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Reporters and other visitors gather to inspect the bow of the Haikou, China's flagship destroyer, during the 2014 Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii.<br>Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes

27 nations set to join RIMPAC exercise in Hawaii, California

Four nations will join this summer’s Rim of the Pacific naval exercise in Hawaii for the first time, increasing the total of countries participating to 27.

22:34 May 31, 2016
Smoke billows from the carrier USS Yorktown before in sank during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. During the battle, which lasted from June 3-7, 1942, Japan lost nearly 300 planes, a cruiser and four aircraft carriers, which had been among the six used in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor a half-year earlier.<br>U.S. Navy photo

Navy commemorates 74th anniversary of Battle of Midway

Navy officials on Tuesday commemorated the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the sea clash that came to define modern U.S. naval power and turned the tide of the Pacific theater during World War II.

00:05 June 1, 2016
Soldiers wearing gas masks after having been sprayed with gas from a plane at Edgewood Arsenal, Md., in June 1942.<br>Library of Congress

McCaskill: Mustard gas test subjects denied veteran benefits

The military has acknowledged for decades it performed secret mustard gas tests on troops at the end of World War II but a Senate investigation released Tuesday found 90 percent of related benefit claims have been rejected by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

18:20 May 31, 2016
LSA Autonomy is developing a quiet motorcycle on behalf of the military.<br>LSA Autonomy/The Washington Post

Military's stealth motorcycles are as quiet as an electric toothbrush

The military is funding stealth motorcycles that would allow riders to sneak up quickly on unsuspecting enemies. The motorcycles operate at 55 decibels, about the level of an electric toothbrush or typical conversation, and can reach 80 mph. The extreme quiet is due to the use of electric motors.

16:20 May 31, 2016
Peshmerga soldiers gather around a trainer providing instructions on how to properly don a protective mask, during a six-week infantry basic course near Irbil, Iraq, Jan. 11, 2016. Peshmerga soldiers attend a six-week infantry basic course that will improve their tactical knowledge to aid in the fight against the Islamic State.  <br>Sergio Rangel/U.S. Army

Pentagon: US troops wounded in Syria, Iraq over the weekend

Two American servicemembers were wounded over the weekend in separate incidents in Iraq and Syria, though a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday neither was hurt in direct combat.

19:59 May 31, 2016
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Senate investigation finds 'systemic' failures at VA watchdog

A Senate investigation of poor health care at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, Wis., found systemic failures in a VA inspector general's review of the facility that raise questions about the internal watchdog's ability to ensure adequate health care for veterans nationwide.

09:12 May 31, 2016
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