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HMCS Victoria is much more than torpedoes

Nuclear sub due home after 11 months

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"The public is invited to commemorate Memorial Day by attending a ceremony on the fantail of the historic destroyer USS TURNER JOY.

Beginning at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 27th, the event will feature taps, remarks from Rear Admiral Dietrich Kuhlmann, and the annual laying of the memorial wreath to remember our fallen. The event is sponsored by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the US Navy League, and the council’s President, Tim Katona, will serve as the master of ceremonies. ..."

Please find attached the subject press release and an accompanying photo from our 2009 ceremony. Please let me and Mr. Katona know if you have any

On behalf of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the US Navy League, I would like to thank you for your support and consideration to include us on your website.

Alan Beam


HMCS Victoria is much more than torpedoes
Public tours of the submarine continue Sunday and Monday at the coast guard station
Times Colonist, May 19

This diesel-electric hybrid doesn’t have a lot of head room and it’s not easy to park. Maintenance is frightfully complex and spare parts are hard to come by.

But it normally sleeps 48 and can go for eight weeks without refueling.

HMCS Victoria is docked at the Canadian Coast Guard station for the weekend, and for the first time, Victorians can have a look inside their city’s namesake submarine.

Interest in the vessel was readily apparent Saturday as people started lining up at 8 a.m., two hours before public tours started.

The tours continue today and Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Victoria and its sister vessels — the Chicoutimi, the Corner Brook and the Windsor — have been the focus of constant controversy since their purchase from the British navy for $750 million in 1998. The Canadian navy has put considerably more than that into repairs and refitting.  Read all

Nuclear sub due home after 11 months, May 21, 2013

A NUCLEAR submarine that has been deployed for 11 months is due to return home tomorrow.

The captain of HMS Trenchant, Commander Irvine Lindsey, said it is believed to be the "longest ever" nuclear submarine deployment.

The crew, seven of whom have been onboard for the entire trip, will be reunited with their loved ones at the boat's home port, HM Naval Base Drake late on Wednesday afternoon.

The hunter-killer submarine left Devonport on June 22 last year. When it arrives home it will have been away for 335 days – 30 days short of a year.

On high alert as the United Kingdom's frontline strike asset, the submarine spent 267 days east of Suez, continuing the nuclear-powered submarine presence that has been established there since 2001.

Operating under joint command, the submarine has completed several periods of national tasking and contributed to NATO operations against terrorism and counter narcotics.

Cdr Lindsay said: "It is believed that this 11-month period away from the UK is the longest ever UK nuclear submarine deployment.

"The ship's company have met every challenge head-on. They have achieved success on operations, maintaining the material state of the submarine in a harsh environment and demonstrating the unique and potent military utility of the submarine.

"Whilst I am enormously proud of the achievements of my ship's company I do not believe that they are a unique body of men.

"I am convinced that the resilience, dedication, professional pride and sheer grit demonstrated by this ship's company is indicative of the high calibre of personnel serving across the whole of the submarine service and indeed the Royal Navy."

During the deployment the vessel has visited six different ports: Fujairah, UAE; the British Indian Ocean Territory – Diego Garcia; the Kingdom of Bahrain; Aqaba, Jordan; Souda Bay, Crete; and Gibraltar.

HMS Trenchant conducted training and multi-national exercises with seven UK warships, a French submarine, multiple US warships and auxiliaries, a US submarine and a range of multinational aircraft.

During the deployment the chefs onboard have cooked 103,350 meals, and produced over 44,000 homemade rolls.

The deployment has spanned 38,800 nautical miles – the equivalent of 1¾ times around the world – and the submarine has spent over 4700 hours underwater the equivalent of 6½ months.

