May 21, 2024

No Bay Bridge Expansion Any Time Soon

Don’t expect another span across Chesapeake Bay any time soon. Maryland Transportation Authority officials say they have four or five years to analyze alternatives and assess environmental impacts and only then, if the state gets federal approval and funding can design and construction begin.

NAS Pax Trains for Firefighting at Sea

Firefighting

Firefighters at NAS Patuxent River completed shipboard firefighting training at the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point.

Blue Angels Fly Into Annapolis This Week

Blue Angels

Commissioning Week has begun in Annapolis, and two flyovers by the Navy flight demo team, the Blue Angels, are planned. Visitors can see the arrival and rehearsal on Tuesday, May 24. The jets will also do a flyover during the graduation Friday where President Joe Biden is expected to be the keynote speaker.

Navy Bests Army in Annual Football Matchup

Navy

The US Naval Academy Midshipmen beat the Army Black Nights in the annual football matchup Saturday 17-13. Navy now leads the historic series 62-52-7.

US Ramping Up Evacuation Efforts

Evacuation Efforts

Biden faces global pressure to extend Afghanistan evacuation efforts as Taliban warns: extending the deadline means “extending the occupation … [which] will provoke a reaction.”

Navy Implements New Fire Safety Practices

VADM Roy Kitchener said he is encouraged by new fire safety protocols for ships undergoing maintenance in port. He said among the changes the Navy has invested in fire detection systems and added industrial-environment safety training at surface officer school.

For NASA, Another Historic Space Launch

Space

NASA’s first full-fledged mission sending a crew into orbit aboard a privately owned spacecraft launched Sunday night for a trip to the International Space Station. And another first: Victor Glover became first Black astronaut to join a crew on the ISS.

Arson Suspected in Bonhomme Richard Fire

Arson Suspected

Arson is suspected as the cause of a July 12 fire that damaged the USS Bonhomme Richard. A US Navy sailor was being questioned. The fire on the amphibious assault ship, docked in San Diego, burned for more than four days.

Gilday Gets First-Hand Look at Ship’s Fire Damage

Gilday

Chief of Naval Operations ADM Michael Gilday was in San Diego over the weekend to inspect the USS Bonhomme Richard and push for answers in the wake of the fire that gutted the ship. “The damage is extensive,” the admiral said at a news briefing after walking through the ship.

FEMA Asks for DoD Medical Help in TX and CA

About 740 military personnel were dispatched to Texas and California after the Federal Emergency Management Agency requested DoD assistance in tamping down the coronavirus pandemic. Soldiers are being dispatched from the Army’s Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces from the 627th Hospital Center out of Fort Carson, CO.