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Naval recruits who fail the new running test will have 48 hours to retry. If they fail a second time, they will be sent home.

Male recruits will be required to complete a 1.5-mile run in 16 minutes, 10 seconds; female recruits will have 18 minutes, seven seconds.

On the heels of several fitness-related announcements from the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy will implement a new running test for recruits as of Jan. 1, 2018.

Passing the test will be a requirement for enlistment, according to a Stars and Stripes report.

Male recruits will be required to complete a 1.5-mile run in 16 minutes, 10 seconds; female recruits will have 18 minutes, seven seconds.

Recruits who fail will have 48 hours to retest. If they fail a second time, they will not be able to enlist.

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The future USS Michael Monsoor leaves Bath Iron Works to head out to sea for trials, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Bath, Maine. The ship is the second in the stealthy Zumwalt class of destroyers. AP

BATH, Maine, United States — The second in the U.S. Navy stealthy Zumwalt class of destroyers headed out to sea for the first time on Monday, departing from Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works for builder trials.

The future USS Michael Monsoor carefully navigated the winding Kennebec River before reaching the North Atlantic. It’ll be at sea for several days before returning to Bath Iron Works for tweaks and adjustments.

Part of the 610-foot-long (186-meter-long) ship’s crew posed for photos at Fort Popham, in Phippsburg, as the ship cruised past.

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On Saturday, the Ukrainian Naval Forces conducted PASSEX type joint training exercises with the US Navy’s James E. Williams destroyer, the press center of Ukraine’s Naval Command reported.

“On December 2, the Ukrainian Naval Forces together with the USS James Williams conducted PASSEX type training exercises. Two Ka-27 helicopters from the Ukrainian Navy were involved in the event,” the report states.

The goal of the exercises was to work on cooperation with partner-states’ ships according to NATO standards, increase the level of compatibility and deepen collaboration.

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The USS Fitzgerald is seen on a U.S. lift transport vessel off Yokosuka,Japan, on Saturday. Japan News-Yomiuri

The USS Fitzgerald, a U.S. Arleigh Burke destroyer that was damaged when it collided with another vessel in June, was placed on a lift transport vessel Saturday off Yokosuka naval base as preparation to return to the United States for full-scale repairs.

The 8,315-ton destroyer had received urgent repairs at the base in Yokosuka.

After being fixed onto the transport vessel, the destroyer will be taken to the United States a few days later to receive full-scale repairs at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

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When your on a ship like the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the ocean is your own private swimming pool.

The series of incredible photos below shows members of the armed forces enjoying the great down-time tradition of “swim call.”

Basically “swim call” is when a massive ship stops in the middle of the ocean and lets the sailors and Marines jump in the water to help maintain morale.

In years past some sailors were placed on “shark watch” from a mounted .50 cal machine gun during swim call.

There’s also a SAR swimmer on call acting as a lifeguard.

The gallery below shows sailors and Marines jumping off destroyers and and carriers deployed around the world.

Have you ever been on swim call?

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A Sukhoi Su-30 fighter in July 2017.  (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin, File)

A Russian Su-30 fighter jet buzzed a Navy reconnaissance plane flying in the Black Sea while conducting a routine patrol in international airspace Saturday, an official told Fox News.

The Russian jet crossed 50 feet in front of the Navy P-8 in full afterburner causing “violent turbulence,” the official said. The provocation lasted 24 minutes.

It appears to be first known incident of this type since June, when an armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea. The Russian Su-27 jet had air-to-air missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet “rapidly,” coming within 5 feet of the American aircraft, officials said.

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The ARA San Juan has been missing since 15 November

Some 44 people are on board the sub and the search is in a “critical phase” as the crew’s oxygen supply could be running low.

The US says an object its navy detected near to where an Argentinian submarine sent its last signal is not the missing vessel.

A P-8A Poseidon plane made the discovery but analysis later ruled the object out as being the ARA San Juan, said the American embassy.

Some 44 people are on board the missing sub and the search is in a “critical phase” as the crew’s oxygen supply could be running low.

Dozens of planes and boats are searching for the ARA San Juan, which has been missing in the South Atlantic since 15 November.

But the submarine has only seven days of oxygen and, if it has sunk or been unable to surface since it was last heard from, then it could be using the last of its supply.

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Master-at-Arms 1st Class Cathy Garcia sprays pepper spray into the eyes of Electronics Technician 3rd Marie Matlock.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andrew Wiskow)

U.S. Navy sailors will no longer have to relive the painful pepper spray experience every three years.

The Navy announced Tuesday sailors will only have to get pepper sprayed in the eyes once, instead of the every three-year requirement that had been in place, after it received complaints about the agonizing training.

“One and done! Effective immediately we are ELIMINATING the 3-year recertification requirement for pepper spray as part of our force protection training,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson wrote in a Facebook post with a video.

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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan steams the Philippine Sea during Annual Exercise 2017, joint military training between the US Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, in this handout photo taken on Nov. 20, 2017. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/US Navy/Handout via REUTERS)

TOKYO—A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippine Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said.

Eight people were rescued, with three others missing, it said, adding that all of the rescued personnel were transferred to the carrier for medical evaluation and were in good condition.

“Search and rescue efforts for three personnel continue with U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships and aircraft on scene,” the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a news release.

“The incident will be investigated,” it added.

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A photo of guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) from their Facebook Page in 2010.

A United States Navy destroyer rescued three sailors just minutes after their boat sank off the coast of La Jolla Saturday morning.

Sailors aboard a 32-foot recreational boat sent an emergency alert signal around 8 a.m., when their vessel began to take on water about 40 miles off the coast of La Jolla.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) disseminated the signal to boaters in the area and immediately, guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) responded.

The San Diego-based ship was able to locate the distressed crew just after their boat submerged, Navy Cmdr. Alex Mamikonian said. Navy sailors deployed an inflatable boat and with it, were able to pull all three sailors out of the water.

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