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U.S. Marine Corps begins F-35B operational trials

Posted May 20, 2015 by

Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II jet aircraft arrived May 18 aboard the USS WASP off the coast of the United States’ Eastern Seaboard to mark the beginning of the first shipboard phase of the F-35B Operational Test. The at-sea period will continue aboard USS WASP for the next two weeks, with fleet representative…

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Navy declares IOC capability for new rolling airframe missile

Posted May 18, 2015 by

Navy photograph by Seaman Shelby M. Tucker The amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) participates in training exercises with the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is underway conducting aqmphibious integration exercises.   The U.S. Navy successfully achieved Initial Operational Capability or the Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile aboard…

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Navy lays keel for PCU Indiana

Posted May 18, 2015 by

The U.S. Navy held a keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit Indiana (SSN 789) at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., May 16.

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Navy announces successful test of EMLS

Posted May 18, 2015 by

Air Force photograph by PO2 Aidan P. Campbell The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is under construction at Huntington Ingalls…

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Air Commandos bid farewell to MC-130P Combat Shadows

Posted May 18, 2015 by SSgt. Katherine Holt

The final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Air Force landed for the last time at Hurlburt Field, Fla., in front of more than 400 people, during an MC-130P heritage flight May 15.

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DOD announces installation realignment in Europe

Posted May 18, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Department officials announced May 15 that the department will fully return the U.S. Army-Europe site in Stuttgart, Germany, to the host nation in 2015. The Stuttgart Administrative Facility has been identified for return to the host nation as excess to the needs of the U.S. military in Europe, the officials said. The site is…

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Nomination for next Chief of Naval Operations announced

Posted May 15, 2015 by POC Julianne Metzger

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced May 13 during a Pentagon press briefing that he has recommended Adm. John M. Richardson as the next Chief of Naval Operations.

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Combat aviation brigade master control of drones

Posted May 15, 2015 by Sgt. Alexander Neely

Unmanned aircraft is one of the fastest growing sectors in civilian and military aviation.

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President nominates Forces Command chief to lead Army

Posted May 15, 2015 by C. Todd Lopez

Gen. Mark Milley, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the new chief of staff, or CSA, of the Army.

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Update: JSTARS Recap moves to next phase

Posted May 15, 2015 by Justin Oakes

A senior Department of Defense official signed a key acquisition memo May 7 that will allow the Joint STARS Recapitalization program office here to begin awarding contracts.

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