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Navy ‘challenge coins’ are collected like trading cards. But some think the trade devalues the tradition.

There’s a burgeoning online market for the elaborate and colorful coins pressed into the palms of Navy petty officers when they pin on their crows and take the chief petty officer’s pledge, but some critics say the trade diminishes the value of the tradition.

Bahrain locks in Patriot missile system deal with US contractor

Bahrain has signed an agreement to purchase the Patriot air and missile defense system, putting it in line with other Persian Gulf nations partnered with the U.S. amid ongoing tensions in the region with Iran.


Ingesting hemp-derived products still prohibited, Navy warns

Sailors and Marines could still pop positive on a drug test if they use cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, while treating medical conditions, the Navy warned this week.


USS Boxer: Iran interaction was mostly ‘as we thought it would be’

The drone-downing USS Boxer is ready to counter “anything that’s thrown at us” by Iran should it encounter any new threats, the ship’s executive officer said prior to departing Bahrain on Friday following a scheduled weeklong port visit.


Navy declares missing USS Abraham Lincoln sailor dead

Petty Officer 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, an aviation electronics technician from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5, had been reported overboard on July 17, and “extensive” search and rescue efforts ended on July 19.


WWII sailor posthumously awarded Purple Heart after divers confirm boat sunk by Nazi torpedo

Seaman 1st Class James Cunningham was among the sailors killed aboard the patrol boat USS Eagle off the coast of Maine on April 23, 1945, when an explosion ripped its hull in half. On Saturday, the Navy awarded the Purple Heart medal to Cunningham’s 85-year-old sister.


USS Boxer pulls into Bahrain a week after Iranian drone incident

The USS Boxer pulled into Bahrain’s Khalifa bin Salman Port on Thursday for a visit, days after the amphibious assault ship made headlines for downing at least one Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.