Category Archives: Aviation

Interview: CMC Neller Lays Out Path To Future U.S. Marine Corps

Interview: CMC Neller Lays Out Path To Future U.S. Marine Corps

Gen. Robert B. Neller steps out of a UH-1 Huey to talk with Marines Nov. 23 2015 at the Camp Hansen Theater, Camp Hansen, Okinawa. US Marine Corps Photo

Gen. Robert B. Neller steps out of a UH-1 Huey to talk with Marines Nov. 23, 2015 at the Camp Hansen Theater, Camp Hansen, Okinawa. US Marine Corps Photo

Gen. Neller is speaking today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as part of the U.S. Naval Institute – CSIS Maritime Security Dialogue.

THE PENTAGON – Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said the service has a lot to be proud of today: amid flat funding levels, the Marines are building back readiness, deploying forces at as high a tempo as any time in recent memory, and replacing nearly all its types of aircraft and some ground vehicles with newer and more capable platforms.

And yet, sitting in his Pentagon office, Neller said he couldn’t let that be good enough. Read More

Marine Aviation Takes 24-Hour Pause To Assess After Recent Hornet Crashes

Marine Aviation Takes 24-Hour Pause To Assess After Recent Hornet Crashes

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing fly F/A-18C Hornet airplanes during deployment for training on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., May 13, 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing fly F/A-18C Hornet airplanes during deployment for training on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., May 13, 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps ordered a mandatory 24-hour operational pause for all non-deployed units to focus on safety and readiness issues following three F/A-18C Hornet crashes this summer, two of which were fatal. Read More

Marine Harriers Strike ISIS Targets in Libya from USS Wasp

Marine Harriers Strike ISIS Targets in Libya from USS Wasp

 An AV-8B Harrier II with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on July 18, 2016. US Marine Corps

An AV-8B Harrier II with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on July 18, 2016. US Marine Corps

Marine AV-8B Harriers operating from USS Wasp (LHD-1) have struck ISIS targets Libya, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Hornet Pilot Crashes Near NAS Fallon, Safely Ejects From Jet

Navy Hornet Pilot Crashes Near NAS Fallon, Safely Ejects From Jet

U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 over the skies of Iraq on July 19, 2015. The ‘Red Devils’ of VMFA-232 are currently deployed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command and provide offensive strike and close air support to Operation Inherent Resolve. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 over the skies of Iraq on July 19, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

A Navy F/A-18C Hornet pilot assigned to Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center crashed a jet into an open field near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, yesterday at approximately 10:50 a.m. PDT. The pilot safely ejected and was transported to a local hospital. Read More

Navy, Marines put V-22 to the Test in Carrier Experiment

Navy, Marines put V-22 to the Test in Carrier Experiment

MV-22B on the deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Gidget Fuentes Photo Used with Permission

MV-22B on the deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Gidget Fuentes Photo Used with Permission

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS CARL VINSON — Ten days into a two-week fleet battle experiment on this aircraft carrier off the California coast, the Navy is getting a good look at how the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor can fit into flight and deck operations of its carrier fleet. So far, the outlook is promising. Read More

U.S. Air Force Declares Initial Operational Capability on F-35A

U.S. Air Force Declares Initial Operational Capability on F-35A

F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender on July 13, 2016, during a flight from England to the U.S. after participating in the world's largest air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo. US Air Force photo.

F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender on July 13, 2016, during a flight from England to the U.S. after participating in the world’s largest air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo. US Air Force photo.

The U.S. Air Force declared initial operational capability (IOC) on its F-35A Joint Strike Fighter today. Read More

RIMPAC 2016: Marines Test UAVs for Artillery Calls for Fire, Close Air Support

RIMPAC 2016: Marines Test UAVs for Artillery Calls for Fire, Close Air Support

An RQ-7B Shadow of VMU-3. USNI News photo.

An RQ-7B Shadow of VMU-3. USNI News photo.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, ISLAND OF HAWAII – The RQ-7B Shadows of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3 are flying in the Hawaiian skies during the Rim of the Pacific exercise for the first time, bringing a new forward observer and artillery-calling capability to the amphibious force despite being build to support ground troops. Read More