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Mabuses to be in attendance for keel ceremony at Ingalls

A ceremony tomorrow at Ingalls Shipbuilding will leave an indelible impression on U.S. Marine vessel under construction at the shipyard. Navy Secretary and former Mississippi governor Ray Mabus and Gov. Phil Bryant will speak tomorrow at a keel authentication ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding for the company’s amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7). Mabus’ wife, Lynne, is the ship’s sponsor and ...

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Airport lands grants to refurbish 'touchdown zones'

While the news hasn’t been all good recently for Mississippi’s airports, one has landed two separate grants to rework its runways. The Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Authority has received two grants worth $5.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program for the reconstruction of the runway touchdown zones at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The reconstruction of the concrete touchdown zones ...

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Rocket test aborted at Stennis; no injuries

HANCOCK COUNTY — Officials with Aerojet Rocketdyne are investigating the mid-test shutdown of an AJ-26 engine at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Company spokeswoman Jessica Pieczonka says in a statement that no one was hurt in the premature shutdown of the testing. The AJ26 engine powers the Antares rocket that has been used to deliver supplies to the ...

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Senate Committee approves $27.5M for Special Ops training at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — More than $27.5 million has been included in a Senate spending bill to further develop Special Operations forces training facilities at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill today. The measure is now cleared for consideration by the Senate. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran ...

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Stark Aerospace rolls out ArrowLite unmanned system

COLUMBUS — Stark Aerospace has introduced the ArrowLite hand-launched, single-operator tactical unmanned aerial system. The ArrowLite was designed, developed and manufactured by Stark Aerospace with support from the Program Manager for Tactical Operations Support (PM TOS), Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). CTTSO awarded Stark a contract to develop the ArrowLite system for use by special operations and counter-terrorism small ...

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MDA to lead business delegation to Israel

JACKSON — Representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to Israel in the fall. The Sept. 14-19 trip will focus on aerospace, defense and related industries and will include participation in the 5th Annual Israel Unmanned Systems 2014. MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen said in a news release yesterday ...

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Cochran pushing for commission to study Army, National Guard

WASHINGTON — Faced with questions about the make-up of the U.S. Army in a budget-constrained, post-war era, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has signaled his support for a national commission to study the future of the Army and National Guard. Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, is an original cosponsor of the National Commission on the Future ...

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MQ-8C Fire Scout to be tested before ship-board flights

MOSS POINT — In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman Corporation-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships. The MQ-8C Fire Scout uses specially-designed cages, known as Faraday cages, to protect sensitive equipment on the aircraft from signal interference. “All Navy aircraft must ...

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Reeves opposes National Guard cuts as state reels from storms

JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has joined other lieutenant governors around the country to oppose proposed budget cuts to the Mississippi National Guard. “Mississippians have seen first-hand why the National Guard is critical to each state,” Reeves said. “These brave men and women have led search-and-rescue missions and provided support in Louisville, Tupelo and Rankin County in the aftermath ...

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Ingalls awarded $497M contract to build another cutter

PASCAGOULA – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports a $497-million military shipbuilding contract award to Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula to construct the seventh national security cutter (NSC 7) for the U.S. Coast Guard. Cochran said the Department of Homeland Security is amending an existing contract with Ingalls to provide FY2014 appropriations to construct NSC 7. Cochran serves on the Senate ...

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