Category Archives: Aviation

Weather Delays Return of VFA-213 to NAS Oceana

Weather Delays Return of VFA-213 to NAS Oceana

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) for an air power demonstration rehearsal in 2017. US Navy Photo

Due to inclement weather, the Fighting Blacklions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 have postponed their scheduled return to their home base at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.

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Navy Still Struggling With Readiness Balance Between Overseas and U.S.-based Forces

Navy Still Struggling With Readiness Balance Between Overseas and U.S.-based Forces

Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) prepares to pass Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force general purpose destroyer JS Kirisame (DD 104) on its return to Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo on Sept. 25, 2017. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL — Uneven readiness preparations favored funding deployed forces over those based in the U.S., creates a “tale of two navies” that persists, service leaders told a congressional panel on Tuesday.

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SECNAV to Congress: Changes in Acquisition Will Mean More Money in Shipbuilding

SECNAV to Congress: Changes in Acquisition Will Mean More Money in Shipbuilding

Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Richard V. Spencer delivers remarks to students, staff and faculty during a Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture (SGL) at the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) King Hall. US NAvy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told the House Armed Services Committee March 20 that he would use the additional acquisition authority Congress has given the service to find savings that could be used to buy more ships. Read More

Super Hornet Squadron to Return to NAS Oceana Following Deadly Crash

Super Hornet Squadron to Return to NAS Oceana Following Deadly Crash

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Blacklions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017.

A week after one of their F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft suffered a deadly crash, the Blacklions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 are scheduled to return Wednesday to their home base at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.

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UPDATED: Navy, Newport News Taking Steps Towards Two-Carrier Buy

UPDATED: Navy, Newport News Taking Steps Towards Two-Carrier Buy

The galley deck is lowered into place on board the carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN79). Newport News Shipbuilding photo.

This post has been updated to include statements from Huntington Ingalls Industries President Mike Petters and House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee chairman Rep. Rob Wittman.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy today moved towards signing the first two-carrier contract since the Reagan Administration, asking builder Newport News Shipbuilding for additional data on the cost-savings potential for buying CVNs 80 and 81 together.

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UPDATED: Two Aviators Killed After Super Hornet Crash off Key West

UPDATED: Two Aviators Killed After Super Hornet Crash off Key West

An F/A 18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, flies over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during flight operations. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from the U.S. Navy.

Two Navy aviators are dead after an F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed off the coast of Key West, Fla. on Wednesday during a routine training flight, Navy officials told USNI News. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 12, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 12, 2018

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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 March 12, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More