Navy Dolphins Find Rare Torpedo Off California Coast  ^




















South Sound Base Breakfast Gathering


Greetings South South Base Subvets. On Saturday the 25th of May 2013 There will a breakfast gathering at  Hawks Prairie Restaurant and Sports Barat 1000 hours (10am). Location is south east side of exit 111 on I-5. If exiting from west, right turn on Marvin, then after 140 yards turn left, and then left to restaurant. If exiting from east, left turn on Marvin, go over I-5 400 yards to left turn onto Quinault, and left to restaurant parking lot.

Address is 8306 Quinault Dr. Lacey, WA.
More info on restaurant is available on web site at: 

Don Smith Base POC

XO fired for 'inappropriate' texts, emails
May. 16, 2013 - 03:32PM |
By Sam Fellman
Staff writer

The Navy fired the executive officer of a San Diego-based beachmaster unit on Thursday for sending inappropriate text messages and emails to two female sailors at his command.

Cmdr. Allen Maestas, the XO of Beachmaster Unit 1, was removed by Capt. Kevin Flanagan, the head of Naval Beach Group 1. At mast, Maestas was found guilty of violating a lawful order, conduct unbecoming and fraternization, Naval Surface Force Pacific said Thursday.

The messages were “inappropriate and unprofessional and did not respect the senior-subordinate relationship,” said SURFPAC spokesman Lt. Rick Chernitzer, who said he did not have access to the emails and messages in question and thus was not able to detail the nature of the allegedly untoward messages. Chernitzer said the investigation has concluded.

Maestas, a prior enlisted officer, was reassigned to Naval Beach Group 1. He did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Maestas enlisted in 1985 as an electrician’s mate and was commissioned ten years later via the Officer Candidate School. Maestas, a surface warfare officer who has deployed to Afghanistan, became BMU 1’s XO in April, 2012.

He is the sixth XO fired this year. 

Mystery of French submarine disasters can never be unveiled
Pravda, 16 May 13

The death, or rather, sudden disappearance of Eridis submarine of the French fleet stirred heated debate in the world. The tragedy occurred early in the morning on March 4, 1970. Despite the fact that the site of the tragedy was found almost immediately, it took specialists almost two months to find the submarine itself. This is not the only mysterious detail about the disaster.

Generally, there is very little information about French submarine Eridis. In contrast, dozens of books have been written and several documentaries have been made about the death of Russia's Kursk submarine. A well-known documentary on the Kursk disaster was filmed by famous French journalist Jean-Michel Carre. The reason and basis for the film, as the author of the film admits, was the article published on the Pravda.Ru website three years after the death of the Kursk.

During the International Film Festival of marine and adventure films "The Sea is Calling," which takes place in St. Petersburg, the author of this article had a chance to talk to the former commander of France's third nuclear submarine, Rear Admiral Jean-Marie Mate. The admiral did not reveal any special secrets about the Eridis other than those that can be found in the open press, albeit in limited quantities. Jean-Marie Mate pointed out that submariners, whatever their nationality might be, always remain heroes. Figuratively speaking, they have only one nationality that is directly connected with their profession that is equally difficult and dangerous in all navies of the world.

But still, why did the death of Eridis submarine receive so little attention in the press, books and movies? The disappearance and death of this submarine in the Mediterranean Sea used to be a worldwide sensation ... The secret of secrets. However, we managed to find some information on the subject. We had to resort to the help of translators from French and dig into into the archives of the Russian, or more precisely, Soviet Navy (the Russian military also investigated the disaster). Here's what we found out.

