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California Names Mountain after Marine Who Died in Combat

Staff Sgt. Sky Mote was killed in Afghanistan in 2012. He received the Navy Cross posthumously. Photo courtesy of the Defense Department> Sky Point is the new name of a California mountain. Republican Rep. Tom McClintock recently announced that legislation to rename the mountain after slain Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Sky Mote has been signed by President Donald Trump. H.R. 381, which was re-introduced and passed last year, was originally approved by House officials in 2015, but never made its way to the Senate, according to a report by McClatchy's D.C. Bureau. "It's a small token of the gratitude of our nation," McClintock said last year, adding the renaming serviced an "irredeemable debt to an eternally grieving family." Mote, a native of El Dorado, was 27 when he was killed Aug. 10, 2012, while serving in Afghanistan. He graduated from Union Mine High School in 2003 and enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after. "We will not allow the young men from our region who peri.. Read More

Hawaii Welcomes 6th Virginia-Class Sub

Sailors stand topside aboard the Virginia-class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) as the boat approaches the pier at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., on Oct. 4, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Steven Hoskins)> Pearl Harbor now has two warships named USS Missouri. The Navy said the attack submarine USS Missouri will arrive Friday to become the sixth highly capable and much-coveted Virginia-class submarine based in Hawaii -- the only location for Virginia subs in the Pacific. The 377-foot submarine has 140 crew members whose families began arriving in Hawaii in November, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet said. On Friday afternoon, the submarine USS Missouri will pass the battleship Missouri, now a memorial and museum, and render honors, the Navy said. The battleship Missouri, moored bow-to-bow with the sunken USS Arizona, fought in World War II, the Korean War and Persian Gulf War. Gen. Douglas MacArthur an.. Read More

The Most Read Stories This Week on 1/26

An icy fog cloaking the Capitol begins to give way to the morning sun in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) > USAA Will Cover Pay Delayed Due to Government Shutdown USAA has announced the ways it will be able to help members if a government shutdown delays military or government pay. Please note upfront: every situation may be unique, and you may be in a special category that doesn't fit the mold. By Kate Horrell | Read more Ruger's New 9mm Carbine Compatible With Glock Mags, Suppressors Call it "the ultimate truck gun," as Matt Willson, a product manager for Ruger firearms, does. Call it a crowd-pleasing home defense weapon, a new option for AR-15 owners who want more opportunities to shoot semi-automatic, or just a fun range toy. By Hope Hodge Seck | Read more Lawmakers Push Bills to Keep Paying Troops Amid Shutdown Democrats and Republicans could not find agreement to keep the government running by the Friday night deadline -- but bi.. Read More

Gang Members Who Kidnapped US Sailors on Vacation Get 40-Year Sentence

Colton DeLaughter, left, and William Stockstill. Photos courtesy of Harrison County Adult Detention Center> BILOXI -- Two members of the Simon City Royals street gang will spend 25 full years in prison for kidnapping two Navy men at gunpoint in February. Picayune residents Colton Delaughter, 27, and William Stockstill, 24, each received a 40-year prison term Monday in Harrison County Circuit Court. They both pleaded guilty on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery, District Attorney Joel Smith said. Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson also ordered both men to serve 25 years without eligibility for early release, Smith said in a news release. The two victims were stationed in Pensacola on Feb. 17 when they came to Biloxi for a vacation. Delaughter and Stockstill have admitted they forced the two at gunpoint into their Chevrolet Cruz rental car as they were getting their luggage out of the vehicle at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino parking garage, Smith said. They took the victims' cel.. Read More

