Category Archives: U.S. Navy

Tom W. Freeman, Prolific Naval Artist, Dies at 62

Tom W. Freeman, Prolific Naval Artist, Dies at 62

Tom Freeman presents “A Presidential First” to President George W. Bush at the White House. The painting shows the President landing in an S-3 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 1 May 2003. US Naval Institute Photo

Tom Freeman presents “A Presidential First” to President George W. Bush at the White House. The painting shows the President landing in an S-3 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 1 May 2003. US Naval Institute Photo

The worlds of art, history and all things maritime lost a well-known master this week. Internationally acclaimed watercolorist Tom W. Freeman died on Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 62. Read More

Spain and U.S. Sign Permanent Basing Agreement for up to 3,500 U.S. Marines

Spain and U.S. Sign Permanent Basing Agreement for up to 3,500 U.S. Marines

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa move toward an objective during a training exercise on Quartier Colonel de Chabrieres, France on May 29, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa move toward an objective during a training exercise on Quartier Colonel de Chabrieres, France on May 29, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

The governments of Spain and the U.S. signed a basing agreement permitting the presence of up to 3,500 U.S. Marines at an airbase in southwestern Spain on Wednesday. Read More

Navy, Raytheon Test Standard Missile-6 Against Supersonic Over-the-Horizon Threat

Navy, Raytheon Test Standard Missile-6 Against Supersonic Over-the-Horizon Threat

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship's Aegis weapons system on June 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s Aegis weapons system on June 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

This article has been updated to include additional information from Raytheon.

The U.S. Navy and Raytheon successfully engaged an over-the-horizon supersonic target with a Standard Missile-6 for the first time, the company announced today. Read More

Navy:  EMALS, AAG Will Give Designers More Options for Future Carrier Aircraft

Navy: EMALS, AAG Will Give Designers More Options for Future Carrier Aircraft

An E/A-18G Growler attached to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on April 20, 2015. US Navy photo.

An E/A-18G Growler attached to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on April 20, 2015. US Navy photo.

The new class of Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) aircraft carriers, with its software-driven Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), will put so much less stress on aircraft that Navy engineers will be able to think about future aircraft design in a whole new way, the Navy’s director of air warfare told reporters Monday. Read More

Navy: CVN-79 Contract Has Lowest Ceiling Price Ever; R&D Investment Will Take Out Further Cost

Navy: CVN-79 Contract Has Lowest Ceiling Price Ever; R&D Investment Will Take Out Further Cost

Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) Upper Bow Lift. US Navy Photo

Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) Upper Bow Lift. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s recently awarded contract for the construction of the next aircraft carrier has the lowest price of any nuclear carrier (CVN) fixed-price contract, and for a ship that is much more complex and capable than its Nimitz-class predecessor, the program executive officer for aircraft carriers told reporters Monday morning. Read More