If you’re in New England this summer and looking for something more than a barbecue on Independence Day, why not take a cruise through Boston harbor on the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat? A lottery for 150 open spots on the USS Constitution’s annual July 4 voyage went live Feb. 3, for the ship’s last turnaround cruise before it goes into a dry dock for repairs through 2018. Guests aboard “Old Ironsides” will enjoy a three-hour trip around the harbor, complete with 21-gun salute exchange with Fort Independence on Castle Island in South Boston. To enter, simply fill out a…

The Navy’s collection of wartime art has almost skipped a generation — a problem you can help solve. Art curators with Naval History and Heritage Command have plenty of pieces from World War II and the Korean War — everything from paintings by official Navy artists to cartoons drawn on notebook paper. Vietnam and Desert Storm are well-represented in the Navy Art Collection, as well, but there are few works from current sailors. So, do you fill your downtime with doodles? When the ship needs a mural, does everyone in the room turn to you? Do you hope the characters…

For most media outlets outside the Annapolis, Md., area, intense coverage of the Naval Academy athletic program begins sometime in early December and ends immediately after the ritual gridiron-based thumping of a rival service academy of note. But a promotion by the school’s athletics-marketing arm has earned national attention in recent days: Fans who beat the school mascot, Bill the Goat, at rock-paper-scissors before a Feb. 5 men’s basketball game against Boston University will earn free admission. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Fans can throw hands with the mascot from 6:15 to 6:45 for the chance to win a…

Three culinary specialists with the amphibious dock landing ship Oak Hill prevailed Friday at the fourth annual Best of the Mess competition in Virginia Beach, Va. Six teams of Navy cooks went spatula-to-spatula at the event, put on by the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund, bringing their best dishes to fit this year’s Taste of Tuscany theme, according to a Navy news release. Teams from the carriers Abraham Lincoln and George H.W. Bush; Naval Station Norfolk, Va.; Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.; Submarine Force Atlantic and the Oak Hill created an appetizer, entree and dessert for the contest, with certain…

[HTML1] The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln entered a Virginia shipyard last March for a midlife overhaul that will last until October 2016. While the flattop is out of the fleet’s deployment plans for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean its sailors are getting a break. In the video above, from his ship’s barren bridge, Capt. Karl Thomas gives his crew an update on the carrier’s progress — which, to this point, has involved having a chunk of its island removed, its catapults taken apart and the bulk of its guts ripped out. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime procedure for a nuclear carrier,…

Were the turtles not cute enough for you? Don’t worry, Scoop Deck has you covered: [HTML1] Those of you who made it through the video without cuteness-induced euphoria may want to know more about the Warrior Canine Connection, which helps veterans with combat-related psychological issues train service dogs for fellow vets. The Navy’s All Hands magazine put the group in the spotlight in a recent piece, highlighting the work of one WCC-trained dog at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Md. In the video, Puppy Program Manager and Trainer Cheryl Tipton outlines the training process. It’s the first stage…

It was just another day with Operation Martillo for the frigate Rentz on Jan. 14, when a patrol for drug-smuggling boats turned into a rescue mission to save three trapped sea turtles. Pilot Lt. j.g. Chris Gokey and co-pilot Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rob Antonucci were up in an SH-60B anti-submarine patrol helicopter about 80 nautical miles off the coast of Guatemala when they spotted an island of floating garbage alongside a group of fishing buoys, according to a Navy release. It seemed that three unusual objects were connected to the buoy line, so they called for the ship to…

While the U.S. Navy awaits the delivery of the first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford in 2016, the Chinese navy appears to have its own flattop-construction milestone on the horizon. According to media reports, China’s second carrier is under construction and slated for delivery in 2018. It’ll join the Liaoning, which debuted in 2012. It’s not exactly an armada, but every carrier fleet has to start somewhere. The Chinese carrier fleet, for example, started in the Ukraine. In 1998, a Hong Kong travel agency reportedly bought the unfinished, Cold War-era carrier Varyag from that former Soviet state, claiming it planned…

Coast Guardsmen at Training Center Cape May, N.J., got a high-profile visit Saturday morning. But it didn’t mean they could skip a workout. Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey and former mayor of Newark, came by along with Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo and Cape May elected officials. They visited, according to a Coast Guard news release, to “get a first-hand look at how integral the Coast Guard is to the safety, security and economic stability of New Jersey and [the] nation.” Photo op? Sure, but some Coasties got a chance to interact with Booker, providing they (or he)…

A Navy flight instructor who found love online started off the new year with a ride in the Rose Parade, courtesy of the matchmaking service that linked him with his future wife. Lt. Cmdr. Rich Daniels and wife Kay, married in 2011, were one of seven couples on the eHarmony float that helped ring in the New Year in Pasadena, Calif. He wore his dress blues and waved while Natalie Cole belted out “Everlasting Love” and other songs from a float described in the official event program as “a beautiful floral extravaganza.” Some readers questioned whether Daniels was in violation…

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