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ExxonMobil ship approached by Venezuelan navy off Guyana

ExxonMobil ship approached by Venezuelan navy off GuyanaGEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A ship hired by ExxonMobil was approached by a Venezuelan naval vessel off the coast of Guyana, one of the most serious incidents yet in oil-rich waters that Venezuela has long claimed as its own.



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Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack

Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran recalls 1941 attackHONOLULU (AP) — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the attack that killed and wounded thousands unfolded.



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Russia laughs off US navy ship near its Pacific coast amid Black Sea tensions

Russia laughs off US navy ship near its Pacific coast amid Black Sea tensionsRussia has laughed off a US warship's “challenge” to its territorial claims in the Sea of Japan as “unsuccessful” while reacting angrily to reports that US ships could also enter the Black Sea.  The US naval activity comes less than two weeks after Russia seized three Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea in the Black Sea last month in an escalation of existing tensions there. The guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell “sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims” in a demonstrative “freedom of navigation” operation on Wednesday, the navy said. But the Russian defence ministry claimed on Thursday that the McCampbell had not come closer than 100 kilometres (62 miles) to its territorial waters and was currently “demonstrating its bravery” 250 miles from Russian shores.  A destroyer and several warplanes nonetheless followed the US ship, which tried to “get away at maximum speed,” the ministry said in a sarcastic statement carried on state television. Moscow has since Soviet times maintained that the entire Peter the Great Bay, which includes the home base of its Pacific fleet in Vladivostok, is historically Russian territory.  Washington on the other hand argues that Russian waters extend only 12 nautical miles from shore as per international law. In an unrelated incident, five marines were missing after an American fighter jet collided with a tanker plane during refuelling over the Sea of Japan on Thursday. Russia blocked the Kerch Strait with a tanker before seizing Ukrainian navy ships that tried to sail through last month Credit: Pavel Rebrov/Reuters The navy's freedom of navigation operation marked a geographical broadening of tensions between Russia and the US, which has previously focused on challenging Chinese claims in the South China Sea, most recently sailing naval ships near contested areas there last week.  The two Cold War foes are also at odds over a landmark arms control treaty that Donald Trump wants to abandon. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, said on Wednesday Russia would develop new missiles if the US withdrew. Meanwhile, CNN reported that the US was notifying Turkey of “possible plans” to sail a warship into the Black Sea in response to the capture of three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors there on November 25.  The ships were headed for Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait, which has been controlled by Russia since the 2014 annexation of Crimea.  US senator John Barrasso had called on Sunday for American and Nato ships to be sent to the Black Sea in a show of force against Russia.  Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, who is trailing in the polls before March's election, continues a string of appearances at military bases on Thursday Credit: Mikhail Palinchak/Presidential Press Service via AP The purported plan provoked a blustery response from Russian politicians and pundits on Thursday, with one warning Russia could repeat the incident of February 1988, when a Soviet frigate rammed a US cruiser in the Black Sea.  MP Yury Shvytkin vowed that Russia would “respond accordingly” if Russia's waters were violated.  “I wouldn't really want our submarines to have to surface off the American coast,” he said.  Following the seizure of its ships, Kiev has declared martial law and called up reservists in response to claims of a Russian troop buildup on its borders, which Moscow has denied. On Thursday, parliament moved forward on legislation claiming Ukraine's waters extend 24 nautical miles into the Black Sea.  In a New York Times editorial on Wednesday, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko told Western leaders to stop “appeasing” Mr Putin and adopt further sanctions on Russia in response to its “unprovoked military attack”.  The head of the Ukrainian fleet has offered himself in exchange for the 24 captured sailors, who face six years in prison on charges of violating Russia's borders. The Russian foreign ministry retorted that he should resign instead. 



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Navy: Active Shooter Alarm at Walter Reed Caused by 'Improper Use of a Mass Notification System'

Navy: Active Shooter Alarm at Walter Reed Caused by 'Improper Use of a Mass Notification System'Initially, the Navy's Twitter account said that the alert was an "ad hoc drill"



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Navy Veteran Survived Las Vegas Shooting Only to Be Killed in the Borderline Bar 1 Year Later

Navy Veteran Survived Las Vegas Shooting Only to Be Killed in the Borderline Bar 1 Year Later'My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night,' said his mother, Susan Orfanos



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Navy Veteran Survived Las Vegas Shooting Only to Be Killed in the Borderline Bar 1 Year Later

Navy Veteran Survived Las Vegas Shooting Only to Be Killed in the Borderline Bar 1 Year Later'My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night,' said his mother, Susan Orfanos



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Mom Humiliates Navy Vet Son Saying He's Too Afraid to Date in These '#HimToo' Times

Mom Humiliates Navy Vet Son Saying He's Too Afraid to Date in These '#HimToo' TimesThe Navy veteran isn't quite sure what to say to his mother.



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China denies Hong Kong port visit for U.S. navy ship amid trade tensions

China denies Hong Kong port visit for U.S. navy ship amid trade tensionsHONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – China has denied a request for a U.S. warship to visit Hong Kong, the U.S. consulate in the Chinese city said on Tuesday, amid rising tension between Beijing and Washington over trade and a U.S. decision to sanction the Asian nation’s military. The amphibious assault ship Wasp had been due to make a port call in the former British colony of Hong Kong in October, diplomatic sources said. “The Chinese Government did not approve a request for a U.S. port visit to Hong Kong by the USS Wasp,” a consulate spokeswoman said.



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Why the Navy Misses the Old F-14 Tomcat (Despite All of the Problems)

Why the Navy Misses the Old F-14 Tomcat (Despite All of the Problems)The United States Navy retired the venerable Grumman F-14 Tomcat in 2006 after more than three decades in service. However, the Tomcat’s demise has left gaps in the carrier air wing that are only now being felt.



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Here Comes the MQ-25A Stingray: Boeing Wins Big (And So Do Navy Aircraft Carriers)

Here Comes the MQ-25A Stingray: Boeing Wins Big (And So Do Navy Aircraft Carriers)If all goes as planned, Boeing will complete the design, development, fabrication, test, delivery and support of four MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles—including integration into the carrier air wing—for an initial operational capability by 2024 under a fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract with a ceiling price of $ 805.3 million. The service expects to buy 72 production MQ-25 aircraft at a total program cost of roughly $ 13 billion.



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