The legendary Los Angeles-class nuclear powered attack submarine the USS Dallas, star of Tom Clancy's hit book and movie The Hunt for the Red October has returned from its last overseas deployment.
This past Saturday a BQM-74E targeting drone collided with the US Navy cruiser USS Chancellorsville, punching a hole in the side and giving two sailors minor burns.
As a result of this accident, the Navy has suspended all drone exercises until a cause for the accident can be found. These targeting drones are used to practice targeting and engaging aircraft and missiles with the ships radar, gun, and missile systems.
The US Navy is beginning full-scale relief operations in the Philippines, after the devastating typhoon Haiyan caused enormous death and destruction on Nov. 8.
The Blue Angels, which haven't flown since April, will take flight again before the Navy-Notre Dame game today in South Bend, Indiana (Nov. 2).
The flyover will be shown on NBC before the network's coverage begins at 3:30 pm. The kickoff is scheduled for 3:42 pm.
The plot has recently thickened in the bribery and fraud scandal that has caught three Navy personnel and two high-ranking officials from the contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia(GDMA).
So far two Naval personnel, Navy Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz and NCIS supervisory agent John Bertrand Beliveau II have been arrested, and a third, Capt. Daniel Dusek has been relieved of his command. Although Capt. Dusek has not been charged with a crime, the entire investigation is ongoing.
After the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard facility by a former Navy Reservist, Navy officials are trying to close some of the gaps in the security screening process.
According to the article over at NavyTimes.com:
Although there may be a peaceful resolution through the UN in the works, the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, was not backing down in a speech he gave to the National Defense University in Washington.
As reported in the NavyTimes.com article:
A two-year study conducted within the Office of the Secretary of Defense is the basis of a report headed to Congress that says the Reserve and National Guard may provide more bang-for-the-buck for national security than Active Duty soldiers.
This report is the first attempt by the military to itemize the cost of both Active and Reserve components, in order to determine the mix of forces that provides the best use of tax dollars. The report does specify that it is not comparing the "relative effectiveness or proficiency" of Active vs. Reserve soldiers, however.
Photographer Wayne F. Miller, whose subject matter changed from a devastated Hiroshima, to the daily lives of African-Americans in Chicago, to the images in Dr. Spock's A Baby's First Yearpassed away on May 22, 2013 at the age of 94.