The Eridis submarine belonged to the Daphne class of diesel-electric submarines. There were eleven submarines of this type built for the French Navy, and all of them were named after mythical goddesses, nymphs and dryads. Submarines of this class were built for the navies as Spain, Portugal, South Africa and Pakistan. The full water displacement of the submarine made up a little more than a thousand tons. It was about 58 meters long and was outfitted with 12 torpedo tubes (which was a bit more than any Russian su
bmarine of the class had).
According to historical information that can be found in Russian sources, the construction of submarine S-644 Eurydice began in July 1958 at Direction des Constructions et Armes Navales shipyard in Cherbourg. The sub was launched on June 19, 1960, and on September 26, 1964 the submarine was passed into service. Its service was common for French submarines: combat training of the crew, patrolling the southern coast of France and North Africa and escorting civilian vessels with important goods. The Eridis has never traveled outside the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Early in the morning of March 4, 1970, the Eridis left the base of Saint-Tropez. There were 57 people on board. At sea, the submarine, in cooperation with aviation, was supposed to exercise the search and conventional attack against a submarine of a potential enemy. For this purpose, the Eridis was in touch with the basic patrol plane Atlantic that took off from Nimes-Garon naval air base. The sea seemed to be calm at first. Interestingly, pilots saw the periscope breaker of the Eridis when the sub was about seven miles to the south-east off Cape Camara. Communication was normal. Suddenly, early in the morning, at 7.13 a.m. local time, messages from the Eridis ceased to arrive. The Atlantic aircraft lost the radar contact with the submarine ...

In his last radio message, the submarine commander said that he was taking the course in the area of the exercise and was preparing to submerge. Very quickly, almost immediately after the break of connection, naval aircraft and anti-submarine vessels began to look for the lost vessel. The French navy sent everything that was available into the sea: surface ships Surcouf, Dyuper, Picard, Vendée, Alert, Arago, Jean Charcot, six minesweepers, Daphne and Doris submarines, as well as airplanes and helicopters. The Italians and Americans also took part in the search: they sent four minesweepers and the Skylark rescue boat.

The approximate area of the death of Eridis was found quickly. The place, where patrol aircraft Atlantic saw the submarine during the last session, was found as well. A large spot of diesel fuel, pieces of plywood and a punch card with the name "Eridis" were found some time later. The remains of the submarine proved that the submarine had sunk. Experts began to investigate the disappearance of the submarine. They analyzed samples of the diesel fuel that was found on the water surface. The analysis showed that the fuel had a high content of sulfur, which was characteristic of the fuel of the lost submarine.

Four days after the start of the search, the administration of the French Navy announced the Eridis and 57 members of its crew perished. Officers on rescue ships removed their caps, and all ships of the French fleet blared their horns in m
emory of the victims.

Some time later, after analyzing the data of seismographs of coastal surveying laboratories, it was found that there was an explosion recorded on March 4th, at 7.28 a.m.. The place, where the tragedy occurred, was found quickly. However, it took specialists quite a while to find the submarine itself.

The relatives of the dead sailors demanded the submarine be found at all costs and the cause of its death be established. The French government asked the United States to assist in the search for Eridis. American rescue ship Mizar arrived in Toulon: the vessel successfully demonstrated her abilities during the search for the Thresher submarine. It was only on April 22, more than 1.5 months after the death of the submarine, when the Americans detected and identified several large fragments of Eridis scattered at depths from 600 to 1,100 meters ...

It was later found that a large fragment of the stern of the Eridis was resting in the center of a strange crater that was 30 meters in diameter. All metal fragments of the sub were strangely twisted and deformed. European newspapers started guessing. Design flaws? Crew error? The version about alien intervention was especially popular during that time. Some suggested that the Eridis collided with a merchant vessel. Indeed, Tunisian, Argentine and Greek cargo ships traveled across the area, where the accident occurred.

The results of the investigation have never been exposed to the general public. The death of the Eridis caused national shock in France. A few years before, three French submarines sank with their crews near Toulon, one after another. On December 6, 1946, U-2326 submarine tragically sank (France received the submarine after the defeat of Nazi Germany). On September 23, 1952, submarine Sibylle was lost (former British R.229 Sportsman). January 27, 1968 became the day when France lost Minerve sub (of the same type with Eridis).

The reasons of those disasters remain a mystery. Is there a Bermuda Triangle in the Mediterranean Sea?
In Toulon, at one of the main bases of the French Navy, a monument to the dead submariners was erected. The French still go there to honor the memory of the dead submariners. 



