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Defense Department Employee Arrested In Navy Bribery Scheme

Federal officials have arrested a former Defense Department employee in a one of the Navy's worst corruption cases.

Paul Simpkins was arrested Tuesday in Haymarket, Va., on a conspiracy to commit bribery charge in connection to a scheme to help a Malaysian contractor get businesses servicing warships. Simpkins was a former senior federal contracting officer for the Navy. Simpkins not be reached for comment.

The arrest comes less than ...

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USS Green Bay Leaves San Diego For New Home In Japan (Video)

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) left San Diego on Monday for its new home of Sasebo, Japan.

The USS Green Bay, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, will replace the decommissioned USS Denver (LPD 9), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship.

The USS Green Bay will become part of the 7th Fleet's Forward Deployed Naval Forces.

And while the ship has always been homeported in San Diego, the ...

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USS Carl Vinson Crew Member Advises Aspiring Blue Angels (Video)

The Blue Angels are hiring new crew members. But exactly what does it take to make the Navy's elite flight demonstration squadron? One former Blue Angel now serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson has some words of advice for those aspiring to make the team.

Navy Lt. Holly Taylor works as the USS Carl Vinson's personnel officer. She served as administration officer for the Blue Angels from Sept ...

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AirAsia Search Ends For San Diego Ships USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth

As news comes that Indonesian navy divers have discovered the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501, so does the announcement that the USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth have concluded their participation in the search effort.

According to the U.S. Navy, the San Diego-based ships spent more than 650 search hours in the hunt for wreckage and bodies from the plane, which crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28 ...

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USS Cape St. George To Return To San Diego

The guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 are scheduled to return to San Diego on Friday from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian oceans.

The Cape St. George's 350 officers and the "Blue Hawks" of HSM-78 took part in a biennial naval exercise around the Hawaiian islands known as RIMPAC — for the Rim of the Pacific — and conducted community relations ...

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AirAsia Search Through The Eyes Of A San Diego-Based Helicopter Crewman (Video)

When Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Joseph Jiardina departed San Diego on Oct. 31 aboard the USS Sampson for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, there was no way he could've known he'd become a critical part of the search for wreckage and bodies after the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea on Dec. 28.

Jiardina is assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Three Five ...

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AirAsia Wreckage Search Continues For San Diego-Based USS Fort Worth And USS Sampson (Video)

The advanced sonar systems aboard the San Diego-based USS Fort Worth could be key in helping discover the black boxes from AirAsia Flight 8501, which disappeared last week and is thought to have crashed into the Java Sea with 162 passengers and crew on board.

The USS Fort Worth arrived in the search area on Jan. 3. The littoral combat ship joined the San Diego-based USS Sampson, which has been ...

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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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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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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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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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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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USS Sampson Departs San Diego On Halloween For Deployment To Western Pacific (Video)

The USS Sampson is slated to depart San Diego on Friday for a scheduled independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

The USS Sampson, a guided missile destroyer, is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Two Three (DESRON) 23, as are the 300 sailors who make up the Sampson's crew.

Cmdr. Steven Foley, commanding officer of Sampson, said his sailors have worked diligently to prepare the ship for deployment:

"I am very ...

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USS Carl Vinson Takes Over Airstrike Campaign From USS George H. W. Bush (Video)

This past weekend, the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson took over responsibility for the airstrike campaign against ISIS from the USS George H. W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June.

USS Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Karl O. Thomas wrote on the Vinson Facebook page on Oct. 17:

"(Saturday), the Air Wing will have their first set of flights in the Arabian Gulf. Now that the ...

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