The USS Harry S. Truman is now in the European theater, having arrived as a follow-on to recent missile strikes in Syria. The presence of the Nimitz-class carrier and its strike group "is a reflection of our commitment to a safe, prosperous and free Europe and Africa," said Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, 6th Fleet commander.
The Coast Guard cutter Steadfast has wound up a 60-day patrol off Mexico and Central America, returning to base in Astoria, Wash. The deployment led to the interception of eight vessels and the seizure of more than 13,000 pounds of cocaine.
Warships and helicopters from the USS John C. Stennis strike group are engaged in a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training exercise to sharpen their fighting skills. Such exercises "provide shipboard teams and warfare commanders the reps and sets they need to be prepared to integrate with the strike group and ultimately head downrange to execute their missions," said Rear Adm. John Wade, commander of the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center.
Raytheon will be supporting the Navy's Air and Missile Defense Radar Program under a contract valued at more than $136 million. Included is low-rate initial production work to support AMDR on guided-missile destroyer flight III class ships.
Huntington Ingalls will provide follow yard services in support of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers under a Navy contract valued at more than $27 million. The work will include engineering and material procurement services, technological support and crew indoctrination.
The USS Portland is now officially part of the fleet after a commissioning in its namesake city. "Your city now has a ship worthy of its industrious heritage and creative spirit," Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the ceremony.
Commander, Surface Division ELEVEN has achieved official recognition as part of the new command structure. "Standing up the Surface Division is the start of a new chapter ... where we will focus on a common mission set for a group of ships in order to deploy ready, capable and tactically proficient" littoral combat ships, Capt. John Fay said.
New technology will enable littoral combat ships to receive imagery from two surveillance aircraft simultaneously. The system, by L3 Technologies, also is lighter than the one it replaces.
Sand replenishment for Pennsylvania's Presque Isle State Park should remain high on the Army Corps of Engineers' to-do list, say Erie's congressional delegation. In a letter to an agency secretary, lawmakers urge that federal funding for the program be considered for fiscal 2018 and 2019.
A California measure designed to preserve Napa Valley's oak woodlands and watersheds is drawing fire from some quarters. The fear is that it will hurt area agriculture and lead to an infestation of luxury homes.
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