Department of Defense

Happy 236th Birthday, U.S. Navy

In the fall of 1775, Americans initiated a privateering campaign against British commerce, and on 13 October the Continental Congress established a small naval force to contest British sea power. According to the Naval History & Heritage Command, the Continental Navy was authorized the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels...
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ASEC Awarded $40M U.S. Navy Air Test and Evaluation Contract

Aviation Systems Engineering Company, Inc.  (ASEC) announced that its VTest team has been awarded an approximate $40M contract to provide technical and analytical support to Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) in the definition, conduct, and analysis of structured operational and integrated tests and evaluation...
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NAVAIR Wounded Warrior Career Fair – Dec. 6

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Wounded Warrior Program will host its first career fair for service-disabled veterans on Tuesday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Naval Air Museum, located directly outside of Gate 1 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station (22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park.) NAVAIR encourages...
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NAVAIR Hosts Wounded Warrior Outreach Event

NAVAIR Hosts Wounded Warrior Outreach Event

NAVAIR’s Wounded Warrior Program, in conjunction with the Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron, hosted a wounded warrior outreach event at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Oct. 1. The event drew approximately 20 wounded warriors and their families from Maryland and Virginia. According to NAVAIR Recruiting and Retention Program Manager Tania Dawson, NAVAIR’s...
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Unmanned Aircraft Closes Biofuel Chapter

Unmanned Aircraft Closes Biofuel Chapter

The Navy reached a milestone in its quest to gain energy independence today, when an MQ-8B  Fire Scout  successfully flew the first unmanned biofueled flight at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, Md. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate piloted the helicopter fueled with a combination of JP-5 aviation fuel and plant-based camelina. The biofuel...
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EMALS Successfully Launches E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

EMALS Successfully Launches E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

The U.S. Navy’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, EMALS, test team launched an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the full-size shipboard-representative test site in Lakehurst, N.J. “These successful E-2D launches continue to reaffirm my confidence in the EMALS program,” said Capt. James Donnelly, Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office, PMA-251, program manager. “Each...
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First Navy Trainer Flies on Biofuel

First Navy Trainer Flies on Biofuel

The Navy’s alternative energy program expanded Aug. 24 when a T-45 training aircraft completed a successful biofuel flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The “Salty Dogs” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) flew the high performance jet trainer on a biofuel mixture of petroleum based JP-5 jet fuel and plant based camelina....
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Warfighter and Acquisition Leader Named Tailhooker of the Year

Warfighter and Acquisition Leader Named Tailhooker of the Year

For the first time in its history, the Tailhook Association selected a warfighter serving in the acquisition community as the Tailhooker of the Year at the 2011 Tailhook Annual Reunion and Symposium in Reno, Nevada, last week. “U.S. Navy Capt. Mark W. Darrah earned the award for his tremendous contributions made this year to...
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A Leader, Not a Newspaper

A Leader, Not a Newspaper

The Lexington Park Leader is not a newspaper, lest there be any confusion. A newspaper purports to present unbiased information on a wide variety of topics almost always including government and law enforcement activities. The Lexington Park Leader is an electronic magazine with two pronounced aims. One is to be a news source, specifically...
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Skies Delight NAS Patuxent River Air Expo’ 11

Skies Delight NAS Patuxent River Air Expo’ 11

 Naval Air Station Patuxent River honored 100 years of naval flight aviation and celebrated the unique century-long friendship between Naval Aviation and our local community during this year’s Air Expo Sept 3-4, 2011.  The Centennial served as the central theme to this year’s Air Expo with booths, historical experts, vintage aircraft demonstrations, and static...
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Lockheed Martin/KAMAN K-MAX Completes U.S. Navy Unmanned Cargo Assessment

Lockheed Martin/KAMAN K-MAX Completes U.S. Navy Unmanned Cargo Assessment

The Lockheed Martin -led unmanned K-MAX® team successfully completed a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment (QRA) for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. “The autonomous flying K-MAX is designed to resupply Marines on the battlefield and in remote locations,” said Roger Il Grande, director of Airborne Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission...
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P-3 Simulator Connects Virtually with SH-60 Trainer

P-3 Simulator Connects Virtually with SH-60 Trainer

For the first time, a P-3 Orion simulator connected virtually to an SH-60B Seahawk trainer during a “peer to peer connectivity” trial July 1 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), Kaneohe Bay. Using its own simulation mode, the P-3’s Tactical Operational Readiness Trainer, also known as TORT, successfully linked with an SH-60B Tactical Operational...
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