Navy shares LCS deployment plans for 2019 | USS North Dakota rounding out first deployment | Navy tested near-hypersonic projectiles from standard gun
January 17, 2019
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Navy shares LCS deployment plans for 2019
The Navy's littoral combat ships were out of action last year, but that will change this year. Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces, says the USS Montgomery and USS Gabrielle Giffords will deploy from San Diego to the Western Pacific, and the USS Detroit will deploy to the East Coast from Mayport, Fla.
United Press International (1/14) 
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USS North Dakota rounding out first deployment
The USS North Dakota is winding up a six-month deployment -- its first -- and is due to return to its Groton, Conn., home port at the end of this month. The sub is the second US naval vessel named after the state.
The Associated Press (1/10) 
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Navy tested near-hypersonic projectiles from standard gun
The Navy says it successfully test-fired near-hypersonic projectiles from existing guns on a destroyer last summer. The tests were carried out as part of the Rim of the Pacific exercises aboard the USS Dewey using its standard Mk 45 5-inch main deck gun.
United Press International (1/9),  USNI News (1/8) 
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General Dynamics IT to compete for cybermission work
General Dynamics Information Technology will be providing cybermission engineering support for the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic under a new contract. GDIT is called on to compete for individual task orders for solutions serving the Navy and the Marine Corps.
Naval Technology (1/10) 
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In-Service Engineering
General Dynamics tapped for work on USS George H.W. Bush
General Dynamics will be planning and carrying out maintenance and upgrades on the USS George H.W. Bush under a new $91.4 million contract. Work includes dry-docking and depot-level maintenance and various modifications.
United Press International (1/10) 
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