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13 December 2005 Military News

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  • Stennis Begins Sea Trials Following DPIA Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2005 -- The Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed her homeport in Bremerton, Wash., for a weeklong phase of sea trials Dec. 12 after spending more than 11 months receiving extensive equipment and technology upgrades during a scheduled Docked Phased Incremental Availability (DPIA) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) here.
  • Navy MCM Divers Conduct Training with French Navy Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Navy Special Clearance Team (NSCT) 1 participated in a training exercise with the French navy’s mine clearance divers, Dec. 7 off the coast of Point Loma, Calif.
  • Vandenberg helicopter crews help seize drugs AFPN 13 Dec 2005 -- The 76th Helicopter Squadron here helped seize $284 million of marijuana while supporting Joint Task Force North counterdrug operations this year.
  • Human Rights Expert Accepts U.S. Offer to Visit Guantanamo AFPS 13 Dec 2005 -- A human rights specialist from Europe has accepted the U. S. offer to visit the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
  • Directive Boosts Priority of Stability Operations AFPS 13 Dec 2005 -- Stability operations are now a major priority for the Defense Department, on par with combat operations, and will receive more planning and funding, two DoD officials said here today.

  • Pakistan receives two F-16s fighter planes: official IRNA 13 Dec 2005 -- Pakistan on Tuesday received two F-16s fighter jets from the United States, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) announced here.

  • White House Briefing, December 13 Washington File 13 Dec 2005 -- War on Terror/fourth speech, Iraq/troop withdrawal, anti-torture amendment, race relations, polls on the war, Iraq/security, status of Katrina victims, Iran/Israel, alternative minimum tax, Medicare/drug benefits

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  • Belgium Selects the NH90 Helicopter EADS 13 Dec 2005 -- It is the intention of Belgium to acquire the NH90s and relative support through the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), which represents the Governments that launched the Design and Development of the NH90 Helicopters in 1991, namely France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands, joined by Portugal in 2001.
  • Korean Government Selects Eurocopter EADS 13 Dec 2005 -- In this major 6-8 billion dollar defense program, Eurocopter was competing against the Italian constructor Agusta Westland and the US manufacturer Bell. "The Korean Government's decision is proof of Eurocopter's expertise in major international cooperative ventures and the company's technological lead in the military helicopter sector," said Eurocopter President Fabrice Bregier.
  • General Dynamics to Acquire FC Business Systems, Inc. General Dynamics 13 Dec 2005 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today entered into a definitive agreement to acquire FC Business Systems, Inc., a privately held information technology (IT) services firm headquartered in Fairfax, Va. The acquisition, approved by the boards of both companies, will be immediately accretive to General Dynamics. Terms were not disclosed. Subject to normal regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2006.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN RECEIVES $21.7 MILLION SUPPORT CONTRACT FOR S-3 Lockheed Martin 13 Dec 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was recently awarded its second S-3 Prime Vendor Support (PVS) program contract by the U.S. Navy. The contract is valued at $21.7 million with a ceiling of $28.5 million which includes four years of fleet engineering support and two years of depot maintenance and material support. If all options are exercised, this latest contract will coincide with the decommissioning of the last U.S. Navy S-3 Viking squadron in 2009.
  • GREECE AND THE UNITED STATES SIGN AGREEMENT FOR SALE OF ADDITIONAL LOCKHEED MARTIN ADVANCED F-16 BLOCK 52+ AIRCRAFT TO GREECE Lockheed Martin 13 Dec 2005 -- The governments of Greece and the United States have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the sale of 30 additional Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Advanced F-16 Block 52+ aircraft to Greece, with an option for an additional 10 aircraft.
  • Northrop Grumman Advanced Information Architecture Concepts Highlighted in Joint Demonstration with U.S. Marine Corps Northrop Grumman 13 Dec 2005 -- During a joint U.S. Marine Corps/Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) demonstration here this week, the company will provide air, ground and command elements with real-time data and communications over a collaborative network. Northrop Grumman's Advanced Information Architecture(tm) (AIA) will link commanders at all levels during a demonstration known as "Agile Lion."
  • Northrop Grumman Receives U.S. Air Force Contract to Protect Network-Security Applications Northrop Grumman 13 Dec 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to develop information warfare technology applications that will provide early warning alerts and enable active response to information-security threats for the U.S. Air Force and coalition partners worldwide, as well as intelligence operations and law-enforcement agencies.
  • Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Opens Athena Fusion Center Raytheon 13 Dec 2005 -- Demonstrating an affordable and proven capability to strengthen America's port security, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) officials and Rhode Island legislative leaders recently commemorated the opening of the Athena Maritime Domain Awareness Fusion Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
  • Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Selected for UK Offshore Search-and-Rescue Missions Sikorsky 13 Dec 2005 -- Sikorsky Aircraft has signed a contract to provide four S-92 helicopters to CHC Helicopter Corporation to perform commercial search-and-rescue (SAR) missions for the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) beginning July 1, 2007. Sikorsky is part of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
  • Boeing Australia and IAI Win Australian UAV Contract Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Dec 2005 -- The Boeing Australia and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) team will provide Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) capability to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for airborne surveillance in land operations.
  • Boeing Leads Team to Successful Ground-based Midcourse Defense Flight Test Boeing 13 Dec 2005 -- The Boeing-led [NYSE:BA] Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Team, along with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, announced today the successful execution of a flight test, marking a critical milestone for the program.
  • Northrop Grumman Plays Critical Role in Successful Missile Defense Test Northrop Grumman 13 Dec 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) battle management software and launch control equipment, developed for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) system, successfully performed tonight during Flight Test 1. These systems play a vital role in launching the ground-based interceptor and orchestrating the overall engagement sequence.

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