Eleventh National Security Cutter Named for Elizebeth Smith Friedman

July 7, 2020 – The Coast Guard is naming the 11th Legend-Class National Security Cutter (NSC) in honor of Elizebeth Smith Friedman. Friedman was a pioneering code-breaker for the Coast Guard during the Prohibition Era and World War II, serving within the Coast Guard Cryptanalytic Unit-387. She has been dubbed “America’s first female cryptanalyst” and in many ways could be…

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New Book Details Kursk Disaster and Vladimir Putin

July 7, 2020 – An important non-fiction military history and geopolitical book, W. Craig Reed’s SPIES OF THE DEEP (Permuted Press; July 14, 2020; Hardcover; $28.00) is a scalding indictment that shatters the lies told by Russian and U.S. officials in August 2000 a few months after Vladimir Putin came to power. It cuts through the suspicious circumstances surrounding the…

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DSCA Approves E-2D Advanced Hawkeye for France

July 6, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of three (3) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of France requests…

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JMSDF & USN Joint MCM Training in Mutsu Bay

(Google Translation) Reiwa 2nd year Mine warfare training (Mutsu Bay) and minesweeping special training (Japan-US joint training The Maritime Self-Defense Force will conduct the following mine warfare training (Mutsu Bay) and minesweeping special training (Japan-US joint training). I will carry it out. 1 Purpose (1) Maintain and improve the ability of the JMSDF to combat mines (2) Further strengthening cooperation…

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USNS Henry J Kaiser Replenishes Theodore Roosevelt CSG After Tiger Cruise Stop Cancelled

July 5, 2020 – Off the coast of Hawaii, the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) did its part to help the ships of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group on their trip home to San Diego following a deployment to the Indo Pacific region, by providing fuel and stores during replenishments at sea.…

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Japan thanks Vietnam for P-3C Support

In a Twitter video last week, the Japan Joint Staff (JJS) of the Japan Self-Defense Forces said on June 26, its P-3C anti-submarine patrol aircraft with 19 crew members had returned to Japan safely after almost two months at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. “We sincerely appreciate your kindness to offer help when we were…

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Oceana F/A-18 Squadrons Return from Historic Deployment

July 8, 2020 – Two F/A-18E “Super Hornet” squadrons with a total of 20 aviators returned to their home base at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., July 7, following their six-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The two F/A-18E squadrons, Strike…

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