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Admiral: 8-month deployments not sustainable

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy’s top admiral told sailors on Wednesday, Oct. 22, that lengthy eight-month deployments are no longer sustainable and that he’s got a plan to make seven-month cruises the standard. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert made the comments during an all-hands call aboard the USS Kearsarge at Naval Station Norfolk. [...]

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Ukraine parliament says 100s died in battle

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A report by Ukraine’s parliament revealed Monday that more than 300 soldiers were killed during a weeks-long battle that marked a crushing setback in the military campaign to root out pro-Russian separatist forces in the east. The report is the first official confirmation of the scale of a defeat in [...]

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Aircraft carrier Bush to begin heading home to Va.

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is set to begin heading to its homeport in Norfolk. According to the Navy, the ship was relieved in the Arabian Gulf by the carrier Carl Vinson on Saturday, Oct 18, and should soon depart for home. The USS George H.W. Bush was deployed in mid-February. [...]

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Navy to give public tours of 3 warships in Va.

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy is inviting the public to come aboard and tour three of its warships in Virginia. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely and USS Gonzalez will be open to public viewing on Oct. 18. The tours at Naval Station Norfolk are part of Fleet Week Hampton [...]

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East Ukraine rebels keep up drive to take airport

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Defense officials in Ukraine said Tuesday there has been no letup in efforts by pro-Russia separatist fighters in the east to capture the airport in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk. Security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said rebels fired on the terminal from tanks, artillery systems and multiple rocket launchers. A [...]

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NATO military committee officials meet in Va.

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Members of NATO’s military committee are in Virginia getting an update from the alliance’s only command in North America. Officials from the military committee are visiting NATO’s Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 8. The committee’s visit to the command occurs once a year. The Norfolk-based command [...]

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New Polish premier wants more US military presence

  WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s new prime minister says she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in Poland because the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland’s security and the U.S.-Polish relationship even more important. Speaking Wednesday at her inauguration, Ewa Kopacz promised to take a “pragmatic” approach to Ukraine but said she [...]

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Darius Rucker to perform at Va. military base

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Country music artist Darius Rucker will perform a free concert for military members in Hampton Roads. The Navy says Rucker will perform at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach on Oct. 10, 2014. The base is home to amphibious warships and special warfare forces, among other things. The [...]

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Poland tests border protection in major exercise

  WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland launched a major military exercise with international allies on Wednesday to test joint response to security threats at a time of armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine. Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said the original plan for the biannual Anakonda exercise was to involve only Polish command officers. But because of [...]

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Cease-fire in eastern Ukraine violated

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Mortar fire struck an apartment block in the rebel-held east Ukraine city of Donetsk overnight, yet another violation of a cease-fire between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents. While both sides said Tuesday they saw progress on the ground in fulfilling an agreement to pull back heavy artillery weapons from [...]

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US general: Arab nations need to help in Iraq

  ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday. “We want them to wake up every day realizing that [...]

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