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The former executive officer of the carrier Enterprise can remain on active duty despite a finding that his job performance aboard the carrier fell short of standards, a Navy board of inquiry decided Wednesday.
The Philippines and Vietnam each received warships this week to beef up their navies as they face tensions with China over disputed islands—raising the prospect of a deepening arms race in the South China Sea.
Somali pirates have outrun the world's navies, and are still hijacking ships in the Gulf of Aden. So now shipping companies are turning to guns-for-hire for protection. The mercenaries may be better equipped to handle the job than the military.