HMAS Arunta personnel dispose of 260kg of illegal narcotics seized on June 8, 2017 while on patrol in the Middle East region. HMAS Arunta operates as part of the multi-national Combined Maritime Forces, predominately tasked to support Combined Task Force 150 for counter-terrorism and maritime security operations. Arunta is deployed on Operation MANITOU, supporting international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East region (MER). (Royal Australian Navy photo)
From the military services and around the DoD, here’s your SITREP for Thursday, June 15, 2017.
- President Donald Trump will present the Medal of Honor to Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan. The Vietnam War veteran and retired coach will receive the medal on July 31.
- In a four-month span, Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Forces has proven itself a formidable force against narcotics trafficking, with 10 drug seizures totaling over 3,300 kilograms of heroin, cocaine, cannabis resin and hashish since March.
- Marines test M320 grenade launcher module in this new video.
- The 388th Fighter Wing, the Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II operational wing, recently tested the F-35A bulk ammunition loader during an engineering validation and verification evaluation. The mobile loader lets weapon experts safely and efficiently load 25mm ammunition into the F-35A while simultaneously unloading spent shells.
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