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Navy dad catches newborn son while en route to hospital

A South Carolina dad was on a three-day leave from his Navy duties when he prayed that he’d be able to play a role in his fourth child’s birth. Little did he know that he’d actually end up catching the newborn while racing his wife to the hospital.

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Millerbernd, a Navy Master at Arms, was racing toward the hospital with his wife when her water broke. (East Cooper Medical Center)

On Aug. 9 at around 2 a.m., Rob and Nikki Millerbernd were en route toward East Cooper Medical Center when her water broke in the front seat.

WOMAN WHO WENT INTO LABOR WITH TRIPLETS THOUGHT PAIN WAS KIDNEY STONES

“I called 911 to tell them what was going on,” said Millerbernd, a Navy Master at Arms, according to the hospital’s Facebook page. “They told me they would send an alert to the officers with the car description. I had my caution lights on and ran a red light.”

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He said he pulled off the road just in time to catch his son, Wyatt, who weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. (East Cooper Medical Center)

But before they could make it to the hospital, Millerbernd pulled over just in time to catch his son, Wyatt, who was born at 2:34 a.m. After hearing him cry, he put the car back in drive and the three continued to the Mt. Pleasant hospital, where medical staff evaluated Nikki and Wyatt, and then let Mellerbernd cut the umbilical cord.

“Finally got my boy,” Mellerbernd said of his son, who weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and joins the couple’s three older daughters, Hayleigh, Eliza and Natalie. According to the report, Nikki Millerbernd had been scheduled to be induced later that day.

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Mellerbernd has since returned to Virginia for training, the hospital said, and will be back home with his family in September before his upcoming October deployment.

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US Navy ‘ready’ for whatever ‘needs to be done’ in Venezuela, Naval commander says

The U.S. Navy is prepared to take action if needed in Venezuela, a top U.S. Naval commander said this week.

Adm. Craig Faller, who heads the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) based in Florida, said Tuesday that the Navy must “remain on the balls of our feet” when it comes to the situation in Venezuela, which has been facing a humanitarian crisis amid a fight for control of the country.

“I won’t speak to details of what we’re planning and what we’re doing, but we remain ready to implement policy decisions and we remain on the balls of our feet,” Faller said in Rio de Janeiro as the U.S. started a multination maritime exercise there, AFP reported.

“The United States Navy is the most powerful navy in the world. If a policy decision is made to deploy the Navy, I’m convinced that we’ll be able to do what needs to be done,” he added.

U.S. Navy and Marine forces, as well as military personnel from 12 other Latin American and Caribbean countries, are taking part in UNITAS, a maritime exercise to improve operations and strengthen relationships. The annual drill is being conducted off the coast of Brazil until Aug. 30, AFP said.

VENEZUELAN FIGHTER JET ‘AGGRESSIVELY SHADOWED’ NAVY AIRCRAFT OVER CARIBBEAN SEA, US MILITARY SAYS

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People protest a day after a massive blackout as they gather for a rally called by self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido, in Caracas, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

This year, the exercise should send a message to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Faller noted.

“[It] sends a message to Maduro and other partners that don’t share the same values,” he said. “Naval exercises send a message to the world of what democracies that work together can do across a range of complex threats.”

“The U.S. government[‘s] focus continues to be to place focused and targeted pressure on an illegitimate regime to ensure there’s a transition to a legitimate, democratic government. Part of that focus is to ensure that the right humanitarian assistance is allowed to get to the people who need it,” Faller said.

Maduro has served as president of Venezuela since 2013, but this past January, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president and swore himself in, attempting to oust Maduro. The U.S. and more than four dozen other countries recognize Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.

VENEZUELA’S WAR ON CHILDREN AT A ‘BREAKING POINT’ OVER LACK OF MEDICAL CARE

Maduro, who has described humanitarian aid as an “invasion” of the country, has had the support of Russia, China and Cuba, among others. Russia has vowed to send naval ships to Venezuela in a show of support to the socialist regime, Newsweek reported on Thursday.

President Trump has warned against Maduro’s repression, tweeting this past February, “I ask every member of the Maduro regime: End this nightmare of poverty, hunger and death. LET YOUR PEOPLE GO. Set your country free! Now is the time for all Venezuelan Patriots to act together, as one united people. Nothing could be better for the future of Venezuela!”

