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From The Navy Newsstand:

CARAT Cambodia Enables Return to Homeland for Three Sailors
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SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (NNS) -- When U.S. and royal Cambodian navies began their 2nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise Oct. 20, three Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) were looking forward to the week ahead more than others. For them, it would be their first visit to their ancestral homeland.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63 457
 
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Today's Feature Story from The Navy Times:

Civilians won’t run amphib engine rooms
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Reversing course, the Navy has scuttled an initiative examining whether civilian mariners should run the engineering plant on an amphibious ship, according to a Navy spokesman. The proposal stirred controversy last year in the Gator Navy among those who feared civilians would be taking over their jobs in engineering.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/11/navy-civilians-wont-run-amphib-engine-rooms-111211w/

Comment: I'm gratified to see that saner heads prevailed in this matter. It's not that civilian mariners are incapable. Far from it. The catch is that there are aspects to operating a combatant warship which place very different demands on an engineering plant and civilian practices don't always cross over that well.
 
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Feature story from The Navy Newsstand:

Last C-9 Takes Flight at Oceana
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The "Globemasters" of Fleet Support Squadron (VR) 56 brought another chapter in their 35-year history to a close with the final flight of their last C-9B Skytrain II aircraft, Nov. 15.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63896

Comment: A very useful general transport which the Navy got a lot of use out of. They will be missed!
 
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Special Feature Story from Yahoo:

US military raid in Somalia frees American, Dane
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness early Wednesday and crept up to an outdoor camp where an American woman and Danish man were being held hostage. Soon, nine kidnappers were dead and both hostages were freed.
More HERE

Comment: Way to go, SEAL Team Six! Keep up the good work!
 
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A nice high resolution photo of no less 5 nuclear carriers appears at http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/121220-N-ZN152-189.jpg

They include USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
USS George H.R. Bush (CVN-77)
USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the preliminary phases of deactivation.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

This is not the sort of photo likely to be possible to take again.
 
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A nice high resolution photo of no less 5 nuclear carriers appears at http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/121220-N-ZN152-189.jpg

They include USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
USS George H.R. Bush (CVN-77)
USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the preliminary phases of deactivation.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

This is not the sort of photo likely to be possible to take again.
Any information on identity of other ships in the photograph ?

Incidentally (Nitpick) It's the George H. W. Bush (George Herbert Walker Bush )
 
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From The Navy Times:

Carrier, gator among 13 options for Mayport
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/03/navy_mayportoptions_032708w/
Hi Michael. After looking for some information, I ran into your page and was enjoying your blogs.
I wonder if you could help me find out the basis of a story I heard which may or may not be true, or could be an urban legend

The story is from a carrier deck and is said to go like this:
While on maneuvers, or an exercise or something of relatively high importance/profile, just prior to the launch of aircraft, a maintenance worker realize in a panic that he has left a tool out on deck. He informs the chain of command, and all launches are stopped. The tool is recovered, and afterward the commander of the ship, infuriated that the operation was scrubbed, calls down and asks to see the guy who forgot the tool. The guy is presented to the commander, and in front of everyone, the commander thanks the guys for doing his job despite his personal fears, and likely prevented a serious accident.

So this is a good news story. Are you able to ask around or do you know if their is any basis in truth for this one?

If you can, it would be great.

N.