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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Cincinnati

The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 5, on west pier in Gulfport, Mississippi. The principal speaker will be Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio. Former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by ...

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Navy to Christen Submarine Oregon

The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine, the future USS Oregon (SSN 793), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. The submarine’s sponsor is Mrs. Dana Richardson. The ceremony will be highlighted by Mrs. Richardson breaking a ...

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DoD: Here’s What We’ll Do to Stop Iranian Aggression

Defense leaders announced the steps the United States will take to deter Iran’s continued aggressive and malign behavior in the Persian Gulf. At a Pentagon news conference today after White House meetings, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also called on other nations to condemn the ...

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DOD Conducts Test of Previously Banned Ground Launch Cruise Missile

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the Department of Defense conducted a flight test of a conventionally-configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform ...

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Navy to Commission Guided-Missile Destroyer Paul Ignatius

The Navy will commission its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, July 27, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship is named in honor of Paul Robert Ignatius, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and later during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration ...

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Esper Becomes 27th Defense Secretary

Dr. Mark T. Esper became the 27th defense secretary today during an early-evening White House swearing-in ceremony. Earlier in the day, by a 90-8 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Esper to serve in the office. Esper officially became the defense secretary when the president signed the appointment paperwork preceding the formal swearing in. Esper became acting defense secretary last month after then-acting ...

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Watch: President Trump Participates in the Swearing-In Ceremony for the Secretary of Defense [video + transcript]

President Donald Trump participated Tuesday evening in the swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper. Watch: Complete Transcript: THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much everybody. We have a very important moment in our country’s history, actually. And we had a lot of our great Republican senators in the White House, and I invited them over and many ...

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Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise U.S. Servicemen Killed During Battle of Tarawa To Be Returned to United States

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today the remains of at least 22 servicemen, killed during the battle of Tarawa in World War II, are being returned to the United States in an Honorable Carry Ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 17, 2019. The Battle for Tarawa was part of a larger U.S. invasion (Operation GALVANIC) to ...

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Esper Would Continue Pentagon Emphasis on Readiness, Partnerships, Reform

Army Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper told senators that he would continue to prioritize training, modernization, building alliances and partnerships and reforming the Pentagon if he’s confirmed to serve as secretary of defense. Esper, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to assume the Pentagon’s top post, testified at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing today. The committee will make a ...

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Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Oakland

The U.S. Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Oakland (LCS 24), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, June 29, in Mobile, Alabama. U.S. Representative Ken Calvert of California will deliver the christening ceremony’s principal address. Ms. Kate Brandt, Google’s sustainability officer, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, ...

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Navy to Christen Guided-Missile Destroyer Daniel Inouye

The Navy will christen its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, June 22, in Bath, Maine. The future USS Daniel Inouye is named in honor of Daniel Inouye, who served as a United States Senator for Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. He received the ...

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Withdraws Nomination As Domestic Violence Incidents Surface

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confronted past domestic violence issues within his family on Monday and Tuesday as he decided to withdraw from going through with the nomination process. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Shanahan would not be going through with being nominated as Defense Secretary, stating that Shanahan wished to “devote more time with his family.” Trump wished ...

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Shanahan Authorizes 1,000 Additional Troops to Defend Against Middle East Threats

In response to a request from U.S. Central Command for additional forces, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan has authorized about 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East. In a statement, Shanahan said he made his decision with the advice of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and ...

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Pentagon Announces Additional $250M for Ukraine

The Department of Defense announced today plans to provide $250 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces. This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine and will bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to $1.5 billion since 2014. The new ...

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