Hi Shipmates, You Marine Corps Devildogs, You Fly Boy Air Force Cads, & You Ground Pounding Army Dogs,

I wanted to send this to you all as I thought you might be interested.


Ed Sailor will be speaking at Emerald Ridge High School on May 21st.


Ed is one of four remaining fliers from Doolittle's Raiders that flew off an aircraft carrier in early 1942 to conduct a bombing mission over Japan. They flew off the carriers in bombers knowing they would not return, but went anyway.


Ed's plane completed its mission, but they had to ditch in the ocean just off the coast of China because they ran out of fuel.


His crew was rescued by the Chinese, and were eventually repatriated with American Forces where Ed continued to fly missions over Europe, if my memory serves me correct.


I got to listen to him speak a couple of years ago, when he was in his youth (He was in his 80's then) and I was riveted to my chair listening to his story.

If you can attend this event, I would strongly suggest you do. Ed, and the rest of the Doolittle Raiders are honest to god heros of the greatest generation. You will not be sorry you got to attend.

I have attached a flier with additional information.


Emerald Ridge High School Puyallup, WA 98374

“We shall never forget that it was our submarines that held the lines against the enemy while our fleets replaced losses and repaired wounds.”................Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, USN  ^

U36: Another Fuel Cell Submarine for the German Navy
Fuel Cell Today, May 16

ne of the most modern non-nuclear submarines in the world has been named during a ceremony at the shipyard of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, a company of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG. This marks another important milestone in the ongoing shipbuilding programme for the German Navy: U36 is the second boat of the second batch of HDW Class 212A submarines destined for operation in the Navy. The German town of Plauen has assumed sponsorship for U36. The ultra-modern submarine was named by Silke Elsner, companion to the Mayor.

The contract to deliver a second batch of two HDW Class 212A submarines was signed on 22nd September 2006 in Koblenz with the German Office for Military Technology and Procurement/BWB (now the German Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Employment of the Bundeswehr/BAAINBW). The submarine building activities are taking place at the shipyards of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Kiel and Emder Werft- und Dockbetriebe in Emden.

The two additional units will be largely identical to their sister ships from the first batch. They are also equipped with the HDW air-independent fuel cell propulsion system which has already given excellent results in operations with the boats of the first batch. The German Navy submarine U32 gave renewed proof of this in April 2013. On the way to participate in naval exercises in the USA the boat produced a new record for non-nuclear submarines with 18 days in submerged transit without snorkeling.

To meet changes in operational scenarios and to take constant technological advances into account, a number of modifications have been made in the second batch:

• Integration of a communications system for Network Centric Warfare
• Installation of an integrated Sonar and Command and Weapon Control System
• Installation of a superficial lateral antenna sonar
• Replacement of one periscope by an optronics mast
• Installation of a hoistable mast with towable antenna-bearing buoy to enable communication from the deep submerged submarine
• Integration of a lock system for Special Operation Forces
• Tropicalisation to enable world-wide operations.
The Italian Navy has also decided in favour of a second batch of two HDW Class 212A submarines, which are being built under license by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri. That means that the Italian Navy will soon also have four boats of this class available for operations.


USS Key West heads to Guam
Adam Linhardt, Key News, May 16

Whenever the crew of the USS Key West submarine gathers, blasts from multiple conch shells are sure to follow, the vessel's commander said.

"We just had the 113th birthday of the U.S. submarine fleet, and I think the conch shells were going nonstop during the birthday ball," said Capt. Mark Benjamin, laughing.

The two-year overhaul of one of the first fast-attack nuclear-powered submarines to launch missiles into Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks is complete, and its 160-man crew is gearing up for its first post-refit mission.

The 362-foot USS Key West, named after the Southernmost City, is now home in Guam after a long stint in Hawaii, where its weapons and engineering systems were refitted, Benjamin said.

