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Sailor Who Died On San Diego-Based USS Essex Identified

A sailor who died aboard the San Diego-based USS Essex was a 38-year-old senior chief petty officer, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Jason May, of Chesterfield, Michigan, complained of chest pains and collapsed during routine operations Monday, according to the Navy. Medical personnel were unable to revive him.

The amphibious assault ship left San Diego in May and is deployed in the Middle East, along with the amphibious dock landing ship ...

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Navy Holds First Official LGBT Pride Event On West Coast

At Naval Air Station North Island on Tuesday, there was live music, colorful cupcakes and portraits of gay, lesbian, and transgender veterans who served under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law.

The entertainment, treats and display were part of the base's first LGBT Pride event. A Navy Fleet Readiness Center Southwest spokesman said the Navy celebration is the first of its kind on the West Coast.

The ...

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Sailor Aboard San Diego-Based USS Essex Dies

A sailor aboard the deployed San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Essex died shortly after reporting chest pains, the Navy's Fifth Fleet reported Tuesday.

The unidentified sailor collapsed and died Monday while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Middle East, according to the Navy.

Medical personnel aboard the ship were unable to revive the sailor. The cause of death is undetermined.

The Essex, amphibious dock landing ship ...

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Women Make History At Camp Pendleton, Train For Combat Roles

On a recent morning at a Camp Pendleton beach, Marine Sgt. Zarina Flemming hoisted a 200-pound tow bar with a fellow Marine.

She normally serves in an administrative role, but the 27-year-old wife and mother of a toddler is part of a yearlong experiment to determine whether women have what it takes to serve in ground combat roles.

She has spent the past 12 months with massive armored amphibious vehicles ...

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Peralta Family Accepts Navy Cross For Their Late Son At Camp Pendleton

The family of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta accepted their late son's Navy Cross Monday, even though they would have preferred the Medal of Honor.

San Diegan Peralta was killed in Falluja, Iraq in 2004. He was shot in the head and then, his fellow combatants say he smothered a grenade with his body to absorb the blast.

A host of veterans, including Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., pushed to have ...

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Camp Pendleton Remembers Marines Killed In Nepal

Family members and military colleagues of six U.S. Marines killed in a helicopter crash last month in earthquake-ravaged Nepal gathered Wednesday for a memorial service at Camp Pendleton.

The UH-1Y Huey attached to Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 469 went down about eight miles north of the town of Charikot on a steep Himalayan mountainside hours after a magnitude-7.3 temblor struck the region on May 12. The wreckage of ...

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San Diego Street Renamed After Killed Sailor

The street in San Diego's Chollas View neighborhood where a victim of the USS Cole bombing grew up was renamed in her honor Wednesday.

New signs turned Lise Avenue into Lakiba Palmer Avenue. Lakiba grew up in a house at 5001 Lise Ave., which is east of the 805 freeway, south of state Route 94 and north of Market Street.

The San Diego High School graduate was one of ...

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USS Chancellorsville Leaves San Diego For New Home Port

The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and its crew of 400 sailors left San Diego Thursday morning for its new home port in Japan.

The 567-foot vessel, which will be based at Yokosuka, recently completed a modernization program, and now has the Navy's most advanced air and missile defense system. The Navy announced plans for the transfer in January, part of a plan to keep the most up-to-date warships based ...

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Plane Taking Off From Coronado Navy Base Crashes In Bay

A military pilot safely ejected Friday before the training jet he was landing at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado overshot a runway and crashed into San Diego Bay.

The T-45 Goshawk plunged into the harbor about 2 p.m., coming to rest upright and partially submerged in shallow water, according to Naval Air Forces Pacific public affairs.

10News published a photo of the downed aircraft in the bay ...

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2nd Marine Dies Of Injuries Suffered In Military Plane Crash

A second Marine has died of injuries he suffered when a hybrid military aircraft crashed last weekend during a training exercise in Hawaii, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

Capt. Brian Block said in a statement that the Marine's next-of-kin have been notified, and his identity will be released later. The crash also killed Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron, 24, of Spokane, Washington.

The MV-22B Osprey, which can fly like a ...

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San Diego Company To Pay Service Members To Settle Allegations

A San Diego-based storage company agreed to pay $170,000 to resolve allegations by the Department of Justice that it unlawfully sold U.S. Navy service members' stored belongings, federal authorities announced today.

A lawsuit filed in March claimed Across Town Movers had a practice of selling active-duty service members' storage lots without obtaining necessary court orders.

"Federal law protects our military service members and their dependents from businesses taking ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Convicted Of Rape, Assault

A Camp Pendleton Marine who raped and sexually assaulted six women along El Cajon Boulevard over a five-year period was convicted Monday of eight felony charges.

A jury found Ted Amparan guilty of rape, assault with intent to commit rape and kidnapping for rape after a trial that lasted 2 1/2 weeks. He faces 83 years to life in prison when he is sentenced July 7.

Deputy District Attorney ...

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Paralyzed Navy Officer Surprises Sharp Hospital Nurse By Walking

A 41-year-old Navy man who was hospitalized with a spinal cord injury last year surprised one of his nurses Wednesday by walking to see her at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Jesus Fernando Ruiz was paralyzed in a motorcycle crash 16 months ago, and doctors at the time weren't sure he was going to be able to walk again.

During a Hospital Week presentation, Ruiz entered with ...

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Camp Pendleton Helicopter Missing In Nepal Earthquake Aid Mission

A U.S. military helicopter from Camp Pendleton carrying six Marines and two Nepalese Army soldiers went missing during a mission in Nepal delivering aid to earthquake victims, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday, but so far there have been no indications that the aircraft crashed.

The UH-1Y Huey disappeared over the town of Charikot, according to a statement from Army Maj. Dave Eastburn, spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command ...

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Camp Pendleton-Based Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In Los Angeles County

A Marine Apache helicopter based in Camp Pendleton made an emergency landing Monday on a dry spot in the Los Angeles River in South Gate.

Ismael Ververa of the South Gate Police Department told CNN that officers responding to the incident found the helicopter landed safely and no injuries were reported.

Ververa said the two pilots noted that they "discovered electrical issues with the aircraft."

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