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Ford christening connects president to Navy roots

Posted November 13, 2013 by

With the strike of a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow by the ship's sponsor, the Navy christened its newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class, Nov. 9, in a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

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DOD reforms are about ‘leading by example,’ official says

Posted December 6, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The efficiency reforms announced yesterday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are about leading by example, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Jim Miller said Dec. 5. Across-the-board cuts to the defense budget have affected nearly every corner of the Pentagon, but the present uncertainty in defense budgeting is only part of the reason for…

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Army team to destroy Syrian chemical weapons afloat

Posted January 6, 2014 by C. Todd Lopez

Some 64 specialists from the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are expected to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboard the ship MV Cape Ray to destroy chemical weapons from Syria.

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U.S. Navy confirms its selection of Raytheon for Next Generation Jammer Electronic Warfare Program

Posted January 27, 2014 by

Following the U.S. Navy’s confirmation of its Next Generation Jammer contractor, Raytheon announced Jan. 27 it is ready to resume work on this critical electronic attack program for the warfighter. “We commend the GAO’s thorough assessment of this contract award and the U.S. Navy’s re-evaluation that has solidified us as the provider of the world’s…

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New AC-130J completes first test flight

Posted February 10, 2014 by Samuel King Jr.

After more than a year of modification maintenance, the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the sky for the first time as a gunship at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 31.

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Quadrennial Review’s focus is protecting homeland

Posted March 7, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Two countries that have long concerned the United States in terms of national security – North Korea and Iran – are mentioned first in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, a document that a senior Defense Department official told reporters this week has a renewed emphasis on protecting the homeland. The congressionally mandated review of national…

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Navy decommissions USS Miami

Posted March 28, 2014 by Lt. Timothy Hawkins

The Navy formally decommissioned Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755), March 28, during an indoor ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Past and present crew members, their families and other invited guests attended the event. “Admiral, the watch is secured,” reported Miami’s skipper Cmdr. Rolf Spelker to Submarine Group 2 commander…

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F-35 on time to replace previous tactical aircraft

Posted April 11, 2014 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

The F-35 Lightning II will enhance combat capabilities, project U.S. power and deter potential adversaries, Air Force officials told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on tactical air and land forces in a hearing on tactical aircraft programs there, April 8.

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Marines deploy with first, unmanned RQ-21A Blackjack system

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Marine Corps photograph U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kirk N. Humes, a maintainer with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 2, catches a RQ-21A Blackjack at Atlantic Field, N.C., April 1. VMU-2 conducted an early capability flight to train Marines with the new system before deploying in late April. The Department of the Navyís new,…

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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

Posted May 30, 2014 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year – a level largely in line with what U.S. commanders had requested – and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016, bringing to an end a U.S. military mission…

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