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Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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Navy to christen future USS Zumwalt, new class of destroyer

The Navy will christen the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974. Secretary…

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Future USS America delivered

Navy photograph by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula,…

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Installation of backup oxygen system in F-22 combat fleet continues

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s F-22 Division is on-track to complete installation of the Automatic Back-up Oxygen System, or ABOS, in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor combat fleet by December 2014. In January 2012, following a series of incidents in which a number of F-22 pilots experienced physiological symptoms in flight, the Air…


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Boeing celebrates delivery of Air India’s first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  September 7, 2012

Boeing photograph Boeing and Air India Sept. 6 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. Pictured here is a 787 Dreamliner painted in India’s livery taking off from Boeing South Carolina. The airplane is equipped with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats. Boeing and Air India celebrated the delivery of…

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Marine F-35 variant reached 100th sortie milestone

Posted  September 7, 2012

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov Marine Corps Maj. Tye Bachmann, of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501, completed the 100th sortie of the F-35B variant of the Lightning II Aug. 31 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The flight was a lineup of six aircraft returning to the skies on the first day…

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Space Shuttle Endeavour to make historical final ferry flight

Posted  September 7, 2012

Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA’s modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, will make the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program era when it departs Sept. 17, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida headed to Los Angeles International Airport. On Oct. 11, 2011, NASA transferred title and ownership of Endeavour to the California…

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Navy continues to make dumb bombs smarter

Posted  September 7, 2012

The fleet is addressing the evolving needs of modern day warfare by converting the traditional unguided bomb with a near-precision guided “smart” weapon. The Navy recently awarded a $23 million full-rate production contract to Boeing Inc. for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM), after successfully completing integrated test. The weapon expands the capability…

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ATK, United Launch Alliance successfully test GEM-60 motor

Posted  September 7, 2012

ATK and United Launch Alliance conducted a successful cold-temperature ground test Sept. 6 of a Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM-60) solid rocket motor used to boost ULA’s Delta IV launch vehicles. The 60-inch diameter and 53-feet long motor, which was chilled to a core temperature of 30 degrees F, performed as designed, producing approximately 270,000 pounds…

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Tricare won’t return Walgreen to pharmacy network

Posted  September 7, 2012

The military health insurance plan Tricare says Walgreen’s drugstore chain, the largest in the U.S., will not be part of the network where plan members can get their prescriptions filled. Tricare did not give a reason for its decision, which was posted in an announcement on its website. It said its network currently includes more…

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NASA’s Global Hawk mission begins with flight Hurricane Leslie

Posted  September 7, 2012

NASA has begun its latest hurricane science field campaign by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight from California to Virginia. With the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel mission, NASA for the first time will be flying Global Hawks from the U.S. East Coast. The…

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Pentagon welcomes new chief of National Guard Bureau

Posted  September 7, 2012

Cabinet secretaries, service chiefs and other government and military leaders gathered Sept. 7 for a Pentagon ceremony marking a change in leaders for the nation’s National Guard Bureau. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke during the event marking the end of Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley’s term…

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News Briefs – September 7, 2012

Posted  September 7, 2012

Colorado loses bid to speed destruction of weapons A federal court says Colorado doesn’t have the authority to set a deadline for the Army to destroy chemical weapons stored at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Sept. 5 upheld a lower court’s decision throwing out the state’s lawsuit. Colorado argued that…

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F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development

Posted  September 7, 2012

Air Force officials begin their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Sept. 10, an instrumental step in beginning joint strike fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots from Elgin Air Force Base, Fla.; along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the review expected to last approximately 65…

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