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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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    Report: Navy to deploy helicopter drones to Pacific for first time
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    The US Navy will be pairing its newest ship, the controversial littoral combat ship, with one of its newest drones, the unmanned Fire Scout helicopter. Destined for duty aboard the USS Fort Worth, which is launching from San Diego later this year, it will mark the first time the helos have been ...

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    Report: Navy's Triton drone completes first cross-country flight [w/video]
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    The US Navy's MQ-4C Triton drone has completed its first cross-country flight, traveling over 3,300 miles at altitudes up to 50,000 feet from Palmdale, CA along the southern border, towards Florida before turning north and heading up the Atlantic seaboard before landing at Naval Air Station ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 19
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    There were a number of exercises commencing this week that delivered quite a few great action shots of the armed forces in action. At the top of the page, we have the launch of the ship-killing Harpoon cruise missile from the USS Stethem on the opening day of Exercise Valiant Shield. Scroll down ...

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    Report: Marine F-35Bs hit milestone as first squadron begins initial training
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    The US Marine Corp's first F-35B jump-jet squadron, Fighter Attack Squadron 121, have officially kicked off their training on the new fighter, which will replace the aging (but still awesome) AV-8B Harrier. "We shifted into IOC [initial operational capability] training last week," squadron CO ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 12
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    As per usual, all four branches of the US military are represented in this week's best photos. This week's photos kick off with a rather bizarre scene, as a Georgia Air National Guard F-15 Eagle is towed through the town of Warner Robins. The single-seat fighter was loaned to the town's city hall ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Bombs
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    With President Barack Obama's announcement of an expanded aerial campaign against the Islamic State and in Syria, now seems like a good time to get on the subject of airborne bombs. This is sort of an odd field, mixing the cutting edge with concepts that have been employed for decades. In their ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: AWACS
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    Technically known as airborne early warning and control systems, the phrase "AWACS" often serves as a catch-all for the US military's aerial command and control functions. The lead and most visible craft of this sort is the Boeing E-3 Sentry, a 707 that's been modified to accommodate a massive, ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 5
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    This week's group of military photos covers the gamut (as usual). All four major service branches are covered, with some particularly good shots of the Navy and Air Force doing their thing, while the Army and Marines provide an up close look at their hardware and capabilities. Take a look at our ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: The basics of pilot parlance, part 2
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    Yesterday, we explained a few of the most basic elements in-flight slang. That piece focused on communications regarding flight status, including the meaning of angels, cherubs and balls. Today, we'll look at the exciting stuff – how pilots talk in a combat situation. First, how does one ...

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