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Report: Marines to Launch F-35B for Initial Combat Mission Soon

The U.S. Marine Corps could see its F-35B fighter jets take off for an initial combat mission in the next few days after an amphibious assault ship started its voyage toward the Persian Gulf, CNN reported Wednesday. Defense officials told the publication that the Lockheed Martin-built F-35B aircraft aboard the USS Essex ship could be deployed soon to support airstrikes in Afghanistan.

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Jan Tighe Nominated for Navy Intell Director Post

Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, commander of the Fleet Cyber Command and 10th fleet at the U.S. Navy, has been nominated to serve as deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare under the office of the chief of naval operations. President Barack Obama also nominated Tighe as director of naval intelligence at …

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NBC News: Iranian Navy Test-Fires Rockets Near USS Harry S. Truman

Two U.S. military officials have said the Iranian navy conducted a live-fire test of its rockets approximately 1,500 yards from the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz Saturday, NBC News reported Tuesday. Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube write the Iranian Revolutionary Guards test-fired several unguided rockets …

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ONR’s Matthew Klunder: Shipboard Laser Weapon Completes Operational Tests

The Office of Naval Research has concluded a three-month operational demonstration in the Persian Gulf of a shipboard laser weapon system that was integrated with the existing defense systems of the U.S. Navy‘s USS Ponce. David Smalley reports Wednesday that LaWS destroyed moving at-sea and airborne targets, including a small boat and an unmanned aerial vehicle, during …

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Navy Deploys Ship-Based Prototype Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf

A U.S. Navy amphibious transport ship that patrols the Persian Gulf has been carrying a prototype laser weapon that works to counter drones, small vessels and other enemy targets since its August deployment to the region, Bloomberg reported Saturday. Tony Capaccio writes that the Laser Weapon System on USS Ponce was deployed as part of …

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VA Closing in on 1 Million Backlogged Compensation Claims

Officials from the Veterans Affairs Department reveal that the rising volume of complex claims from new veterans is a major factor in the large backlog of compensation and pension claims, reports Rick Maze for Federal times. Currently, there are 866,928 backlogged claims at VA’s regional offices. The agency shared that …

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