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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: August 29
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    This week's gallery of images includes just a bit of everything. We've got a few land vehicles, plenty of aircraft, including some great shots of the USS Carl Vinson's F/A-18 Hornets, an entire flock of KC-135 Stratotankers and a nighttime look at the USS America, at dock in Valparaiso, ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Combat air patrol
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    In case you haven't noticed, the military enjoys its abbreviations. That's especially true of the flying forces, which seemingly speak in nothing but shorthand. While we will endeavor to explain as many of those phrases as possible in this series, today, we'll focus on one of the most common ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: COM and all its varieties
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    Read enough about the military, and you're likely to stumble across a range of abbreviations that all start with COM, for commander. There's COMPACAF, COMPACFLT, COMSCOCENT and literally dozens and dozens of others. In short, when you see these designations, it's a reference to either the senior ...

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    Read This: What went wrong with the Navy's LCS program?
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    Alongside the F-35 Lightning II fighter, there's hardly a single military program that has been subject to as much criticism as the US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship. The controversial program has resulted in two classes of small surface combatants (shown above, Freedom-class at left and ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: US Navy hull classification system
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    Yesterday, we covered the meanings of the military's aircraft designations. Compared to that, though, the ships of the US Navy feature a far more mystifying code, which we'll endeavor to explain here. There are a few simple constants that we should keep in mind. Two recurring designations ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Decoding Aircraft Designations
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    The alphabet soup that is the military is most visible in the ships and aircraft that we see among America's armed forces. Some of these designations are fairly obvious. It's not hard to figure out that the "F" in "F-16" stands for fighter (the same is true of the F-14, F-15, F-22 etc.). What ...

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    Report: PRC disputes US criticism of incident between fighter and recon plane
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    The Chinese government has called the US Navy's criticism of last week's close encounter between a PRC fighter and a Navy P-8 Poseidon (above) "totally groundless," Military Times reported. According to Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, a Chinese J-11B showed its heavily ...

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    The best military photos of the week: August 22
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    Today also sees the start of another new feature, which should really appeal to photography fans. We've raided the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System for the very best military photos of the past week, taken by the photojournalists of America's armed forces. Keep an eye open every ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Ship vs. Boat
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    We're introducing a new daily feature at Autoblog Military today, called "Military Terminology." As you may have guessed based on that rather obvious title, each day, we'll be posting a common military phrase, term or acronym and endeavor to explain what it means, how it was developed and if it ...

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    Video: Watch the Navy's X-47B drone complete carrier launch and landing tests
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    The US Navy's X-47B, its carrier-borne, unmanned combat air system has just completed a series of testing aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and the Navy has been kind enough to release footage of the drone's activities. While this isn't the first time the X-47 has operated from a carrier, it ...

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    Read This: Making the case for more drone investment
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    Today, America's armed forces aren't known for its aircraft carriers, fighter jets, tanks or guns – it's known for its drones. Whether they be Predators, Reapers, Global Hawks or something that takes up slightly less headline space, the US use of drones has been the single most identifying ...

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    Report: Even with delays, Virginia-class attack sub will be delivered on time
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    The littoral combat ships. The F-22 Raptor. The F-35 Lightning II. Each of these government production contracts has garnered plenty of headline space for cost overruns and delays. The F-35 alone has gobbled up $400 billion during its development and service life so far and, for a time, the F-22 ...

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    Report: US Navy planning joint exercise with China
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    The bi-annual Exercise Rim of the Pacific ended barely a week ago, marking the first time ships from the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy have taken part in a US-hosted naval exercise, and already, the PRC and US Navy are planning their next practice session. The two sides met yesterday ...

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    Video: Watch 42 warships cruise the Pacific in formation during RIMPAC 2014
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    Exercise Rim of the Pacific, more commonly known as RIMPAC, is the single largest naval exercise on the face of our lovely blue marble. This year, the biennial exercises brought together 22 countries, 55 ships, over 200 fixed-wing and rotary aircraft and roughly 25,000 soldiers, sailors and ...

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    Report: Female enlisted sailors to enter the Silent Service by 2016
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    The military's march towards gender equality could see a big improvement in the coming years as plans are unveiled to allow enlisted women to join female officers on the US Navy's Ohio-class missile boats and Virginia-class attack submarines. The move, which has been a rather long time coming, ...

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    Official: GM auctioning off Military Tribute Camaro to benefit wounded veterans [w/video]
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    General Motors is set to auction off a special Chevrolet Camaro airbrushed by Mickey Harris as a tribute to the nation's armed forces. The design pays homage to all five branches of the country's military with a unique mural, and the vehicle is headed to the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in ...

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    Custom Chevrolet Camaro is ultimate tribute to fallen servicemen
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    Tribute 2010 Chevrolet Camaro – Click above for high-res image gallery
    On Christmas day, 2007, Constandina Tutten was informed that her husband, Army Sergeant Joseph Tutten had been killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Sgt. Tutten was a squad leader with the 82nd Airborne, and had fallen to ...

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    The 9th Coronado Classic Speed Festival
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    The Coronado Classic Speed Festival was held in San Diego this weekend and we had people on hand to cover it for you. Part of the General Racing Ltd. historic racing series, it featured over 200 of history's top racecars. All racing within a few feet of the thrilled fans. This type of racing is so ...

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    Ahoy! Rolls-Royce seen joining the British Royal Navy
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    The flagship of the U.K. auto industry has teamed up with the flagship of the Royal Navy for one heck of a photo-op. The occasion? Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has presented a hand-crafted captain's chair to Captain Bob Cooling of HMS Illustrious, the Royal Navy flagship.The chair is based on the front ...

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