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07 July 2006 Military News

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  • Joint Strike Fighter Named Lightning II 07 Jul 2006 -- The Deputy Secretary of Defense, Gordon England, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley announced today 'Lightning II' as the F-35 name during a Joint Strike Fighter inauguration ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Joint Strike Fighter Rolled Out, Named Lightning II AFPS 07 Jul 2006 -- The first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which will be known as the Lightning II, was unveiled at Lockheed-Martin's facility at Fort Worth, Texas, today.
  • Army Providing 'Unprecedented' Mental-Health Support to Troops AFPS 07 Jul 2006 -- Soldiers who undergo the most intense, realistic training before deploying to combat tend to experience the fewest associated mental health problems, the Army's surgeon general told Pentagon reporters during a roundtable session today.
  • Thunderbolts Change Command Aboard Big E Navy NewsStand 07 Jul 2006 -- While on the outskirts of Iraq, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 "Thunderbolts" held a change of command ceremony aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) at sea, July 3.
  • Fort McHenry Arrives at NAB Little Creek Navy NewsStand 07 Jul 2006 -- Family and friends gathered at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek July 6, to greet the arrival of the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).
  • USS Essex Successfully Completes ULTRA “E” Navy NewsStand 07 Jul 2006 -- USS Essex (LHD 2) successfully completed engineering certification during a Unit Level Training Assessment, Engineering (ULTRA E), in June, after returning from a five-and-a-half month Spring Patrol.
  • Kearsarge Crew Visits Namesake Mountain During Port Visit Navy NewsStand 07 Jul 2006 -- Ten officers and Sailors from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) celebrated Independence Day with a visit to the home of their ship’s namesake.
  • JLOTS Exercise Exhibits Joint Military Capabilities Navy NewsStand 07 Jul 2006 -- More than 1,800 active and reserve military personnel came together to demonstrate each of their expertise in the Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2006 exercise, June 11-20 at Fort Story, Va.
  • Iceland radar mission comes to close AFPN 07 Jul 2006 -- Radar stations operated by Airmen from the 932nd Air Control Squadron at the four corners of Iceland are no longer active following a ceremony bringing the unit's mission to a close.
  • U.S. Leaving Jet Fuel Port Site near Incirlik Air Base, Turkey Washington File 07 Jul 2006 -- The U.S. military plans to cease operations at the Yumurtalik Sea Terminal, an aviation fuel-handling site on Turkey's Mediterranean coast near Incirlik Air Base and the endpoint of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline.
  • Georgia to ratify Adapted CFE only after Russia closes bases RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2006 -- Georgia will ratify the Adapted Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty only after Russia closes all its military bases in the country, a deputy defense minister said Friday.
  • Air Force to buy 58 Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers by 2015 RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2006 -- Russia's Air Force will buy 58 Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers by 2015, Russia's defense minister said Friday.

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for July 7, 2006
  • BAE Systems to Protect Army Aircraft with Advanced System BAE Systems 07 Jul 2006 -- The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a sole-source award for its Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) to protect Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft from heat-seeking missiles.
  • CF6 Engines Power Historic First Flight of Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy GE Aviation 07 Jul 2006 -- CF6-80C2 engines powered the newly modernized Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy on its initial flight at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, on June 19, launching an 18-month flight-test program that is expected to deliver enhanced airlift capability to the United States Air Force (USAF) in 2010.
  • General Dynamics Completes Acquisition of Chamberlain Manufacturing Corp.’s Scranton Operations General Dynamics 07 Jul 2006 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has completed its acquisition of the Scranton, Penn., division of Chamberlain Manufacturing Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elmhurst, Ill.-based Duchossois Industries, Inc. Plans for the acquisition were announced May 17; terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is immediately accretive to General Dynamics.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER OFFICIALLY NAMED "LIGHTNING II" Lockheed Martin 07 Jul 2006 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was officially named Lightning II, in a ceremony held today in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Northrop Grumman Paints '77' Designation on Carrier's Island Northrop Grumman 07 Jul 2006 -- On June 15, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employees Charles Pierce and Jimmy Shoulars painted the carrier designation "77" onto the island of the nation's newest aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), in preparation for its crane lift onto the carrier's flight deck July 8.
  • Pratt & Whitney's F135 Engine Featured in F-35 Unveiling Pratt & Whitney 07 Jul 2006 -- Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine for the new Joint Strike Fighter will power the aircraft that was unveiled today as part of the F-35 Inauguration Ceremony at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. During the event, the new fighter was officially named the F-35 Lightning II and the first flight test aircraft was revealed with a Pratt & Whitney F135 engine installed.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Activates Rescue 21 System In Gulf States General Dynamics 07 Jul 2006 -- The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that on June 30 it began using the new Rescue 21 command, control and communications system along the Alabama, Mississippi and Florida coastlines. General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is the prime contractor for development and deployment of the Rescue 21 system.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches Medium-Range Target For Missile Defense Test Orbital Sciences Corp. 07 Jul 2006 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a medium-range target (MRT-2) vehicle on June 22 under the Lockheed Martin Targets and Countermeasures Prime Contract with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
  • Syracuse 3B military communications satellite arrives at launch site in French Guiana Thales 07 Jul 2006 -- The new-generation military communications satellite Syracuse 3B, built by Alcatel Alenia Space as prime contractor for the French Defense procurement agency (DGA), arrived today in Kourou, French Guiana, for launch by an Ariane 5 ECA on August 11, 2006.
  • Just business on Latin American arms market RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2006 -- The growing Russian-U.S. rivalry for arms sales in Latin America is arousing political as well as economic tensions as Russia reaches out to the vehement anti-American president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.

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