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SEAL Trainee Dies During Basic Training In Coronado

A 21-year-old Navy SEAL trainee died last week during his first week of basic training in Coronado, California, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.

Seaman James "Derek" Lovelace was pulled out of the pool Friday after showing signs he was having difficulty while treading in a camouflage uniform and a dive mask, Naval Special Warfare Center spokesman Lt. Trevor Davids said.

Lovelace lost consciousness after being pulled out of the pool ...

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Women Marines Signing Up For Combat Duty

It’s been more than four months since Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all ground combat jobs would be open to women who qualify. The Marines had asked for a partial exemption for areas that included infantry and machine gunner, but Carter said no. He wanted all four military branches treated the same.

A few women are now signing up for jobs in the war zone, including Marines at ...

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San Diego-Based Troops Practice Amphibious Assault In South Korea

San Diego-based Marines and sailors have spent the past several weeks participating in an international amphibious exercise along the South Korean coast. The show of force, involving more than 12,000 U.S. troops, and nearly 8,000 other naval members from South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, was carried out during heightened tensions with North Korea.

In response to the exercise, the North Korean regime conducted its own tests ...

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Marines Test Human-Like Robots In Live Firing Training

Marines at Camp Pendleton are testing new robots to help prepare them for work in the battlefield. The wig-wearing, human-looking robots are guided by GPS and move around on two wheels at a speed as high as 8 mph.

The Autonomous Robotic Human Type Targets, brought to Camp Pendleton by Australian contractors, can sustain thousands of gunshots, allowing Marines to enhance their live firing training.

The robots are programmed to ...

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4,500 Marines, Sailors Deploy With USS Boxer Group From San Diego

About 4,500 Marines and sailors left San Diego Friday morning aboard three combat ships that will take them to the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region.

The combat-ready service members are assigned to the 13th Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. The force includes ground combat troops, helicopter squadrons and assault aircraft teams.

The routine deployment comes amid rising tensions across the globe ...

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Military, Civilians Team Up For Security Exercise At Coronado Navy Base

Hundreds of military and civilian personnel are teaming up this week for security exercises at Naval Air Station North Island. The training is part of an annual nationwide exercise to prepare military personnel to respond to threats and emergencies.

Exercise Solid Curtain comes two weeks after a shooting scare at the Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park.

Wednesday morning’s drill in Coronado: a scenario of an active shooter on ...

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Marines, Sailors Adjust To New Maternity Leave Policy

After years of giving women in the military six weeks of maternity leave, the Defense Department has changed the policy and will allow them to take off up to 12 weeks when they have a baby. The aim is to retain more women in the military.

For women in the Navy and Marines, 12 weeks is a step back. Last July, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, recognizing the retention problem, decided ...

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Tight Security, Traffic Congestion Expected At Navy Bases Due To Weeklong Exercise

The U.S. Navy said to expect tight security and traffic congestion at San Diego installations through this week beginning Monday because of a nationwide exercise.

The annual Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield is designed to enhance training and readiness of Navy security personnel to respond to threats. This exercise is not in response to a specific threat, but is regularly scheduled, the Navy said.

The need for such training was ...

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From San Diego: Ash Carter Talks About Pentagon Budget, Drafting Women

Defense Secretary Ash Carter made two stops in San Diego on Wednesday: first a Navy base and then a Marine base. He talked about the Pentagon's budget and weighed in on drafting women.

The Pentagon's budget plan over the next five years will focus on investing in more high-end naval ships and a newly modified defense missile able to also target ships at long range, Carter said.

Carter ...

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10 Navy Sailors Held By Iran Return To San Diego

Ten U.S. sailors who were briefly held this month by Iranian authorities returned to San Diego Friday, according to Navy officials.

The sailors were from the Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, which is based in San Diego. The sailors deployed to Bahrain in the Middle East 10 months ago from Naval Air Station North Island, according to Coastal Riverine Group One's Facebook page.

The Navy said the sailors were ...

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First Green Navy Fleet Leaves San Diego

A scheduled seven-month deployment began Wednesday for three San Diego-based vessels, which became the first Navy ships to use an alternative fuel mix during regular operations.

The cruiser USS Mobile Bay, and destroyers Stockdale and William P. Lawrence are sailing as part of a carrier strike group led by the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, which is based in Bremerton, Washington.

The destroyer USS Chung-Hoon will join them at Pearl ...

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10 San Diego-Based Sailors Back In U.S. Hands

It turned out to be the international crisis that wasn't.

Less than a day after 10 U.S. Navy sailors were detained in Iran when their boats drifted into Iranian waters, they and their vessels were back safely Wednesday with the American fleet.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tapped the personal relationship he has formed with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in the three years of ...

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Military Seeing Cutbacks In Housing Allowance

Lt. Daniel Burke and his wife Gloria have learned that in San Diego, you keep your fingers crossed when you search for a place to rent. They’ve been searching since June, after he got word that the Navy was relocating him to Point Loma. In their last posting in Connecticut, they just set up a few appointments before deciding on a place. San Diego was a different story.

“It ...

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Combat Squadron Returns To San Diego

Airmen with a detachment of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 on Monday returned to Naval Air Station North Island, while ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group will dock at Navy Base San Diego Tuesday, following a seven-month deployment.

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex, amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage and amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore unloaded members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton on Sunday ...

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Helicopter Training Mishap Off Camp Pendleton Coast Under Investigation

An investigation was underway Thursday into a training mishap involving a MV-22B Osprey off the coast of Camp Pendleton.

The tiltrotor military aircraft attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit experienced a landing mishap aboard the San Diego-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans Wednesday.

It was conducting training ahead of a deployment with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, according to Capt. Brian Villiard of the 13th MEU ...

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