July 17, 2019

2nd Fleet Readies for Baltic Sea Exercise

2nd Fleet Readies for Baltic Sea Exercise

After the US Navy’s new 2nd Fleet stands up later this month, its commander will push the USS Mount Whitney command ship, along with dozens of other NATO vessels, into the Baltic Sea to direct a major exercise primarily to track and meet Russian maneuvers in the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

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‘Lightning Carrier’ Deployed to Pacific

'Lightning Carrier' Deployed to Pacific

Amphibious assault ship USS America is on its way to the Pacific. The US Navy says the security situation in the region demands that it shifts its most capable ships into the area.

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Military Housing, Day Care, Malpractice Back Before Congress

military housing

Military housing conditions, the inability to sue DoD for medical malpractice, and the lack of child care facilities all came under fire during congressional inquiries.

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Crashed Japanese F-35 Reported Located

F-35

Although it was announced Monday that the Japanese-built F-35 that crashed into the Pacific last month had been found, the US Air Force continues to deny that it has been located.

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Navy Salvage Team Joins Search for Crashed F-35A

The Japan F-35A that crashed into the Pacific Ocean about three weeks ago is believed to be lying on the ocean floor. The US 7th Fleet has sent a Navy salvage team to help find the plane.

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GAO: F-35 Supply Chain Challenges Remain

F-35 Supply Chain

DoD has been trying for several years to improve the way it and F-35 contractor Lockheed Martin order, stockpile, and repair spare parts. But findings from a recent GAO report imply that the situation may have gotten worse.

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UFOs in DoD Ranges & Airspace Prompt New Guidelines

UFOs

A series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities has prompted new guidelines to the fleet for reporting sightings of any UFOs.

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F-35 Costs Skyrocket With Upgrades

F-35

The F-35 “Block 4” upgrades will add billions more to the cost of the fighter jet: research and procurement increased by $22 billion, operation and support across six decades grew by $73 billion to $1.196 trillion.

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Coast Guard Performs Operations in Asia

Coast Guard Cutter Performing Operations in Asia

Earlier this month, the cutter Bertholf made a port stop in Hong Kong, the first time the Coast Guard has visited the Chinese territory in 17 years.

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Final Deployments for P-3C Orions

The last of the US Navy’s P-3C Orions are on their final overseas deployments, reports The Drive. The patrol planes are being split between bases in Bahrain and Japan. The Navy is preparing to retire its Orions. Their replacements: P-8A Poseidons.

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