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August 20, 2014

News Briefs August 20, 2014

Trials complete on fourth Coast Guard cutter

Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., has completed acceptance sea trials for the company’s fourth U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter, Hamilton.

Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC program manager, tells The Mississippi Press) the Hamilton is scheduled to be delivered next month and commissioned on Dec. 6 in Charleston, South Carolina.

French says the ship was underway for a two-day period in the Gulf of Mexico, performing numerous tests and demonstrations of shipboard systems for the Board of Inspection and Survey.

Ingalls has delivered three of the ships so far. Bertholf, Waesche and Stratton are in service.

Two others besides Hamilton – James and Munro – are also currently under construction.
A seventh NSC, Kimball, is scheduled to begin construction in early 2015. AP

Japan military holds drill as its role expands

Japan’s military is showcasing its ability to defend remote islands, as its role expands at home and abroad under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The military began large-scale annual ìFire Powerî exercises Aug. 19 at the foot of Mount Fuji. Defense officials said the exercises, which last until Sunday, are aimed at repelling a hypothetical invasion of far-off Japanese islands.

Officials said the exercises reflect new defense guidelines that emphasize island defense. Both Japan and China are pressing their claims to a group of disputed uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Abe’s Cabinet approved in July a reinterpretation of Japan’s war-renouncing constitution, which was drafted under U.S. direction after World War II, to allow the military to defend foreign countries, sharply dividing public opinion.

Fighter jets, attack helicopters and tanks, guided missile systems and other artillery fired Tuesday at targets at the base of Mount Fuji, where soldiers demonstrated tactics to fight off foreign invaders.

The live-fire exercises involve 2,300 troops, 20 aircraft and 80 tanks and armored vehicles, among other equipment. AP

Aerospace industry impact in SC pegged at $17 billion

A new report says the aerospace industry in South Carolina accounts for 54,000 jobs with a total economic impact of $17 billion.

Media outlets report that the research released April 18 during a conference in Columbia measures the impact of both civilian and military aerospace jobs.

University of South Carolina research economist Joey Von Nessen said there are 466 civilian companies employing more than 17,000 people across the state. The single largest company is Boeing, which employs about 6,500 in North Charleston.

The rest of the jobs are military and are located at Joint Base Charleston, Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station and McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Columbia. AP




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