July 12, 2020

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New NAVSEA Commander Takes Helm

New NAVSEA Commander Takes Helm

VADM Bill Galinis took over command of Naval Sea Systems Command last week. He relieves VADM Thomas Moore, who is retiring after 39 years in the service.

Pentagon Reopening Brings Back Some Staff

Pentagon

The first phase of the Pentagon’s reopening is bringing back some employees who had previously been ordered to stay home and opening select entrances to the building.

In Indo-Pacific Region, a Massive Show of US Naval Force

Indo-Pacific

While China builds up its military outposts in the South China Sea, putting missile and electronic warfare systems on them, the US and other allies have beefed up operations. For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force.

DefSec: Here’s How Navy Reaches 355-Ship Fleet

355-ship fleet

DefSec Mark Esper says he is committed to a bigger, but much lighter, naval force. He lays out the steps on how the Navy can reach the 355-ship fleet goal.

House Committee Passes $733B Defense Budget

CARES Act

The House Armed Services Committee passed a $733 billion defense policy bill.

Pentagon to Retire USS Truman Two Decades Early

2nd Fleet

The Pentagon wants to retire the Nimitz-class carrier USS Harry Truman two decades early, which would cut the US aircraft carrier fleet from 11 to 10.

Navy Will Consolidate JSF Operations on West Coast

The Navy plans to deactivate the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, consolidating JSF operations NAS Lemoore on the West Coast.

America Mourns Passing of President Bush

President Bush

Americans have begun saying goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush as his body arrived in Washington, DC, for public viewing in the US Capitol Rotunda.

Supersonic Plane Enters Production

Supersonic

Lockheed Martin’s experimental supersonic plane has officially entered production. Earlier this year, NASA awarded the company a contract to develop an aircraft capable of reaching supersonic speed without creating the sonic boom that comes with breaking the sound barrier.

Foreign Arms Sales Up 13 Percent

US to Promote Arms Sales at Air Show

The US signed off on arms exports worth $192.3 billion over the past year, a 13 percent increase from the previous year.