An F/A 18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, flies over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during flight operations. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with an additional statement from the U.S. Navy.
Two Navy aviators are dead after an F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed off the coast of Key West, Fla. on Wednesday during a routine training flight, Navy officials told USNI News. Read More
The following is the March 1, 2018 Air Force memo: OPSEC and Public Engagement Reset. The memo, first reported by Defense News, directs Air Force public affairs officers to put on hold media engagements until the completion of a round of operational security training. Read More
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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of March 12, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The future of amphibious warfare was on display this week as three Wasp-class ships were underway in significant training and operations actions around the globe.
The following is the March 6, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues. Read More
Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) John Jacob directs an F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 5, 2018. US Navy Photo
ARLINGTON, Va. – The head of the Marine Corps said introducing the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to American’s amphibious forces is key to the service’s future fights from the sea. Read More
Cmdr. Leroy Mitchell, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) on Feb. 28, 2018. US Navy Photo
The Navy does not intend to increase the number of average deployed ships by 31 in the next five years, despite stating those numbers in its Fiscal Year 2019 Budget materials. Read More
USS Billings (LCS-15) launches sideways into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin in 2017. Lockheed Martin Photo
CAPITOL HILL — Navy leaders are committed to buying a single Littoral Combat Ship in Fiscal Year 2019 despite increasing concern the rate would put shipbuilders at a disadvantage in the upcoming frigate competition. Read More
Aircrew members stand by as an F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 flies above the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 5, 2018. US Navy Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Military leaders spent two days on Capitol Hill outlining the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program to lawmakers skeptical about the jet’s costs. Read More
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), operates with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, including USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), CVW-5, USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Barry (DDG 52), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Mustin (DDG 89), and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships (JS) Hyuga (DDH 181) and JS Ashigara (DDG 178) in the western Pacific region. US Navy photo.
CAPITOL HILL — Navy leaders told lawmakers today the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request and long-range shipbuilding plan were both crafted with industrial base health in mind, despite worries from some congressmen and shipbuilders that the plan was full of missed opportunities. Read More