A screen grab of video from the Aug. 18, 2015 dive on the USS Macon. Ocean Exploration Trust Photo
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Eighty years ago, the Navy’s last flying aircraft carrier crashed off the coast of California and sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
The sinking of USS Macon (ZRS-5), a lighter-than-air rigid airship, resulted in few deaths but its loss ended the Navy’s quest to use airships as long-range scouts for the fleet.
While the idea died, the wreck Macon lives on as an important archaeological site and this week Naval History and Heritage Command, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and several non-profits came together to explore the wreckage, mapping out pieces of the airship and its four biplanes and studying the change in its material condition over time. Read More
In the 1920s and 1930s, the Navy experimented with lighter-than-air craft in its fleet. In addition to work with blimps, it built and commissioned two dirigibles – with USS designation – to serve as flying aircraft carriers. Read More
Chinese and Russian marines on May 20, 2015 during exercise Joint Sea 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea. Xinhua Photo
The navies of China and Russia will meet this week for the two countries largest ever naval exercise in the Pacific, according to state run media in both Russia and China. Read More
The following is the Aug. 3, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, History of the Navy UCLASS Program Requirements: In Brief. Read More
A damaged U.S. Army helicopter rests on the deck of the USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa island, southern Japan on Aug. 12, 2015. Kyodo Photo
The Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed aboard the USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR-313) on Wednesday was demonstrating its special operations capabilities to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at the time of the incident, U.S. Forces Japan announced. Read More
MUOS-4 encapsulated in its protective launch vehicle fairing for its Aug. 31, 2015 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. United Launch Alliance Photo
The Navy’s fourth satellite of its planned next generation communication constellation is being ready for a planned launch later this month, contractor Lockheed Martin said on Thursday. Read More
Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn puts F-35B test aircraft BF-02 into pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-135 tanker on the range near NAS Patuxent River, Md., on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office.
The Marine Corps’ Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have the stealth of a fifth-generation fighter and a weapons payload surpassing a fourth-generation fighter by the time a software upgrade is ready for fielding in 2017, the Marines’ top aviator said this week. Read More
An F/A-18F refueling an F/A-18E over the Bay of Bengal, 2007. US Navy photo courtesy Wikipedia.
Carrier air wings are burning through the service life of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets faster than anticipated, forcing the Navy to think about how to complete its tanker mission without further draining life from the fighters. Read More
A damaged U.S. Army helicopter rests on the desk of the USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa island, southern Japan on Aug. 12, 2015. Kyodo Photo
A Wednesday hard deck landing of a U.S. Army Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on the deck of a Military Sealift Command (MSC) transport has left several injured, according to a release from U.S. Forces Japan. Read More
An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) makes an arrested landing aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2006. US Navy Photo
Two sailors suffered injuries late Tuesday night following a fire that broke out on the flight deck of carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday morning. Read More