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Japan orders third E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Northrop Grumman Systems has received a contract to build the third E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning and attack aircraft for the government of Japan. According to a Pentagon announcement from June… [[ This is...

First British F-35Bs arrive home

The Royal Navy and Air Force welcomed their first F-35B Lightning II fighter jets as they landed at RAF Marham in Norfolk on June 6. The aircraft arrived in the UK following a one-day...

BAE Systems gets $36.6m for USS Cole overhaul

The US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded BAE Systems a $36.6 million contract for the modernization and maintenance work on the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). The Cole will undergo… [[ This...

Peruvian Navy commissions BAP Pisco

The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP) commissioned its first domestically manufactured landing platform dock BAP Pisco (AMP 156) in Callao on 6 June. Pisco is a multipurpose vessel, constructed by the...

Vietnam begins work on first submarine rescue vessel

Vietnam’s state-owned Z189 shipyard has begun assembly work on the first submarine rescue vessel for the People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN). A keel-laying ceremony for the ship, known as MSSARS 9316 (multipurpose submarine...

First UK F-35Bs arrive in-country

The Royal Air Force (RAF’s) 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron arrived in the UK with the first of its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) on 6 June. Four of the squadron’s short...

GAO slams USN shipbuilding performance

In a recent report that sums up previous findings from other reports over the past decade, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) blasted the shipbuilding performance of the US Navy (USN) for most of...

House Appropriators Match Authorizers To Fund Three LCS

The House Appropriations Committee’s draft FY 2019 Defense Appropriations bill funds 12 Navy ships at $22.7 billion, including three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs). This is nearly a billion dollars more than the Navy’s FY...

Marines Want Shipboard VTOL Drone For $20 Million A Copy

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Currently the only U.S. military service without a high-end unmanned aircraft, the U.S. Marine Corps is in the market for a high-altitude long-endurance drone that can launch from a ship, perform...

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