ap) — president donald trump and navy leaders say the nation needs about 350 ships, roughly 75 more ships than the fleet has today.but there isn’t money in the defense budget to buy a lot of new ships at once, and they take years to build.adm. john richardson, the chief of naval operations, says they could get closer to the target faster by counting unmanned vessels with capabilities similar to a manned ship— a new twist on the definition of a ship.unmanned undersea vehicles currently used by the navy aren’t at the point now where they could replace manned platforms. while they can complete a task to support a mission, they can’t complete an entire mission on their own, and none are weaponized, according to the navy.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.r






the u.s. navy is screwed


in may, chief of naval operations admiral john richardson and acting secretary of the navy sean stackley appeared before a senate defense appropriations subcommittee hearing to discuss the recently unveiled fiscal year 2018 defense budget and its effects on the navy. the news was not good about the state of the navy and where the service is headed. despite campaign promises to rebuild the military from the twin disasters of sequestration and the 2011 budget control act combined with nearly 16 years of combat deployments, the first trump budget for the navy does little to look to the future. this proposed budget only begins to fix the neglect of the past, placing more emphasis on getting the ships and submarines the repairs they desperately need.the navy has been in a long budgetary downwar






the u.s. navy is screwed


in may, chief of naval operations admiral john richardson and acting secretary of the navy sean stackley appeared before a senate defense appropriations subcommittee hearing to discuss the recently unveiled fiscal year 2018 defense budget and its effects on the navy. the news was not good about the state of the navy and where the service is headed. despite campaign promises to rebuild the military from the twin disasters of sequestration and the 2011 budget control act combined with nearly 16 years of combat deployments, the first trump budget for the navy does little to look to the future. this proposed budget only begins to fix the neglect of the past, placing more emphasis on getting the ships and submarines the repairs they desperately need.the navy has been in a long budgetary downwar






shipyard: building 3 aircraft carriers at once saves money


newport news, va. (ap) — the virginia shipyard that builds the navy’s aircraft carriers says it could save $1.5 billion by constructing three carriers at once.newport news shipbuilding also says that would reduce construction time for each by up to two years.the virginian-pilot reports ( http://bit.ly/2rme1cf ) the navy’s top admiral, chief of naval operations adm. john richardson, has called in a recently released paper for greatly expanding the fleet. the service has about 275 ships today. he says he wants to bring the fleet size to about 350 ships in the coming decade.the congressional budget office has estimated that bringing the navy to 355 ships would cost $5 billion a year for 30 years. however, those figures don’t include extending the lives of some ships, which the navy leadership






navy gets grilled by house committee regarding deadly collisions


congressional members are painting a picture of a u.s. navy out of whack in asia, just as security tensions there are high.two subcommittees of the house armed services committee held a hearing thursday to grill navy officials about a string of recent mishaps that killed 17 sailors and gravely damaged two u.s. warships.an early theme that emerged is that ships stationed outside the continental united states for too long are not getting the attention they need."forward-deployed ships suffer as the navy prioritizes operational deployments over maintenance and modernization,” said rep. rob wittman, a republican from virginia and chairman of the seapower subcommittee. “this maintenance and training model places sailors at risk and clearly contributed to the incidents that we witnessed in seven






navy bans the use of e-cigarettes on its ships and other craft


why it matters to you e-cigarettes were banned on commercial planes last year, and now, the u.s. navy is following suit. the decision follows reports of explosions and injuries.e-cigarettes have been dishonorably discharged from the u.s. navy. sorry sailors, but you’ll no longer be able to bring electronic nicotine delivery systems (ends) aboard ships, submarines, aircraft, boats, craft, and heavy equipment. this applies to sailors, marines, and military sealift command civilians. even if you’re just paying a visit to a naval craft, you won’t be able to have an e-cigarette on board.“the fleet commanders implemented this policy to protect the safety and welfare of sailors and to protect the ships, submarines, aircraft, and equipment,” the navy noted in an official announcement. “the prohibi






