Category Archives: Aviation

Navy Quietly Downscales Destroyer Upgrades

Navy Quietly Downscales Destroyer Upgrades

USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returns to her homeport of Mayport, Fla., following the completion of a six-month deployment in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returns to her homeport of Mayport, Fla., following the completion of a six-month deployment in 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy has quietly reduced the scope of upgrades to its guided missile destroyers in a move that could make up to a quarter of the fleet a target of early decommissioning due to obsolescence, USNI News has learned.

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House Preserves George Washington Carrier Refueling Plan

House Preserves George Washington Carrier Refueling Plan

USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Nov. 24, 2013.

USS George Washington (CVN-73) on Nov. 24, 2013.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post indicated an amendment that would restrict money to fund a complex refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) offered by Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.)and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) had passed. That amendment did not pass in the final House version of Fiscal Year 2015 defense bill. USNI News regrets the error.

House lawmakers preserved a legislative effort to keep the USS George Washington (CVN-73) to fund the start the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the carrier as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 defense bill. Read More

U.S. Conducts First Aegis Ashore Live Missile Test

U.S. Conducts First Aegis Ashore Live Missile Test

 The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This is the test asset for the Aegis Ashore system on Jan. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This is the test asset for the Aegis Ashore system on Jan. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have conducted the first test launch from an Aegis Ashore test complex in Kauai, Hawaii, officials with Lockheed Martin told USNI on Wednesday. Read More

China and Russia Kick Off Joint Naval Drills

China and Russia Kick Off Joint Naval Drills

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin greet participants of Joint Sea-2014 exercise at Wusong naval port in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. Xinhua Photo

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin greet participants of Joint Sea-2014 exercise at Wusong naval port in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. Xinhua Photo

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the Russian Navy kicked off a week of naval exercises in near Shanghai on Tuesday, according to Chinese and Russian press reports. Read More

Document: Mishap Report on Fatal Knighthawk Accident

Document: Mishap Report on Fatal Knighthawk Accident

 MH-60S Knighthawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 departs the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in January.

MH-60S Knighthawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 departs the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in January.

The following is the “Class A” mishap report from U.S. Pacific Fleet, released on May 19, 2014, on the accident that killed two MH-60s Knighthawk helicopter pilots on Sept. 22, 2013. Read More

Opinion: The Future of Navy Helicopters

Opinion: The Future of Navy Helicopters

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu on Oct. 31, 2013. US Navy Photo

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu on Oct. 31, 2013. US Navy Photo

In the next 15 to 25 years it is not unreasonable to imagine that unmanned helicopter drones will be shuttling people and parts from shore-to-sea for routine non-tactical resupply missions. Read More