Future littoral combat ship Indianapolis completes acceptance trials

June 26 (UPI) — LCS 17, the U.S. Navy littoral combat ship soon to be named the USS Indianapolis, has completed its acceptance trials, designer Lockheed Martin announced on Wednesday. The trials, on Lake Michigan, were competed on June 19, concluding the vessel’s final milestone before it is delivered to the Navy. It was built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s facilities ...

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L3 awarded $73.7M for Navy submarine photonics mast programs

June 25 (UPI) — L3 Technologies Inc. was awarded a $73.7 million contract for repair, upgrades and overall services for the U.S. Navy’s submarine photonics mast programs. Ninety-eight percent of the work will be performed at the company’s plant in Northampton, Mass., the Department of Defense announced Monday, and is expected to be completed by June 2025. Naval fiscal 2019 ...

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Navy takes delivery of littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati

June 24 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of its newest littoral combat ship, to be named the USS Cincinnati, in ceremonies in Mobile, Ala. The ship, designated LCS 20, is a relatively small surface vessel designed for near-shore Navy operations, and is the 10th in the Navy’s Independence class. The delivery on Friday marks the official transfer of ...

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U.S., Australia reach C-17A plane cross-servicing agreement

June 21 (UPI) — A cross-servicing agreement for C-17A Globemaster transport planes was announced on Friday between the U.S. Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. The arrangement allows U.S. and Australian C-17A technicians to conduct maintenance activities on each other’s aircraft. Similar agreements between cooperating air forces are common, but each plane model requires a separate, formal arrangement. ...

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Japan scrambles jets to counter Russian bombers in its airspace

June 21 (UPI) — Russian bombers violated Japanese airspace, prompting a scramble of fighter planes to escort them away, Japan’s defense ministry said. Two Tu-95 bombers entered Japanese airspace near Minamidaito Island in Okinawa Prefecture on Thursday morning for about three minutes, and one later re-entered the airspace for about two minutes near Hachijo Island in the Izu island chain, ...

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