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The Multimission Maritime Aircraft was officially designated P-8A on 30 March. An official nickname has not yet been decided. The program completed its second major technical review since contract award, and was approved to proceed to the preliminary design phase.

In conjunction with exercise Neon Falcon '05 from 17 to 23 February, Fifth Fleet assets practiced establishing and operating a command and control facility from a remote location in a forward operating area. The exercise included aircraft from the Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) carrier strike group.

The Navy announced cancellation of the FY05 complex overhaul for John F. Kennedy (CV 67), as well as the carrier's previously planned homeport shift from Mayport, Fla., to Norfolk, Va.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) was redelivered to the fleet on 25 March after a four year, approximately $2.5 billion refueling and complex overhaul. On 28 March, Carrier Air Wing 7 personnel began to embark Ike for the carrier's flight deck certification.

The MV-22 Osprey began operational evaluation with Marine Tiltrotor Testing Squadron 22 on 28 March.

The MH-60R Seahawk entered operational evaluation with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, NAS Patuxent River, Md., on 9 May.

Electronic Attack Squadron 139, NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., received the Navy's first ICAP III EA-6B Prowler on 16 March.

Initial construction of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye began in April. First flight of the systems development and demonstration aircraft is scheduled for 2007, with initial fleet delivery in 2011.
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Title Annotation:Multimission Maritime Aircraft
Author:Leland, Wendy
Publication:Naval Aviation News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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