Manned Advanced Arresting Gear Testing To Begin In February, Wrap Up After Carrier Ford Delivers

Manned Advanced Arresting Gear Testing To Begin In February, Wrap Up After Carrier Ford Delivers

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Nov. 17, 2013) – Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. The Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is currently under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell/Released)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Nov. 17, 2013) – Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. The Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is currently under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Aidan P. Campbell/Released)

The Navy will begin testing manned airplanes on its Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) at a New Jersey test site in February and will complete testing on all type/model/series in the months after the new carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is delivered, Navy officials said on Thursday. Read More

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Japan

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Japan

Sailors spell out Hajimemashite, nice to meet you, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as the ship arrives at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, on Oct. 1, 2015. US Navy photos.

Sailors spell out Hajimemashite, nice to meet you, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as the ship arrives at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, on Oct. 1, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s new forward deployed aircraft carrier arrived in Japan on Thursday, according to the service. Read More

China's First Domestic Aircraft Carrier Almost Certainly Under Construction  

China’s First Domestic Aircraft Carrier Almost Certainly Under Construction  

An April image of a ship that is almost certainly China's first domestic aircraft carrier at the Dalian shipyard in northern China obtained on the Chinese language Internet.

An April image of a ship that is almost certainly China’s first domestic aircraft carrier at the Dalian shipyard in northern China obtained on the Chinese language Internet.

China has quietly begun construction on its first domestic aircraft carrier in the same northern Chinese shipyard that refurbished the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s current Soviet-era carrier, USNI News has learned. Read More

Defense Officials Tell Congress Rules of Cyber Warfare Far From Settled

Defense Officials Tell Congress Rules of Cyber Warfare Far From Settled

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers at a Sept. 29, 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on cyber warfare. CSPAN Image

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers at a Sept. 29, 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on cyber warfare. CSPAN Image

The United States’ adversaries see cyber warfare as a potential American vulnerability in a military engagement, the Pentagon’s number two civilian told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday. Read More

Extended Continuing Resolution Could Threaten Navy Ship Deliveries, Carrier Refueling

Extended Continuing Resolution Could Threaten Navy Ship Deliveries, Carrier Refueling

The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo

The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) sit in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in December 2012 as the combination of a continuing resolution and sequestration hurt Navy spending and operations. US Navy Photo

The Navy would face ship delivery delays, slow down in its advance procurement efforts and may be blocked from starting an aircraft carrier refueling if a short-term continuing resolution, set to start tomorrow, is extended past December. Read More

House, Senate Armed Services Committees Agree to Support UCLASS, Additional Aircraft Procurement

House, Senate Armed Services Committees Agree to Support UCLASS, Additional Aircraft Procurement

Salty Dog 502 as part of an April 11, 2015 non-contact test with a refueling tanker. The first successful autonomous refueling occurred on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

Salty Dog 502 as part of an April 11, 2015 non-contact test with a refueling tanker. The first successful autonomous refueling occurred on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

The House and Senate armed services committees came to an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2016, releasing a $604.2-billion authorization plan after months of hashing out nearly 900 discrepancies between the bills. Read More

Last Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate USS Simpson Leaves Service, Marked for Foreign Sale

Last Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate USS Simpson Leaves Service, Marked for Foreign Sale

USS Simpson (FFG-56) returns to Naval Station Mayport after completing a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. US Navy Photo

USS Simpson (FFG-56) returns to Naval Station Mayport after completing a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. US Navy Photo

After 30 years of service the last Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate — USS Simpson (FFG-56) — ceremonially left U.S. Navy service Tuesday at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., according to the service. Read More