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Husband Kills Wife as She Files Restraining Order

Gregory Hightower, a Navy recruiter in Texas, was subsequently killed in a shootout

(Newser) - A Texas woman was in the midst of filing a domestic violence complaint against her husband when he fatally shot her as she held their baby, authorities say. Takara Hightower, 34, was being interviewed by two agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in the Humble home she shared with...

A $1.2B Ship Was Destroyed. Now, a Sailor Hears His Fate

Ryan Sawyer Mays found not guilty of arson in 2020 burning of USS Bonhomme Richard

(Newser) - A military judge has acquitted a 21-year-old sailor of arson charges after a 2020 fire destroyed a $1.2 billion Navy amphibious assault ship. Capt. Derek Butler, who oversaw the trial by court-martial for Seaman Recruit Ryan Sawyer Mays, handed down his not-guilty verdict on Friday, more than two years...

'Fat Leonard' Really Does Not Want to Return to US

Fugitive seeks asylum in Venezuela, according to anonymous law enforcement official

(Newser) - The fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard" who orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving dozens of US Navy officials, has requested asylum in Venezuela, a law enforcement official said Monday, nearly a week after he was captured in the South American country. Leonard Glenn Francis slipped away from house...

'Fat Leonard' Recaptured Just Before He Made It to Russia

Military contractor traveled through Mexico, Cuba, was busted in Venezuela after fleeing California

(Newser) - Update: The escaped criminal known as Fat Leonard made it all the way from California to Venezuela, and would have continued on to Russia, before his capture Tuesday. Leonard Glenn Francis, the Malaysian military contractor who orchestrated the worst corruption scandal in Navy history, was awaiting sentencing for bribery and...

First US Navy Destroyer Sunk by Enemy Fire Is Found

Tales of kindness, bravery surround 1917 sinking of USS Jacob Jones

(Newser) - The first US Navy destroyer to be sunk by enemy fire—specifically a torpedo shot from a German submarine—has been discovered more than a century after ending up in a watery grave. The USS Jacob Jones was sent to the submarine-infested waters around the UK to help safeguard supply...

Navy Investigation Blames 'Complacency' for Leak That Poisoned Water

Pearl Harbor trouble stemmed from leak at Hawaii fuel storage facility

(Newser) - The Navy has admitted that a very long list of errors and failures led to a fuel leak that poisoned thousands of people in Hawaii. A long-awaited report released Thursday sets out what the Honolulu Star-Advertiser calls "operational and leadership failures, communication breakdowns and cavalier attitudes toward oversight" that...

Texas Explorer Finds the Deepest Shipwreck Ever

USS Samuel B. Roberts went down in WWII fighting Japanese warships in Philippine Sea

(Newser) - In its determined last stand in October 1944, the Sammy B took on the Japanese during a World War II battle that eventually sent it down to the ocean floor. The US Navy destroyer (official name: the USS Samuel B. Roberts) remained lost to humankind for nearly 80 more years—...

Another Military Aircraft Crashes Near Site Where 5 Died the Day Prior

Everyone on board survived the Thursday crash

(Newser) - A Navy helicopter crashed Thursday and everyone on board survived near the California desert site where a day earlier a Marine Osprey went down, killing all five people aboard , authorities said. Four people were aboard the Navy chopper, which went down around 6pm on a training range while conducting a...

Navy Fighter Jet Crashes, Killing Pilot

F/A-18E Super Hornet went down Friday in Southern California desert

(Newser) - A Navy fighter jet crashed Friday in the Southern California desert, killing the pilot, authorities said. An F/A-18E Super Hornet based at Naval Air Station Lemoore went down at about 2:30pm in the area of Trona, an unincorporated Mojave Desert community in San Bernardino County, the Navy announced in...

At Least 2 of the 3 Aircraft Carrier Sailor Deaths Were Suicides

3rd sailor's cause of death has not yet been confirmed

(Newser) - Update: Suicide is to blame in the deaths of at least two of the three sailors from the dry-docked USS George Washington aircraft carrier who died within a week of one another. Retail Services Specialist 3rd Class Mika’il Rayshawn Sharp, 23, who died off-base in Portsmouth on April 9,...

