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Breaking: Navy recovers 8 of 11 aboard military aircraft crashed off Okinawa

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The Navy reported that at or around 3:23 p.m., local time, or 1:32 a.m., East Coast time, its rescuers secured eight of the 11 individuals aboard a C2-A Greyhound aircraft, which crashed roughly an hour earlier 500 miles southeast of Okinawa.

The aircraft was conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is operating in the Philippine Sea as part of an exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, according to a statement from the Navy.

Personnel and assets of the JMSDF are participating in the search and rescue operations, the Navy said. All eight of the individuals rescued at sea were taken to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 20, 2017) The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier and flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), steams the Philippine Sea during Annual Exercise 2017. Annual Exercise 2017, the premier training event between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American Forces through training in air and sea operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate)

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The Navy said the incident will be investigated.

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The crash comes two days after U.S. Forces Japan issued a ban on all military personnel stationed on Okinawa and from consuming alcohol.

Effective immediately, U.S. service members on Okinawa are restricted to base and to their residences. Until further notice, alcohol consumption is prohibited. This includes in residences and public locations such as bars and clubs, and hotels. Additionally, U.S. service members on mainland Japan are prohibited from purchasing or consuming alcohol, on or off base.

The prohibition follows a Sunday morning accident in Naha, Okinawa, when a Marine driving with three times the legal limit crashed his truck into a vehicle driven by a local man, killing him.

Saturday, USS Benhold was struck by a drifting tugboat, which lost propulsion during a scheduled towing exercise nin Japan’s Sagami Bay.

USS Benfold (DDG 65) (Navy photo)

Neither the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer nor the local commercial tugboat sustained serious damage and no one was injured.

The Navy reported that Benhold remains at sea under her own power.

After a serious of collisions and accidents, Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift Aug. 23 relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin of command of 7th Fleet, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

When Aucoin was relieved the Navy was still recovering victims from a deadly Aug. 21 collision between USS McCain and the container ship Alnic MC.

Navy produced graphic depicts the collision between USS McCain (DDG-56) and the commercial freighter alnic MC. (Navy graphic)

 

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NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine

Completely inappropriate.

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Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.

In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.

In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.

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A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.

Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.

This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.

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