Category Archives: Aviation

F-35 Program Leadership Changes as Turkey's Future in Program Uncertain

F-35 Program Leadership Changes as Turkey’s Future in Program Uncertain

A Member of the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team prepares to launch Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 pilot, during the Bagotville International Air Show in Quebec, Canada on June 22, 2019. US Air Force Photo

THE PENTAGON – The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program’s civilian and military management are in the midst of a changeover just as government officials from the U.S. and partner countries are considering ejecting Turkey from involvement in the aircraft’s manufacture and deployment. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 15, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 15, 2019

USNI News Graphic

A previous version of this post had the incorrect number for the Air Wing attached to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). It’s CVW 11, not CVW 17.

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 15, 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

From Russian Presence to Sailboat Traffic, U.S. Learning What's 'Normal' Far From Home

From Russian Presence to Sailboat Traffic, U.S. Learning What’s ‘Normal’ Far From Home

Russian Steregushchiy-class corvette Boikiy (532) approaches Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) in the Baltic Sea during the BALTOPS 2019 exercise. Exercise and regional leaders have said that all recent interactions with the Russian Navy had been safe and professional. USNI News photo.

ABOARD USS GRAVELY, IN THE BALTIC SEA – “Away, SNOOPIE team, away. Surface contact on port side.” Read More

Navy Declares Unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout Helicopter Mission Capable

Navy Declares Unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout Helicopter Mission Capable

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) Sailors Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class Salvatore Green, left, and Aviation Electronics Technician Third Class Jake Price prepare the MC-8C Fire Scout to launch from the Independence variant littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) on June 21, 2018. Navy photo.

The Navy declared its MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter mission capable and ready to deploy aboard Littoral Combat Ships.

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California Earthquakes Leave Naval Station China Lake ‘Not Mission Capable’

California Earthquakes Leave Naval Station China Lake ‘Not Mission Capable’

California State Route 178 SW of Trona, following the M7.1 earthquake. Road is now closed for repairs. USGS Photo

SAN DIEGO – Two major earthquakes that struck Southern California late last week opened fault lines on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and prompted officials to evacuate residents. Since Saturday, the Navy testing installation has been declared “not mission capable until further notice.” Read More

Truman Carrier Strike Group at Sea for Pre-Deployment Exercise

Truman Carrier Strike Group at Sea for Pre-Deployment Exercise

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducts flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 18, 2018. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include a statement from 2nd Fleet.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group departed Naval Station Norfolk over the holiday weekend to begin its composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) ahead of a deployment later this year. Read More