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The Navy Hospital Ship Politicians Want in LA Is Stuck in Maintenance in Portland

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Hospitals in Los Angeles are so overloaded with coronavirus patients that ambulance crews have been instructed not to transport people to medical facilities if they’re unlikely to survive. But a Navy ship that could offer a reprieve is stuck in an Oregon shipyard.

Los Angeles Board of Supervisors member Janice Hahn said last week that she had asked California’s governor to request the hospital ship Mercy return to Los Angeles as the city deals with a troubling surge of COVID-19 cases.

“Our health care workers are exhausted and our hospitals are overwhelmed,” Hahn said Dec. 30. “They need backup. This

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Navy Career of ‘QAnon Shaman’ Ended After He Refused Anthrax Vaccine

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One of the men arrested after last week’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was kicked out of the Navy two years into his enlistment for refusing to take a required vaccine.

Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley, a 33-year-old Navy veteran from Arizona who was arrested and charged after last week’s siege at the U.S. Capitol, refused to take the anthrax vaccine while in the Navy, ending his two-year career, a Navy official confirmed to Military.com. Task and Purpose first reported the circumstances that led the Navy to boot Chansley from the ranks.

Chansley, who also goes by Jake Angeli, was

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Navy SEAL Tony DeDolph to Plead Guilty in Killing of Green Beret Logan Melgar

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A member of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6 has accepted a plea agreement in connection with an Army Green Beret’s 2017 death, his lawyer said.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Anthony DeDolph, one of four special operators charged in the death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, will plead guilty Jan. 14 to involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice and hazing, The Daily Beast reported Monday.

Phil Stackhouse, DeDolph’s lawyer, declined to confirm the charges to which DeDolph may plead guilty, but said the SEAL entered an agreement “to resolve his pending charges.”

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Navy Plans to Double Line Pearl Harbor Fuel Tanks

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HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy has announced plans to reinforce large fuel tanks near Pearl Harbor with an extra layer of lining following a fuel spill in 2014 that threatened Oahu’s drinking water.

The Navy could begin the upgrades at Red Hill as early as 2022 if all testing is approved, said Capt. Gordie Meyer, the commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii. The Navy asked the private sector to submit solutions for double wall tanks at the site and received proposals from 16 companies, he said.

He said the Navy picked a plan put together by a

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Navy Unveils Updated Plan to Help Ship Watchstanders Get Better Sleep

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The Navy has a new plan to get sailors in the surface fleet more uninterrupted sleep before they stand the watch.

Under the updated Comprehensive Fatigue and Endurance Management Program (CFEMP) issued Dec. 11, commanders are instructed to arrange shipboard schedules as best they can to allow sailors to work, eat and sleep at the same time each day.

The new instructions are aimed at changing a cultural mindset in the fleet that treats work and watch as separate entities, according to a Dec. 21 Navy release.

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If the Navy Gets the Next Decade Wrong, It Might Not Recover This Century: CNO

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The next 10 years will be a critical time of transition for the U.S. Navy, the service’s top officer said — one that leaders must get right to stop China and Russia from controlling the conditions at sea.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday on Monday released his vision for the Navy’s decade ahead. Citing a long-term competition that “threatens our security and way of life,” he said the Navy must ditch platforms it no longer needs to invest in new tools that will be required to deter aggression and preserve freedom of the seas.

“I don’t mean to

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New Jersey reservist, with Navy base clearance, charged in connection to deadly Capitol riot

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An Army reservist, who has “secret” clearance to a cache of military supplies, was criminally charged for his role in this month’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, officials said.

The charges filed against Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli, of Colts Neck, New Jersey, come as the FBI, fearing insider threats, seeks to vet service members who will be working at Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Hale-Cusanelli, 30, is facing five federal charges: Entering a restricted government building, engaging in disorderly conduct to interrupt government business, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, illegal demonstration in a

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Navy COVID-19 Teams Assisting Navajo Nation as Army North Expands Support Mission

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U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Manning, right, deputy incident commander, Northern Navajo Medical Center, speaks with U.S. Navy medical providers during their hospital orientation at the Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, N.M., on Dec. 18, 2020. US Army Photo

As states across the U.S. braced for a winter resurgence in COVID-19 cases, some Navy medical personnel got mid-December deployment orders to an unusual destination: Navajo Nation.

Twenty Navy nurses and four respiratory therapists deployed to assist two hospitals in the small, rural towns of Chinle, Ariz., and Shiprock, N.M., where the coronavirus pandemic threatens to overwhelm local health

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U.S. Navy strategic plan calls for more activity in Arctic region

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Jan. 6 (UPI) — The United States must be more assertive in the Arctic region due to threats from China and Russia, the U.S. Navy said in a strategic plan revealed this week.

The 28-page “Blue Arctic: a Strategic Plan for the Arctic,” released on Tuesday, is a blueprint of strategic guidance stressing integration with allies.

It notes that global warming is turning the Arctic region from ice-covered, or “white,” to navigable, or “blue,” and acknowledges the increasing maritime activity of China and Russia in the region.

“Russia is investing heavily to enhance its Arctic defense and economic sectors, with

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U.S. Navy honors Thomas Conway, Waterbury’s hero priest of World War II

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The Rev. Thomas Conway, Waterbury native and heroic chaplain of the ill-fated USS Indianapolis, was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously on Friday for his selfless courage.



Memorial statue of Rev. Thomas Conway, hero of the USS Indianapolis, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.


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Memorial statue of Rev. Thomas Conway, hero of the USS Indianapolis, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.

Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite presented the medal, the Navy’s second highest award, in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Local veterans and government leaders had been trying for years to obtain the honor for Conway, and Braithwaite apologized for the long delay in recognizing the

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