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San Diego-Based USS Carl Vinson's Role In ISIS Fight Profiled In New York Times (Video)

The USS Carl Vinson, called "five acres of sovereign U.S. territory" in the Persian Gulf by one Navy admiral, plays a staring role in a New York Times article about the irony of fighting a "desert war" from the floating city that is an aircraft carrier.

Reporter Eric Schmitt is currently aboard the Carl Vinson. He interviewed Navy pilots about the specifics (without getting TOO specific) of their flights ...

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USS Makin Island, Camp Pendleton Marines Prep For CIA Report Release (Video)

The San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, and the Marines aboard from Camp Pendleton's 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, have been put on high alert to protect American interests overseas ahead of Tuesday's release of a controversial report on CIA torture.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU are currently deployed in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden, according to the Makin Island Facebook ...

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Commander Faulted For Fatal Mishap On San Diego-Based Ship Up For Promotion

The former commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS William P. Lawrence was faulted in a Navy report for misjudgements that caused the deaths of two Navy pilots. So it's no wonder the widows of the two pilots are mystified as to why Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur is up for a promotion.

The fatal accident took place on Sept. 22, 2013, when a wave hit the Lawrence, causing an ...

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Wife Turns Tables On Marine Husband, Surprises HIM At Camp Pendleton Homecoming (Video)

The video of this surprise military homecoming with a twist has gone viral, garnering more than 1.3 million hits in the last month.

It all started when Sara Taylor decided to surprise her husband, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Fort Taylor, when he returned to Camp Pendleton after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Sara Taylor, a Marine veteran herself, wrote this message accompanying the video on YouTube:

"The media is ...

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Trial Starts For Camp Pendleton Marine Charged With 3 DUI Deaths

Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Jared R. Hale was behind the wheel on Feb. 14, 2012 when his Dodge Stratus slammed into a tree in Dana Point, killing his three passengers - all fellow Pendleton Marines.

Sgt. Jeremiah Callahan, 23; Cpl. Jason Chleborad, 22; and Cpl. Christopher Arzola, 21 lost their lives in the early morning hours of that rainy Valentine's Day.

Hale was intoxicated at the time of the crash ...

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San Diego-Based USS Anchorage To Recover NASA Space Capsule Orion (Video)

The USS Anchorage departed San Diego on Monday to participate in a groundbreaking project by NASA.

Space.com reports NASA is depending on the San Diego-based ship to recover the Orion space capsule from the Pacific Ocean after its first test launch into space on Dec. 4.

As Slate.com explains, the Orion spacecraft is NASA's biggest step towards putting a human being into space in 40 years:

Unlike ...

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Three-Legged Marine Corps Dog Subject Of New Book (Video)

A retired Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog with a local connection is the subject of a new book, Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca.

Maria Goodavage, the author of the bestseller Soldier Dogs, also penned Top Dog.

Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham, Lucca's first handler and current owner, says the canine Purple Heart recipient saved countless lives during her 400 patrols while deployed to Iraq twice and once to ...

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San Diego-Based USS Vandegrift Uncovers 875 Pounds Of Smuggled Cocaine

The San Diego-based USS Vandegrift crew teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to uncover roughly 875 pounds of cocaine that was hidden on a fishing boat off the coast of Central America.

This is how the drug bust went down, according to the Navy: The Vandegrift first spotted the fishing boat on its radar, and deemed it suspicious.

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate then approached the fishy ...

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San Diego Families Adopt Marines For Thanksgiving

Nearly 850 Marines from Camp Pendleton are spending Thanksgiving Day with more than 300 adoptive families across San Diego County. The Marines are all recent boot-camp graduates who are now in the School of Infantry.

An annual tradition for 14 years, the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton asks families to sponsor a pair of Marines for Thanksgiving dinner as part of its Home Hospitality Program.

"There is nothing open ...

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USS Carl Vinson Continues Airstrikes In Campaign Against ISIS (Video)

The Navy released video Tuesday of the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson conducting airstrikes as part of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS, officially known as Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego on Aug. 22 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.

According to ...

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Billionaire Marine Veteran Wants To Raise $10 Million For Semper Fi Fund

GoDaddy founder and Marine Corps veteran Bob Parsons wants to raise $10 million for the Camp Pendleton-based Semper Fi Fund.

If donors can raise $5 million by Dec. 31, Parsons will match it with $5 million from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

Parsons explained to the Phoenix Business Journal:

"It doesn't matter whether someone was in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marine Corps – we want to ...

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Paralyzed Marine To Receive Bronze Star With Help From Exoskeleton (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Derek Herrera will receive the Bronze Star Friday at his retirement ceremony on base. Paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Herrera will walk to accept his medal with the aid of his exoskeleton.

Herrera explained to The Associated Press:

"I could easily go and roll up in my wheelchair, but for me it's a mental and emotional goal that I set for myself: to stand ...

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Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Navy Cross

The commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will award Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony on Nov. 25.

The Military Times reports Wilson, 36, works as a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman assigned to MARSOC's 1st Marine Special Operation Battalion, which is based at Camp Pendleton.

Wilson was on his third deployment to Afghanistan, according ...

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USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego Monday For Record 16-Month Deployment (Video)

The USS Fort Worth will depart Naval Base San Diego on Monday for a 16-month deployment the longest for a Navy ship since 1973, when the USS Midway deployed for 327 days (about 10 months).

Stars and Stripes points out the Midway's epic deployment was with one crew. This will not be the case with the USS Fort Worth:

[T]he crew of 54, plus the 24-person aviation squadron ...

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