Sunday, March 29, 2020

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Navy Orders Two More Navajo-Class Towing, Salvage, Rescue Ships

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The Navy has ordered two more Navajo-class T-ATS towing, salvage and rescue ships, the Defense Department said in a March 25 contract notice.    The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Gulf Island Shipyards LLC in Houma, Louisiana,…

Marine Corps to Double UAS Squadrons, Reduce Rotary Squadrons by 2030

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Marine Corps is planning to change its aviation community significantly as part of a long-range effort to align its force structure more with the National Defense Strategy, including doubling the number of unmanned aerial system (UAS) squadrons and…

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…

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…

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…

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…