Author Sam Fellman

Something crashed a swim meet at the Naval Academy’s pool. More than 800 swimmers, ages 8 to 17, gathered there over the weekend for the Maryland Swimming Championship meet, held at Lejeune Hall on the academy’s campus when an intestinal bug struck, reports The Annapolis Capital. The pool soon became a sick ward, with enough swimmers vomiting that the meet had to be stopped for 15 minutes so the deck could be swabbed. One parent at the meet told The Annapolis Capital that she saw a swimmer hit the end of his lane, throw up, then flip and continue the race. “It…

Reversing two previous refusals, the Navy granted conscientious objector status to a submariner-in-training and honorably discharged him on Feb. 16, the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented him, said in a press release Tuesday. The former ensign, Michael Izbicki, 25, found his Quaker views diverging from those required of a naval officer as he entered active duty. In a routine psychological screening at nuclear power school, as he prepared to serve aboard submarines, he was asked if he would launch a nuclear missile. He answered no. Izbicki had embraced pacifism after a period of intense study and reflection. But in…

It’s Pablo Escobar meets John Holland: drug lords built a 99-foot-long submarine, believed to be the first Colombian narco-sub capable of traveling fully submerged, Colombian officials said Monday. It even sported a periscope. The fiberglass sub, crewed by four, had been designed to haul up to eight tons of narcotics and could travel 9 feet underwater, powered by two diesel engines, Colombian officials told the Associated Press. Tipped off to its existence, the Colombian military seized the sub from its makeshift berth on a jungle river, hundreds of miles off the country’s northwest coast. No one was aboard, however. Col.…

The Navy has selected its top junior officer ship-drivers. These 28 officers, from ensign to lieutenant, were chosen by squadron and group commanders from across the Navy as part of an annual competition – think American Idol, but for steering gray hulls through busy shipping channels instead of belting out pop-rock. “Reaching this point in the competition has distinguished these officers as the best of the best in the Navy,” Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis said in Navy newsstand story. Curtis, the commander of Naval Surface Forces, along with Rear Adm. David Thomas Jr., the commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic,…

Fire-ravaged and collision-bruised, an Indian frigate floundered at the dock in Mumbai early Sunday and sank in about 22 feet of water. By late Monday, only the mast of the Vindhyagiri was visible, the Hindustan Times reported. The frigate’s troubles began late Sunday afternoon. Some of the crew of 400 had brought along their families for a relaxing family day cruise and by 4:45 p.m. the frigate, along with another Indian warship, was headed back into port, The Times of India reported. A container ship, M.V. Nordlake, was headed out to sea. The first Indian warship arranged a port-to-port passage…

A star high school baseball player from Maryland is accused of stealing bats, gloves, spikes and more from the Naval Academy baseball team this fall and turning around and selling it on eBay, according to court records released this week. The loot, allegedly stolen in mid-September from the locker room and coach’s office at Bishop Stadium around Sept. 16, reads like a start-up kit for a minor league team: a radar gun, a projector and projector screen, a catcher’s helmet, sunglasses, dozens of gloves, spikes, wooden bats and a can of pine tar. The alleged thief — whose eBay username was “qualityathleticgear” — was caught…

An Ohio-class ballistic submarine on strategic patrol in the Atlantic Ocean. // U.S. Navy Would you push the button and launch a nuclear missile, if ordered to? By the time Ensign Michael Izbicki was asked this question in a routine psychological screening at nuclear power school, he had had a religious awakening. He had read the book, Choosing Against War: A Christian View, and had embraced pacifistic Quaker beliefs after periods of intense study and reflection. Izbicki — a 24-year-old Naval Academy graduate, who holds a master’s degree in computer science from John Hopkins University — answered no, he wouldn’t…

The U.S. isn’t the only country integrating women into its submarine force.  But the Bulgarian Navy’s new policy comes with a knotty Catch-22: Female sailors are suddenly welcome in the submarine service right as lawmakers decided to scrap the country’s only submarine.  The sole submarine is all-but-extinct Soviet Romeo class diesel named the “Slava,” Bulgarian for “Glory.” The rust-covered boat has been inoperable for at least 10 years. Women, making up 14 percent of the Bulgarian armed forces, will be able to apply for submarines and the national guard now, as part of a larger military reform effort, the Agence France-Presse reported…

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