NOAA & Saildrone Launch Hurricane Tracking Drones

In partnership with NOAA, Saildrone Inc. is deploying seven ocean drones to collect data from hurricanes during the 2022 hurricane season with the goal of improving hurricane forecasting. For the first year, two saildrones will track hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. This week, Saildrone launched two saildrones into the Gulf of Mexico, one from St. Petersburg, Florida, and another…

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Sikorsky Delivers CH-53K® Helicopter To USMC

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, delivered the third Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) CH-53K helicopter ahead of contract schedule to the U.S. Marine Corps. This aircraft, built in Sikorsky’s digital factory, is the first CH-53K from the Lot 2 LRIP contract awarded by the U.S. Navy in 2019, and the seventh overall delivered to the fleet. The CH‑53K’s heavy-lift capabilities exceed…

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Coast Guard Cutter Valiant Home After 30-day Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant (WMEC 621) and crew returned to Naval Station Mayport, Friday, after completing a 30-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. The Valiant’s crew patrolled over 6,300 miles in the Caribbean Sea, conducting a variety of operations in support of Coast Guard District 7. The crew partnered with both foreign and domestic military agencies in the detection, interdiction,…

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USS Gerald R Ford Completes Full Ship Shock Trials

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) successfully conducted a third explosive event off the coast of Jacksonville, FL, on 8 Aug., marking the completion of the ship’s Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST). Shock Trials validate a ship’s shock hardness and ability to sustain operations in a simulated combat environment using live ordnance. During the four-month testing evolution, the first-in-class aircraft…

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USN Awards L3Harris $393M Undersea Training Range Contract

August 4, 2021 – The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris Technologies a $393 million contract to install increments II and III of the Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR). The award follows nearly 10 years of execution by L3Harris on Increment I and will replace and upgrade the remaining underwater training range sites. USWTR Increment I included installing the ocean sensor…

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BAE Systems completed maintenance of HMS Medway in Florida

April 23, 2021 – Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Medway underwent a successful planned maintenance period, delivered by BAE Systems and Royal Navy Ship Staff in Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, from December 2020 through January 2021. Under the Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract BAE Systems provides whole ship availability management service to all of the eight Royal…

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Jacksonville Woman Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Illegally Exporting Maritime Raiding Craft and Engines to China

September 16, 2020 – Yang Yang (34, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to conspiring to submit false export information through the federal government’s Automated Export System and to fraudulently export to China maritime raiding craft and engines in violation of United States (U.S.) law, and also to attempting to fraudulently export that equipment in violation of U.S. law. Yang faces a…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems Modernization Contract for USS Carney and USS Winston S. Churchill

August 11, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BAE Systems has received an $83.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). The modernization work will be performed sequentially by the company’s shipyard in Jacksonville. The contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring…

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