Author Kevin Lilley

Those of you who’ve already used the world’s most popular search engine this morning likely were greeted by a brief animation: A woman operating an old-school, room-sized computer, which spit out the number 107 and what appears to be a moth. It’s an unusual place to find a visual representation of Navy history, but it’s an honor, nonetheless — the Google “doodle” comes on what would’ve been the 107th birthday of Rear Adm. Grace Hopper: primary developer of the Common Business Oriented Language, better known as COBOL, and an officer whose career spanned five decades. Head to Naval History and…

Sailors assigned to the Marianas detachment of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 kept Guam safe from a blast from the past. On Thursday, after an evacuation, their “render safe” procedure on a 500-pound, World War II-era bomb found near the entrance to the naval magazine proved successful. The team disarmed the bomb’s tail and nose fuzes before it was removed from the area for disposal, according to a post on Naval Base Guam’s official Facebook page. The bomb was found on a construction site. Lt. Dhruy Parashar, the unit’s officer in charge, had some words of advice for others…

Former Chief Gunner’s Mate Kenneth Felt figures he shot his first deer when he was 13, walking home from grade school in Minnesota. That one didn’t get any media attention. But the one he bagged 80 years later, using a long gun that dates to the 1870s, has made him a bit of a celebrity. Felt, 93, has been the subject of multiple media reports since his Nov. 13 hunting trip with a .50 caliber Husqvarna with rolling block action — a favorite of George Custer, among others. Walking on the same 260 acres he bought after his return to…

Sailors assigned to Navy Explosive Disposal Mobile Unit 5, Detachment Marianas, are about to get a history lesson. Everybody else is about to get out of the way. Beginning at 3 p.m. local time Thursday, the area surrounding Naval Base Guam Ordnance Annex will be evacuated to allow for a “render safe” procedure on a 500-pound, World War II-era bomb found earlier this week, according to this Naval Base Guam Facebook post. The bomb was discovered at a construction site near the entrance to the annex, formerly known as Naval Magazine Guam. Anyone within 2,150 feet of the construction site…

That old saying about a picture being worth 1,000 words? There’s a reason everybody says it: A few words, anyway: As the striking photo above — part landscape, part history lesson — shows, the crew of the aircraft carrier Nimitz made its way to Pearl Harbor on Tuesday, en route to a pre-Christmas homecoming in Everett, Wash. As the ship passed by the USS Arizona Memorial, sailors and Marines paid tribute to fellow service members lost during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack. “Every time I stand up there, I feel goosebumps when we pass the Arizona,” Interior Communications 2nd Class…

The CBS drama “NCIS,” now in its 11th season, reigns supreme in the weekly Nielsen TV ratings (football excluded) and has fans at the highest level of the sea service. It’s launched one successful spinoff and has plans for a second. Thanks to reruns on cable, the Mark Harmon-led procedural is rapidly becoming this generation’s “MASH” when it comes to the most likely show to pop up when you turn on your television. But there has to be a limit. And the folks at Fox Japan are testing it. From Dec. 29 to Jan. 8, the network will air 234…

The Navy commissioned the fleet ocean tug Quapaw in 1944. The 205-foot ship served in the Pacific theater near the close of World War II, aided warships off Inchon during the Korean War and added to its collection of Battle Stars during Vietnam. Decommissioned in 1985, it came to a less-than-glorious end, sinking at a Richmond, Calif., dock in 2011 and eventually being scrapped earlier this year. But the USS Quapaw Association had one last chapter in mind. Members asked Allied Defense Recycling officials whether they would donate one of the tug’s bow anchors to the Quapaw Tribal Museum in…

The Naval Academy football team clinched its trip to the postseason in decisive fashion Saturday, rolling over South Alabama 42-14 in Annapolis to move to 6-4 on the year. The win guarantees Navy will finish its regular season at .500 or better, meaning it can accept a bid to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, which kicks off at 11:45 a.m. Eastern on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Navy’s set to face a team from the Mountain West Conference, though the Mids might not know which team until early December. Can’t swing a trip to Texas over the holidays?…

When Cmdr. Roger Meyer led the attack submarine Miami on a successful five-month deployment in 2010, he couldn’t have known he’d be the last commanding officer to take the boat on patrol. But a May 2012 fire set by a worker at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, effectively ended the Miami’s service life. Despite a 10-hour effort to battle the blaze, led by Meyer, it would’ve cost $450 million to repair the sub — an expenditure that the Navy decided in August wasn’t worth it. Instead of 10 more years of service, five more deployments and a handful more…

A movie based on the ambush of a Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan has generated Academy Award buzz for its lead actor, Mark Wahlberg. After the premiere of “Lone Survivor” on Tuesday night in Hollywood, Wahlberg generated some buzz of his own. Asked about preparing for the role of Marcus Luttrell, whose book recounting the 2005 mission served as the basis of the film, Wahlberg offered a profanity-filled tirade aimed at actors who compare their jobs to those of service members. Various entertainment-media outlets reported the speech. Here’s a cleaned-up version of the remarks, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter:…

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