Category Archives: Aviation

Pentagon to Navy: Convert UCLASS Program Into Unmanned Aerial Tanker, Accelerate F-35 Development, Buy More Super Hornets

Pentagon to Navy: Convert UCLASS Program Into Unmanned Aerial Tanker, Accelerate F-35 Development, Buy More Super Hornets

X-47B taking on fuel from a tanker on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

X-47B taking on fuel from a tanker on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) effort is being retooled as primarily a carrier-based unmanned aerial refueling platform — one of several Pentagon directed naval aviation mandates in the service’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget submission. Read More

U.S. Navy Confirms ‘Abnormal and Unprofessional’ Iranian UAV Recon Flight Over Carriers Truman, Charles de Gaulle

U.S. Navy Confirms ‘Abnormal and Unprofessional’ Iranian UAV Recon Flight Over Carriers Truman, Charles de Gaulle

Screen shot of an Iranian video claiming to be spy footage of USS Harry S. Truman from an Iranian UAV.

Screen shot of an Iranian video claiming to be spy footage of USS Harry S. Truman from an Iranian UAV.

Officials at U.S. 5th Fleet confirmed to USNI News Iranian forces flew an unmanned aerial vehicle over French carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) earlier this month in a Friday statement to USNI News. Read More

U.S. STRATCOM Commander Haney Defends U.S. Nuclear Triad

U.S. STRATCOM Commander Haney Defends U.S. Nuclear Triad

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, delivers remarks as guest speaker during a change of command ceremony for Commander, Submarine Forces aboard the attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN-750) on Sept. 11, 2015. US Navy Photo

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, delivers remarks as guest speaker during a change of command ceremony for Commander, Submarine Forces aboard the attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN-750) on Sept. 11, 2015. US Navy Photo


Maintaining and modernizing the nation’s nuclear triad isn’t debatable even in times of tight budgets said the officer in charge of U.S. strategic forces on Friday Read More

Essay: An Acquisition System to Enable American Seapower

Essay: An Acquisition System to Enable American Seapower

USS Rafael Peralta christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine on Oct. 31, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

USS Rafael Peralta christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine on Oct. 31, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

In order for a coherent vision of modern American seapower to move forward in providing the lion’s share of this nation’s peacetime presence, shaping, deterrence and assurance needs, the Department of the Navy must become more efficient in its acquisition processes. It must be more nimble, more flexible, more accountable and faster. Read More

Search Suspended for 12 Marines Feared Lost Following Hawaii Helicopter Collision

Search Suspended for 12 Marines Feared Lost Following Hawaii Helicopter Collision

Marines discuss search efforts outside the Haleiwa Incident Command Post in Haleiwa, Hawaii, Jan. 18, 2016. US Coast Guard Photo

Marines discuss search efforts outside the Haleiwa Incident Command Post in Haleiwa, Hawaii, Jan. 18, 2016. US Coast Guard Photo

The Coast Guard is suspending the search for 12 Marines, now believed to be dead, after five days of looking for survivors following the Thursday crash of two CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters of the coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Read More

Search Continues For 12 Marines Involved in CH-53E Crash In Hawaii

Search Continues For 12 Marines Involved in CH-53E Crash In Hawaii

Marines and sailors with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 challenged each other to a competition when they launched seven CH-53E Super Stallions, five AH1 Cobras and one UH1 Huey helicopter in March 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

Marines and sailors with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 challenged each other to a competition when they launched seven CH-53E Super Stallions, five AH1 Cobras and one UH1 Huey helicopter in March 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

A search and rescue effort is still ongoing for 12 Marines whose two CH-53E helicopters crashed during a night operations training event off the coast of Oahu, according to a Marine Corps statement. Read More