About as far from deep water as they can be, a submarine executive officer and his sub’s engineering master chief will be in Grand Forks Thursday to talk up their $2.6 billion, nuclear-powered boat, only the second in the U.S. Navy to carry its proud name: USS North Dakota.
A U.S. Navy team boarded the boat Thursday and detained 15 suspected Somali pirates. They had been holding the 13-member Iranian crew hostage and were using the boat as a "mother ship" for pirating operations in the Persian Gulf.
One North Dakota admiral will turn over the reins of the U.S. Naval Academy to another N.D. admiral shortly. Later this summer, Minot native Michael H. Miller becomes the 61st superintendent of the academy at Annapolis, Md. He takes over that post from Vice Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler, the present superintendent, who was raised in Bismarck.
By New Year's Eve, sailors will have to kick the habit. In early April, the Navy ordered its fleet of 71 submarines to snuff out smoking onboard by the end of 2010 _ closing one of the last loopholes in an indoor smoking ban the U.S. military imposed in 1994.
A year ago, Burton Paynter’s son was helping him make arrangements for his final resting place in case a lung transplant didn’t come through. Today, the grieving father will leave his Moorhead home for Pensacola, Fla., to lay his son to rest
Ed Henry, 26, was among 17 people aboard a Navy helicopter that crashed in a remote area during a training exercise last week. None of the 14 Navy and three National Guard members suffered life-threatening injuries.
On Sunday, the two historic sites will cease to be separate bases, merging into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. They will be among 26 installations across the country that are combining to form 12 joint bases as the military strives to become more efficient.
Relief workers say pockets of violence in Haiti's devastated capital are hindering a slow increase in much-needed aid delivery, and some residents have banded together to protect the few possessions they have left.
Alfred de Montesquiou and Mike Melia
, January 19, 2010
Pushed to the far edge of desperation, earthquake-ravaged Haitians dumped decaying bodies into mass graves and begged for water and food Friday amid fear that time is running out to avoid chaos and to rescue anyone still alive in the wreckage.
By Alfred de Montesquiou and Mike Melia
, January 15, 2010
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