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Navy Studies Ammunition Alternatives for Guns on Zumwalt-Class Ships

The U.S. Navy is exploring ways on how it can utilize the BAE System-built 155mm advanced gun systems equipped on Zumwalt-class destroyers, USNI News reported Monday. The service branch has so far identified a hyper velocity projectile, primarily designed for an electromagnetic railgun, as a potential candidate for use with the dormant gun, the report noted.

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Navy Schedules Commissioning for Littoral Combat Ship Wichita

The U.S. Navy is set to commission LCS 13, the littoral combat ship to be named USS Wichita, on Jan. 12 at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., the ship's designated homeport. Kate Lehrer, wife of Wichita-based former news anchor Jim Lehrer, will order the Freedom-variant LCS' activation as the ship's sponsor, and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., will administer the ceremony's principal address, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

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Navy to Hold Christening for Marinette Marine-Built St. Louis LCS

The U.S. Navy will christen the future USS St. Louis built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Saturday at the company’s Marinette, Wis. facility, the Department of Defense said Thursday. The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship can operate in open-ocean and near-shore environments and is designed to thwart threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

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Report: Tanya Skeen to Become Executive Director at F-35 Joint Program Office

Tanya Skeen, head of the U.S. Army’s rapid capabilities office, will join the F-35 joint program office in early 2019 as executive director, Defense News reported Tuesday. Skeen will succeed Todd Mellon and work with Navy Vice Adm. Mat Winter, F-35 program executive officer, and Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric Fick, deputy PEO, on the fighter jet procurement effort.

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Air Force to Slow Down Purchases of Hypersonic Weapons; Will Roper Quoted

The U.S. Air Force has decided to incrementally purchase hypersonic weapons instead of procuring the technology in large quantities, Flight Global reported Monday. Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition and technology, USAF, said that the service branch intends to achieve initial operational capability for its Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon by 2020.

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