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New F-35 Deal Lowers Aircraft Price 12.7 Percent Each

The Defense Department said it has finished a new $34 billion deal with Lockheed Martin [LMT] to buy 478 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the U.S. and international customers, reducing the price per aircraft...

French Navy Received First Two “Standard 6” ATL2s

This summer, Lann-Bihoué French naval air station received the first two ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft upgraded by Dassault Aviation. Last week, Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, flew on one of these aircraft....

GDBIW floats out 68th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) was floated out on October 27 at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works shipyard. The 68th unit in its class was first… [[ This is a...

U.S. Navy commissioned its 19th Littoral Combat Ship

The U.S. Navy commissioned the newest Littoral Combat Ship USS Indianapolis (LCS 17). LCS17 is the 19th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the ninth of the Freedom-variant. “Indianapolis’ speed, flexibility and...

US Navy tests drone deliveries to submarines

History was made as the first ever drone delivery to a submarine at sea was achieved. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]...

USS Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier Returns to Sea

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) got underway today for sea trials from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) division following a 15-month pierside maintenance period. “I am proud of the crew’s efforts...

First steel cut for French FDI frigate programme

Naval Group has begun the manufacture of Amiral Ronarc’h, the first of five new Frégate de Défense et d’Intervention (FDI) frigates for the Marine Nationale (French Navy). A steel cutting ceremony was performed on...

RNZN’s future fleet support vessel christened

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future fleet tanker/replenishment vessel was officially christened Aotearoa in a ceremony held on 25 October at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI’s) facilities in the South Korean coastal city of...

USN completes repairs on McCain

The US Navy (USN) completed the repairs needed on Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) to address the damage suffered by the vessel during its 2017 at-sea collision and to...

As Ford finishes trials, USN considers JFK delivery changes

As the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) finishes its sea trials following the ship’s 15-month pierside maintenance period at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding yard in Virginia, the US Navy...

Navy Says Current Funding Only Supports 310 Ships

A top Navy official said the service is unlikely to reach above 310 ships at current funding levels, let alone the congressionally-mandated goal of 355 ships. “Will we get to 355 ships? I think...

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