Bidens hold early Thanksgiving celebrations with service members at naval installations in Virginia

President Joe Biden visited naval installations in Virginia on Sunday to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday week, introducing an early screening of the upcoming movie “Wonka” and sharing a “friendsgiving” meal with service members and their relatives.

USS Ronald Reagan wraps what may be its final patrol from Japan before carrier swap

The USS Ronald Reagan steamed into Tokyo Bay on Sunday morning, in time for Thanksgiving, concluding what may be the ship’s final deployment from Japan.

Navy gives $1 million to start historic hangar fire clean-up in Southern California

The Navy has sent $1 million to the city of Tustin, Calif., to jump-start clean-up of the fire that destroyed a World War II blimp hangar on a former military air station.

Command of Navy’s largest destroyer squadron changes hands in Japan

Capt. Justin Harts relieved Capt. Walter Mainor as commander of Destroyer Squadron 15 and Task Force 71 during a ceremony on the aft deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins.

Navy ship that shot down drone launched from Yemen was not the intended target, Pentagon says

The guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner that shot down a drone launched from Yemen over the Red Sea this week was not the intended target, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Navy looking to add punch to drone boats in Middle East

While Task Force 59 will continue to build up its fleet of surveillance drones, Task Force 59 has “pivoted to kinetic,” Capt. Colin Corridan said.

Destroyer to be named in honor of Native American WWII hero

An Arleigh Burke-class-missile destroyer will bear the name of Ernest Evans, who commanded USS Johnston during the Battle of Leyte Gulf near the Philippine Islands. Evans is the first Native American in the Navy to earn the Medal of Honor.

Navy warship shoots down drone launched from Yemen

The guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner shot down a drone launched from Yemen over the Red Sea early Wednesday, according to two defense officials.

Sailors on ships in dry dock now have right to refuse nonjudicial punishment

Sailors and Marines assigned to vessels undergoing maintenance or upgrades now can refuse nonjudicial punishments meted out by their commanders, just as they can when serving ashore.

Navy to take over Hawaii fuel facility closure operations in spring

The Pentagon announced that a newly created task force will take the lead this spring in closing the defunct underground fuel storage facility in Hawaii responsible for widespread water contamination two years ago.

Senate panel advances rule change to get around Tuberville’s blockade on military promotions

A Senate committee voted for a temporary rule change that would allow the upper chamber to start confirming large groups of military promotions, even if Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville keeps trying to block them.

Gecko Robotics to speed submarine construction for US Navy

Rear Adm. Scott Pappano came to Gecko Robotics’ North Side headquarters with a billion-dollar problem: The U.S. Navy needed a faster way to build submarines. Gecko’s dexterous robots — which generate millions of data points as they traverse industrial equipment checking for cracks, corrosion and other damage — could offer just the solution.

History-makers: Air Force Museum hails enlisted personnel

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is saluting enlisted personnel with a new permanent exhibit, paying tribute to service members who have been long been regarded as one of the American military’s greatest competitive advantages.

First active-duty troops file federal lawsuit over fuel-tainted tap water in Hawaii

Three soldiers and two sailors have become the first active-duty service members to file suit in federal court seeking compensation for harm from the Navy’s fuel-contaminated tap water in their homes near Pearl Harbor in late 2021.

Number of state lawmakers across US with military experience has dwindled

The number of state lawmakers with military experience dropped sharply in the past two years to slightly more than 10% of the 7,383 legislators serving nationwide.

Navy investigating third possible suicide this year at Naval Base Kitsap

The Navy is investigating the death of a sailor whose body was found in his residence near Naval Base Kitsap in Washington, service officials said this week.

What happens next with the burned-out Marine Corps blimp hangar?

Within 36 hours of a blaze that ate through a World War II-era blimp hangar at the shuttered Tustin Marine Corps Air Station, the city’s mayor was calling on the Navy to expedite tearing down and cleaning up the remains.

Bath Iron Works starts work on USS John E. Kilmer

DDG 134, the USS John E. Kilmer, is named for a Navy hospital man who earned the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for his actions treating wounded Marines at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Bath Iron Works said in a statement.

Seabees in Sicily renew forlorn memorials to Sigonella base crash victims

Navy Seabees’ efforts to restore and rededicate roadside memorials in Sicily that honor sailors killed near Naval Air Station Sigonella also may help keep other service members alive.