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Date Posted:01/15/18
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2017 Military News in Review

The US. Navy conducted a failed ballistic missile intercept in June using the Aegis combat system on the destroyer John Paul Jones. However, the ship successfully conducted a flight test in February, resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA off the west coast of Hawaii. (Leah Garton/U-S. Missile Defense Agency)

After questions from Defense News, the US. Air Force confirmed that an engine dropped out of a B-52 bomber during a training flight on Jan. 4. (Senior Airman Justin Armstrong/US. Air Force)


In February, Defense News reported that nearly two-thirds of the US. Navy‘s strike fighters were grounded because the aircraft were either undergoing maintenance or simply waiting for parts or their turn in line on the aviation depot backlog.  (MC3 Anthony J- Rivera/US. Navy)

Retired US. Navy Chief Petty Officer Wendy Calderon leads a prayer and moment of silence dedicated to honor sailors who died onboard the destroyers John S. McCain and Fitzgerald in separate collisions this year. (Chief Boatswain’s Mate Nelson Doromal/US. Navy)

For more than a week, media reports routinely mentioned the approach of the US. Navy aircraft carrier Carl Vinson's carrier strike group, seemingly implying an attack on North Korea could be imminent- But direction to mass off the Korean Peninsula was nowhere to be seen.(MC3 Matt Brown/US- Navy)

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