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3 missing after Navy aircraft crashes into Philippine Sea

A C-2A Greyhound carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed in waters southeast of Okinawa during a training exercise Wednesday. Eight people have been rescued and the search continues for the other three.

Vandals strike vehicles, homes affiliated with the US military on Okinawa

A number of U.S. military affiliated vehicles and apartment buildings were vandalized over the weekend, shortly after a fatal vehicle accident involving a Marine and a Japanese national.


USS Benfold collides with Japanese tugboat during towing exercise; no injuries reported

No injuries were reported after a U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tugboat Saturday in Japan’s Sagami Bay.


Futenma relocation necessary for dealing with N. Korean threats, Hagerty says

“Considerable progress” is being made on a controversial project to relocate a large Marine base within Okinawa, the United States’ new envoy to Japan said Friday in Tokyo.


Sasebo-based sailor accused of trying to steal car outside Japanese convenience store

A U.S. sailor was in Japanese police custody Tuesday after officers said he made a drunken attempt to steal a vehicle parked outside an off-base convenience store the previous morning.


Navy shows off its airpower during rare tri-carrier drills near Korean Peninsula

The four-day drills, which kicked off on Saturday, involve the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz, and are aimed at demonstrating the Navy’s “unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.”


Rare 3-carrier strike group exercise kicks off Saturday near Korean Peninsula

The four-day exercise involving the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt strike groups will “demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.”


USS Chafee wraps up drills off S. Korea as Trump arrives on peninsula

U.S., South Korean and Australian warships finished a two-day exercise off the Korean Peninsula Tuesday aimed at intercepting and searching unauthorized merchant vessels.


Littoral combat ship USS Coronado departs Singapore after 14-month deployment

The Navy’s only overseas littoral combat ship is heading home after a 14-month rotational deployment to Southeast Asia.


Report details death, destruction, heroism after McCain collision

A Navy report details death, destruction and heroism on the USS John S. McCain after an Aug. 21 collision with an oil tanker killed 10 sailors near Singapore.


Pentagon nominates former destroyer commander to lead Navy’s 6th Fleet

The Pentagon has tapped a former destroyer commander to lead the Navy’s Mediterranean fleet at a time of rising tensions with Russia and a growing terror threat in Africa.


Experts: Trump will look to bolster US-Japan alliance during upcoming visit

President Donald Trump will reaffirm America’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific and build support for a tough line on North Korea during an upcoming trip to Japan, experts told Stars and Stripes Monday.


Navy rescues women, dogs lost at sea for months aboard sailboat

The Sasebo, Japan-based amphibious ship USS Ashland rescued Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, both of Honolulu, along with their dogs Zeus and Valentine after their adrift sailboat was spotted Wednesday about 900 miles southeast of Japan.


Navy now has 3 carrier strike groups operating in the Pacific

Some have speculated that the presence of three carrier groups in the Pacific is a direct response to North Korean aggression; however, Navy officials told Stars and Stripes on Thursday the timing is just a coincidence.


Trilateral missile-defense drills wrap up in waters off Japan

U.S., South Korean and Japanese warships finished a two-day exercise Wednesday aimed at honing their defense against North Korean missiles.


No significant damage to US bases after Typhoon Lan strikes Japan

U.S. military bases on Japan’s Kanto Plain resumed normal operations in the aftermath of a major typhoon that struck the area early Monday morning.


USS Fitzgerald sailors awarded for efforts following deadly June collision

Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 crew members “who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts."


New hull crack, typhoon divert collision-damaged USS McCain to Philippines

The guided-missile destroyer developed a 4-inch-long crack along its starboard side while transiting to Yokosuka Naval Base aboard the MV Treasure.


USS O’Kane deployment extended as 7th Fleet faces ship shortage

A Hawaii-based destroyer’s upcoming deployment to the 7th Fleet will last longer than planned because of a ship shortage caused by deadly collisions and maintenance issues.


USS Lake Champlain captain, crew members were disciplined for May collision

The commander of a U.S. warship that collided with a South Korean fishing vessel last spring was disciplined along with several members of his crew, the Navy revealed Tuesday.