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Earlier this month, the Trump administration implemented a freeze on the Maduro regime’s assets in the U.S., stopping short of putting a full economic embargo on the country.

When Faller was asked this week how Maduro might respond to the military drills, he said, “I don’t know how Maduro looks at anything.”

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China denies request for US Navy warships to visit a restive Hong Kong

China has rejected requests for two U.S. Navy warships to visit Hong Kong as massive, weekslong pro-democracy protests continue to roil the former British colony, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.

The USS Green Bay and USS Lake Erie were scheduled for port visits in Hong Kong this Saturday and in September, respectively, but the Chinese government has denied the requests, U.S. Pacific Fleet deputy spokesman Cmdr. Nate Christensen said Tuesday.

“The U.S. Navy has a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect them to continue,” Christensen said. “We refer you to the Chinese government for further information about why they denied the request.”

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The USS Green Bay, seen here, had been scheduled for a port visit on Saturday. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham, File)

HONG KONG PROTESTERS CLASH WITH RIOT POLICE ARMED WITH PEPPER SPRAY AT AIRPORT

The Green Bay is an amphibious transport dock ship; its home port is in Japan. TheLake Erie is a guided-missile cruiser based in San Diego.

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The USS Lake Erie is a guided-missile cruiser based out of California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan, File)

The Chinese government has not publicly stated why it denied the Navy’s request, but this would not be the first time it rejected a port visit to Hong Kong.

China denied an American request for the USS Wasp to visit Hong Kong in September 2018 over escalating U.S.-China trade tensions.

The last U.S. warship to visit Hong Kong was the USS Blue Ridge this past April.

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CANCELS ALL FLIGHTS, CHINA COMPARES PROTEST TO ‘TERRORISM’

Protests have taken place in the Hong Kong region for more than two months now, as tens of thousands demand that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down and that the government pull legislation that would allow it to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China. The fear is that on the mainland, those suspects would face unfair trials and torture.

Protesters are also calling for an independent probe into the alleged abuse of power by the police.

Protesters shut down Hong Kong International Airport for the second day in a row on Tuesday. All flights were canceled Monday as protesters occupied the main terminal, and flights were again canceled Tuesday.

The airport is one of the world’s busiest, and the closure is said to have a major impact on the tourism industry there.

TRUMP SAYS CHINA ‘MOVING TROOPS’ TO HONG KONG BORDER AS POLICE CLASH WITH PROTESTERS

On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted about the protests in Hong Kong.

“Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?” he wrote.

The president later tweeted, “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe,” referring to the clashes of police and pro-democracy protesters.

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Chinese authorities have likened the protests to “terrorism.”

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher says he is still fighting the Navy despite trial outcome

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The Navy SEAL special ops chief whose name was cleared in the killing of a teenage Islamic State militant while deployed in Iraq says that he is still fighting his commanders.

Eddie Gallagher and his family told “FOX & Friends Weekend” on Saturday that despite a jury finding him not guilty of murder and attempted murder last month, the Navy still “have their thumb” on him.

“They are looking at any reason to prosecute me right now,” he said. “I’ve been happy to be home, be back with my kids and wife, trying to enjoy life as best as possible. Unfortunately, we are still in this fight, but we’re keeping our heads held high.”

TRUMP DIRECTS NAVY TO RESCIND MEDALS FOR EDDIE GALLAGHER’S PROSECUTORS

Gallagher had been accused of stabbing to death a 15-year-old ISIS fighter in 2017 and then posing with the corpse for photos. A jury in San Diego found the decorated Navy SEAL not guilty on six of seven charges for his connection to the killing.

“It’s still surreal at this point. It’s hard to take in,” he said Saturday morning. “I have a lot of thoughts on the matter, but unfortunately I am still in the Navy, they still have their thumb on me.”

His wife, Andrea Gallagher, told co-host Pete Hegseth that they are still being “terrorized” by the Navy, which she said are withholding her husband’s retirement from the service.

