Category Archives: Aviation

Marines, NAVAIR Declare CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helo Engine Problems Resolved

Marines, NAVAIR Declare CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helo Engine Problems Resolved

The CH-53K King Stallion lifts a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, January 18, 2018. The purpose of this exercise was to show the Capabilities of the CH-53K. US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to include an interview with Sikorsky on the effort to diagnose and solve the exhaust gas re-ingestion issue.

The Marine Corps and Sikorsky have resolved the engine integration issues that slowed down the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter program, the service announced today. Read More

Naval Integration Drive Shaping Acquisition of Marine Unmanned MUX Drone

Naval Integration Drive Shaping Acquisition of Marine Unmanned MUX Drone

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell Image

As the Navy and Marines continue to highlight close naval integration, the interconnectedness of the two services has moved beyond concepts and doctrine and is spilling into acquisition decisions being made, a top Marine Corps general told USNI News. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 16, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 16, 2019

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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 Dec. 16, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Leaves Middle East After 220 Days, Truman in Red Sea

Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Leaves Middle East After 220 Days, Truman in Red Sea

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the ‘Jolly Rogers’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Nov. 22, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from the Department of Defense.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is now in the Indian Ocean after a seven-month stint in the Middle East in parallel with the U.S. maximum pressure campaign targeting Iran, defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Monday morning. Read More

Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Burning After Welding Mishap, At Least 1 Dead

Russia’s Only Aircraft Carrier Burning After Welding Mishap, At Least 1 Dead

A fire has broken out aboard the Project 11435 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov of the Russian Northern Fleet. Admiral Kuznetsov is the largest and only aircraft carrier of the Russian Navy on Dec. 12, 2019. TASS Photo

One person was killed and about a dozen injured when Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov caught fire at a Murmansk shipyard renovating the warship, international media outlets have reported. Read More

New Navy Enlisted Online Detailing Program is Live for 277K Sailors

New Navy Enlisted Online Detailing Program is Live for 277K Sailors

Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG-91) wave to sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) after completing a fueling at sea on Dec. 6, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy launched a new online detailing program to bring more transparency, choice and control to the process that places the service’s more than 277,000 enlisted sailors in their next billets, officials told USNI News. Read More

U.S. Navy P-8A to Assist in Search for Missing Chilean C-130

U.S. Navy P-8A to Assist in Search for Missing Chilean C-130

A Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft starts its engines prior to a flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept 22, 2019. US Air Force photo.

A U.S. Navy aircraft will help search for a Chilean military plane that went missing while transporting 38 passengers and crew to the Antarctic. Read More