Category Archives: Aviation

Navy Relieves Fleet Readiness Center East Commander

Navy Relieves Fleet Readiness Center East Commander

Fleet Readiness Center East Commanding Officer Col. Thomas A. Atkinson speaks during a Jan. 27 ceremony at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center celebrating the official launch of the Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Tech Bridge, an initiative that aims to reduce the timeline and costs associated with the Navy’s procurement process. U.S. Navy Photo

The Navy relieved the commander of Fleet Readiness Center East Friday over a “lack of confidence,” the service said in a news release. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 18, 2022

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 18, 2022

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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 April 18, 2022, 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

Japan Monitoring Russian and Chinese Military Activity in Sea of Japan, Defense Minister Says

Japan Monitoring Russian and Chinese Military Activity in Sea of Japan, Defense Minister Says

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Arthur Renteria, from Carson, California, stands starboard life buoy watch on the fantail aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame-class destroyer JS Inazuma (DD 105) sails in formation during a U.S.-Japan bilateral exercise in the Sea of Japan on April 12, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Japan is monitoring the increased Russian and Chinese military activity around its country, the Japanese defense minister said Friday. Read More

Navy to Deploy Up to Four Cargo Drones on an Aircraft Carrier this Year

Navy to Deploy Up to Four Cargo Drones on an Aircraft Carrier this Year

An unmanned vehicle component from the U.S. Navy’s Blue Water logistics Unmanned Aerial System, of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s (NAWCAD) UX-24 Unmanned Test Squadron, takes off from the flight deck of Military Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188) while the ship was at sea in the Atlantic Ocean, on July 16, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include clarify comments from NAWCAD on the numbers of cargo UAVs that could deploy from a carrier later this year and to correct the test versions of the Skyways UAV that was used lasts year. They were V2.5 not V.2.2 .

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Logistics drones capable of carrying up to 50-pound payloads will embark on a U.S. aircraft carrier later this year to see if the unmanned aerial vehicles are practical at sea. Read More

Japan Countering China’s Naval Build-up with Modern Fleet

Japan Countering China’s Naval Build-up with Modern Fleet

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JS Maya(DDG-179) in Port of Kobe, Japan on Nov. 23, 2020. JMSDF Photo

Last month, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force commissioned JS Kumano, the first of its new Mogami-class multi-role frigates. The warship was built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries facility in Tamano and is the first of a planned class of 22 ships that are destined to replace the fleet’s aging Abukuma-class destroyer escorts and Asagiri-class light destroyers. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 11, 2022

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 11, 2022

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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 April 11, 2022, 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