Judge Throws Out Plea Deals for Couple in Submarine Spy Case

The case captivated many, combining spy book tradecraft with the strains of suburban life.

#annapolis-md, #brazil, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #nuclear-weapons, #submarines-and-submersibles, #toebbe-diana, #toebbe-jonathan, #united-states-navy

U.S. Insists It Will Operate Around Taiwan, Despite China’s Pressure

The confrontation threatens to overwhelm President Biden’s efforts to find a series of issues in which the United States and China can work together.

#aircraft-carriers, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #pelosi-nancy, #putin-vladimir-v, #taiwan-strait, #united-states-navy, #xi-jinping

China’s Military Drills Continue Off Taiwan

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for “an immediate halt” to the exercises. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said China “will not isolate Taiwan.”

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #pelosi-nancy, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #taiwan, #taiwan-strait, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-navy

Why Pelosi’s Proposed Taiwan Visit Is Raising U.S.-China Tensions

Beijing has issued strongly worded warnings implying that China might use military force if Nancy Pelosi moves forward with a planned trip to Taiwan.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #gingrich-newt, #international-relations, #pelosi-nancy, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #singapore, #taiwan-strait, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #xi-jinping

Israel Downs Iran Drones With Arab Help, Signaling Growing Ties

The destruction of Iranian drones last year was an early example of a new regional military project that President Biden is trying to shore up during his Middle East visit.

#arabs, #bahrain, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #drones-pilotless-planes, #hezbollah, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #military-aircraft, #morocco, #radar, #saudi-aramco, #sunni-muslims, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Where an Army Paycheck Is an Easy Target

An entire financial ecosystem surrounds the nation’s military installations. It’s a perilous landscape for young soldiers with little financial experience.

#credit-and-debt, #defense-department, #fort-campbell-ky, #omni-military-loans, #personal-finances, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #veterans

Overlooked No More: William B. Gould, Escaped Slave and Civil War Diarist

He served nearly three years in the U.S. Navy and documented almost all of it, leaving an invaluable record of Black life during the war.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #diaries, #gould-william-b-1837-1923, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

U.S. Warship Arrives in Stockholm for Military Exercises, and as a Warning

For Sweden and Finland, which want to join NATO, the U.S.S. Kearsarge is a promise of the protection that membership in the alliance would bring against President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

#baltic-sea, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #finland, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sweden, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy

A Balm for Psyches Scarred by War

MDMA-assisted treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder “represents real hope for long-term healing,” health experts say.

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The Women of Fleet Week Hit the Town

Shore leave for 3,000 sailors in New York City no longer means a night out for the boys.

#fleet-week, #manhattan-nyc, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #women-and-girls

World War II Navy Ship Is Tilting Into Lake Erie

The U.S.S. The Sullivans, which survived combat in the Pacific, suffered a hull breach this week at a naval park in Buffalo. “We have a problem and we don’t know what it is,” a park official said.

#brown-byron-w, #buffalo-ny, #buffalo-and-erie-county-naval-and-military-park, #erie-county-ny, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-navy, #uss-the-sullivans, #world-war-ii-1939-45

U.S. Navy to Name Ship After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The ship, a replenishment oiler, is designed to carry fuel to the Navy’s operating carrier strike groups.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Navy Plane Crashes Along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Killing One Crew Member

The five-seat plane crashed on Wednesday evening with three crew members on board, the Navy said. Two were rescued.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #chincoteague-island-va, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-navy, #virginia

Supreme Court Rules Against Navy SEALs in Vaccine Mandate Case

The justices blocked a ruling that would have prevented the Pentagon from taking into account whether service members with religious objections were vaccinated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Museum Ships and Submarines That Are National Landmarks 

According to the National Park Service, some 120 vessels in the United States are designated as national historic landmarks.

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Submarine Spy Couple Tried to Sell Nuclear Secrets to Brazil

Jonathan and Diana Toebbe pleaded guilty last month in the espionage case, but until now the identity of the nation they had approached had remained publicly undisclosed.

#brazil, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #submarines-and-submersibles, #toebbe-jonathan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

American Officials Believe They Have Located Putin’s Yacht

They say they have indications that the $700 million, 459-foot yacht, which is in dry dock in Italy, is associated with the Russian president, backing an earlier claim by a former crew member.

#commerce-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #italy, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sailboats-and-sailing, #treasury-department, #united-states-navy

Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell is the U.S.S. Constitution’s First Woman Commander

About 70,000 women are serving in the U.S. Navy. Billie J. Farrell is the first to command Old Ironsides, a hero of the War of 1812.

