USS Constellation (CV-64). US Navy Photo
American aircraft carriers at their peak are the queens of the high seas, outclassing even America’s nearest peer competitors. They’re the anchors of U.S. seapower, and have a commensurate price tag, costing billions of dollars to build and thousands of sailors to man.
But even the proudest ships outlive their military usefulness — and sometimes they’re barely worth the trouble to tear them down. Read More
USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo
In the U.S. Navy’s perfect world, the service will reach its goal of a 306-ship fleet by 2020, according to the service’s latest 30-year long-range shipbuilding report, submitted to Congress on July 1 and obtained by USNI News on Monday. Read More
An E-2D lands on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Photo
The Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye maybe the U.S. Navy’s secret weapon against the emerging threat of enemy fifth-generation stealth fighters and cruise missiles. Read More
Sailors remove chocks and chains from beneath a MH-60S Knighthawk on USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) on May 3, 2014. US Navy Photo
The Navy is laying partial blame for the September death of two MH-60S Knightwhawk aviators on the skipper and crew of the guided missile destroyer (DDG) the helicopter landed on, according to a U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet mishap report released on Monday. Read More
MH-60S Knighthawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 departs the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in January.
The following is the “Class A” mishap report from U.S. Pacific Fleet, released on May 19, 2014, on the accident that killed two MH-60s Knighthawk helicopter pilots on Sept. 22, 2013. Read More
An F-35C Lightning II aircraft on Aug. 14, 2013 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. US Navy Photo
The U.S. Navy will need to use a combination of stealth and electronic warfare capabilities to defeat advanced anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) threats in the future, chief of naval operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said on April 16 at the U.S. Naval Institute annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Read More
The following is the U.S. Navy 2014 Program Guide. Read More
USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in 2013. US Navy Photo
The Pentagon’s delay in deciding whether to scrap or refuel nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) will add almost a year of delay in refueling if the Department of Defense decides to keep the carrier, officials with Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday. Read More
Conceptual loadouts for EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. Boeing Image
The U.S. Navy is shifting its airborne electronic attack (AEA) focus from disrupting the enemy’s targeting and tracking of allied aircraft to actively helping friendly forces find and eliminate enemy air defenses, service officials said at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2014 at National Harbor, Md. on Monday. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies during a posture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 27 2014. US Navy Photo
The head of the U.S. Navy decided to cut an unfunded request to Congress to start purchasing long lead items for the refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) to better align with budget planning over the next five years, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert wrote in a March, 31 letter addressed to Congress and obtained by USNI News.