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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


In his first interview in new role, Chief of Naval Operations talks goals, China threat

On his first overseas trip since becoming the Navy’s top officer Aug. 22, Adm. Mike Gilday made a point to speak to as many sailors as he could. His easy nature and charisma put them at ease enough for them to share their stories.

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USS Wasp leaves 7th Fleet and Japan for new US homeport

During its time in the 7th Fleet, the amphibious assault ship made history as the first to deploy with the Marine Corps’ fifth-generation F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter, which is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings.


Japan safety board backs Navy’s findings on cause of deadly USS Fitzgerald collision

Released Thursday, the Japan Transport Safety Board’s findings echo a U.S. Navy report from late 2017 saying the accident was “preventable” and that the destroyer’s watch standers contributed to the incident.


Navy pulls plug on climate task force after Pentagon deems climate change a ‘national security issue’

Task Force Climate Change was tasked with researching methods to adapt to security challenges caused by climate change, such as rising sea levels, harsh weather and melting icecaps.


Defense Department students start new school year in wake of staffing, course cuts

Beyond the first-day excitement, DODEA’s decision to eliminate more than 300 teaching positions this school year also means reduced course offerings and larger class sizes.


USS Ronald Reagan returns to Japan after three months at sea

Three months after the USS Ronald Reagan left for a patrol of the western Pacific, the aircraft carrier and its crew of about 4,500 returned home Saturday afternoon.


Navy relieves USS McCampbell officer, the second 7th Fleet firing this week

Lt. Cmdr. Randall Clemons was relieved of duty Tuesday, the same day Capt. Tadd Gorman was removed as commander of the USS Antietam.