Connecticut commissioning ceremony set for Navy submarine
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A ceremony to commission the Navy's newest attack submarine has been scheduled for next month at the submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.
USS South Dakota will be commissioned at the Navy base on Feb. 2 as the 17th Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.
The submarines cost about $2.7 billion each and are built in partnership by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics' Electric Boat.
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President Donald Trump is being criticized for his self-congratulatory tone in a Memorial Day tweet in which he said "those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today" and then cited the growing economy and low unemployment.
USS South Dakota to be christened at Connecticut shipyard
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Dignitaries from Connecticut, Rhode Island and South Dakota will be gathering at the Electric Boat Shipyard to help launch a new submarine.
The USS South Dakota will be christened Saturday at the Groton shipyard. It marks the 17th Virginia-class submarine commissioned by the U.S. Navy and built by General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Electric Boat President Jeff Geiger and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be on hand for the ceremony.
US steps up security for U19 basketball tournament in Egypt
John Calipari would prefer to focus on the players he wants and the offense he'll run.
This time, there are other concerns.
When he leads the U.S. basketball team into the Under-19 World Cup for men, they will travel to Egypt, home to enough violence lately that the Americans considered not going to defend their title.
Retired Gen. Martin Dempsey elected USA Basketball chairman
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been elected chairman of USA Basketball.
Dempsey replaces Jerry Colangelo, who held the position for two terms but will focus now on his role as managing director of the U.S. men's national team.
Dempsey was elected during a meeting of USA Basketball's board of directors on Monday. His term is from 2017-2020.
Colangelo to leave USAB chair role, will focus on men’s team
Jerry Colangelo won't seek a third term as chairman of USA Basketball, instead focusing on his role as managing director of the men's national team program.
Colangelo said Thursday that he will concentrate on the transition from coach Mike Krzyzewski to Gregg Popovich and building the player pool for the competition cycle through the 2020 Olympics.
Ex-chairman of joint chiefs gets honorary knighthood
WASHINGTON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has bestowed honorary knighthood on retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for being a staunch advocate of defense cooperation between the United States and Britain.
The British Embassy in Washington announced the award on Monday.