Defense

Navy awards contract for construction of two carriers

Posted February 1, 2019 by

Photograph courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries An artist conception of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 80), the third nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the Gerald R. Ford-class planned for building at Newport News Shipbuilding. The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract for the construction of CVN 80 and CVN 81 to Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News…

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Secretary of the Navy names Independence variant LCS after capital of Maine

Posted February 1, 2019 by

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced today that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Augusta (LCS 34). The future USS Augusta (LCS 34) is named in honor of the capital city of Maine, and is the sixth vessel to bear the name Augusta.  “It is an honor to name…

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Marine rifle squads get upgraded night vision devices

Posted January 30, 2019 by Barbara Hamby

An updated helmet-mounted night vision system is beginning to make its way to infantry units. Marine Corps Systems Command accelerated the acquisition of about 1,300 Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggles using existing Defense Logistics Agency contracts.

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MQ-1B Predator accident report released

Posted January 30, 2019 by

An MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft crashed Aug. 17, 2017, in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility while forward-deployed and participating in a combat support mission.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force announces 36th Annual Student Aviation Art Competition

Posted January 30, 2019 by Rob Bardua

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s 36th Annual Student Aviation Art Competition will be open on March 1 to students from around the country. The theme for this year’s competition focuses on the fact that July 2019 marks 50 years since humans first walked upon any surface other than planet Earth. On July…

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Navy to commission destroyer Michael Monsoor

Posted January 25, 2019 by

Bath Iron Works photograph The Navy’s next generation destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), successfully completed acceptance. The U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations both pier side and underway, evaluating the ship’s construction and compliance with Navy specifications. The Navy will…

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Navy denies all pending Camp Lejeune Federal Tort Claims Act claims

Posted January 25, 2019 by

The health and welfare of service members, veterans, civilians and their families is the Department of the Navy’s leading priority. For more than two decades, the Navy and Marine Corps have supported and assisted the study of possible impacts of water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. To date, approximately 4,400 Federal Tort…

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Goldfein gets up close view of new T-X trainer

Posted January 25, 2019 by Charles Pope

After his first up-close view Jan. 15 of a ready-to-fly T-X, the Air Force’s training aircraft of the future, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein could have been expected to marvel at the technical sophistication of a state-of-the-art plane designed and manufactured not only with future pilots in mind but with maintainers and software specialists as well.

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Air Force makes updates to enlisted evaluation policies

Posted January 23, 2019 by

The Air Force recently updated evaluation policies for enlisted Airmen, refining the process and requirements for enlisted performance reports. The revised policies are in response to feedback from the field and are geared towards increasing flexibility for commanders and empowering performance within the enlisted corps. “We are continuously making strides to reform our talent management…

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F-35 Demo Team pilot practices new maneuvers

Posted January 23, 2019 by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team commander and pilot has spent the last three months, designing, developing and practicing the maneuvers of the all new demo profile.

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