09/22/2016
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Coast Guard Awards Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Contract

The Coast Guard has awarded Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., of Panama City, Florida, a Phase II contract for production of the lead Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and up to eight follow-on cutters, according to a Coast Guard news release. The long-awaited contract is valued at $110.29 million, with a potential total value of $2.38 billion if options to produce nine cutters are taken up.

Oyster 1 Bravo: Evasion and Escape in Vietnam

On March 30, 1972, North Vietnam launched the Nguyen Hue Campaign. Named by the Americans the “Easter Offensive” because it began on Good Friday, it was an all-out attempt to knock South Vietnam out of the war. Because of President Richard Nixon’s Vietnamization strategy, the only substantial American forces in the region were the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

The MBT-70 Main Battle Tank Program

By the early 1960s, with the Cold War now well into its second decade, Western intelligence learned the Soviets were preparing a vastly improved version of their T-62 main battle tank with upgraded armor, three-man crew and an autoloading main gun.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Flight Ops | Video

In this time lapse video by MC3 Ryan McFarlane, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conducts flight operations in the South China Sea, July 2016.

The Year in Special Operations 2016-2017


For more than a decade and a half, The Year in Special Operations has included interviews and discussions with a Who’s Who of former operators and senior and commanding officers throughout the U.S. military, offering their insights on the roles, missions, and history of unconventional warfare units and possible future developments. The publication regularly includes features on programs, equipment, operations, the history of SOF, and more, written by some of the most respected writers in the field. Click to read the latest online digital.
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