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US Navy reactivates Cold War era fleet for Atlantic

WASHINGTON: A top US navy admiral announces the re-establishment of the US 2nd Fleet — a Cold War command disbanded in 2011 — to patrol the North Atlantic and face a resurgent threat from Russia. The chief of US Naval Opera­tions, Admiral John Richardson, made the announcement during a change of command ceremony on Friday in the Atlantic naval port of Norfolk, Virginia. “Our National Defence Strategy makes clear that we’re back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more…

US Navy veteran sentenced to life for killing Indian software engineer

WASHINGTON: A US Navy veteran who reportedly told an Indian software engineer to “get out of my country” before shooting him dead and wounding two others in a bar in Kansas last year has been sentenced to life in prison, the local prosecutor said. Under the sentence, Adam Purinton, 52, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in March, will not be eligible for parole for 50 years, District Attorney Steve Howe said in a statement on Friday. Johnson County District Court Judge Charles Droege also sentenced Purinton to…

U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea with 11 crew and passengers

TOKYO: A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in waters southeast of Japan’s Okinawa island on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. “USS Ronald Reagan is conducting search and rescue operations. The cause of the crash is not yet known,” it said in a press release. Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera told reporters the U.S. Navy had informed him that the crash in the Philippine Sea may have been a result of engine trouble. The propeller…

US deploys warships to Korean Peninsula

WASHINGTON: The US Navy said Saturday it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea's "reckless" nuclear weapons programme. The move will raise tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a US missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning over its refusal to abandon its nuclear ambitions. North Korea denounced Thursday's strike as an act of "intolerable aggression" and one that justified "a million times over" the…

Iran defeats U.S. Navy in defiant animated film

DUBAI: A full-length animated film depicting an armed confrontation between Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the U.S. Navy is soon to open in Iranian cinemas, amid rising tensions over President Donald Trump's hardening rhetoric against Tehran. The director of the "Battle of Persian Gulf II" Farhad Azima, said that it was a remarkable coincidence that the release of the film - four years in the making - coincided with a "warmongering" president sitting in the White House. "I hope that the film shows Trump how American…

Personal data for more than 130,000 sailors hacked: US Navy

CALIFORNIA: Hackers gained access to sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, for 134,386 current and former United States sailors, the US Navy said on Wednesday. It said a laptop used by a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services employee working on a US Navy contract was hacked. Hewlett Packard informed the Navy of the breach on October 27 and the affected sailors will be notified in the coming weeks, the Navy said. "The Navy takes this incident extremely seriously - this is a matter of trust for our…

US military strikes Yemen after missile attacks on US Navy ship

WASHINGTON: The US military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a US Navy destroyer, US officials said. The strikes, authorised by President Barack Obama, represent Washington's first direct military action against suspected Houthi-controlled targets in Yemen's conflict. Still, the Pentagon appeared to stress the limited nature of the strikes, which were aimed at…