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Navy names next two destroyers

Posted May 24, 2013 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced May 23 the next Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG) will be named USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye. “As secretary of the Navy it is my privilege to name these ships to honor a respected naval leader and a true American hero.”  Mabus said.  “For decades to come,…

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KC-130s, F-35s hook up for refueling operations

Posted June 12, 2013 by Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki

Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 refueled two F-35B Lightnings of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise May 30.

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Air Force announces preferred alternative for security forces regional training center consolidation

Posted June 28, 2013 by

Air Force officials announced June 27 that Fort Bliss, Texas, was chosen as the preferred alternative for the Security Forces Ground Combat Training Center while Camp Guernsey, Wyo. is a reasonable alternative. If selected as the final basing choice, Fort Bliss will host a training center, offering training courses for approximately 8,500 students per year….

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P-8A passes initial operational test, evaluation

Posted July 8, 2013 by

After an extensive testing period, the U.S. Navy announced July 1 in an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation report that its new patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, P-8A Poseidon, was found “operationally effective, operationally suitable, and ready for fleet introduction.”

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F-16s being regenerated into drones

Posted July 24, 2013 by Teresa Pittman

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christine Griffiths Robert Bliven and Andrew Bakios, 567th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron perform maintenance on the first QF-16 being regenerated at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2013. The conversion is slated to take approximately six months, or 180 calendar…

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XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system may lose ‘X’ by next August

Posted August 12, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement weapon system is now in development. But by this time next year, the system may have moved into low-rate initial production and if so, will lose the experimental “X” prefix. Lt. Col. Shawn Lucas, the PEO Soldier program manager for individual weapons at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., said the XM25…

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Aircraft deploy to California to aid firefighting effort

Posted August 31, 2013 by

The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the three MAFFS aircraft operating at the Boise Air Tanker Base moved to McClellan Air Tanker base near Sacramento, Calif., to assist the wildland firefighting effort in the western United States.

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Missile Defense System intercepts target in test

Posted September 20, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command and sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test today of the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, intercepting a ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean. A complex separating short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and…

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U.S., Japan agree to expand security, defense cooperation

Posted October 4, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry sign official documents to revise the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, increase security and defense collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and advance the realignment of American troops in Japan, in Tokyo, Oct. 3, 2013. TOKYO…

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First Zumwalt class destroyer launched

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works successfully launched the Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer Oct. 28 at their Bath, Maine, shipyard.

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