Captured USS Pueblo Displayed as N. Korean Propaganda Prize

In this Jan. 24, 2018, photo, a North Korean military guide leads a tour of the USS Pueblo in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Pueblo, an American spy ship, was attacked and captured by North Korea 50 years ago this week. The iconic spy ship, on display in Pyongyang, is the only commissioned U.S. Navy ship held by a foreign government. Eric Talmadge/AP> PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Fifty years after it was seized by North Korea, the USS Pueblo is the only U.S. Navy ship held captive by a foreign government. And though mostly forgotten in the United States, the "Pueblo Incident" for North Korea remains a potent symbol of military success. The spy ship, attacked and captured 50 years ago this week, sits in the frozen Potong River on the edge of the sprawling "Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum" complex in central Pyongyang, where thousands of North Koreans are brought each day to hear the North's version of how their country, against all odds, defeated the Americans in the 1950.. Read More

Russian Spy Ship Spotted Snooping Around US Nuclear Submarine Bases

The Viktor Leonov CCB-175, a Russian Navy intelligence warship, is docked to a pier in Old Havana January 20, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)> A Russian spy ship has been spotted sailing up the US's east coast over the past few weeks, recently coming close to a US Navy base that houses ballistic-missile submarines. Though US relations with Russia have deteriorated lately amid reports of Russian military aggression, meddling in the 2016 US election, and possible contacts with the Trump administration before and during his presidency, the ship has made the annual trip since at least 2014, and it's nothing to freak out over. "There's been incidents like this over many years. This is not a serious incident," James Jeffrey, a former deputy national security adviser to George W. Bush who is now a member of the Washington Institute, told Business Insider. The US Navy echoed Jeffrey's lack of enthusiasm. "We are aware of the vessel's presenc.. Read More

On 50th Anniversary of Capture, USS Pueblo Crew Still Feels Scars

A photo of the Pueblo in the Puget Sound (United States Navy) The infamous "finger" photo that was taken as North Korean propaganda. (USS Pueblo Veterans Association) Survivors of the USS Pueblo in Colorado in 2016. (USS Pueblo Veterans Association) Ralph McClintock wasn't even supposed to be on the mission that changed his life. Out of duty to both his country and sense of curiosity, the young U.S. Navy communications technician volunteered to fill a vacant spot on the USS Pueblo's mission in the waters off North Korea in January of 1968. "I took the job because I wanted know what the North Koreans did and I wanted to see the enemy up close," McClintock told Fox News. "The mission was only supposed to last 22 days." Instead of lasting 22 days, McClintock and 82 other Pueblo crew members would spend 11 grueling months away from their home port -- most of it spent in North Korean prisoner of war camps -- in what might have been one of the more gripping dramas of the .. Read More

Navy Conducts a Work Life Survey

The U.S. Navy has announced that it is soliciting feedback from Sailors through the biennial Personal and Professional Choices Survey. The survey will be sent to 80,000 randomly selected active-duty Sailors. Notification emails will be sent to participants from the survey platform The survey touches on a wide variety of issues, including career development, work-life balance, adoption leave and family planning. The 2018 survey results are expected to be released in August. Results from previous surveys are available at the Navy Personnel Command website. For more Navy news, visit the Navy section. Related Topics Navy > Military Life > Read More

Naval Museum Opens WWI Exhibit

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The U.S. Naval War College Museum in Newport, RI has unveiled a new exhibit to teach people more about World War I. It focuses on the Navy's role in the war, using the career of Navy Adm. William S. Sims to tell the story. Sims commanded U.S. Naval forces in Europe during the war, and his family donated artifacts for the War College exhibit. Read more about Admiral Sims and the Naval College exhibit on the World War I Centennial Commission website. For more articles and features on military history, visit the History Center. Related Topics Navy > Military History > Read More

China Says US Warship Violated Sovereignty in Contested Waters

The USS Hopper (DDG 70) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in September 2013. China has accused the Navy destroyer of violating its sovereign waters in the South China Sea. (US Navy photo/Rose Forest)> BEIJING -- The Chinese government on Saturday accused the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters when a U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China would take "necessary measures" to protect its sovereignty after the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal on Wednesday evening without China's permission. Scarborough is a tiny, uninhabited reef that China seized from the Philippines in 2012. Known in Chinese as Huangyan Island, it lies about 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of the main Philippine island of Luzon, and about 600 kilometers (370 miles) southeast of China. Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said a Chine.. Read More