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Camp Pendleton Fire Nears Containment

Military firefighters have taken over command of the battle to put out a brush fire that has charred 1,245 open acres in the northern reaches of Camp Pendleton.

As of 6:30 a.m. Monday, the ground and airborne crews had the blaze at 92 percent containment, base officials said on Twitter. No structures have been threatened.

The blaze ignited Thursday afternoon off Roblar and Case Springs roads.

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Navy SEAL Death Puts Spotlight On Training Program

About 75 percent of the sailors who begin training to become Navy SEALs don't make it through the six-month program.

The grueling training is designed to create an elite special forces fighting team.

But it is not supposed to be lethal.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office last week determined that the drowning death of Navy SEAL candidate James Derek Lovelace in May was a homicide.

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Death Of Navy SEAL Trainee Ruled Homicide

The drowning death of a Navy SEAL trainee who was pulled from a pool during training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado has been ruled a homicide.

On May 6, Seaman James Derek Lovelace, 21, went into distress during a training exercising called "drown proofing," in which prospective SEALs tread water while in uniform and wearing a diving mask, the Navy said. He was taken to a hospital, where he later ...

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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.

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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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