Category Archives: Aviation

Opinion: What if They Held a Salvo Competition and Nobody Came?

Opinion: What if They Held a Salvo Competition and Nobody Came?

Left to right, the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69), and the guided missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Carney (DDG 64) and USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) launch a coordinated volley of missiles in 2003. US Navy Photo

Left to right, the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69), and the guided missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Carney (DDG 64) and USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) launch a coordinated volley of missiles in 2003. US Navy Photo

After Vietnam, the Department of Defense turned its attention back to the Soviet threat in Europe. Faced with an opposing force that was numerically superior, land-power-focused, and strategically positioned to overrun Western Europe, the United States initially turned to nuclear weapons to offset a battlefield disadvantage. Read More

Joint High Speed Vessel Launches 2 UAV Types In Fleet Experimentation

Joint High Speed Vessel Launches 2 UAV Types In Fleet Experimentation

This photograph taken by the RQ20A Aqua Puma unmanned aircraft system on Aug. 7, 2015, shows an aerial view of USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) underway during Southern Partnership Station Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15). US Navy photo.

This photograph taken by the RQ20A Aqua Puma unmanned aircraft system on Aug. 7, 2015, shows an aerial view of USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) underway during Southern Partnership Station Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15). US Navy photo.

As the Navy tries to figure out what to do with its growing fleet of Joint High Speed Vessels, a recent experiment showed the platform could serve as a staging base for unmanned aerial vehicles. Read More

Keel Laid for John F. Kennedy Carrier

Keel Laid for John F. Kennedy Carrier

A screen grab of a Huntington Ingalls Industries' video of the keel laying of nuclear carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79). HII Image

A screen grab of a Huntington Ingalls Industries’ video of the keel laying of nuclear carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79). HII Image

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) laid the keel for the second Ford-class nuclear aircraft carrier — John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) — in a Saturday ceremony at the company’s Newport News, Va. shipyard. Read More

Norfolk-Based Helo Squadron Tests APKWS Rocket Guidance System

Norfolk-Based Helo Squadron Tests APKWS Rocket Guidance System

An SH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 fires an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II during a live-fire qualification exercise at a practice range off the Virginia coast. US Navy photo.

A MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 fires an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II during a live-fire qualification exercise at a practice range off the Virginia coast. US Navy photo.

The Navy brought its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rocket guidance system to the Northeast this week, with the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 becoming the first in the region to test out the weapon. Read More

Essay: Understanding Japan's Shifting Defense Policy

Essay: Understanding Japan’s Shifting Defense Policy

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews members of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) Oct. 26, 2014. Reuters Photo

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews members of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) Oct. 26, 2014. Reuters Photo

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed major changes in Japan’s defense policy, with strong implications for the United States and U.S. armed forces in the Pacific. The changes, designed to shift Japan away from an isolated, pacifistic defense posture to a more dynamic one based on bilateral and even multilateral relationships, are controversial but not uncommon to most nations. Read More