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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...
Lockheed contracted for weapons system changes on Navy’s future frigate

Lockheed contracted for weapons system changes on Navy’s future frigate

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July 23 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has been contracted to design a version of the AEGIS Weapons System for the U.S. Navy's future Guided Missile Frigate program. The contract, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, is a modification of a previous contract for AEGIS Weapons System requirements for the FFG(X) program that includes altering the Frigate Combat Management System, which is currently under development. Lockheed was contracted for development of the CMS earlier this month under a deal worth up to $ 125 million. The new modification sees the company modifying the already under design CMS to "integrate increased combat system element capability" to craft an AEGIS system better adapted to the FFG(X) design. Work on adapting the CMS is expected to be finished in September 202...
Navy’s Zumalt destroyers to join drone ships in new experimental squadron

Navy’s Zumalt destroyers to join drone ships in new experimental squadron

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May 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has created a new experimental squadron that will eventually include the three Zumwalt class destroyers and unmanned surface vehicles. Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces and Naval Surface Force Pacific, announced the formation of Surface Development Squadron One, or SURFDEVRON ONE, at a ceremony Wednesday in San Diego. The squadron will integrate the drone vessels and support fleet experimentation to accelerate delivery of new warfighting concepts and capabilities to the fleet, according to the Navy. The primary functions will support new and emerging surface warfighting capabilities; develop material and technical solutions to tactical challenges; and coordinate training, material, logistics, personnel and facilities requirements for...
Navy’s Boxer ARG deployed from Naval Base San Diego

Navy’s Boxer ARG deployed from Naval Base San Diego

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May 2 (UPI) -- Three U.S. Navy ships with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, with 4,500 service members, departed San Diego Wednesday on regular deployment. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS John Murtha, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer and the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry made up the group taking to the Pacific Ocean. "It has been incredible to see the interoperability of the Boxer ARG/11th MEU as they have come together to form a cohesive team, operating from all ships within the ARG," said Capt. Brad Arthur, commander of Amphibious Squadron 5, said in a press release. "Having completed the arduous unit-level and integrated certification cycles I am confident that we are trained and ready t...