ships, aircraft search for 3 us sailors missing in crash


tokyo (ap) — u.s. and japanese ships and aircraft searched in the philippine sea on thursday for three sailors missing since a u.s. navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash of the c-2a “greyhound” transport aircraft wednesday afternoon, the navy said. they were taken aboard the uss ronald reagan aircraft carrier and were in good condition.the navy said it had notified next of kin that the three missing sailors were “whereabouts unknown” but it would delay releasing their identities publicly for three days due to policy.the twin-propeller plane came down about 500 nautical miles (925 kilometers) southeast of okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from japan to the aircraft carrier, the navy said in a statement. the cause wasn’t






collision worries prompt navy review of all staff, ships


washington — concerned about widespread training and leadership failures in the pacific fleet that triggered two deadly ship collisions, the navy's top officer said thursday that he's asked his commanders around the world to review their staff and ships to see if they have similar problems.in a memo sent to all navy commanders, adm. john richardson, chief of naval operations, said each commander must assess where they are vulnerable and what corrective actions they should take, then report those findings back to him."fight the temptation to conclude this could never happen to us — it can," said richardson in the message that went out on thursday. "this effort starts with each one of us in command."asked during a pentagon press briefing if he believes similar problems exist on u.s. ships in






ships, aircraft search for 3 us sailors missing in crash


tokyo — u.s. and japanese ships and aircraft searched in the philippine sea on thursday for three sailors missing since a u.s. navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash of the c-2a "greyhound" transport aircraft wednesday afternoon, the navy said. they were taken aboard the uss ronald reagan aircraft carrier and were in good condition.the navy said it had notified next of kin that the three missing sailors were "whereabouts unknown" but it would delay releasing their identities publicly for three days due to policy.the twin-propeller plane came down about 500 nautical miles (925 kilometers) southeast of okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from japan to the aircraft carrier, the navy said in a statement. the cause wasn't clear






could hackers be behind the u.s. navy collisions?


was a hack attack behind two separate instances of navy ships colliding with commercial vessels?  experts say it’s highly unlikely, but not impossible.        






u.s. accuses iranian naval vessel in ‘unsafe’ strait of hormuz encounter


washington—an iranian navy vessel confronted three u.s. ships and pointed a laser at a marine corps helicopter over the strait of hormuz wednesday, u.s. military officials said, another in a series of incidents the military considers dangerous and unprofessional.an iranian navy vessel encountered the three american ships traveling through international waters in the strait of hormuz on wednesday, u.s. military officials said. the iranian boat shined a spotlight on two of the ships, the uss bataan, an amphibious assault...






navy gets grilled by house committee regarding deadly collisions


congressional members are painting a picture of a u.s. navy out of whack in asia, just as security tensions there are high.two subcommittees of the house armed services committee are holding a hearing today to grill navy officials about a string of recent mishaps.one early theme: ships kept outside the continental united states for too long are not getting the attention they need."forward-deployed ships suffer as the navy prioritizes operational deployments over maintenance and modernization,” said rep. rob wittman, a republican from virginia and chairman of the seapower subcommittee.“this maintenance and training model places sailors at risk and clearly contributed to the incidents that we witnessed in seventh fleet.”adm. bill moran outlined one reason that may have happened: the navy get






compacted trash disks found on outer banks beach


carova beach, n.c. — the u.s. navy is investigating after compacted trash disks similar to those made on its ships washed up on beaches on north carolina's outer banks.more than two dozen of the table-top size plastic disks were scattered on the beach north of corolla, the virginian-pilot of norfolk (http://bit.ly/2rerpiz) reported."they were really nasty," said jack kelly, who collected some of the disks at carova beach.david elder with the town of kill devil hills reports the disks have shown up on beaches there, too.ted brown with the navy's fleet forces command said the disks appear to be similar to those made on navy ships to compress plastic waste for easy storage until a ship reaches port. ships are not supposed to dump plastic into the ocean.brown says he doesn't know how the disks






