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Northrop Grumman, Navy agree $406M settlement over New York pollution

Northrop Grumman, Navy agree $406M settlement over New York pollution

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Dec. 22 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state has reached an agreement with Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy on a $ 406 million plan to clean up a plume of underground contamination caused by aerospace manufacturing on Long Island. Under the deal, the defense contractor will pay a $ 104 million settlement for environmental damages, and those funds will be used for the 30-year containment project and related efforts. Advertisement Those efforts include protection for wells and water systems in the area that have been compromised by pollution from Northrop Grumman's former manufacturing facilities in Nassau County. "It was a long fight, but it will protect the drinking water for the people on Long Island," Cuomo said Monday. Northrop Grumman had long denied or down...
U.S. Navy plan calls for 82 new ships, at $147B, by 2026

U.S. Navy plan calls for 82 new ships, at $147B, by 2026

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Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan calls for building 82 new ships by 2026 at a cost of $ 147 billion, a significant increase over previous plans. The 23-page "Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels," released on Thursday, calls for construction of three new attack submarines, four large unmanned surface vessels, designation of a second shipbuilder for frigates and retirement of most of the Navy's current cruiser fleet. Advertisement It also refers to development of light amphibious warships and next-generation logistics programs. The announced plans differ from previous Navy projections, which in part include an increase of 44 ships between Fiscal Years 2021 and 2026 at a cost of $ 102 billion. The ambitious plan, based...
Navy creates program for specialists to operate MQ-25 Stingray drone

Navy creates program for specialists to operate MQ-25 Stingray drone

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Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy warrant officer specialty for Aerial Vehicle Operators was announced this week, with plans to train about 450 personnel for the designation. The AVO warrant officer will be charged with operating MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial vehicles, which are typically launched from maritime vessels. Advertisement The aircraft will be included aboard fleet carrier airwings in 2024, the Navy said Wednesday in a statement. The new AVOs will be trained, over the next six to 10 years, at the Navy's Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and then designated as Warrant Officer One. They will receive distinctive ceremonial "wings of gold" before their assignment. "Unlike traditional Navy Chief Warrant Officers, the majority of these officers will be accessed much younger and t...
U.S. Navy to buy TH-73A helicopters in $171M deal

U.S. Navy to buy TH-73A helicopters in $171M deal

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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Helicopter maker AgustaWestland received a $ 171 million contract to build training helicopters for the U.S. Navy, the Defense Department announced. The deal, revealed on Thursday, is a contract modification for production and delivery of 36 TH-73A aircraft in support of the Navy's Advanced Helicopter Training System program. It follows a January contract, for$ 175.5 million, for 32 similar helicopters and spare parts, with deliveries beginning in 2021. Advertisement The Navy plans to acquire a total of 130 TH-73As to replace its aging fleet of TH-57B/C Sea Ranger aircraft, in contracts potentially worth $ 648 million. The Philadelphia-based company is a division of the Italian defense contractor Leonardo, and markets the helicopter commercially as the AW119W. In its mili...
Navy, Marines agree to integrated plan for southern commands

Navy, Marines agree to integrated plan for southern commands

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Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps commanders signed a plan codifying areas of responsibility to strengthen partnerships in the U.S. Southern Command. The Integrated Maritime Campaign Support Plan, a document regularly updated and modified, spells out strategies to better coordinate the 4th Fleet's Southern Command and Marine Corps Forces South. Advertisement Each command focuses on Central and South American waters. "We have competitors who seek to replace our influence in the maritime domain with an alternative form of partnership in the USSOUTHCOM AOR [the Southern Command's area of responsibility]," said Maj. Jon Wilkins, the Marine Corps' lead planner. "This plan acknowledges the nature of this competition, and seeks to maintain a continuous competitive advantage in the mari...