The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), left Naval Station Mayport Feb. 16 for her maiden operational deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) areas of focus.
During the independent deployment, Freedom will participate in counter-illicit trafficking (CIT) operations off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea. A U.S.
A small team of officers at Joint Base Charleston was recently called upon to bridge the gap between South Carolina repatriation efforts and Air Force flights transporting Haiti evacuees to Charleston International Airport in South Carolina.
For weeks, Air Force space-available airlift had transported evacuees to other areas of the United States, but after an announcement the week of Feb. 7 that flights into Charleston's airport were planned, the need for Airmen to act as an intermediary became apparent.
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is mounting a formal legal challenge against the results of Ukraine's recent presidential election, amid indications that apparent winner Viktor Yanukovych may be inaugurated as early as February 25.
The head of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc in parliament, Ivan Kyrylenko, says the prime minister's party will contest the presidential election no later than Tuesday in Ukraine's Supreme Administrative Court.
Kyrylenko says his bloc is offering substantive and serious arguments for review by the judicial branch.