Northrop Grumman Completes Delivery of 44th F-5 Tiger Adversary Aircraft to United States Navy; Former Swiss-Owned F-5E Aircraft Modified for U.S. Use


F-5N Aircraft.JPG: The United States Navy accepts its 44th modified F-5 Tiger from Northrop Grumman in St. Augustine, Fla. This aircraft, tail number 761550, was built by the company 33 years ago and put into service for the Swiss Air Force. Now, the upgraded aircraft is a U.S. Navy asset and will serve as an adversary trainer for naval aviators.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., April 29, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) employees today celebrated the delivery of their 44th modified F-5 Tiger for the U.S. Navy. In a ceremony at the company’s East Coast Aircraft Manufacturing and Flight Test Center, officials from NAVAIR PMA 207 accepted the delivery of the final aircraft under the current Navy F-5 Acquisition/Re-capitalization Program, which provided for the modification of 44 Swiss Air Force aircraft into 41 F-5N’s (single-seat aircraft) and three F-5F’s (two-seat trainers).

Harris Corporation Successfully Completes Major Program Test of U.S. Navy MH-60R Helicopter Hawklink Data Link

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MELBOURNE, Fla., April 30 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has successfully completed flight and ground testing of its Ku-band Common Data Link (CDL) Hawklink system for the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Light Airborne Multi- Purpose System helicopter. CDL Hawklink is a high-speed, digital data link that transmits tactical video, radar, acoustic and other sensor data from the MH-60R helicopters to their host surface ships. Harris is the prime contractor for the CDL Hawklink program, and BAE Systems is a major subcontractor.

For Sale – ”Tyr” (ex. ”Tyri”)


Ice-breaking tug.

Equipment: Furuno FR 810 DA radar, Furuno Navpilot FAP 5001 autopilot, Furuno SC-502 satellite compass, Furuno GP-31 GPS navigator, Sailor RT 2048 VHF + Sailor RT 144C VHF + Furuno FM 8500 VHF, Radio Ocean Pocket 3000 portable VHF, Icom IC-G M1500 E portable GMDSS VHF, Robertson rudder indicator, ESCO fire alarm system, 2 x Atlas Copco Airlet 530 starter air compressors. Viking 6DK Solas A-pack 6 person life raft, Hatlapa electric anchor winch with 2 x 125 meters chain and twin 250 kg anchors. Lidan 4 FB L8, 15 tons towing winch 500 meters of 28 mm wire, Mampaey towing hook. 3.000 litres/minute emergency pump with 4” connection.

General arrangement: Wheelhouse with sofa and navigation desk. Main deck holds a large saloon with TV and eight table seats, galley with fridge/freezer, electric stove with oven, microwave, WC and of course the large sauna with shower. Below deck in fore is a large forepeak with chain locker and rope stores, accomodations with twin single and two double cabins, engine room, aft rope stores and steering gear room.

New Shoreham RNLI Lifeboat Station starts to take shape


Date: 30/04/2009

Author: Tim Ash, Divisional Media Relations Manager
Demolition of the old slipway to make way for a new one in Shoreham. (Credit Dean & Dyball)

Supporters of the charity that saves lives at sea are being given reason to smile with the news that work on the new RNLI lifeboat station in Shoreham is progressing well.

Builders Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering moved onto the site in Brighton Road, Shoreham, shortly before Christmas to install temporary buildings and an entrance onto the beach, before the slipway and old boathouse were demolished in early January.

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat assists divers in Sound of Mull


Date: 30/04/2009

Author: Susannah Calderan, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat launched yesterday morning (Wednesday 29 April 2009) to assist two divers in the Sound of Mull.

The divers had been diving the wreck of the Rondo, when one got into difficulties underwater. The pair ascended to the surface, and were recovered to the dive vessel. They were transferred to Tobermory RNLI lifeboat and given medical assistance.

Ultra Electronics to continue supply of HiPPAG to the US Navy


Gloucester, U.K., 29 April 2009 –[ASDWire]– Ultra Electronics announces that its Precision Air Systems business has received an order for a further 150 High Pressure Pure Air Generators (HiPPAG) from the US Navy.

This latest order brings the total number of HiPPAGs purchased by the US Navy to over 2,500 systems, including in excess of $25 million dollars of orders since this requirement was last competed in 2006.

HiPPAG is installed on the LAU-127 and LAU-7 weapons launchers on the F/A-18 to provide a continuous source of high purity compressed air as a cooling source for AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles.



Work is progressing well in the provision of a new Ground-Based Training Environment at RAF Valley, North Wales, in support of the Hawk T2 Fast Jet Trainer. VT Support Services (VTSS) have been contracted by Ascent, the joint venture between Lockheed Martin UK and VT Group, to deliver the project.

The £30 million project is part of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS), which will revamp training for military air crew over the next 25 years. Ascent is working as the Training Systems Partner of the Ministry of Defence to deliver the programme.

Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series promises bank holiday extravaganza


The Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series, which takes place from 22-25 May, promises a weekend jam-packed with activities for participants and spectators alike. Scotland’s largest sailing regatta which is supported by EventScotland, takes place in Tarbert, the scenic village on the West Coast. During the weekend the quiet village comes to life as crew, volunteers and visitors descend on the village for this popular annual event.


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CRYC Members onboard Hull and Humber

The Clipper Race Yacht Club was officially launched at a ceremony at St Katharine’s Dock on Friday 24th April held onboard the Clipper yacht Hull and Humber. Club President, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was joined by Vice Presidents Sir Keith Mills and Gordon Whiteley. Colin de Mowbray and Jim Dick, Commodore and Vice Commodore, respectively, and a host of supporting members were also in attendance.

Gordon Whiteley, a crew member in Chysolite on the original race in 1996, told the gathering about his experiences and how his interview quickly came to a successful conclusion once he assured his interviewer, the legendary Spud Spedding, that he could write a cheque for £4,500.

Busy Week for STS-125 Preparations

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On Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers install into space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay the equipment and hardware needed to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Image credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians at Launch Pad 39A preparing space shuttle Atlantis for liftoff on the Hubble Servicing Mission installed the spacesuits for the mission’s five spacewalks yesterday. The STS-125 astronauts also flew in from Houston for a payload inspection at the pad. Flow control valves for Atlantis’ main engines are being installed today.

Radiator dents caused by a falling socket in Atlantis’ payload bay during payload installation operations last week were photographed Monday and a crack was observed. During an inspection last week, personnel noted a crease, but did not observe a crack in the dented radiator panel. Managers and engineers are reviewing the data and evaluating the repair options, which may include adding a doubler or stop drilling to prevent the crack from spreading. Any necessary repair is not expected to delay the targeted May 11 launch.