Daily Archives: April 14, 2017

Carrier Gerald R. Ford Completes Builder's Trials, Prepares For Acceptance Trials, Delivery 'This Spring'

Carrier Gerald R. Ford Completes Builder’s Trials, Prepares For Acceptance Trials, Delivery ‘This Spring’

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk after returning from builder’s sea trials and seven days underway. During this initial at-sea period, Gerald R. Ford’s crew, representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, the Navy’s CVN 78 Program Office, the Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair and various technical subject matter experts demonstrated many of the ship’s key systems. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its builder’s trials today and is back at Naval Station Norfolk to begin preparations for its upcoming acceptance trials. Read More

America ARG/MEU AAVs take point in 15th MEU Amphibious Assault Exercise

America ARG/MEU AAVs take point in 15th MEU Amphibious Assault Exercise

Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion 5th Marine Regiment conduct an amphibious assault onto San Clemente Island during PHIBRON-MEU Integration, April 13, 2017. Gidget Fuentes Photo used with Permission

A previous version of this story had the incorrect hull number for USS America. The correct number is LHA-6 not LHA-8.

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22) slid into the thin, offshore fog bank as two waves of amphibious assault vehicles swam toward the sandy bluffs Thursday morning. Within minutes, several dozen combat-equipped Marines rushed from the ramps and made their way into a nearby village. Read More

Video: How the U.S. Drops the 'Mother of All Bombs'

Video: How the U.S. Drops the ‘Mother of All Bombs’

On Thursday, the U.S. Air Force dropped the largest U.S. conventional weapon — the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb dropped from an Air Force MC-130 — on an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. The following is a 2003 test Air Force test of the weapon and an April 13, 2017 video of the strike. Read More