Navy Nurse Saves Man’s Life on Ferry Trip

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Erika Schilling, a nurse midwife at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash., is interviewed by radio and television reporters in Seattle, Jan. 18, 2018. (U.S. Navy/Douglas H Stutz)> BREMERTON, Wash., Jan. 30, 2018 -- Navy midwifes bring new life into the world. Occasionally, they also save lives. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Erika Schilling, a military nurse midwife at Naval Hospital Bremerton here, recently used her medical skills to pull back a man from the brink of death on a local area ferry trip. Schilling was traveling on the Washington State Ferry Kingston-Edmunds route when she overheard another passenger frantically comment that immediate medical attention was needed. A man had slumped over and appeared to be not breathing. Taking Command Schilling took command of the situation and provided emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 14 minutes to save the man's life. Washington State Ferries awarded Schilling with the Life Ring Award certificate in recognition of her lif.. Read More

Another US Ballistic Missile Intercept Test Reportedly Fails in Hawaii

FILE -- The Missile Defense Agency conducts the first intercept flight test of a land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system from the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex in Kauai, Hawaii, December 10, 2015. (Missile Defense Agency/ Leah Garton)> The US Navy reportedly conducted a failed ballistic missile intercept test on Wednesday, the second failed test involving a SM-3 Block IIA in a year. The missile was fired from an Aegis Ashore missile defense station in Hawaii and missed its intended target, which was launched from an aircraft. The Department of Defense confirmed to CNN that a test had taken place, but did not mention the result. "The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) conducted a live-fire missile flight test using a Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday morning," DoD spokesman Mark Wright told CNN. If .. Read More

Navy Releases Footage of Russian Jet Flying within 5 feet of an EP-3

A screenshot from the video released by the US Navy showing a Russian Su-27 fly just 5 ft from a EP-3 surveillance aircraft. (Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet/YouTube)> US Naval Forces Europe-Africa have released footage of a Russian Su-27 intercepting a US Navy EP-3 Aries signals reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea on Monday. "A U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27," the Navy statement read. "This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the Su-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3's flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the Su-27's jet wash. The duration of the intercept lasted two hours and 40 minutes." Monday's intercept is the latest in a string of "unsafe" intercepts that the Russian military has conducted. In November, a Russian Su-30 fighter flew as close as 50 feet before turning on its afterburners while .. Read More

Ex-Navy Commander Admits Prostitutes, Bribes in ‘Fat Leonard’ Scandal

Former Navy Cmdr. Troy Amundson, right, shown speaking with members of the Philippine navy in Subic Bay in 2010, pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge as part of the ongoing "Fat Leonard" scandal on Jan. 30, 2018. Jessica Bidwell/Navy> Another high-ranking Navy official has become entangled in the "Fat Leonard" bribery scandal, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Former Cmdr. Troy Amundson, 50, who coordinated joint military exercises with the Navy's foreign counterparts from 2005 to 2013, pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court Tuesday to federal bribery conspiracy charges. He admitted to passing confidential information to Leonard Glenn Francis, the military contractor at the center of the biggest corruption scandal in modern Navy history, as well as taking actions that benefited Francis' company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. In exchange, Amundson admitted to accepting gifts from Francis from 2012 to 2013, including meals, drinks, entertainment and the services of seve.. Read More

Russian Jet Comes Within 5 Feet Of US Navy Plane Over Black Sea

> STUTTGART, Germany -- A Russian fighter on Monday flew within 5 feet of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea, marking another close encounter that American military officials contend increases the risk of midair collisions. A Russian SU-27 crossed directly into the flight path of a Navy EP-3 and forced the U.S. aircraft to fly through a wake of turbulence behind the Russian fighter, according to U.S. Naval Forces Europe. "The duration of the intercept lasted two hours and 40 minutes," said Capt. Pamela Kunze, NAVEUR spokeswoman. "Unsafe actions‎ increase the risk of miscalculation and midair collisions." Such encounters have been an ongoing concern for the U.S. military, which has faced a series of provocative intercepts by Russian aircraft during the past few years. In November, a Russian fighter crossed within 50 feet of a U.S. surveillance aircraft flying over the Black Sea, blasting its afterburners and forcing the American aircraft into a stream of turbulenc.. Read More

