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Russian military shows off its elite aerobatic flying teams

Posted May 23, 2016 by

KUBINKA AIR BASE, Russia–The Russian military’s elite aerobatic squadrons have marked their 25-year jubilee with an air show outside Moscow. The Strizhi (the Swifts) aerobatic team flying MiG-29 jets and the Russkiye Vityazi (the Russian Knights) operating the heavier Su-27 fighters performed May 21 before enthusiastic crowds at their home base west of the Russian…

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First A-29 Afghan pilots graduate, ready for combat

Posted December 23, 2015 by SrA. Ceaira Tinsley

A new era for the Afghan air force began Dec. 18, when the 81st Fighter Squadron graduated the first class of A-29 Super Tucano combat-ready attack pilots at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

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U.S. sending commandos, combat aircraft to Philippines

Posted April 15, 2016 by Lolita C. Baldor

In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said April 14 it will send troops and combat aircraft to the Philippines for regular, more frequent rotations, and will conduct more joint sea and air patrols with Philippine forces in the South China Sea. The announcement by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash…

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Ash Carter accuses Russia of ‘nuclear saber-rattling’

Posted May 4, 2016 by Robert Burns

STUTTGART, Germany–Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a U.S. military changing-of-the-guard ceremony May 3 to blast Russian aggression in Europe, saying Moscow is “going backward in time” with warlike actions that compel a U.S. military buildup on NATO’s eastern flank. “We do not seek a cold — let alone a hot — war with Russia,” Carter…

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Norwegian F-35 flies for first time under Norwegian command

Posted December 18, 2015 by A1C Ridge Shan

Maj. Morten Hanche, a Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35 Lightning II student pilot training with the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the first Norwegian F-35 sortie Dec. 14.

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U.S., India agree to improve military cooperation

Posted April 13, 2016 by

DOD photograph by Air Force SMSgt. Adrian Cruz Defense Ash Carter exchanges gifts with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar following a welcome dinner in Goa, India, April 10, 2016. Carter is visiting India and the Philippines to solidify the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. NEW DELHI–The U.S and India are working to make it easier…

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China’s Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Posted April 22, 2016 by Christopher Bodeen

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, April 9, 2014. Hagel met with Xi to discuss mutual state and defense issues. BEIJING–Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly…

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UK rescue squadrons to relocate to Italy

Posted November 9, 2015 by

Royal Air Force photograph by SrA. Erin O’Shea An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to Royal Air Force Lakenheath’s 56th Rescue Squadron flies over Scotland during exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, April 22, 2015. The Air Force announced Nov. 6 that the 56th and 57th Rescue squadrons from RAF Lakenheath are relocating to Aviano Air Base, Italy,…

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Stennis sailors visit Guam elementary school

Posted March 4, 2016 by Smn. Dakota Rayburn

Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participated in a community relations (COMREL) event at Wettengel Elementary School in Dededo Village, during a port call.

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Australia’s planned military buildup focuses on navy

Posted February 26, 2016 by Rod McGuirk

CANBERRA, Australia–Australia will bolster its naval strength with more submarines and warships as part of a long-term military buildup needed to maintain peace in the Asia-Pacific region, the prime minister said Feb. 25. Australia plans to double the size of its submarine fleet to 12 as well as commissioning three additional destroyers, nine anti-submarine frigates…

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