Tag: commander

Commanding America’s Oldest Warship

Many a men have helmed the U.S.S. Constitution since the three-masted wooden Navy frigate was built in 1797.  After 225 years, a highly decorated commander with as much salt and combat experience as her male predecessors is making history aboard America’s most historic ship. Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell took command of the U.S.S. Constitution on…


Biden Dog Commander to Make TV Debut During ‘Puppy Bowl’

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden’s puppy Commander will make his TV debut on Super Bowl Sunday. The German shepherd will appear with Biden’s wife, Jill, in a video message about pet love during Sunday’s broadcast of “Puppy Bowl XVIII” on Animal Planet. The first lady’s office posted the video on Twitter Thursday. Both contests will be held…


Canadian Navy Needs to Recruit 1,000 Sailors to Crew New Warships: Commander

OTTAWA—Royal Canadian Navy commander Vice-Admiral Craig Baines is sounding the alarm over a shortage of sailors to crew Canada’s warships. In an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press, Baines says the navy is short about 1,000 sailors. Baines says the situation isn’t critical yet as the navy is making do with its current complement. But…


Fire on Board Canadian Warship Could Have Been Avoided: Navy Commander

OTTAWA—Royal Canadian Navy commander Vice-Admiral Craig Baines says the fire that broke out on board HMCS Fredericton last month while the frigate was sailing off the coast of Norway could have been avoided. Baines tells The Canadian Press in an interview that the Nov. 18 fire is believed to have started after Fredericton’s crew forgot…


‘Non Standard’ Repairs Made to Fix Cracks on Military Helicopters: Commander

OTTAWA—The commander of Canada’s air force says he is concerned about the recent discovery of tail cracks in most of the military’s new Cyclone helicopters, and the need for “non-standard” repairs to each aircraft, but he remains confident in the fleet. The cracks are the latest in a growing list of issues with the Cyclones,…


Afghan Commander Ismail Khan Captured as Taliban Seize Herat

KABUL—Taliban insurgents have seized most of Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city, and also captured Ismail Khan, the veteran local commander leading militia resistance there, local officials said on Friday. The fall of Herat, the latest in a series of major provincial cities to be taken by the Taliban in the past few days, has dealt a…


Senior Hamas Commander Killed as Israel Strikes Gaza, Palestinians Fire Rockets

GAZA/JERUSALEM—Israel said it killed 16 members of the Hamas military wing in an airstrike on Gaza on Wednesday and Palestinian militants rained rockets into Israel as global concern mounted over their most intense hostilities in years. At least 53 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday, according to the Palestinian territory’s…