Category Archives: Aviation

Boeing MQ-25 Prototype Refuels E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Boeing MQ-25 Prototype Refuels E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

MQ-25 Stingray T1 test asset refuels an E-2D aircraft Aug. 18, 2021, at MidAmerica Airport in Illinois. Boeing Photo

Boeing’s prototype for the Navy’s first unmanned aerial tanker successfully refueled its second aircraft type in a test over Illinois, the service announced on Thursday. Read More

SECDEF Austin: U.S. Lacks ‘Capability’ in Kabul to Create Safe Passage for Americans, Afghans to Leave Afghanistan

SECDEF Austin: U.S. Lacks ‘Capability’ in Kabul to Create Safe Passage for Americans, Afghans to Leave Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks with reporters on Afghanistan, at the Pentagon on Aug. 18, 2021. DoD Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from President Joe Biden.

The U.S. doesn’t have enough troops in Kabul to secure safe passage for tens of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies seeking to leave the country, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a press conference on Wednesday. Read More

U.S. to Send Amphibious Warship to Haiti to Support Earthquake Relief

U.S. to Send Amphibious Warship to Haiti to Support Earthquake Relief

A deployed Air Station Clearwater Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs a citizen in Haiti on Aug. 15, 2021. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. is preparing to send an amphibious warship to support the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Haiti following a massive earthquake that shook the island nation on Saturday, a defense official told USNI News on Monday. Read More

UPDATED: Pentagon Declares Afghanistan Exodus a Non-Combatant Evacuation as U.S. Marines, Soldiers Mass in Kabul

UPDATED: Pentagon Declares Afghanistan Exodus a Non-Combatant Evacuation as U.S. Marines, Soldiers Mass in Kabul

Afghanistan civililans attempt on the airfield as a C-17 attempts to take off from the Kabul airport.

This post has been updated with additional comments from President Biden and Pentagon officials.

The mass exodus of U.S. citizens and American allies from Afghanistan is now a military-assisted non-combatant evacuation operation as the security situation in the capital of Kabul has continued to devolve, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug 16, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug 16, 2021

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 Aug. 16, 2021, 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

Pentagon Sending 3,000 Troops To Evacuate U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Pentagon Sending 3,000 Troops To Evacuate U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

A U.S. Marine with Task Force Southwest (TFSW) provides security for Marine advisors during an advising mission with 1st Brigade, Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conduct Operation Maiwand 12 at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, March 12, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The Pentagon is sending 3,000 troops – including two Marine Corps battalions – to Afghanistan to support the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Kabul. Read More

U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command Hub to Hawaii as Vinson CSG, Air Wing Join Global Large-Scale Exercises 

U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command Hub to Hawaii as Vinson CSG, Air Wing Join Global Large-Scale Exercises 

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Vincent Hernandez stands watch at U.S. 3rd Fleet’s expeditionary maritime operations center (EMOC), forward-based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, during Large-Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021. US Navy Photo

San Diego-based U.S. 3rd Fleet relocated its command-and-control hub to Hawaii to support the Navy’s Large Scale Exercise 2021 and join an integrated exercise that’s combining live ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and new technologies with simulated forces designed to synchronize the joint force. Read More