The $5 million runway project was undertaken as a training exercise for Marines and Navy Seabees.
Despite heavy rains, the $5 million project has progressed well and is about 51 percent complete.
The effort by the Marines and Seabees is a first in California and critical to Catalina Island and its public airport.
The sky was a gloomy gray as dozens of Marines swarmed the notoriously tricky airstrip high atop Santa Catalina Island.
The Navy confirmed a Seabee battalion's most senior enlisted man is under investigation for alleged wrongdoing.
Cambodia has canceled a longstanding Navy program in a sign that U.S relations with the Southeast Asian nation may be in...