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US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

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U.S. forces are undeterred by China's military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever "international law allows us," said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets. Lt. Cmdr. Tim Hawkins told The Associated Press on board the USS Carl Vinson that the Navy has carried out routine patrols at sea and in the air in the region for 70 years to promote security and guarantee the unimpeded flow of trade that's crucial for Asian and U.S. economies. "International law allows us to operate here, allows us to fly here, allows us to train here, allows us to sail here, and that's what we're doing and we're going to continue to do that," Hawkins said Saturday on the flight deck of...
Navy turns to General Dynamics for anti-missile protection

Navy turns to General Dynamics for anti-missile protection

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Feb. 16 (UPI) -- General Dynamics was awarded a contract for services in support of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement program.The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is valued at $ 11.9 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price modification to previous award contract.The agreement between General Dynamics and the Navy provides options for ship enhancements for onboard electronic warfare countermeasures in order to provide early detection, analysis, threat warning and protection from incoming anti-ship missiles.Work on the contract will occur in Massachusetts, California, and Virginia, with an expected completion date of October 2019, the Pentagon said.The full contract award will be obligated to General Dynamics from Navy fiscal 2017 other procurement funds ...
Navy commissions littoral combat ship USS Omaha

Navy commissions littoral combat ship USS Omaha

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Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The USS Omaha, the Navy's newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, was commissioned Saturday afternoon at the Broadway pier in San Diego.The USS Omaha, the 11th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the sixth of the Independence-variant design, was commissioned into the fleet Saturday at 3 pm EST. The Navy streamed the commissioning online at the Navy Live blog.Former Navy SEAL officer and Medal of Honor recipient Bob Kerrey, who also served in the U.S. Senate and as governor of Nebraska, was keynote speaker for the event."At a time when so many Americans are yielding to the siren song of cynicism saying that the system doesn't work, the system did produce this boat," Kerrey said. "And it wasn't easy. There were setbacks, there were skeptics, there were oppon...
BAE awarded $68.9M for work on three U.S. Navy vessels

BAE awarded $68.9M for work on three U.S. Navy vessels

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Jan. 31 (UPI) -- BAE Systems has been awarded contracts for maintenance, repairs and upgrades to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal, the amphibious assault ship USS America and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George.The three contracts, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense and BAE Systems, are valued at a combined $ 68.9 million.The contract for the USS Port Royal comes under the terms of an undefinitized contract that is a modification to a previously awarded one. Due to contract options for the USS America and USS Cape St. George, the total cumulative value of the three contracts could surge to a combined $ 76.3 million."These contracts are important to expanding the service lives and capability of these Navy ships," David Thomas, vice president...
Navy turns to ERAPSCO for sonobuoy support

Navy turns to ERAPSCO for sonobuoy support

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Jan. 25 (UPI) -- ERAPSCO has been awarded a contract for engineering support for the Navy's underwater active sonobuoys.The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 9.6 million under the terms of a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery and is a modification on a previously awarded contract.The contract taps ERAPSCO for the procurement of engineering support services, along with other design and development efforts for multiple ping sonobuoy qualification and testing.The U.S. Navy has long maintained an anti-submarine warfare capability that is used to detect, identify and track hostile submarines. The Navy uses three different types of sonobuoys to find and track submarines that may be lurking beneath the water.Passive sonobuoys listen for the energy or sound...