navy wants small warships that pack a bigger punch


bath, maine (ap) — the navy’s fast-and-maneuverable littoral combat ship was criticized for lacking enough firepower and armor to survive a maritime battle. the navy is addressing those concerns with a new class of small-but-powerful frigates that will pack a bigger punch.the navy asked this month for concept proposals for multi-mission warships that would be bigger and more heavily armed — and slower — than the littoral combat ships. they would be capable of shooting down airplanes, attacking other ships and countering submarines.“the navy has decided that speed is less important than having a warship with sufficient weapons to defend itself,” said loren thompson, a defense analyst with the lexington institute.the navy, which wants to build 20 frigates, is seeking an affordable design, an






navy bans vaping on ships after explosions, burns


norfolk, va. — the u.s. navy is banning vaping on ships after at least a dozen reports of explosions and injuries.naval commanders said in a statement friday that the temporary electronic cigarette policy aims to protect sailors and the fleet. it starts next month.officials cited overheated batteries in vaping equipment as the problem. explosions have led to fires, first-degree burns and facial disfigurement. during a recent eight-month stretch, 12 incidents put sailors out of work for a combined 77 days. injuries also restricted some to light duty for a total of five months.the policy goes into effect may 14, but sailors at sea can request extensions. the navy says it will make a final determination on e-cigarettes after more analysis.vaping will still be allowed in designated areas on la






u.s. military preparations for irma includes four navy ships and thousands of tr


the u.s. military began preparing in earnest for hurricane irma on wednesday, readying four navy ships for potential disaster relief while moving aircraft and u.s. troops in advance of the arrival of the category 5 storm.defense secretary jim mattis has approved the use of the uss oak hill and the uss kearsarge, amphibious ships now off florida's east coast, if help is requested from florida gov. rick scott, r, said army lt. col. jamie davis, a pentagon spokesman. the ships were originally deployed late last month with hundreds of marines and sailors to respond to hurricane harvey in texas, but could instead be sent to florida.the navy also is preparing to dispatch a second contingent of amphibious ships, the uss iwo jima and the uss new york, if they are needed. they have departed naval s






navy: virginia sailors threw giant saucers of garbage off ship


virginia beach, va. -- the u.s. navy says two virginia-based sailors threw compacted trash off their ship. cbs affiliate wusa-tv reports the table-top sized trash discs had been on the uss whidbey island. the landing dock ship is based at joint expeditionary base little creek-fort story in virginia beach. the navy compresses plastic waste into discs for easy storage until ships reach port. the discs were found last month washed up on beaches on north carolina's outer banks. one resident said she collected 17 discs in kill devil hills. the navy says marking on the discs confirmed they came from the ship. so far 19 discs have been recovered. it's estimated that up to 60 were thrown overboard. ships are not supposed to dump plastic into the ocean. in fact, throwing trash overboard violates na






us warship clash site known for congested nighttime traffic


tokyo (ap) — the site of a fatal collision between a u.s. navy destroyer and a container ship off japan’s coast is notorious for congested sea traffic, particularly during the night when merchant ships are trying to reach tokyo’s port by daybreak.the uss fitzgerald collided with the acx crystal about 12 nautical miles (14 miles, 22 kilometers) off the southern tip of the izu peninsula in the early hours of saturday just as the two ships were to merge into heavy traffic.maritime officials and ship operators call the area a convergence zone, where ships coming from the east and west converge with others leaving tokyo. on average, about 400 ships pass through the waters each day.the area, also known for strong tides, is the most accident-prone in japanese waters. the japan transport safety bo






us warship clash site known for congested nighttime traffic


tokyo — the site of a fatal collision between a u.s. navy destroyer and a container ship off japan's coast is notorious for congested sea traffic, particularly during the night when merchant ships are trying to reach tokyo's port by daybreak.the uss fitzgerald collided with the acx crystal about 12 nautical miles (14 miles, 22 kilometers) off the southern tip of the izu peninsula in the early hours of saturday just as the two ships were to merge into heavy traffic.maritime officials and ship operators call the area a convergence zone, where ships coming from the east and west converge with others leaving tokyo. on average, about 400 ships pass through the waters each day.the area, also known for strong tides, is the most accident-prone in japanese waters. the japan transport safety board i






