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By Christopher Bambury and Christopher Bambury,Special to the Sun | June 4, 2000
Among the events featured in next weekend's Civil War re-enactments in Harrisburg, Pa., will be a mock naval battle between two replicas of the world's first true iron-clad warships, the Confederacy's Virginia and the Union's Monitor. The two vessels, which will meet June 9 on the Susquehanna River, played small but important roles in the war and had profound impact on naval technology. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the Union navy, which was superior in size and strength to the Confederate navy, began a blockade of Southern ports.
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October 27, 2012
Recently, Rep. Andy Harris sent a broadside e-mail to constituents under the subject line "President Obama Engages in Unnecessary Attack on U.S. Navy. " The message included the following statement by Mr. Harris: "When I was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1988 we had 565 ships - and today we are down to 287. As a retired naval officer, President Obama's denigration of the U.S. Navy by comparing warships to horses is offensive. " Does Mr. Harris really believe that President Obama was comparing warships to horses?
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September 22, 1996
Max Manus, 81, a World War II resistance fighter, died Friday in Oslo, Norway. He was part of Kompani Linge, volunteers trained in England for missions in Norway during the Nazi occupation. He sank German warships and blew up more than 100 German warplanes. He wrote two best-selling books and an autobiography.Vera Brodsky Lawrence, 87, a pianist, editor and historian of American music whose research helped bring the works of Scott Joplin and Louis Moreau Gottschalk to the attention of contemporary performers, died Wednesday at her home in New York City.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
Plans to sink the former destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford off the Maryland coast this spring to serve as a fish reef will apparently not be affected by the Navy's decision to recycle, rather than sink, four other retired warships. Environmental officials in Delaware said they still plan to sink the 563-foot former Navy destroyer in about 135 feet of water, 30 miles off the coast. Maryland and New Jersey are partners in the project. It would be the longest vessel ever converted for use as an offshore reef on the East Coast.
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October 27, 2012
Recently, Rep. Andy Harris sent a broadside e-mail to constituents under the subject line "President Obama Engages in Unnecessary Attack on U.S. Navy. " The message included the following statement by Mr. Harris: "When I was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1988 we had 565 ships - and today we are down to 287. As a retired naval officer, President Obama's denigration of the U.S. Navy by comparing warships to horses is offensive. " Does Mr. Harris really believe that President Obama was comparing warships to horses?
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June 27, 1992
C'MON ABOARD: If visiting ships turn you on, this is a good weekend to come aboard. Four modern Dutch warships and two Polish sailing vessels, one of them a bona fide tall sailing ship, are open for tours today and tomorrow.The Polish ships, the Dar Mlodziezy and Zawisza Czarny, are here en route to New York for that city's Columbus Quincentennial Celebration. Most of the world's tall ships are participating in this international event, which began with a race from Cadiz, Spain, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, this spring.
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By Michael Kilian and Michael Kilian,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 29, 1996
The "hallowed grounds" of the Civil War include some very hallowed waters.Americans and foreign visitors alike make pilgrimages to the great battlefields of the War Between the States in an unending stream. The names of these killing grounds have been immortalized and sanctified by the sacrifice they represent and the importance of their outcomes -- Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Fort Donelson, Shiloh.But a little more than an hour's drive from Richmond -- indeed, just a half an hour east from such historic destinations as Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown -- is a place that ought to be as honored.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 11, 2005
TOKYO - In a muscular display of its rising military and economic might, China deployed a fleet of five warships Friday near a gas field in the East China Sea, a potentially resource-rich area that is disputed by China and Japan. The ships, including a guided-missile destroyer, were spotted by a Japanese military patrol plane near the Chunxiao gas field, according to Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces. It is believed to be the first time that Chinese warships have been seen in that area.
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By Los Angeles Times | September 24, 1990
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia -- The invasion of Kuwait was part of a war plan drafted as many as five years ago by President Saddam Hussein that had as its goal the seizure of eastern Saudi Arabian oil fields, according to U.S. officials.Newly gathered intelligence indicates that the Iraqi plan envisioned no more than a strategic pause in Kuwait before Iraqi forces continued southward into Saudi Arabia.Administration officials have said the intelligence community provided adequate warning that Iraq was capable of attack.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff writer | June 3, 1991
Allied and Axis warships battled it out for two hours Saturday in Odenton's Patuxent Pond, serving up a barrage of artillery that left four U.S. and British ships under water and the powers from Japan and Germany claiming victory."
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2011
Out of the water for the first time since 1998, the 1854 sloop of war Constellation looked pretty good to its caretakers Thursday as they walked beneath its grimy hull, now propped up in dry dock at the Sparrows Point Shipyard. "I think we're surprised she's as clean as she is, for being in the water for 13 years," said Chris Rowsom, executive director for Historic Ships in Baltimore. "It shouldn't be too difficult to get her washed up and painted. " High on blocks just aft of Constellation is the 1944 submarine Torsk, which faces much more extensive work.
