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Landing an aircraft on a moving vessel requires a particular kind of precision and know-how that very few human beings can execute with significant technological support. Believe it or not, one psychological test observed that the stress landing on a carrier causes pilots more stress than what troops experience in combat. No wonder cleanly landing on a carrier is a source of pride for pilots.

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes.

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China just seized an unmanned underwater vehicle operated by the US Navy, according to reports from Reuters. The seizure occurred in the South China Sea yesterday, and the US has since demanded that the vehicle be returned.

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To cap off their freshman year at the Naval Academy, hundreds of plebes try to scale the greased down Herndon Monument to replace the hat on top of the 6.40m tall obelisk. It's a fun tradition that teaches teamwork and caps off a hard year — but it looks oh so ridiculous to see so many shirtless human bodies recklessly piled on top of each other, like some sort of zombie horde trying to jump a barrier.

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Video: The Mexican Navy sank a battleship off the coast of Rosarito, Mexico in order to create an artificial reef. Apparently, it's the first artificial reef made in Baja California. GoPro shows the footage of the entire process. You can see the timed explosions and the rushing of water that caused the ship to be be brought down.

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Video: It's not quite the Evil Empire but seeing the Russian Navy storm a beach doesn't exactly elicit warm and fuzzy feelings now, does it? This training exercise of the Navy was held at the Barents Sea by the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet and shows soldiers being deployed from helicopters, armoured vehicles being released from landing ships, Destroyers testing out their weapons, and so forth.

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Earlier this week, the badass X-47B drone became the first ever unmanned aircraft to refuel while in the air. Think about how cool this is, the drone has to meet the KC-707 tanker plane in the air, position itself perfectly to snatch onto the fuel line and then gas itself up with no one on board. So freaking cool.