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Lockheed tapped for ship repair support on Fitzgerald

Lockheed tapped for ship repair support on Fitzgerald

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April 13 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy for continued repair service support on the USS Fitzgerald and to deliver five upgraded systems for ballistic missile defense.The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 68.5 million under the terms of a firm-fixed price contract, which is a modification to a previous award.The agreement enables Lockheed Martin to provide additional support in the restoration of the USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer that collided with a container ship offshore Japan in June 2017. Seven U.S. sailors were killed.Additionally, the contract calls for the manufacture and delivery of five upgraded AN/SPY-1D(V) phased arrays for the purpose of enhancing in-service ballistic missile defense ...
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...
Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship stuck in Canada

Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship stuck in Canada

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Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The $ 440-million-dollar USS Little Rock, the Navy's newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, has been iced-in since Christmas Eve on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada -- and is not expected to get moving until spring.The USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo, N.Y., on Dec. 16., with plans to travel to its home port at Mayport Naval Station in Florida the next day. The departure, however, was delayed three days by inclement weather on Lake Erie, according to Business Insider.The 389-foot-long vessel eventually left Buffalo on Dec. 20. and arrived in Montreal on Dec. 27, where it was supposed to stop briefly overnight before sailing onto Nova Scotia -- yet plans for Little Rock were undermined by unforgiving cold and ice.The original voyage to Florida will be post...
SpaceX launches, lands previously used rocket booster, cargo ship

SpaceX launches, lands previously used rocket booster, cargo ship

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Dec. 15 (UPI) -- SpaceX for the first time reused a rocket booster today when it launched and then landed a Falcon-9 rocket as part of a resupply mission for the International Space Station.While the company has previously reflown rocket boosters four times, today's launch was the first time that a previously used rocket booster powered a previously used vessel, the Dragon, on a mission to the ISS. It is also the first time a booster was reused for a NASA mission.The Dragon, which is expected to reach the ISS on Sunday, is carrying about 4,800 pounds of scientific hardware and supplies."That marks the second successful visit to and from space for this particular booster," said a SpaceX commentator on the SpaceX webcast of the launch.The vessel lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., this mor...
Queen commissions British Royal Navy's largest ship

Queen commissions British Royal Navy's largest ship

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Dec. 7 (UPI) -- England's Queen commissioned the Royal Navy's largest ship ever to into the fleet, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Britain's new aircraft carrier.In a ceremony Thursday at Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth, Royal Navy Capt. Jerry Kyd, read the commissioning warrant."Today marks the start of a hugely significant chapter for the Royal Navy, and indeed the nation, as the future flagship is commissioned into Her Majesty's fleet," British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said."It is an honor to witness the crowning moment of an extraordinarily busy year for the Royal Navy that has seen us name the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, cut steel on the first Type 26 frigates and launch the National Shipbuilding Strategy."The HMS Queen Elizabeth completed the second stage of sea t...