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US Navy grounds Saudi pilot trainees after deadly shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station

15:50  11 december  2019
15:50  11 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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WASHINGTON – The Navy has grounded more than 300 Saudi nationals training to be pilots after the shooting rampage last week at Pensacola Naval Air Station , the Navy said Tuesday. Training for all personnel at the Florida base was suspended over the weekend, said Navy Cdr.

Navy spokeswoman Lieutenant Andriana Genualdi said the safety standdown and operational pause began on Monday for Saudi Arabian aviation students. She said the grounding included three different military facilities: Naval Air Station Pensacola , Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Naval Air

WASHINGTON – The Navy has grounded more than 300 Saudi nationals training to be pilots after the shooting rampage last week at Pensacola Naval Air Station, the Navy said Tuesday.

Training for all personnel at the Florida base was suspended over the weekend, said Navy Cdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman. Limited training resumed Monday, including for some international students. However, the Saudi students remain grounded, Doss said. Some classroom training for them is expected to resume this week.

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The move affects 140 Saudi trainees at Pensacola Naval Air Station , 35 at nearby Whiting Field, and 128 at Naval Air Station Mayport. The Saudi shooter , 21-year old Mohammed Alshamrani, killed three young Navy sailors and injured eight other people after opening fire with a legally purchased handgun

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Second Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, armed with a legally purchased 9mm Glock handgun and several extra magazines, started the rampage on Friday that ended with three dead, including Alshamnrani. Eight others, including two sheriff's deputies were wounded. The FBI is investigating the shootings as a terror attack.

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"A safety stand-down and operational pause commenced Monday for Saudi Arabian aviation students at (Naval Air Station) Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field and NAS Mayport, Florida," Doss said. "Classroom training is expected to resume this week for those students. There are approximately 140 Saudi Arabian students training at NAS Pensacola and 35 at NAS Whiting Field and 128 at NAS Mayport."

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last week’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi airman, defense officials That means Saudi pilots , including several hundred studying at Naval Air Station Pensacola and in light of the tragic loss of life on December 6, 2019, at Naval Air Station Pensacola ,” Norquist wrote.

MIAMI — The Pentagon has suspended operational training for all Saudi military students in the United States, indefinitely halting flight instruction, firing range training and all other operations outside the classroom in the wake of a shooting last week at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida by a

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist on Tuesday ordered Defense intelligence officials to review and strengthen vetting procedures in light of the shooting.

Reuters first reported the grounding of the Saudi pilots.

Alshamrani began his three-year course August 2017 with English, basic aviation and initial pilot training, according to U.S. officials who were not authorized to speak publicly due to the ongoing investigation.

Alshamrani had joined 5,180 foreign students from 153 countries in the United States for military training. Many of those students operate U.S. military hardware that foreign governments buy from the United States. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest customer for arms, and many of those are American made. He was one of 852 Saudi nationals training with the Pentagon in the United States.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered a review of security at domestic military bases after the shooting.

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The shooting at Pensacola has placed the long-standing US- Saudi relationship under scrutiny. Ties have already been strained by the Saudi military offensive in Yemen and the She said the no-fly rule affects 303 Saudi students at three Florida Naval Air Stations : Pensacola , Whiting Field and Mayport.

Naval Air Station Pensacola or NAS Pensacola (IATA: NPA, ICAO: KNPA, FAA LID: NPA) (formerly NAS/KNAS until changed circa 1970 to allow Nassau International Airport

investigators were probing whether the shooter acted alone or within a network, or whether "any possible ideology" prompted the attack.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called the shooter somebody with "deep-seated hatred for the United States," who should have been vetted by both the American and Saudi militaries.

Hours before the shooting, tweets purportedly written by the suspect railed against the United States for its support of Israel and for stationing troops at bases in Saudi Arabia. Rojas declined to confirm the tweets came from the Saudi military trainee.

Foreign military trainees are vetted before traveling to the United States. U.S. Embassy personnel research databases for activities such as support for terrorism, drug trafficking, corruption and other criminal behavior. Travel orders are denied to those who fail to pass the screening.

The shootings in Florida come at an already tense moment in U.S.-Saudi relations after Saudi Arabia's role in the 2018 slaying of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post journalist.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that he spoke with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, "who expressed his condolences and sadness at the loss of life in the horrific attack" in Florida.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Navy grounds Saudi pilot trainees after deadly shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station

Pentagon finds Saudi students not 'immediate threat' after Pensacola shooting .
A Pentagon screening of Saudi military students training at U.S. bases found "no information indicating an immediate threat" in the wake of the Pensacola shooting.However, a senior defense official, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the ongoing Pensacola investigation, cautioned that this was a Pentagon screening tool not an investigative tool, and so it's not possible to draw wider conclusions about what Saudi students may have known about the Dec. 6 attack. The FBI's Jacksonville office declined to comment on what their investigation has learned about the suspected shooter's Saudi classmates but said the review is ongoing.

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