Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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Navy Announces New Flag Officer Assignments

ARLINGTON, Va. — The secretary of the Navy and chief of naval operations announced the following assignments in a May 22 release:  Rear Adm. (lower half) Bradley J. Andros will be assigned as deputy director of plans and policy for countering…

USS Portland Tests Laser Weapon

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle with a Solid State Laser-Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) Mk 2 Mod 0 on May 16, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a release.  LWSD is a high-energy laser weapon…

USS Oakland Completes Acceptance Trials

MOBILE, Ala. — The future USS Oakland successfully concluded acceptance trials on May 22 following a series of in-port and underway demonstrations in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Office-Unmanned and Small Combatants said in a release.  During trials, the final…

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba Returns Home after $60 Million Drug Bust

BOSTON — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba returned home to Boston on May 23 following a 62-day patrol in support of Operation Martillo in the western Caribbean, the Coast Guard 1st District said in a release.  Escanaba’s crew seized nearly 2,000 kilograms of…

USS Kansas City Arrives at San Diego Homeport Before Commissioning

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The next ship to be commissioned and carry the Kansas City name arrived at its homeport in San Diego on May 24, the commander of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 said in a release.   The future USS Kansas City arrived for the first time…

Northrop Grumman Builds Very Lightweight Torpedo for U.S. Navy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Northrop Grumman has manufactured and tested the first industry-built Very Lightweight Torpedo (VLWT) for the U.S. Navy, the company said in an article posted May 21 on its website.   The prototype torpedo is based on the Pennsylvania State University…

Cutter Active Offloads $37 Million Worth of Cocaine

SAN DIEGO — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active offloaded more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine worth about $37 million on May 20 that was seized in early May from known drug-transit zones of the eastern Pacific Ocean, the Coast Guard’s 11th Disrict said in a release. …