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U.S. Navy inaugurates new cyber warfare reserve unit

U.S. Navy inaugurates new cyber warfare reserve unit

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Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy announced it has inaugurated a new Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group Reserve unit. Deputy Commander Rear Adm. James Butler presided over the ceremony on Jan. 4 at Club Meade. "We at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command are determine to increase our competitive advantages over our nation's adversaries by focusing on our capabilities, processes, and mostly importantly, our people," Butler said in a statement. "This new Reserve unit will leverage reservists' skill sets to support the active duty NCWDG component and its overall mission to test and deliver advanced cyber, cryptologic and electronic warfare capabilities to the Navy." The new reserve unit was ordered on Jan. 1. Sailors and Marines previously operated as a directorate within the reserve structure and will no...
U.S. Navy tests two-ship littoral combat group with South America deployment

U.S. Navy tests two-ship littoral combat group with South America deployment

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Jan. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy personnel returned home after practicing a two-ship pairing exercise for future use by amphibious squadrons and ground troops. The Navy last month deployed a new ship pairing of a destroyer and an amphibious transport dock to test a new concept that could serve as a formation in future operations. "We safely and successfully conducted our mission," Capt. Ken Coleman, LCG-1 commodore, said in a press release. "I give full credit to our tremendous sailors and Marines. They demonstrated outstanding readiness, tactical expertise and represented our nation and Navy with great pride and professionalism." The transporter USS Somerset, the destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Peru deployed together as Littoral Combat Group 1 in No...
Navy contracts Austal for next two littoral combat ships

Navy contracts Austal for next two littoral combat ships

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Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Austal has been awarded contracts for the construction of the Navy's next two Independence-class littoral combat ships, LCS 38 and LCS 38. The contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is potentially worth well over $ 1 billion as each of the vessels has a congressional cost cap of $ 584 million per ship. Austal has now been awarded contracts for four new LCS vessels in 2018. The company already has delivered eight of the ships, and has six more under construction and three awaiting the start of construction -- bringing the total number of LCS ships by Austal to 19. "To be awarded two more LCS contracts before the end of the year is beyond exciting," Craig Perciavalle, president of Austal USA, said in a press release. "The skill, hard work and dedication o...
Navy to activate first CMV-22B tilt-rotor aircraft squadron

Navy to activate first CMV-22B tilt-rotor aircraft squadron

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Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Navy on Monday announced it held a ceremony to establish of its first squadron of CMV-22B tilt-rotor cargo aircraft, starting the transition from the C-2A Greyhound. The squadron, VRM 30, was officially established at a Dec. 14 ceremony at Naval Base Coronado. It is part of the Navy's transition away from the venerable C-2A Greyhound naval transportation planes designed for resupply of aircraft carriers. The Navy says that new aircraft will have greater cargo capacity, faster speed and longer range than the C-2. "Where no instructions existed, no patch existed, no 'here's how we are going to perform our duties everyday' existed, this team will define that," Vice Adm. DeWolfe H. Miller III, commander of naval air forces, said in a statement. "And it's exciting because ...
Navy to commission new Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Thomas Hudner

Navy to commission new Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Thomas Hudner

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Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy will commission the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner during a Dec. 1 ceremony in Boston, Mass., at 10 a.m. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver the ceremonies principal address with Hudner's widow and the wife of retired Vice Adm. Michael Miller as sponsors, the Navy announced on Wednesday. USS Thomas Hudner is named after the naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr., who was awarded the decoration in 1951 for heroism in the Korean War. It will be the first U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Thomas Hudner. Hudner was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in April. "The commissioning of USS Thomas Hudner continues a spirit of faithful service that Thomas Hudner embodied throughout his lif...