USS Key West, which moved to Guam in November, is now part of Pacific Fleet Submarine Squadron 15 along with the USS Chicago and USS Oklahoma City.

"We're the only forward deployed submarine squadron in the world, meaning we're not homeported in a U.S. state," Benjamin said.
Guam is a U.S. territory -- not a state -- in the western Pacific Ocean.

The USS Key West is one of 62 Los Angeles-class submarines, which make up the core of the U.S. submarine fleet and carry Tomahawk cruise missiles.

"Later this year we begin our tactical readiness examinations, and then we should be ready for our mission by early next year," Benjamin said.
The specifics of that mission are classified, as are details of the USS Key West's sensing, communications and some weapons systems.
"Everything that was analog has been replaced with digital microprocessors and we've shifted to all electronic charts," Benjamin said. "No more paper charts."

They've also added an infrared capability to the periscope, but most other work remains secret.

The crew is excited for its first mission since the updates, but is also looking forward to another visit to the sub's namesake city, though the ongoing budget fiasco known as sequestration has soured the mood, Benjamin said.

Some crew last visited Key West in November to better learn about the city and take some mementos back while the submarine was being refitted. The crew took part in the Veterans Day parade on Duval Street and visited local schools.

The Key West Military Affairs Committee built the sailors' parade float -- a replica submarine.

"We're trying to get back (to visit Key West), but the Navy has made clear that it's not going to happen until we get through this budget situation," Benjamin said.

The committee sent the crew more Key West memorabilia, to include in the ship's interior upgrades so lockers can reflect scenes from the island city.

USS Key West is the third Navy vessel to bear the name. She was built in Newport News, Va., and commissioned September 1987. 


Navy tests anti-mine drones in Gulf drills
May. 15, 2013 - 10:17AM |
The Associated Press

MANAMA, BAHRAIN — The U.S. Navy is putting underwater drones through wartime-style drills as part of international mine-clearing exercises in the Persian Gulf following similar maneuvers by Iran.

The U.S.-led exercises, which began last week, include operations by the unmanned SeaFox devices, which are equipped with sonar and an explosive charge designed to shoot and destroy mines. It is part of the Navy’s plans to increasingly deploy automated surveillance and protection systems, including aerial drones.

Navy commanders insist the exercises, comprising more than 41 nations, are not intended solely against possible Iranian threats. But Iran has previously warned it could block critical Gulf oil routes in retaliation for Western sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program.

In apparent response to the U.S.-led drills, Iran last week staged its own minesweeping operations. 

Guity plea set in Navy kickbacks case
May. 15, 2013 - 09:22AM |
The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One of several people charged as part of a federal investigation into an alleged $10 million kickback scheme targeting the Navy is scheduled to change his plea to guilty on tax evasion charges.

Ralph Mariano Jr. of North Providence is scheduled to appear Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence.

Mariano’s son, Ralph M. Mariano, a former Navy employee, is accused of being the ringleader of the scheme, allegedly using Navy contractors to funnel government money back to himself, his father and others.

Mariano Jr. is accused of failing to pay taxes on the money he received. He is in his 80s.

The younger Mariano and his girlfriend, Mary O’Rourke, are scheduled to go to trial next month.

Three other men have already pleaded guilty in the case. 

Prosecutors: Ex-sailor tried to pass "top secret" info
The Virginian-Pilot, 15 May 13

Federal prosecutors allege a former sailor tried last year to give not only information classified as "secret" to Russian agents - but also "top secret" information.

Robert P. Hoffman II, 39, a retired petty officer first class from Virginia Beach, is scheduled to be arraigned on a new indictment today in U.S. District Court.

A trial is scheduled for July 17, but Hoffman's attorneys have asked for a postponement.

