Gidget Fuentes

About Gidget Fuentes

Gidget Fuentes is a freelance writer based in San Diego, Calif. She has spent more than 20 years reporting extensively on the Marine Corps and the Navy, including West Coast commands and Pacific regional issues, and most recently was a senior writer and the San Diego bureau chief for Marine Corps Times and Navy Times.


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Maiden Deployment Ends As Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado Returns Home After 18 Months Overseas

Maiden Deployment Ends As Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado Returns Home After 18 Months Overseas

USS Coronado (LCS-4) Sailors man the rails as the ship transits the San Diego Harbor to return to homeport after an 18 month deployment on Dec. 5, 2017. US Navy Photo

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – With guidance from an orange tug, the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) inched its way toward its berth Tuesday afternoon and wrapped up its maiden deployment after 18 months in the Western Pacific. Read More

Navy Revives Idea to Beef Up Trauma Surgery at Sea

Navy Revives Idea to Beef Up Trauma Surgery at Sea

U.S. Navy Fleet Surgical Team – 3 (FST-3) and USS Essex (LHD 2) medical department personnel triage a simulated casualty as part of a casualty evacuation drill between the Essex and the USS Rushmore (LSD 47) during Exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 22, 2017. Navy Medicine, in concert with Exercise Dawn Blitz, is experimenting with placing Role 2 capabilities across the amphibious force. US Marine Corps photo.

The Navy is experimenting with operating a specialized medical team on a smaller amphibious ship to provide more front-line trauma care at sea, filling a capability gap that arises when deployed ships are operating apart from their larger strike groups. Read More

Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group Deploys From San Diego

Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group Deploys From San Diego

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) conducts an ammunition onload with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) on Oct. 7, 2017. US Navy Photo

About 7,500 Sailors and Marines with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group left San Diego Friday morning from San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and Middle East. Read More

Training Mishap: AAV Fire Injures 14 Marines, Sailor; Some in ‘Critical’ Condition

Training Mishap: AAV Fire Injures 14 Marines, Sailor; Some in ‘Critical’ Condition

An Assault Amphibious Vehicles, with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, departs Red Beach during the Marine Air- Ground Task Force demonstration for the 75th Anniversary on Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 14, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

An amphibious assault vehicle caught fire during a training exercise Wednesday morning at Camp Pendleton, Calif., injuring 14 Marines and a sailor as Marine Corps officials began to investigate just what happened. Read More

Retired Captain Enters Guilty Plea in 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Scandal

Retired Captain Enters Guilty Plea in ‘Fat Leonard’ Bribery Scandal

Then Cmdr. Jesus Cantu, the Officer-in-Charge aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7) in 2005. US Navy Photo

A former deputy commander of Military Sealift Command-Far East on Friday pleaded guilty to a charge that he accepted prostitutes, meals and other gifts worth at least $15,000 in exchange for divulging sensitive U.S. fleet information to a Singapore-based contractor, U.S. officials announced. Read More

General Atomics: Our MQ-25A Stingray Design will be 'Optimized' for Navy's Needs

General Atomics: Our MQ-25A Stingray Design will be ‘Optimized’ for Navy’s Needs

An early artist’s concept of the General Atomics Sea Avenger taken from a display monitor. The design shows a wing-body-tail configuration US Naval Institute Photo

POWAY, Calif. – The Navy, in its latest draft request for proposals issued last month, pitched four major defense firms to submit concepts for a future unmanned aerial refueling tanker that top officials say could be flying with the first aircraft carrier wing as early as 2019 or 2020. Read More

'Skin to Skin' Training: I MEF, Navy Sharpen Sea Logistics Skills During Pacific Horizon

‘Skin to Skin’ Training: I MEF, Navy Sharpen Sea Logistics Skills During Pacific Horizon

A US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion lands during exercise Pacific Horizon 2017 on Camp Pendleton, Calif., on July 8, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Gentle seas made for calm offloading operations for maritime logistics exercise Pacific Horizon 2017 off Southern California, to the delight of I Marine Expeditionary Force exercise planners. Read More