Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

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, Maryland on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office.

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

Pentagon Orders Shock Test for Carrier Gerald Ford, Could Delay First Deployment  

Pentagon Orders Shock Test for Carrier Gerald Ford, Could Delay First Deployment  

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 has been ordered by the Office of Secretary Defense to conduct shock tests on first-in-class carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) in a move that could delay the initial deployment of the ship. Read More

USS Ashland Returns To Saipan With Supplies To Restore Water, Power To Island

USS Ashland Returns To Saipan With Supplies To Restore Water, Power To Island

A civilian power generating truck is driven from a Guam beach onto the deck of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, attached to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, for disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor. US Navy photo via US Naval Base Guam Facebook page.

A civilian power generating truck is driven from a Guam beach onto the deck of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, attached to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, for disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor. US Navy photo via US Naval Base Guam Facebook page.

Marines and sailors from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) returned to Saipan in the Northern Marianas with heavy equipment to restore power and water purifiers to provide as much as 40,000 gallons of drinking water after the island was devastated by a typhoon last week. Read More