“The problem with the system is that everyone told us to trust it. Everyone told us to trust the process, trust the system,” she said. “Well we did, we won and we’re still be terrorized.”

She added: “They are trying to take away his rank, they are trying to get his retirement, his ability to get his disability. All of these things are sour grapes because they lost.”

NAVY SEAL EDDIE GALLAGHER SENTENCED TO REDUCED RANK, PARTIAL PAY, AFTER BEING CLEARED OF MURDER CHARGES

Gallagher’s brother Sean said his brother has been vindicated, but that the Navy is “so mad they lost” that they are trying to prevent him from going home and living his life like a normal person.

“The guy has been in [the Navy] 20 years, eight combat tours,” he said. “They are going to say [that] in 10 years when you need to go to the VA, you can’t do that anymore. That is what they are holding over us now. All we want to do is retire peacefully [and] let Eddie and his family do what they have earned – live a normal life.”

This week President Trump directed the Navy to rescind medals that had been awarded to the lawyers who prosecuted the case.

“The Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher (who I released from solitary confinement so he could fight his case properly), were ridiculously given a Navy Achievement Medal,” he tweeted Wednesday. “Not only did they lose the case, they had difficulty with respect to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion.”

Gallagher called it an embarrassment by the Navy to award the prosecutors the medals and thanked the president for stepping in. Meanwhile, his wife praised the president for being proactive throughout the entire case.

“I think that the president has been brilliant in this. He has seen so much similarity in what he’s gone through. I think that’s why he’s been so proactive,” she said. “I think my husband has been villainized, he’s been smeared, lied about. And his own command has been consistently betraying him over this process. I want my husband home.”

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Also this week, the Navy dismissed the charges against Gallaher’s platoon leader, Lt. Jacob Portier, and ordered a review of its review system. Portier was charged with covering up war crimes in connection with the Gallagher prosecution and faced trial in September.

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Navy identifies pilot killed in California jet crash

The U.S. Navy on Friday identified the pilot who died in a fighter jet crash in the California desert earlier this week.

Authorities identified the aviator as 33-year-old Lt. Charles Z. Walker. The Navy released a photo but provided no other information, such as Walker’s hometown.

PILOT, PASSENGER KILLED IN SMALL PLANE CRASH ON LONG ISLAND’S NORTH FORK; DOG SURVIVES

Investigators are still probing the cause of Wednesday’s crash, which occurred 40 miles north of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake during a training mission.

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This undated photo provided Friday by the U.S. Navy shows Lt. Charles Z. Walker, 33, the pilot killed in the crash of a fighter jet in the California desert. (U.S. Navy via AP)

Walker was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-151, known as the Vigilantes and based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California’s Central Valley.

At the time of the crash, Walker was flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet, a single-seat jet, through a canyon in Death Valley National Park. The area is frequently used by pilots to conduct low-level training missions.

“Lt. Walker was an incredible naval aviator, husband and son. He was an integral member of the Vigilante family and his absence will be keenly felt on this flight line,” Capt. James Bates, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Strike Fighter Wing, told the Navy Times. “Our aviators understand the risk associated with this profession and they knowingly accept it in service to our nation.”

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The jet went down around 10 a.m. in an area dubbed “Stars Wars Canyon.”

Seven park visitors at a nearby scenic overlook were injured, but none were seriously hurt. The area is popular with aviation enthusiasts who like to view low-flying military aircraft.

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Top Navy SEAL officer tells men ‘We have a problem’ in wake of scandals, controversies

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The U.S. Navy commander in charge of all SEAL teams told his men “we have a problem” in a memo written late last month after a series of scandals rocked the Naval Special Warfare community.

“Some of our subordinate formations have failed to maintain good order and discipline and as a result and for good reason, our NSW [Naval Special Warefare] culture is being questioned,” Rear Adm. Collin Green wrote in the July 25 memo obtained by Fox News Thursday.

Green added that while “I don’t know yet if we have a culture problem, I do know that we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately. Good order and discipline is the foundation for every military organization and it is a leadership responsibility. As Commander, I own it. As Commodores, you also own it.”

