Category Archives: Aviation

Navy Considering Drone Delivery for Essential Parts At Sea

Navy Considering Drone Delivery for Essential Parts At Sea

A logistics Unmanned Air System (UAS) prototype, called Blue Water UAS, approaches to deliver cargo on USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck during supply demonstration Feb. 21, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy has demonstrated that small drones could take the place of manned platforms in delivering critical spare parts, most of which weigh less than a large bag of dog food, between ships at sea. Read More

Navy Plans Upgrades to Fly E-2Ds into the 2040s

Navy Plans Upgrades to Fly E-2Ds into the 2040s

An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with VAW-120 is refueled in the air. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — With production coming to an end in four years, the Navy is working out a plan to sustain the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye command-and-control aircraft for at least another 30. Read More

Navy Questions Future Viability of Super Hornets; Recommends Against New Buy

Navy Questions Future Viability of Super Hornets; Recommends Against New Buy

F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, fly over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Atlantic Ocean, May 9, 2019. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — If Congress mandates the Navy keep buying the current F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, the airframes will be in the fleet into the 2050s. But by then, the fourth-generation fighters likely couldn’t stand up to future threats, a service official said Tuesday. Read More

Milley: China Challenge Placing Pressure on International Behavior

Milley: China Challenge Placing Pressure on International Behavior

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies 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. Defense Department Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said “China is coming at us rapidly” – economically, diplomatically and militarily, and that challenge is putting existing international behavior “under tremendous stress.” Read More

First F-35C Fighters, CMV-22B Deploy with Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group

First F-35C Fighters, CMV-22B Deploy with Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group

An F-35C Lightning II, assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, prepares to land on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) June 17, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) departed San Diego Bay Monday afternoon with nearly 6,000 sailors and a crowded flight deck to begin a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, marking a key milestone for 21st-century naval aviation. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug 2, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug 2, 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. 2, 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

Lawmaker Calls for New U.S. Maritime Strategy with Pacific Focus

Lawmaker Calls for New U.S. Maritime Strategy with Pacific Focus

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) transits the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

To counter threats from China, a top U.S. lawmaker Friday called on the U.S. Navy to develop a new maritime strategy that would rebalance how it deploys and strategically scattered persistent deterrent force in an arc throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Read More