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Former Camp Pendleton Marine Convicted Of Assaulting Colleague

A former Marine was convicted of sneaking into the Camp Pendleton apartment of a female Marine he didn't know and sexually assaulting her as she slept.

Pedro Javier Orellana, 24, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30 by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns.

A federal jury Thursday found Orellana guilty of one count of sexual abuse of an incapacitated victim.

The defendant, who had been released on ...

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Navy, San Diego Energy Execs Celebrate Solar Deal

The Navy, federal Western Area Power Administration and executives of San Diego-based Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Thursday celebrated a deal to provide solar energy to 14 naval and Marine Corps installations.

The Navy will receive 210 megawatts of power from the Mesquite Solar 3 plant, which Sempra will construct beginning this month 60 miles west of Phoenix.

"The collaboration on Mesquite Solar 3 is a triumph of innovative problem ...

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Civilian Contractor Admits To Stealing Property From Camp Pendleton

A former civilian contractor admitted Tuesday that he stole thousands of dollars worth of property from the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

James Dean Salmon, 47, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 16 in federal court in San Diego.

Salmon, of Escondido, admitted in his plea that he exploited his position as a civilian contractor to cause unnecessary purchases of equipment. In doing so, Salmon would falsely represent functioning equipment ...

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U.S. Coast Guard Announces Record Maritime Cocaine Seizures

U.S. Coast Guard personnel offloaded more than 33 tons of impounded cocaine at the San Diego Harbor waterfront Monday, a record take seized from seafaring traffickers over the last 10 months.

The bales of contraband carried into the bay by the USCG cutter Stratton was part of an overall 119,000 pounds of the illicit drug confiscated by U.S. and allied forces operating in the Eastern Pacific Ocean ...

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USS George Washington Arrives In San Diego

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington arrived Monday in San Diego, where most of the crew will swap places with sailors assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan.

The 10-day switch will start off a complicated swap involving three flattops over the next few months.

The Reagan crew will sail the George Washington around the tip of South America and end up in Virginia, where the vessel will undergo an extended ...

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USS San Diego Gets New Commander

The Navy announced Friday that Capt. Carl Meuser assumed command of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego, which is based at its namesake city.

Meuser succeeded Capt. John Menoni in a ceremony Thursday aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Menoni, who commanded the San Diego during its maiden deployment, was skipper for about a year and a half.

Meuser, an Oklahoma native, previously commanded the destroyer USS ...

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Navy Announces New Commander For U.S. Third Fleet

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson Friday became the first female commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, succeeding Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd at a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Most recently, Tyson was deputy commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Previously, the Memphis native commanded the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group on its maiden deployment and was the skipper of the amphibious assault ...

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Navy SEAL, Sailors Injured In Nevada Plane Crash

A small plane crashed near Henderson Executive Airport in Nevada on Sunday, leaving two people critically hurt and two others with minor injuries.

Authorities say the single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed around 1:20 p.m. about 3 miles south of the airport.

A fire ignited after the crash, and the plane is a total loss, said Clark County Department of Aviation spokesman Paul Bobson.

All four occupants were transported ...

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USS Higgins Leaves San Diego For Western Pacific Ocean

The guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins left San Diego today on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Middle East.

The Navy reported that the Higgins and its crew of more than 300 sailors will maintain the Navy's presence in the region and conduct goodwill activities with partner nations.

The Higgins provides anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities and can operate independently or with an associated ...

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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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