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    Report: Navy to address some LCS complaints with $60-$75M upgrade program
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    The Department of Defense has signed off on an upgrade program for both variants of its oft-maligned littoral combat ship, addressing some of the foremost criticisms of the compact ship. Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also upped the Navy's commitment to the LCS, ordering 20 additional ...

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    Video: Watch the US Navy test a remote-controlled recon fish drone
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    The US military has tried some ridiculous things before, but this is arguably one of the most outlandish. Silent Nemo – no, seriously, that's its name – is a project being conducted at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia by the Chief of Naval Operation's Rapid Innovation ...

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    Video: Watch the US Navy test an 'operational' laser weapon
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    Freaking laser beams. The US military has been fiddling about with beam weapons for years, but with this latest test, the Navy claims it has an operational weapon on its hands. Mounted aboard the destroyer USS Ponce, the 30-kilowatt solid-state laser successfully hit targets on the water and in ...

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    Followup: France 'suspends' sale of Russian assault ships
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    The French government has officially suspended the sale of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Russia. How, might you ask, is this different than the country's stance all along? And what happened to French President Francois Hollande making a final decision in November? Consider this ...

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    Video: Navy's F-35C looks even better taking off and landing at night
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    Sea trials for the US Navy's F-35C carrier variant continue, with the latest tests ditching sunny skies for the dark of night. Operating off a carrier at night, as any naval aviator will tell you, is an entirely different and far more dangerous ball game, making this an important stage in the new ...

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    ETC: Best military photos of the week: November 14
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    After a week off, we're back with our roundup of the week's best military photos. It's a smaller gallery this week, with only eight photos, but there are still some exciting shots, starting with the image above. Shot with a fisheye lens, the motion blur of the EA-18 Growler – the ...

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    Video: F-35C's first carrier launch, touch-and-go is as cool as expected
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    Just a few days ago, we showed you a video of the F-35C's first carrier landing, aboard the USS Nimitz. The naval variant of the F-35 is aboard Nimitz as part of its first round of at-sea testing. While the landing video from Monday was pretty cool, the Navy has released another video, showing ...

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    Video: Watch the F-35C complete its first carrier landing
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    The US Navy's variant of the F-35 Lightning II has completed its first successful landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier. The test was conducted yesterday, as an F-35C snagged one of the four arresting wires on the deck of the USS Nimitz. Cmdr. Tony Wilson was at the stick for the attempt, ...

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    ETC: Best military photos of the week: October 31
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    Happy Halloween! While we don't have any seasonally spooky shots in this week's crop of military photos, we do have more than a few cool shots. Up top, a member of the US Army's 82nd Airborne has some fun "testing" the new Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicle. And yes, that's the military ...

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    Followup: French President Hollande to decide on Russia warship deal in November
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    After immense pressure from its NATO allies back in September, France delayed a deal with Russia that would have seen the western country provide state-of-the-art Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to the recently belligerent power. Now, the ultimate fate of the deal is up to French President ...

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    Report: Navy exercise shows off floating 'highway interchange' [w/video]
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    Amphibious activities are some of the single most complex military operations to coordinate. Simply getting troops and vehicles from the sea to a beachhead or dock can be a near-insurmountable feat of logistics. Landing Craft Air Cushions, or LCACs, the huge hovercraft responsible for ferrying ...

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    Report: US Navy to update submarine sonar and stealth abilities
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    The US Navy is outfitting a pair of its submarines with new technologies that will improve its sonar and cut back on the noise of the boat's nuclear-powered steam generator. The new techs are being installed on the Virginia-class attack sub USS South Dakota (shown above is the Virginia-class USS ...

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    ETC: Best military photos of the week: October 24
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    So, you think traffic is bad where you live? This week's lead shot comes from Hohenfels, Germany. The tanks, from the US Army's 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are taking part in the multi-national Combined Resolve III ...

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    Video: Hornet Ball 2014 video is ten minutes of the Navy's finest fighter jets
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    It seems like each and every week, we uncover yet another fighter jet video and proclaim it one of the coolest we've ever seen, only to stumble across something even cooler the following week. Well, this time around, we're pretty sure we've found the cream of the crop. This is called Hornet ...

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    Video: Watch the dramatic launch of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship
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    The US Navy christened and launched its newest littoral combat ship, the Freedom-class, future USS Detroit. The Detroit won't officially wear the "USS" designation until its commissioning on the Detroit River in 2016. The 3,500-ton LCS was launched from the shipyards at Marinette Marine ...

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    ETC: Best military photos of the week: October 17
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    Aircraft and ships feature heavily in this week's shots, with our interesting lead image coming from aboard the USS Halsey, a US Navy guided-missile destroyer at sea in the Asia-Pacific region. This shot comes from the DDG's flight deck, at the aft of the ship. Scroll down for the rest of this ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: October 10
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    After a week off to take part in 2014 Paris Motor Show festivities, we're back with the top military photos of the past seven days, kicking off with what might be the most "metal" military photo we've ever seen. What you see above are a pair of the Blue Angels' F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in ...

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    Report: Navy to introduce armed, autonomous patrol boats for escort duty
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    The United States Navy will employ a creative new approach to protecting its ships in narrow sea lanes. Using technology pioneered by the Mars Rover, the USN will employ armed, autonomous patrol boats. Isn't this kind of how Skynet started? The Office of Navy Research completed a successful ...

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    Read This: Going inside the Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyer
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    The US Navy's newest and biggest toy is the imposing Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, a svelte, stealthy entry designed to complement the Navy's large fleet of Arleigh Burke-class DDGs. Considering everything from its stealthy figure – which allows it to appear on radar as the same ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 26
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    This week's photos are big on night shots and dynamic lighting, and have been colored, in part, by the most recent bombing campaign in the Middle East. In our lead shot, two F-15E Strike Eagles are on full afterburner in the early morning following a strike in Syria. Take a look below for the ...

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