Navy to forward-deploy assault ship, landing platform dock ship to Japan

April 26 (UPI) — Two Navy ships will be forward-deployed to Japan while two others will return to the United States for maintenance, the Navy announced on Friday. The amphibious assault ship USS America and San Antonio-class landing transport dock USS New Orleans will join the U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces in Sasebo, Japan. The guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem ...

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Australia steps up surveillance to enforce sanctions against N. Korea

April 26 (UPI) — Australia’s defense ministry announced a maritime patrol to conduct surveillance enforcing sanctions against North Korea. A P-8A Poseidon aircraft joined surveillance operations in Japan, where the guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne is already deployed with international partners, the ministry said in a statement on Friday. Australia deployed maritime patrol aircraft to the Sea of Japan, which separates ...

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan cleared in ethics probe

April 25 (UPI) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has been cleared by the Pentagon’s inspector general after an investigation into possible ethics violations involving ties to Boeing, his former employer. The Department of Defense’s Inspector General’s Office announced the decision Thursday after more than 30 witnesses, including Shanahan, were interviewed about allegations he violated ethics agreements by promoting the ...

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Lockheed Martin awarded $117.1M contract for F-35 parts

April 24 (UPI) — Lockheed Martin has received a $117.1 million contract modification for a variety of spares for the F-35 fighter planes of the U.S. Air Force and Marines. The deal, announced Tuesday by the Defense Department, covers air vehicle initial spares, including a deployment spares package, afloat spares package, and associated consumables to support air vehicle delivery schedules. ...

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