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01 Feb 16. UK DIO announces completion of Typhoon facilities at RAF Lossiemouth. The UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has completed the construction of a new facility for Typhoon aircraft based at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Lossiemouth.
The £23m project involved building a new headquarters building, and the restoration of nine hardened aircraft shelters and a parking area that will accommodate eight aircraft.
Additionally, the project carried out by DIO, Watson Burnett Architects, and contractors Turners and Balfour Beatty included fixing new floodlights, and renewing dining facilities.
Army Cooperation Squadron Officer Commanding II wing commander Roger Elliott said: “I cannot thank enough all those who were involved in the design, development and delivery of the Squadron’s new facilities.
“I am delighted to take possession of the new building, and the renovated associated infrastructure around the southern hardened aircraft shelters site at RAF Lossiemouth.”
“This is a 21st century facility for a 21st century fighter squadron, the combination is second to none.”
The new headquarters, built on the concrete floor of a hangar which was constructed at the start of World WAR II, will hold engineering and logistics facilities besides the survival equipment section that maintains all of the equipment worn by Typhoon pilots during flight.
Last year, DIO commenced the steelwork stage of a new aircraft hangar at Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton as part of the construction of a new A400 Atlas aircraft maintenance facility. With an investment of £42m, the latest phase is scheduled for completion in May this year. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
04 Feb 16. USS Bataan Completes Sea Trials. Amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) completed sea trials Feb. 1 after conducting major shipyard maintenance over the past 12 months. Sea trials are conducted after ships complete major shipyard maintenance and tests the ship’s systems and to make sure the ship is ready for deployment.
“Sea trials provided the ship with a series of tests and validations in order to test newly installed, modified or overhauled equipment,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Aaron Dowdy from Richmond, Virginia, the ship’s repair officer. “Major equipment that needed testing included radars, the ship’s propulsion system and the countermeasure wash down system, which is designed to defend the ship against chemical, biological and radiological attack.”
Thanks to cooperation between Bataan Sailors and shipyard workers, work was performed to further prepare the ship to answer the nation’s call.
“Sea trial success comes from Sailors and shipyard workers quickly learning how to work together,” Dowdy said. “It’s been months of planning and training. When it came down to execution, the crew was ready, and they made it happen.”
Bataan’s crew has been working many months in preparation for sea trials. The ship’s maintenance period started in February 2015 in BAE Shipyards with the ship going into drydock. The crew spent months prior to that identifying maintenance needs and requesting them through the ship’s maintenance system. After months of hard work from the crew and the shipyard workers, the ship returned to Naval Station Norfolk in December. Now all their hard work has paid off.
“The necessary system checks and work by the crew during sea trials makes certain Bataan will be ready to rejoin the fleet and get the crew for their next deployment,” said Dowdy. “After a long shipyard period, it feels great to get the ship back out to sea. I’m extremely happy with the way the crew has come together and performe