New U.S. Navy Flight Lab Open to Public

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The Orlando Science Center, in partnership with the Office of Naval Research, recently held a ribbon-cutting for its new Flight Lab. This permanent exhibit will provide visitors with a virtual, hands-on experience where they can learn how to pilot an F-35, the Marine Corps variant of the most advanced aircraft on Earth. Visitors to this interactive exhibit can experience real-world missions while having fun and learning about the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The Flight Lab, using 13 Oculus Rift virtual display units, will invite visitors to test their aviation skills as either a pilot or co-pilot and work together to complete a mission. The exhibit will be used not only as a daily experience for visitors to the science center, but also as part of summer camps and workshops. For information about the center, visit the Orlando Science Center website. For more Navy news and information, visit For travel and entertainment discounts for military familie.. Read More

Navy ‘Curtain’ Exercise Will be Conducted Throughout CONUS

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Navy installations within the continental United States (CONUS) will conduct Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 Jan. 29 — Feb. 9. Citadel Shield is a Field Training Exercise led Jan. 29 - Feb. 4. Solid Curtain is a Command Post Exercise portion led Feb. 5-9. This exercise is a regularly scheduled exercise and is not in response to any specific threat. Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions within local communities and base operations. Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders to minimize any inconveniences. For more Navy news and information, visit For complete guides to military bases around the country, visit the Base Guide. Related Topics Navy > Military Bases > Read More

Coast Guard Airlifts Injured Sailor from Navy Destroyer

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) sails past the USS Midway Museum as part of the Sea and Air Parade during Fleet Week San Diego on Oct. 14, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Travis Litke)> TORRANCE, Calif. -- The U.S. Coast Guard says a helicopter crew airlifted an injured sailor from a Navy destroyer off the Southern California coast. Officials say military officials notified the Coast Guard Saturday evening that a 20-year-old crew member had suffered a leg injury aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Spruance. The injured sailor was hoisted onto the helicopter and flown to Torrance Airport, south of Los Angeles, where he was taken by ambulance to a hospital. City News Service reports the injured person was in stable condition. Officials didn't say how the injury occurred. ----- This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct a.. Read More

Future Surface Warfare Officers Choose Their First Ships

Midshipman First Class Andrew J. Ahn holds up a sign for the USS San Jacinto during Ship Selection Night at the U.S. Naval Academy on Jan 25. (US Navy photo/Kaitlin Rowell)> To thunderous applause on Thursday night, 256 future Navy Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) selected the ships they'll serve on, at an event billed as SWO version of the NFL draft. Vice Adm. Richard Brown, who assumed command of Naval Surface Forces and Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet on Jan. 18., had some motivational words for the first class midshipmen, now nearing the end of their time at the U.S. Naval Academy. "Believe it it or not, in five or six months you're going to be standing in front of a division of sailors leading them at sea," Brown said. The first ship they serve on will set the course for the rest of their career, he said. Family members, sponsors and other midshipmen held signs and cheered from the upper level of Alumni Hall, while one by one men and women assigned to the Sur.. Read More

Navy Sets Social Media Guidelines for Identifying Deceased Sailors

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Robert Burke testifies during a March 2017 congressional hearing on the use of social media by service members. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)> NORFOLK -- When someone in the Navy dies of unnatural causes, it often attracts international attention. Grieving family members and friends typically take to social media to post memories about their loved ones, express anguish and seek support on their personal pages. But Defense Department policy prohibits the Navy from releasing the identities of casualties until 24 hours after next of kin is informed. In cases of multiple deaths, the 24-hour clock doesn't start until the last family member is told. "It is vitally important that all Sailors, DoN civilians, family members and friends know that the identity of a casualty should not be discussed on social media until it has been released," a Navy handbook on social media, released on Jan. 11, stated. But while sailors' social media posts are subject to Navy r.. Read More