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Navy Laser Weapon Operations - Video Inside!

The Navy just recently deployed their first operational laser cannon, and surprisingly it wasn't mounted to a shark!

The Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) is perched atop the bridge of the USS Ponce, an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) ship. The AFSB concept provides a floating staging area for various amphibious operations, and the Ponce is currently providing for humanitarian and military operations in the Persian Gulf.

Congress Insists on Joint Camo Pattern

It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at Military.com.

Navy Coveralls Pass Real-World Test

Good news! If you've been issued (or know someone who's been issued) the Navy's new flame resistant variant coveralls, and were doubtful of their fire resistance, you can rest easy!

Navy SEAL Claims OBL Kill Credit

In the past, the individual actions taken during special operations - especially by Navy SEALs - have never been widely discussed outside of a small and close-knit community. The raid on bin Laden's compound in Abottabod, Pakistan, seems to be an exception to that rule of quiet professionalism, however, especially with the newest revelations from a former Navy SEAL.

Navy F-35 Getting Its Feet Wet Today! Edit: Video!

The variant of the F-35 Lightning II, the F-35C, is preparing to begin carrier qualifications today, November 3rd.

Pentagon Advises Employees to Remain Vigilant

The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions.

2014 Hornet Ball Video is Awesome!

The video for this year's Hornet Ball is up, and it is as amazing and jaw-dropping as ever!

If you didn't know, the Hornet Ball is an annual get together of all the West Coast Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons, and features videos compiled from that squadron's year of flying both combat and non-combat missions.

Wreck in Java Sea ID'd as USS Houston.

Navy divers investigating a sunk vessel in the Java Sea have determined it to be the USS Houston, a Northampton-class heavy cruiser that was sunk during World War II.

Manned and Unmanned Carrier Ops - Together!

A first for naval aviation - the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt conducted both manned and unmanned flight operations off of its carrier deck simultaneously!

The fighter-sized unmanned X-47B and the F/A-18 Hornet were launched in rapid succession, and after an 8-minute flight, the X-47B made an arrested landing, folded its wings, and taxied clear of the landing area, allowing the F/A-18 to land shortly thereafter.

Navy Top News Stories

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

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BlackBerry joining Boeing to offer self-destructing spy phone

Boeing is teaming up with BlackBerry on a secretive, self-destructing smartphone developed for use by U.S. defense and homeland security employees and contractors.
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Robert Oakley dies at 83; diplomat mediated in 'Black Hawk Down' turmoil

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Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group, a Kurdish official and an activist group said.
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Panama's Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion.
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