March 20, 2019

Hurricane and Typhoon Threaten Navy on Both Coasts

Hurricane and Typhoon

Monster Hurricane Florence and super Typhoon Mangkhut have sailors in the Pacific and along the Atlantic seaboard preparing for what many are predicting could be among the worse of both types of coastal storms.

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F-35 Operating Costs Targeted by US & Europe

F35 Operating Costs

The US military and Europe officials partner to minimize F-35 operating costs to assure sustainment and future purchase goals can be reached.

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East Coast on Alert As Florence Nears

Florence

The mid-Atlantic region is expecting to be impacted by the approaching Hurricane Florence. Naval Station Norfolk is among the military installation taking precautions. The National Hurricane Center says it is still too early to predict the storm’s exact path.

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F-35Bs Join Drills Off African Coast for 1st Time

F-35B

For the first time ever, US Marine Corps F-35Bs are on an operational deployment off the coast of Africa.

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First F-35C Flight Mishap Costs $2 Million

F-35C

An F-35C flying from USS Abraham Lincoln was damaged during an aerial refueling exercise. Debris from an aerial refueling basket was ingested into the F-35C’s engine intake, resulting in damage costing about $2 million.

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National Guard to Remain at US-Mexico Border Another Year

US-Mexico Border

Up to 4,000 National Guard personnel are authorized to remain on the US-Mexico border for another year, although funding for the extended mission remains unclear.

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Trump Cancels Federal Workers’ Pay Raise

counterterrorism

President Donald Trump wants to freeze federal workers’ pay in 2019.

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JSF Helmet Bug Limits Night Carrier Landings to Experts

JSF Helmet

The Navy is getting closer to fixing the technical bug in the F-35 JSF helmet, which allows LED light to spill out and obliterate a pilot’s ability to see landing lights on carriers at night. But for now, only expert pilots can perform night landings.

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F-35C Joins Carrier Flight Operations

F-35C

For the first time, the F-35Cs launched, recovered, and maneuvered around the flight deck alongside F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growlers, and E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes.

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McCain to Be Buried at Naval Academy

John McCain

Funeral arrangements for Sen. John McCain include a Saturday service at the Washington National Cathedral in DC and burial at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

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