The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is soliciting pre-proposals for $3.3 million in ARM Fund grants, which provide financial support for projects that focus on wetland and stream conservation and restoration. Since 2006, funded projects have preserved about 24,000 acres of land, restored 100 acres and helped improve 50 miles of stream passages.
Geologist Chris Haring will review tips for curbing erosion and stabilizing stream banks at a Thursday workshop in Davenport, Iowa. Haring brings a background in the subject matter that includes bio-engineering, bank line protection and participation in over 400 stabilization and restoration projects.
A project to restore a 2.6-mile section of Florida's Vilano Beach has earned Army Corps of Engineers approval and may begin this fall. Dunes and beach levels will be restored, while sand renourishment will take place every 12 years as part of the project's 50-year plan.
The USS Gerald R. Ford successfully received 1.3 million gallons of fuel at sea earlier this month, its first such replenishment in more than two years. Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuels Airman Joshua Faulds attributes the dangerous mission's success to well-trained Sailors as well as the Ford's increased automation and systems integration.
After initial discussions about deploying a conventional prompt strike hypersonic weapon on Ohio-class guided-missile submarines, the Navy has indicated the weapon will see its first deployment on Virginia-class attack submarines with the Virginia Payload Module. Fiscal 2021 budget request documents indicate "continued development of the weapon system and flight subsystem."
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the America Expeditionary Strike Group conducted "high-end warfighting exercises" in the Indo-Pacific region last week. "The Carrier Strike Group's combat power is impressive but when combined with an Expeditionary Strike Group, like the America ESG, it is unparalleled," said Rear Adm. Stuart Baker, commander of Carrier Strike Group 9.
The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine carried out a test launch of the Trident II life-extension missile off the coast of San Diego. The test, which took place after an engineering refueling overhaul, was the 177th successful launch of the missile type.
General Atomics will be working on the Navy's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System under two contracts totaling $35.6 million. A $25.2 million contract provides for EMALS order funding planning efforts for the USS Gerald R. Ford and the USS John F. Kennedy, and a $10.4 million deal modifies an earlier contract for work on the USS Enterprise.
BWXT Nuclear Operations Group will produce components for the Navy's nuclear reactors under contracts from the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. BWXT will manufacture reactor components and procure materials to support construction of Ford-class carriers.
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