Blue Angels Add Show to 2019 Season

January 31, 2019 – U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the addition of the 2019 Miami Beach Air and Sea Show to their performance schedule, Jan. 30. The air show will take place May 25-26, which was previously an open date on the Blue Angels schedule. The team is now scheduled to perform 61 demonstrations at 32 locations in 2019. The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence…

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Blue Angels Reach Training Milestone Ahead of 2019 Season

January 22, 2019 – U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, reached a major milestone in their annual winter training, Jan. 19, when they completed their first set of training flights over the airfield at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. The six jet demonstration pilots had been training over the Special Use Airspace adjacent to NAF El Centro, and will continue to do the bulk of their training there for the next few weeks, before moving full time to the air space above NAF El Centro. This is…

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Raytheon selected for classic Hornet AESA radar upgrade

January 15, 2019 – The U.S. Marine Corps selected Raytheon’s APG-79(v)4 AESA radar to equip its F/A-18C/D classic Hornet fleet. Raytheon will begin delivering radars in 2020 and complete deliveries by 2022. The APG-79(v)4 is a scaled version of the APG-79 AESA radar integrated on the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force’s Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. Along with improved targeting capabilities, crews gain an edge in crucial operations across the spectrum – including air dominance, maritime strike and air-to-surface missions. “With AESA radars, fighter jet pilots and crews…

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GAO: Rebuilding Ship, Submarine, and Aviation Readiness Will Require Time and Sustained Management Attention

Since 2015, we have made 45 recommendations to help the Navy and Marine Corps ensure they have the personnel and equipment they need to be ready for their operations. We discussed the two services’ readiness challenges in this testimony, including: Personnel shortfalls and gaps in experience leading to high sailor workloads Maintenance delays that prevent ships and submarines from operating Unavailable aircraft in both the Navy and the Marine Corps While the services have taken initial steps to rebuild military readiness, fully addressing these challenges while balancing high demands will require years of…

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Search for Missing USMC Air Crewmembers Goes On

December 5, 2018 – The United States Marine Corps confirms that two Marines have been found. One of the recovered Marines is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel. The search and rescue operations continue for the remaining five U.S. Marines who were aboard the KC-130 Hercules and F/A-18 Hornet involved in a mishap about 200 miles off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6. The aircraft were conducting routine training and aerial refueling was a part of the training;…

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CACI to Showcase Solutions at CDCA Defense Summit That Advance U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Modernization

November 27, 2018 – CACI International Inc announced today that it will showcase solutions to support the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Community at the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) Defense Summit on December 5-6, 2018 in Charleston, SC. The annual conference brings together government and industry experts for collaborative discussions on defense technologies focused on C5ISR, information warfare, and cyber security. At the conference, CACI will showcase a suite of innovative electronic warfare capabilities that enhance warfighter effectiveness and survivability in today’s multi-domain battle. The company will also…

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Sikorsky Wins $717 Million Award to Sustain USN & USMC Super Stallion And Sea Dragon Aircraft

November 5, 2018 – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, was awarded a performance-based logistics contract with a value of $717 million. The contract will provide supply and logistics support to the entire fleet of in-service CH-53E Super Stallions and MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters. The H-53E is a battle proven heavy-lift helicopter continuing to support the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy in missions at home and around the world. The scope of the performance-based logistics contract includes repairs, overhauls, spares, obsolescence mitigation and asset management services over four years. Contract performance…

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U.S. Forces Ready for NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 18

October 22, 2018 – More than 14,000 U.S. service members from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps will take part in Exercise Trident Juncture 18, which begins Oct. 25, 2018. The month-long exercise will take place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden. The exercise will include a live portion, from Oct. 25-Nov. 7 and a command post exercise from Nov. 14-23. Trident Juncture 18 is designed to test NATO’s ability…

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US Marines land in Iceland in initial phase of exercise Trident Juncture

October 17, 2018 – Around 90 US Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Keflavík on Wednesday (17 October 2018), marking the initial phase of NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Iceland. The main phase of Trident Juncture will start in Norway on October 25. Arriving by MV-22 Osprey and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters from the USS Iwo Jima, the Marines practised securing the airfield and key infrastructure, in cooperation with the Icelandic Police. The US Navy has also deployed two cutting-edge P-8A Poseidon aircraft to Keflavík from…

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US, JSDF & RCN Kick off Exercise Keen Sword

October 13, 2018 – Units from the U.S. military and Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) will conduct exercise Keen Sword beginning Oct. 29, 2018. The biennial exercise is the latest in a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises since 1986 designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the JSDF. Two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships (HMCS Calgary and MV Asterix) will participate in the maritime portion of the exercise for the first time. This year’s iteration will feature the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid…

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US & Japan Advance New Amphibious Capability

October 7, 2018 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) became the first U.S. Navy ship in the 7th Fleet to conduct amphibious operations with the newly established Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF), Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) troops and their equipment on Oct. 2. JGSDF Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) were recovered by Ashland Sailors and embarked Marines from 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) training as a part of exercise Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat (KAMANDAG) 2. The ARDB, formed on March 27,…

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F-35Bs Join Forces with British Aircraft Carrier to Make History

October 2, 2018 – This week the first F-35 Lightning fighter jets landed on the deck of the United Kingdom’s new aircraft carrier making history and marking the beginning of more than half-a-century of ‘Carrier Strike’ operations. Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray and Royal Air Force Sq. Ldr. Andy Edgell, both test pilots at the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., were the first pilots to land the stealth F-35 Lightning fighter jets on board the carrier, demonstrating the formidable force HMS Queen Elizabeth and…

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USMC F-35B Conducts First Combat Strikes in CENTCOM AOR

September 27, 2018 – The Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II, conducted its first combat strikes in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, Sept. 27. During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander. “The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy,” said Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central command. “As part…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 31, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $81,030,000 not-to-exceed modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N00019-18-F-0584 issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of air vehicle initial spares for the F-35 Lightning III aircraft, including afloat spares packages, Marine Corps quick engine change kits, and associated consumables to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for Navy and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas 24.4 percent); El Segundo, California (9.1 percent); Owego, New York…

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