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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


As thousands pour in for Talisman Sabre, quiet campground livens up in small Australian town

Ten cars lined up Sunday outside the Rockhampton Airport, their occupants eager to catch a glimpse of the U.S. and Australian military helicopters taking off for Talisman Sabre exercises in nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

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Military families’ grassroots charity still supports Japan tsunami victims, eight years after disaster

Nearly a decade after the disaster, victims continue rebuilding their lives in Tohoku, and Helping Hands is still involved. Many of the American volunteers have moved on to other posts around the world while others are back on their second or third tours in Japan.


USS Fitzgerald flies flag that sailors designed to honor seven collision victims

The new flag, a tribute to sailors killed in the ship's 2017 collision, is deep blue with white lettering, featuring the phrase, “Don’t Give Up the Ship.”


Canada becomes latest nation to sail warships through Taiwan Strait

In a rare move Tuesday, the Canadian navy sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait, becoming the latest western country to transit the contentious waterway, according to a Thursday statement by Canada’s Department of National Defense.


Philippines spokesman talks invoking US defense treaty as Duterte downplays sinking of fishing boat

The Philippines may invoke its mutual defense treaty with the United States if it finds the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat this month was the result of an armed attack by the Chinese, a spokesman for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said at press briefing Monday.


As one cutter departs, another deploys to maintain Coast Guard presence in Western Pacific

During a six-month deployment, the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf sailed with a Navy guided-missile destroyer through the Taiwan Strait and conducted exercises in the South China Sea.


‘Good chicken store’ outside Yokosuka Naval Base lives up to its name

Toriyoshi Shoten, which translates to “good chicken store” in Japanese, offers a variety of dishes, but its specialty is poultry.