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Navy quarterback Trey Miller during a training session at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. American college football team Notre Dame play the Navy team on Saturday in Dublin. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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The Navy has planned to buy about 480 of the aircraft-carrier version of the F-35, even as the stealth fighter's costs have skyrocketed and the Navy prepares to shrink its fleet of ships for lack of money. A magazine column by Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, suggests they may not be needed. (U.S. Air Force via Associated Press)

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The Navy has planned to buy about 480 of the aircraft-carrier version of the F-35, even as the stealth fighter's costs have skyrocketed and the Navy prepares to shrink its fleet of ships for lack of money. A magazine column by Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, suggests they may not be needed. (U.S. Air Force via Associated Press)

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The aircraft carrier USS America was towed out to sea in 2005 on her final voyage. Hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast, Navy personnel blasted the warship with missiles and bombs until it sank. The Navy is resuming the sinking exercises after a moratorium spurred by environmental and cost concerns. (Associated Press)

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The aircraft carrier USS America was towed out to sea in 2005 on her final voyage. Hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast, Navy personnel blasted the warship with missiles and bombs until it sank. The Navy is resuming the sinking exercises after a moratorium spurred by environmental and cost concerns. (Associated Press)

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A rendering of the DDG-1000 shows the Navy's next-generation destroyer, a super-stealthy warship that will be able to sneak up on coastlines virtually undetected and pound targets with electromagnetic "rail guns" right out of a sci-fi movie. "This is our future," Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said. (Associated Press)

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Retired World War II Navy veteran Jess Robertson, 88, of Springfield, Mo., looks at a photograph of himself when he was an active duty service member. Family members of Robertson say he was part of the Navy's Scouts and Raiders program which eventually became to be known as the Navy Seals. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A rendering of the DDG-1000 shows the Navy's next-generation destroyer, a super-stealthy warship that will be able to sneak up on coastlines virtually undetected and pound targets with electromagnetic "rail guns" right out of a sci-fi movie. "This is our future," Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said. (Associated Press)

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The U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 tosses their hats in the air as they graduate at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Flying dangerously close, a U.S. Navy photographer got this spectacular aerial view of a heavy Japanese cruiser of the Mogima class, demolished by Navy bombs, in the battle off Midway on June 21, 1942. Armor plate, steel decks and superstructure are a tumbled mass. The Navy damaged or sank 17 enemy vessels in the historic engagement. (Associated Press)

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Logan Sullivan, 10, Yuba City, Ca. grabs as many hats as he can following the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 hat toss at the end of their graduation at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Robert Martinaggi, 7, of Severn, Md., puts on a tossed hat following the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 hat toss at the end of their graduation at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 tosses their hats in the air as they graduate at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A NSNA Midshipman points towards the bleachers as he receives his Diploma during the Graduation ceremony the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipman Kevin Joseph Hillery, who was paralyzed from the waist down in his junior year by a falling tree, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, third from right, has he takes the stage to receive his diploma during the Graduation ceremony the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipman Edwin Conrad jumps with joy as he receives his diploma during the Graduation ceremony the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Graduates Steve Dukleth of Glen Ellyn, Ill., left, and Devereux Smith of McLean, Va., center, congratulate each other as the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 take their oath during their graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipmen shield themselves from the sun in the stands during the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks during the graduation ceremony held for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Naval officers salute for the playing of the National Anthem at the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)