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3/23/2017

Florida's beaches from Perdido Key through Navarre are only now beginning to reap the benefits of funds from the BP oil spill settlement, nearly seven years after the spill, Pensacola-area officials say. "I have no doubt we will see hundreds of millions of dollars in spending in Escambia County and that the money could be transformative," says Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson.

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3/23/2017

Next year's massive biennial Rim of the Pacific naval exercise will be commanded by non-founding member Chile, marking a first. Previous commands have alternated among the US, Australian and Canadian navies, but Chile's navy has now "earned this responsibility through years of observation, participation, mastery and leadership at RIMPAC," said Adm. Scott H. Swift, Pacific Fleet commander.

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3/23/2017

The USS America and USS Boxer have been honored with "Battle E" awards for superior performance over a yearlong evaluation cycle. The two San Diego-based amphibious assault ships are, respectively, the newest and the oldest of their kind in the fleet.

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Times of San Diego
3/23/2017

The Coast Guard's 20th Fast Response Cutter was commissioned Saturday in Cape May, N.J. The Lawrence Lawson is named in honor of the keeper of the Evanston, Ill., lifeboat station that led the 1889 rescue of crew members from a distressed steam vessel in Lake Michigan.

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3/23/2017

The Illinois State Geological Survey will use a helicopter carrying an electromagnetic array to map Lake Michigan's sand, whose natural drift has changed as a result of construction of things such as piers and harbors. Electromagnetic signals will outline the lake floor's landscape, showing sand deposits and their thicknesses.

3/23/2017

Death masks typically made of plaster are the subject of an art project that instead uses computer modeling and 3D printing to explore and expand upon the tradition and bridge the natural and the man-made worlds. The Vespers series of masks was created by Neri Oxman and a group at the MIT Media Lab and forms part of the London Design Museum's "Fear and Love" exhibit.

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ASME.org
3/23/2017

Northrop Grumman Systems will produce gun mission modules for the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship under a $68.8 million contract granted last week. The module comprises two Mk 46 single 30 mm guns, and the contract includes support functions.

3/23/2017

Australian naval trials have confirmed the compatibility of Lockheed Martin's Aegis combat system with the HMAS Hobart destroyer. "Having these three destroyers with the Aegis combat system provides Australia with new game-changing capabilities to address modern threats," said Lockheed Martin's Jim Sheridan.

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3/23/2017

Servicing Virginia class submarines is the focus for Capt. David S. Hunt, the new Portsmouth Naval Shipyard commander over the next three years. That means three-dock capability as the yard and the Navy transition from the Los Angeles to the Virginia class, with groundwork for the yard that "will be done during my tour here to set the shipyard up for the future," Hunt said.

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Navy
3/23/2017

Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., will be exercising options to provide core class services and special studies on the Navy's Littoral Combat Ships under a $36.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification of an earlier contract. The work in Mobile will examine challenges in engineering and production while evaluating cost, scheduling and other factors.

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MarineLog.com
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