#boston-mass, #farrell-billie-j, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-naval-academy, #united-states-navy, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

Pentagon Will Close Hawaii Fuel Depot That Leaked Petroleum

A November leak at the fuel-storage facility contaminated drinking water, forcing more than 3,000 military families to leave their homes for temporary accommodation.

#defense-department, #pearl-harbor-hawaii, #united-states-navy, #water-pollution

Navy Recovers Stealthy Jet From Deep in the South China Sea

The warplane was pulled from a depth of approximately 12,400 feet more than a month after it crashed while trying to land on an aircraft carrier.

#aircraft-carriers, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #japan, #manila-philippines, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #military-aircraft, #ships-and-shipping, #south-china-sea, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Four Dead in Helicopter Crash at U.S. Naval Facility in Hawaii

The helicopter was participating in a training operation when it “just went down,” killing everyone on board.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #helicopters, #kauai-hawaii, #pacific-missile-range-facility, #united-states-navy

Navy Nuclear Engineer Pleads Guilty in Submarine Espionage Case

Jonathan Toebbe, who was arrested in October along with his wife, will face 12 years or more in prison under a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #submarines-and-submersibles, #toebbe-diana, #toebbe-jonathan, #united-states-navy

What Happens When a Stealth Jet Ends Up on the Ocean Floor?

Here’s how the Navy might recover a $94 million F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that crashed in China’s backyard.

#aircraft-carriers, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #china, #f-35-airplane, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #military-aircraft, #salvage, #south-china-sea, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Mentally Ill Detainee, Suspected of Planned Role in 9/11, Set for Transfer

A parole-like board for prisoners at Guantánamo Bay recommended repatriating the Saudi man, whom the military tortured and so could not be put on trial.

#al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

20 Years Later, the Story Behind the Guantánamo Photo That Won’t Go Away

On Jan. 11, 2002, a sailor photographed 20 men in orange uniforms and on their knees, capturing one of the most damning post-9/11 images of U.S. detention policy.

#al-qaeda, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #photography, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Federal judge blocks the Defense Dept. from punishing Navy forces who refuse the vaccine.

“There is no Covid-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution,” the judge said in his ruling.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #defense-department, #freedom-of-religion, #oconnor-reed, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #vaccination-and-immunization

Navy Fires Warship’s Top Two Officers, Citing ‘Loss of Confidence’

The commander and second in charge of the U.S.S. Montgomery were relieved of command in a rare punishment, reportedly over their handling of a sexual harassment case.

#phillip-lundberg, #richard-j-zamberlan, #sexual-harassment, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Richard Marcinko, Founding Commander of SEAL Team 6, Dies at 81

The Navy asked Commander Marcinko, a larger-than-life soldier who often flouted rules, to build a SEAL unit that could respond quickly to terrorist crises.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #defense-and-military-forces, #movies, #navy-seals, #richard-marcinko, #rogue-warrior-book, #terrorism, #united-states-navy

Vaccine Holdouts in Army and Navy Will Be Dismissed, Military Says

Governors of five states are seeking exemptions for their National Guard troops.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #national-guard, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #vaccination-and-immunization

Military Project That Identified 355 Crew Members Who Died at Pearl Harbor EndsIt’s a

The remains of 355 sailors and Marines from the U.S.S. Oklahoma were identified using DNA and dental records, but 33 crew members could not be.

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Strike on U.S. Base Was Iranian Response to Israeli Attack, Officials Say

Iran has not acknowledged the attack, but U.S. and Israeli officials said it was retaliation for Israeli airstrikes, drawing the U.S. into Iran’s shadow war with Israel.

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Metallurgist Admits She Falsified Test Results for Steel Used in Navy Submarines

For more than 30 years, Elaine Thomas altered test results for more than 240 steel productions while working for a foundry that provides metal for U.S. Navy submarines.

#frauds-and-swindling, #steel-and-iron, #submarines-and-submersibles, #tacoma-wash, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #washington-state

Iran Seizes an Oil Tanker, but Whose Tanker Is Disputed

U.S. and Iranian officials gave conflicting accounts of a ship that was seized last month. Some reports said it was the same tanker the United States had seized last year. The Pentagon denied that.

#iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #ships-and-shipping, #strait-of-hormuz, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy

Submarine Spy Case Involved a Babysitter and a Band-Aid Wrapper

Jonathan and Diana Toebbe seemed like an ordinary suburban couple, but the F.B.I. described them as would-be spies in a plot to pass nuclear secrets — and sloppy ones.

