U.S. Navy prepares for ‘Sea Breeze 2019’ naval exercises in Ukraine

June 28 (UPI) — A 19-nation naval exercise hosted by Ukraine begins on Monday, and the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet announced its participation this week. Sea Breeze 2019, which has been held annually since 1997, is a multinational maritime exercise with land, sea and air components. Its intent is to “build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security ...

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Committee passes bill that would allow Coast Guard members to be paid during shutdowns

June 28 (UPI) — A House committee approved legislation that would allow U.S. Coast Guard members to be paid during any future government shutdowns. The voice vote came on Wednesday as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019. The Coast Guard is primarily funded by the Department of Homeland Security, which was affected ...

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NATO allies agree to partner on acquiring maritime munitions

June 27 (UPI) — Eight countries, including seven NATO allies and one partner nation, on Thursday reached a memorandum of understanding on multinational cooperation for maritime battle decisive munitions. The defense ministers of Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Finland signed the agreement at a meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Finland is a partner nation. NATO Deputy Secretary ...

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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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