Preliminary F-35C Feedback is Positive, As Formal Operational Testing Begins This Fall

Preliminary F-35C Feedback is Positive, As Formal Operational Testing Begins This Fall

An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 125 performs a touch and go on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is beginning the formal operational testing of its first stealth aircraft to determine how well the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter performs against stated goals and requirements, the admiral heading the integration office of F-35C said Wednesday. Read More

USS Essex Enters Persian Gulf with Squadron of Marine F-35s

USS Essex Enters Persian Gulf with Squadron of Marine F-35s

Lt. Cmdr. Luis Alvarez, navigator aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) on Oct. 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

Amphibious warship USS Essex (LHD-2) is now in the Persian Gulf, bringing for the first time a squadron of Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters through the Strait of Hormuz.

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UPDATED: F-35s Grounded for Engine Inspections Following Crash Investigation Findings

UPDATED: F-35s Grounded for Engine Inspections Following Crash Investigation Findings

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) John Jacob directs an F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 5, 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — All U.S. and international variants of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter operations were paused to conduct a fleet-wide inspection of a part in the aircraft’s engine, according to a Thursday morning statement. Read More

Experimental Navy Test Ship Weathering Hurricane Michael Off the Coast of Panama City; Warfare Center Evacuates

Experimental Navy Test Ship Weathering Hurricane Michael Off the Coast of Panama City; Warfare Center Evacuates

Sea Fighter (FSF-1) in 2005. US Navy Photo

UPDATE: According to ONR, Sea Fighter successfully weathered Hurricane Michael and is currently off the coast of Panama City waiting for clearance to pull into port.

An experimental Navy catamaran is fighting Hurricane Michael in the bay of Panama City, Fla., unable to take to sea to avoid the Category 4 storm that made landfall early afternoon on Wednesday. Read More

NAVEUR: U.S. Must Invest in Undersea Tech to Keep Ahead of Russian Advances

NAVEUR: U.S. Must Invest in Undersea Tech to Keep Ahead of Russian Advances

Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kuzbass in 2016. Sputnik Photo

This post has been updated to correct the spelling of the Severodvinsk-class Russian submarine.

THE PENTAGON – Continued research and development into stealth technologies for U.S. submarines will be important as Russia continues research into undersea warfare and long-range missiles, the head of U.S. naval forces in Europe said on Friday. Read More