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[HTML1] By now, you probably know that despite some budget-related hiccups, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln has arrived in dry dock for its midlife refueling — a process that will take until November 2016 and cost about $3.3 billion. What does a three-year, $3 billion refueling procedure look like? Well, the folks at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding gave us a bit of an idea with the above video — a time-lapse recording of the flattop making its way into its new home. It appears to be a tight fit, and it’ll get even tighter: More than 3,800 shipyard…

Earlier today, BuzzFeed posted a snapshot of the front page of 51 newspapers around the country ten years ago on March 20, 2003, the first day of the Iraq War. As a weekly publication, Navy Times didn’t publish the first day of the war, but the following Monday, this was our front page: We had a special 12-page section, titled the “War on Iraq.” The collection of six articles told the stories of the first missiles launched from ships in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, oil well fires started by Iraqis and airstrikes taking off from the flight decks…

Watch the trailer below, then read on to find out why you haven’t seen it until now: The good news for naval aviators, students of the 1980s and fans of Kenny Loggins — a remastered, 3-D version of “Top Gun” will hit IMAX screens nationwide later this week. The trailer says it’s a six-day engagement beginning Friday, but some theaters will have special Thursday screenings. Why only six days? And why not a mainstream marketing push? Why wasn’t a shirtless 3-D Tom Cruise playing volleyball during commercial breaks of the Super Bowl? Although Cruise’s cocky Maverick may be the face…

Forget a gingerbread house — this year, sailors aboard carrier John C. Stennis built an entire gingerbread village. The two-week project used 60 pans of gingerbread, baked with more than 700 pounds of flour, 120 pounds of brown sugar and 15 gallons of molasses, according to a Navy press release. Sailors aboard the carrier celebrated the holidays with hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies while admiring the village covered in lights and garlands when it was unveiled Dec. 9. “We wanted to give the crew a sense of hominess,” Culinary Specialist Seaman Kari Sheldon said in the release. “Even though…

Update: Shatner’s publicist told The Virginian-Pilot on Thursday night that he will no longer be beaming up to the ceremony due to a change of schedule. He is still scheduled to perform tonight at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. There will be one captain at the Enterprise’s inactivation ceremony who has never served on the high seas. Actor William Shatner, also known as Capt. James T. Kirk on Star Trek, will attend the ceremony for Big E on Saturday in Norfolk, Va., the Daily Press reported. Shatner’s publicist confirmed that the commander of the fictional starship…

Despite requests from a group of veterans who wanted to make the famed carrier Enterprise a museum, prohibitively high costs will make that impossible, Military.com reported. Because it is nuclear-powered, large sections of the ship will be removed after its decommissioning, scheduled for Dec. 1, to take out the nuclear reactors. Replacing those sections and implementing a new power system on the ship would be too expensive, likely costing tens of millions of dollars, Rear Adm. Thomas Moore, the Navy’s program executive officer for carriers, told the website. Some artifacts, like the last flag flown over the ship, plaques and…

In cases like this, it’s probably best to let the video speak for itself: The guy sitting on the plane in the above screen grab (and, in the clip’s opening shot, fixing a fence with a rake while wearing a tuxedo and drinking a martini; we told you it’s best to let the video speak for itself) is F-18 pilot Lt. Clayton Heyward. His YouTube proposal to superstar recording artist Katy Perry — in the form of a parody song set to her hit “E.T.” — is a simple one: Make the trip from Hollywood to Fresno, Calif., and be…

Though Senior Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate (AW/SW) David Janssen missed being with his daughter during past deployments, it won’t be a problem in his upcoming one. Janssen will deploy aboard the carrier Harry S. Truman with his daughter Breanna, a gunner’s mate 3rd class. It will be her first deployment, and the ninth and final deployment for her father. “While I may not be able to make up the time we’ve lost, at least I’ll be right beside her this time around,” said David Janssen, the leading chief petty officer of maintenance control for the “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early…

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