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Military searchers sunken amphibious assault ship, remains of service members

Military searchers sunken amphibious assault ship, remains of service members

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Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The Navy and Marine Corps have found the amphibious assault vehicle that sank off the coast of California last week -- as well as the remains of those killed in the incident. The services used a remotely operated search and rescue system to find the vehicle, which sank July 30 during a training exercise, killing eight Marines and a Sailor. Advertisement According to the Marines, the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard ships and aircraft had been working together to find the vessel. On Monday officials using a Sibitzky Remotely Operated Vehicle, used for undersea search and rescue, found the location of the AAV and identified human remains on board. There were 16 service members -- 15 Marines and one Sailor -- aboard when the vessel sank. One Marine rifleman was pronounced d...
Hungary upgrades military with delivery of German tanks

Hungary upgrades military with delivery of German tanks

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July 31 (UPI) -- The Hungarian army received four refurbished Leopard 2 tanks from its German manufacturer as it awaits delivery of 44 upgraded tanks starting in 2023. While the tanks were handed over by maker Kraus-Maffei Wegmann on Thursday at an army base in Tata, Hungary, eight older versions of the Leopard 2A4HU variant will be provided for training purposes. Hungary will later receive 44 of the newest Leopard 2 variant, called the 2A7+, to replace Soviet-made T-72 tanks. Germany and Denmark currently use the upgraded tanks, and the purchase suggests some interoperability between the German, Danish and Hungarian armies. Each is a NATO member. Advertisement "Hungary is modernizing its land forces with Germany as a strategic partner," German State Secretary of Defense Thomas Silberhorn...
Number of COVID-19 cases among military service members doubled in June

Number of COVID-19 cases among military service members doubled in June

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July 2 (UPI) -- The number of cases of coronavirus among active-duty military personnel has more than doubled in the past three weeks, according to information published by the Department of Defense. As of Wednesday, 6,493 U.S. service members currently have the virus -- up from 2,807 on June 10. Advertisement The number of cumulative cases listed on the departments's website Thursday was 12,521, up from 6,864 cumulative cases on June 3. The Army has surpassed the Navy in terms of the number of cases, with 3,836 as of Thursday, compared to 3,662. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of three service members since the pandemic began. According to Johns Hopkins University's running totals, there have been at least 2.7 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 128,651 deaths. Pentagon o...
North Korea suspends military retaliation against South Korea

North Korea suspends military retaliation against South Korea

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​​​​​​​North Korea has suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea after weeks of rising tensions.Leader Kim Jong Un decided to postpone the plans during a video conference meeting of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Military Commission, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Wednesday. It did not specify why the decision was made but added other discussions included bolstering North Korea's "war deterrent". Image: Kim Jong Un threatened military action after North Korean defectors floated anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border Mr Kim's decision came as a surprise as he had widely been expected to give the go-ahead to the military action during the meeting.Last week, the North declared relations
Aggressive testing, social distancing limits COVID-19 at U.S. military base, CDC reports

Aggressive testing, social distancing limits COVID-19 at U.S. military base, CDC reports

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June 2 (UPI) -- The limited spread of COVID-19 at a U.S. military base shows public health measures -- screening, testing, quarantining, social distancing and contact tracing -- offer some protection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Efforts to prevent outbreaks of the disease caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, among more than 10,000 new recruits arriving at the U.S. Air Force's Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, succeeded in limiting total confirmed cases to five through seven weeks. Advertisement Three of the five cases ultimately were traced to the first recruit on base to be diagnosed, officials said. The approaches used at the base could serve as a blueprint for other "congregate settings" like colleges and athletic programs, the CDC said...