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Navy secretary names multiple ships

Posted June 7, 2013 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced June 6 the next three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships will be named USS Billings and USS Tulsa. “It is my privilege as Secretary of the Navy to name these ships after five…

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Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

Posted June 5, 2013 by Robert Karlsen and Bob Van Enkenvoort

Photograph courtesy of iRobot The iRobot Warrior, using a tool on the end of its arm, is able to grab, lift and carry heavy items. The arm can lift up to 350 pounds and the Warrior can carry a payload of up to 150 pounds. A small car can’t pull a heavy trailer. Sports utility…

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DOD announces research equipment awards

Posted June 5, 2013 by

The Department of Defense June 3 announced awards to 140 university researchers at 77 academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation and equipment. The awards total $38.7 million and are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program supports the purchase of state of the art…

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After three decades, maintainers keep B-1 on top

Posted June 5, 2013 by A1C Charles V. Rivezzo

Air Force photograph by SrA. Brett Clashman Senior Airman Jonathon Hartman, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, marshals in a B-1B Lancer during Green Flag-West 11-10 Sept. 20, 2011, at Nellis AFB, Nev. With a career that spans across three decades and a war fighting reputation that rivals nearly every…

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Navy awards contract for operational test CH-53K aircraft

Posted June 3, 2013 by

Navy photograph by Sally Wise Navy photograph by Sally Wise NAVAIR CH-53K and Sikorsky program representatives held a formal signing to commemorate the SDTA contract award on May 31 at the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters (PMA-261) office at NAS Patuxent River. From left: Col. Robert Pridgen, USMC, PMA-261 program manager; Michael Torok, Ph.D., CH-53K programs…

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U.K. test pilot completes first F-35B vertical landing

Posted June 3, 2013 by Lockheed Martin photograph

  Royal Air Force Sqdn. Ldr. James Schofield completed the first vertical landing by a United Kingdom military test pilot May 28, 2013 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Schofield flew F-35B Lightning II test aircraft BF-1. The F-35B is the variant of the Lightning II designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps,…

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Air Force establishes F-35 IOC target

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Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop completes preflight checks before his first sortie in an F-35A Lightning II, March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Bishop is among the first pilots to begin the official training that began in January. The Air Force announced May 31, 2013, it…

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Special ops commanders seek intel, data-sharing assets

Posted May 31, 2013 by Donna Miles

Senior commanders recently called on the defense industry to provide technologies that give special operations forces more situational awareness, better networking and communications and more precise location and targeting capabilities.

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Air Force to consolidate F-22 depot maintenance at Hill AFB

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Air Force officials announced May 29 they are consolidating depot maintenance for the F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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NAVAIR pilots learn to take a breath

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Navy photograph Marine Corps Maj. Kevin Ryan undergoes oxygen deprivation training while operating Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís Manned Flight Simulator at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. It can strike without warning, robbing a pilot of the ability to think clearly or react as he or she flies through the air at supersonic speeds….

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