#annapolis-md, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #submarines-and-submersibles, #toebbe-diana, #toebbe-jonathan, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Navy Nuclear Engineer Attempted Espionage, FBI Says

Jonathan Toebbe and his wife tried several times to pass information on nuclear propulsion systems to a foreign government, according to a criminal complaint.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #submarines-and-submersibles, #toebbe-jonathan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Navy Helicopter Vibrated Before Falling Into the Sea, Report Says

The MH-60S Seahawk’s main rotor struck the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln before the helicopter fell overboard near San Diego and killed five sailors, according to a Navy safety report.

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5 Sailors Declared Dead After Navy Helicopter Crash

The sailors had been missing since Tuesday after the helicopter, an MH-60S, crashed into the sea near San Diego, the Navy said.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #deaths-fatalities, #helicopters, #mh-60s, #san-diego-calif, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

The Navy SEAL Who Went Rogue

David Philipps’s “Alpha” tells the story of an out-of-control Navy officer who won the protection of Donald Trump and escaped a murder charge.

#alpha-book, #books-and-literature, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #gallagher-eddie, #mosul-iraq, #navy-seals, #philipps-david, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Biden Receives Bodies of Soldiers Killed in Kabul Bombing

The president’s first trip in office to witness the transfer of remains was a reminder of the toll of the Afghanistan war, and of his unique relationship with it.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-department, #dover-air-force-base-del, #espinoza-david-l-d-2021, #gee-nicole-l-d-2021, #hoover-darin-t-d-2021, #kabul-international-airport, #knauss-ryan-c-d-2021, #lopez-hunter-d-2021, #mccollum-rylee-j-2001-2021, #merola-dylan-r-d-2021, #nikoui-kareem-m-d-2021, #page-daegan-w-2021, #rosario-pichardo-johanny-d-2021, #sanchez-humberto-a-d-2021, #schmitz-jared-m-d-2021, #soviak-maxton-w-d-2021, #terrorism, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Court Documents Identify Sailor Charged With Arson in Fire That Destroyed Ship

The sailor, Ryan Sawyer Mays, who holds the rank of seaman apprentice, is accused of starting one of the worst fires to engulf an American warship outside combat.

#arson, #coronado-calif, #fires-and-firefighters, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #naval-criminal-investigative-service, #ryan-sawyer-mays, #san-diego-calif, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #uss-bonhomme-richard-lhd-6-ship

Navy Charges Sailor With Arson in Fire That Destroyed Warship

The sailor, who was a member of the crew when the fire broke out last July, faces a hearing that will determine whether there will be a court-martial.

#arson, #fires-and-firefighters, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #san-diego-calif, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #uss-bonhomme-richard-lhd-6-ship

U.S. Has No Explanation for U.F.O.s, Does Not Rule Out Aliens

A new government report is likely to fuel theories about unexplained aerial phenomena.

#defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft

The strange objects witnessed by Navy pilots remain unexplained, but officials briefed on a new study say they are not secret technology from a classified American program.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #extraterrestrial-life, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #pilots, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

The U.F.O. Sightings Don’t Impress This Physicist

There are good reasons to believe in extraterrestrial intelligence, but this is not one of them.

#extraterrestrial-life, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-navy

US Vessel Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Patrol Boats

The incident, in the Strait of Hormuz, was the third time in just over a month that vessels from the two countries have come dangerously close.

#defense-department, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #khamenei-ali, #kirby-john-f, #persian-gulf, #strait-of-hormuz, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Second Close Call Between Iranian and American Vessels Raises Tensions

The tense encounters come as the two countries have resumed talks over renewing the 2015 nuclear agreement. The latest episode ended only after an American warship fired warning shots.

#iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #khamenei-ali, #persian-gulf, #quds-force, #suleimani-qassim, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #zarif-mohammad-javad

Pentagon Seeks Aircraft Carrier for Afghanistan Withdrawal

Military officials said the request was headed to the desk of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, who is expected to decide soon.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #aircraft-carriers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #uss-theodore-roosevelt-cvn-71-ship

Being Willing to Die for This Country Can’t Protect Me From It

For centuries, Black American troops have not fully enjoyed the freedom they are sworn to defend.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

The U.S.S. Johnston Sank in 1944. Divers Just Visited Its Wreckage.

The shipwreck, 21,000 feet underwater, was discovered in 2019. A team of explorers has now confirmed that it was the Navy destroyer that played a key role in helping General MacArthur retake the Philippines.

#naval-history-and-heritage-command, #philippine-sea, #shipwrecks-historic, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Inside the Most Secret Place at Guantánamo Bay

At Camp 7, the military holds prisoners who were previously held and interrogated by the C.I.A. But in recent years, conditions have eased up a bit.

#central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #torture, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #zubaydah-abu