russian ships encroach on british waters


by michael birnbaum | washington postbrussels – british ships and a helicopter were dispatched over the christmas holiday weekend to track an “upsurge” of russian naval vessels passing near british waters, the british navy said tuesday, as british and nato leaders warn of russian naval activity at levels unseen since the cold war.at least four russian ships, including a warship and an intelligence-gathering ship, passed near british waters starting on saturday, the british navy said. the traffic on the water meant british sailors on the royal navy frigate st. albans spent christmas tracking their russian counterparts. those sailors planned to return to port on tuesday, the navy said, although they remained on high readiness.start your day with the news you need from the bay area and beyond






sailors to perform changing the guard in historic first


image copyrightepasailors from the royal navy are to perform the changing the guard outside buckingham palace for the first time in the ceremony's 357-year history.eighty-six sailors from 45 royal navy ships and establishments have spent a month preparing ahead of the first ceremony on sunday morning.warrant officer eddie wearing said it was a "massive privilege".the ceremony is usually carried out by one of the five foot guards regiments from the army's household division.the change in personnel is to mark 2017 as the "year of the navy", which former defence secretary sir michael fallon called "the start of a new era of maritime power". image copyrightgetty imageschanging the guard can be traced back to king henry vii, when a royal bodyguard was first created. it is the ceremony where one






sailors to perform changing the guard in historic first


image copyrightepasailors from the royal navy are to perform the changing the guard outside buckingham palace for the first time in the ceremony's 357-year history.eighty-six sailors from 45 royal navy ships and establishments have spent a month preparing ahead of the first ceremony on sunday morning.warrant officer eddie wearing said it was a "massive privilege".the ceremony is usually carried out by one of the five foot guards regiments from the army's household division.the change in personnel is to mark 2017 as the "year of the navy", which former defence secretary sir michael fallon called "the start of a new era of maritime power". image copyrightgetty imageschanging the guard can be traced back to king henry vii, when a royal bodyguard was first created. it is the ceremony where one






missing s korean ship believed sunk off uruguay | south korea news


a large cargo ship with 24 crew on board is believed to have sunk in the atlantic ocean, according to the uruguayan navy.the stella daisy, which was being used by a south korean company, had issued an emergency call on friday shortly before noon local time (14:00 gmt), saying it was taking on water, the navy said on saturday.merchant ships in the area spotted a life raft and were working to rescue two sailors, south korea's yonhap news agency reported, quoting government officials in seoul.the sailors' nationality was not known. the crew comprised 16 filipinos and eight koreans.because the freighter was far off the uruguayan coast, the navy organised a search by four merchant ships in the area, spokesman gaston jaunsolo told the afp news agency in the capital, montevideo.he said the first






photos and video from u.s. navy blue angels practice in san francisco for fleet


the u.s. navy blue angels took to the skies to practice their precision-flying formations in san francisco during fleet week on thursday. here’s some info on this weekend’s events. this celebration of the nation’s navy and coast guard runs from oct. 3-9, with the big air shows oct. 6-8. here are some highlights:ship tours: want a glimpse of day-to-day shipboard life? free ship tours are offered oct. 3-5 at piers 30-32 and 15-17 and again oct. 6-9 at those piers as well as piers 35 and 50. check fleetweeksf.org for times, security rules.fleet week’s annual parade of ships begins 11 a.m. oct. 6. courtesy photoparade of ships: the parade of ships runs from 11 a.m. to noon oct. 6 off the marina green, with the san francisco fire department’s fireboat st. francis leading the procession under th






china warships conduct live fire drills in mediterranean


beijing — china says its latest-generation warships have conducted live-firing drills in the mediterranean sea while en route to joint exercises with the russian navy.the defense ministry says the destroyer hefei, frigate yuncheng and support ship luomahu took part in monday's drills involving the ship's deck guns and small arms.the ships will next take part in the "joint sea 2017" exercises in waters off the russian cities of st. petersburg and kaliningrad, an illustration of growing cooperation between the countries' militaries.china's navy is increasingly operating in the mediterranean, aided by the construction of naval logistics base in the horn of africa nation of djibouti.two naval ships departed tuesday from the southern chinese port of zhanjiang with personnel to man the facility,






