Sunday, March 29, 2020

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First Marine Corps F-35C Squadron One Step Closer to Deployment

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Marine Corps’ first squadron to operate the F-35C Lightning II strike fighter has achieved certification as “safe for flight,” a major milestone toward eventual combat readiness and deployment.  Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314), based at Marine Corps Air Station…

USS Gerald R. Ford Completes Flight Deck, Air Traffic Control Certifications

ATLANTIC OCEAN — “Man all flight quarters stations!” These words were heard across every space on the USS Gerald R. Ford as the carrier prepared to launch and recover aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) to complete flight deck certification (FDC) and carrier air traffic control center (CATCC) certification on March 20.  Conducting flight operations is the key role…

Hospital Ship Mercy Deploying to Los Angeles

ARLINGTON, Virginia  — The secretary of defense said the Military Sealift Command’s hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is deploying to Los Angeles to relieve the city’s hospitals of some of their non-COVID-19 patient burden as they deal with the virus…

COVID-19 Causes Boeing to Suspend Puget Sound Production

CHICAGO — Boeing has temporarily suspended production operations at its Puget Sound-area facilities in light of the state of emergency in Washington state and the company’s continuous assessment of the accelerating spread of the coronavirus in the region, the company…

Defense Department Tests Hypersonic Glide Body

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Defense Department successfully tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment conducted from the Pacific Missile Range at Kauai, Hawaii, on March 19, the Pentagon said in a release.  The U.S. Navy and U.S. Army jointly executed the launch of a common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB),…

Navy’s Top Doctor: No Active COVID-19 Transmissions Aboard Ships Yet

ARLINGTON, Va — The U.S. Navy’s top medical officer said that no COVID-19 cases have been detected on board Navy ships at sea.  “Because of those enhanced measures that were undertaken weeks ago, we have not seen active transmission,” Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, surgeon…

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence Completes Last Patrol Before Homeport Change

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence and crew returned to Wilmington on March 13 following a 39-day patrol in the North Atlantic that included living marine resources enforcement and a three-week training and evaluation period, the Coast Guard 5th District said in…

112 Congressmen Call for Second Virginia-Class Sub in 2021

WASHINGTON — The congressional push for reinstatement of a second Virginia-class submarine in the 2021 defense budget has attracted the support of 112 congressmen.  A letter from three congressmen on the Seapower subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee — sent to the House Appropriations Committee…