A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer arrived Friday in Wellington, New Zealand, a rare visit by an American warship to the nuclear-free nation that has closed its borders to most of the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
A Navy statement described the visit by the USS Howard as an indication of the depth of the relationship between New Zealand and the U.S. The Navy embargoed its statement until the Howard, an Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer based at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, had arrived Down Under.
NAPLES, Italy — Chaplains are being assigned to every destroyer in the U.S. Navy in a bid to build and sustain resiliency among sailors, the service said.
Placing a chaplain with a ship across the deployment cycle, typically four months on patrol, four months in port and four months back on patrol, fosters deeper connections with the crew and command, U.S. 6th Fleet said in a statement Wednesday.
The Defense Department is launching a new body to coordinate investigation of UFO sightings in restricted airspace, amid concerns that the flying objects could threaten flight safety and national security.
In a memo released Tuesday, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks announced the creation of a group to lead government efforts to “detect, identify and attribute objects of interests,” which are formally known as unidentified aerial phenomena but commonly called UFOs.
The body, known as the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group, will be a successor to the Navy’s UAP task force and its work will be overseen by senior military and intelligence community officials.