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French company scores huge Australian submarine contract

Posted April 27, 2016 by RodMcGuirk and Raphael Satter

Australia’s largest-ever defense contract has gone to a French shipbuilder to produce a new generation of submarines, thrilling officials in Paris and inaugurating half a century of close defense cooperation between the nations. French state-controlled defense contractor DCNS won out over Germany’s ThysennKrupp Marine Systems and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to build 12 conventional submarines…

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AGE mechanics provide vital mission support

Posted March 4, 2016 by TSgt. James Hodgman

AGE mechanics at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, provide vital support to the mission. The 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron’s Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, is the largest AGE Flight in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

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Russia looks to revive its aircraft industry with new plane

Posted June 13, 2016 by AP

Russia presented June 8 a new airliner that is intended to revive the nation's aircraft-making prowess and reduce its reliance on Western planes.

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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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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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Seoul says North Korean missile launch apparently fails

Posted April 15, 2016 by Foster Klug and Hyung-jin Kim

SEOUL, South Korea—A North Korean launch of a missile on the birthday of its revered founder appears to have failed, South Korean and U.S. defense officials said April 15. The officials provided few details, including the type of missile, of what would be an embarrassing failure, if confirmed. The launch comes as the two Koreas…

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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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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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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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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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