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Navy’s 2nd Fleet escorts convoy across the Atlantic

Navy’s 2nd Fleet escorts convoy across the Atlantic

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Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The Navy's 2nd Fleet is escorting a military convoy across the Atlantic, Navy officials confirmed Friday. During the exercise, the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf is guiding the USNS Benavidez, MV Resolve and MV Patriot as they carry military equipment to Europe. The exercise -- a collaborative effort between U.S. 2nd Fleet, Naval Forces Europe and Military Sealift Command -- will "simulate an opposed transit" to test the fleets' abilities to cross the Atlantic safely, Navy officials said. "In a real world conflict, much of the military equipment must still go by sealift, which makes convoy operations a critical skill set to maintain and practice," said Capt. Hans E. Lynch, commodore Military Sealift Command Atlantic, in a statement sent to UPI. "In the last five y...
GE nabs $11.1M for engine upgrades on presidential helicopter fleet

GE nabs $11.1M for engine upgrades on presidential helicopter fleet

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Dec. 18 (UPI) -- General Electric has been awarded an $ 11.1 million contract in support of the Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Program, the Pentagon announced. The deal funds the purchase of five CT7-8A6 engines, along with metal shipping containers and hardware. Work is scheduled to take place in Lynn, Massachusetts and is expected to be completed in December 2019. GE's CT7-8 series of engines use commercial components and are run by onboard computers called full authority digital electrical control, or FADEC, for reduced pilot workload. The Navy is in the process of replacing the Marine Corps' fleet of helicopters used for presidential transport with the Sikorsky VH-92A helicopter. Currently, the Corps uses VH-3D and VH-60N helicopters for the presidential program. The total cost...
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly visits Ford crew in first fleet visit

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly visits Ford crew in first fleet visit

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Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Thomas B. Modly made his first visit to the crew of the USS Gerald Ford this week, his first to the fleet since becoming Acting Secretary of the Navy, the branch announced. "When I get out and meet with Sailors and Marines I'm convinced that people still believe that it's an honorable thing to do because the country is good -- and it's worth defending," Modly said at an all-hands call to address the crew on Tuesday. "So, I want to thank you for your service. It's something you will never forget and something you will never regret." Modly also read the names of recently advanced petty officers and visited work centers across the ship to meet with sailors and be briefed on the Ford's recent post-shakedown availability and independent streaming exercise, according to a Navy...
GAO: Cost for president’s new 23-helicopter fleet drops $234M

GAO: Cost for president’s new 23-helicopter fleet drops $234M

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April 12 (UPI) -- The cost to replace the U.S. president's aging helicopter fleet is some $ 234 million less than budgeted in 2014, the Government Accountability Office said. As of last May, the total acquisition costs for the Sikorsky VH-92A presidential helicopter program were estimated at $ 4.95 billion, which is a 4.5 percent decline from the $ 5.18 billion estimated in April 2014, GAO said in a report released Thursday. That equates to a cost of about $ 215 million for each of the 23 helicopters. The VH-92 is configured from Sikorsky's S-92. Twelve nations have selected the S-92 helicopter for their critical heads of state, according to Lockheed Martin, which owns Sikorsky. "The president relies on a fleet of helicopters for transportation that has been in service for decades," the ...
Boeing grounds entire global MAX 737 fleet

Boeing grounds entire global MAX 737 fleet

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Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 MAX 8s and 9s following Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia. In a statement, the company said "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety" it had decided to temporarily suspend its entire fleet of 371 MAX aircraft. Boeing said it had taken the decision after consulting the US Federal Aviation Administration and the National Safety Board.The statement said: "We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes and it always will be."There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. "We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with...