Category Archives: Aviation

After Hearings, Lawmakers Call Truman Carrier Retirement Plan 'Ridiculous'

After Hearings, Lawmakers Call Truman Carrier Retirement Plan ‘Ridiculous’

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 12, 2018. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – Lawmakers told industry representatives today that, if it wasn’t already clear from their hearings with Pentagon and Navy leadership this week, they had no intention of letting the Defense Department shed an aircraft carrier instead of refuel it. Read More

New Budget Forces Tough Funding Choices for Coast Guard

New Budget Forces Tough Funding Choices for Coast Guard

The crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal moor to a pier in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 24, 2018, prior to its commissioning ceremony. Coast Guard photo.

CAPITOL HILL – Lawmakers sounded skeptical that the Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request is enough to cover the cost of current operations and invest in future technology and equipment needs.

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USS Gerald Ford Delivery Delayed Due to Extensive Nuclear Propulsion, Weapons Elevator Repairs; Carrier Won’t be Ready Until October

USS Gerald Ford Delivery Delayed Due to Extensive Nuclear Propulsion, Weapons Elevator Repairs; Carrier Won’t be Ready Until October

F/A-18F Pilot LCDR Jamie R. Struck the makes first carrier arrested landing using AAG system aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) off the Virginia coast. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Unforeseen problems in repairing USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will push delivery of the carrier back to the fleet by three months, into October, Navy officials told a House Armed Services Committee panel on Tuesday. Read More

HASC Leaders Unconvinced by Pentagon's Plan to Cut Aircraft Carrier

HASC Leaders Unconvinced by Pentagon’s Plan to Cut Aircraft Carrier

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Sept 22, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from a second March 26 hearing, which took place in the HASC seapower and projection forces subcommittee.

The Defense Department’s first crack at convincing the House Armed Services Committee to retire an aircraft carrier early to support the development of future weapons systems and unmanned platforms was not well received. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 25, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 25, 2019

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 March 25, 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

Boeing Awarded $4B Multi-Year Deal for 78 Super Hornets

Boeing Awarded $4B Multi-Year Deal for 78 Super Hornets

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

The Navy awarded Boeing a $4 billion multi-year contract modification to build 78 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters, according to a Wednesday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More

Shanahan: Space Force Won't Take Over Navy, Army Space Assets

Shanahan: Space Force Won’t Take Over Navy, Army Space Assets

The Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications satellite, encapsulated in a 5-meter payload fairing lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 in 2015. United Launch Alliance Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy and Army will retain control of their space assets as the Pentagon moves forward with establishing a new Space Force under the Air Force, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Wednesday. Read More