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EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA (AP) — Britain's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is helping to take on the “lion’s share” of operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq, U.K. naval commanders said. It has also piqued the interest of Russian warplanes, who try to keep tabs on its cutting-edge F-35 jet in a “cat-and-mouse” game with British and U.S. pilots.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Military service leaders are privately expressing reservations about removing sexual assault cases from the chain of command, The Associated Press has learned, striking a note of caution as momentum builds toward changing a military justice system that has come under increasing criticism.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris focused on the challenges of the pandemic, climate change and cybersecurity threats during her keynote speech to graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday, the first by a woman at the 175-year-old institution.

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ABOARD HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH (AP) — As tensions with Russia simmer, thousands of NATO troops, several warships and dozens of aircraft are taking part in military exercises stretching across the Atlantic, through Europe and into the Black Sea region.

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Amid all the displays of bickering, finger-pointing and stonewalling members of Congress have treated us to during this session, it was mightily uplifting to see our lawmakers come together to award its highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the surviving members of the USS Indianapolis. In a virtual ceremony that was livestreamed on July 30, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., presented the medal to the living crewmembers to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ship’s July 30, 1945, sinking.

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Tradition holds that sometime around 1953, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was asked what was most likely to change history or knock governments off course. Macmillan famously responded, “Events, dear boy, events.”

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