Category Archives: Aviation

Naval Aviation Facing Unexpected Budget Shortfall; Options to Slow Spending Being Considered

Naval Aviation Facing Unexpected Budget Shortfall; Options to Slow Spending Being Considered

Seaman Sakyra Baker stands aft lookout as an F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Feb. 21, 2019. US Navy Photo

The naval aviation community is facing a budget shortfall of at least $100 million for the current fiscal year and may have to cut back flight hours and other operations between now and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, USNI News learned. Read More

Naval Test Pilot School Adds New Focus on Unmanned Aircraft

Naval Test Pilot School Adds New Focus on Unmanned Aircraft

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle, top, conducts laser designation of an AGM-114 Hellfire missile for an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) off the coast of San Clemente Island.

The Navy just graduated its first class of unmanned aerial vehicle test pilots from a new course designed to apply the lessons of manned test pilot programs to UAVs Read More

Marines Identify Remains Recovered from KC-130J Salvage Operation

Marines Identify Remains Recovered from KC-130J Salvage Operation

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 conducts Assault Landing Zone landings during Exercise Kodiak Mace at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 31, 2019. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps has identified the remains of three Marines recovered during a recent salvage operation to retrieve a KC-130J that crashed in December during a refueling mishap off of Japan. Read More

BALTOPS 19: Navy Tests New Mine Hunting Kit With European Allies

BALTOPS 19: Navy Tests New Mine Hunting Kit With European Allies

A Mk 18 Mod 2 is submerged from the stern of FSG Kronsort during experimental Mine Countermeasure (MCM) operations. Their experimentation objectives include collecting performance measurements in an operationally relevant environment for future improvements to systems. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS MOUNT WHITNEY, IN THE BALTIC SEA – As the U.S. Navy undergoes a major transition in how it conducts mine warfare, it had the chance to test out its newest tools during BALTOPS 2019 alongside European partners who are mine warfare experts. Read More

More U.S. Navy Personnel Deployed to Middle East Than Anywhere Else

More U.S. Navy Personnel Deployed to Middle East Than Anywhere Else

Quartermaster Seaman Gabriel Carillo, from San Diego, Calif., assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4), stands watch on the bridge. June 21, 2019. US Navy Photo

At a time of increased tensions between Washington and Tehran, the U.S. Navy has more personnel deployed to the Middle East than anywhere else in the world, USNI News has learned. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 24, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 24, 2019

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of June 24, 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

VIDEO: Iran Shoots Down Navy Surveillance Drone in ‘Unprovoked Attack’

VIDEO: Iran Shoots Down Navy Surveillance Drone in ‘Unprovoked Attack’

An undated photo of RQ-4A BAMS-D flying over Maryland. Northrop Grumman photo.

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Air Forces Central Command and comments from President Trump.

A Navy high-altitude surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC announced on Thursday. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 17, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 17, 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 June 17, 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