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July 3, 2012

News Briefs July 3, 2012

Brazilian Air Force show shatters windows

Brazilian Air Force jets flying over the capital city of Brasilia, during a flag-changing ceremony swept down so low they caused shock waves that shattered windows in the Supreme Court and Congressional buildings.

The Brazilian Air Force issued a statement saying the July 1 incident occurred during a traditional changing of the flag ceremony. The statement said two Mirage 2000 jets were involved.

The Supreme Court building was particularly affected. It has a glass facade, and nearly all windows broke because of the vibrations. Brasilia’s firefighters said some in the public were scared, but no one was hurt.

The Air Force command said it is investigating and will reimburse the federal government for the damages. AP

 

Defense inspector examines Stryker maintenance

A Defense Department inspector is taking a close look at the contract for maintenance of the Army’s Stryker vehicles.

A new report says the Army could be saving money on its contract with General Dynamics to maintain roughly 1,000 Army Strkyer vehicles at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Wash.

The News Tribune reports the defense department inspectors because the Army may have spent millions of dollars to plan ahead on expected maintenance needs, instead of just saving the money for when it was needed. The report says this spending happened because of the audit and expectations about what it would find about the Army’s costs.

General Dynamics did not respond to written questions for this story and the Inspector General did not return a call for comment. AP

 

Navy to resume sinking old ships in U.S. waters

The U.S. Navy is resuming its practice of using old warships for target practice and sinking them in U.S. coastal waters after a nearly two-year moratorium spurred by environmental and cost concerns.

Later this month, the Navy plans to send three vessels – Kilauea, Niagara Falls and Concord – to a watery grave off Hawaii by battering them with torpedoes and other ordinance during the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises.

A Navy official told The Associated Press the moratorium had been lifted on Sinkex, short for sinking exercise, last year after a review of the requirements, costs, benefits and environmental impacts of the program.

Environmental groups who sued in federal court to halt Sinkex are asking the Navy to continue the moratorium until the case is settled. AP




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