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SAIC contract for upgraded Marine vehicles advances

SAIC contract for upgraded Marine vehicles advances

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Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps has ushered SAIC's survivability upgrade for the corps' assault amphibious vehicle into the program's production and deployment phase.The decision requires SAIC to deliver 25 vehicles to the Marines over a two-year period. It was also accompanied by a low-rate initial production option for additional survivable upgrade vehicles, the Virginia-based company said in a news release Tuesday."SAIC is pleased to be moving into the LRIP phase for the AAV SU program and to begin delivering these important survivability and mobility enhancements out into the fleet and into the hands of our Marines," said Tom Watson, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group.SAIC had already delivered 10 prototype survivability u...
Granite, Obayashi preparing new Marine base on Guam

Granite, Obayashi preparing new Marine base on Guam

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Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A joint venture team of Granite Construction and Obayashi Corporation has won a $ 165 million military infrastructure contract for Guam.The award, announced by Granite this week, was issued by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific for the Finegayan Utilities and Site Improvements Phase I project in Finegayan, Guam.The project is for the preparation of a 400-acre site for future construction of operational, administrative and bachelor housing structures for a new Marine Corps base.The team will demolish existing structures on the site, relocate and add new utilities, roads and other infrastructure, including fencing, sidewalks and signage.Clearing the site of unexploded ordnance and munitions is also part of the contract.The new Marine base is located on the Nava...
Marine Corps to ground all aircraft after recent deadly incidents

Marine Corps to ground all aircraft after recent deadly incidents

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Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps announced today that it will undergo a 24-hour stand down of all its aircraft within the next two weeks in response to several incidents as part of an operational reset.Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has ordered the pause so aviation units can review safety regulations."The intent is for flying squadrons to review selected incidents which occurred enterprise-wide and study historical examples of completed investigations in order to bring awareness and best practices to the fleet," the Marine Corps said in a press release.The Marine Corps says that active operations will not be affected, and that commanders will have discretion over when to do the pause over the next two weeks.The aim is for commanders and flying squadrons to review selecte...
Paleontologists identify extinction event among marine megafauna

Paleontologists identify extinction event among marine megafauna

Science
June 26 (UPI) -- The disappearance of terrestrial megafauna -- like wooly mammoths and saber tooth tigers -- during the last ice age is well documented. Now, scientists have found evidence that marine megafauna also suffered a previously unknown extinction event.Paleontologists at the University of Zurich analyzed marine fossils dated to the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs, from 5.3 million to 9,700 years BC."We were able to show that around a third of marine megafauna disappeared about three to two million years ago," lead researcher Catalina Pimiento, a scientists with Zurich's Paleontological Institute and Museum, said in a news release. "Therefore, the marine megafaunal communities that humans inherited were already altered and functioning at a diminished diversity."Fossil analysis sho...