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Senate Panel Proposes $550 Billion in Funding

The Senate's Appropriations Defense subcommittee unanimously approved legislation that gives the Pentagon about $550 billion in defense spending and war funding.

This bill blocks several weapon system retirements or purchases that the Pentagon would forgo in the coming years to save money.

Uneven Deployment Schedules For Many Navy Crews

Over at NavyTimes.com, they have put together a fascinating slide show on the uneven deployment schedule faced by Navy ships and their sailors.

Not only do different ship classes have drastically different deployments, but even among a single class of ship, time spent at sea can vary wildly.

Former Blue Angel Boss Guilty of Charges

Capt. Gregory McWherter, who served not once but twice as the #1 pilot with the premier Navy flight demonstration squadron, has been found guilty of allowing lewd and inappropriate behavior under his command.

Badass and Hilarious New Navy Video

The US Navy Special Operations Youtube channel has put up a new video for the Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC), and it's pretty awesome. Especially at the end.

USS Saratoga To Be Scrapped

The decommissioned USS Saratoga (CV-60) is headed to a scrapyard in Texas - costing the US taxpayer 1 cent.

The Saratoga, one of four Forrestal-class carriers, was commissioned in 1956, served until 1994. She participated in many different conflicts; the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and others.

Pilot of Experimental 'Pogo' Aircraft Dies

The test pilot fearless (or crazy) enough to test the aptly-named Convair XFY Pogo experimental aircraft in 1954 has died.

J.F. Coleman passed away from natural causes earlier this month in Oceanside, CA - he was 95 years old. Mr. Coleman served as a dive-bomber pilot in the Pacific during World War II, and received a degree in aeronautical engineering after the war.

Sneak Peak at New CCB in Persian Gulf

A new coastal command boat(CCB) just introduced into the Persian Gulf area is giving sailors there a look at a new and more sophisticated boat for the coastal Navy forces.

Built by SAFE Boats Internation, this new craft is very similar to the larger Mark VI boats, the first of which is due to arrive in the fall. The Mark VI is an 85-foot vessel, while the CCB is a smaller 65-foot vessel where new operating concepts and tactics can be developed and honed.

Iran Threatens US Naval Power in Gulf, and Builds a US Carrier

According to a report over at NavyTimes.com not only is Iran building a mock-up of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, but it would consider US aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf a primary target in the event of a war.

"Shoot 'Em if You Got 'Em" Preview!

Aviators from VFA-27 The Royal Maces have released a 5 minute preview video for their upcoming cruise video "Shoot 'Em if You Got 'Em".

Based on this preview, it's going to be awesome!

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