WASHINGTON — Cast members, producers, hundreds of sailors and even a few Coasties gathered here Wednesday night to attend the premiere of “The Last Ship,” a TV show in which the crew of the fictional destroyer Nathan James attempts to save the world from a deadly virus. The stars walked the blue carpet at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C., while sailors mingled at a reception in the lobby to music from a Navy band to celebrate the opening of a drama where the U.S. Navy is the world’s last, best hope. The Navy’s Office of Information-West played a key…

Adm. Bob Papp, who recently retired as the Coast Guard’s top officer, has made it his “pet project” to open a National Coast Guard Museum to highlight the service’s history in New London, Connecticut — near the Coast Guard Academy. Papp sat down for an exclusive interview with Navy Times at the groundbreaking ceremony there in May. Check it out: [HTML1]

The folks at Jalopnik get credit for this discovery. Stay tuned until the final frame: Sure, the special warfare combatant-craft crewman recruiting ad’s got the traditional blazing guns and the rousing soundtrack, but what’s your take on the twist? Too silly for a serious riverine outfit, or a memorable image suited for what’s becoming a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it youth culture? Also, how long until the request-for-proposals goes out for the AquaKiller 3000 Automated Networked Geosynchronous Lightweight Ergonomic Ray (ANGLER)? At some point, you have to take the fight to the fish. The video went up Friday on YouTube and already has more…

American adults overwhelmingly consider the Marine Corps the “most prestigious” service, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. What about the Navy, you ask? Of the four Defense Department services, It came in dead last. Whatever, America, if you want think the Marine Corps is distinguished service, go right ahead. (You’re welcome for the Osama bin Laden thing, by the way. You know that was a Navy SEAL team, right?) While the rest of the services are receding back into garrison or desperately seeking ways to get on ships, nothing will change for the Navy. It will still be forward. Sailors will still be working…

Since the first military burial on May 13, 1864, Arlington National Cemetery has become the final resting place for more than 400,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and their families. Those who on Sept. 11, 2001, died only a few hundred yards away at the Pentagon are buried here, as are the Challenger astronauts. Fifteen thousand soldiers from the Civil War — Union and Confederate — rest in Section 27 and Section 13, known as the Field of the Dead. Four thousand freed slaves, many identified only as “Citizen,” and two presidents also are buried at Arlington. Section 60 is the…

For as long as women have been in the Navy, they’ve been wearing a different cover than the one issued to men. That is, until last year, when the service began wear tests on a combination cover, using the Naval Academy midshipmen as research subjects. “I hate it,” an unidentified graduating female midshipmen told Navy Times at the academy’s commissioning ceremony Friday. “Almost everyone I know hates it.” The female “bucket” hat has come into question recently, as Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has pushed to make male and female service members’ uniforms more, well, uniform — starting with unisex covers.…

[HTML1] Navy Secretary Ray Mabus spent about five minutes with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, but the two entertainment icons — one’s taking over for David Letterman next year, the other had a role in “Battleship” — packed a lot of big issues into one quick interview. A sampling: Post-service careers: Colbert asked Mabus, who left uniformed Navy service as a lieutenant junior grade, whether he ever wished he could go back in time to his former self and say, “Hang in their, buddy — you get to boss these people around later.” Recruiting and retention: Mabus offered his favorite recruiting poster…

Adm. Bill McRaven is a bad-ass — and fount of good advice. Head of the Joint U.S. Special Operations Command, he is a 36-year SEAL who has been at the tip of the spear in the war on terror since 2001. He has commanded a squadron in the fabled Naval Special Warfare Development Group, better known as SEAL Team Six, and he oversaw planning and execution of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. He is also the most mysterious and guarded Navy four-star. While Admirals Greenert, Gortney, Locklear and company frequently appear in the media and before Congress, McRaven shies…

Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Bonnie McCammond thought she was among friends when she crashed on the couch at a housewarming party several years ago. She awoke to another sailor raping her, and as she was leaving the next morning, he asked for her phone number.  He said he had a great time and he’d like to see her again, she recalled. “And in that moment it’s like, ‘You really think this is okay,’ ” she said. “You think that someone asleep, anywhere, whether intoxicated or not — you didn’t think there was a problem with this.” McCammond’s story is the…

Ever since the Harvard baseball team’s viral “Call Me Maybe” video made it all the way to a live performance on The Today Show two years ago, college baseball has been waiting for another vehicular musical. Now they have it. Naval Academy relief pitcher Midshipman 1st Class Matt Kilby posted this video to his You Tube account Friday and it’s since gotten more than 600,000 views. According to Facebook, his co-pilot there is infielder Midshipman 2nd Class Brad Borosak. If you’re under 12 years old or the parent of someone under 12 years old, you likely already know all of…

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