Hoffman, who served as a cryptologist during his 20-year career, is accused of passing classified information to undercover FBI agents posing as Russian intelligence officers. The crime carries a possible death sentence, but federal prosecutors say they will not pursue that penalty.

In the original indictment, Hoffman was charged with trying to give the Russians information classified as secret regarding how to track U.S. submarines. In the new indictment, prosecutors claim he also tried to give the agents top-secret information relating to the United States' ability to track foreign warships.

According to court papers, the government classifies information as "secret" if its unauthorized disclosure could result in "serious" damage to national security. Information is deemed "top secret" if its release could result in "exceptionally grave" damage.

During a hearing in December, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Krask said the FBI sent Hoffman a letter in September after learning he had traveled to Eastern Europe. The letter purported to be from Moscow and asked Hoffman whether he wished to provide "technical assistance."
Krask said Hoffman responded the same day that he looked forward to "renewing our friendship."

Krask said Hoffman subsequently made three drops of classified information to undercover agents in Virginia Beach. He said the former sailor did not pass government documents but created his own from memory.

Hoffman's attorneys have argued he was entrapped by overzealous FBI agents who pursued him even after he tried to report his meetings to them. 

Pearl Harbor Survivor (Don Green) Remembered
COMSUBPAC Public Affairs, May 14
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) - A Pearl Harbor survivor and USS Pyro (AE1) Sailor was remembered in an intimate sunrise ceremony in which his ashes were committed into the waters of Pearl Harbor near the Arizona Memorial, May 14.

Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell helped honor the late Donald Green by presiding over the ceremony.

"As those shipmates who experienced World War II firsthand pass, it is important for us in service today to seek out their stories, share their experiences and continue to 'Never Forget' the lessons of history," remarked Caldwell.

Green was a Chief Petty Officer who along with his twin brother George, served on the ammunition ship USS Pyro (AE1) docked in Pearl Harbor during the attack by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941.

In an article by Kitsap Navy News published May 15, 2011, Green said he and his twin brother joined the Navy on their 18th birthdays to better themselves.

“It was just perfect for a guy like me,” said Green in the article. “It was something I could do to give myself a good life.”

On his last visit to Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 11, 2011, Green was interviewed by Commander Submarine Force Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) Public Affairs about his recollections about that infamous day. (To view the interview, go to this link:

Green described a scene of chaos and destruction.

“That Sunday morning, all hell broke loose,” said Green.

Green who had recently completed his duties as the Petty Officer of the Watch from midnight to 4am, was sleeping in his bunk when around 8am he was awoken by a loud explosion. He thought the sound was from the Army practicing bomb runs, but soon found out the real horror when the bomb blasts started feeling all too real. Green ran topside to investigate. To his unbelief Japanese Zero planes were strafing Pearl Harbor. He remembered seeing the red scarf worn by the Japanese Zero pilot as the pilot discharged the bomb out of his plane and narrowly missed the Pyro by 10 feet. Green ran and manned his machine gun and fired at the Japanese planes. The zero was eventually brought down by the same machine guns that were fitted a few months earlier.

In another news clipping that Green had saved, it said that the overall effort by Green and the other crew members in warding off attack by the Japanese played an important but little known part of the overall defense of Pearl Harbor, and in particular the ammunition depot at West Loch.

Green continued to say in the Kitsap Navy News article that his memories of fighting at Pearl Harbor were bittersweet.

“On one hand Pearl Harbor was a beautiful place,” said Green. ”But the loss of great lives during that war was hard to deal with.”
The ship later steamed out of Pearl Harbor and three days later was attacked by a Japanese submarine. Three torpedoes were fired at his ship but missed due to the ship following a zigzag pattern. Pyro’s five inch gun ended the confrontation as the ship and her crew survived the attack.

In the interview by COMSUBPAC Public Affairs, Green, originally from New Bedford, Mass., said he and brother George were fortunate to be stationed together on Pyro, and fortunate to make it out alive that infamous day.

