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Navy christens littoral combat ship USS Billings

Navy christens littoral combat ship USS Billings

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July 3 (UPI) -- The Navy has christened its latest Freedom-class littoral combat ship the USS Billings at a ceremony Saturday in Marinette, Wis.Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin gave the primary address and Sharla Tester, wife of ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Jon Tester, served as ships sponsor, breaking the ceremonial bottle of champagne across the ship's bow."The christening of the future USS Billings brings this great warship one step closer to joining the fleet, where it will, for decades to come, serve as a tribute to the great people of Billings and the state of Montana, as well as the highly skilled men and women who built our nation's newest littoral combat ship," acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley said.The Freedom-class littoral combat ship built by Lo...
China's navy launches latest-generation destroyer

China's navy launches latest-generation destroyer

World
China's increasingly powerful navy launched its most advanced domestically produced destroyer on Wednesday, at a time of rising competition with other naval powers such as the United States, Japan and India. The first 10,000-ton Type 055 entered the water at Shanghai's Jiangnan Shipyard on Wednesday morning, the navy said in a statement. It said the ship is equipped with the latest air, missile, ship and submarine defense systems. China is believed to be planning to produce four of the ships. "The launch of this ship signifies that our nation's development of destroyers has reached a new stage," the navy said. A photo on the navy's website showed multicolored streamers being shot out of tubes while sailors and shipyard workers stood dockside next to a massive Chinese flag. It said the chi...
Navy destroyer collides with container ship; sailors missing

Navy destroyer collides with container ship; sailors missing

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Seven sailors are missing and five others were injured after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container ship off the coast of Japan in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, the Navy's 7th Fleet said. One of the injured sailors medically evacuated by a Japanese coast guard helicopter was the ship's commanding officer. The Fitzgerald was operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, when it hit the container ship at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time. The U.S. ship sustained damage on its starboard side and is experiencing flooding in some spaces, according to the 7th Fleet. Propulsion is limited. The 7th Fleet tweeted around 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, "Flooding has been stabilized and Sailors from #USSDewey are assisting i...
Sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with ship in Pacific

Sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with ship in Pacific

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June 16 (UPI) -- Seven U.S. sailors are unaccounted for and others were injured early Saturday after a Navy warship collided with a container ship in the Pacific off the coast of Japan, authorities said.The collision occurred in the Philippine Sea between the merchant ship and the U.S. Navy's guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. The vessel's commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, had to be medically evacuated from the ship, officials said.The Navy Times reported that the ship endured substantial damage and had limped back to land under its own power."The extent of number of personnel injuries is being determined," the 7th Fleet said in a statement Friday.The Navy said it was working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medical evacuation for one sailor, but did not specify if th...