Retired Navy chief charged over ‘fraudulent’ scheme targeting sailors, vets

Retired Navy chief charged over 'fraudulent' scheme targeting sailors, vets

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a retired Navy chief with fraud over allegations that he took nearly $355,000 in investment funds from dozens of sailors, reservists and veterans who were part of a chief Facebook group and spent nearly half the money on gambling and personal expenses, the agency announced Thursday. Robert … Read more

Navy and Marine Corps replacing faulty aircraft ejection seat components

Ukrainian servicemen shoot a SPG-9 recoilless gun during training in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The Navy and Marine Corps are replacing ejection seat parts in some fixed wing aircraft—including the F/A-18 Super Hornet—after the manufacturer discovered a defect. The issue involves cartridge actuated devices, or CADs, which deploy a parachute when aviators pull their ejection handle. All told, the issue was found in the F/A-18B/C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet … Read more

House defunds VA hospital closure commission in budget plan

House defunds VA hospital closure commission in budget plan

House lawmakers on Wednesday approved plans for a $300-billion plus Veterans Affairs budget with language barring any spending on the controversial Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission, the latest blow to efforts to shutter aging veterans hospitals across the country. In a bipartisan 238-189 vote, lawmakers approved language that would shift $5 million in funding for … Read more

Two sailors injured after engine room fire starts on ship during Pacific exercise

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HONOLULU — An unidentified ship participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific naval exercise in Hawaii suffered a fire in its engine room, and two sailors were flown ashore for medical treatment, an exercise spokesman said. “At approximately 8 am [Hawaii Standard Time] this morning, the Rim of the Pacific watch floor received reports … Read more

US destroyer sails past Chinese-held South China Sea islands

US destroyer sails past Chinese-held South China Sea islands

BEIJING (AP) — The US Navy on Wednesday sailed a destroyer close to China-controlled islands in the South China Sea in what Washington said was a patrol aimed at asserting freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway. The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold sailed past the Paracel Islands and continued thereafter with operations in the South … Read more

Navy offers cash for tips to sixteen Mideast drugs, weapons

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The US Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet is starting to offer rewards for information that could help sailors intercept weapons, drugs and other illicit shipments across the region amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and Tehran’s arming of Yemen’s Houthi rebels. While avoiding directly mentioning Iran, the 5th Fleet’s decision to … Read more

Navy offers cash for tips to sixteen Mideast drugs, weapons

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The US Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet is starting to offer rewards for information that could help sailors intercept weapons, drugs and other illicit shipments across the region amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and Tehran’s arming of Yemen’s Houthi rebels. While avoiding directly mentioning Iran, the 5th Fleet’s decision to … Read more