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Navy Completes Yearly Missile Exercise With USS Iwo Jima

The U.S. Navy has performed an exercise with the USS Iwo Jima firing a rolling airframe missile against an unmanned missile drone. The test was done as part of USS Iwo Jima’s yearly tradition of sensor and missile maintenance checks for the ship’s self-defense system, the Navy said Tuesday. Under the yearly tradition, …

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Sen. Thad Cochran: 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill to Allocate $21.2B for Navy Shipbuilding

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) has said a defense appropriations bill that the House and Senate agreed upon would provide $21.2 billion for the U.S. Navy‘s shipbuilding programs, Defense News reported Friday. Christopher Diamond writes Cochran said the legislation seeks to increase ship construction funds at the Navy by $2.8 billion for fiscal 2017 and fund …

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Reports: Navy Eyes Combat Fleet Size of 355 Ships

The U.S. Navy has unveiled a new shipbuilding plan that seeks to increase the service branch’s battle force fleet to 355 ships within the next three decades, USNI News reported Friday. Sam LaGrone and Megan Eckstein write the 2016 Force Structure Assessment represents a 47 increase in combat vessels from …

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Navy Completes F-35B Weapon Load Tests On USS America

The U.S. Navy has concluded weapon load tests for Lockheed Martin-built F-35B onboard the USS America amphibious assault ship as part of the aircraft’s third developmental test phase. The Patuxent River Integrated Test Force assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 conducted shipboard launch-and-recovery expansion tests to assess the F-35B’s flying qualities at various aircraft weights, the …

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Navy Assigns USS Bougainville Name to Next Amphibious Assault Ship

The U.S. Navy has named the next America-class amphibious assault vessel as the USS Bougainville after the Bougainville island in the northern Solomons, which served as the location of a World War II campaign. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the name during a ceremony at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the …

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Rear Adm. Roy Kitchener Takes Command of Haiti Relief Operations Task Force

Rear Adm. Roy Kitchener, Expeditionary Strike Group 2 commander, has taken command of a task force that supports the U.S. Agency for International Development‘s relief operations in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Navy said Monday Joint Task Force-Matthew is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Seabees from …

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