Aviation Boatswains Mates (Handling), assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) signal for landing of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, assigned to the Blue Knights of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (Reinforced), on the flight deck, Sept. 6, 2019. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lenny Weston)

The Norfolk-based amphibious assault ship USS Bataan and a locally-based helicopter squadron have been providing assistance to the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas for days, according to Navy photos posted on social media.

The posts provide the first glimpse into the U.S. Navy's response to the hurricane more than a week after the Category 5 storm slammed into the Bahamas, killing 43 as the storm slowly moved across the island chain.

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Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh, then the commanding officer of the Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) carries a bouquet of flowers for his wife following the ship's arrival at its forward-deployed port of Gaeta, Italy Oct. 27, 2017. (U.S. Navy/ Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Rebeca Gibson)

NORFOLK, Va. -- The new skipper of one of America's aircraft carriers fled Iran as a child.

Now, he's preparing for a deployment that could take him back to the region at a time of heightened tensions between the two nations that helped mold him into who he is today.

Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh took command of the USS Harry S. Truman in July, achieving a goal he set for himself 30 years ago after he first laid eyes on an aircraft carrier in Norfolk. Back then, he was a young sailor who'd joined the Navy straight out of high school to serve a country he had only lived in for about a decade.

His journey from Tehran to enlisted sailor to an officer in command of the ultimate symbol of American seapower is a story that he believes serves as a testament to the opportunities the United States provides.

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(U.S. Navy/Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jayme Pastoric)

A member of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 who was named its Sailor of the Year in 2016 has been charged with pretending to be someone else over text messages so he could get nude photographs from women.

Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Howard faces a general court-martial at Naval Station Norfolk, although his civilian defense attorney is seeking to have the case dismissed during a hearing next week.

The case is thrusting the ordinarily secretive naval special warfare community into an uncomfortable spotlight once again.

On Wednesday, a platoon of San Diego-based SEALs was sent home early from Iraq "due to a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team during non-operational periods." And earlier this week, Navy Times reported that members of Virginia Beach-based SEAL Team 10 routinely used cocaine and were able to cheat drug tests before they were caught last year.

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(U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sonja Wickard)

NORFOLK, Va. -- Few things can match training on a warship for a naval battle.

But the Navy believes it's created something even better on shore.

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Jill Loftus, director of Department of the Navy (DON) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), speaks to guests at the 2017 DON SAPR Training Seminar. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Lopez)

The former director of the Navy's sexual assault and prevention office wasted government resources for years by taking official trips primarily for personal reasons, including what amounted to two family vacations in Hawaii, the Defense Department's Inspector General said in a recent report.

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The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard to conduct sea trials on July 7, 2015. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristina Young)

PORTSMOUTH -- The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the prosecution of whoever left bomb threats in restrooms at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

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