chinese warships conduct live-fire drills in mediterranean


beijing — in a demonstration of the chinese navy's expanding global reach, the country's latest-generation warships conducted live-firing drills in the mediterranean sea this week while en route to joint exercises with the russian navy, the defense ministry said wednesday.the destroyer hefei, frigate yuncheng and support ship luomahu took part in monday's drills involving the ship's deck guns and small arms, the ministry said in a notice on its website."maintaining a strict schedule of targeted exercises accomplishes transit, training and improvement en route, raising the flotilla's training levels and capabilities," it quote flotilla commander liu hui as saying.the ships will next take part in the "joint sea 2017" exercises in waters off the russian cities of st. petersburg and kaliningra






u.s. navy plane crashes in pacific; three missing


by ken moritsugufile photo: a u.s. navy c-2 greyhound approaches the deck of the nimitz-class aircraft carrier uss carl vinson. (ap photo/lee jin-man, file) tokyo (ap) — eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a u.s. navy plane crashed into the western pacific ocean on wednesday, the navy said.the c-2 “greyhound” transport aircraft came down about 500 nautical miles southeast of okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from japan to the uss ronald reagan aircraft carrier, the navy said in a statement.the reagan was operating in the philippine sea during a joint exercise with japan’s maritime self-defense force when the twin-propeller plane crashed at 2:45 p.m. japan time. the cause of the crash was not immediately clear and the incident will be investigated, the n






u.s. navy plane with 11 people aboard crashes into pacific ocean; 8 found alive


eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a u.s. navy plane crashed into the western pacific ocean on wednesday, the navy said.the c-2 "greyhound" transport aircraft came down about 500 nautical miles southeast of okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from japan to the uss ronald reagan aircraft carrier, the navy said in a statement.the reagan was operating in the philippine sea during a joint exercise with japan's maritime self-defense force when the twin-propeller plane crashed at 2:45 p.m. japan time. the cause of the crash was not immediately clear and the incident will be investigated, the navy said.eight people were rescued about 40 minutes later. they were taken to the reagan for medical evaluation and are in good condition, the navy said.u.s. and japanese






2 australian navy ships on goodwill visit to philippines


manila, philippines — two australian navy vessels arrived in the philippines on tuesday for a goodwill visit as australia seeks an increased security presence and greater influence in the region.hmas adelaide, a landing helicopter dock, and hmas darwin, a guided missile frigate, docked at manila's harbor. philippine navy officials and australia's ambassador to the philippines, amanda gorley, welcomed the crew of the ships, which are part of the australian defense force joint task group indo-pacific endeavor 2017.president rodrigo duterte later toured the adelaide, thanking gorely and its officers and crew for visiting manila. he said it was crucial for australia, the philippines and other countries, including the united states and china, to jointly confront regional threats such as that po






why tomahawk missiles were the u.s. navy’s weapon of choice in strikes on syrian


the u.s. navy launched more than 50 tomahawk missiles early friday at military targets in syria in response to a chemical-weapons attack this week on civilians, relying on a mainstay weapon when the pentagon wants to attack from a safe distance.the missile has been a critical part of u.s. warfare since the persian gulf war in 1991 and commonly carries a 1,000-pound warhead. it was last used by the pentagon in october, when the military launched tomahawks from the red sea at three coastal radar sites in yemen after houthi rebels there fired missiles at several u.s. ships over several days.before that, the united states used them in september 2014 as the country expanded its air war against militants from iraq into syria. the pentagon said at the time that it launched 47 tomahawks from two s






between the streams: the last jedi, apocalypse now rpg, and more


dt’s weekly entertainment show, between the streams, is your guide to all of the test, most important, and (of course) dumbest new developments in streaming and entertainment, providing a handy recap of the week that was, and a preview for what’s ahead. follow us here every friday, or add us via rss, itunes, or stitcher at the links below to take bts on the road!      deep in the heart of winter, the biggest news this week is (as you may have guessed) the star wars episode viii title reveal, the last jedi. are they talking about luke? are they talking about rey? could this mean luke dies and rey takes over his mantle, or, as many internet supernerds have pointed out, could they be using the plural of the word — it’s jedi either way you slice it. on today’s show, we’ll be taking on the myst