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April 11, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Allen E. Puckett, one of the engineers who after World War II built Los Angeles-based Hughes Aircraft Co. into the nation's leading defense electronics firm - dominant in the markets for air defense, radar systems, tactical missiles and satellites - has died. He was 94. One of the nation's top technologists and defense executives during the Cold War, Puckett died March 31 at his home in Pacific Palisades after suffering a stroke. His wife, Marilyn, confirmed his death. "Allen Puckett was one of the guiding spirits of Hughes Aircraft," said Malcolm Currie, a former deputy defense secretary who later followed in Puckett's footsteps as another president of the company.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Allen E. Puckett, one of the engineers who after World War II built Los Angeles-based Hughes Aircraft Co. into the nation's leading defense electronics firm - dominant in the markets for air defense, radar systems, tactical missiles and satellites - has died. He was 94. One of the nation's top technologists and defense executives during the Cold War, Puckett died March 31 at his home in Pacific Palisades after suffering a stroke. His wife, Marilyn, confirmed his death. "Allen Puckett was one of the guiding spirits of Hughes Aircraft," said Malcolm Currie, a former deputy defense secretary who later followed in Puckett's footsteps as another president of the company.
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NEWS
February 15, 1995 | Reuters
The United States is developing satellite-guided bombs and other new "smart" weapons to dominate battlefields the way allied aircraft did in the Persian Gulf War, the Air Force's top general said Tuesday. The weapons, including launchers that compensate for wind and new warheads that seek out specific targets without human guidance, will be available in a few years, Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman said in an interview with defense writers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The rescue of the 1-year-old and her family from their crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard and the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from a training mission off Southern California. Avoiding the news media, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at Naval Air Station North Island.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1989
HR Textron Inc. in Valencia won a $1.4-million contract from the Army to supply guided missiles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Navy on Saturday commissioned the guided missile destroyer McCampbell, one of the newest such ships in its fleet. It was named after the late Capt. David McCampbell, who won the Medal of Honor as a commander during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in 1944. He died in 1996. The ceremony, which was closed to the public for security reasons, was attended by more than 4,000 guests, including police officers, firefighters and the ship's crew.
NEWS
December 9, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Navy commissioned the guided missile destroyer Bulkeley in New York, a few miles from where the World Trade Center once stood. "There is no more fitting place to commission this ship as we stand in the shadow of Lady Liberty and within walking distance of ground zero," said Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz. The ceremony began with a 21-gun salute, fired from the destroyer Edson.
NEWS
June 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Iran successfully tested its first solid-fuel surface-to-surface missile, state-run Tehran radio reported Thursday. The guided Fateh-110 missile was developed at the government-owned Aerospace Industries, the report said. "Fateh-110, a super-modern surface-to-surface missile, functions with combined solid fuel, is able to cause great damage and finds targets with accuracy," it said. "The missile is classified among Iran's most efficient missiles."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
The guided-missile frigate USS McClusky at the Naval Weapons Station will be open to the public Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., the first time in five years that a Navy ship has been available for tours. "Normally, our operational schedule does not permit public visitation of the wonderful ships that call on our installation," said Capt. Paul Bruno, the station's commanding officer.
NEWS
April 24, 1987 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura County sailor whose mysterious absence from her ship prompted an eight-month search has turned up alive on the East Coast, a Navy spokesman said Thursday. But where and how Petty Officer Tambra Leigh Morrison had spent her time since she vanished Aug. 3, 1986, from the Port Hueneme-based guided missile ship Norton Sound are among questions Navy investigators still want answered.
WORLD
April 1, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is moving a sea-based radar platform closer to North Korea to track possible missile launches, a Pentagon official said Monday, in the latest step meant to deter the North and reassure South Korea and Japan that the U.S. is committed to their defense. The sea-based X-band radar, a self-propelled system resembling an oil rig, is heading toward the Korean peninsula from Pearl Harbor, the official said. The John S. McCain, a guided missile destroyer capable of shooting down ballistic missiles, also is being sent to the region, said another Defense Department official.
WORLD
December 31, 2003 | Alan C. Miller, Times Staff Writer
Order No. 208487 seemed innocent enough. A customer in Toronto wanted four optical scanners and related parts from a small technology firm in Cambridge, Mass. They were to be shipped to Jordan as a donation to a university from the customer's father. The scanners "will be used in Jordan, due to the lack of technology, to educate students in the university and graduate levels," the customer, Mazen Rashid, wrote to Cambridge Technology Inc. on Feb. 26, 2002. But the equipment was not intended for the university, according to contracts, letters and other documents obtained by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Navy on Saturday commissioned the guided missile destroyer McCampbell, one of the newest such ships in its fleet. It was named after the late Capt. David McCampbell, who won the Medal of Honor as a commander during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in 1944. He died in 1996. The ceremony, which was closed to the public for security reasons, was attended by more than 4,000 guests, including police officers, firefighters and the ship's crew.
NEWS
December 9, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Navy commissioned the guided missile destroyer Bulkeley in New York, a few miles from where the World Trade Center once stood. "There is no more fitting place to commission this ship as we stand in the shadow of Lady Liberty and within walking distance of ground zero," said Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz. The ceremony began with a 21-gun salute, fired from the destroyer Edson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
The guided-missile frigate USS McClusky at the Naval Weapons Station will be open to the public Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., the first time in five years that a Navy ship has been available for tours. "Normally, our operational schedule does not permit public visitation of the wonderful ships that call on our installation," said Capt. Paul Bruno, the station's commanding officer.
NEWS
June 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Iran successfully tested its first solid-fuel surface-to-surface missile, state-run Tehran radio reported Thursday. The guided Fateh-110 missile was developed at the government-owned Aerospace Industries, the report said. "Fateh-110, a super-modern surface-to-surface missile, functions with combined solid fuel, is able to cause great damage and finds targets with accuracy," it said. "The missile is classified among Iran's most efficient missiles."
BUSINESS
November 29, 1988 | From Reuters
The Army named Boeing Co. and General Motors Corp. on Monday to co-develop a new guided missile to destroy enemy tanks and helicopters in a program that could mean $2 billion in total contracts for the firms. Boeing and the Hughes Aircraft Co. division of General Motors will work jointly on the program to fully develop the new "FOG-M" fiber-optic guided missile. Then they will compete against one another for production.
NEWS
July 7, 1988
The USS Valley Forge, an Aegis-equipped guided-missile cruiser and sister ship to the USS Vincennes, will coast into Port Hueneme this morning as bagpipes play at dockside. The ship will be the centerpiece for a four-day celebration as the Naval Ship Weapons Systems Engineering Station marks its 25th anniversary. The Valley Forge is one of seven ships now outfitted with Aegis, a sophisticated $525-million system designed both to detect enemy aircraft and aim missiles toward them.
NEWS
February 15, 1995 | Reuters
The United States is developing satellite-guided bombs and other new "smart" weapons to dominate battlefields the way allied aircraft did in the Persian Gulf War, the Air Force's top general said Tuesday. The weapons, including launchers that compensate for wind and new warheads that seek out specific targets without human guidance, will be available in a few years, Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman said in an interview with defense writers.
NEWS
March 17, 1994
The Navy's newest guided missile destroyer, the $800-million Curtis Wilbur, has arrived in Long Beach for commissioning ceremonies Saturday. The warship will be the last vessel commissioned at the Long Beach Naval Station, which is scheduled to close Sept. 30 because of military cutbacks.
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