An eventful day in the Pittwater Trophy Offshore Race, the first of four races in the 29th Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Offshore Series, hosted by the RPAYC which got off to a great start off Barrenjoey in a solid 15-20 knot Southerly before easing to a light easterly at the end of the day. bb.firetrench.com ftd.firetrench.com
In the Chronicle this month: Julian talks about his latest location research trip and salutes two special Tasmanian historic ships – plus there’s some great prizes to kick off the New Year!
STOP PRESS: UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton bring forward the publication date for VICTORY, book 11 in the Kydd series, to JUNE 24.
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6 JULIAN REPORTS
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Dec. 29, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the sixth submarine of the Virginia class, New Mexico (SSN 779), to the U.S. Navy today, four months ahead of schedule. New Mexico’s 70-month construction period represents the shortest overall construction time of any Virginia-class submarine.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 29, 2009 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received the first on-orbit signals from DIRECTV 12 nine hours after launch, indicating that the satellite is healthy and operating normally. DIRECTV 12 is a Boeing 702 commercial satellite that will provide consumer television programming to millions of U.S. households.
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 29, 2009 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that Increment 1 of the U.S. Army's Brigade Combat Team Modernization program was approved to begin Low-Rate Initial Production early in 2010 as a result of the Milestone C production review by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) on Dec. 22. aerospace.firetrench.com ftd.firetrench.com
HERNDON, Va., Dec. 23, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has equipped and fielded Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) on a U.S. Army Hunter MQ-5B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), which has been deployed in support of the Afghanistan surge. The TCDL increases data transfer rates and doubles the communications range on the MQ-5B Hunter, enabling additional payload capabilities.
Following the disappointment of missing out on the Hobart Race for Grant Wharington's luckless 100ft Etihad Stadium Wild Thing, the team have worked overtime to fix the rig and replace the runner blocks in time to officially enter the 2010 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht race late today.