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Here's the official seal of the Navy's next aircraft carrier
The official seal for the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy has been unveiled, and at first glance the design is clean and simple.
An iconic image of the young president rises larger than life above the ship that will bear his name. The ship's motto, Serve With Courage, runs below.
But a closer look reveals attention to detail that is the work of Capt. Todd Marzano, the ship's commanding officer, and others. Marzano and crew took the wraps off the seal this week.
The ship's crest for the Ford-class aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (U.S. Navy)
The 35 five stars along the outer ring represent Kennedy as the nation's 35th president. One of those stars is after his middle initial. Two other stars are between CVN and 79, as the Kennedy is also known.
Why two? Because CVN-79 is the second aircraft carrier named for the late president, the first being CV-67, the nation's last conventionally powered flattop.
The Roman numeral CIX stands for 109, a tribute to Kennedy's service in World War II aboard the PT-109 in the South Pacific. The president's image is set against the backdrop of the moon, an homage to his instrumental role in U.S. space exploration.
In a recent interview, Marzano said he devoted much attention to the seal while juggling duties as the ship's first commanding officer.
"I view that as a significant decision that has to be made early on, because that is going to be with the ship for the next 50-plus years," he said.
He joked that the Navy taught him how to fly jets and sent him to nuclear school, but nothing really prepared him for designing a ship's seal. He sought and received feedback from hundreds of people, inside and outside the Navy, leaving no stone unturned.
"I threw it out to my nieces," he said. "Give me your ideas. You're creative."
The seal unveiling marks another step toward the Kennedy's christening, scheduled for Dec. 7. Caroline Kennedy, the late president's daughter, is the ship's sponsor — the same role she filled for the first Kennedy aircraft carrier.
Marzano said the motto "Serve With Courage" anchors the ship's seal and provides a final perspective.
"John F. Kennedy displayed extraordinary courage, both in combat as a naval officer, and as president of the United States," he said. "The seal design and ship's motto are a very powerful and fitting way to honor his legacy."
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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed confidence on Sunday in the U.S. military justice system's ability to hold troops to account, two days after President Donald Trump pardoned two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.
Trump also restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq.
Asked how he would reassure countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the pardons, Esper said: "We have a very effective military justice system."
"I have great faith in the military justice system," Esper told reporters during a trip to Bangkok, in his first remarks about the issue since Trump issued the pardons.
On a military base, a black flag is bad news. That means it's too hot outside to do anything strenuous, so training and missions are put off until conditions improve.
As the climate changes, there could be plenty more black flag days ahead, especially in Florida, a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists found. America's military bases could see an average of an extra month of dangerously hot days by mid-century. In Florida, they could quadruple.
Pentagon data shows heat-related illnesses and injuries are on the rise in every branch of the military. Last year, nearly 2,800 troops suffered heatstroke or heat exhaustion, a roughly 50 percent jump from 2014.
"I think most of us, if we hear there are tens of thousands of cases of heat stress in our troops every year, our minds would go to where they were deployed," said Kristy Dahl, a senior climate scientist at UCS and the lead author of the study. "But more than 90% of the military cases of heatstroke happened right here at home."
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea said on Sunday they will postpone upcoming military drills in an effort to bolster a stalled peace push with North Korea, even as Washington denied the move amounted to another concession to Pyongyang.
The drills, known as the Combined Flying Training Event, would have simulated air combat scenarios and involved an undisclosed number of warplanes from both the United States and South Korea.
An opening ceremony will be held Monday on Hawaii island for a military exercise with China that will involve about 100 People's Liberation Army soldiers training alongside U.S. Army counterparts.
This comes after Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke on Veterans Day at Punchbowl cemetery about the "rules-based international order" that followed U.S. victory in the Pacific in World War II, and China's attempts to usurp it.
Those American standards "are even more important today," Davidson said, "as malicious actors like the Communist Party of China seek to redefine the international order through corruption, malign cyber activities, intellectual property theft, restriction of individual liberties, military coercion and the direct attempts to override other nations' sovereignty."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"