Category Archives: Aviation

Milley: China Striving 'To Be Our Equal' In Coming Decades

Milley: China Striving ‘To Be Our Equal’ In Coming Decades

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley testify before the House Appropriations Committee-Defense on the Fiscal 2022 Department of Defense Budget in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room, Washington, D.C., May 27, 2021. DoD Photo

While the Chinese are investing heavily in advanced technology, “they are not our peer or near-peer competitor just” militarily, but their goal is “to be our equal” across all domains in the coming decades, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Read More

Northrop Grumman Testing MQ-8C Expeditionary Controls for Marine, Navy Missions

Northrop Grumman Testing MQ-8C Expeditionary Controls for Marine, Navy Missions

Maintainers from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) analyze diagnostics from the MQ-8C Fire Scout on the flight deck of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) on June 21, 2018. US Navy photo

Northrop Grumman is testing a portable expeditionary control station that could help sailors and Marines operate the Navy’s unmanned helicopter from both at sea and ashore. Read More

VCNO: Enthusiasm Over Navy's Performance-to-Plan Readiness Effort is Spreading

VCNO: Enthusiasm Over Navy’s Performance-to-Plan Readiness Effort is Spreading

Airman Kevin Figueroa, from Clayton, N.C., performs maintenance on a vent on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Feb. 18, 2021. US Navy Photo

As the Navy expands the number of two data-driven programs that generate better readiness, there’s increasing support at the deck plate level to apply these principles across the fleet, the vice chief of naval operations told USNI News. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 24, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 24, 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 May 24, 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

UPDATED: Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Back in California

UPDATED: Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Back in California

USS Makin Island (LHD-8), front, expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) and the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) sail in formation during a Strait of Hormuz transit on March 17, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are back in California after seven months at sea, U.S. 3rd Fleet announced on Sunday. Read More

NATO Maritime Commander: Allies Are Coming Up With Modern Littoral Warfare Concepts, and NATO Needs to Exercise Them

NATO Maritime Commander: Allies Are Coming Up With Modern Littoral Warfare Concepts, and NATO Needs to Exercise Them

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, adjusts his pack after before a hike near Sorreisa, Norway, March 12, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

The head of NATO’s maritime force says amphibious operations will play a big role in any future combat or crisis response scenario – but he wants to move beyond old notions of what an amphibious operation really is. Read More

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves Japan Ahead of Spring Patrol

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves Japan Ahead of Spring Patrol

Sailors prepare to man the rails on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) as it departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on May 19, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier left Japan to complete qualifications ahead of its spring patrol on Wednesday, U.S. Navy officials told USNI News. Read More