Yokosuka resolving base-housing safety issues identified in IG report, officials say

Base-housing safety issues — ranging from radon gas to fire protection problems — identified in a 2014 Inspector General report have been fixed or are being resolved, Yokosuka officials said.


Navy fires USS McCain senior leaders after ‘preventable’ deadly collision

The Navy relieved two USS John S. McCain senior officers Wednesday following a deadly Aug. 21 collision involving the destroyer and a civilian oil tanker.


Collision-damaged USS McCain departs Singapore for repairs in Japan

The decision to do the work at Yokosuka was made after damage assessments revealed it would be faster and cheaper than sending the ship stateside.


Yokosuka honors USS McCain sailors killed in summer collision

"Words are inadequate to express the grief we feel in losing 10 of our own,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer during a ceremony Wednesday honoring USS John S. McCain sailors killed in an Aug. 21 collision near Singapore.


Navy cruiser involved in May collision receives new commander

Capt. Jen Ellinger has taken charge of the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, which collided with a fishing vessel east of the Korean Peninsula earlier this year.


Rock Bar Yeah boasts the best traits of a stateside dive bar

Rock Bar Yeah is the focal point for Yokosuka’s rock ’n’ roll community and offers escape from the hip-hop and electronic dance music blasted at most off-base clubs.


ESPN will soon go off the air at some US military bases in Japan

ESPN’s days are numbered at some U.S. military bases in Japan, although shows such as “SportsCenter” will remain available on American Forces Network.


Safety issues linger at military housing in Japan, IG report says

Safety issues remain at American military housing in Japan despite efforts over the past few years to correct them, an Office of Inspector General report said.


Navy issues guidance to provide more sleep for sailors at sea

Vice. Adm. Tom Rowden has ordered ship captains to establish routines no later than Dec. 20 that will give sailors predictable watch schedules and sleep periods, according to a copy of the directive obtained by Stars and Stripes.


New Navy unit will keep tabs on warship readiness in Western Pacific

The Navy is standing up a new unit to look at warship readiness in the Western Pacific following a string of serious accidents.


Navy relieves two more commanders in 7th Fleet after deadly collisions

The Navy relieved two more commanders in 7th Fleet on Monday amid fallout from two deadly collisions involving the destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain.


Career aviator takes charge of 3rd Fleet as Pacific role widens

Vice Adm. John Alexander recently took command of the Navy’s 3rd Fleet, vowing to continue expanding its role in the Pacific.


No fast answer for Navy’s manning issues, top enlisted sailor says

The service is trying to add new sailors and retain those already enlisted, allowing some to stay in uniform longer without being promoted. The Navy’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year aims to add 4,000 sailors, bringing its roll up to 327,900.


Small Army unit plays big role for Japan-based exercises

When a large unit like the Army’s 25th Infantry Division needs to ship enough helicopters, vehicles and equipment into Japan to support a 600-soldier exercise like Orient Shield, they look to subject-matter experts for help.


Collision-damaged USS McCain to depart Singapore for Japan

The USS John S. McCain will head back to its homeport in Japan for a damage assessment later this month, Naval Sea Systems Command announced Wednesday.


Navy’s blueberries to give way to green cammies starting next month

The first sailors to get the new uniforms will be at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and in the Southwest Region, the Navy said in its message.


Engineering issues will keep USS Blue Ridge in dry dock into 2018

Unexpected engineering problems will keep the USS Blue Ridge in dry dock through early next year — months past its scheduled completion date of August 2017.


Most USS Fitzgerald sailors to be transferred off collision-damaged ship

Only about 50 sailors from the Fitzgerald’s crew of about 300 will remain aboard the ship when it travels this fall to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.


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UFC fighters bring MMA clinic to Yokosuka Naval Base

More than 40 sailors and local American and Japanese civilians punched, wrestled, grappled and choked their way through a mixed martial arts clinic led Saturday by a retired Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor.


