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Experts Say Beijing Will Bring South China Sea Lessons to Space

Experts Say Beijing Will Bring South China Sea Lessons to Space

China News Photo

This post has been updated to correct comments attributed to Stephen Kitay to Stephen Ganote.

The way China is aggressively asserting itself in the South China Sea likely will be the way Beijing will behave in the increasingly contested domain of space, the executive secretary of the National Space Council said Monday. Read More

New 3rd Fleet CO Committed to Operating Forward to 'Preserve Peace'

New 3rd Fleet CO Committed to Operating Forward to ‘Preserve Peace’

Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn delivers remarks during a change of command and retirement ceremony after relieving Vice Adm. John D. Alexander as Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Sept. 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

NAVAL BASE CORONADO, Calif. – The Navy’s West Coast-based fleet welcomed a new commander on Friday as Vice Adm. Scott “Satan” Conn took the helm of San Diego-based U.S. 3rd Fleet from Vice Adm. John D. “Sarge” Alexander. Read More

HELP WANTED: Blue Angels Seek Experienced Super Hornet Maintainers

HELP WANTED: Blue Angels Seek Experienced Super Hornet Maintainers

Aviation Machinist’s Mates 1st Class Arnold Bredesen and Nelson Ramos perform routine maintenance on an F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, at Naval Station Mayport. (Navy photo)

The Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron is seeking experienced maintainers to be in place by July 2020 as the team transitions to using F/A-18E/F Super Hornet airframes, the service said this week. Read More

Navy Surpasses 80% Aircraft Readiness Goal, Reaches Stretch Goal of 341 Up Fighters

Navy Surpasses 80% Aircraft Readiness Goal, Reaches Stretch Goal of 341 Up Fighters

Sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Top Hatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) hangar bay on Jan. 22, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Navy has exceeded the Defense Department’s requirement of having 80 percent of operational Super Hornets and Growlers mission capable and has met the stretch goal it set for itself, the service announced on Wednesday. Read More

Lockheed Martin Secures $2.7B NASA Contract for Orion Space Capsules

Lockheed Martin Secures $2.7B NASA Contract for Orion Space Capsules

Sailors from amphibious transport dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and NASA personnel retrieve a Boilerplate Test Article on Nov. 1, 2018 during an Underway Recovery Test (URT). US Navy Photo

NASA has committed to buy three new Orion capsules that will include the spacecraft that will carry the next U.S. astronauts to the moon, the agency announced on Monday. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 23, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 23, 2019

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Sept. 23, 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

Marines: Lack of Training, Command Problems Contributed to Fatal 2018 Crash off Japan

Marines: Lack of Training, Command Problems Contributed to Fatal 2018 Crash off Japan

(From top left, clockwise) Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, Maj. James M. Brophy, Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, Cpl. Daniel E. Baker and Cpl. William C. Ross

The Marine Corps found that pilot error, inadequate oversight of training and operations and an unprofessional command climate contributed to the Dec. 6 crash of an F/A-18D Hornet and a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft that killed six Marines and injured one. Read More