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Category: Military
February 17, 2015 at 8:17 PM

Seattle-ported Polar Star rescues fishing vessel near Antarctica

A Seattle-based U.S. Coast Guard cutter completed a rescue operation Sunday of a fishing vessel that was trapped in Antarctic ice for two weeks. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star rescued the Antarctic Chieftain, an Australian-flagged vessel that had damaged three of its four propeller blades in the ice 900 miles northeast of McMurdo Sound,…

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January 30, 2015 at 10:29 AM

Navy wants new station at Port Angeles for submarine escorts

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — The Navy has disclosed plans for a pier and facilities at Port Angeles to support seven vessels that escort Bangor submarines between the Hood Canal and the Pacific Ocean. The Navy says the $17 million project is needed so that crews from Naval Base Kitsap don’t exceed their hours at sea…

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January 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Former soldier charged with stealing $250,000 in benefits

The Associated Press A former Idaho National Guard soldier who is also an official in the Washington city of Snoqualmie has been indicted on charges that he lied about suffering an injury in Iraq so that he could collect more than $250,000 in benefits. Investigators say that in claims for state and federal benefits, Darryl Lee Wright…

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January 23, 2015 at 6:14 AM

Navy decommissioning another frigate at Everett

EVERETT — The Navy is holding a decommissioning ceremony Friday at Naval Station Everett for the frigate Rodney Davis. It returned from its final deployment last month, after 28 years of service. The Navy plans to sell it to a foreign military. The Navy also recently decommissioned another Everett-based frigate, the Ingraham, which will be scrapped in…

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January 20, 2015 at 12:46 PM

VA settles more whistleblower complaints, including nurse in Washington

By  Matthew Daly / The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department is offering relief to more than two dozen employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about wrongdoing at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide. The corrective actions follow settlements reached last year with three employees who reported widespread problems at the Phoenix VA hospital…

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December 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Last frigate at Naval Station Everett returns home

The Associated Press EVERETT — The Navy frigate Rodney Davis returned from its final deployment Friday afternoon to its home port at Naval Station Everett. The ship with a crew of more than 200 has been on a six-month deployment in the western Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. The Navy plans to decommission the 27-year-old ship in March…

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December 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Bill passes that could bring overhaul of ice breaker Polar Sea

Congress on Wednesday passed legislation funding the Coast Guard for another year and included a provision authorizing the refurbishment of the Seattle-based Polar Sea icebreaker if it is a  cost-efficient option. Without the Polar Sea, the United States has only two operational icebreakers. Refurbishing the vessel could take five years and involve some 300 workers, according to Sen….

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December 2, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Aircraft carrier Stennis testing flight operations

The Associated Press BREMERTON — The aircraft carrier John Stennis departed Bremerton Monday for San Diego. A spokeswoman, Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Higgins, says it will conduct flight operations off Southern California but return to Puget Sound in time for Christmas. The carrier has completed a 16-month, $240 million maintenance period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Flight operations…

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December 1, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Heavy icebreaker Polar Star leaves Seattle for Antarctica

The Associated Press The nation’s last heavy icebreaker, the Polar Star, left Seattle Sunday on a four-month mission to Antarctica as part of the annual operation to resupply the McMurdo station. The Coast Guard says the mission will require the Polar Star to break through more than 12 miles of ice in McMurdo Sound, as much…

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