America’s Navy and Coast Guard make a great team. The Coast Guard polices the seas. The Navy projects U.S. power around the globe.
The Coast Guard has done well because the nation always gave it the right ships to do the job. Read More
Two massive 660-foot Navy ships that were never completed — yet still cost taxpayers at least $300 million — are being towed to a Texas salvage yard for scrap. The U.S. Treasury will not receive a payment. The two refueling tankers were tied up in legal messes after the shipyard building them went out of business in 1989. Although nearly completed, the ships were single-hulled instead of the modern double-hull standard, so they were eventually deemed unusable. Read More
‘Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.” — Stinger to Maverick, in “Top Gun.”
Stinger was wrong. At the end of the 1986 box-office hit, Maverick takes on a half-dozen MIG fighters. Four go down in flames. Two high tail it for home.
But it wasn’t the hot shot Navy pilot’s ego that carried the day. It was his ride: the then-state-of–the-art F-14 Tomcat. Read More
ABC News reports that former President George W. Bush revealed some of his thoughts about the death of Osama bin Laden today at a Las Vegas conference.
When he got the call from President Obama about the news, Bush remembers telling him, "Good call." Read More
White House officials are concerned that releasing photographs of Osama bin Laden’s bloodied body could be “inflammatory” and invite a violent backlash from the al Qaeda leader’s supporters, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.
“It’s fair to say that it’s a gruesome photograph,” Carney said. White House officials are deciding whether hard evidence of the killing would serve a purpose beyond the harm it could cause “not just domestically, but globally,” Carney said. Read More
Osama bin Laden was unarmed when a team of Navy SEALs shot and killed him with at least one bullet to the head, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.
American forces shot and killed two men and one woman on the first floor of bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan before rushing upstairs, where they found the al Qaeda leader in a third-floor room with one of his wives, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. Read More
As Treasure Island inches closer to total transformation, current residents are wondering exactly how and when they will be asked to vacate their homes.
The Planning Commission’s narrow approval Thursday of environmental documents for the project was another reminder for islanders that change is coming for the former Navy base, and if the Board of Supervisors approves the plan, it could be as soon as next year. Read More
What: A New York federal jury convicted John White of posing as a disabled veteran to fraudulently obtain $16 million in Veterans Administration contracts awarded under the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program.How: White at different times claimed he hurt his back either while in the Navy ROTC or in the special forces. His biggest job was building a $5.7 million flood wall around the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manhattan. Read More
Not long after achieving independence, the United States faced its first foreign threat: pirates off the coast of Africa seizing American merchant ships. As Michael Oren recounts in “Power, Faith and Fantasy,” his sweeping history of America’s involvement in the Middle East, beginning in 1784, American vessels were abducted, their crews enslaved and held for ransom. Read More
WHAT: Ralph Mariano, a senior systems engineer for the Naval Sea Systems Command — which makes up nearly one-fourth of the Navy’s entire budget — faces charges of taking $10 million in a bribery scheme involving inflated invoices and unperformed work. Read More