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Helicopters grounded for safety checks at Caernarfon Airport

Helicopters grounded for safety checks at Caernarfon Airport

Two search and rescue helicopters at Caernarfon Airport, Gwynedd, have been temporarily grounded for safety checks. Operators Bristow are carrying out inspections on the tail rotors of the Sikorsky S92s after an accident involving another S92 on a North Sea oil rig last week. The checks have been ordered on all S92 aircraft worldwide.

Pakistan tests sub-launched cruise missile

Pakistan tests sub-launched cruise missile

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Jan. 10 (UPI) — Pakistan conducted its first successful underwater launch of its Babur-3 cruise missile from a submarine in the Indian Ocean. The missile, a variant of the ground-launched Barbur-2, flew nearly 280 miles before striking its target, the Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations said.

More Calls for Forbes as Navy secretary

More Calls for Forbes as Navy secretary

More supporters are lining up behind outgoing Hampton Roads congressman Randy Forbes to be the next Navy secretary in the new Donald Trump administration. Nine GOP members of the House Armed Services Committees wrote a letter last month to Vice President-elect Mike Pence recommending Forbes for the Navy’s top civilian post.

DoD to Mitigate 'Ghost' Afghan Forces Through Verification, Biometric Registration - Executive Gov

DoD to Mitigate ‘Ghost’ Afghan Forces Through Verification, Biometric Registration – Executive Gov

The Defense Department has said several efforts are underway to address so-called “ghost” soldiers in Afghanistan such as person-by-person verification and biometric registration, Stars and Stripes reported Friday. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a letter to DoD that there are gaps between the number of assigned Afghan forces and the actual head count of persons in service, Phillip Wellman wrote.

Russia to lay down 8th Borei-class submarine on Dec. 23

Russia to lay down 8th Borei-class submarine on Dec. 23

The eighth Borei-class nuclear-powered submarine will be laid down at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia’s northern town of Severodvinsk on Dec. 23, the submarine will be named Knyaz (Prince) Pozharsky, a source in the defense industry told TASS. The Knyaz Pozharsky submarine will be the last of the eight Borei-class submarines and the fifth of the advanced Borei-A-class ones.

Rep. Bobby Scott Could Be Tapped for Senate If Clinton Wins

Rep. Bobby Scott Could Be Tapped for Senate If Clinton Wins

Rep. Bobby Scott walks fine line toward Kaine’s Senate seat By ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press Updated (…) Steve Helber Congressman Bobby Scott, D-Va., greets workers at an entrance to Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Scott is considered the top candidate to be a Senate candidate if Sen. Tim Kaine is elected vice-president.

Facebook and Google to Build Transpacific Submarine Cable

Facebook and Google to Build Transpacific Submarine Cable

Facebook has partnered with Google to pay for construction of what will be one of the highest-capacity submarine cable systems stretching across the Pacific Ocean, connecting Los Angeles to Hong Kong. This is a second such partnership Facebook has gotten involved in and yet another example of changes happening in the submarine cable industry, which has traditionally been dominated by consortia of private and government-owned carriers.