Crews Try to Save The Sullivans
Crews Try to Save
The Sullivans

Crews Try to Save The Sullivans

World War II destroyer, named for 5 brothers, is taking on water

(Newser) - A decommissioned World War II-era destroyer docked near downtown Buffalo was taking on water and listing perilously on Thursday. Crews were working to keep the USS The Sullivans from sinking at its berth at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, where it had been open for tours....

US Navy to Begin Task Force to Patrol Red Sea
US Navy Makes a
Move in the Red Sea

US Navy Makes a Move in the Red Sea

Says new task force will patrol the body of water

(Newser) - The US Navy said Wednesday it will begin a new task force with allied countries to patrol the Red Sea after a series of attacks attributed to Yemen's Houthi rebels in a waterway that's essential to global trade. The AP reports Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, who oversees the...

US Rep's Take on Navy's Plan: Taxpayers Owed an Apology

Navy intends to decommission some of its newest warships

(Newser) - The Navy that once wanted smaller, speedy warships to chase down pirates has made a speedy pivot to Russia and China—and many of those recently built ships could be retired. The US Navy wants to decommission nine ships in the Freedom-class of littoral combat ships—warships that cost about...

Navy Announces Honor for Ginsburg
Navy Announces
Honor for Ginsburg

Navy Announces Honor for Ginsburg

Secretary credits late justice for women serving in Navy's ranks now

(Newser) - Recognizing that it's among the beneficiaries of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's work to secure gender equality, the Navy has announced a ship will be named for the late Supreme Court justice. "She is instrumental to why we now have women of all backgrounds, experiences and talents serving within...

Court-Martial Ordered in Loss of Navy Ship

Bonhomme Richard burned for 5 days in San Diego Harbor

(Newser) - A sailor accused of starting the fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard will face a court-martial for arson, according to charges filed Friday. Ryan Mays faces two counts in military court for the July 2020 blaze that injured dozens of personnel aboard the amphibious assault ship as the fire...

Navy Seal Candidate Dies During Grueling 'Hell Week'

Seaman who died Friday has been identified

(Newser) - Update: The Navy SEAL candidate who died Friday after "Hell Week" has been identified as a New Jersey 24-year-old. Seaman Kyle Mullen had been a standout basketball and football player at Manalapan High School who then played football for Yale and Monmouth universities, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. His...

Jet Crash in South China Sea Injures 7 US Sailors
Navy Scrambles to Retrieve
Jet From Bottom of Sea
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Navy Scrambles to Retrieve Jet From Bottom of Sea

Analysts say China might to try claim F35 fighter in South China Sea

(Newser) - Update: The Navy is scrambling to retrieve an F35 fighter jet that ended up at the bottom of the South China Sea after crash-landing on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier Monday. It's not clear exactly where the crash happened, but CNN describes the sea as...

Longer Boot Camp to Address Character, Suicide Issues

Navy training will cover more areas, including extremism

(Newser) - The Navy is adding two weeks to boot camp this year in a major overhaul aimed at improving recruits' war fighting and emergency skills while also focusing on suicide prevention and character issues such as sexual assault, hazing, and extremism in the ranks. Navy officials said Friday that expanding boot...

Prosecutors Suggest Motive After Fire on Navy Ship

Sailor Ryan Sawyer Mays was allegedly 'disgruntled' because his SEAL training fell through

(Newser) - Update: Prosecutors say a Navy sailor set fire to his ship last year because he was "disgruntled" after dropping out of training to become a Navy SEAL, reports the AP . Seaman Apprentice Ryan Sawyer Mays is accused of starting a fire that led to the destruction of the USS...

She Gave the OK for Steel Used in Navy Subs. Now, a Guilty Plea

Retired metallurgist Elaine Thomas, 67, admits she falsified foundry's test reports on steel strength

(Newser) - For about four decades, Elaine Thomas worked as a metallurgist for a steel foundry in Washington state, churning out steel castings used by Navy contractors to make submarine hulls. And for about 30 of those years, prosecutors now say, Thomas falsified results from tests designed to test the steel's...

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