Category Archives: Aviation

Marines Challenged on How to Fit New Vehicles, Aircraft on Legacy Amphibs

Marines Challenged on How to Fit New Vehicles, Aircraft on Legacy Amphibs

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAP) are offloaded from the Military Sealift Command roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Pililaau (T-AKR 304) onto the pier in 2008. US Navy Photo

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAP) are offloaded from the Military Sealift Command roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Pililaau (T-AKR 304) onto the pier in 2008. US Navy Photo

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO — The U.S. Marine Corps is in the midst of several acquisition programs that will extend the reach of the force and keep Marines safer while on the ground however the Corps is struggling how to fit the new kit on the Navy’s existing amphibious ships. Read More

Marine Leaders Discuss Innovative Ideas For Procuring, Fielding New Programs

Marine Leaders Discuss Innovative Ideas For Procuring, Fielding New Programs

Aircraft maintenance Marines make their way to conduct maintenance procedures on aircraft during a maintenance-focused exercise in October 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

Aircraft maintenance Marines make their way to conduct maintenance procedures on aircraft during a maintenance-focused exercise in October 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO – A panel of Marine Corps leaders discussed innovative ideas they could pull from the Navy, the general aviation community and the sectors to create a more agile and ready fighting force. Read More

U.S., U.K. Navies Expanding Experiments Using 3D Printing

U.S., U.K. Navies Expanding Experiments Using 3D Printing

A 3D printed aircraft has successfully launched off the front of a Royal Navy warship and landed safely on a Dorset beach off HMS Mersey. UK Royal Navy Photo

A 3D printed aircraft has successfully launched off the front of a Royal Navy warship and landed safely on a Dorset beach off HMS Mersey. UK Royal Navy Photo

LONDON — While U.S. Navy sailors have trialed the use of additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology to build a miniature quadcopter aboard USS Essex (LHD-2) and fly it around the hanger deck, it’s their British counterparts who were first to launch a 3D-printed fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle from a ship. Read More

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Chops Into 7th Fleet

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Chops Into 7th Fleet

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) transits the Pacific Ocean toward the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to serve as the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier on Sept. 19, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) transits the Pacific Ocean toward the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to serve as the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier on Sept. 19, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s Japan-bound carrier — part of an elaborate three nuclear carrier swap — has entered the Western Pacific, the service announced over the weekend. Read More

China Doubles Down on South China Sea Sovereignty, Warns Against ‘Risky and Provocative’ U.S. Freedom of Navigation Missions

China Doubles Down on South China Sea Sovereignty, Warns Against ‘Risky and Provocative’ U.S. Freedom of Navigation Missions

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei during a Sept. 18, 2015 press conference. Chinese MoFA Photo

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei during a Sept. 18, 2015 press conference. Chinese MoFA Photo

PENTAGON — Chinese officials again affirmed territorial sovereignty for a series of newly created artificial islands in the South China Sea and warned the U.S. against taking “risky and provocative action” by attempting to come within 12 nautical miles of the islands, according to a Friday press statement from Beijing. Read More