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02 Dec 08. New Brunswick officials are set to announce the creation of 165 new jobs this morning through an investment into a Miramichi aerospace and defence engineering firm. The funding will allow for an expansion of DEW Engineering and Development Ltd’s vehicle-integration and armour-manufacturing facility in Miramichi, as well as the purchasing of new equipment to help the plant keep pace with its expanding portfolio, which includes supply contracts with the United States’ Department of Defence. (Source: Google)

02 Dec 08. Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter announced today the names of four new Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ships (T-AKE) as Mathew Perry, Charles Drew, Washington Chambers and William McLean. All of the Lewis and Clark ships are named in honor of American explorers and pioneers and are being built by General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif. The selection of Matthew Perry, designated T-AKE 9, honors Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858), who led a squadron of ships to Japan in 1853 with the aim of opening that nation to trade. He served during the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War, and was sent to suppress piracy and the slave trade in the West Indies. The selection of Charles Drew, designated T-AKE 10, honors Dr. Charles R. Drew
(1904-1950), a physician and medical researcher whose pioneering work in the late 1930s and early 1940s led to the discovery that blood could be separated into plasma. The model for blood and plasma storage developed by Drew has saved untold lives and is the same process used today by the Red Cross. In 1943, he became the first African-American surgeon to serve as an examiner on the
American Board of Surgery. T-AKE 10 will be the first Navy ship named after
The selection of Washington Chambers, designated T-AKE 11, honors Navy Capt.
Washington Irving Chambers (1856-1934), a pioneer in naval aviation. Responsible
for the Navy’s nascent aviation activities, Chambers arranged the world’s first
airplane flight from a warship. The Nov. 14, 1910, flight by aviator Eugene Ely
on the light cruiser the USS Birmingham (CL-2) confirmed the potential of
carrier-based naval aviation. T-AKE 11 will be the first Navy ship named after
The selection of William McLean, designated T-AKE 12, honors William Burdette
McLean (1914-1976), who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder
air-to-air missile while serving as a physicist for the Navy. During World War
II, McLean worked on ordnance equipment and testing at the National Bureau of
Standards in Washington, D.C. Following the war, he moved to the Naval Ordnance
Test Station in China Lake, Calif., where he led the project team developing the
Sidewinder missile. T-AKE 12 will be the first Navy ship named after McLean.

Nov 08. Renault Trucks says that in 2009 it will concentrate its UK investment on new dealers and in a new headquarters. There will be a new wholly-owned dealer site for Renault Truck Commercials in Coventry and next summer Renault Trucks UK Ltd will move into the new headquarter building that it has bought in Dunstable. This move will include new training facilities to house the firm’s Modern Apprentice Options training scheme, as well as its commercial and technical courses. “The move to the new headquarters is a strong indication of our continued commitment to the UK market,” said Laurent Farman, managing director. In the last few weeks Renault Trucks says it has added four more service points to its UK network. (Source: Transport News Brief)


02 Dec 08. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England said today that he will not be staying with Secretary Gates in the Obama Administration. “I congratulate President-Elect Obama for retaining Bob Gates as secretary, and I salute Bob Gates for his continued commitment,” England said. “However, it’s time for

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