NAVY SEAL PLATOON BEING SENT HOME FROM IRAQ OVER MISCONDUCT, REPORTS SAY

The letter does not specifically reference any incidents, which allegedly include drug use and heavy drinking, involving members of SEAL teams in recent months,

SEAL commanders have until Aug. 7 to “develop a plan of action” on how to fix the “problem,” according to the memo.

The letter was written the day after reports surfaced that a Navy SEAL platoon from San Diego, Calif., was ordered back to the U.S. from Iraq because of a “deterioration of good order and discipline.”

The U.S. Special Operations Command said in a July 24 statement, “The Commander lost confidence in the team’s ability to accomplish the mission.”

The statement did not describe the exact nature of the misconduct, but The Washington Post, citing two defense officials, told the newspaper that the SEALs involved in the incident had violated a general order against the use of alcohol.

The platoon that was ordered back to the U.S. is part of SEAL Team 7, whose members included Chief Eddie Gallagher, who was acquitted of war crimes charges last month but convicted of posing with a dead ISIS fighter, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Testimony during Gallagher’s court-martial revealed that members of SEAL Team 7’s Alpha Platoon routinely consumed alcohol during their 2017 deployment to Iraq, according to The Military Times.

NAVY SEAL EDWARD GALLAGHER FOUND NOT GUILTY ON MURDER AND ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES

The same week the platoon was ordered back to the U.S, The Navy Times reported, citing an internal investigation, that six members of a Virginia-based SEAL team tested positive for cocaine use “and other banned substances” last year after repeatedly cheating to get around military drug tests.

Meanwhile, a Navy SEAL Team 6 member who was named Sailor of the Year in 2016 has been charged with impersonating other people via text to get nude pictures of women, the Virginian-Pilot reported last week.

In May, a Navy SEAL pleaded guilty in the hazing death of a Green Beret soldier, admitting to taking part in a late-night plot to break into 34-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar’s room with a sledgehammer, put him in a chokehold and restrain him with duct tape during a deployment in Africa.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Matthews said that he, along with another member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 and two elite Marine Raiders, carried out the “juvenile” attack on June 4, 2017, in Bamako, Mali.

Matthews’ attorney, Grover Baxley, said Melgar’s death was “an unforeseen accident that has dramatically impacted the lives of everyone involved.”

According to The Washington Post, the tragedy occurred after a long night of drinking and partying. Two SEALs and two Marine Raiders smashed their way into Melgar’s room with a sledgehammer because they purportedly wanted to teach him a lesson for leaving them behind in traffic on the way to a party at the French embassy.

One of the SEALs jumped on Melgar and put him in a chokehold while Matthews grabbed Melgar’s legs. The two Marines then duct-taped his legs together. When they moved on to Melgar’s wrists, they realized he had stopped breathing.

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In his memo, Green directed commanders “to engage everyone in your formations.”

He wrote, “I want all hands to understand that ‘we have a problem’ and that is our main effort and my top priority”

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio, Barnini Chakraborty and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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Navy pilot confirmed dead in California crash that injured 7 on the ground

The pilot of a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet was killed when the plane crashed in California’s Mojave Desert during a training mission, officials confirmed Thursday.

The pilot’s identity is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin, per Defense Department policy.

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FILE: An F/A-18D Hornet from the VX-9 Vampire squadron at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, flies out of what is known as Star Wars Canyon toward the Panamint range in Death Valley National Park, Calif. (AP)

“The Navy mourns the loss of one of our own and our thoughts go out to the family and friends affected by this tragedy,” the U.S. Naval Air Forces said in a statement.

F-16 FIGHTER JET CRASHES WHILE TRYING TO LAND AT CALIFORNIA BASE, 12 MINOR INJURIES REPORTED

The single-seat jet crashed Wednesday morning during low-level flying in what was described as routine training

The crash injured seven people who were at a scenic overlook in Death Valley National Park where aviation enthusiasts routinely watch military aircraft speeding low through a chasm dubbed “Star Wars Canyon.” The lookout point about 160 miles north of Los Angeles is popular with photographers and aviation buffs who gawk at jets flying in the steep, narrow canyon.

Officials closed the area after the crash. Park spokesman Patrick Taylor said initial reports were that the injuries were minor.

