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Sailor Who Died On San Diego-Based USS Essex Identified

A sailor who died aboard the San Diego-based USS Essex was a 38-year-old senior chief petty officer, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Jason May, of Chesterfield, Michigan, complained of chest pains and collapsed during routine operations Monday, according to the Navy. Medical personnel were unable to revive him.

The amphibious assault ship left San Diego in May and is deployed in the Middle East, along with the amphibious dock landing ship ...

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Navy Holds First Official LGBT Pride Event On West Coast

At Naval Air Station North Island on Tuesday, there was live music, colorful cupcakes and portraits of gay, lesbian, and transgender veterans who served under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law.

The entertainment, treats and display were part of the base's first LGBT Pride event. A Navy Fleet Readiness Center Southwest spokesman said the Navy celebration is the first of its kind on the West Coast.

The ...

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Sailor Aboard San Diego-Based USS Essex Dies

A sailor aboard the deployed San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Essex died shortly after reporting chest pains, the Navy's Fifth Fleet reported Tuesday.

The unidentified sailor collapsed and died Monday while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Middle East, according to the Navy.

Medical personnel aboard the ship were unable to revive the sailor. The cause of death is undetermined.

The Essex, amphibious dock landing ship ...

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San Diego Street Renamed After Killed Sailor

The street in San Diego's Chollas View neighborhood where a victim of the USS Cole bombing grew up was renamed in her honor Wednesday.

New signs turned Lise Avenue into Lakiba Palmer Avenue. Lakiba grew up in a house at 5001 Lise Ave., which is east of the 805 freeway, south of state Route 94 and north of Market Street.

The San Diego High School graduate was one of ...

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USS Chancellorsville Leaves San Diego For New Home Port

The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and its crew of 400 sailors left San Diego Thursday morning for its new home port in Japan.

The 567-foot vessel, which will be based at Yokosuka, recently completed a modernization program, and now has the Navy's most advanced air and missile defense system. The Navy announced plans for the transfer in January, part of a plan to keep the most up-to-date warships based ...

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San Diego Company To Pay Service Members To Settle Allegations

A San Diego-based storage company agreed to pay $170,000 to resolve allegations by the Department of Justice that it unlawfully sold U.S. Navy service members' stored belongings, federal authorities announced today.

A lawsuit filed in March claimed Across Town Movers had a practice of selling active-duty service members' storage lots without obtaining necessary court orders.

"Federal law protects our military service members and their dependents from businesses taking ...

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Paralyzed Navy Officer Surprises Sharp Hospital Nurse By Walking

A 41-year-old Navy man who was hospitalized with a spinal cord injury last year surprised one of his nurses Wednesday by walking to see her at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Jesus Fernando Ruiz was paralyzed in a motorcycle crash 16 months ago, and doctors at the time weren't sure he was going to be able to walk again.

During a Hospital Week presentation, Ruiz entered with ...

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Navy Announces New Commander For San Diego-Based USS America

The first change of command for the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS America will take place Thursday, as Capt. Michael Baze replaces Capt. Robert Hall, the Navy announced Monday.

The 844-foot America, commissioned last October, is the first in a new class of aviation-focused amphibious assault ships that are coming into service. They're replacing Tarawa-class amphibious assault ships, which are being decommissioned.

They can carry up to 1 ...

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San Diego-Based USS Milius Sent To Protect Merchant Vessels

A San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer is one of a dozen warships accompanying U.S.-flagged merchant vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, the publication Defense One reported today.

The USS Milius, which left San Diego in October on an independent deployment, and the other vessels will shadow civilian American ships that ask for an extra margin of safety.

The move comes two days after Iranian forces seized a cargo ship ...

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San Diego Navy Commander Removed Due To Loss Of Confidence

The Navy announced Tuesday that the commanding officer of San Diego-based USS Lake Erie was relieved of his duties due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

While Naval officials said the decision was based on the findings of an investigation into poor command climate aboard the guided-missile cruiser, they did not elaborate because the investigation has not been completed.

Capt. John Banigan was removed from his ...

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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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