Category Archives: Aviation

Report: Super Hornet Was Flying on One Engine Before Fatal Key West Crash

Report: Super Hornet Was Flying on One Engine Before Fatal Key West Crash

Lt. Cmdr. James Brice Johnson, Lt. Caleb Nathaniel King. US Navy Photos

The post has been corrected to reflect the current Department of the Navy definition of a Class ‘A’ Mishap. An aircraft incident that results in a death or damage of $2 million or more. USNI News used an older definition that stated the damage threshold for a Class A mishap was $1 million of damage or more.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet was flying on only one engine before a crash that killed two naval aviators on approach to Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., according to a summary of the accident from the Navy Safety Center. Read More

USS Wasp Expected to Join Foal Eagle Exercise

USS Wasp Expected to Join Foal Eagle Exercise

An MH-60S Knighthawk attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 20, 2018. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is expected to participate in the annual Foal Eagle joint exercise with the Republic of Korea early next month.

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Naval Aviators Underway Keep a Wary Eye for Physiological Episodes

Naval Aviators Underway Keep a Wary Eye for Physiological Episodes

An FA-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 113, flies over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on March 22, 2018. US Navy Photo

ABOARD USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, IN THE PERSIAN GULF – Nearly one year after naval flight student training ground to a halt due to soaring rates of physiological episodes among jet aircrew, deployed aviators are vigilant in self-monitoring for PE symptoms and are armed with a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to treat any potential cases while at sea. Read More

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Leaves Middle East for Pacific

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Leaves Middle East for Pacific

Sailors control aircraft on deck inside of carrier air traffic control center aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). (U.S. Navy photo)

Sailors control aircraft on deck inside of carrier air traffic control center aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). (U.S. Navy photo)

After more than four months operating in the Middle East, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and the ships of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 have left U.S. 5th Fleet and entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in the Indian Ocean.

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Trump Technology Tariffs Against China Designed to Protect U.S. Military Advantage

Trump Technology Tariffs Against China Designed to Protect U.S. Military Advantage

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the White House on March 22, 2018. Image via CNN

THE PENTAGON — The Trump Administration announced tariffs and other restrictions on China’s high-tech industry Thursday. The implicit message is the actions intend to guard the U.S. military’s technological advantage in a 21st Century battlespace.

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UPDATED: FY 2018 Omnibus Bill Boosts Shipbuilding $3.3B Over Pentagon Request; Expands F-35, Super Hornet Buys

UPDATED: FY 2018 Omnibus Bill Boosts Shipbuilding $3.3B Over Pentagon Request; Expands F-35, Super Hornet Buys

The omnibus funding bill will fund the completion of Ford-class carrier John F. Kennedy, more F-35Cs, MQ-8C Fire Scouts, the first LX(R) amphibious warship and three Littoral Combat Ships. USNI News Image

This post has been updated to include the Senate’s passage of the omnibus spending bill early on Friday morning.

Congress showed significant support for Navy shipbuilding in its defense-heavy Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus budget deal that emerged this week, adding $3.3 billion for five additional ships to support Navy fleet growth and industrial base needs.

The omnibus spending bill covers the current fiscal year, which is still being funded with a continuing resolution, and comes just days before another government shutdown deadline.

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Fight to Hawaii: How the U.S. Navy is Training Carrier Strike Groups for Future War

Fight to Hawaii: How the U.S. Navy is Training Carrier Strike Groups for Future War

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Stingers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 113 flies over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on Oct. 26, 2017, in the Pacific Ocean. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, IN THE PERSIAN GULF – After years of discussing and wargaming how the Navy would handle a fight against a peer or near-peer competitor, the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group had a unique opportunity to practice a high-end fight at the start of its deployment. Read More

Growing Demand for Civilian Pilots Push Navy to Triple Bonuses for Some Senior Aviators

Growing Demand for Civilian Pilots Push Navy to Triple Bonuses for Some Senior Aviators

Pilots assigned to the “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 observe Capt. Tom Barber, commander, Carrier Air Wing 2, and Cmdr. Jason Hutcherson, commanding officer of VFA-2 as they fly over the flightdeck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

Facing pressure to retain aviators at a time when demand for commercial airline pilots is increasing, the Navy is nearly tripling bonuses for certain senior commanders to $100,000.

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