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F-35C's First Carrier Landing Scheduled for Next Week

F-35C’s First Carrier Landing Scheduled for Next Week

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Lt. Scott Cleveland, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, is directed to park the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter after landing at Naval Air Station Oceana. US Navy Photo

Lt. Scott Cleveland, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, is directed to park the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter after landing at Naval Air Station Oceana. US Navy Photo

The naval variant of the tri-service Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter is set to land upon the deck of USS Nimitz (CVN-68) next week. Two of the single-engine F-35C stealth fighters are set to carry out a set of sea trials onboard the carrier to ensure that the jets can operate safely from the flight deck. Read More

Navy To Base F-35Cs at NAS Lemoore

Navy To Base F-35Cs at NAS Lemoore

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U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Dust Devils of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., conducts an interoperability test event with a Navy F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft over the Edwards Air Force Base on Aug. 28, 2014. US Navy Photo

U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., conducts an interoperability test event with a Navy F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft over the Edwards Air Force Base on Aug. 28, 2014. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post misidentified the EA-18G Growler in the caption of the photo as a F/A-18F Super Hornet due to incorrect caption information in the provided image. USNI News regrets the error.

The Navy decided it will base 100 Lockheed Martin F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. by 2028 following the conclusion of an extensive environmental analysis, the service announced on Thursday. Read More

Stealth Vs. Electronic Attack

Stealth Vs. Electronic Attack

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An F-35C Lightning II aircraft on Aug. 14, 2013 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. US Navy Photo

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

Hagel: Navy to Lay Up 11 Cruisers, Carrier Cut Decision Delayed until 2016 Budget

Hagel: Navy to Lay Up 11 Cruisers, Carrier Cut Decision Delayed until 2016 Budget

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USS Lake Erie (CG-70) operates with other cruisers off the coast of Hawaii on Jan. 27, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Lake Erie (CG-70) operates with other cruisers off the coast of Hawaii on Jan. 27, 2014. US Navy Photo


The U.S. Navy will “lay up” half of the service’s fleet of Ticonderoga-class missile cruisers under the President’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal.

“Half of the Navy’s cruiser fleet— or 11 ships —will be ‘laid up’ and placed in reduced operating status while they are modernized, and eventually returned to service with greater capability and a longer lifespan,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon on Monday.
“This approach enables us over the long-term to sustain and modernize our fleet of cruisers.” Read More

Navy's F-35C Completes Landing Tests Ahead of October Sea Trials

Navy’s F-35C Completes Landing Tests Ahead of October Sea Trials

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Navy F-35C test plane CF-3 successfully catches a wire during testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Lockheed Martin Photo

Navy F-35C test plane CF-3 successfully catches a wire during testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Lockheed Martin Photo

The U.S. Navy’s carrier-based version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is nearing October sea trials after completing shore-based testing at Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, to ensure compatibility with shipboard arresting gear. Read More

Inside the Navy’s Next Air War

Inside the Navy’s Next Air War

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EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Aug. 15, 2013. US Navy Photo

EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Aug. 15, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy has already made some powerful assumptions about its next fight in the air.

It’ll be away from home. It will be against a sophisticated and well-armed enemy. It’ll depend as much on information technology as it will on bombs or missiles. And it’s a fight for which the service isn’t ready. Read More