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Navy’s quickly-built COVID-19 facility opens on Guam

Navy’s quickly-built COVID-19 facility opens on Guam

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May 11 (UPI) -- Following just three weeks of constructino, a new Expeditionary Medical Facility is operating at Naval Base Guam to support COVID-19 diagnoses and treatment, the Navy announced on Monday. The five-acre site was developed by the 30th Naval Construction Regiment of the Navy's Pacific Seabees construction battalion, and included the involvement of several units of advance teams, cargo handlers and logistics, in addition to site preparers and builders. "The EMF requires about a five acre site and for our team to turn this from an undeveloped field into a fully graded area in four days is incredible," Chief Equipment Operator Jared Perry, assigned to NMCB [Naval Mobile Construction Unit] 5, said in an April 21 press release at the start of the project. "Even with our deployme...
Navy’s 2nd Fleet escorts convoy across the Atlantic

Navy’s 2nd Fleet escorts convoy across the Atlantic

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Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The Navy's 2nd Fleet is escorting a military convoy across the Atlantic, Navy officials confirmed Friday. During the exercise, the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf is guiding the USNS Benavidez, MV Resolve and MV Patriot as they carry military equipment to Europe. The exercise -- a collaborative effort between U.S. 2nd Fleet, Naval Forces Europe and Military Sealift Command -- will "simulate an opposed transit" to test the fleets' abilities to cross the Atlantic safely, Navy officials said. "In a real world conflict, much of the military equipment must still go by sealift, which makes convoy operations a critical skill set to maintain and practice," said Capt. Hans E. Lynch, commodore Military Sealift Command Atlantic, in a statement sent to UPI. "In the last five y...
40 companies net up to $982.1 million for Navy’s drone vessel program

40 companies net up to $982.1 million for Navy’s drone vessel program

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Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts to 40 companies received a contract, with a combined potential value of $ 982.1 million to support the Navy's Unmanned Surface Vehicle Family of Systems, according to the Pentagon. Unmanned surface vehicles are boats that operate on the surface of the water without a crew. Historically USVs have been used for minesweeping applications and a 2013 study recommended their use for observation and collection of information, military electronic warfare, defense against small boats, testing and training, search and rescue, and the support of other unmanned vehicles. In July the branch formally announced it was looking for proposals for a vessel up to 164 feet long, to function as a sensor and communications relay in part of a family of unmanne...
Keel laid for U.S. Navy’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

Keel laid for U.S. Navy’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

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Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The keel has been laid for the first Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyer, the USS Jack H. Lucas, representing the ceremonial start of ship construction. A keel-laying ceremony was held Thursday at Huntington Ingalls Industries' shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., with ship sponsors Ruby Lucas, widow of the ship's namesake, and philanthropist Catherine B. Reynolds etching their initials into the keel plate. The vessel, designated DDG 125, will be the first of the Navy's new Burke-class ships in the Flight III configuration, which includes the new SPY-6 radar system and Aegis Baseline 10, both of which are said to be significant upgrades. "The Flight III ships will bring increased lethality and warfighting capacity to our warfighters, and today's milestone is the first of m...
U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 tanker drone completes first test flight

U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 tanker drone completes first test flight

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Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft successfully completed its first test flight, manufacturer Boeing Co. announced this week. The tanker drone completed its two-hour flight at its test program base at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Thursday, the company said in a press release. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and takeoff, and then flew a pre-determined route to demonstrate its basic flight functions and operations, and communications with the ground control station. The carrier-based aircraft is designed to fuel fighter planes in midflight without the aid of a pilot, extending the combat range of deployed F/A-18, EA-18G and F-35C planes. "Seeing MQ-25 in the sky is a testament to our Boeing and Navy team working the t...