June 25, 2022

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Budget Calls for 4.6% Pay Raise for Service Members

The White House released its fiscal 2023 budget Monday. The $733 billion spending plan calls for a 4.6% pay raise for service members, but the services would see its active-duty end strength drop. The Navy would see a decrease of about 600 personnel.

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Navy Exercise Seeks Best Tech Ideas for Aviation Communication

Tech Ideas

The NAWCAD to host an advanced naval technology exercise in August 2022, at NAS Patuxent River or Wester Outlying Field in St. Inigoes for the aviation industry to show off its best tech ideas for beyond-line-of-sight communication systems. Applications to participate accepted until April 19.

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Aircraft Carriers Turn 100

Aircraft carriers joined the Navy fleet 100 years ago this month. The concept originated with CMDR Kenneth Whiting, naval aviator, who went on to transform the collier Jupiter into the first aircraft carrier Langley.

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All-Women Crews Honor Women’s History

The C-130s out of Ramstein are working overtime to support the rapid movement of tens of thousands of troops and help transport thousands of tons of supplies to central and Eastern Europe. All three of the planes on Friday’s mission earned an unusual distinction: they flew the first training formation with all-women crew members in the squadron’s history, which goes back to World War II.

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Navy Pilots Continue Russian Deterrence Missions

Pilots

US Navy pilots are flying dozens of daily missions from the USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean region. The Truman has been in the region since December, making it the longest stretch in decades for US ships to stay in that region.

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Pilots Take First-Ever Crewed Flight in Military-Worthy Electric Aircraft

Electric

US Air Force pilots conducted the first-ever crewed flight of an electric aircraft — an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) — with military airworthiness. This milestone, which took place at BETA Technologies’ Plattsburgh, NY, facility earlier this month was the culmination of a two-year partnership between BETA and the Air Force’s Agility Prime program.

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Mandatory Cyber Reporting in Omnibus Bill

The cyber reporting legislation would require private companies to report cybersecurity incidents to CISA and with bipartisan support has been attached to an omnibus spending bill set for consideration in the Senate Thursday following House passage. Critical infrastructure entities would be required to report a “reasonable belief” a cybersecurity incident within 72 hour, some ransomware payments within 24 hours.

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Ship Runs Aground off Baltimore

The massive cargo ship, Ever Forward, has run aground in the Chesapeake near Gibson Island after leaving the Port of Baltimore en route to Norfolk, VA. The ship is owned by the same company, Evergreen, that owns the Ever Given which famously ran aground a year ago blocking the Suez Canal for several days.

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Gilday: Larger Fleet Means Larger Share of the Budget

With more ships needed in more places around the world, the US Navy needs a larger fleet and a larger share of the defense budget, says Chief of Naval Operations ADM Mike Gilday. That would mean changing the historical split of funding among the services.

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Funding Bill Passes, Avoids Shutdown, Includes More Aid to Ukraine

The US Senate passed a $1.5 trillion package late last week that funds the federal government through September and delivers $14 billion to help Ukraine. For 2022, the bill provides $728.5 billion in discretionary defense spending, an increase of $32.5 billion above 2021.

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