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Caitlin Doornbos

Caitlin Doornbos reports for Stars and Stripes out of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.

She’s a University of Kansas graduate who previously covered crime and breaking news for the Orlando Sentinel. Her reporting helped the Sentinel become a Pulitzer Prize finalist in breaking news for its coverage of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.

Email: doornbos.caitlin@stripes.com


USS Fitzgerald collision survivors, families of those killed seek $287 million in separate lawsuits

A lawsuit filed against Tokyo-based NYK Line by survivors of the USS Fitzgerald collision and relatives of those killed lays out how sailors saw water rushing at them as they scrambled for the exits and, in some cases, had to swim for their lives.

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McCain skipper says ship performed ‘exceptionally well’ in first sea trials since 2017 collision

Last week, the repaired McCain departed its homeport for six days of sea trials to ensure all systems meet or exceed Navy specifications.


USS John S. McCain leaves Yokosuka for the first time since fatal 2017 collision

The guided-missile destroyer is undergoing sea trials, its first trip to sea since suffering hundreds of millions of dollars in damages during a 2017 fatal collision.


Sometime adversaries Japan and China unite for rare naval drills south of Tokyo

For the first time in eight years, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Chinese navy trained together at sea last week.


Coast Guard planning to base three fast-response cutters on Guam, commandant says

Coast Guard is “doubling down on Oceania” amid China's "coercive tactics," said Adm. Karl Schultz.


Coast Guard cutter joins multinational drills near contested South China Sea islands

During Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama, nations will practice shore and sea capabilities, including force protection, explosive ordnance disposal and anti-air, surface warfare and vessel-of-interest tracking.


US Navy base reports damage to more than 20 structures days after typhoon pummels Japan

Naval Air Facility Atsugi lay along Typhoon Hagibis' path after the eye came ashore over the Izu peninsula on Saturday evening.