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16 August 2006 Military News

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  • Navy Christens New Amphibious Assault Ship Makin Island 16 Aug 2006 -- The U.S. Navy will christen Makin Island, the newest and last ship in the Wasp-class of amphibious assault ships, on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss.
  • Raptor meets new challenges, expands capabilities AFPN 16 Aug 2006 -- For the men and women taking care of the Air Force's newest and most lethal fighter aircraft, the F-22A Raptor, firsts seem to be a common occurrence.
  • Massachusetts gains new Air National Guard unit AFPN 16 Aug 2006 -- As part of the Air Force Total Force Integration initiative, the Massachusetts Air National Guard will establish a distributed ground station unit here.
  • B-2 Spirit exceeds mission standard AFPN 16 Aug 2006 -- The B-2 Spirit exceeded Air Combat Command's fully mission capable rate standard of 51 percent in June, a feat not achieved since September 2004.
  • COMUSAFE boosts U.S.-Russian relations with visit AFPN 16 Aug 2006 -- The commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe is in Russia to bolster relationships and security cooperation between U.S. and Russian Air Forces during a visit Aug. 14 to 17.
  • Challenge continues for security forces AFPN 16 Aug 2006 -- Guardian Challenge security forces showed off their tactics and marksmanship skills at Jacks Valley here Aug. 14 and 15.
  • Army tests remote warfare, Soldier performance Army News 16 Aug 2006 -- In a six-week experiment at Fort Knox, Ky., the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command measured how science and technology implemented in Future Combat Systems' unmanned vehicles enhances Soldiers' capabilities and performance.
  • Kearsarge Gets Underway for PANAMAX 06 Navy NewsStand 16 Aug 2006 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed its homeport of Norfolk, Va., Aug. 15 to participate in the multinational exercise PANAMAX (Panama Exercise) 2006.
  • Navy MWR Committed to Clean Marina Program Navy NewsStand 16 Aug 2006 -- Over the past two years, the Clean Marina Program (CMP) has made some big waves at Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) marinas.
  • Navy Tug Rescues Liberian Fishermen Navy NewsStand 16 Aug 2006 -- Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) 226 foot-long fleet ocean tug, USNS Apache (T-ATF 172), rescued seven fishermen whose canoes capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 14.
  • Russia's defense, security spending set to rise 23% in 2007 RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2006 -- National defense, law enforcement and security spending will grow 22.7% in 2007, the Russian government said in budget and tax policy guidelines released Wednesday.
  • Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 16 Aug 2006

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for August 16, 2006
  • Protector Unmanned Surface Vehicle Demonstrated to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard for Force Protection BAE Systems 16 Aug 2006 -- BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Rafael Armament Development Authority, Ltd., have announced the arrival of the Protector Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in the U.S. The companies will be demonstrating the USV’s force protection capabilities to the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and other maritime security agencies.
  • BAE Systems Receives Contract for 57mm Mk 110 Gun for Littoral Combat Ship BAE Systems 16 Aug 2006 -- BAE Systems has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to supply a second 57mm Mk 110 Naval Gun system. The company will deliver the system in September of 2007, which will be installed on the third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 3) as its main armament. The first system was delivered in March for the U.S. Navy’s first LCS, Freedom (LCS 1).
  • Boeing Flies EA-18G Growler for First Time Boeing 16 Aug 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] Tuesday flew the EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft for the first time, approximately one month ahead of schedule.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $12 Million for F/A-18E/F Gun Systems General Dynamics 16 Aug 2006 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $12.4 million contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., for production of 20mm gun systems for the F/A-18E/F fighter aircraft.
  • Northrop Grumman's LITENING AT Targeting Pods to Provide Greater Flexibility for U.S. Marines' and Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18s Northrop Grumman 16 Aug 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) LITENING AT targeting system continues to proceed toward an additional flight clearance anticipated this fall in support of U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets through the efforts of a government-industry team. In addition to operations on the aircraft's centerline (station 5), the new clearance will provide the Marines with the added flexibility of also carrying LITENING on the Hornet's port fuselage (station 4). The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will also be flying the LITENING AT pod aboard their F/A-18s on station 4.
  • Raytheon Announces $11 Million U.S. Navy Contract for Mine Hunting Sonar Raytheon 16 Aug 2006 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Naval Sea Systems Command have finalized an $11 million modification to an existing contract for the company's AN/AQS-20A mine hunting sonar systems. The modification brings the total value of the contract, originally awarded in September 2005, to $104.9 million.
  • Global Hawk Flies High, Sees All in Rim of the Pacific Navy Exercise Northrop Grumman 16 Aug 2006 -- During the multi-national Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the RQ-4 Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration system produced by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) flew four successful maritime surveillance missions to demonstrate the system's capabilities from identifying targets in a coastal, or littoral, environment to wide area maritime search, tracking and identification. The RIMPAC exercise was conducted in late July in the Pacific Ocean around Hawaii.

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