Navy Ships

Chinese, Vietnamese Navy Ships Collide

In this May 7, 2012 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, CNOOC 981, the first deep-water drilling rig developed in China, is pictured at 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Hong Kong in the South China Sea.

TOKYO -- Vietnamese and Chinese ships collided Wednesday near a Chinese oil rig in waters claimed by both nations in the South China Sea, further escalating a rift that began when China began drilling near a disputed island group last weekend. A Vietnamese official told The Associated Press that no ammunition was fired and there were no reports... more

Navy Ships Quench Philippines' Thirst

Navy Helo over Deck

ORMAC CITY, Republic of the Philippines -- The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) keeps warships like aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) mission ready with fresh food, JP-5 fuel and even ammunition with vertical replenishments and conventional replenishments, Nov. 17.   During Opera... more

Fire Reported Aboard the Gunston Hall in Portsmouth

The amphibious dock landing ship Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Navy photo

PORTSMOUTH -- A Navy firefighter reported minor injuries after a fire aboard the amphibious dock landing ship Gunston Hall Tuesday afternoon. The fire occurred about 2 p.m., while the ship was undergoing maintenance at the NASSCO-Earl Industries Shipyard in Portsmouth. Initial reports indicate that the fire began in an unmanned storeroom below ... more

With Tight Budget, How Many Carriers Are Enough?

USS Ronald Reagan

WASHINGTON -- Aircraft carriers are perhaps the most powerful expression of U.S. military might. They're also expensive and potentially vulnerable. In an era of fiscal constraint, defense officials, lawmakers and the commander-in-chief must answer a question that could have enormous strategic consequences: How many are enough? Adm. Jonathan Gre... more

Navy Pays a Penny to Dismantle Carrier Saratoga

USS Saratoga (CV-60) underway during Desert Storm

Here's a military contract everyone can get behind: a penny to dispose of a 78,000-ton retired aircraft carrier. The Navy announced its latest deal for scrapping a former Forrestal-class flattop on Thursday, saying it had agreed with ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas, to dismantle and recycle the former USS Saratoga for a symbolic cent, the l... more

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