USS Shiloh sailor develops app to help shipmates study for advancement exams

Marquise Hubbard developed the Sailors Mobile and Readily-Accessible Trainer over a two-year period. The app functions like flashcards, allowing sailors to study for and or take practice exams in preparation for their advancement exams.


Sailors who died in McCain collision receive posthumous promotions

The Navy has posthumously promoted the 10 USS John S. McCain sailors who were killed Aug. 21 when the guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship just east of Singapore.


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USS Wasp departs Norfolk to join 7th Fleet in Japan

The amphibious-assault ship USS Wasp departed Naval Station Norfolk Wednesday for its new home at Sasebo Naval Base Japan.


Navy recovers bodies of all 10 missing USS McCain sailors

Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered the bodies of all 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors killed in a collision last week, the Navy said Monday.


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Littoral combat ship successfully tests ship-killing missile off Guam

The USS Coronado tested a harpoon block 1C missile, striking a target beyond the littoral combat ship’s visual range, Navy officials announced this week.


Swift tells 7th Fleet sailors to focus on fundamentals during operational pause

The Navy’s Pacific commander warned sailors against complacency and urged a back-to-basics approach to their duties during an operational stand-down ordered after a U.S. warship collided with a commercial ship for the second time in two months.


Body found by Malaysian military not a missing McCain sailor, Navy says

A body recovered this week in waters near Singapore by the Malaysian navy is not one of the missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain, Navy officials said Thursday.


Navy relieves commander of 7th Fleet after second deadly collision

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the head of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, was relieved of command Wednesday in the wake of a string of accidents across the Pacific involving Navy ships. The search for the missing USS John S. McCain sailors continued Wednesday.


5 missing sailors identified as search continues for McCain survivors

The Navy has not released the names of the 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors, but five among the missing have been identified by their families. The search continues aboard the ship and at sea, but already a number of bodies have been found.


USS Fitzgerald will go to Mississippi shipyard for repairs after deadly collision

A Mississippi-based company has been awarded a contract to repair the USS Fitzgerald after it was damaged in a June 17 collision that killed seven sailors off Japan.


Sepsis caused sailor’s death last fall aboard USS Ronald Reagan, Navy says

The Navy says sepsis was to blame for a USS Ronald Reagan sailor’s abrupt death last fall during a patrol in the Yellow Sea.


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Amphibious assault ship bolsters search for missing USS McCain sailors

Navy and Marine Corps divers from the America and Yokosuka have been searching the guided-missile destroyer for the missing sailors using surface-supplied air rigs to access sealed compartments in damaged areas of the ship.


Search continues for 10 missing sailors after USS McCain collision near Singapore

Search-and-rescue efforts continued Monday evening for 10 sailors missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a civilian oil tanker near Singapore, the second collision involving a Navy and civilian vessel in Asian waters since June.


Report details terror, heroism in aftermath of USS Fitzgerald collision

An initial report into the USS Fitzgerald collision released by the Navy on Thursday details the terror sailors experienced in the moments after the collision along with the heroic efforts crew members undertook to save lives.


3 USS Ronald Reagan jet squadrons to relocate to Iwakuni this fall

Strike Fighter Squadrons 115 and 195, along with Electronic Attack Squadron 141, will transfer from Naval Air Facility Atsugi to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni after the Reagan completes its fall patrol, the Navy announced Friday.


Navy relieves senior Fitzgerald leaders after ‘avoidable’ deadly collision

Adm. Bill Moran, the vice chief of Naval operations, said leadership aboard the guided-missile destroyer was at least partially at fault in the middle-of-the night collision that left seven sailors dead.


Sailors who died in Fitzgerald collision receive posthumous promotions

The Navy has posthumously promoted the seven USS Fitzgerald sailors who perished in a deadly June 17 collision with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan.


USS Fitzgerald will be transported stateside for repairs this fall

The collision-damaged USS Fitzgerald will be transported via heavy lift ship to the United States this fall to undergo further repairs, the Navy said Tuesday.


