The owner of one of the two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman said the crew saw "flying objects" just before the ship was hit, seeming to contract a narrative from the U.S. government suggesting mines were involved.

Yutaka Katada, the chief executive of Japanese shipping company Kokuka Sangyo, discussed the incident with reporters in Tokyo on Friday.

He said sailors on the Kokuka Courageous saw the objects above the water, and suggested they could be bullets, The Associated Press reported.

This seems to contradict the account given by the U.S. military, which said it saw what it suspects is an unexploded limpet mine on the side of the ship.

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On May 20th, an Air Force KC-10 aerial refueling tanker performed an emergency abort during take-off at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst after the aircraft experienced a fire, smoke, or fumes incident, according to Military.com. Once the aircraft came to a halt, the crew performed emergency egress procedures to evacuate the stricken aircraft, only to discover that both emergency slides had failed to properly deploy, stranding them until firefighters could extract them via ladder truck.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Molly Hampton

The Marine Corps made history yesterday, when 2nd Lt. Lillian Polatchek became the first female Marine to graduate from the Army’s Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course. Not only is Polatchek a trailblazer for being the service’s first female tank officer — she also graduated at the top of her class.

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Photo by Ken Fielding via Wikipedia

A multi-billion dollar next-generation aerial tanker program managed at Wright-Patterson has completed mid-air refueling tests and awaits the Pentagon’s approval to buy the first batch of aircraft, according to the Air Force.

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