Former U.S. Navy Seal and famed author of American Sniper Chris Kyle died on Saturday at a gun range in Glen Rose Texas on Saturday. The former Seal had 160 kills on his record. Kyle served four tours in Iraq, won two silver stars and five bronze stars in his military career.
Eddie Ray Routh had been arrested in connection with Kyles death and a unnamed second person. No motive has been identified at this time.
A fire erupted on board the USS Miami, SSN 755, a US Navy nuclear submarine, that was in port at the Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Seven people have been injured, five of them Navy firefighters while fighting the fire which began Wednesday but only extinguished Thursday. Officals described the fire as "challenging."
Firefighters were first summoned to the dry docks at 5:41pm and as the evening wore on, the fire grew to a four alarm fire.
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A US Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet based at Oceana Naval Air Station has crashed into a residential area of Virginia Beach, VA, with toxic smoke billowing from the scene and five people have been injured so far. The pilots of the downed aircraft are ok and ejected according to local reports.
Emergency crews are using foam hoping to bring the flames under control allowing rescue personnel to access the buildings to search for injured victims, but getting the foam there has been slow. It jet crashed at about 12:30 p.m. EDT.
Washington, D.C. -
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, announced the U.S. is sending four minesweepers into the Persian Gulf and will patrol waters off the coast of Iran as tension with the Islamic Republic continue to grow.
"We are moving four more mine sweeps to the theater," he said. "That'll make eight. We are moving airborne mine countermeasure helicopters. That'll take us to eight in theater. And ... those, working with the British mine sweeps there, which we exercise with frequently, sets us up a little bit there."
Cape Canaveral, Fla. -
The Air Force is set to launch a secret Navy satellite into orbit today using an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral. The launch window is from 5:42 p.m. to 6:26 p.m.
It was originally scheduled for Thursday but weather conditions forced the launch to be scrubbed. The satellite, Mobile User Objective communications, will help the Navy facilitate greater communications with its forces throughout the world.
Over the last few weeks Iran has been posturing increasingly more aggressive toward the U.S. and other western powers and has begun outfitting a fleet of small fast attack boats with warheads for suicide missions. Additionally, Iran has a large inventory of mines and has been publicly developing offensive missiles. Iran has threaten to shut down the all important Straits of Hormuz, of which, most of the oil from the area passes, if western powers impose any more sanctions.