Japan sees North Korean missiles, Chinese incursions as top security threats

Japan’s latest defense white paper depicts the country as vulnerable to North Korean missiles and hard-pressed to defend its southern territory against China’s rapidly growing and aggressive military.


Navy probe blames captain’s judgment in USS Antietam grounding

The former commanding officer of the USS Antietam was “ultimately responsible” for the cruiser running aground and spilling roughly 1,100 gallons of hydraulic fluid into Tokyo Bay in January, a Navy investigation concluded.


Nimitz carrier group launches its first strikes against ISIS targets

The USS Nimitz officially joined the fight against the Islamic State Monday when it launched its first round of strikes against targets from the Arabian Gulf.


US gives surveillance planes to Philippines to help defeat Islamic militants

The Philippine Air Force received two new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes during a ceremony Thursday at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.


Japan’s maritime force hones skills to protect US Navy vessels

The U.S. and Japan trained together recently to improve the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s ability to protect Navy vessels.


Army contractor found guilty of assaulting Misawa Air Base hotel workers

An Army contractor was found guilty Thursday in Aomori District Court on assault charges stemming from an altercation at Misawa Air Base last November.


Yokohama museum displays North Korean spy ship

Get a close look at a North Korean spy ship on display at the Japan Coast Guard Museum in Yokohama.


Navy officials look at giving 7th Fleet a higher manning priority

Sailors could see their chances of deploying to the 7th Fleet increase after Navy officials gathered recently to address personnel gaps in the region.


American-Japanese couple juggles marriage with service to their respective nations

The Reeds, who wed in 2012 and have two children, met while both were stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Through careful coordination with their respective services, they managed to secure orders for both to be stationed at Yokosuka.


NCIS special agent to co-author novel with best-selling author James Patterson

Yokosuka-based Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent Tucker Axum III beat out thousands of other competitors in the James Patterson Co-Author Competition. The organization pairs participants with experts in their field, allowing them to learn from a “master.”


USS Milius deployment to Japan delayed amid ‘incredible’ workload in Asia-Pacific

USS Milius, originally scheduled to arrive this summer, was rescheduled so the ship can undergo additional testing and certification. The announcement comes at a time when 7th Fleet is already down a destroyer.


Pentagon nominates Vice Adm. Aquilino to lead Navy’s 5th Fleet

The Pentagon has nominated Vice Adm. John Aquilino to lead the Navy’s 5th Fleet, as naval forces in the region continue airstrikes against the Islamic State and face increased tensions with Iran.


USS Shiloh sailor admits hiding aboard ship, charged with abandoning watch, dereliction

The USS Shiloh sailor who was presumed lost at sea only to be later found in the ship’s engine room admitted to intentionally hiding from his fellow sailors and has been charged with abandoning watch and dereliction of duty, a spokesman said Tuesday.


Pentagon nominates new commander as 3rd Fleet’s role expands in the Pacific

The Pentagon has announced its pick to lead the Navy’s 3rd Fleet, as its role in the Western Pacific continues to expand amid regional tensions.


Verdict expected this month for civilian worker charged in Misawa hotel assault

A verdict is expected later this month for an Army contractor facing assault and weapons charges stemming from a “physical altercation” at Misawa Air Base, Japan.


Air Force’s largest combat wing welcomes new commander on Okinawa

Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham, who was recently promoted to brigadier general, took command of the 18th Wing — also known as the Shoguns. The force he leads includes nearly 18,000 Americans and more than 4,000 Japanese employees and contractors.


Injured Fitzgerald commander temporarily relieved of duties

The USS Fitzgerald’s commanding officer has been temporarily relieved of his duties because of medical reasons, Navy officials announced Tuesday.


USS Fitzgerald moves into dry dock at Yokosuka for full damage assessment

Officials are trying to determine if the Fitzgerald is able to travel to the states under its own power or will need to be towed there for repairs.


New Zealand navy frigate subs for damaged Fitzgerald during drills

A Royal New Zealand Navy frigate recently filled in for the USS Fitzgerald during training with the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the Western Pacific.