Author Mark D. Faram

Mark Faram has been covering the U.S. Navy and the sailors in it for nearly three decades. He specializes in fleet operations, personnel, cultural and historical issues. Faram previously worked for Navy Times. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer and again in the Navy Reserve from 1999 to 2005. He also served in the Virginia and Maryland National Guard in the 1990's, deploying to Bosnia in 1995 with the 29th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

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NORFOLK, Va. — With the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman sidelined for maintenance issues, the Navy has deployed four of Carrier Strike group 8’s surface combatant ships and 1,200 sailors as a “Surface Action Group.” 

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A former enlisted Marine was named today as the first-ever “chief learning officer” for the Navy and Marine Corps. The position was created in February as part Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s Feb. 5 pledge to pull together all the higher learning institutions into what he called a “Naval University.”

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NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy has scheduled selective early retirement boards for O-5’s and O-6’s for the second year in a row. Navy officials estimate 2,500 captains and commanders will get a look by one of next month’s two boards. The  commander’s board starts Sept. 11. The captain’s board follows on Sept. 20.

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NORFOLK, Va. — A flotilla of multi-national warships is operating off the U.S. East Coast, training for high-end ops at sea with the U.S. Navy in a move that help better integrate the combined sea-based muscle of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s maritime forces.