Wärtsilä to assist Transocean with thruster maintenance optimisation and dry-docking cost reductions

Wärtsilä and Transocean will optimise the maintenance of all Wärtsilä thrusters installed within the Transocean fleet, while seeking to significantly reduce dry-docking costs by extending the service intervals of the thrusters. The agreement aims to deliver fewer interruptions to operations, which will result in benefits for both parties.


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Conference Update: Announcing our Dinner Keynote, Congressman Jim Jordan, as well as other new speakers!

Make Washington Work Again: Borders, Budgets, and our Sacred Rights


We are thrilled to announce that Congressman (and hopefully the next Speaker of the House) Jim Jordan will be our Dinner Keynote Speaker on Wednesday, July 25 at our Make Washington Work Again conference! (Did you know we have scholarships available to cover your hotel room, as well as your travel up to $500?!? Email keli@teapartypatriots.org for more info!)


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At 04:34hr on Sunday 15th July 2018, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, to assist the North East Ambulance Service to reach an ill male, in need of urgent medical care, on Holy Island. The Causeway was closed by the tide. The next safe crossing time was after 09:00hr. As the ambulance dispatched was from a nearby Ambulance Station, it was directed to Seahouses Lifeboat Station.



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The changing nature of nation-state cyber attacks

Earlier today General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, has said Russia will become ‘masters at exploiting the seams between peace and war’ and Britain needs to up its game or risk defeat. He also said the military needed to change ‘fundamentally’ in order to keep up with new threats – including fake news, cyber-attacks and assaults on the energy infrastructure.


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ITU Telecom World 2018 to explore innovation for smarter digital development

Geneva, 13 July 2018 – Thousands of tech industry and government representatives from around the globe will come together and explore emerging information and communication technology (ICT) trends and topics at ITU Telecom World 2018, 10-13 September at the Durban International Convention Centre, to “accelerate innovation to improve lives faster”.


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Boeing KC-46 Program Completes Flight Testing Required for First Delivery to U.S. Air Force

Boeing Flight Test Photography, Boeing Field, Seattle, Boeing Test and Evaluation, KC-46A, Pegasus, Tanker, VH005, KC-135 offload to KC-46 over Pacific Ocean, Santa Catalina Island

A Boeing KC-46A tanker prepares for receiver certification testing, conducted out of Boeing Field in Seattle. The Boeing/U.S. Air Force test team recently completed all flight testing that is required prior to first delivery. Testing included receiver certification flights with KC-135, F-16 and C-17 aircraft. (Paul Weatherman, Boeing photo)

EVERETT, Wash., July 13, 2018 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and U.S Air Force teams recently achieved a major KC-46 tanker program milestone, completing all flight testing required for first delivery. This past week, the KC-46 team concluded both its Military Type Certification testing and receiver certification testing with KC-135, F-16 and C-17 aircraft.


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Rockwell Collins and DRS to collaborate on secure air combat training solution for the U.K. Ministry of Defence

Rockwell Collins’ Joint Secure Air Combat Training System provides proven security, advanced networking and Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) capabilities

  • Only air combat training system capable of supporting advanced multi-enclave training missions providing real-time pilot feedback
  • Includes the DRS-exclusive P5 interoperable waveform for F-35 aircraft
  • Ready for growth into Live, Virtual, Constructive blended training
  • Builds on over 30 years of advanced air combat training experience both in the U.S. and internationally

FARNBOROUGH, U.K. (July 13, 2018) – Rockwell Collins and DRS have announced plans to work together to bring their state-of-the-art Joint Secure Air Combat Training System (JSAS) to the prime contractor teams’ bidding for the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) program and for the Future Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation System (FACMIS) requirement. JSAS is the next generation Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) solution that brings proven security, advanced networking, and growth into Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) capabilities.

Through this collaborative effort, JSAS can interoperate with the P5 waveform enabling communications between JSAS, the F-35 and existing P5 training pods. With superior networking features, JSAS lays the foundation for future connectivity to the MoD’s Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) program (DOTC-A) to help deliver the balance of live and synthetic training the MoD seeks to achieve.

“This collaboration brings a host of key capabilities to the MoD, including the multi-enclave security and interoperability needed for fifth-generation fighters,” said Sarah Minett, managing director, United Kingdom for Rockwell Collins. “Working with DRS, this proven solution will meet the current and future needs of these programs.”

Rockwell Collins and DRS have just successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review for their contracted delivery of the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc. II) program for the U.S. Navy, which includes similar requirements to the U.K. MoD’s ASDOT and FACMIS programs.

About DRS
DRS is a prime contractor, leading technology innovator and supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and defense contractors worldwide. The company specializes in a wide range of electro-optical/infrared systems, naval and maritime systems, ground combat mission command and network computing, global satellite communications and network infrastructure, avionics systems, and intelligence and security solutions. See the full range of capabilities at www.drs.com and on Twitter @drstechnologies.