Category Archives: Aviation

Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Money for 15 Growlers, 12th San Antonio

Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Money for 15 Growlers, 12th San Antonio

An EA-18G Growler from the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2013 US Navy Photo

An EA-18G Growler from the “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2013 US Navy Photo

The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill from Congress includes $1.46 billion for 15 Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft and $1 billion to start work on a 12th San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship, according to a summary of the bill released late Tuesday. Read More

Opinion: U.S. Carrier Force is a Cost Effective National Security Asset

Opinion: U.S. Carrier Force is a Cost Effective National Security Asset

A sailor monitors the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

A sailor monitors the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

“What kind of navy do Americans want?” columnist George F. Will asked in an August Washington Post commentary. “The answer will determine whether U.S. power can, in [Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan] Greenert’s formulation, ‘be where it matters, when it matters.’” Read More

Navy Could Test Aerial Refueling on X-47B in 2015

Navy Could Test Aerial Refueling on X-47B in 2015

X-47B UCAS. Northrop Grumman Photo

X-47B UCAS. Northrop Grumman Photo

If the Navy can get the resources, it plans to test an aerial refueling capability on its experimental carrier-launched unmanned aerial vehicle, the X-47B, as early as next year, Naval Air Systems Command officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Successfully Completes NASA Orion Test Mission

Navy Successfully Completes NASA Orion Test Mission

Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 11‐7, attach a towing bridle to the NASA Orion crew module on Dec. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 11‐7, attach a towing bridle to the NASA Orion crew module on Dec. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Friday’s successful test of NASA’s reusable Orion capsule was a first for the space agency and a renewal of a greater Navy role in the space program. Read More

Compromise Defense Bill Restricts Navy UCLASS Funds

Compromise Defense Bill Restricts Navy UCLASS Funds

X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

The 2015 compromise defense bill, released on Wednesday, imposes restrictions on funding for the Navy’s planned production carrier-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over concerns the platform would lack sufficient stealth, survivability and weapons payload, according to the bill’s language. Read More

Iran Denies it Flew ISIS Airstrikes in Iraq, Pentagon Says Different

Iran Denies it Flew ISIS Airstrikes in Iraq, Pentagon Says Different

An aircraft believed to be an Iranian F-4 Phantom II operating over eastern Iraq. Al Jazerra image.

An aircraft believed to be an Iranian F-4 Phantom II operating over eastern Iraq. Al Jazerra image.

This post has been amended from a previous version to include additional information from U.S. Central Command.

Iran is denying it has flown airstrikes in Iraq targeting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) despite Pentagon claims at least some Iranian strikes in Iraq have occurred. Read More

Defense Bill Punts on Navy Plan to Mothball Cruisers, Adds Money for 12th LPD, Growlers

Defense Bill Punts on Navy Plan to Mothball Cruisers, Adds Money for 12th LPD, Growlers

USS Antietam (CG-54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. US Navy Photo

USS Antietam (CG-54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to amend the amount the compromise 2015 NDAA included for EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. House and Senate staffers yesterday said the amount was $350 million. The final number for the aircraft in the bill reported out Wednesday morning was $450 million.

The compromise 2015 defense bill between the House and the Senate will allow the Navy to move ahead with putting two Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers in mothballs but stops short of endorsing the service’s plan to layup half of the cruiser force, according to a Tuesday background briefing to reporters from House and Senate staffers. Read More

Interview: U.S. Navy Personnel Chief Worries Over Potential Service Retention Problems

Interview: U.S. Navy Personnel Chief Worries Over Potential Service Retention Problems

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. “Bill” Moran at Recruit Training Command (RTC) on Sept. 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. “Bill” Moran at Recruit Training Command (RTC) on Sept. 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Employee retention is very much on the mind of the man whom a civilian organizational chart would label as the U.S. Navy’s head of human resources.

Vice Adm. Bill Moran— Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (N1)—in his 15 months on the job has seen signs of a looming sailor exodus that could be on par to retention woes following the Cold War and just before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Read More