Roughly 175 junior sailors were forced to go without their Navy-provided rent money this fall due to a system hiccup that emerged as the service continues to transform its pay and benefits systems.
The issue arose in September and impacted petty officers 3rd class who were attending the Navy’s nuclear power training school in Goose Creek, South Carolina, officials confirmed this week.
An influential governor in southern Japan has lent his support for a central government plan to build a new Self-Defense Force base to accommodate carrier-landing practice for U.S. naval aviators.
Kagoshima Gov. Koichi Shiota cited a “deteriorating” security environment in his decision to support the proposed base on Mageshima, an island 20 miles south of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. Shiota announced his decision to the prefectural assembly on Tuesday, according to his remarks posted on the prefectural website.