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Since the end of May, a group of dedicated volunteers has been combing the beaches at NAS Patuxent River trying to learn and document what they can about the installation’s Northern Diamondback Terrapin population and their nesting habitat.

Those who know say it’s the best-kept secret in the Navy. But duty in the forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) is not something the Navy wants to keep under wraps.


The doors of NAS Patuxent River’s St. Nicholas Chapel were literally thrown open July 26 as Chaplain Lt. Clay Hamrick and Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Mojica welcomed back a small group of worshippers for their first in-person service since the COVID-19 shutdown.

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) instrument identified the 4000th comet discovered by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint mission between the European Space Agency and NASA on June 15.