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By David Wood and David Wood,david.wood@baltsun.com | February 13, 2009
On a day he described as "not too hot, calm seas," Navy Cmdr. Stephen F. Murphy surveyed the sparkling water ahead of his ship, the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan, as it embarked on aggressive anti-pirate operations launched this week by the U.S. Navy. Murphy, a Catonsville native and Naval Academy graduate, is patrolling the Gulf of Aden, a million square miles of water squeezed between the coast of Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula. Each year 26,000 merchant ships and oil tankers traverse this vital sea lane of global commerce.
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By From Sun news services | September 30, 2008
U.S. warships surround hijacked freighter NAIROBI, Kenya: U.S. warships yesterday surrounded an arms-laden freighter hijacked by pirates, sealing off any possible escape in a standoff near the craggy Somalia coastline. Lt. Nathan Christensen, a Navy spokesman, said that "several destroyers and missile cruisers" had joined the U.S. destroyer that was already following the hijacked vessel. He would not specify the number of warships or what they would do if the pirates refused to surrender.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,SUN REPORTER | July 4, 2008
The vessel's radar picks up objects as small as a fly, sensing potential hazards more than 100 miles away. Its 100,000-plus-horsepower jet engines go from full speed ahead - about 45 mph - to a dead stop in less than a length and a half of the 510-foot ship. And the systems that fire its Tomahawk missiles and torpedoes are wired with high-speed optical fiber. The new USS Sterett, a $1.3 billion missile destroyer, ranks among the world's most technically advanced warships. It officially starts duty in Baltimore in early August, the first major naval ship to be commissioned here in nearly a quarter-century.
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By New York Times News Service | January 8, 2008
WASHINGTON -- In a confrontation in the strategically important Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, five Iranian boats took aggressive actions near three U.S. naval vessels, a Pentagon spokesman said yesterday, calling the brief standoff "reckless and dangerous." The incident, which lasted about 20 minutes and ended uneventfully, took place in international waters, said the spokesman, Bryan Whitman. The American vessels were a destroyer, a frigate and a cruiser. The Iranian government said the episode ended immediately when the vessels recognized one another, Whitman and other officials, however, described a tense confrontation in the strait, a narrow, vital passage through which millions of barrels of oil are shipped every day. Oil prices on world markets spurted briefly on the news, which was first reported by CNN yesterday morning.
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By Bob Drogin and Bob Drogin,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 24, 2007
VIENNA, Austria -- Defying the international community, Iran has sharply upgraded its capacity to enrich uranium in recent months while the outside world's access to and grasp of Iran's nuclear program "has deteriorated," according to a unusually blunt report yesterday by the International Atomic Energy Agency. As two U.S. aircraft carriers and a flotilla of warships steamed into the Persian Gulf for previously unannounced exercises, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency warned that it could not "provide assurances about ... the exclusively peaceful nature" of Iran's expanding nuclear effort.
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By New York Times News Service | September 3, 1995
WASHINGTON -- After 50 years as the global symbol of America's military might, the aircraft carrier may soon be shoved off center stage by a new warship that would be able to rain 500 missiles within a matter of minutes on targets hundreds of miles away, without risking pilots' lives.Prospects for that ship, which is still on the drawing board but could be in the fleet within five years, raise questions about how many new carriers the Navy will need. A carrier costs $4.5 billion to build and $440 million a year to operate.
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By From Sun news services | September 30, 2008
U.S. warships surround hijacked freighter NAIROBI, Kenya: U.S. warships yesterday surrounded an arms-laden freighter hijacked by pirates, sealing off any possible escape in a standoff near the craggy Somalia coastline. Lt. Nathan Christensen, a Navy spokesman, said that "several destroyers and missile cruisers" had joined the U.S. destroyer that was already following the hijacked vessel. He would not specify the number of warships or what they would do if the pirates refused to surrender.
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By MEGAN K. STACK AND LAURA KING and MEGAN K. STACK AND LAURA KING,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 15, 2006
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Israeli fighter jets demolished Hezbollah's headquarters in the southern suburbs of Beirut yesterday, after striking power plants, the main highway leading from the city to Damascus and Beirut's airport. Hezbollah's leader, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, responding to the destruction of the apartment building that served as his home and headquarters, warned that attacks by Hezbollah fighters would intensify and reach new targets. "To the Zionists, you wanted an open war and you will have it," he said in a statement, promising "to reach Haifa and even farther."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 11, 2005
TOKYO - In a muscular display of its rising military and economic might, China deployed a fleet of five warships Friday near a gas field in the East China Sea, a potentially resource-rich area that is disputed by China and Japan. The ships, including a guided-missile destroyer, were spotted by a Japanese military patrol plane near the Chunxiao gas field, according to Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces. It is believed to be the first time that Chinese warships have been seen in that area.
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