January 21, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Carrier Reagan Heads Back to South China Sea

Reagan

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan strike group has returned to the South China Sea as tensions with China continue to rise.

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CNO Gilday on the State of the Navy

Gilday

Among the topics discussed during a “State of the Navy” virtual forum this week by Chief of Naval Operations ADM Mike Gilday: developing a sixth-generation fighter, the future for the use of drones and smaller aircraft carriers, DoD’s Battle Force 2045 study, and a tri-service maritime strategy to thwart China, which he calls America’s top strategic threat.

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Fallen Sailors Honored at USS Cole Memorial

Cole

The US Navy honored the memory of 17 sailors killed in the 2000 jihadi attack on the destroyer USS Cole. Monday marked 20 years since the attack in a Yemeni port.

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At Pax, a Scaled-Back 245th Celebration

Today marks the US Navy’s 245th birthday. NAS Pax River’s celebration will take place this morning starting at 11:30 am on base with retired CAPT Glen Ives, a former commanding officer at Pax, as the speaker. The pandemic is forcing a scaled-back celebration this year.

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Morning Coffee Is Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, in recognition of Columbus Day, but will be back percolating Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

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Pentagon Top Brass Enter Quarantine

Coast Guard ADM Charles Ray tested positive Monday after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 over the weekend. Before testing positive, ADM Ray had attended meetings with top commanders from each of the armed services.

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Navy Has New Ship Rules for Dealing With COVID

Rules

The US Navy now has new rules on how to continue operating in the midst of a global pandemic. The services says these plans and strategy are based on the scientific and operational lessons gained in the past seven months.

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DoD Alert Levels Unchanged After Trump COVID Diagnosis

DoD Alert Levels

The Pentagon says there have been no changes to Department of Defense alert levels since President Donald Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19. “The US military stands ready to defend our country and interests. There’s no change to the readiness or capability of our armed forces.”

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Aerial Refueling Collision: F35 Crashes

A Marine KC-130 and F-35 collided in California attempting an aerial refueling. The pilot of the F-35B safely ejected from the plane. The KC-130J was able to safely land with all crew members reported safe.

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Super Hornets Strike ISIS, First Time in Two Years

Carrier-launched US aircraft conducted an airstrike against Islamic State targets for the first time in more than two years. The coalition strike took out a cave and three shelters used as ISIS hideouts in Iraq’s Wadi al-Shai, a rural area in Kirkuk province.

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