The crash sent dark smoke billowing in the air, said Aaron Cassell, who was working at his family’s Panamint Springs Resort about 10 miles away and was the first to report the crash to park dispatch.

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The scene of Wednesday’s crash. (Aaron Cassell/Panamint Springs Resort via AP)

“I just saw a black mushroom cloud go up,” Cassell told The Associated Press. “Typically you don’t see a mushroom cloud in the desert.”

Cassell said he heard jets roaring through the area and then saw the cloud of smoke.

“It looked like a bomb,” Cassell said. “To me that speaks of a very violent impact.”

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A jet that was following the downed craft pulled up and began circling, Cassell said. He didn’t see any parachute.

His father drove up to the area after the crash and saw a large black scorch mark and shattered parts of the jet scattered throughout the area between the parking lot and lookout, Cassell said. A nose cone from the jet was the size of a bowling ball and the rest of the debris was no larger than a ball cap.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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SEAL Team 6 member charged with impersonating people to get nude pics: report

A Navy SEAL Team 6 member who was named Sailor of the Year in 2016 has been charged with impersonating other people via text to get nude pictures of women, according to a report.

Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Howard faces a general court-martial for the allegations, The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday, citing charge documents.

Howard’s civil defense attorney, Michael Waddington, told the paper that the Navy did not find the alleged photos on Howard’s phone.

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A member of Navy SEAL Team 6 is accused of impersonating other people via text messages to obtain nude photos of women.  (healthcenter.ucac.edu)

The only connection to Howard in the messages, Waddington said, were references to once being stationed in San Diego and to using kettlebells – which hardly narrows things down.

Waddington added that he will try to have the case dismissed at a hearing next week. If it is not, Howard will plead not guilty, Waddington said.

The Navy did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

Friday’s charges follow a spate of controversies in recent weeks for the normally secretive organization.

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An internal Navy investigation reported by the Navy Times on Tuesday said that six members of SEAL Team 10 were caught in connection with cocaine use in 2018 and had cheated on drug tests.

On Wednesday, a Navy SEAL platoon from San Diego was ordered back to the U.S. from Iraq for the members’ refusal to cooperate with an investigation into alleged sexual assault and reports of drinking alcohol while deployed.

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And earlier this month, a weekslong trial concluded for Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who had been charged with murder and attempted murder in the killing of a teenage ISIS member in Iraq. (A jury eventually found Gallagher not guilty.)

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Navy identifies sailor who went overboard last week in Arabian Sea

The Navy identified the sailor who went overboard last week from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, prompting a search in the Arabian Sea.

The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs Office told Fox News that Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana was listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN).

The Navy told Fox News that Saldana had been assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, which is part of Carrier Air Wing 7.

Saldana, a Virginia native, enlisted in the Navy in April 2015.

He had served with HSC 5 since last July, and was promoted to E-5 earlier this year.

Before then, he had served aboard the USS Iwo Jima.

The Abraham Lincoln was routed to the Arabian Sea in recent weeks in what U.S. officials say is a move aimed at deterrence amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

Last week the Fifth Fleet said multiple ships had been conducting a search-and-rescue operation.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Naval weapons base near quakes’ epicenter closed for safety inspections

As Southern California dealt with the impact of Friday evening’s magnitude-7.1 earthquake, an important U.S. Navy facility near the quake’s epicenter was still dealing with the impact of Thursday’s 6.4 temblor in the area.

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was closed Friday as officials assessed infrastructure damage from the earlier quake, Stars & Stripes reported.

The base is located just northwest of Ridgecrest, the quake epicenter that is about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The city in Kern County has about 29,000 residents.

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No casualties or injuries were reported at the base after Thursday’s quake, the base posted Friday on its Facebook page. But there was no immediate information about whether Friday evening’s quake had caused any damage.

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Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, in Ridgecrest, Calif. (Facebook)

A team composed of personnel from the U.S. Geological Survey and the California Geological Survey was conducting inspections of the base’s buildings and other infrastructure, the post said.

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The shutdown of the base was expected to continue until 5 a.m. Monday, but whether Friday’s quake would extend that closure was not immediately known.

The base supports Navy research, testing and evaluation operations, according to Stars & Stripes.

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