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Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Strange, 25, was assigned to the Navy SEAL team whose Chinook helicopter was shot down Aug. 6 by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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associated press photographs Disputes have arisen over which member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 fired the shots that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011 at his hideout in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.

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Disputes have arisen over which member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 fired the shots that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011 at his hideout in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** The graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium is held in Annapolis on May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels fly over the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., on May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The USS Enterprise is among a fleet of 11 carriers that the Navy maintains by law, but Pentagon budget cuts have the service talking behind the scenes of protecting only 10 for future missions, sources say. (Associated Press)

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Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, left, speaks to the fans as Florida head coach Billy Donovan, right, watches while they announce the cancellation of the Navy-Marine Corps Classic NCAA college basketball game due to heavy condensation on the court aboard the USS Bataan at the Mayport Naval Station, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, left, speaks to the fans as Florida head coach Billy Donovan, right, watches while they announce the cancellation of the Navy-Marine Corps Classic NCAA college basketball game due to heavy condensation on the court aboard the USS Bataan at the Mayport Naval Station, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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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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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)