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Expeditionary sea base USNS Miguel Keith completes acceptance trials

Expeditionary sea base USNS Miguel Keith completes acceptance trials

Business
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Expeditionary Sea Base ship, USNS Miguel Keith, successfully completed its acceptance trials off the California coast, the U.S. Navy announced. The vessel left the General Dynamics shipyard in San Diego last week, completing its week-long trials on Oct. 11, the Navy said on Tuesday. While not officially named yet, ESB 5 will be named for U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Miguel Keith, who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam. The USNS Miguel Keith is the third ESB variant of the Montford Point-class of Maritime Prepositioning Force vessels to be built, and is scheduled for delivery in early fiscal year 2020. Originally referred to as "mobile landing platform afloat forward staging bases," ESB vessels serve as a mobile sea base, able ...
Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

World
Cuba's parliament has picked Raúl Castro's right-hand man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed him, ending the family's long rule.Mr Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006.An improvement in relations with the US which began under Barack Obama has been partially reversed since Donald Trump entered the White House. Mr Castro is expected to remain a powerful influence in the communist state even after he steps down.The National Assembly has voted on the nomination but the result will not be announced until Thursday, when he is expected to formally pass the presidency to Mr Díaz-Canel. However, he will stay on as head of the Communist Party until its next congress in 2021.The next Cuban leader will inherit a country in economic stagnation and with ...