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USS America To Arrive In New Homeport Of San Diego On Monday (Video)

The future USS America is slated to arrive in its new homeport of San Diego on Monday.

As Home Post reported earlier this summer, USS America departed the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi in July for its maiden voyage to San Diego.

Because the 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship was too large to fit through the Panama Canal, it circumnavigated South America on a “America Visits the Americas” goodwill tour ...

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Navy Names Pilot Presumed Dead After Crash Off USS Carl Vinson

The Navy has identified the pilot who went missing and is presumed dead after his fighter jet crashed as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

As Home Post reported earlier, Poloski was the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that collided Friday and crashed into the Western Pacific.

The other pilot was immediately rescued and received medical attention aboard the ...

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Navy: Pilot From Crashed Jet Presumed Dead; Search Called Off

The Navy has called off its search for the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that crashed Friday in the Western Pacific.

The pilot, according to the Navy, "has been presumed deceased." That pilot was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 out of Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California.

The Navy won't release the pilot's name until his ...

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Two Navy Jets From USS Carl Vinson Collide At Sea; One Pilot Missing (Video)

The pilot of one of two U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet jets that collided in the western Pacific after taking off from the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was in fair condition Friday, while a search continued for the other pilot, Navy officials said.

At the time of the incident, the Navy reports the Vinson was roughly 250 nautical miles west of Wake Island.

Both jets were ...

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Bulldog Puppy PFC Smedley Butler Becomes A Marine

He might have been the youngest and smallest Marine at the Eagle, Globe and Anchor ceremony at Camp Pendleton Thursday morning, but he certainly attracted the most attention.

Private First Class Smedley Butler, a 6-month-old English Bulldog, donned a camouflage utility uniform for the big event, which symbolizes the first time a recruit is called a Marine.

There are only three official Marine Corps mascots, and Smedley is now one ...

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Baked French Fries For Crew Of USS America - San Diego's Newest Ship

As the USS America makes its way to its new home port of San Diego, the crew's dining options have been quite different from what other sailors usually experience during deployment - no free soft drinks, and french fries that aren't actually fried.

The Marine Corps Times reports the America does not have any deep fryers or free soft drink machines on board. Instead, America's crew has been ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Return Home As Afghanistan War Winds Down

More than 40 Marines with the 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton are returning Monday night from a six month deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Among their missions was to safeguard 3,000 U.S. and coalition troops at Leatherneck and adjoining Bastion military complexes, as Afghan forces trained to take over security of the country.

On the heels of these returning Marines are 4,600 other Camp Pendleton troops ...

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Navy Fires Command Master Chief Of San Diego-Based USS Dewey

The Navy fired Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Grgetich from his job as command master chief of the San Diego-based USS Dewey on Aug. 21, a day before the ship departed with the Vinson Carrier Strike Group for a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

The reason the Navy gave for the dismissal was due to:

"[L]oss of confidence in Grgetich’s ability to fulfill his role as the ...

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Departs San Diego Friday For Middle East Deployment

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to leave homeport Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado on Friday for a nine-month deployment to the the Navy's 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility, which includes the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and the Persian Gulf.

The strike group consists of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, along with USS Bunker Hill, USS Gridley, USS Sterett, and USS Dewey.

The nine ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Killed Driving Home To Surprise Brother (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine, Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching, loved to surprise his 8-year-old brother, Alex Vicary, with unexpected trips to the family home in Colorado. It was en route to one of those surprise homecomings that Ching, 20, was killed in an automobile crash.

On Aug. 15, The Associated Press reports, Ching was riding shotgun in a pickup truck driven by fellow Marine Jesus T. Paredes on I-70 in central Utah ...

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Navy Helicopter Squadrons Return Home Before Destroyers

Two detachments of Coronado-based helicopters, both of which took part in the search for the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that went missing in March, returned home Wednesday from separate but simultaneous seven-month deployments.

Detachments 1 and 2 of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78, with 20 personnel, flew in to their home base at Naval Air Station North Island after having served aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Pinckney and USS Kidd ...

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USS Carl Vinson Sailors And Marines Could Earn New Special Pay

Sailors and Marines serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson on its upcoming deployment could qualify for new special pay under a proposal being considered by Navy and Marine Corps officials.

The Marine Corps Times reports "Mission Hardship Duty Pay - Tempo" would amount to $17 a day for each day a sailor or Marine is deployed at sea beyond 220 days.

Vice Adm. Bill Moran, chief of naval personnel, told the ...

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Defense Secretary Hagel Says 130 More Military Advisers Going To Iraq

Prior to a question-and-answer session with Camp Pendleton Marines, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday afternoon said the Pentagon is sending 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their escalating fight against Islamic militants.

The additional U.S. advisers are not combat troops, and President Barack Obama has said repeatedly he will not send ground forces back into Iraq.

The 130 additional U.S. advisers ...

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USS Carl Vinson Could Become Part Of Iraq Air Campaign

The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson is slated for a 10-month deployment at the end of August. But the Vinson is on standby to depart earlier, if the Navy needs the aircraft carrier for the military's Iraq air campaign.

Naval Air Forces spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld told the Military Times that the Vinson "is on ready standby as the surge carrier."

Rand defines a surge carrier as one that ...

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The Real Reason USS Cowpens' Commanding Officer Was Fired (Video)

During the recent deployment of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens, commanding officer Capt. Greg Gombert ensconced himself in his cabin for several weeks after becoming ill, putting a female officer in charge with whom Gombert had an “unduly familiar relationship," according to a report obtained by the Navy Times.

The woman, Lt. Cmdr. Destiny Savage, became the "acting commanding officer:"

Savage, a junior officer who was not fully qualified to ...

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