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U.S. NAVY'S MUOS SATELLITE CONSTELLATION DEEMED FULLY OPERATIONAL
Monday, November 11, 2019
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Army soldiers participate in MUOS test

Source: U.S. Navy


Army soldiers participate in MUOS test

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy's Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) was deemed fully operational following a successful multiservice test event conducted last month, reports InsideDefense.com. A Navy spokesman confirmed that deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare and director of naval intelligence Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler signed off on the milestone October 28.

The October test event, known as the Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation (MOT&E), involved the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army. The test showed that the system was operationally effective and provided the required survivability against cyber-attacks needed to become fully operational.

MUOS is a next-generation narrowband satellite communications system that will replace UHF Follow-On satellites. The new system was designed to be compatible with legacy terminals. Five MUOS satellites were delivered to orbit between 2012 and 2016.

Last week, the Navy awarded a $732 million contract to General Dynamics for MUOS ground system sustainment.

Source:  InsideDefense.com
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Author: S. McDougall, Defense Analyst 

 
NEW HH-60W COMBAT RESCUE HELICOPTER ARRIVES AT EGLIN TO BEGIN DEVELOPMENTAL TESTING
Friday, November 8, 2019
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HH-60W lands at Eglin November 6, 2019

Source: U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.


HH-60W lands at Eglin November 6, 2019

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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force’s newest aircraft landed at Eglin Air Force Base November 6 to begin developmental testing.

The HH-60W Combat Rescue helicopter touched down at Duke Field, its new home with the 413th Flight Test Squadron. A second HH-60 delivery arrived the following day.

The five-hour flight from the Sikorsky Developmental Flight Center went great, but was anything but typical, according to pilot, Maj. Evan McNeal, 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron Detachment 2.

The HH-60W's current experimental flight clearance does not allow instrument flight or the use of its transponder. The aircrew flew the entire trip visually or VFR.

The aircraft, based on the Army’s UH-60M helicopter, is modified to perform missions locating and rescuing downed pilots in hostile territory. The Air Force is contracted to purchase 113 HH-60W aircraft to replace its aging fleet of HH-60G helicopters.

Source:  U.S. Air Force
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U.S. COAST GUARD ACCEPTS 36TH FAST RESPONSE CUTTER
Monday, November 11, 2019
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Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Daniel Tarr (WPC 1136)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Mark Schwender


Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Daniel Tarr (WPC 1136)

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KEY WEST, Fla. - The U.S. Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 36th fast response cutter (FRC), Daniel Tarr, in Key West, Florida, November 7.

The cutter will be the first of three planned FRCs stationed in Galveston, Texas.

Daniel Tarr, the cutter’s namesake, was one of four Coast Guard coxswains who served with the Marines during the amphibious invasion of Tulagi, Solomon Islands, in August 1942. Tarr enlisted as a surfman and later became coxswain of USS McKean’s Boat Number 1 prior to the invasion. On Aug. 7, 1942, Tarr, along with the other 3 coxswains, landed the first wave of the Marine Corps’ Raider Battalion on the beaches of Tulagi; in the following three days, they also delivered vitally needed equipment, ammunition and supplies. For their role in the landing of the Marines’ first wave, and capture of Tulagi, the four coxswains were awarded the Silver Star Medal. They were the first enlisted men in the Coast Guard to receive the Silver Star Medal.

The FRCs are replacing the 1980s-era 110-foot patrol boats and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. The cutters feature improved habitability and seakeeping, and over-the-horizon cutter boat launch and recovery from astern or via side davits. Each FRC is 154 feet long, has an endurance of at least five days and can reach a maximum speed of over 28 knots.

Thirty-five FRCs are in service: 12 in Florida; seven in Puerto Rico; four in California; three in Hawaii and in New Jersey; and two in Alaska, Mississippi and North Carolina. The Coast Guard ordered 56 FRCs to date. Future FRC homeports include Santa Rita, Guam; Astoria, Oregon; and Kodiak, Seward and Sitka, Alaska.

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