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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Unveils 3 New Vessel Names

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced the names of three vessels that include the first ship of a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines, a John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler and a commercial-based catamaran. The Defense Department said Wednesday the first SSBN vessel will be dubbed as USS Columbia while the John Lewis-class …

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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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US, India Sign Military Logistics Agreement

The U.S. and India’s government have signed an agreement on the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply in support of efforts towards the development of further defense ties, Reuters reported Tuesday. Manohar Parrikar, India’s defense minister, said the agreement helps the naval forces of both countries …

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Japan, Australia Build Up Amphibious Forces With New Warships & Ospreys

Australia and Japan have started efforts to build up their amphibious forces in support of their deterrence strategies amid China’s aggression in the South China Sea, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes Japan has started to procure 52 amphibious assault vehicles and 17 Bell Boeing-built V-22 Osprey aircraft in an …

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Senate Approves Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council, has received Senate confirmation as the new administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the New York Times reported Monday. Ron Nixon writes the Senate voted 79 to 7 to confirm Smith as a successor to Rajiv Shah, who resigned from …

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China, U.S. Organize Joint Defense Activities to Boost Relationship

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Chang Wanquan, have announced plans to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Colin Clark writes the two officials attended a press conference Monday during which they disclosed the agenda of a meeting aimed at organizing joint …

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