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US military grounds its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets in the wake of South Carolina crash

The entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets has been grounded to inspect the aircraft for suspected faulty fuel tubes, the US military said. The decision comes in the wake of a Marine Corps’ F-35B crash in South Carolina last month. The grounding order affects all variants of the advanced fighter jets, including the Air Force’s F-35A and the Navy’s F-35C. ...

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‘US didn’t expect Russia to grow so strong in Arctic’: Why Pentagon is rebuilding Cold War-era fleet

US moves to reform its 2nd American fleet will create a potential theater of conflict with Russia, but experts say Moscow won’t be too worried about the Pentagon’s lagging military capacity in the Atlantic and the Arctic. While US officials declared that they weren’t “looking for a fight” in relaunching a fleet that had numbered over 100 vessels when the ...

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Reactivated US 2nd fleet returns to North Atlantic ‘ready to fight’… guess who?

Just seven years after shutting down operations, the US 2nd Fleet has been officially reactivated, with its admiral seeking to turn it into a menacing force “ready to fight” any “bad actor” it may sail into in the North Atlantic. Fearing that “some bad actors” on the world stage “threaten the very birthright freedoms that we hold sacred” and are ...

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US 6th fleet flagship, Marines flock to Ukraine for massive Sea Breeze war games (PHOTO, VIDEO)

30 vessels, dozens of combat jets and around 3,000 troops from 19 nations have been deployed to Ukrainian waters to take part in massive the US-led Sea Breeze 2018 war games in the Black Sea. The US Navy, one of the major Sea Breeze contributors, deployed command-and-control vessel USS ‘Mount Whitney’ – the 6th fleet flagship, the guided missile destroyer ...

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Iraq moves to create its own oil tanker fleet

OPEC’s second-largest producer Iraq has taken steps toward selling its crude oil on a delivered basis after it is looking to build its own tanker fleet. At present, most of Iraq’s crude oil and oil products are being sold on a so-called ‘free on board’ basis, in which the seller pays for transportation of the goods to the port of ...

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Arctic stronghold: Might of Russia’s Northern Fleet shown in anniversary video

The Northern Fleet, which is arguably the most powerful Russian naval force, is celebrating 285 years of operations. Its anniversary video shows state-of-the-art vessels and unique installations in the Russian Arctic region. Established back in 1733, the Northern Fleet comprises some of Russia’s most remarkable military hardware, with 41 submarines, 37 surface vessels and ground troops making it a “cross-branch ...

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Apple’s self-driving car fleet grows to 55 in California

Apple now has 55 self-driving cars registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, compared to 27 earlier this year and just three last year. That means Apple has the second largest fleet of self-driving cars in California, Mac Reports first pointed out. Apple now has more cars registered than Waymo, which has 51, according to the California DMV. General ...

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US reactivates 2nd fleet to rival Russia in North Atlantic ‘great power competition’

In a major realignment from fighting terrorism to great power rivalry with Russia, the US Navy is re-establishing its Second Fleet. The command had been responsible for the North Atlantic Ocean before it was deactivated in 2011. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson made the announcement on Friday, during a change of command ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. “Our ...

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USAF may be forced into massive reduction of planned F-35 fleet – report

The US Air Force may be forced to dramatically cut its fleet of F-35 multirole stealth fighters if it doesn’t dramatically reduce operations and maintenance costs for the flagship fighter, according to an internal report. At present, costs over the next decade are running at almost 38 percent over budget, according to analysis by the USAF seen by Bloomberg. The ...

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Russia’s Northern Fleet fighter jets hone combat skills in harsh Arctic climate (VIDEO)

Russia’s Northern Fleet pilots braved chilling Arctic weather while honing their skills in their fighter jets, the Russian Defense Ministry has shown in newly released footage. Some eight MiG-29K aircrafts took to the skies above Murmansk Region to practice maneuvers amid difficult weather conditions. The crews have been working on their skills at taking off and landing, as well as ...

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