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Navy Fires Captain Of San Diego-Based Ship In Wake of Collision

The Navy has fired the captain of the USS Essex, the San Diego-based ship involved in a collision at sea last month.

Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamsen Reese told the Navy Times that Capt. Chuck Litchfield's firing Monday was prompted by the findings of a Navy investigation into the collision.

“There were a number of factors that contributed to the collision with Yukon. Part of it began with the loss ...

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USS Essex Hosts Hockey Game In the Middle Of The Pacific (Video)

The San Diego-based USS Essex is off the coast of Hawaii for RIMPAC - world's largest naval maritime exercise. Recently the crew of the USS Essex took some time out from duty for a friendly game of hockey against members of Canada's military.

The Navy estimates 25,000 service members, 42 ships, six submarines, and more than 200 aircraft from 22 countries are participating in RIMPAC (Rim of the ...

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Female Sailor, 19, Dies After Suffering Gunshot Wound On USS Essex

Navy officials say a 19-year-old female sailor was found aboard the San Diego-based USS Essex with a gunshot wound Thursday. She was later pronounced dead at University of California, San Diego Trauma Center.

Navy spokesman Rick Chernitzer told U-T San Diego he could not surmise as to whether the shooting was self-inflicted or perpetrated by another:

“Since an investigation is being conducted, it would be inappropriate for me to speculate ...

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The "Iron Gator" Returning To San Diego After 12 Years

The USS Essex, known as the "Iron Gator," is slated to return to San Diego tomorrow after a dozen years in Sasebo, Japan. The USS Bonhomme Richard swapped crews with the USS Essex last month, according to the Navy.

The Stars and Stripes reports the 21-year-old Essex was the flagship of the forward-deployed Expeditionary Strike Group 7. According to the military newspaper, the Essex recently was unable to fulfill two ...

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Report: USS Essex Officers' Lack Of Leadership To Blame For Collision

A Navy investigation into the collision of the San Diego-based USS Essex with another vessel in May finds 'chaos' aboard the Essex, caused by a lack of clear direction from the bridge, was to blame for the accident.

According to the Stars and Stripes:

[W]ith orders coming from multiple people in multiple directions, the crew did not know who was saying what or whom to obey.

The Navy is ...

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Ship That Hit USS Essex Involved In Two Other Collisions

When the USNS Yukon collided with the San Diego-bound USS Essex yesterday morning, it wasn't the first time the fleet replenishment oiler was involved in an at-sea collision. In fact, the Yukon has been involved at least two previous collisions, according to the Associated Press:

[I]ncluding on Feb. 27, 2000, when [the Yukon] collided with a 135-foot civilian cargo ship while trying to enter Dubai’s Jebel Ali ...

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San Diego-Bound USS Essex, USNS Yukon Collide At Sea

The San Diego-bound USS Essex collided with the USNS Yukon this morning, according to the Navy. No one was injured in the collision, although both ship reported sustaining damage. The Navy reports no fuel was spilled in the mishap.

The collision happened at 9:20 Pacific Time, according to a Navy news release:

USS Essex (LHD 2) collided with USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) during an approach for a routine underway ...

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San Diego-Based USS Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Japan (Video)

The USS Bonhomme Richard, homeported in San Diego, arrived in Sasebo, Japan this week for a hull swap with the USS Essex.

According to the Navy:

Hull swap, or ship rotation, is part of the Navy’s long-range plan to routinely replace older ships assigned to the Navy’s Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) with newer or more capable ships.

The Stars and Stripes reported back in February that the ...

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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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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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World's Largest Naval War Exercise RIMPAC Underway (Video)

The world's largest naval maritime exercise is underway in Hawaii. The San Diego-based USS Essex is among the scores of vessels participating in the exercise, known as RIMPAC, or Rim of the Pacific.

According to the Navy, 42 ships, six submarines, and more than 200 aircraft from 22 countries are participating in RIMPAC. At least 25,000 service members from around the world are taking part.

The Pentagon Channel ...

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4,500 Sailors, Marines Depart For Training Exercise Near Hawaii

The ships, sailors and Marines of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed San Diego Monday on a deployment that's expected to last around seven months.

The group is composed of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore and the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage, which is embarking upon its maiden deployment.

"The Essex ARG/MEU has conducted a ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Return Home from Tsunami Mission

When the biggest recorded earthquake in Japan's history (and subsequent tsunami) hit the island nation on March 11, the people of Japan were in dire need of fresh water, food, and medical supplies. The San Diego-based USS Ronald Reagan changed course immediately on that tragic March day and headed toward Japan, providing desperately-needed humanitarian support.

Roughly 200 Camp Pendleton Marines also traveled over to Japan, via the USS Essex ...

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2nd Marine Dies Of Injuries Suffered In Military Plane Crash

A second Marine has died of injuries he suffered when a hybrid military aircraft crashed last weekend during a training exercise in Hawaii, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

Capt. Brian Block said in a statement that the Marine's next-of-kin have been notified, and his identity will be released later. The crash also killed Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron, 24, of Spokane, Washington.

The MV-22B Osprey, which can fly like a ...

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'Fat Leonard' Pleads Guilty In Navy Corruption Case, Must Forfeit $35M

A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday — only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

Leonard Glenn Francis, the chief executive of a Singapore company that has serviced Navy vessels at Asian ports for 25 years, held ...

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