July 10, 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.

SpaceX Delivers Astronauts to Space Station

Astronauts

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken arrived at the International Space Station following the historic launch on Saturday. The pair of astronauts docked to the space station’s Harmony module at 10:16 a.m. Sunday as the microgravity laboratory flew 262 miles above the border northern China and Mongolia.

Catapult Launch a Test, Not Hair-Raising Mishap

Videos, from two different angles, show a lowienergy catapult launch of an F-35C from an aircraft carrier, where it dips and is seen nearing the water. The sink was scary, said one observer, but it was part of the test plan.

Academy Grads Hear: COVID-19 Is Part of the Mission

“As new threats continue to emerge, you must remain ready, vigilant, and prepared to defend our country, our people, and our way of life,” DefSec addresses the Naval Academy’s first virtual graduation ceremony.

Historied USS Nevada Found 3 Miles Deep Off Pearl Harbor

USS Nevada

The USS Nevada may be the most resilient battleship in the history of the Navy: Commissioned in 1916, survived bombing of Pearl Harbor; fought in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of WWII, and went on to prove nearly unsinkable into the emerging atomic age.

Face Coverings Now Required on All DoD Property

Face Coverings

DefSec Mark Esper: All people on DoD property, installations, and facilities must wear cloth face coverings.

Military Readiness Concerns Grow

military readiness

As the rate of infection in the military outstrips that of the general population, deployments are being impacted, and military leaders fear a readiness crisis. The warship Coronado could be the herald.

More Restrictions, Closures Due to COVID-19 Threat

Travel Ban

More restrictions and closures are in effect in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The number of those testing positive goes up in Maryland.

Pax Begins Investigating Potential for PFAS Contamination

NAS Pax River is investigating 18 sites where a fire extinguishing foam might have been used which contains a substance (PFAS) the Navy calls an “emerging public health concern.” In addition to Pax River being investigated, Webster Field in St. Inigoes, MD, will be investigated as well.

Hackers Reach DoD Contractors’ Data

hackers

Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Boeing, and SpaceX are among dozens of companies named as victims of compromised data. Visser Precision, a Colorado-based aerospace, automotive, and industrial parts manufacturer, was hacked by the ransomware group DoppelPaymer.