U.S. Navy Awards Sikorsky Contract To Build Six More CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters

October 28, 2020 – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, will build six additional production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new contract for the U.S. Navy. The aircraft will further support the U.S. Marine Corps in its mission to conduct expeditionary heavy-lift assault transport of armored vehicles, equipment and personnel to support distributed operations deep inland from a sea-based center…

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Second Columbia-class SSBN Named USS Wisconsin

October 29, 2020 – Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite announced Oct. 28 that the newest Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine will be named in honor of the state of Wisconsin. This will be the third Naval vessel to bear the state name and will carry the hull number SSBN-827. “The Wisconsin namesake carries a great legacy that will undoubtedly…

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Navy Announces Release of Draft Environmental Assessment for MQ-25A Stingray Home Basing

October 29, 2020 – The Navy is proposing to home base a new carrier-based unmanned air system at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California. This system is known as the MQ-25A Stingray. The Stingray will serve as a tanker capable of refueling aircraft in flight. The Stingray will also be capable of conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations.…

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YT808 Rainier First Assignment at Indian Island

October 29, 2020 – The Navy’s first Yard Tug (YT) 808 class tug recently delivered to Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton Annex. Only 17 days after delivery, YT 808 Rainier was in the water assisting USNS Richard Byrd (T-AKE 4) as it moved away from the dock at Naval Magazine Indian Island. “Narrowing the gap between delivery and providing operational support…

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Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen Announces Tromso Submarine Facility

October 29, 2020 (Google Translation) – I am pleased to see that our allies are welcome in Tromsø with their submarines, and will contribute to a good collaboration so that the necessary local contingency plans are in place. The defense of Norway is dependent on reinforcements from our allies. An important part of this is to facilitate the Allies to…

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Northrop Grumman Begins Building First Australian MQ-4C Triton

October 27, 2020 – Northrop Grumman has initiated the build process for Australia’s first MQ-4C Triton, a game-changing unmanned maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. In a ceremony broadcast to a virtual audience, speakers from the Australian Government, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), U.S. Congress, U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman emphasized the significance of this event. “The MQ-4C Triton…

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Royal Navy Announces Engine Contract

October 26, 2020 – A marine engineering and propulsion specialist company has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to support and maintain small diesel engines onboard amphibious assault ships, mine hunters and other Royal Navy vessels. The £5.5m five-year contract, awarded by the Ministry of Defence, will see UK-based Royston responsible for providing diesel engine spares and technical support alongside…

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HMAS Arunta Contributes to Operation ARGOS

October 29, 2020 – HMAS Arunta has arrived in Sasebo, Japan, for a short logistics visit prior to participating in Operation ARGOS on 31 October 2020. Operation ARGOS is Australia’s contribution to the enforcement of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said Australia’s ongoing sanctions enforcement operations, in close…

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