After Sailing on Pyro, he continued his Navy career in other places such as Alaska, Washington state, the South Pacific, and New Hebrides Islands.

Green knew his decision to join the Navy was a move to better himself.

“What I like most is the fact that you meet amazing people,” said Green to Kitsap Navy News.

After 20 years of service, Green retired and continued working as a pipefitter foreman at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

Over the years, Green said there have been several reunions of former Pyro Sailors. Noting the importance of unit reunions, Green said in another news clipping he kept, that each time they got together, the group learned something new about that historical day.

“I think its important for all of us to know our history because it brought us to where we are today, said Green in that article.

Green has spoken at schools, Navy forums, and other events over the past several years about his experiences in Pearl Harbor. 


DoD employees to get 11 furlough days
May. 14, 2013 - 10:12AM |
By Sean Reilly

The Defense Department plans to furlough most civilian employees for 11 days by the end of September as the result of sequester-related budget cuts, a congressional aide said Tuesday. According to Bloomberg News, about 650,000 of 750,000 eligible DoD employees will be affected.

A department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to make an official announcement Tuesday afternoon at a town hall meeting at a Defense Department facility in Alexandria, Va.

Because of the sequester, the Pentagon is having to absorb about $37 billion in across-the-board cuts this year. DoD officials had originally planned to furlough employees for up to 22 days, but then reduced that number in March to 14 following passage of a final 2013 spending bill that provided more spending flexibility.

Federal unions and lawmakers have been pressing Hagel to give flexibility to individual military branches and Defense Department agencies to decide whether furloughs are necessary. Hagel rejected those calls, saying the department would adopt a consistent furlough policy that would apply to all DoD components as a matter of fairness.

Hear the audio: Chaos on bridge before brutal ship collision (Click)


Not long after midnight Aug. 12, the destroyer Porter cleared the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Persian Gulf. Five months into their deployment, it was the ship’s 13th straits transit and the commanding officer, Cmdr. Martin Arriola, left the pilothouse to attend to other matters.

Meanwhile, the destroyer was on a course to dart through tankers headed in the opposite direction. 

Russia detains alleged CIA officer in Moscow
Security forces say a CIA officer posing as a diplomat tried to recruit an intelligence officer
May. 14, 2013 - 09:32AM |

Russian security services said Tuesday that a U.S. CIA officer — allegedly caught with wigs, multiple eyeglasses and spy instructions — was detained in Moscow after allegedly attempting to recruit a Russian intelligence officer.

He was later turned over to the U.S. Embassy.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement that Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was carrying not only special technical equipment, including disguises, but a large sum of money in plastic sandwich bags.

According to a letter purportedly carried by Fogle, the potential recruit is promised $100,000 for meeting to discuss further cooperation and up to $1 million a year for information he provides in the future.

The letter, which also spells out how to set up a Gmail account and to contact his handlers, ends with the words: “Thank you for reading this. We look forward to working with you in the nearest future. Your friends.”

State television showed pictures of a man said to be Fogle sitting at a desk in FSB offices.

“The detainee was brought in the reception office of the Federal Security Service and after necessary procedures was handed over to the official representatives of the U.S. Embassy,” the FSB Public Relations Center said in a statement.

RT carried photographs showing Fogle being initially detained. He is wearing a baseball cap, sport shirt and has a backpack slung over his shoulder. A man, apparently a security officer, with his face intentionally blurred in the photograph, stands directly behind.

A second photograph shows him being handcuffed face down on the ground, his blond wig askew under his cap.

Another photograph shows a table filled with what is purportedly spy gear, including a blond and a black wig, three pairs of glasses, a flashlight, a map of Moscow and small plastic bags filled with 500-Euro notes.

The unusual publicity — complete with video and photos — given the arrest is particularly noteworthy, apparently intended either as a warning to the CIA for being too aggressive in its recruitment efforts or to other potential recruits of the risks involved .


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