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Osprey involved in fatal crash off Australia has been recovered

Matthew M. Burke Stars and Stripes CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An MV-22 Osprey that crashed off Australia’s eastern coast in early August has been recovered and will soon be analyzed as part of an ongoing investigation into the incident that killed three Marines, Marine Corps officials said this week. The aircraft was recovered in about 165 feet of water approximately 18 miles off the coast of Queensland by the USNS Salvor and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One, with the assistance of the MMA Pinnacl ... More

Casualty in F-16 crash was Iraqi student pilot

By Assoicated Press SAFFORD, Ariz. — An Iraqi student jet fighter pilot was killed when an F-16 jet crashed during a training mission in southeastern Arizona, authorities said Wednesday. First Lt. Lacey Roberts of the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing said the Air Force is investigating the crash, which occurred Tuesday about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northwest of Tucson. The pilot's identity was not released. His death was the second of an Iraqi pilot flying an F-16 that crashed in Ari ... More

Guantánamo base to 'shelter in place' for Hurricane Irma

Carol Rosenberg Miami Herald WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy has decided not to evacuate family members and other non-essential staff from its remote outpost at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, concluding that the more than 5,000 residents can weather Category 5 Hurricane Irma as it grinds through the region, a spokesman said Tuesday. “They will shelter in place as the storm passes just north of them,” Bill Dougherty, spokesman for the Pentagon’s Navy Region Southeast Region reported Tuesday ... More

Sheriff: Pilot killed in F-16 fighter crash in Arizona. 

By Associated Press SAFFORD, Ariz.  — Authorities say a county sheriff says the pilot of an Arizona Air National Guard F-16 jet that crashed Tuesday afternoon was killed. The Arizona Daily Star reports Graham County Sheriff P.J. Allred said the crash site is about 20 miles northwest of Safford. The F-16 was attached to the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing at Tucson International Airport. The crash was the second involving an F-16 Fighting Falcon flying from the 162nd Wing and the third F-1 ... More

Hundreds of Fort Bragg paratroopers home from ISIS fight

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Qayyarah was the first Iraqi city to be freed from Islamic State control in the last year. The city, south of Mosul and along the Tigris river, was liberated shortly after the 18th Airborne Corps deployed from Fort Bragg to helm the coalition fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. In the months that followed came the long siege against ISIS in Mosul. That city, the largest in Iraq outside of Baghdad, was liberated earlier this year. In recent d ... More

This is why the Navy wears bell bottoms, and it's not for fashion

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty The Navy dress uniform — also known as “cracker jacks” — is one of the most iconic symbols in the military today. You can spot a Navy sailor from a mile away after they don the familiar dressing. Every piece of the uniform from head-to-toe has some symbolic or practical use — and the famous bell bottoms are no different. During the ’60s and ’70s, bell bottoms were all the rage in fashion culture as men and women of all ages wa ... More

Coast Guard tests new oil spill technology

Kelsey Lindsey Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage In late July, the Aqua-Guard Triton RotoX dipped into the icy Beaufort Sea. The goal was to test whether the prototype could clean up an oil spill in the Arctic. The oil skimmer, which was remotely controlled from the deck of the icebreaker Coast Guard Cutter Healy, is one of many technologies being examined by the U.S. Coast Guard's research and development program. The Canadian-designed RotoX was made to skim oil off Arctic water littered by broken sea ic ... More