BREAKING: Iran Backed Forces FIRE On US Warship In Red Sea

Iranian-backed forces fired two missiles at a U.S. Navy destroyer operating off the coast of Yemen in the Red Sea on Sunday, the Pentagon said in a statement. The Houthi rebels fired two shots, however, neither missile hit the ship.

The American warship was “definitely targeted,” a U.S. defense official told Fox News.

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This dramatic escalation comes a week after the U.S. Navy sent warships to the area when a United Arab Emirates flagged auxiliary ship was destroyed off the coast of Yemen by the Houthis. “We assess the missiles were launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen,” Pentagon spokesman Capt Jeff Davis said. “The United States remains committed to ensuring freedom of navigation everywhere in the world, and we will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our ships and our service members.” h/t foxnews

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It was not immediately clear how close the missiles came to the destroyer.

Real Life Castaways Spell HELP With Palm Leaves Get Rescued

Three real-life castaways are alive and in good health after their three-hour boat tour went very wrong. The men ended up stranded on a small deserted island for days.

The men were rescued after near by aircraft spotted “HELP” spelled with palm leaves in the sand of the tiny island. The men also waved orange life jackets in a successful effort to catch the attention of a U.S. Navy rescue plane.

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The men had set off for a small island in Micronesia to catch a plane, but never made it. Late at night, their boat was taken out by a big wave and sunk in the middle of the ocean. Continue reading

NAVY: Iran Stalking US Carriers Using Drones [Video]

Navy officials confirmed Iranian forces are flying unmanned aerial vehicles over carriers operating in international waters in the Persian Gulf.

Crew members of French carrier, Charles de Gaulle spotted the drone flying over their vessel and the USS Harry S. Truman who are were engaged in a joint exercise earlier this month.

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According to 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, the unknown and unarmed UAV approached the two carriers on Jan. 12 operating in the Persian Gulf when it was spotted by the crew of the Charles de Gaulle. Continue reading

U.S. Military Grounds Entire Fleet Of F35 Jets

Dubbed, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapon, the U.S. military on Friday grounded their entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets due to potential cracks in its engine components.

f35Ground crews discovered such a crack during a routine inspection in California. CNN.

The Pentagon said in a statement that it was too early to assess the impact on the nearly $400 billion fleet of jets designed for use by the Navy, Air Force and Marines.

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The program has been beset by cost overruns and various technical problems during development.

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Currently, there are 51 planes in the F-35 fleet.

USS REAGAN CREW EXPOSED TO RADIATION [UPDATED]

UPDATED:
Seventeen crew members aboard the USS Ronald Reagan were treated for low level radiation. The radiation was detected after the crew returned to the carrier aboard three helicopters. They were decontaminated along with the helicopters.

The commanding officer of the Reagan has written the following on his Facebook:

Friends and Family of USS Ronald Reagan:

I want to take this opportunity to personally assure you that first and foremost all personnel aboard the USS Ronald Reagan are safe and healthy.

During our mission to assist our close allies of Japan, we were operating near the radioactive plume from Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant. As you may have already heard, radioactivity was detected on 17 personnel from our ship, however, we promptly took the proper precautions and the radioactivity was easily removed by using soap and water. The levels that were detected were very low levels. To put this into perspective, the maximum radiation dose received was equal to the amount of natural background radiation one would receive in one month from sources such as rocks, soil and the sun.

Ronald Reagan has since repositioned away from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

As a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, we have extensive technical expertise onboard to properly monitor such types of risks, and if necessary, rapidly resolve the situation.

We have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that everyone is safe. We have closely monitored spaces, evaluated everyone who has flown or worked on the flight deck and cleaned the aircraft.

I have not seen any levels of radiation or contamination that would cause me to have any significant concerns at all.

As we continue to assist Japan in this terrible catastrophe, our Sailor’s–and your loves ones’– safety will remain at the top of my priority list.

Capt. Thom Burke