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Navy Decommissions USS Peleliu In San Diego Ceremony

The Navy Tuesday decommissioned the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu — known as the "Iron Nickel" — in a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

The 820-foot-long vessel, which called San Diego and Long Beach home during its nearly 35 years of service, deployed 17 times and steamed more than 1 million nautical miles, according to the Navy. Its final deployment ended last Christmas Eve when it pulled into San Diego Bay ...

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Navy: No Evidence Of ISIS Threat

The Navy announced Thursday that no evidence of an operational plan or imminent threat has been uncovered since a list of personnel — including four aboard a San Diego-based warship — was posted on a website believed to be friendly to the Islamic State.

The list that included names, photos and purported addresses came to light last weekend, and included four aviation officers on the USS Carl Vinson. The deployed aircraft carrier ...

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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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USS Peleliu Decommissioning Ceremony Slated For March

The U.S. Navy will hold a special decommissioning ceremony for the USS Peleliu on the morning of March 31, at Naval Base San Diego's Pier #7.

The Peleliu is the last ship of its kind (a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship) and has been in service for almost 35 years.

During that service, the Peleliu embarked on 17 deployments, and covered more than one million miles.

According to the ...

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San-Diego Based Admiral Announces Retirement

The San Diego-based admiral in charge of all naval aviation will retire next week and be replaced by the commander of air operations over the Atlantic Ocean, the Navy announced Thursday.

Vice Adm. David Buss will step down as commander, naval air forces, on Jan. 22 and retire from the Navy following 36 years of service.

Over his career, the 1978 graduate of the Naval Academy led one of the ...

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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 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 Sampson Joins Search Efforts For Missing AirAsia Plane

The San Diego-based destroyer USS Sampson was sent Monday to the search area for the AirAsia passenger jet that went missing Sunday amid stormy weather off Indonesia.

The Airbus A-320 carrying 162 passengers disappeared from radar screens minutes after the pilot requested an altitude change because of the weather conditions. The aircraft was a little over 40 minutes into a flight to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city.

The ...

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USS Peleliu Returns To San Diego On Christmas Eve

Just in time for Christmas, sailors and Marines aboard the USS Peleliu returned Wednesday morning to a joyful throng of loved ones at Naval Base San Diego.

The 820-foot-long, 25-ton-plus amphibious assault ship will be decommissioned in March after 34 years of service, during which it deployed 17 times and covered millions of miles, according to Naval Surface Forces' public affairs office.

The Peleliu is the last of the Navy ...

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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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