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A World-War II era Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver was unveiled at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven  F. Udvar Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. April 1. The Helldiver was the last purpose-built dive bomber to enter Naval service and was designed as a replacement for the smaller SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Poor lateral stability in the early Dash-1 versions led to its not-so-flattering fleet nicknames: Son-of-a-Bitch, Second-Class (for SB2C) or simply “The Beast.” By the end of WWII, guided bombs and rockets eliminated the need to point the entire airframe at the target in order to insure a successful bomb…

A petition to award Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo the Medal of Honor has appeared on the White House’s website, but a leading expert in military decorations says that’s not in the cards. Navy officials say Mayo was gunned down the night of March 24 while attempting to protect quarterdeck watch standers on the destroyer Mahan, after a man identified as 35-year-old truck driver Jeffrey Savage, an ex-convict, gained access to the pier and disarmed the ship’s petty officer of the watch. “He doesn’t qualify for the Medal of Honor because it wasn’t in combat,” said Doug Sterner, a Vietnam…

In an effort to shape up the force and get sailors off the frozen/microwave/fast-food train, the Navy Bureau of Medicine has released a handy chart to help you add some zest to your adventures in home cooking. The list of herbs and spices includes the usual suspects, like cinnamon, pepper and mint, but if you feel like branching out, there’s also cardamom, turmeric and wasabi. The alphabetized chart breaks down each seasoning by their health benefits, their forms (seed, ground, whole, leaves), what they taste like, and what they’re used for. Many of them include a link to a recipe…

The 2014 Naval Academy football team began its spring practice earlier this week. Judging from the short clip below, the Mids will be ready for all comers — including a zombie horde: [HTML1] If the music doesn’t cause a bit of a jump in your blood pressure, you’re probably not a devotee of the most-watched program on cable television: [HTML2] The regular season starts Aug. 30 against Ohio State in Baltimore. It’ll end there, too — Dec. 13 against Army, when the Mids will be going for a 13th-straight win over the Black Knights. Insert your own “Walking Dead” jokes…

Start with a Cold War-era novel. Replace the nuclear missiles with a deadly pathogen. Have the man behind the “Transformers” movie franchise toss in action sequences with snowmobiles and helicopters. Add aquaflage, and you’ll get something like this: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKmwX2BUH-0[/youtube] TNT announced last week that “The Last Ship,” a drama following the crew of the fictional destroyer Nathan James as they rush to save the planet from a deadly outbreak, will premiere June 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern. Michael Bay will produce the series, which stars Eric Dane (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as the ship’s captain. See more about the show and the…

When Special Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Sam Landoe returns from Afghanistan, he’ll have two furry, familiar faces waiting for him, thanks to a fundraising effort to bring home puppies his team adopted while deployed. Guardians of Rescue, whose Operation No Buddy Left Behind program raises funds to help troops bring home dogs they’ve adopted during deployment, reached its $6,000 goal to bring Logar and Falcor to the U.S. on March 12, spokeswoman Cher Murphy told Navy Times. “They have been an important part of our tour here and we want to keep them a part of our lives,” Landoe said…

Navy Times’ intrepid reporter Mark D. Faram got an all-access pass on the latest littoral combat ship, USS Coronado, this week. The takeaway? It’s as fast as a cheetah in Air Jordans. Cmdr. John Kochendorfer, the ship’s captain, told Faram that it handles like an Italian sports car. “What you have here is a big military Jet Ski with a flight deck, payload areas and weapons, and the thing handles like a Ferrari,” Kochendorfer said. “This ship is built to go fast; it likes to go fast; it rides better when it goes fast.” With a top speed of…

(Editor’s note: This post by Marine Corps Times staff writer Gina Harkins first appeared on that publication’s Battle Rattle blog.) New sea lanes are opening around the the North Pole due to melting ice, and the Navy and Marine Corps are ready to defend them if needed. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert met with Navy Times reporters and editors in late February to discuss where the service is headed. One of the places he highlighted might not be on the minds of sailors and Marines, but with more ships likely to use new routes opening in coming years,…

His squad had come under heavy fire – and was likely to face it again. On June 22, 2012, Hospitalman Zackery Penner had risked life and limb to rush to care for a Marine shot during an patrol in Afghanistan with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. The Marine died due to the severity of his wound, a toll that hung heavy on the company. On June 23, the squad was helping Afghan soldiers clear a compound when they came under sniper fire. Two men were hit: a Marine and an Afghan soldier. Insurgent machine guns roared. What Penner…

A Naval Special Warfare unit preparing to return from its latest deployment is hoping to bring back two honorary members, and they’re looking for donations to make that happen. Special Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Sam Landoe and his team adopted two puppies, Logar and Falcor, during their time in Afghanistan. Now he’s working with a rescue organization to raise $6,000 to pay for their transport to the States. Landoe teamed up with Guardians of Rescue to bring the pups home through their Mission No Buddy Left Behind program, which was featured on Anderson Cooper 360 last year. “I can’t imagine what…

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