San Diego Military Installations


Pentagon Identifies American Killed In Iraq On Thursday

An explosives expert based in Coronado was killed in northern Iraq, the Navy reported Friday.

Jason C. Finan, a chief petty officer from Anaheim, suffered fatal wounds from the blast of an improvised explosive device on Thursday, according to a Navy statement.

Finan, 34, was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 in Coronado.

"The entire Navy Expeditionary Combat Command family offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the ...

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Miramar-Based Marines Participate In Historic Cyber Warfare Exercise

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is participating in one of the largest cyber warfare exercises in Marine Corps history.

More than 3,000 marines, sailors and civilians are taking part in the exercise — stretched between Miramar, Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms, Barstow and Quantico, Virginia. They're simulating what it's like to fight a country which has just as much access to technology as the U.S.

The entire cyber ...

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Navy Warship To Be Named For WWII Hero Basilone

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Tuesday at Camp Pendleton that a future warship will be named after Marine Corps World War II hero John Basilone, who already has a roadway named after him at the sprawling base in northern San Diego County.

"It is a great honor to name this ship in recognition of John Basilone," Mabus said. "I have no doubt that all who serve aboard her will carry ...

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Three San Diego Warships Return Following 7-Month Deployment

Three San Diego-based warships that accompanied the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis on a seven-month deployment returned home Thursday.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and destroyers USS Stockdale and USS William P. Lawrence left San Diego Jan. 20 and were part of what Navy brass called the "Great Green Fleet," a nod to the "Great White Fleet" that showcased U.S. naval power in the early 20th century ...

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Boy Dies After Being Named Honorary Marine At Camp Pendleton

An 8-year-old boy with a rare, genetic disease has died a day after being made an honorary Marine, his father said.

Wyatt Gillette died Sunday with a developmental disorder that causes seizures and kidney failure, his father, Jeremiah Gillette, told The Marine Corps Times.

Wyatt was honored in a formal ceremony Saturday at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, where his father serves as a drill sergeant.

Video and photos of ...

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Marine Corps Warplane Crashes Near Twentynine Palms, Killing Pilot

The Marine Corps says one of its fighter jets has crashed near Twentynine Palms, killing the pilot.

A statement says the F/A-18C went down around 10:30 p.m. Thursday during a training mission in the vicinity of Twentynine Palms, about 140 miles east of Los Angeles.

The sprawling Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is located at Twentynine Palms.

The pilot has not been identified. He was from ...

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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.

Military ...

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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.

A ...

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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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