Category Archives: Aviation

Marines Accelerating F-35C Procurement to Support Carrier Deployments; F-35B Buys Would Slow

Marines Accelerating F-35C Procurement to Support Carrier Deployments; F-35B Buys Would Slow

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 sits chained on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Dec. 9, 2018. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – The Marine Corps is accelerating its F-35C carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter procurement and slowing its F-35B vertical landing variant to support Navy deployment requirements, the Marines’ top aviator told lawmakers today. Read More

Navy's Next-Generation Fighter Analysis Due Out this Summer

Navy’s Next-Generation Fighter Analysis Due Out this Summer

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 9, 2017. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL — Just as the first Block III F/A-18E/F Super Hornets are rolling off the Boeing production line, the Navy is launching a new plan for what comes next, senior aviators told lawmakers Thursday.

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Navy Rules Out Suspected Physiological Episodes Cause While Super Hornet Rates Grow in 2019

Navy Rules Out Suspected Physiological Episodes Cause While Super Hornet Rates Grow in 2019

F/A-18E Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 “Knighthawks” fly in formation during a photo exercise over Calif., on March 12, 2019. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL — The Navy has ruled out breathing air contamination as a cause of physiological episodes, but a complex set of conditions – including both cabin pressure issues and human factors – has led to the rates of pilots experiencing PEs this current fiscal year being back on the rise. Read More

Carrier Eisenhower Returns to Norfolk After Completing Sea Trials

Carrier Eisenhower Returns to Norfolk After Completing Sea Trials

Sailors scrub the flight deck after a countermeasure wash down aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) during an underway in the Atlantic Ocean on March 30, 2019. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after its first underway since 2017. Read More

EUCOM Nominee: Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Air Defense System ‘Not Compatible’ With F-35 Buy

EUCOM Nominee: Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Air Defense System ‘Not Compatible’ With F-35 Buy

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, speaks during an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey on Dec. 6, 2018. US Air Force Photo

Turkey’s intention to buy a sophisticated Russian air defense system is “not compatible” with its purchasing 100 F-35 Strike Lightning II or manufacturing components for the fifth-generation fighter, the general nominated to be the top American officer in Europe testified Tuesday. Read More

Marine Corps Identifies Pilots Killed In AH-1Z Viper Helicopter Crash

Marine Corps Identifies Pilots Killed In AH-1Z Viper Helicopter Crash

Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper aircraft assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) arrive in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 2-19 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., on March 19, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps has identified two Marines who died in a Saturday evening crash of an AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter near Yuma, Ariz.

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VIDEO: Navy Brings Mine Countermeasures Triad Together for Experiment Aboard British Ship

VIDEO: Navy Brings Mine Countermeasures Triad Together for Experiment Aboard British Ship

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 man a combat rubber raiding craft while underway with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship dock Mounts Bay during a mine countermeasures (MCM) task group experiment. US Navy Photo

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, ABOARD RFA MOUNTS BAY – The Navy’s mine countermeasures community brought all three legs of its triad together for a single experiment – aboard an allied ship – to see how well they could combine their gear and people to tackle a common threat. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 1, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 1, 2019

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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 1, 2019, 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

Two Marines Killed in Arizona Helicopter Crash During Training Mission

Two Marines Killed in Arizona Helicopter Crash During Training Mission

A Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 takes off during an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System loading and flight takeoff exercise in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 2-18 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., on March 29. US Marine Corps Photo

Two Marine pilots are dead after a Saturday crash of an AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter near Yuma, Ariz., the service announced on Sunday. Read More